Kendrick, Jidenna, others win big at 2015 Soul Train Awards. See full list of winners

By Jennifer Ajimande November 30, 2015 11:14

Kendrick, Jidenna, others win big at 2015 Soul Train Awards. See full list of winners

The annual Soul Train Awards, STA, was staged last light, November 29, at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Legendary R&B songstress, Erykah Badu who hosted the memorable event, handed out awards in 12 categories.

The night graced us with outstanding performances as a lot of established and emerging acts walked away with a myriad of honors.

The Weekend nabbed best R&B/soul male artist and album of the year for Beauty Behind the Madness, while Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars claimed awards for song of the year and video of the year. Among the other winners was Jidenna (“Classic Man”) for best new artist.

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There were also performances from acts including Tyrese (who won the Centric Certified Award), R. Kelly, Jazmine Sullivan, Cameo, Erica Campbell, Tasha Cobbs, Empire’s V. Bozeman and After 7. Badu, along with Chrisette Michele, K-Ci Hailey, Lalah Hathaway and Eddie Levert, brought the audience to its feet during the inaugural Soul Train Soul Cypher.

The 2015 STA certainly blessed us with so much but the high point of the night which has left an indelible impression in our hearts was when the host took the center stage with a phone-centric monologue to throw jabs at female rapper Iggy Azalea.

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“Who is this?” Erykah said as she answered a flip phone. “Iggy Azalea? Yeah, hey… no, no, no, you can come, ’cause what you doin’ is definitely not rap.” Ouch! Iggy sure wouldn’t find this funny.

The unanticipated line was met with so many laughs as well as cheers from the crowd. It is pretty clear there is a beef between those two because we can’t understand why Izzy was the butt joke of the night, she wasn’t even in attendance.

Here’s the full rundown of who walked away with the Soul award in their various categories.

BEST NEW ARTISTS
Tinashe
Jussie Smollett
Jidenna – Winner
Dej Loaf
Alessia Cara

CENTRIC AWARD
Avant
Chrisette Michele
The Internet
Tyrese – Winner
Vivian Green

BEST R&B/SOUL MALE ARTIST
The Weeknd – Winner
Chris Brown
D’Angelo and the Vanguard
Tyrese
Trey Songz

BEST R&B/SOUL FEMALE ARTIST
Janet Jackson
Jill Scott – Winner
Tamar Braxton
Beyoncé
Janelle Monáe

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Chris Brown – X
D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah
Jill Scott – Woman
The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness – Winner
Tyrese – Black Rose

SONG OF THE YEAR
Common and John Legend – “Glory
Jidenna and Roman GianArthur – “Classic Man”
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars– “Uptown Funk” – Winner
Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”
The Weeknd – “Earned It”

BEST GOSPEL/OR INSPIRATIONAL SONG
Erica Campbell – “More Love”
Fred Hammond Ft. Breeann Hammond – “I Will Trust”
Kirk Franklin – “Wanna Be Happy?”
Lecrae – “All I Need Is You” – Winner
Marvin Sapp – “Yes You Can”

BEST HIP-HOP SONG OF THE YEAR
Big Sean Ft. Drake & Kanye West – “Blessings”
Big Sean Ft. E-40 – “IDFWU”
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” – Winner
Nicki Minaj Ft. Drake & Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter”

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyonce – “7/11″
Jidenna Ft. Roman Gianarthur – “Classic Man”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” – Winner
The Weeknd – “Earned It” (From The Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack)

THE ASHFORD & SIMPSON SONGWRITER’S AWARD

“Glory” (from the motion picture Selma) — written by: Lonnie Rashid Lynn, John Roger Stephens and Che Smith (Common & John Legend) – Winner
“Apparently” — written by: Jermaine L. Cole, Damon Coleman, Filippo Trecca (J.Cole)
“Uptown Funk” — written by: Mark Ronson, Rudolph Taylor, Lonnie Simmons, Philip Martin Lawrence II, Peter Gene Hernandez, Jeffrey Nath Bhasker, Nicholaus Joseph Williams, Devon Christopher Gallaspy, Robert Lynn Wilson, Charles K. Wilson, Ronnie Wilson (Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars)
“Earned It” (from the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” soundtrack) — written by: Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Ahmad “Belly” Balshe, Jason Quenneville, Stephan Moccio (The Weeknd)
“Shame” — written by: Warryn S. Campbell Ii, Sam Dees, Tyrese Darnell Gibson, Ron Kersey, De Wayne Julius Rogers (Tyrese)

 

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE
Beyonce – “7/11″
Chris Brown x Tyga – “Ayo”
Janelle Monae & Jidenna – “Yoga”
Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Silent – “Watch Me” (“Whip/Nae Nae”) – Winner

 

BEST COLLABORATION
Big Sean Ft. Drake & Kanye West – “Blessings”
Common & John Legend – “Glory” (from the motion picture Selma)
Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Nicki Minaj Ft. Beyonce – “Feeling Myself”
Omarion Ft. Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko – “Post To Be” – Winner