After a Thanksgiving holiday filled with family, fun and laughter, and a crazy Black Friday shopping day, many families relaxed and enjoyed some great music by paying homage to legendary artists at the 29th Annual Soul Train Music Awards held Nov.27, airing on Centric and BET. “The Godmother of Soul,” Ms. Erykah Badu, hosted the award show, which honors artists in 12 different categories.
The show began with a performance of R&B hits from ’90s group Dru Hill. A medley of “Tell Me,” “In My Bed” and lead singer Sisqo’s “Thong Song” were all included. Along with the group performance, lead singer Sisqo also had some solo time to perform, where fans went wild. The performances had the audience very hype, and fans even expressed their excitement and feelings of pleasure about the performance on Twitter. The group responded with thanks to all the tweets, and took the opportunity to advertise their new single, “Change”.
Brandy also hit the stage to perform a variety of her hits from the ’90s. Some of the fan favorites that received recognition from other artists such as Badu and Fat Joe were “Wanna Be Down” and “That Boy is Mine.” She received the 2016 “Lady of Soul” award, and her performance definitely showed why she was deserving. Other big award winners were Beyonce, who took home Album of the Year with Lemonade, Chance the Rapper, who took home Best New Artist, and Kanye West’s “Fade” featuring Teyana Taylor for Best Dance Performance.
Later in the show, viewers got to see a cypher, but this cypher was a little different from the rest. Normally, cyphers are associated with rappers, but this one was full of soulful vocalists. The artists included Gladys Knight, Angie Stone, Tyrese, Ne-Yo and Badu on the “ones and twos.”
The last two performances on stage were Teddy Riley and Bobby Brown, along with Badu and D.R.A.M. Brown and Riley performed the classic “My Perogative,” allowing fans to reminisce on older days in music. Badu and D.R.A.M. performed their song collaboration entitled “WiFi,” from D.R.A.M.’s most recent album, Big Baby D.R.A.M. The duo showed a bit of chemistry during the performance that got the audience excited.
Overall, the award show was a great time to reflect on great music, honor artists of the past and present and “fangirl” over Badu like nobody’s business.