“The Apollo is thrilled to partner with BET to host the Soul Train Awards, bringing together three iconic brands that represent Black culture and excellence,” said Apollo executive producer Kamilah Forbes.
The 2021 Soul Train Awards will be taped at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem on Nov. 20, marking the first time the show has been based in New York in its 34-year history. The show has aired from venues in the Los Angeles area (1987-2007), Atlanta (2009-11) and Las Vegas (2012-19); the 2020 show was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 Soul Train Awards premieres Sunday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her.
The show will salute the 50th anniversary of Soul Train television program, which debuted on Oct. 2, 1971. When the final episode aired in 2006, it was the longest running first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history. The awards show, which launched in 1987, recognizes the best in soul, R&B and hip hop.