Centric Announces 2011 Soul Train Awards Nominees, Chris Brown Leads With 5 Nominations

Celebrating 40 years of the Soul Train brand, this year’s Soul Train Awards is gearing up to be one of the biggest events of the year. Hosted by comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer, the show will honor Gladys Knight and Earth, Wind & Fire, with the coveted Legend Award for their immense contributions to the world of music.

This year’s nominees represent the best in R&B, soul, jazz, gospel and Carribean music. Music’s bad-boy turned golden child Chris Brown leads the pack with an astounding five nominations, including Album of the Year for his critically acclaimed F.A.M.E. He is followed by Beyonce and Kanye West who tied with four nominations.

New categories to this year’s line-up include awards for best traditional and contemporary jazz albums. These two categories will be viewers choice awards, and the winners will be determined through online voting.

This year’s show will tape in Atlanta on November 17, but will air in simulcast on both Centric and BET on November 27 at 9pm/8c.

Best New Artist
Bruno Mars
Marsha Ambrosius
Frank Ocean

Best Male R&B/Soul Artist
Trey Songz
Chris Brown
R. Kelly
Cee Lo Green
Eric Benet

Centric Award
Raphael Saddiq
Anthony David
Aloe Blacc

Best Caribbean Performance
“Man Down” -Rihanna
“Summer Time” -Vybz Kartel
“Wotless” -Kes The Band
“Bend Over” – Machel Montano
“Delilah” – Movado

Best Gospel Performance
“I Smile” – Kirk Franklin
“Walking” – Mary Mary
“Heaven Hear My Heart” – Trin-I-Tee 5:7
“I Believe” – James Fortune ft. Shawn McLemore
“More” – Cece Winans

Album of the Year
21 – Adele
F.A.M.E – Chris Brown
4 – Beyonce
Passion Pain & Pleasure – Trey Songz
Light of the Sun – Jill Scott
Watch The Throne – Jay Z and Kanye West

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
“Moment for Life” – Nicki Minaj
“All of the Lights”- Kanye West ft. Rihanna
“Look at Me Now” – Chris Brown feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil’ Wayne
“Out of My Head” – Lupe Fiasco
“Otis” –  Jay Z and Kanye West

Best Female R&B/Soul Artist
Kelly Rowland
Marsha Ambrosius
Jennifer Hudson
Jill Scott
Mary J. Blige

Song of the Year
“Motivation” – Kelly Rowland feat. Lil’ Wayne
“Sure Thing”- Miguel
“Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
“She Ain’t You” – Chris Brown
“All of the Lights” – Kanye West
“So In Love” – Jill Scott ft. Anthony Hamilton

Record of the Year (The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award)
“Rolling in the Deep” – Adele (Writers: Adele, Paul Epworth)
“Far Away” – Marsha Ambrosius (Writers: Marsha Ambrosius, Sterling Simms)
“Best Thing I Never Had” – Beyonce (Writers: Antonio Dixon; Kenneth Edmonds; Larry Griffin, Jr.; Beyoncé Knowles; Caleb McCampbell; Patrick Smith; Shea Taylor)
“Good Man” – Raphael Saddiq (Writers: Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson)
“Hold My Hand” (Duet with Akon) – Michael Jackson (Writers: Aliaune Thiam (Akon), Giorgio Tuinfort, Claude Kelly)

Best Dance Performance
“Motivation” – Kelly Rowland
“Only Girl in the World”/”What’s My Name” – Rihanna
“Run The World” – Beyonce
“She Ain’t You” – Chris Brown
“Walking” – Mary Mary
“Pretty Girl Rock” – Keri Hilson

2011 Soul Train Award Legend Award Recipients
Gladys Knight
Earth Wind and Fire

Traditional Jazz*
 “In Concert On Broadway” – Harry Connick Jr.
“James Farm”- Eric Harland
“Light My Fire”- Eliane Elias
“Silver Pony”- Cassandra Wilson
“What’s It All About” – Pat Metheny

Contemporary Jazz*
“Contact” – Boney James
“Hello Tomorrow” – Dave Koz
“Rock-et Sci-ence ”- Bela Fleck
“Let’s Touch The Sky”- Fourplay
“Time Together”- Michael Franks

*Viewers choice awards to be housed online

Performers for the 2011 American Music Awards

Big news, music fans.  New performers for the 2011 American Music Awards have just been announced!

Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5 will perform at this years AMA’s!  They join previously announced acts including Katy Perry and Pitbull. Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera will team up to perform “Moves Like Jagger.”

The show will be broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20th (8:00-11:00 pm ET/PT) on ABC.  Tickets are now on sale!

This year, ABC will air a live pre-show “Countdown to The American Music Awards” starting at 7:00pm ET/PT. In addition, the online pre-show “Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ the 2011 AMAs” hosted by Lance Bass, Michael Buckley, Estelle, Sarah Hyland, Josh Sussman and Xzibit will stream live for fans worldwide starting at 2pm PT / 5pm ET.

Tyga “Careless World TV” Episode 4

Kanye West and Jay-Z Add More Dates To “Watch The Throne” Tour

Although the dynamic duo of The Throne have changed up the “Watch The Throne” tour already, they are making up for it by adding a few new dates to the tour. New York will be getting two new dates at Madison Square Garden, Chicago will get one more night with Jay-Z and Kanye West at the United Center, and Los Angeles will get to see the two at Staples Center on back-to-back nights.

Check out the dates below and buy your tickets for the epic concert at: Ticketmaster.com

10/28 – Atlanta, GA – Phillips Arena
10/29 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
10/30 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
11/01 Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena
11/02 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
11/03 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
11/05-06 East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
11/07 – New York City, NY – Madison Square Garden
11/08 – New York City, NY – Madison Square Garden
11/14 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BankAtlantic Center
11/15 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
11/19 – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
11/21 Boston, MA – TD Garden
11/22 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
11/23 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
11/24 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
11/26 Detroit, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
11/27 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
11/29 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
11/30 – Chicago, IL – United Center
12/01 Chicago, IL – United Center
12/03 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena
12/05 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
12/06 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
12/09 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
12/10 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
12/12 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
12/13 – Los Angeles, California – Staples Center
12/16 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
12/17 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
12/18 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
(via: Complex Magazine)

American Music Awards: Vote For Chris Brown !

Chris Brown is nominated for Soul/R&B Male & Soul/R&B Album: FAME at the 2011 American Music Awards. Voting ends November 11th at exactly 11:59pt. Find out who wins by watching the 2011 American Music Awards LIVE SUNDAY NOV 20 8|7c on ABC

Click HERE to vote, sign in using Twitter or Facebook and vote for CB !

Lady Gaga – “Hair” Jamey Tribute Live At iHeartRadio 2011

Who is Troy Davis?

“Who Is Troy Davis” has been one of Twitter’s top trending topics this morning. Davis is scheduled to be sentenced to death by the state of Georgia this evening.

In 1991 Davis was convicted of the August 19, 1989 murder of Officer Mark McPhails in Savannah, Georgia. McPhails was off-duty at the time, working as security guard when the shooting occured. He was shot twice trying to intervene during an assault on another man.

Davis has maintained his innocence since, and the verdict has been appealed several times on the grounds that Davis had not received a fair trial. Davis’ execution date has been stayed on three previous occasions as a result. Despite these appeals – due in large part to witnesses recanting some or their entire story – The U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia upheld the conviction in August 2010. Further appeals were rejected and Davis was set to be executed September 21, 2011.

Over the years Davis has garnered the support of Amnesty International, former president Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many more, each calling for Davis to be retried or to receive an evidentiary hearing. Davis has also received love from the hip-hop community.

As his execution inches closer and closer, the likes of Diddy, ?uestlove, Killer Mike and Russell Simmons have all come out to share their support in stopping the execution. One of the most vocal people has been Outkast’s Big Boi. The Atlien has taken to his Twitter, seemingly making it his mission to get people in and out of Atlanta mobilized and ready to protest.

“Time to hit the streets people!!!! #Troydavis Rally at the prison in Jackson Georgia 4:00 pm , time to be seen!!!!!,” he tweeted. “Judge Penny Freezeman is apparently the only one that can stop the UNJUST execution of Troy Davis: 912-652-7252”

Ironically many users have accused Twitter of blocking Davis’ name from becoming a trending topic, but it hasn’t stopped Big Boi. He’s urged his followers and friends’ followers to make their voice heard

“We don’t need a trending topic , we need boots on the ground, meet me in Jackson Georgia 40 miles outside Atlanta !!! #Troydavis,” Big Boi wrote on the social networking site.

Sir Lucious Leftfoot isn’t the only person getting out there to fight. Lupe Fiasco had a show in Atlanta Tuesday evening and during his performance of “Superstar,” he took the opportunity to voice his support altering the songs lyrics.

“Like the Governor called and he told ‘em to wait, unstrap ‘em from the chair put Troy back in the A. Ya’ll thought I didn’t know about that did y’all? Y’all was hitting me up on Twitter like ‘say something about Troy Davis.’ I was like ‘wait, I’m going to say something. Let that boy come home.’ At the same time rest in peace to officer McPhails,” said Lupe.

“That’s the name of the officer that was killed 10 years ago and they still can find who did it. So we send condolences and everything out to his family but the same time too we want truth and we want justice. We don’t want to send two victims to the gravediggers “

Check out ‘RapFix Live’ today at 4 pm ET on MTV.com as Big Boi and Pill will discuss their protests of the Troy Davis execution with Sway.

(via MTV.com)