2020 Soul Train Awards
BET is a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. BET is also leading the nation for quality entertainment, public affairs, music, and news for the African-American community, compared to any other provider. From the United States to the Caribbean to the Motherland (Africa), BET can be found in over 90 million homes. BET has numerous sister channels, including BET HER, BET Soul, BET Jams, BET Gospel, just to name a few. With 40 years under their belt, the BET network does not disappoint. With tons of successful shows, actors/actresses, movies, and musicians premiering on the network, it is only right that they host the award shows in celebration of such exceptional talent. BET hosts numerous award shows, including the NAACP Image Awards, Black Girls Rock, the BET Awards, and many others. One of those other award shows is the Soul Train Awards, which just happened on November 29, 2020.
On November 29, 2020, the 33rd annual Soul Train Awards graced millions of television screens at 8 PM EST on the BET, BET Her, VH1, and MTV2 channels. The Awards show was hosted by the iconic duo Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold. They also kicked off the performances with an upbeat and groovy song, medley, and dance routine, which included Savage by Megan Thee Stallion, Just Fine by Mary J. Blige, an Original rap remix, and of course, finished it off with Run The World (Girls) by Beyonce. Brandy performed her recent hits “Say Something” and “Borderline.” Ella Mai sang her single “Not Another Love Song.” Lucky Daye and Babyface came through with the flames with their new song “Shoulda.” Charlie Wilson and Smokey Robinson got together for an empowering duet and tribute to gospel legend Rance Allen. Jazmine Sullivan did an old school black-and-white performance in a dressing room for her single “Lost Ones” and then switched it to in color and performed on stage with a live band for her single “Pick Up Your Feelings.” Snoh Aalegra sang “I Want You Around” with an advanced visual effects background showcasing an array of colors/stars/etc. CeeLo Green didn’t come to play; he put the soul in the soul train awards with his funky performance of his hits “Baby Please Don’t Go,” “Da Butt,” and “Sardines.
The legend herself, Monica hit the stage and lit it on fire with her greatest hits “Trenches,” “Don't Take It Personal,” “Before You Walk Out My Life,” “Angel of Mine,” “So Gone,” and “Everything To Me.” The Soul Cypher featured PJ Morton, Chanté Moore, Shanice, and Stokely. The BET Amplified Music Stage was graced by Ella Nicole and Moses Sumney.
Of course, those performances were the highlight of some people’s night, but the highly anticipated wait to find out who won the awards was a real highlight of the night. Presenters included Andra Day, Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Deon Cole, Nicco Annan, Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri, and Brandee Evans. Now the moment everyone was waiting for, Chris Brown 4 (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance, Best Collaboration Performance), Young Thug 3 (Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance, Best Collaboration Performance), H.E.R 2 (Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award), Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Saint Jhn, and Wizkid 1 (Video of the Year), Megan thee Stallion 1 (Rhythm & Bars Award), Brandy 1 (Soul Train Certified Award), Kirk Franklin 1 (Best Gospel/Inspirational Award), Summer Walker 1 (Album of the Year), Snoh Aalegra 1 (Best New Artist). Monica was honored with the Sixth Annual Lady of Soul Award.
If you missed this fantastic night of love and soul, the whole show is available to watch on BET’s YouTube channel.