Bruno Mars, K. Michelle, Elle Varner
B.o.B., Bruno Mars, Soul Train Awards
Miguel, Soul Train Awards
Leah LaBelle, Soul Train Awards
Frank Ocean, Soul Train Awards
Elle Varner, Soul Train Awards
Robert Glasper, Soul Train Awards
Bunji Garlin, Soul Train Arwards
Tye Tribbett, Soul Train Awards
Luke James, Soul Train Awards
K. Michelle, Soul Train Awards
Nicole Henry, Soul Train Awards
Tiara Thomas, Soul Train Award
Machel Montano, Soul Train Awards
Leela James, Soul Train Awards
Nico & Vinz, Soul Train Awards
Liv Warfield, Soul Train Awards

Artists Whose First Win Was a Soul Train

It Began With Soul...
No matter how many awards an artist may win during their career, "it's never as good as the first time." Here are 18 artists that have celebrated their first win on the Soul Train Awards stage. (Photos from left: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for BET, Scott Barbour/Getty Images, Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Centric)
Double on First
In 2010, "Nothin' On You" took home the award for Song of the Year. The hit single provided Bruno Mars and B.o.B. with their first taste of victory!
(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
A Sure Thing
Although his debut album All I Want Is You was slow on the come up, it enjoyed much success on the charts after it's release in 2010. So it's no surprise that Miguel nabbed the award for Best New Artist the following year at the Soul Train Awards. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Grown Woman Sexy
R&B singer Leah LaBelle's sexy, cool and confident sound won the Centric seal of approval when she was crowned the winner of the Centric Certified Award in 2012. (Photo: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Centric)
You Better Recognize...
Singer-songwriter Frank Ocean's mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra kept music lovers on the edge of their seats for the release of his debut LP. Channel ORANGE exceeded expectations and rightfully won Frank Ocean his first award for Album of the Year in 2012.
(Photo: Matt Kent/Getty Images)
Perfectly Imperfect
Songwriter and R&B singer Elle Varner came out on top in 2012 when she took home her first award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist. The competition was tough, considering she was also up against J. Cole, who was both her former classmate and the featured artist in her debut single "I Only Wanna Give It to You." (Photo: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Centric)
Black Radio
In 2012 recognition was given to the Robert Glasper Experiment for their unique blend of hip hop, pop and rock into a unifying and unique jazz flow. Their debut LP Black Radio won the trio their first award for Best Traditional Jazz Performance. (Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Sonos Studio)
Dare to Be Different
Ragga soca artist Bunji Garlin's hit single "Differentology" was his ticket to winning his first award at the 2013 Soul Train Awards for Best International Performance.
(Photo: Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
A Time to Shine
After four albums, songwriter and Gospel singer Tye Tribbett finally got his moment to shine with his praise inspiring single "If He Did It Before... Same God." In 2013, it won him his first award for Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance.
(Photo: Leon Bennett/BET/Getty Images for BET)
Falsetto For Days
R&B singer-songwriter Luke James wow'd the masses with his debut single "I Want You." His talent on that single alone was enough to score him the Centric seal of approval and in 2013, he won the Centric Certified Award.
(Photo: Maury Phillips/BET/Getty Images for BET)
A Rebellious Soul
In 2013, K. Michelle let her TV persona take a back seat to her music career and released her debut album A Rebellious Soul. The quality of her music inspired her nomination for the Soul Train Award she later won for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist. (Photo: Ethan Miller/BET/Getty Images for BET)
Not in Vain
Jazz singer Nicole Henry celebrated her first award win on the Soul Train stage in 2013 for her version of "Waiting in Vain," off her seventh solo album - Best Traditional Jazz Performance.
(Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for BET)
Cloud 9
Recording artist Tiara Thomas celebrated her first award win in 2013 when she and rapper Wale won the Soul Train Award for Best Hip Hop Song of the Year for their single "Bad".
(Photo: Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
Soca For The Soul
Trinadadian soca artist Machel Montano's career spans more than 30 years, so Centric was pleased to present this Carribbean music icon with his first award at the 2014 Soul Train Awards for Best International Performance. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for BET)
For the Love of "Music"
Soul and R&B singer-songwriter was duly recognized in 2014 with her first award win at the Soul Train Awards. For her excellence in music she was presented with the Centric Certified Award.
(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for BET)
A Shared Victory
2014 was undoubtedly a year of great success for Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz who really rocked the charts with their debut single "Am I Wrong," but nothing could have been sweeter than turning up for their first award win at the Soul Train Awards for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist (Photo: Earl Gibson/BET/Getty Images for BET)
You Oughta Know
Soul and R&B artist Liv Warfield triumphantly returned to music in 2014. Her sophomore album, executively produced by music icon Prince, garnered her two Soul Train Awards Nominations. That night, she walked away with the award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.
(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for BET)


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