2021 Soul Train Awards: Other Artists Who Are Living Legends
The Soul Train Awards takes pride in celebrating its brightest and most influential artists in the R&B and soul world. As part of an effort to give entertainers in the industry their flowers now, while they can still smell them, the award show reserves the "Legend" award for veterans in the game whose influences in the sound and overall culture is evident.
This year, Maxwell is the "Legend" honoree, and with a career that has spanned decades, there's no questioning his role in advancing music. The honor was first awarded to Charlie Wilson, whose tribute performances were carried out by R&B duo KC & Jojo and Raheem DeVaughn. Chaka Khan, representing the ladies, was also a "Legend" award honoree.
Here are other acts who also deserve their flowers, and maybe one day they'll also receive the honor.
Stokley Williams, but simply known as Stokley, has been giving us hits as early as the 80s during his days as lead singer of the iconic R&B group Mint Condition. Over the years, Stokley's talent has stood the test of time. At 54, the Saint Paul native appears to be opening up a new chapter in his music career with his latest track “Rush” featuring H.E.R.
Raphael's a legend in his own right. Though he hasn’t received major recognition for projects he’s released personally, Raphael has written and even produced Grammy award-winning songs for other artists including, 2018 Soul Train Legend honoree Erykah Badu, 2015 Best Male R&B/Soul artist, D’Angelo and 2013 Certified award winner Solange.
This is all aside from the classic hits he’s given us while a part of Tony! Toni! Toné!. Raphael’s resume makes a good argument for a Legend’s Award if you ask us.
Watch the 2021 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her.