The Weeknd, ‘Uptown Funk’ and Jidenna big winners at 2015 Soul Train Awards

30 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘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, 44, 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?”‘ 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.

In the bit, meant to emphasize the fact that rap was “banned” from the Soul Train Awards, which are devoted to honoring R&B, Badu took a phone call, supposedly from the Australian rap star. “Who is this? 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. 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.

Here you can write a commentary on the recording "The Weeknd, ‘Uptown Funk’ and Jidenna big winners at 2015 Soul Train Awards".

* Required fields
Twitter-news
Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts

About this site