Beyonce, Anderson. Paak and Maxwell Win Big at the 2016 Soul Train Awards
The Soul Train Awards have quietly emerged as one of the best awards shows on television.
Maybe it's Erykah Badu (who served as a producer and writer) whose flawless humor and innate cool as host elevates the show. Or perhaps it's because the show's programming doesn't seem to intent upon treading the same ground as other shows by pulling out the same five black performers. Instead, the show remains true to Don Cornelius' vision, and shines light on some of the best new voices of the day (Yuna, Ro James, D.R.A.M.), honors contemporary artists (India.Arie, Jill Scott, Eric Benet), while paying homage to those incredibly important to soul and R&B music (Teddy Riley, Brandy, Carl Thomas).
Last night's show was maybe the best so far, with dynamic performances from honoree, Brandy and Teddy Riley capping off an already great night. Check out the winners of the 2016 Soul Train Awards below.
Best New Artist
Chance The Rapper
Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
Centric Certified Award
Video of the Year
Best Gospel/Inspirational Song
Kirk Franklin, “123 Victory”
Album/Mixtape of the Year
Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year)
Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana and Infared, “All the Way Up”
Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
Song of the Year
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
“Rise Up," written by Andra Day, Jennifer Decilveo (Andra Day)
Best Dance Performance
Kanye West feat. Teyana Taylor, “Fade”
Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana and Infared, “All The Way Up”