Nostalgia was as strong as ever at this year’s Soul Train Awards. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were given their much-needed flowers, but it was the emerging talent — SiR, EarthGang ad Tiana Major9 — that deserves applause for their performances. With vocals stealing the show and soundscapes taking over the stages, we are thankful that these R&B entertainers were ready to deliver.
Here is a look back at our top five performances, in no particular order.
SiR reps Inglewood wherever he goes, and we are not mad. The Chasing Summer artist performed his hit track “Hair Down” in a laid-back fashion giving us all the vibes. The audience couldn’t help but be moved by his performance, including artists Luke James, Ro James and Pink Sweat$, who were spotted dancing along in the crowd. A special piano appearance came transitioning into “John Redcorn” with SiR’s brother and singer, D Smoke. The two were in total melodic harmony.
Our 2019 Lady of Soul took us back to church when she opened up with her powerful and thunderous track “Victory.” The Lady of Soul lifted up every voice with “Born This Day,” the emotional and raw “Open My Heart,” “Be Blessed” and “The Battle Is the Lords.” She closed out her set with “In the Midst of It All.”
After recently releasing their encapsulating visual, Tiana Major9 and Olu from EarthGang delivered us a beautiful performance. A spoken poetic justice word by Lena Waithe performed by Olu captivated all ears before he and Tiana shared a blissful stage of flower arrangements and car rims.
Coming straight off his sixth studio album, Wow… That’s Crazy, Wale and Jeremih brought in all kinds of sensual vibes while performing his single “On Chill.” At the tail end of his performance, Wale gave us more then what we bargained for with an unexpected twist when he appeared back on stage with Kelly Price, who delivered her vocals on his album intro song, “Sue Me.”
Morris Day and The Time always bring down the house, and once Morris stepped out in his silver suit and black shades, the show was over. With his hypeman, the mirror-holding Jerome Benton, by his side, they jammed out to the Prince-produced “Jungle Love” and the classic “The Bird,” with his signature dance move in tow.
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