There were tears, tributes, and plenty of thrills when the Soul Train Awards 2013 aired last night on BET and Centric. Hosted by Anthony Anderson, this year’s show paid homage to the soul soundtrack of the ’90s, with performances from today’s brightest stars and the legends before them.
Jennifer Hudson kicked off the two-and-a-half hour show at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena with her new single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel),” accompanied by Evelyn “Champagne” King, Chaka Khan, and T.I.
An emotional Tamar Braxton picked up two awards for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award and later performed a medley including “Love and War,” “The One,” and “All the Way Home.”
Best New Artist winner K. Michelle delivered a very special performance of “Can’t Raise a Man” and “V.S.O.P.,” while Wale teamed up with Mint Condition’s Stokley Williams for a mash-up of Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues” and “LoveHate Thing.”
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Keith Sweat brought down the house with a medley of his greatest hits including “Make It Last Forever,” for which he was joined by Faith Evans.
Dionne Warwick was honored with the Legend Award and received a star-studded salute from Ron Isley, Ruben Studdard, Chrisette Michelle, Gladys Knight, and “American Idol” winner Candice Glover.
Slick Rick, Warren G, Dougie E. Fresh, and Big Daddy Kane brought back memories with an old school hip-hop medley, while the “Blue-Eyed Soul” set starred Jon B., Bobby Caldwell, Dave Koz, and Vanilla Ice, who had the crowd in its feet with “Ice Ice Baby.”
Other big winners included Kendrick Lamar (Album of the Year), Janelle Monáe (Video of the Year for “Q.U.E.E.N.”), Robin Thicke (Song of the Year for “Blurred Lines”), and Ashanti (Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance for “Never Should Have”).
There was love, peace, and soul when the 2013 Soul Train Awards rolled into Las Vegas on Friday night. Hosted by Anthony Anderson, this year’s show paid homage to the soul soundtrack of the ’90s, with performances from today’s brightest stars and the legends before them.
Jennifer Hudson opened the show with a medley of hits, accompanied by Evelyn “Champagne” King, Chaka Khan, and T.I., who joined her for her new single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel).”
Tamar Braxton picked up awards in categories including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award (via The Boombox). A teary-eyed Tamar accepted one of her awards from Chaka Khan and later performed her single “All the Way Home.”
K. Michelle took home Best New Artist and delivered a white-hot performance, while Wale teamed up with Mint Condition’s Stokley Williams for a mash-up of Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues” and “LoveHate Thing.”
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Keith Sweat dueted with Faith Evans on his 1988 hit “Make It Last Forever.”
Dionne Warwick was honored with the Legend Award and received a star-studded salute from Ron Isley, Ruben Studdard, Chrisette Michelle, and Gladys Knight. They capped off the tribute with a performance of Warwick’s “That’s What Friends Are For.”
Slick Rick, Warren G, Dougie E. Fresh, and Big Daddy Kane thrilled with an old school hip-hop medley, while the “Blue-Eyed Soul” set starred Jon B., Bobby Caldwell, Dave Koz, and Vanilla Ice, who rapped “Ice Ice Baby.”
Other big winners included Janelle Monáe (Video of the Year for “Q.U.E.E.N.”), Robin Thicke (Song of the Year for “Blurred Lines”), and Ashanti (Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance for “Never Should Have”).
The 2013 Soul Train Awards will air on Centric and BET on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. EST.
The holiday weekend capped off with the Soul Train Awards 2012, which aired last night on Centric. Taped earlier this month at Planet Hollywood’s PH Live in Las Vegas, the 25th annual show featured performances from R&B and hip-hop’s biggest stars and some talented newcomers.
Keyshia Cole tore the house down with her singles “Trust and Believe” and “Enough of No Love,” 2 Chainz proclaimed “I’m Different,” Miguel thrilled with “Adorn,” and Ne-Yo had the audience on its feet with “Let Me Love You.”
Elle Varner scored Best New Artist, Beyoncé was awarded Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Miguel won Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, and Album of the Year went to Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE.
If you missed the show, we’ve got you covered. Watch the performances below.
Peace, love, and soul spread through Las Vegas at the Soul Train Awards 2012. Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, the 25th annual show was held at Planet Hollywood’s PH Live on Thursday and featured memorable performances from some of hip-hop and R&B’s finest including Keyshia Cole, 2 Chainz, Miguel, John Legend, and Fantasia.
Newcomers Leah LaBelle, Elle Varner, and Marcus Canty blessed the stage, while the fellas represented with powerhouse sets from Ne-Yo and TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank). Stevie Wonder led an all-star finale as a photo of President Obama was displayed on the screens and confetti fell from the sky.
Winners included 2 Chainz, Miguel, Elle Varner, and New Edition, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Soul Train Awards 2012 will air on BET and Centric on Sunday, November 25, at 9 p.m. EST.
Peace, love, and soul ruled the night at the 2011 Soul Train Awards. The 40th anniversary show, which was taped earlier this month at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre and aired on Sunday night, featured the soulful stylings of Cee Lo Green, Robin Thicke, Lloyd, and more, along with tributes to the late Heavy D and Legend Award recipients Earth, Wind & Fire and Gladys Knight.
Common dueted with Marsha Ambrosius on his single “Blue Sky,” a barefoot Cee Lo teamed up with Melanie Fiona for a white-hot duet of “Fool for You,” Mindless Behavior had the crowd on its feet with “Girls Talkin’ ‘Bout” and “Mrs. Right,” Robin Thicke smoothed it out with “Love After War,” and Lloyd spiced things up with “Dedication to My Ex (Miss That).” Plus, Doug E. Fresh, Goodie Mobb, Naughty by Nature, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, and Kurtis Blow paid homage to the late Heavy D with a medley of his hits.
An absent Chris Brown went home with Album of the Year for F.A.M.E., Miguel picked up Best New Artist, and Kelly Rowland scored Song of the Year for “Motivation.” Other winners included Nicki Minaj (Best Hip-Hop Song), Jill Scott (Best Female R&B/Soul Artist), Cee Lo (Best Male R&B/Soul Artist), Marsha Ambrosius (Record of the Year), and Beyoncé (Best Dance Performance).
If you missed it, catch some of the performances below.
Love, peace, and soul, plus Keri Hilson and Monica were in the building at the 2009 Soul Train Awards at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on Tuesday (Nov. 3).
The revived awards show, hosted by Oscar nominees Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, featured a duet from Toni Braxton and Trey Songz (“Yesterday”), as well as performances by Keri Hilson, Robin Thicke, Ryan Leslie, Raheem DeVaughn with Ludacris, Chrisette Michele, Mario with Sean Garrett, and more. Henson, Boyz II Men, Chico DeBarge, Johnny Gill, Estelle, Vita, Mike Phillips, and Melanie Fiona staged an all-star tribute to Motown, while Erykah Badu, Melle Mel, Ledisi, Fantasia, and Angie Stone honored the legendary Chaka Khan.