Words by: Kevin Keise

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Typically on the weekend of the Bayou Classic, Grambling State University and Southern University are at each other’s neck for the unofficial crown in their battle of the bands. This time, during the 45th year, history was made in Baton Rouge, LA. BET Networks partnered with the Bayou Classic and the National Artist Development Group to execute a Guinness World Record.

For the first time, The World Famed Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band, The Human Jukebox, Southern’s band, and the students in attendance, all united in the name of peace, love, and soul to break the world record for the longest Soul Train Dance Line ever. The 2018 Soul Train Music Awards broke the news.


According to the Guinness World Records, the previous record for the largest Soul Train dance consisted of 426 participants, which was achieved by Goodyear Ballpark (USA) in Goodyear, Ariz, on 4 July 2014.