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Cedric, Wonder, Ne-Yo, Knight and Cole headline Soul Train Awards


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Ne-Yo arrives at Night 2 of the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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Alicia Keys and Steve Wonder perform during the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 20, 2012.

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Gladys Knight arrives at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 20, 2012.

To celebrate the 25th Annual Soul Train Awards, producers have expanded it into four events over a jam-packed 72 hours, and for the next three days at Planet Hollywood, it’s a celebrity powerhouse of stars, stars and more stars.

Cedric the Entertainer hosts the awards, which honor the best in music, comedy and entertainment. An all-star comedy show salutes our beloved Flamingo headliner George “I’ll Be Thinking” Wallace. Comedy actor Bill Bellamy hosts a star-studded golf tournament, and the weekend closes with a concert headlined by 2012 Lifetime Achievement recipients New Edition.

The action starts today with a red carpet pre-show at 4:30 p.m. with “Apollo Live” host Tony Rock and reality TV star and singer Tamar Braxton hosting and interviewing entertainment’s biggest names. Joining Keri Hilson and Jody Watley as presenters are actors Anthony Mackie and Bellamy, Estelle, radio personality Michael Baisden and reality TV stars Tameka “Tiny” Harris and rapper and Las Vegas resident Flavor Flav.

This year’s awards will go on record as being the most soulful, with newly added performances by legends Stevie Wonder and hometown heroes Gladys Knight and Ne-Yo, plus, Anthony Hamilton, Eddie Levert, 2 Chainz, Keyshia Cole, Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, John Legend, Leah Labelle, Elle Varner and Marcus Canty. Raphael Saadiq plays double duty performing and serving as music director.

The show will be taped for broadcast on BET and Centric on Sunday, Nov. 25. Friday’s inaugural celebrity golf tournament will be held at Paiute Golf Club Resort with guest NBA legend “Dr. J” Julius Erving. The comedy salute to Wallace on Friday night includes Bellamy, Rock, Sherri Shepherd, Earthquake, Chris Spencer and Gary Owen.

Saturday’s concert ending the three-day celebration features Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank as TGT, Miguel and New Edition.

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