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Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle, and Janelle Monae may have been absent at last week's American Music Awards, but it's OK. The popular and endeared R&B singers were present for Sunday night's broadcast of the "Soul Train Music Awards" on Centric.
Tamar actually made our list of the highlights for the show that also boasted many moving, heartfelt moments.
See our top 5 outtakes here:
1. Dionne Warwick received the Living Legend award. One of the best parts of the night was watching the all-star tribute in her honor that featured some of the most incredible contemporary soul voices. A standout was Chrisette Michele's beautiful rendition of "Walk on By," but literally all of the covers were impressive. Candice Glover and Rubben Studdard's "A House is Not a Home" and "Still in Love With Me"; Gladys Knight's "Anyone Who Had a Heart"; Eric Benet's "Déjà Vu"; Chrisette, Bobby V, Eddie Levert,and Kenny Lattimore's "Then Came You"; and entire ensemble's "That's What Friends Are For."
2. Reality TV drama queen Tamar Braxton had a real emotional moment during her acceptance speech for the Chaka Khan Award for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist. Toni Braxton's baby sister and "Braxton's Family Values" star encouraged viewers to believe in themselves. "I almost gave up on myself," she said. "No matter what you want to be…don't give up on yourself. It's possible. I'm 36 years old and I'm proud of it."
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3. Old-school hip-hoppers got the audience on its feet. Doug E. Fresh entered down the aisle with Cali Swag District, rapping over an instrumental of their 2010 hit "Teach Me How to Dougie." Big Daddy Kane took the stage to perform two of his classics, "Smooth Operator" and "Warm It Up, Kane," even wrapping doing the splits. Slick Rick emerged to deliver "Children's Story" and "The Show" with Doug E. Seeing the flamboyant Slick Rick in his trademark eyepatch and excessive gaudy necklaces and bracelets was like old times.
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4. A great surprise was the spotlight on some of the genre's favorite blue-eyed soul artists. The audience was happy to see Jon B. sing his hit "They Don't Know," and Bobby Caldwell sound incredible belting his timeless classic "Do for Love" with a saxophone assist from Dave Koz. Separately, Vanilla Ice got the crowd excited with a snippet of "Ice Ice Baby."
5. Host Anthony Anderson received some good laughs for the docudrama and performance for his fictional 1990s R&B hip-hop trio Lustacy. Based on the fake album cover mockups, the group was inspired by Guy. The name sounded similar to Jodeci, and the chest-baring fishnet shirts and skintight leather shorts called to mind everyone raunchy from Rick James to Dru Hill to R. Kelly.
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Soul Train Awards Winners:
Best New Artist: K. Michelle
Best R&B/Soul Male Artist: Miguel
Centric Certified Award: Luke James
Video Of The Year: Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu "Q.U.E.E.N."
Best Gospel/Inspiration Performance: Tye Tribbett "If He Did It Before … Same God"
Album Of The Year: Kendrick Lamar "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City"
Best Hip-Hop Song Of The Year: Wale feat. Tiara Thomas "Bad"
The Chaka Khan Award For Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: Tamar Braxton
Song Of The Year: Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. "Blurred Lines"
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award: Tamar Braxton "Love & War"
Best Dance Performance: Ciara "Body Party"
Best Collaboration: Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. "Blurred Lines"
Best International Performance: Bunji Garlin "Differentology"
Best Traditional Jazz Performance: Nicole Henry "Waiting in Vain"
Best Contemporary Jazz Performance: George Duke "Missing You"
Best Independent R&B Soul Performance: Ashanti "Never Should Have"
Best Entertainment/Music Website or Blog: ThisIsRnB.com
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