The Soul Train Awards 2014 rolled through Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena on Friday night. Hosted by Wendy Williams, the show celebrated R&B’s past and present stars with show-stopping medleys, reunions, and some all-star tributes.
Chris Brown, who led with seven nominations, kicked off the show with a dance-heavy medley of his hits including “Yo (Excuse Me Miss),” “New Flame,” and “Loyal.” The R&B superstar also went home with the awards for Best Collaboration and Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year for “Loyal.”
’90s. R&B icons Jodeci reunited for the first time in years to perform a nostalgic medley of fan favorites including “Freek’n You,” “Come & Talk to Me,” “Stay,” and “Forever My Lady.” The North Carolina quartet also debuted its new single “Nobody Wins” with help from B.o.B.
Back in February, producer Timbaland revealed that he's working with the '90s R&B crew on a comeback album. "By the way, people who follow Timbaland from day one, I met with Devante and I'mma help work on the new Jodeci album. Just for y'all to know," he said in a video. "I ain't really supposed to say that but I will be working on the new Jodeci album. And, that will be my career coming full circle, working with Devante again."
The group hasn't released a new album in close to 20 years, with their last being 1995's The Show, the After Party, the Hotel. "No way does the sex on this concept album recall Prince or Marvin Gaye--spiritually, its precursors are Kiss and Judas Priest. Rather than lust between equals, it's powerful men manipulating starstruck girls," Robert Christgau wrote about the album for The Village Voice.
Kool & the Gang was honored with the Legend Award and received a star-studded tribute from Tamar Braxton, Joe, Elle Varner, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Tank, and Ma$e, who performed his Kool & The Gang-sampled hit “Feels So Good” with Total’s Kima Raynor and Pamela Long.
Missy Elliott, and Da Brat had the crowd on its feet as they closed out the evening with a performance of their 1996 platinum single “Not Tonight (Remix)” in tribute to Kool & the Gang.
Other performers included Tinashe, who served up her hit “2 On,” and Nico & Vinz, who went home with Best New Artist. Tamar Braxton hosted the red carpet pre-show.
The Soul Train Awards will air on Centric and BET on November 30 at 8 p.m.