On November 1st, the nominations for the 2023 Soul Train Awards were unveiled, and it’s a star-studded affair. SZA, Usher, and Summer Walker stand out with a remarkable nine nominations each, making them the top contenders for this year’s honors.
Hot on their heels is 21 Savage, who secured an impressive eight nominations. Not to be outdone, Coco Jones and Victoria Monét each earned six nods, highlighting their remarkable achievements in the industry. Other notable artists like Burna Boy, Chris Brown, Janelle Monáe, and October London also made their mark with four nominations each.
What’s particularly exciting about this year’s event is its departure from the traditional awards ceremony format. Instead, it’s going to be a lively and soulful Hollywood party. The ceremony will take place at a yet-to-be-disclosed venue in Los Angeles, and you can catch all the action on November 26th at 8 p.m. local time, broadcast on BET and BET Her. Get ready for a celebration of soulful talent like never before.
🎶🏆 The vibes are in full swing as your favorite R&B award show returns! 🌟
— BET (@BET) November 1, 2023
SZA, a standout in the music scene, found herself in the running for Album of the Year with her exceptional SOS album. Recently, the talented artist from St. Louis wrapped up the second North American leg of her tour in support of this remarkable project. What sets her apart is the two Song of the Year nominations for her tracks “Kill Bill” and “Snooze.”
On the other hand, Usher, Walker, and 21 Savage’s collaborative effort in “Good Good” stands as the sole contender in that prestigious category. The track, along with “Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2” by PinkPantheress and Ice Spice, also steps into the spotlight, vying for Video of the Year and Best Collaboration.
Connie Orlando, the Executive Vice President of Specials, Music Programming, and Music Strategy, expressed, “This year, we draw inspiration from these genres to break the mold and bring innovation to the award show format, all the while paying homage to the enduring legacy of Soul Train. We are thrilled to present this year’s esteemed list of nominees and are dedicated to delivering an unforgettable night of soul, complete with new venue, performances, and show-stopping moments.”
As of now, BET has kept the recipients of the coveted Lady of Soul and Legend Awards under wraps. Keep an eye out for the exciting announcements, as the network is yet to unveil the lineup of talented performers as well. The anticipation is building for this remarkable event!