Tamar Braxton’s album “Love & War” picked up several accolades at the Soul Train Music Awards, winning Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and the Songwriters Award for the title track. That trophy is now named for hitmaking duo Ashford & Simpson. The Best Female Artist award is named for Chaka Khan, who appeared as a presenter.
Braxton told her fans to never give up on their dreams, no matter how many people tell them they can’t make it. At 36 years old, she acknowledged she’s not the prototype for a new artist. It’s an impressive debut, but she didn’t exactly come from nowhere. Her sister Toni is a multi-platinum Grammy Award winning artist and the sisters used to perform as part of a group. The reality show Braxton Family Values chronicled Tamar’s struggle to launch her own recording career.
Best New Artist went to K. Michelle. She also performed her single “V.S.O.P.” on the broadcast, which aired December 1 but was taped in November.
Song of The Year went to – you probably guessed it – “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. The song of the summer won Collaboration of The Year too. It was a perfect segue to the Soul Train Awards tribute to “blue-eyed soul” singers. Jon. B, Bobby Caldwell and Dave Koz appeared. But the highlight may have been when presenter Wolf Blitzer, yes, that Wolf Blitzer, declared he had a message live from The Situation Room. There was a Vanilla Ice Storm headed toward Las Vegas. The host of The Vanilla Ice Project himself performed “Ice, Ice Baby,” and if you are in your 30s don’t act like you weren’t basing that back in the day.
Other old school performers included Warren G, Doug E. Fresh and Keith Sweat, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Anthony Anderson hosted the event, and his comedy sketches featured a fake 90s group called Lustacy. BET’s hit sitcom Real Husbands of Hollywood started as a series of industry jokes on the BET Awards, so I’m guessing we have not seen the last of Lustacy.