On November 28, we not only celebrated the 2021 Soul Train Awards, but we also paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of Soul Train. The biggest names in R&B and soul music gave one unforgettable showcase after the other throughout the night.
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, as Silk Sonic, opened the show with a performance that exuded soul and funk from all sides. The musical ensemble performed on a replicated Soul Train stage that took viewers back to where it all began. However, they weren’t the only ones paying homage to iconic soul figures.
Several male performances that night appeared to pay tribute to the man known as the Godfather of the genre, James Brown. From their soul-inspired outfits to soulful vocals, these next three artists would make Brown proud with their on-stage presentations. Check them out below.
Lucky Daye performs “Over It”
Lucky Daye delivered a steaming hot performance of his latest single, “Over It,” paired with his smooth dance moves and 70s inspired black suit, it’s hard not to see James Brown’s influence.
Maxwell Celebrates ‘Legend’ award with performance of classic hits
Much like James Brown, Maxwell played a critical role in his musical genre. You can’t think of the Neo-soul sound without bringing up Maxwell. After accepting the 2021 “Legend” award, Maxwell gave an electrifying performance filled with spins and a split that would’ve indeed made Brown proud.
Leon Bridges remembers all the "Details" in vintage performance
Grammy-award winner Leon Bridges channeled his inner James Brown for a soulful performance viewers will be replaying for weeks. From the pinned-up hair and velvet 70s inspired suit, everything about Bridges’ look and sound paid tribute to the musical icon.