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Watch: Boyz II Men, Fantasia, Brandy & More Honor Babyface at 2015 Soul Train Awards

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Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds was honored with the Legend Award at the 2015 Soul Train Awards on Sunday night. With a songwriting catalog that is equal to or greater than many of the most infamous songwriters in the history of music, and a career that spans over 25 years, the award was been long overdue, but the tribute was worth the wait.

After receiving the Legend Award by longtime friend and musical collaborator L.A. Reid, Boyz II Men, Fantasia, Brandy, Bobby Brown and Tevin Campbell all showed up to tribute the singer-songwriter/producer, all singing songs that he wrote for them or others.

Tevin Campbell returned from obscurity to sing “Can We Talk,” Brandy sang her Soul Food soundtrack hit “Sittin Up In My Room,” Fantasia slayed Whitney Houston’s “Shoop” and Karyn White’s “Super Woman,” Bobby Brown turned up the tempo with his hit “Tenderoni” as Kenny joined him, and Boyz II Men closed out the tribute performing “I’ll Make Love To You” and “End of the Road.” Edmonds then performed his own solo hit “Whip Appeal,” before exiting the stage to a roaring applause from the standing audience.

Watch the full 16-minute tribute below!

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First Look: R&B Stars and Legends Celebrate Music & Culture at 2015 Soul Train Awards


Time flies. The Soul Train Awards pulled into Las Vegas on Nov. 6 to tape the 2015 ceremony and celebration of today’s hottest R&B/Soul stars and legendary artists. The highly-energetic show was held once again at the Orleans Arena, and was hosted by the queen of neo-soul Erykah Badu, who did a great job keeping the momentum going throughout the show.

Emerging onto the stage wearing glow-in-the-dark roller skates and flanked by skaters in similar gear, she performed a medley of her hits and informed the audience that, although she likes hip-hop, the evening’s show was going to be solely a “soul extravaganza.”

Among the evening’s highlights was an excellent tribute to Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, recipient of the Legend Award. The tribute began with an introduction by his former songwriting partner, L.A. Reid, and culminated with terrific performances by some of the artists Edmonds wrote hits for, including Tevin Campbell, Brandy, Bobby Brown, and Boyz II Men. Babyface wowed the crowd with his 1990 hit, “Whip Appeal.” Fantasia delivered a fantastic rendition of the Babyface-produced “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” which the late Whitney Houston originally sang for the 1995 film Waiting to Exhale, and a blistering rendition of Karyn White’s 1988 hit “Superwoman.”

The funk group Cameo made an appearance to do their classics “Word Up” and “Candy,” while the R&B group After 7 appeared with Jazmine Sullivan for their classic “Ready Or Not.”

There was a great black & white video performance presentation of Eddie Levert, K-Ci, Janelle Monae and Lalah Hathaway, who called themselves Soul Cypher, performing an impromptu, soul-stirring session of songs.

Tyrese had the ladies screaming during his performance of his current hit, “Shame.” Jill Scott received the Lady of Soul Award and followed with an outstanding medley of her hits.

Jeremih sang a couple of tracks from his new album Late Nights, and the King of R&B, R. Kelly closed the show with a dynamic medley of hits including “Backyard Party,” “Your Body’s Calling,” and “Step in the Name of Love,” which had the audience up on its feet stepping in the aisles.

The 2015 Soul Train Awards airs Sunday, November 29 on the BET and Centric networks. Check out the photos below:

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Fantasia Says I Do! Marries Kendall Taylor


Congrats are in order for Fantasia who tied the knot over the weekend! The R&B songstress married her fiancé Kendall Taylor, and took to Instagram to share details.

The 31-year-old “American Idol” champ posted photos from the romantic reception, which took place on a yacht—one photo showed her place settings decorated with her red, black, and white color scheme, another showed Fantasia surrounded by falling rose petals, and several more featured her posing with her new husband.

During the pre-reception, the bride wore a Black Swan-inspired gown and changed into a lacy white dress for the ceremony.

She also gushed about marrying the man of her dreams, who is the CEO of a courier company. “This Man … God made him just for Me and me Just For Him,” she said. “This Man.. Covers and prays for me and my children EVERY morning.. This Man.. Loves My Father in Heaven and his name is God.. This Man allows me to just be a woman.. No more Hurt because King Kendall will never let that happen.. I’m off to just kiss, Hug and play in some water with This Man…Real Love.”

The couple got engaged in November of last year. Fantasia has a three-and-a-half-year-old son, Dallas Xavier Barrino, and teenage daughter, Zion, from previous relationships.

See more photos from Fantasia’s big day below:

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Fantasia Returns to the Studio and Thanks R. Kelly

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We’re READY Fantasia!

It’s been a decent amount of time since fans have heard new music from the powerhouse vocalist, but it appears that the wait is almost over. Fantasia took to her Instagram this week and uploaded pictures from the studio as she is working on her fifth album.

Fantasia’s 2013 release Side Effects of You earned her a Grammy-nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album. There hasn’t been any details about this new album as of yet. However, she did thank R. Kelly for pushing her.

We can’t wait to hear what she’s been cooking!

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Throwback Thursday: Jennifer Hudson feat. Fantasia – I’m His Only Woman

This week we aren’t going back as far for our Throwback Thursday pick. The song, “I’m His Only Woman,” is a perfect duet between vocal powerhouses Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia, off J. Hud’s eponymous debut album.  The ladies “took us to church” with their stunning vocals showing fans why they both had such successful runs with American Idol.

Almost as an ode to Shirley Brown’s “Woman To Woman, this song is Shirley Brown, Shirley Murdock, Betty Wright and Miki Howard all wrapped up into one great song. Fantasia confronts Jennifer Hudson on the track, informing her that they are sharing the same man. One can’t help but wonder why we haven’t seen more live performances of this powerhouse jam, and why it wasn’t a single.

Enjoy the throwback above.  Check out a video of Jennifer and Fantasia performing the single below:

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Ciara, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Fantasia & More Perform at ‘Black Girls Rock’


BET celebrated all of our beautiful, powerful, inspirational and talented women during its annual “Black Girls Rock!” special, which aired on Sunday night. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, the star-studded evening featured musical tributes from many of R&B’s leading ladies including Ciara, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Fantasia, Faith Evans, Estelle and more.

The legendary Sheila E. kicked off the empowering show with a high-energy performance of her classic “Glamorous Life,” playing percussion and singing in unison.

Jill Scott tore the rough off the building early belting out her soulful new single “You Don’t Know,” giving everyone chills. While, Erykah Badu got a little funky with a medley of “Soldier” and “Master Teacher.”

Ciara showed off her fully grown and confident self with a classy performance of her heartfelt new break-up ballad “I Bet.”

If you missed the show last night, catch all the soulful performances below as well as Faith Evans, Fantasia, Lalah Hathaway, Estelle, and an old-school medley below!

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Throwback Thursday: Jamie Foxx, Fantasia & Tank Perform “Do What It Do” at 2006 Grammy Gala

We are throwing it back today, but not too far.  Each year at Grammy time, music legend Clive Davis hosts his annual pre-Grammy Gala, and we are taking it back to the 2006 event, where singer/actor Jamie Foxx performed a special version of his hit “Do What It Do.” This live performance version included R&B vocalist Tank on backgrounds, and featured an impromptu audience performance from powerhouse singer Fantasia. One word VOCALS!!!!

Jamie acknowledges some of the legends that were in attendance, such as Diana Ross and Babyface. He sings to Fantasia, “I’ll cook and clean; Babyface taught me what to do. Babyface wave your hand.” The energy, chemistry, and atmosphere in this room were simply amazing. Count on Foxx to cut up in a good way in such a formal setting. He later brought out Mario and Jodeci to sing as well!

“Some say that Hip-Hop killed the R&B singer but the record sales say he’s still alive. If you love R&B, if you love real music stand up,” said Foxx. “I’m a student too and I’m not ashamed to say R&B is alive.”

Enjoy the special throwback above!

R. Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Robin Thicke, Fantasia & More Perform at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala

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Music’s biggest night is always preceded by another one of music’s biggest nights, The Recording Academy’s annual Pre-Grammy Gala. On the eve of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, music and Hollywood’s biggest stars joined Clive Davis for another memorable evening at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

The four-hour event, which honored Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge, boasted A-list performances and a star-studded guest list including Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Imagine Dragons, Ryan Tedder, Miguel, John Legend, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Barry Gordy and many more.

Davis led the crowd including Jamie Foxx, Miguel, and Swizz Beatz in singing “Happy Birthday” to Alicia Keys, who celebrated her 34th birthday Saturday.

Robin Thicke arrived with his beautiful wife Paula Patton and had the crowd on its feet with “Blurred Lines,” for which he was accompanied by Pharrell and a dancing T.I. The Neptunes producer kept a smile on the famous faces with his Oscar-nominated hit “Happy,” and joined Jennifer Hudson and Tip for “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel).”

R. Kelly paid tribute to Nelson Mandela with a tribal-inspired song, and Fantasia brought the epic evening to a close with her powerful performance of “Stormy Weather.”

Davis also remembered Whitney Houston, who died two years ago in the same hotel, “We all know that Whitney was the greatest contemporary singer in the world,” said the 81-year-old music mogul. “I don’t want the world to forget that, and I don’t want anyone in this room to forget that.”

See more pics and footage from Clive’s big bash below!

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