Centric TV presented the highly anticipated 2014 Soul Train Awards hosted by television personality, Wendy Williams Sunday. The “Hot Topics” queen lit up the stage with six show-stopping, Vegas-style wardrobe changes. She dazzled the crowd as she waltzed alongside ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood’ sexy star, Boris Kodjoe. Williams was right at home in her first award show hosting gig. She was personable and fun to watch.
A humbled Chris Brown opened the show with a sizzling performance, singing old and current hits like, “Yo (Excuse me Miss)”, “New Flame” and “Loyal.” Chris took home two awards for Best Collaboration and Best Hip Hop Song Awards for “Loyal”. Brown did not disappoint with his stellar vocals and incomparable dance moves that lit up the stage and the hearts of his many fans. It is extremely refreshing to see CB in a place of growth and maturity.
The crowed erupted in cheers when 90s group, Jodeci, took to the stage for a surprise performance singing their classic hits,”Freek’n You,” “Forever My Lady” and “Stay”. No one seemed particularly bothered that Jodeci appeared to be lip syncing the whole time. Nonetheless, it was nice to see them back together again. Timberland recently announced in a video that he will be working on the group’s comeback album. “I ain’t really supposed to say but I will be working on the new Jodeci album. And, that will be my career coming full circle, working with Devante again.”
Other performers include, Doug E. Fresh; rapper turned minister, turned rapper, Mace, performed his classic hit, “Bad Boy.” New comer, Tinashe, performed her fan favorite, “2 On”, while Nico and Vince won the Best New Artist award.
After fifty years of non-stop performances, Grammy Award winning funk/pop group, Kool And The Gang, received this year’s Legend Award. The Legend Award recognizes artists for their outstanding achievements and contributions to soul music. Kool And The Gang first formed in 1964 and their music has been sampled by hundreds of artists. They are the pioneers of funk/pop music. They will always remain a respected fixture in the music industry.
The show closed with the female legends of Hip Hop: Da Brat, Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott, Angie Martinez, Lady Of Rage and MC Lyte performing their club banger, “Ladies Night” in their tribute to Kool And The Gang. It was a remake of the original hit first performed by Kool and The Gang in 1979.
The show ended on a positive and high note. In light of so many controversial issues from war, to the social injustice of Mike Brown, the take-home message was of love and hope.