2021 Soul Train Awards: 3 Guest Appearances That Took Us By Surprise

21 Savage and El DeBarge were just some of the many celebrities that stopped by.

If you missed the 2021 Soul Train Awards, let’s just say you missed more than a night of just awards. Aside from a fiery performance from both our “Legend” honoree Maxwell and our 2021 "Lady of Soul" Ashanti and non-stop laughs from our 4-time hosts Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold, the night was also featured surprise visits from television stars and musical artists from other genres, including rapper 21 Savage, who stopped by to pay tribute to 50 years of Soul Train. 

As we look back at yet another tremendous year of R&B and soul music, take a look below to see some of the special guest cameos you might’ve missed from this year’s ceremony.

  • El DeBarge opens the show with host Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold

    Returning for the fourth year in a row, hosts Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold kick-started the night with a medley of classic R&B and soul hits from past to present. Just as things were really heating up, the ladies were joined by R&B legend, singer-songwriter El DeBarge for a performance of his family’s iconic record “Rhythm of the Night.” Over the years, Debarge and his other musical sibling have made several appearances on the Soul Train stage.

  • Tyler Perry’s “Sistas” cast presents “Video of the Year”

    Crystal Hayslett and Devale Ellis, stars of the BET hit series Sistas, presented Silk Sonic the award for “Video of the Year”,for the video for their Grammy-nominated single “Leave the Door Open.”

  • Actress Paula Patton presents the award for “Best New Artist”

    Paula Patton was in the building at 2021 Soul Train Awards. The actress presented the award for “Best New Artist” which went to rapper Yung Bleu.

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