*The 2011 Soul Train Awards are just around the corner and Cedric the Entertainer will be this year’s host. The 3rd annual event will highlight the best of today’s R&B music while bridging the latest styles to the classic sounds of yesterday.

It’ll take place at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Ga. on Thursday Nov. 17 and will premiere on both BET and Centric at 9pm Eastern on Sunday, November 27.

This year’s celebration will be the 40th anniversary of Soul Train and will honor pioneers like Earth, Wind and Fire as well as Gladys Knight.

“We are thrilled to have an opportunity to partner with BET/Centric again to produce another Soul Tran Awards presentation,” said Soul Train CEO Kenard Gibbs. “These annual awards allow us to celebrate the legacy of the Soul Train brand by showcasing amazing new talent that has been influenced by the music icons who have contributed to the success of the Soul Train series.”