Erykah Badu shades Iggy Azalea and Babyface brings down the house at the 2015 …

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Erykah Badu obliterated Iggy Azalea at the Soul Train Awards.

This much is clear after Sunday night’s broadcast of the 2015 Soul Train Awards: Erykah Badu needs her own variety show, preferably one that’s buttressed with plenty of live performances by Badoula Oblongata herself. R&B/soul — in all its colorful glory — was celebrated during Centric/BET’s telecast of the annual Soul Train Awards this evening (Nov. 29), taped Nov. 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Actor Mandy Patinkin narrates “The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs” (Showtime at 9 p.m.), which offers an in-depth look at the CIA and the often-controversial techniques the agency employs against terrorism. The Weeknd nabbed best R&B/soul male artist and album of the year for Beauty Behind the Madness, while Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars claimed awards for song of the year and video of the year. The Librarians (8 p.m., TNT) – Baird’s old friend finds himself embroiled in a scandal in the form of a missing intern and a contract with the devil. Why include a performance from Cameo, preceded by a lengthy pre-taped “Behind the Music” sketch following Larry Blackmon’s codpiece, but not give time for “Candy,” the band’s biggest hit? Sunday talk shows: “Capital Download” (WUSA at 8:30 a.m.) talks to Republican strategist Karl Rove; “Fox News Sunday” (Fox at 9) hosts former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a GOP presidential candidate; “White House Chronicle” (WETA at 9) has G.

One wonders if BET deliberately decided to include Kelly at the end, knowing discussion of Kelly’s reputation as a sexual predator would result in heightened social media mentions for the show. King (R-N.Y.); “This Is America & the World” (WETA at 10 and WHUT at 7:30 p.m.) is on location in Benin, exploring the role of infrastructure in the West African country; “Meet the Press” (NBC at 10:30) hosts Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson; “Face the Nation” (CBS at 10:30) hosts Carson and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, another GOP hopeful. It would seem so, given that Badu introduced Kelly as someone “who has done more for black folks than anybody,” a declaration seemingly aimed more at stirring up controversy than anything else.

On Sunday night, Erykah Badu hosts the “Soul Train Awards 2015” (BET at 8), featuring performances by Boyz II Men, Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan and (here’s a throwback) Cameo. Still, the show had more strong points than weak ones: Tributes to Babyface, who was honored with the Legend Award, and Jill Scott, who received the Lady of Soul Award, featured bring-the-house-down performances from both. And after schooling the audience on the origins of Auto-Tune, Badu DJed a soul cypher featuring Lalah Hathaway, Eddie Levert, Chrisette Michele and K-Ci Hailey.

Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds will accept the evening’s Legend Award. “A Salute to Downton Abbey” (WETA at 8), hosted by Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham), will get you ready for the show’s sixth and final season, which premieres Jan. 3. The show was completely devoted to honoring R&B and therefore supposedly devoid of rappers, although a few made it into the collaborations categories. Director Ron Howard examines our fears about aging and the latest scientific studies on the subject in “The Age of Aging” episode of “Breakthrough” (National Geographic at 9).

Badu, along with Chrisette Michele, K-Ci Hailey, Lalah Hathaway and Eddie Levert, brought the audience to its feet during the inaugural Soul Train Soul Cypher. It was one of the most brilliantly received pieces of the evening.” Capping the show were special tributes to Jill Scott and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.

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