For many of us, going down the world-famous Soul Train Line was a dream; we spent Saturday mornings (and the rest of the week) perfecting dance steps in hopes of one day coming true. Don’t act like I’m the only one! But for a select few, walking across the stage to receive a Soul Train Award or performing at the Soul Train Awards was an even bigger dream, a dream some are still having as they launch careers. I recently reached out to a group of up-and-coming and established artists to learn of their favorite Soul Train Award memories and moments that have lasted alongside their dreams of going down the Soul Train Line.
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“In 1993 I was only six, but I remember vividly watching Eddie Murphy give Michael Jackson the Humanitarian Award. It left such an impression on me that he was so devoted to giving to his charities and helping those in need. I saw him first as a performer but he then seemed to be even more special to me because he really showed how he cared about other people. The second memory of the Soul Train Awards that stands out to me was when Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston sang ‘Something In Common’ together in 1994. I was always mesmerized by Whitney Houston as a performer but, with Bobby with her it made it a performance that was unforgettable.
I have always thought that Toni Braxton was as talented as she was beautiful and I was jealous like every other man when Trey Songz got to kiss her on stage. I think every guy watching wished they could have been him in that moment in 2009. I loved the tribute to Anita Baker in 2010, but the one that stood out the most was Tamia. You could tell that she really touched Anita and made her cry. There was definitely a connection that they made together and Tamia did a fantastic job singing ‘Giving You the Best that I Got’. She is one memorable woman and it was the one performance I always think about in association with the Soul Train Awards. “
The memories are endless; CeCe Penniston and Mary J. Blige performing back to back in ’93; Bobby Brown when he was the undisputed king of R&B in 1989; En Vogue’s medley during a tribute; Soul II Soul’s performance in 1990–the same year we were introduced to Tevin Campbell; Ashford & Simpson singing “I’ll Be There for Ya”; Boyz II Men and Jodeci back in ’92; and finally, Teddy Pendergrass’ triumphant performance in 1991…timeless moments etched in the fabric of our culture, of our soul. I can’t wait for this year’s show!