2011 Soul Train Awards: Rihanna, Beyonce, Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj Win
This year's Soul Train Awards, which was taped on November 17 at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA, was finally aired last Sunday, November 27 on BET. Among the lucky musicians who won that night were Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles, Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj.
Riri won Best Caribbean Performance, thanks to her single "Man Down". The Barbados singer, however, had to give up her chance to win Best Dance Performance. She lost it to Beyonce who additionally beat Breezy, Kelly Rowland, Mary Mary and Keri Hilson.
Scoring a total of five nominations, Breezy avoided coming home empty-handed as he claimed Album of the Year prize. His CD "F.A.M.E." pushed aside Beyonce's "4", Trey Songz's "Passion, Pain & Pleasure", Adele's "21", Jill Scott's "The Light of the Sun", and Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Watch the Throne".
As for Minaj, the rapstress only got one nod, but she managed to sweep it clean. Her Drake-assisted single "Moment For Life" came out victorious against Breezy's "Look at Me Now", Kanye's "All of the Lights", Jay-Z & Kanye's "Otis", and Lupe Fiasco's "Out of My Head".
The other winners at the star-studded celebration included Miguel (Best New Artist), Cee-Lo Green (Best Male R&B and Soul), Mary Mary (Best Gospel Performance), Kelly Rowland (Song of the Year), and Marsha Ambrosius (Record of the Year).
Beside handing awards, the event also paid homage to Heavy D. The late rapper was remembered by his close pals Naughty by Nature, Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow and Goodie Mob. "We got nothing but love for you, Heavy!" they said at the end of the tribute.
Gladys Knight and Earth, Wind & Fire were also remembered at the prize-giving event. Natalie Cole, Robin Thicke, Eric Benet, Marsha Ambrosius, Tamar Braxton and Bootsy Collins were among those who took part in honoring the music vets.
Before the show was kicked off, there was a story about Keri Hilson refusing to give a shout-out to a magazine which put Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z on its cover. This added fuel to the long-running rumors suggesting that there's bad blood between the two female artists.
"Yeah, who's that," Keri said on the red carpet when being presented with the magazine featuring Queen Bey on the front page. Wearing a vertical asymmetrical, Cobra Rolled Kimono Sleeve Hi Lo, dress by Aqua, she politely declined the request later on, "No, I can't do that I'm sorry."
- Best New Artist: Miguel
- Best Male R&B and Soul: Cee-Lo Green
- Best Caribbean Performance: Rihanna - "Man Down"
- Best Gospel Performance: Mary Mary - "Walking"
- Album of the Year: Chris Brown - "F.A.M.E."
- Best Hip-Hop Song: Nicki Minaj - "Moment for Life"
- Best Female R&B and Soul Artist: Jill Scott
- Song of the Year: Kelly Rowland - "Motivation"
- Record of the Year (Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award): Marsha Ambrosius - "Far Away"
- Best Dance Performance: Beyonce Knowles - "Run the World (Girls)"
- Best Traditional Jazz Album: Cassandra Wilson
- Best Contemporary Jazz Album: Dave Koz
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