Black Hollywood hit the purple carpet for this year’s “Soul Train Music Awards.” This year’s show went down in Atlanta and boasted some of music’s biggest acts.
The “Soul Train Music Awards,” which returned last year after a two-year hiatus, was again hosted by Academy Award nominated actors, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard. This year’s show featured hot performances by Bilal, Tamia, Lalah Hathaway, Cee-Lo, Jasmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michele, Erykah Badu, Freddie Jackson, Keisha Cole, Ne-Yo, and R. Kelly, just to name a few, and honored R&B greats Anita Baker and Ronald Isley.
“Soul Train,” the “longest-running, first-run, nationally-syndicated program in television history,” brought Funk, R&B, Jazz, and Hip-Hop to households across America for nearly 35 years. TV pioneer and Soul Train creator, Don Cornelius, started the “Soul Train Music Awards” in 1987 when he saw that popular music awards shows did not properly honor Black artists.
Last night’s award show did not disappoint. The performances honoring Anita Baker and Ronald Isley were on point, each artist delivering a soul-stirring rendition of the honorees songs. El DeBarge, Dionne Farris, Tank, Jeffery Osborne,Peabo Bryson, and Freddie Jackson, all proved they still had it. While Chrisette Michele, Bilal, Jasmine Sullivan, and Bruno Mars signaled they got next.
Awards show recaps can be almost as boring as some of the scripted banter, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite tweets from the night that kept me in stitches and made watching the “Soul Train Music Awards” that much more fun.