Morris Day had the audience dancing in the aisles Sunday night at the Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas.
With the show celebrating R&B, soul, and hip-hop from the past and present, BET brought out several chart-topping acts from the ’80s and ’90s for a tribute to writer-producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
After the Minneapolis duo accepted the night’s Legend Award, they joined some of the acts they worked with on stage.
As Jam, Lewis, and singer-songwriter Babyface played instruments, a roster of fan favorites performed their biggest hits.
[Watch the full tribute above]
Boyz II Men sang Force MD’s “Tender Love” and “On Bended Knee.” Stokley Williams from Mint Condition performed “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” and “She.”
The tribute then switched to up tempo tracks.
Sounds of Blackness performed “Optimistic,” members of the S.O.S. Band belted out a medley that included “Just Be Good To Me” and “Tell Me If You Still Care.” Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle performed “Saturday Love,” and Morris Day and Jerome Benton brought the audience to its feet with “Jungle Love” and “The Bird.”
Other memorable moments on the show included Yolanda Adams performing her own tribute after picking up the Lady of Soul Award.
The gospel music star sang a medley of hits, including “Victory,” “Someone Watching Over You,” and “Only Believe.”
And… the Soul Cypher brought peace, love and funky beats from Erykah Badu and Robert Glasper, along with powerhouse vocals by Carl Thomas, Keyshia Cole, Le’Andria Johnson and Anthony Hamilton.
The Soul Train Awards were held at the Orleans Arena off the Las Vegas Strip. The show aired live on BET and BET Her, with Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold returning as hosts.
To watch more performances, head over to BET’s YouTube page.