- Ari Lennox, Chanté Moore, Coco Jones, Muni Long, SiR, Tank, and Q set to perform
BET has announced iconic 80’s funk band Morris Day & The Time will receive the ‘Legend’ award at “Soul Train Awards” 2022. World-class musician, composer, and actor Morris Day is best known for his role as lead singer of the legendary band. The Time is beloved for their top musical hits “Jungle Love,” “The Bird,” and “Fishnet,” a track that landed at #1 on the US R&B charts. The band’s successful music career spans four decades. Morris Day has appeared in multiple films including cult classic Purple Rain.
Ari Lennox, Chanteì Moore, Muni Long, SiR, Tank, and BET Amplified stage artists Coco Jones and Q are set to perform at the feel-good party of the year. Hosted by award-winning comedian and actor Deon Cole, “Soul Train Awards” 2022 premieres on Monday, 27 November at 02:00 AM (WAT) on BET AFRICA and repeats at 19:00 (WAT).
“We are thrilled to be honouring Morris Day and The Time at this year’s Soul Train Awards. These icons have done so much for the culture over a span of decades and we are elated to have the opportunity to celebrate them, their music and their contribution to Soul,” said Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Paramount Africa and Peer Lead, BET International.
“They say the way you start is the way you finish, and being that I’m retiring end of next year, it’s only fitting that I return to the place that helped start it all,” said Morris Day. “Our first major TV appearance was in 1981 on Soul Train with Don Cornelius. And 41 years later, to be honoured with the Soul Train Awards Legend Award is what we call full circle. Truly amazing!”
“Morris Day & The Time create and perform timeless, feel-good music for fans to enjoy all over the world. Their unique sound, style, and artistry continue to serve as inspiration to music lovers and recording artists today,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. “We can’t wait to get the Soul Train Awards party started with our star-studded slate of soulful artists and can’t-miss moments.”
Alex Vaughn, Durand Bernarr, Muni Long and Tasha Cobbs Leonard are set to blend harmonies for this year’s Soul Cypher. Renowned DJ and music producer D-Nice will take command of the turntables.
BET, a unit of Paramount (NASDAQ: PARAA; PARA; PARAP), 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 is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, a growing BET festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.
About Soul Train
“Soul Train” was created in 1971 by visionary Don Cornelius and predominantly featured performances by R&B, pop, soul, and hip-hop artists, in addition to the occasional funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists. When the final episode of the show’s historic thirty-five-year run aired in 2006, it was the longest-running first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history. “Soul Train” highlighted a cast of incredible, ethnically diverse dancers who famously introduced the world to a whole new series of dance moves and styles on a weekly basis. Cornelius opened every show welcoming the audience to “the hippest trip in America” and closed each show wishing the audience “love, peace, and soul.” Today, the legacy of “Soul Train” lives on through the legendary Soul Train dance line, which has become a timeless staple on dance floors across America. In 2016, BET, acquired the “Soul Train” brand and remains dedicated to revitalizing the brand while also honoring its heritage.
About Paramount Africa
Multimedia entertainment powerhouse Paramount offers the most comprehensive international broadcast portfolio on the African continent, reaching more than 100 million viewers across 48 territories in Africa. Paramount currently comprises 10 separate TV channels and 5 consumer websites, as well as multiple mobile and social media sites. The company’s African business interests include content production and distribution; spot sales, 360-degree sponsorships, events, mobile, digital and consumer products.