The 2017 Soul Train Awards impressed once again

Carlie Beard | Staff Writer

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The annual Soul Train Awards was nothing short of soulful.

Singer-songwriter Erykah Badu hosted the show for the third time as it aired Nov. 26.

Many special guests were in attendance, including Tank, Method Man, Keyshia Cole and Ledisi.

R&B divas Fantasia and Faith Evans went head to head in a soul cypher that also featured Mali Music and Bilal.

The Soul Cypher is something newly added to The Soul Train, with its inspiration stemming from the BET Hip Hop Awards.

With performances from the top R&B artists in the music industry, this awards show was not one to miss.

The legendary Toni Braxton hit the stage with her sister, Tamar Braxton. Toni Braxton also took home the most eminent award of the night, the Soul Train Legend Award.

Tamar Braxton went to Instagram to congratulate her big sister, saying, “My sis, how could any other person EVER be more proud!! @tonibraxton -Williams u are THE LIVING LEGEND! Period!”

The “He Wasn’t Man Enough” singer was photographed sitting next to famous Cash Money Records rapper/producer Bryan “Birdman” Williams, at the awards show, who is rumored to be her longtime partner, according to

She also was photographed receiving her award with a ring on her left hand, stimulating fans’ ideas that Braxton might be making a big announcement in the near future.

Bruno Mars stole the show, winning a total of five awards for Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Album/Mixtape of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Dance Performance.

He also took home the award for Best Video of the Year.

Even though Mars was up against tons of great artists for these awards, there is no doubt that he deserved every single one he received. From his smooth dance moves to his voice, he is unforgettable.

Solange was also nominated for several awards.

Although Solange only took one award away from this show, she is definitely proving why she deserves “A Seat at the Table.”

One of the most memorable moments from the awards show was when Erykah Badu paid homage to NFL player Colin Kaepernick, an activist for bringing awareness to police brutality.

Badu used The Soul Train Awards as an opportunity to salute Kaepernick by kneeling on one knee.

For information about the awards show, visit


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