Written by: Barrie Ladipo
Sin City was the place the place to be this weekend. The 2015 Soul Train Awards was hosted in the Orleans Arena gracing the carpet with all of our favorite stars in music and television.
The hippest trip had the illest chic in the game, Erykah Badu to host the commencement, giving life to the carpet. Of course, she came to put on like she always, embellished in a black Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture dress topped of with her infamous top hat. She opened up the show with her top-charter hits, “Danger,” “On & On,” and “Love Of My Life.” What a start!
The evening was filled with awesome performances by Jill Scott, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Fantasia, Bobby Brown, Tyrese, Jeremih, Brandy, Boyz II Men, R.Kelly, Jazmine Sullivan, V. Bozeman, Cameo, Erica Campbell and Tasha Cobbs. Jill Scott was applaud with the first-ever Lady of Soul Award, gracing the audience with her top hits such as “Back Together,” “Long Walk,” “It’s Love,” “Golden,” “Cross My Mind,” and “Whatever,” reminding why she deserved her award.
L.A. Reid introduced Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds the Legend Award honoring the R&B legend. Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds was praised with his timeless classics performed by Brandy, Fantasia, surprise guest Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men and Tevin Campbell. Of course, Babyface ended the performance with “Whip Appeal” taking the audience back in the day.
The night wouldn’t have been complete without having the The King of R&B conclude the award show. R. Kelly gave the crowd their favorite hits like “Your Body’s Callin’,” “When A Woman’s Fed Up,” “Ignition,” “Mind’s Tellin’ Me,” “Step In…” and his brand new single “Backyard Party,” celebrating with a dance party on stage.
All in all, the award show celebrated the funk and soul in music beautifully, but the red carpet fashion needed another hour to be honored. Check out the night’s looks.
Honoree Jill Scott in Balmain
Model/Actress Eva Marcille
Actress/SInger Kat Graham
Singer/Reality Star Shanice
Mogul/Raptress MC Lyte
Actress Regina Hall
Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin
Actress Naturi Naughton
Singer Jazmine Sullivan
Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson in Glamour Goddess Boutique dress with Betsey Johnson anklebow sandals.
The King of R&B, R. Kelly
Honoree/Legendary R&B singer/producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds with his wife and daughter Nicole Pantenburg and daughter Peyton.