The Soul Train Awards, the only award show that really brings the soul and funk to its audience. This year was no different. Erykah Badu once again hosted the award show and did a wonderful job I might add. Many big name artists left with awards that night, a host of new artists conquered the stage including Ro James, some big names also performed including Eric Benet, Carl Thomas, and Dru Hill, and some interesting twist were brought onto the show. Badu performed with India Arie and she performed song “WiFi” with D.R.A.M, but she also hosted the Soul Cypher, a cypher for singers which included Ne-Yo, Angie Stone, Tyrese, and the legendary Gladys Knight.
There were two big winners of the night. Both have made tremendous impacts on the music industry and the way music sounds today. Teddy Riley was one of them; Riley was honored with the Legend Award, for his contribution to music as well as his work with creating the classic “New Jack Swing” sound during the late 80’s/early 90’s. After a video montage of his career and his acceptance speech, Riley performed his songs and songs he wrote and produced for other artists including “Let’s Chill”, Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” with Tito Jackson, and SWV’s “Right Here” with V Bozeman. Other guest appearances include Guy, Doug E. Fresh, Bobby Brown, and Wreckx-N-Effect.
Brandy was another big winner of the night. Honored by a fellow recipient, Jill Scott, for the Lady of Soul Award. This award was given to Brandy to honor her stellar, unique vocals, timeless music that has impacted the music industry, and her ability to maintain pop star status in her 20+ year career with albums, movies, and hit TV shows. Along with a video montage that included Brandy herself, Jhene Aiko, and Jasmine Sullivan, Brandy performed her biggest hits including “Almost Doesn’t Count”, “What About Us?”, and her classic hit “I Wanna Be Down”, hip-hop rapper Ma$e made an appearance while performing “Top of the World”. During her acceptance speech, Brandy thanked her family, her fans and those who supported her career throughout the years.
In case you missed the award show, you can catch the rerun on BET or BET Centric or check ou bet.com.