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 Erykah Badu kicked off the 2017 Soul Train Awards making a statement as she took a knee to show respect for the Colin Kaepernick movement. Badu seized the brief moment to stress peace and love while not sparing Trump’s feelings or Twitter mishaps.

SWV rocked the first performance of the night with some of their hottest hits through their 25-year career. Method Man and U-God joined the ladies to cap off their performance. SWV’s celebrated career earned them The Ladies of Soul Award presented by Bell Biv Devoe.


Toni Braxton was the recipient of The Don Cornelius Legend Award. In honor of the legendary singer, Ro James, Jessie J and Luke James performed some of Braxton’s greatest hits. The tribute was just as impressive as Braxton’s performance medley. They nailed it!

Tamar Braxton performed “Blind” off her new album and it’s safe to say that she’s creating her own legacy.

Bell Biv Devoe and Ledisi were both recipients of the Soul Train Certified Award. Faith Evans, Fantasia, Mail Music, and Bilal brought their A-Game during the Soul Cypher performance. They delivered a soulful medley to a historic beat. That cypher is one to remember.

The night’s other notable performances were Tank’s topless presentation, 112, Keyshia Cole, Demetria, and Kirk Franklin’s inspirational performance.

SZA won Best New Artist and Best Female Artist. Cardi B. took home the Rhythm in Bars Award for “Bodak Yellow.” The man of the night goes to Bruno Mars with 5 Soul Train Awards. The “24k Magic” singer won Video of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best Dance Performance.  His hit “That’s What I Like” won Song of the Year and last was Best R&B/Soul Male Artist.

DJ Khaled took home Best Collaboration for his hit “Wild Thoughts” featuring Rhianna and Bryson Tiller. Lecrae won Best Gospel/Inspirational Award and Solange Knowles was awarded Record of the Year for “Cranes in the Sky.”

The 2017 Soul Train Awards were one for the books! What was your favorite performance?

Written By: Plychette Montgomery  


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