It was truly a night of classics at the 2016 Soul Train Awards, which aired on BET and Centric. This year, the soulful awards show took place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. And who else but the fabulous Ms. Erykah Badu to host the event. There were performances by Eric Benet, BJ the Chicago Kid, Ro James, Yuna, Major, and much more ❤
To kick off the night and some 90’s vibes, Dru Hill performed some of their well-known classics, “Tell Me”, “In My Bed Remix”, and “Beauty”. And what’s a Dru Hill performance without Sisquo performing his hit, “Thong Song”.
To follow the 90’s vibe of the show, Erykah Badu brought back the infamous Soul Cypher. This year, all of the artists performed medleys to their hit and famous songs. There was Angie Stone, who performed her hit song, “Brotha”; Neyo performed “Miss Independent”; Gladys Knight performed “Wing Beneath My Wings”; and Tyrese performed “How You Gonna Act Like That”. And they did it all to Bryson Tiller’s “Don’t” melody.
There were a lot of well-deserving awards given out last night, but the two that everyone focused on was when Brandy Norwood was honored with “Lady of Soul”, and Teddy Riley was honored with the Legend Award: Presented by Toyota.
Brandy really brought us back to the 90’s when she performed a medley of most of her hits, from “Almost Doesn’t Count” to “Angels in Disguise” to “I Wanna Be Down”. She even brought out rapper, Mase to perform their hit, “Top of The World”.
Teddy Riley was no different. He reminded us why he was the king of New Jack Swing and why he received the Legend Award. He performed hits like “Friday Night” and “I Like”. He also brought out some great artists like V. Bozeman, who performed SWV’s “Right Here”, and Bobby Brown, who performed his hit, “Prerogative”. His group, Guy, even performed “Let’s Chill” and “Groove Me”!
Celebrities weren’t the only ones being awarded last night. Erykah Badu gave out what she called, “Badu Internets Sensations” to Internet famous Jay Versace, James Wright, and Karlton Humes. Jay and Karlton are famous for making funny vines and Youtube videos and James is famous for his “Patti Pie” video.
And what better way to end the Soul Train Awards than with a soul train line! I guess its safe to say that everyone went home to find their old 90’s albums and outfits and brushed up on some of those dance moves (hehe!)
In the words of the late and great Don Cornelius, there’s nothing left to say but:
Peace. Love. and Sooouuul!