The 2009 Soul Train Awards took place last night at the Georgia World Congress Center and Beyonce emerged as the night’s biggest winner, while Mary Mary took home the top gospel prize for their hit song, “God In Me.” Hosted by Academy Award-nominated actors Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, the night opened with a memorable performance by Toni Braxton featuring Trey Songz singing “Yesterday” that was sealed with a kiss. Co-hosts Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson welcomed the audience with a colorful rendition of Peaches and Herb’s “Reunited.” With performances from Keri Hilson, Robin Thicke, Ryan Leslie, Raheem DeVaughn featuring Ludacris Chrisette Michele, Mario featuring Sean Garrett, and many more, the evening was filled with non-stop, soulful entertainment.
Viewers can tune-in for the premiere of the 2009 Soul Train Awards in a special simulcast on BET and CENTRIC on Sunday, November 29 at 9:00 P.M.
The special also showcased a Motown Records musical celebration with an outstanding medley of Motown hits performed by Taraji P. Henson as a Supreme, Boyz II Men, Chico DeBarge, Johnny Gill, Estelle, Vita, Mike Phillips and Melanie Fiona.
Charlie Wilson and Chaka Khan were recipients of the evening’s Icon Award. Both were honored by contemporary artists including Keith Sweat, Ginuwine, Raheem DeVaughn, Kandi Burress and Brian McKnight, who paid homage to Charlie Wilson and The Gap Band with powerful renditions of celebrated Gap Band titles, including “Outstanding,” “Yearning for Your Love,” “Burn Rubber.” Following this tribute, Charlie Wilson himself graced the stage to perform two songs: “Burn Rubber” with K-Ci & Jo-Jo and Bootsy Collins and “There Goes My Baby.”
The audience was brought to its feet as Erykah Badu, Melle Mel, Ledisi, Fantasia, and Angie Stone stormed the stage to pay homage to legendary artist Chaka Khan with such hits as “Through the Fire” and “Tell Me Something Good.” With fun-filled skits, dance sequences and hilarious throwbacks to the infamous Soul Train scramble board and Soul Train line, the 2009 Soul Train Awards is a show people would not want to miss.
Some of the presenters included Monica, Tamia, Deborah Cox, Kelly Price and many others.
The following is a list of the 2009 Soul Train Awards winners:
BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE MALE FEMALE OR GROUP
- Mary Mary featuring Kierra “KiKi” Sheard – “God In Me”
BEST NEW ARTIST
- Keri Hilson
BEST R&B/SOUL ARTIST FEMALE
BEST MALE R&B/SOUL MALE
SONG OF THE YEAR
- “Single Ladies (Put a ring on it)” – Beyonce
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
- Beyonce – I am… Sasha Fierce (Platinum) Sony Music
RECORD OF THE YEAR (SONGWRITER AWARD)
- Jamie Foxx Ft/T-Pain – “Blame it”
BEST REGGAE ARTIST AWARD
- Sean Paul
CENTRIC AWARD – SOUL APPROVED/UNDERGROUND
- Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo – “Knock you Down”
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR