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WENDY WILLIAMS TO HOST SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 IN LAS VEGAS ON NOVEMBER 7TH
PREMIERING NOVEMBER 30TH AT 8PM ET/PT ON CENTRIC AND BET, THE AWARDS SHOW WITH REAL SOUL RETURNS TO THE ORLEANS ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CENTRIC today announced that media mogul Wendy Williams will host SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014, celebrating and honoring R&B legends and soul music's brightest new stars. The show will be held on November 7, 2014 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas with tickets on sale to the public. The show promises to engage fans with unforgettable performances, iconic tributes and special appearances by today's leading musicians. SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 will air on CENTRIC and BET on November 30, 2014 at 8PM ET/PT.
"Last year Wendy Williams did an amazing job hosting our red carpet show, so this year, we're excited to have the queen of daytime talk host SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014, as we celebrate some of the most-promising new artists as well as the industry's greatest legends," said Paxton Baker, General Manager and Executive Vice President, CENTRIC. "We're back at the Orleans Arena, one of the nicest production spaces in town, where we'll be hosting a weekend full of timeless entertainment and we're inviting fans all over the country to join us for the most soulful 3-day party to ever hit Vegas!"
This year's show promises to be one for the books as best-selling author, entrepreneur and audience favorite Wendy Williams is set to take over the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 stage as host. No stranger to entertaining, Williams brings her signature charm and quick wit to the Orleans Arena where she will make her awards show hosting debut. She is currently in production on the sixth season of the hit daytime talk show, "The Wendy Williams Show," headlining her second "Lipshtick" comedy series in Las Vegas on Halloween, and is also producing the Lifetime Original Movie, "Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B."
"As a longtime lover of R&B and Hip Hop, I am beyond excited to host this year's Soul Train Awards on CENTRIC," said Wendy. "It is an honor to be a part of the biggest night in music and highlight the achievements of both legends and rising talent. Vegas, how you doin'?"
For additional information and to purchase tickets for Soul Train Awards and other exciting events, visit www.SoulTrainWeekend.com or call 888-234-2334.
The Soul Train Awards is directed by Tony McCuin and produced by BET Event Productions and Sunseeker Media. Executive producers of the network telecast are as follows: Paxton Baker, Tami Arasli, Derek Lewis from Centric; Bart Phillips from Sunseeker and David Koff and Jerry Letter from Soul Train Holdings.
For more information, please visit BET.com/SoulTrain.
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Centric is a 24-hour music and entertainment channel that reflects the lifestyle and sophistication of today's African-American and multicultural adult viewer. With a finger on the pulse of an ever-changing beat, its compelling music content fuses Soul, R&B, Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel, Jazz, Old School, New School and everything in between with today's hottest artists. It is a unique of mix of music, culture and lifestyle programming that embodies the lives, tastes and aspirations of the CENTRIC viewer.
About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.
About Soul Train Holdings
SOUL TRAIN HOLDINGS, LLC was formed in May 2008 and is owned by InterMedia Partners and a partnership between Magic Johnson Enterprises and Ron Burkle's investment firm, The Yucaipa Companies. The iconic franchise and catalog consists of more than 1,100 episodes and 40 specials from Don Cornelius Productions, Inc. Soul Train is the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated music program in television history. During its 35-year run, the show featured lasting innovations such as the Soul Train line and the legendary sign off "Love, Peace and Soul." At the heart of the show was Don Cornelius, the dancers and influential artists such as James Brown, Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Hall & Oates, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Prince, Run D.M.C. and Destiny's Child.
About the Orleans Arena
The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation's leading multi-purpose sports and entertainment facilities and the 2014 recipient of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers. In addition, the Orleans Arena is one of only a handful of arenas in the United States to achieve LEED Gold Certification and is part of the largest company in Nevada to achieve SHARP Certification for commitments to safe venue operations. According to Venues Today magazine, the Orleans Arena, which hosts more than 200 events each year, consistently ranks in the Top 10 for ticket sales in the United States and internationally among venues of similar size. These events include nationally touring concerts, NCAA basketball conference tournaments, family shows, motorsports and other unique events. For more information, call 702-365-7469 or visit www.OrleansArena.com. Stay connected to the Orleans Arena on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleansarena) and on Twitter (@orleansarena).
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