Last night’s awards show brought together the classic elements Soul Train has always been known for–love, peace, and soooooul!
90’s babies got their entire life when Dru Hill took the stage. Sisqo, Nokio, and Tao kicked off the star studded show with “Tell Me” and were later joined by Jazz for “Beauty is Her Name.”
The blast from the R&B past kept going with a performance from Carl Thomas. Host and executive producer Erykah Badu took viewers on a musical journey, DJ’ing a soul cypher with Ne-Yo, Angie Stone, Tyrese, and soul legend Gladys Knight, while jazz pianist Robert Glasper played the keys in the background.
In an inspiring display of sisterhood and black girl magic, Jill Scott presented Brandy with the 2nd annual Lady of Soul Award. Proclaiming her love for the soulful singer, Jill led the crowd in a few bars of Brandy’s “I Wanna Be Down,” while the newest Lady of Soul performed some of her best known hits, including Almost Doesn’t Count,” “What About Us,” “Full Moon,” and was joined by Ma$e for “Sitting on Top of the World.”
Legend Award honoree Teddy Riley closed out the show and took us back in time to the start of the New Jack Swing era, performing a medley of songs”My Prerogative,” “Remember the Time” and “Rump Shaker,” joined by guest artists Doug E. Fresh, Bobby Brown, Tito Jackson, Wreckx-N-Effect and Guy.
BET also shared a music video from the upcoming New Edition movie. The three night biopic will air starting January 24th, tying in with the release of Bell Biv DeVoe’s new album, “Three Stripes,” which drops at midnight on January 27, 2017.