The 2016 heart Train Awards are officially in the books, and also what a night of celebrate Peace, Love, and also Soul it was! Filmed Nov. 6 in ras Vegas in ~ the Oracle Arena, and aired top top BET and also CENTRIC on Sunday night (Nov. 27), the yearly event honoring the best in soul and also R&B music featured relocating performances by Brandy, Anderson .Paak, Bobby Brown, D.R.A.M., Dru Hill, Doug E Fresh, India.Arie, BJ The Chicago Kid, Guy, Carl Thomas, Eric Benét, Ro James, and more.
The godmother the soul, Erykah Badu, returned to the phase as organize with she eccentric humor and also legendary style. GRAMMY award-winning, multi-platinum singer Brandy was presented through the 2nd annual Lady of soul Award, while multi-platinum and three-time GRAMMY award-winning producer, singer and songwriter Teddy Riley to be honored v the night’s extremely coveted Legend Award. Beyoncé led the night’s compensation winners conquering in optimal categories including video of the Year, Album/Mixtape that the Year, ideal R&B/Soul female Artist, and Song the the Year.
To kick turn off the show, Dru Hill got the party started with an remarkable medley of 90s R&B jams including “Tell Me,” “In mine Bed,” and also “Beauty.” Dru Hill command singer Sisqó climate performed his mega-hit “Thong Song,” getting the entire crowd up out of their seats – including Teyana Taylor who knew every word!
Erykah Badu made her grand entrance during a glow-in-the-dark performance followed by her opening monologue wherein she touch on whatever from trumped to extraterrestrial life. The Queen of soul revealed her current time travel adventures, saying “The future is black; forget the Jetsons, it’ll be much more like the Jeffersons.” In enhancement to her hosting duties, Erykah additionally hit the stage to perform. First with singer/rapper D.R.A.M., performing their freshly released duet, “WiFi” and also later bringing the end her “sister of soul”, India Arie, to sing the spirited, message-driven song “Breathe.”
Rising stars Anderson .Paak and BJ the Chicago kid performed “Waters,” if Ro James debuted a stunning stage set for “Already Knew That” and also his No. 1 struggle “Permission.”
For the second year, the awards unveiled a an effective “Soul Cypher” special a mix of legendary and modern R&B and also soul singers comes together. Badu DJed the cypher when Tyrese, Ne-Yo, Angie rock and the Empress the Soul, Gladys article performed raw versions of their songs.
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Brandy was presented through the Lady of spirit Award complying with a heartfelt decided from 2015 honoree Jill Scott and a distinct tribute video from industry’s optimal executives and artists such as Kenny “BabyFace” Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan, Jhene Aiko and more, who spoke to Brandy’s dedication, creativity and vocal prowess. Brandy then blew the group away through a full dance and also stunning vocal performance of her many beloved hits consisting of “Almost no Count,” “What around Us,” “Full Moon,” “I Wanna it is in Down,” “The boy Is Mine,” “Baby,” “Talk around Our Love,” “Have you Ever,” and also “Sitting On peak Of The World,” join by MA$E.
Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ presented Teddy Riley through the night’s highly regarded Legend award honoring the prolific singer-songwriter and producer for his tremendous affect in soul culture and music. Teddy Riley was welcomed to the phase with a stand ovation and also roaring round of applause. He celebrated with R&B and soul superstar Bobby Brown, Doug E.
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Fresh, Guy, Wreckx-N-Effect, V. Bozeman and also Tito Jackson.