Erykah Badu Shades Iggy Azalea at 2015 Soul Train Awards

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‘What you’re doing is not rap’: Host Erykah Badu takes aim at Iggy Azalea at the BET Soul Train Awards.

In her opening monologue, having arrived on stage at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena via hoverboard, Badu made a quick quip about her reputation as a rhyme killer. “As you know, I am the queen of neo soul and people say I have this common effect on rappers: that I make them change gods and wear crochet hats, shoulder pads,” Badu said. “So they have banned me from all of the hip-hop awards with a sign saying ‘Erykah Badu, leave our rappers alone.’ ” Badu then took her joke further — this time at Iggy Azalea’s expense.

Later on, Erykah retweeted a post which read: ‘Life would be wonderful if women celebrated each other instead of emulating garbage like @fatbellybella You have my support @IGGYAZALEA.’ “What if somebody breaks in on us?” I said, “Don’t worry, I got something to throw at his head.” And he said, “What you gonna do, throw some money at him?”‘ 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.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.

Erykah, who is working on a phone-centric mixtape and has just released a track with André 3000, was seen chatting to celebrities and inviting them to the awards. 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. 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? Yeah, hey… no, no, no, you can’t come, because what you doing is definitely not rap!” Iggy has yet to respond to the barb, with her last Twitter post coming on 1 November. Having nicknamed the singer ‘Igloo Australia’, Azealia said she was particularly upset by Iggy’s nomination for Best Rap Album at the Grammy Awards. “The Grammys are supposed to be awards for artistic excellence… Iggy Azalea’s not excellent,” Azealia told New York radio station Hot 97 back in 2014. “When they give these Grammys out, all it says to white kids is, ‘You’re great.

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. You don’t own s**t, not even the s**t you created yourself.’ And it makes me upset.” Iggy then responded to Azealia’s comments on her own Twitter page, writing: “You created your own unfortunate situation by being a bigot and don’t have the mental capacity to realise yet. 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. The show was completely devoted to honoring R&B and therefore supposedly devoid of rappers, although a few made it into the collaborations categories. 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.

And for it to come from such a great legacy… This is Soul Train; this is what brought soul music into America’s houses.” Babyface’s prolific and multiple Grammy Award-winning legacy as a songwriter/producer and artist was the focal point of a roof-raising salute that featured Fantasia (who turned the house out on “Exhale [Shoop Shoop]” and “Superwoman”), Boyz II Men (“I’ll Make Love to You” and “End of the Road”), Brandy (“Sittin’ Up In My Room”), Tevin Campbell (“Can We Talk”) and surprise guest Bobby Brown (“Roni,” joined by Babyface).

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