2012 Soul Train Music Awards

Kim's Kronicles — By on January 2, 2013 at 8:26 am

Cover Photo-New Edition. Inside photo- Leah Labelle. Both photos by Kim Webster.

By Kim Webster

LAS VEGAS  NV – The Soul Train Music Awards was taped live at Planet Hollywood with our favorite host Cedric “The Entertainer.” Tamar Braxton and Tony Rock also hosted a pre-show packed with celebrity interviews.  This awards show was dedicated as a tribute to its creator Don Cornelius.  Don’s son Tony spoke about his father’s genius and singer, songwriter, dancer Jody Watley gave thanks to Don Cornelius and Soul Train for her career success.  Vintage footage of the hit series Soul Train bought back happy memories.   Visual tributes were filtered during the show honoring artists who had passed away.

After receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring their 30-year career, New Edition performed a medley of their songs.  Eddie Levert, from the OJAYS, was joined by Cedric “The Entertainer” performing “Casanova” in tribute to the group LEVERT.  Fantasia sung “Don’t Play That Song For Me” as a tribute to Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder’s finale rocked the house.  Encore presentations will air on BET, December 6 and CENTRIC Channel December 8 and 14.

Awards were presented to:  John Legend f/Ludacris – The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award for “Tonight (Best You Ever Had),” Elle Varner – Best New Artist, Leah Labelle – CENTRIC Award, Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks – Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance for “Celebrate,” Kanye West f/Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz – Best Hip Hop Song of the Year for “Mercy,” Beyonce’ – Best R&B Soul Female Artist and Best Dance Performance for “Love on Top,” Miguel –Best R&B Soul Male Artist, Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange” – Album of the Year, Tyrese – Song of the Year for “Stay.”  CENTRICTV.com awards were given for:  Best Caribbean Performance/Sean Paul-“Tomahawk Technique,” Best International Performance/Estelle – “Thank You,” Best Independent R&B Soul Artist or Group – Eric Roberson, Best Traditional Jazz Artist/Group –  for both The Robert Glasper Experiment –“Black Radio” and Tony Bennett-“Isn’t it Romantic,” Esperanza Spalding – Best Contemporary Jazz Artist/Group – “Radio Music Society.”

Keysia Cole. She had the distinction of performing her first single on the iconic show Soul Train. Photo by Kim Webster.

Fantasia. Photo by Kim Webster.

Jody Watley. Photo by Kim Webster.

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