Exclusive: A Magical Night at the Soul Train Awards

| November 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Hocus, pocus, amazing spells and a star-studded mix of magic potion…

Magic and mystery filled the air as the anticipation swept over the onlookers of red carpet pre-show that welcomed some of the hottest entertainers and notables in the business; from the legendary honorees Anita Baker and Ronald Isley to the fabulous Raven Simone, Keshia Knight-Pulliam and Chilli of the reality series “What Chilli Wants”.  However, the disappearance of others mentioned on the star-studded roster is what had most feeling a little dismayed.  But, despite the absences, the red carpet flair still had the night on a memorable flight.  Matthew Knowles, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Faith Evans, Tamia, Biz Markie, AJ and Free (previous hosts of BET’s 106 and Park) added a sprinkle to festivities with their profiled appearances.  While Eric Bennett, Erykah Badu, Rochelle Farrell, KEM, and of course R. Kelly added to the magic potion.

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Terrence Howard

So after minor technical and rehearsal delays…R. Kelly began the enchanted affair with a stunning mysterious act that wooed and wowed the audience setting the stage for two of the most entertaining hosts Terrace Howard and Taraji P. Henson to do the magic that they do together; which we all know that when these two take the stage with one another it’s never a dull moment.  The event themed ‘thrill and suspense’ had everyone anxious to see hit performances by their favorites; and Erykah Badu, Jazmine Sullivan and Cee-Lo’s displays went outside the box.  But, Wolf Blitzer of “CNN’s Situation Room” stole the show with his request to learn the dance “The Dougie”.  Which brought out the world renowned Hip Hop legend Doug E. Fresh to instruct him. Talk about entertainment, this was breathtakingly hilarious.

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Bilal & Neyo

 

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El Debarge & Faith Evans

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El Debarge & Faith Evans

Then, Steve Harvey entertained the room with his comical edge as well as nailing his introduction of the legendary Ron Isley who sat attentively in the crowd with his adorable grandson patiently awaiting his time of expression gratitude for recognition of his musical life’s journey.  Keyshia Cole took the stage after her hiatus along with El Debarge and others to serenade Ron Isley with some of the top hits that we all knew and love.  The tribute ended with Ron Isley’s well-known colleges and friends, Freddie Jackson, Pebo Bryson and Jeffery Osborne in a collaboration trio, bringing Ron Isley to the stage.

All in all the night was eventfully delightful; long, but well worth it.  Keeping alive the Soul Train tradition some of our favorite key elements were displayed, and those amongst the crowd recounted their favorite Soul Train moments and performances.  Amongst others in attendance …Jazze Pha, India Arie, Melonie Fiona, Ne-Yo,  Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Janelle Monae, Ray J, and Tank.  Shout out to Debra Lee and all our folks over at Centric/BET for all the hard work that they put into this year’s event memorable and for keeping the Soul Train Vision alive.

The 2010 Soul Train Awards show airs on BET and Centric on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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