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.

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.

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? 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. 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.

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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