Tonight I got a chance to watch the 2012 Soultrain Awards which was hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. Although I missed the opening of the show, I was able to catch Don Cornelius’ son Tony Cornelius as he talked about his fathers vision of connecting people from all over the world with dance music.
Shortly after that Keshia Cole blessed us with “Trust and Believe” and “Enough of No Love” minus Lil Wayne.
Ced the Entertainer, Eddie Lavert and John Legend were some of the notable performers from the first half of the 2012 Soul Train Awards. One of the biggest surprises of tonight was seeing Tyrese win “Song of The Year” with his latest single “Stay.” Tyrese, who has been out of the music spotlight for a while, beat out Usher, Trey Songz and Estelle for the Soultrain Award.
The “Best Hip-Hop Song of The Year” was presented to 2Chainz for his participation in “Mercy” featuring the G.O.O.D. Music Family. Kanye nor any other of the artist on the song were in attendance.
Irving “Magic” Johnson and Jimmy Jam presented New Edition with a “Life-Time Achievement” awards for 30 years of success in the music industry. It was cool to see the group I grew up idolizing alive and living well..
Other highlights included Elle Varner performing her hit single “Refill” with a full band, seeing the pint-sized Miguel sing “Adorn,” and watching Tyrese work the Soultrain Awards audience with his TGT crew. When Ginuwine started singing “Zoom” by the Commodores, I was sure he would crash and burn but he was able to barely pull it off.
The “Ashford and Simpson Songwriter of the Year” Award went to John Legend and Ludacris for the hit single Tonight (Best You Ever Had). The award was presented and accepted by Luke James and Tamara Braxton.
New Edition came out and performed their classics like “Mr Telephone Man” and “If It Isn’t Love” to crowd of fans that grew up listening to their music. The group performed with the same passion they had when they were teenagers in the 80′s.
The 2012 Soul Train Awards ended with a dope performances from 2Chainz and The legendary Stevie Wonder.