There were definitely a lot of standout and special moments throughout the Soul Train Awards this past weekend, but SZA caught the eye of fans and critics as she dominated the award categories. According to cnn.com, “The night was a big one for SZA, who scored four wins, taking home trophies for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award.” Hosted by Emmy-winning actor and entrepreneur, KeKe Palmer, fans were highly anticipating the Soul Train Awards and witnessing some of their favorite artists receiving the recognition they deserve.
CoCo Jones, Victoria Monet, Summer Walker, and Janelle Monae were among a few of the female winners throughout the night and they beautifully represented breaking barriers throughout their careers. Monet has become a fan-favorite among social media after her breakout hit single “On My Mama” and her dedication behind the scenes. Throughout the past decade, she’s served as a ghost writer in the music industry for A-List artists such as Beyonce, Ariana Grande, and more. Monet scored big award categories of Best Dance Performance and Video of the Year for “On My Mama”. Jones won for Best New Artist and Summer Walker won for Best Collaboration on the track “Good Good” with Usher and 21 Savage.
Although it was confirmed for Monae to receive the Spirit of Soul Award prior to the premiere, fans were ecstatic that they chose Monae as the receipt due to her unwavering spirit. According to abc.com, “The night also featured performances by BJ The Chicago Kid, Coco Jones, Danté Bowe, Fridayy, Jermaine Dupri, Maeta, Muni Long and SWV.” Audiences thoroughly enjoyed the highlighted performances of the evening and showed their massive support for their fellow Black entertainers.
We can’t wait to see the Soul Train Awards next year!
By Kori Barnes, University of Southern California
True Star Media’s content is made possible thanks to donors like you. To support the voice and perspective of today’s youth, donate at truestarmedia.org/donate.