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The 2012 Soul Train Awards this past Sunday night proved to be another major showcase of the industry’s biggest and brightest stars in the worlds of R&B, Hip Hop, soul, and gospel/inspirational music. Taped for the first time ever in Las Vegas, returning host and original “King of Comedy” Cedric the Entertainer led a triumphant display of lights, action and great performances.

Take a look at this year’s big winners below and in case you didn’t get to catch the show in its entirety, be sure to tune into BET and Centric tonight at 7:30 PM EST for an encore presentation of this year’s main event honoring the late Don Cornelius, the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to 30-year R&B veterans New Edition and plenty of moments with your favorites along the way.

Best New Artist – Elle Varner

Centric Award – Leah Labelle

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance – Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks “Celebrate” (from the Sparkle movie soundtrack)

Best Hip Hop Song of the Year – Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz “Mercy”

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – Beyonce

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Miguel

Album of the Year – Frank Ocean “Channel Orange”

Song of the Year – Tyrese “Stay”

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter of the Year Award – John Legend featuring Ludacris “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)”

Best Dance Performance – Beyonce “Love On Top”


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