Monday, November 30, 2015

Soul Train Awards 2015 Recap: Erykah Badu Throws Shade At Iggy Azalea, Babyface's Tribute + First-Ever 'Soul Cypher'


The 2015 Soul Train Music Awards was hands down one of the best award shows I've personally seen in awhile... better than this year's Grammy's, BET Awards, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, all that! 

Soul Train brought it this year, okay!

R&B, Soul and Gospel fans rejoiced everywhere after all of the spectacular performances put on Sunday night (Nov. 29) by a host of amazing artists, such as Jill Scott, Fantasia, Babyface, Brandy, Tyrese, Boyz II Men, and the list just goes on and on.

Highlights

During the ceremony, Jill Scott was presented with the first-ever 'Lady of Soul Award.' She wowed the crowd with a medley of her hits, including “Back Together,” “Long Walk,” “Golden,” and many more. 


Congrats to Jill Scott!
Gina and Pam from Martin!
Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold presented the award for 'Best New Artist'
"Classic Man" Jidenna won
Tyrese performed "Shame" and won the "Centric Certified Award"

**Full List of Winners Below**


Eryka Badu Shades Iggy's Rap Skills

Erykah Badu did such a wonderful job hosting the award show. She was funny, entertaining, engaging, and she also blessed us with some of her hits, such as her new song "Phone Down" and her classic hit, "Tyrone." Yasss!



The shade thrown at Iggy Azalea had the audience like OH SNAP! 

Erykah did a short monologue on why she couldn’t have rappers on the show. She then decided to make fake phone calls to artists, one being to Australian rapper, Iggy Azalea:

 "Uh yes? Who is this? Iggy Azalea?" she joked. "Yeah, hey. Oh, no, no, you can come, 'cause what you doin' is definitely not rap.” 

Well damn! Lol. Watch the clip below:



The 'Soul Cypher'

Soul Train also featured its first-ever 'Soul Cypher' which is like the 'Hip Hop Cypher' seen at the BET Hip Hop Awards, but with a R&B and Soul twist. The Soul Cypher featured, Lalah Hathaway, Chrisette Michele, K-Ci, Eddie Levert, and muva Erykah Badu who was spinning on the 1's and 2's.



Babyface Tribute

One of my favorite moments during the show this year was the all-star tribute to Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds who was presented with the 'Legend Award' by L.A. Reid. 

The R&B icon played the piano and was joined by Boyz II Men, Fantasia, Brandy, Bobby Brown and Tevin Campbell who all performed some of the classic hits Babyface wrote.

Fantasia did her thang singing Whitney Houston's "Shoop Shoop" and Karyn White's hit "Superwoman." Boyz II Men sang "End of the Road" and "I'll Make Love To You."

Babyface closed out singing his own hit "Whip Appeal." Watch below:

After 7 Reminds Us Of That True, Ol' School R&B

Another amazing moment was when the group After 7 joined Jazmine Sullivan onstage and sang their 1989 hit "Ready or Not." Oh em gee, those voices got me all hyped up! Check it out below:





R. Kelly closed out the show singing a string of his hits and made me wish I was at a cookout as he sang his newest song "Backyard Party." 


Full List of Winners
Best New Artist
Jidenna
Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
The Weeknd
Centric Certified Award
Tyrese
Video of the Year
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Best Gospel and/or Inspirational Song
Lecrae, “All I Need Is You”
Album of the Year
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
Jill Scott
Song of the Year
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
Common and John Legend’s “Glory,” from the motion picture Selma, written by Lonnie Rashid Lynn, John Roger Stephens and Che Smith
Best Dance Performance
Silento, “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”
Best Collaboration
Omarion featuring Chris Brown & Jhené Aiko, “Post to Be”
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