Sunday night’s 2015 Soul Train Awards proved R&B music is alive and the fans are still there!

It’s no secret the genre has been going through some changes the past few years, but people still want to hear love songs. This was evident during performances from Jill Scott and the Babyface tribute which was like Christmas for 90s R&B lovers.

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Two words: Erykah Badu!

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Just from looking at the commercials, you knew Erykah Badu was going to be a great host. Badu opened the show performing a medley of her songs and transitioned into a monologue where she half-jokingly stated only R&B and Soul artists would be allowed to perform, no hip-hop. Then Badu received a fake phone call from Iggy Azalea, where she said, “Iggy Azalea? Yes, you’re allowed [to the awards] because what you’re doing is not hip-hop.” The shade of it all!!

Jill Scott receives Lady of Soul award!

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One of our favorite artists, Jill Scott received the Lady of Soul Award. In her acceptance speech, Scott said she never wanted to be sexy, but she did want to write some sexy stuff. She performed her hits which included “Golden” and “A Long Walk.”

That Soul Cypher tho!

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Something new and creative introduced at the Soul Train Awards was the soul cypher. Usually, the cyphers are reserved for rappers during the BET Hip-Hop Awards, but now R&B artists have their chance. The first soul cypher featured Chrisette Michele, Lalah Hathaway, K-Ci and Eddie Levert.

The very necessary Babyface tribute!

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By far the best part of the night was the Babyface tribute when he was honored with the Legend Award. 90s R&B lovers were treated to knock-out performances from Tevin Campbell, Brandy, Boyz II Men, Jazmine Sullivan and After 7, Bobby Brown and Fantasia. If you weren’t aware Babyface is responsible for 90 percent of the R&B songs from the 90s, now you know!

Campbell performed “Can We Talk,” Boyz II Men took us down memory lane with “I’ll Make Love to You” and “End of the Road,” Brandy reminded us of the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack with “Sittin’ Up In My Room,” Jazmine Sullivan and After 7 brought the new and old school with “Ready or Not” and Brown took us back with “Roni.” A standout moment from the tribute, as there were many, was Fantasia singing Whitney Houston’s “Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)” and Karyn White’s “Superwoman.”

The R-uh Kelly moment.

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Closing out the show was R. Kelly and his backyard barbecue. No, really!

There was a barbecue on stage and they were passing out plates with food in the audience along with red cups. These days, anytime Kells makes a public appearance, especially at awards shows, social media is split like the Red Sea.

Some can’t believe he’s still invited to perform after all the allegations made against him, others want to turn the channel but are conflicted and then there are those who feel they have no choice but to pay respect to the music legend because his catalog speaks for itself.

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.