Some of biggest names in music will convened Friday night in Las Vegas for the 2013 Soul Train Awards.
Hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar leads this year’s nominations with six, including best new artist and album of the year. Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton and Janelle Monae are all in the running for five nominations each.
Competing for song of the year are the tracks: “Blurred Lines,” by Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I.; “Diamonds” by Rihanna; Brown’s “Fine China”; “Love and War” from Braxton; “Poetic Justice,” by Lamar feat. Drake; and “Suit & Tie,” by Timberlake feat. Jay Z.
Comedian and actor Anthony Anderson will host the show, which will feature performances by Monae, Toni Braxton, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, among others. Cast members of Cirque Du Soliel will do a special tribute to Michael Jackson.
Dionne Warwick will be honored with the Legend Award. Several acts will pay tribute to the star, including Gladys Knight, Ronald Isley, Eric Benet, Ruben Studdard, Kenny Lattimore, Bobby V and “American Idol” Candice Glover.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Keith Sweat, who will sing a medley of songs with Faith Evans.
The show is being filmed to air on BET and Centric on Dec. 1.