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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