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Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight Among Performers on Soul Train Awards 2013, Airing Tonight

Image courtesy of Centric (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Centric (via ABC News Radio)

A star-studded lineup of performers will be featured on the Soul Train Awards 2013 , which was pre-taped earlier this month at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas and will air tonight on Centric and BET at 8 p.m. ET.

To begin the show, Chaka Khan is scheduled to hit the stage to sing a medley with Jennifer Hudson and rap star T.I.   In addition, Dionne Warwick will be the recipient of the Legend Award, followed by a show-stopping tribute featuring Gladys Knight , Ronald Isley , O'Jays singer Eddie Levert and such younger stars as Eric Benet , Ruben Studdard , Kenny Lattimore , Bobby V. , Chrisette Michele and Candice Glover .

R&B veteran Keith Sweat also will receive a major honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and will treat the crowd to a medley of his hits with a special appearance by Faith Evans .

Among the event's many other performers are Smokey Robinson and Bobby Caldwell . Viewers also can expect appearances by Wolf Blitzer , Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds , Idris Elba , Toni Braxton , Ashanti , Bill Bellamy , Vivica A. Fox , Janelle Monae , and more.

Veteran artists who scored Soul Train Awards nominations this year include Isley, Khan, George Benson , Jeffrey Osborne , Tony Bennett and the late George Duke .  The 2013 Soul Train Awards ceremony is hosted by comedian/actor Anthony Anderson .

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