On August 17, 1970, the first episode of Soul Train aired. Don Cornelious was the creator of the show and host who took us on “the hippest trip in America.” The show was a way for black artists to showcase their music and dance moves.
The first annual Soul Train Music Awards aired on March 23, 1987, according to Wikipedia.org. The best artists the industry had to offer came to the award ceremony to see their industry colleagues perform and receive awards for their achievements in music.
Last night, the show aired, from Sin City – Las Vegas, Nevada. Wendy Williams was the official host, but she didn’t really do much… aside from awkwardly stumble over the words on the teleprompter, and change clothes and wigs a bunch of times. Overall, she didn’t bring much to the show. Was Monique busy?
The show featured a variety of actors and athletes, but I think the biggest success was their showcase of musicians, past, present and future. This was the year of the reunions. Jodeci reunited for the show and reminded everyone what real R and B music is. Although they lip synced poorly, we were just happy to see their back together (and sober). One battle at a time. Kool and the Gang reconvened to sing their mega hit “Ladies Night”. Stephanie Mills also graced the stage to show that she still has pipes.
Chris Brown opened the show with stellar dance moves and less than stellar vocals. Tamar Braxton, Eric Benet, Ledisi and Kem all lended their voices to the success of the show.
I’m sure I was not the only one looking at the television like, “who is this”, every time a new artist was brought up. Newcomer Tinashe performed her hit “2 On” and we all pretty much got served. New Duo Nico and Vinz performed their current single, “Am I Wrong” and even took home the award for Best New Artist.
The most exciting part, for me, was when Lil Kim, Missy Elliot, Da Brat, MC Lytel, Yo-Yo, Total and Lady of Rage performed their 1997 hit “Not Tonight”. Lil Kim looked better than she has looked in years and the group really showed that women still have a place in hip hop. I especially liked that they let Left Eye’s part play. I respected that. But where was Angie Martinez?
Over all, the show was well produced and seemed to be a classy affair, it was just a bit boring. There weren’t many “WOW” moments, but there were also no wardrobe malcfunctions, fights, falls or nip-slips. Things seemed to go on without a hitch… which could have been the reason for the lack of excitement. For a complete list of performers and winners, visit www.BET.com.
By the way, have we forgiven Wendy Williams for the Aaliyah movie?
Okay, just checking.
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