The 2023 Soul Train Awards had everything an R&B and soul music lover needed. They took place in Los Angeles on Sunday night (Nov. 26). In lieu of a traditional award show format, the Soul Train Awards decided to have a “soulful party” instead.
“Soul, R&B, and hip hop continue to top the charts and drive culture forward,” Connie Orlando, EVP, specials, music programming & music strategy, said in a statement. “This year, we are taking inspiration from these genres to innovate and disrupt the award show format while celebrating the legacy of Soul Train. We are proud of this year’s list of esteemed nominees and look to deliver an unforgettable night of soul with our new location, performances, and show moments.”
Keke Palmer was this year’s host and kept everyone laughing the entire night.
“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,” stated Connie Orlando, BET executive VP specials, music programming & music strategy, in the press release announcement. “We can’t wait to have her host the Soul Train Awards house party. 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.”
Keke Palmer was the night’s host, but she also played double duty when she stepped on stage to perform.
As for winners, SZA took the lead as she won four times for: Song of the year (“Snooze”), Album of the Year (SOS), Best R&B/soul female artist, and The Ashford and Simpson songwriter’s award (“Snooze”).
Take a look at all of the performances below: