Tamartians will be glad to know that their shero went home with the grand prize and then some, so to speak.
Braxton was named Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and she also picked up Song of the Year for Love & War and the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award. Tamar also performed a three-song set during the ceremony.
Meanwhile, Janelle Monae, who was recovering from a throat infection that delayed the start of her new tour, took home the prestigious Video of the Year Award for “Q.U.E.E.N,” her collabo with Erykah Badu.
In other “Soul Train Awards” news, Keith Sweat was honored with the Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed with Faith Evans. Also, R&B legend Dionne Warwick was gifted the Legend Award following tribute performances from Ron Isley, Ruben Studdard, Chrisette Michelle and Gladys Knight.
The superstar quartet each sang a snippet from one of Warwick’s hits and then came together to sing her 1985 tune That’s What Friends Are For.
The show kicked off in high style with Jennifer Hudson teaming up with Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Chaka Khan and rapper T.I. for a hits medley and lastly, Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick performed The Show with Doug E. Fresh.
The awards ceremony, hosted by Anthony Anderson, was held at the Orleans Arena in ‘Vegas. Be sure to watch the Soul Train Awards 2013 on Sunday, December 1 at 9E&P/8C on Centric & BET!
Other winners included:
K. Michelle (Best New Artist)
Ashanti (Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance for Never Should Have)
Kendrick Lamar (Album of the Year for good kid, m.A.A.d city); Miguel (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist)
Robin Thicke, who landed Song of the Year for his summer anthem “Blurred Lines.”