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“Soul Train Awards” 2023 premieres on BET Africa and DStv Channels

BET has announced superstar Emmy Award-winning actress, musical artist, producer, and entrepreneur Keke Palmer as the host of the soulful house party of the year, “Soul Train Awards” 2023. 

“Soul Train Awards” 2023 recognizes the best in Soul, R&B, and Hip Hop from established industry legends and the next generation of promising artists.

Taping in Los Angeles, CA, the show reimagines the traditional award show ceremony as an intimate, unforgettable night celebrating the best in soul music and the iconic legacy brand. Keke Palmer will also perform during the awards ceremony alongside Coco Jones, BJ The Chicago Kid, Danté Bowe, Fridayy, Muni Long, and SWV. “Soul Train Awards” 2023 premieres Monday, 27 November at 02:00 am WAT on BET Africa, DStv Channel 129, repeating at 07:00 pm WAT. 

“Keke Palmer is a globally recognized multihyphenate talent who embodies confidence and positivity and is one of the most engaging and lovable personalities working in entertainment today. We can’t wait to have her host the Soul Train Awards house party,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. “BET gave Keke her first talk show, where she made history as the youngest talk show host in television, and today we are honored to have her back on the ‘Soul Train Awards’ stage. As always, expect our star-studded slate of soulful artists and can’t-miss moments to illuminate your screens for a night dedicated to soul music.” 

“This year’s Soul Train Awards will witness incredible performances from Keke Palmer, Coco Jones, BJ The Chicago Kid, Danté Bowe, Fridayy, Muni Long and SWV,” commented Monde Twala, Senior Vice President, General Manager and Lead of BET International. “Their unique musical prowess promises to make this year’s awards ceremony a memorable celebration of soul and rhythm.” 

Summer Walker, SZA, and Usher lead the “Soul Train Awards” 2023 nominations with nine outstanding nods, marking a historic three-way tie. Burna Boy, Ayra Starr, and Tyla also stand out as nominees. The official “Soul Train Awards” 2023 nominees were selected by a voting academy of esteemed music industry insiders, performers, and presenters. Click HERE for the complete “Soul Train Awards” 2023 nominees list. 

Connie Orlando, EVP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy, will oversee the annual show and Executive Produce for BET with Jamal Noisette, VP, Specials & Music Programming. Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, to serve as Executive Producer of “Soul Train Awards” 2023 along with Jesse Collins Entertainment’s Jeannae Rouzan–Clay and Dionne Harmon. 

Due to the format of this year’s show, media credentials for “Soul Train Awards” 2023 are invite only. To be added to our asset distribution e-mail list post-taping, which includes images, video, and more, please email

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