The 2020 Soul Train Awards had a lot of excitement varying from winners, performances, red carpet moments and more. The award show aired on BET, BET Her, VH1 and MTV2.
Chris Brown won the most awards, winning an award for Best R&B/Soul Male Artist and shared honors of Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance, and Best Collaboration with Young Thug for their hit “Go Crazy.”
H.E.R. won two awards in the categories of Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award for “I Can’t Breathe.”
There were several performances but the Lady of Soul Award Winner, Monica really made an impact. Babyface, Brandy, Charlie Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Ella Mai, Lucky Daye, Snoh Aalegra are just a few of the talented artists to touch the stage tonight.
The soul cypher was a real treat featuring R&B stars PJ Morton, Chanté Moore, Shanice, and Stokely.
Below are a full list of the winners, select red carpet images, performances and more.
2020 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS” WINNERS
Best New Artist – Snoh Aalegra
Soul Train Certified Award –Brandy
Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Chris Brown
Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – H.E.R.
Video of the Year – Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Saint Jhn & Wizkid “Brown Skin Girl”
Best Gospel/Inspirational Award – Kirk Franklin
Album of the Year – Summer Walker “Over It”
Rhythm & Bars Award – Megan thee Stallion “Savage”
Song of the Year – Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award – “I Can’t Breathe,” Written by H.E.R.
Best Dance Performance – Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”
Best Collaboration Performance – Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”
Here are some of the performances from the 2020 Soul Train Award show, enjoy!
There were amazing interviews that took place on the virtual red carpet for the 2020 BET Hip Hop Award Show. Here are some highlights from the Mulatto, Flo Milli, Ade and Original Koffee.
“We can be women and still be bosses” – Flo Milli
During the interviews, Flo Milli talks about her personality and how she always been confident and as time went on she learned to love herself even more. However even though she always had it she believes anyone can obtain it.
To stay centered Flo Milli meditates and recharges her energy. She talks about the importance of alone time and preserving her energy.Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Lil Kim are all artists she looks up to. We learned in the interviews if she could work with one male rapper it would be Young Thug.
When Flo Milli talked about voting her advice was to go out and vote and not to take it lightly. She encourages everybody to vote.
Hip Hop is freedom of expression. Ade says he always stay motivated because he feels like God always put opportunities in his life to let him know to keep going. He talks about having a song on a NFL commercial and everytime he has doubt something great happens.
He has unreleased music featuring legends but he doesn’t tell us who. However he did tell us to be on the look out for the next couple of months or top of the year.
“Hip Hop really is pop music now” – Ade
Original Koffee reveals her dream collaboration would be Burna Boy. When she made Toast she remembers feeling grateful and writing her feelings in the song.
She talks about winning a Grammy and how it’s a proud moment for her country, Jamaica and a historical moment.
Other artist Original Koffee would like to work with include Drake, Da Baby, and Young Thug. She’s motivated by spirituality and positivity and she grew up in a Christian household. She bases her activities as an adult on her core values from being a child.
I had the chance to interview MorninAfta, a talented RnB singer. We spoke about his start in the music career, new music and more.
Sicarah: MorninAfta I love the name. How did you come up with your artist name?
MorninAfta: Kanye West said it best, provocative gets things going. All around person I wanted my music to reflect music from every angle. If you go to the club and have sex, if the night before your friend died or whatever happens you will wake up and think about what happened last night.
Sicarah: When did you decide to pursue RNB and why?
MorninAfta: I saw my friend who was in a choir and his voice was nice. I wanted to sing I knew how to rap because growing up in Baltimore all the guys used to rap and do cyphers but I knew I wanted to sing like my friend. So I taught myself, I went to a magnet school. The magnet school is where you go to school to pick a concentration. My concentration was choir and I joined the school choir.
Sicarah: “Plugs Daughter” loved it like a real movie, Why she had to die though?
MorninAfta: Yes it was about the plug. So its out now if you haven’t seen it yet. I am talking to the plug and I tell him I want to get out of the game and pursue my music career. The plug tells me that I can get out but he needs me to make a drop to the cartel on Friday. He tells me he loves me like his son and I can have everything I want except his daughter. However, throughout the week leading up to Friday, the plugs daughter and I are hanging out. After the drop I am followed by a guy sent by the plug to my crib and the guy shoots at me and I shoot back but I didn’t get shot instead the plugs daughter gets shot. So the point is the plug was trying to hurt me but ended up ending himself instead. Life is like that really because if it’s meant for someone you can’t penetrate it.
Sicarah: Baltimore ok what was it like growing up in Baltimore?
MorninAfta: It was beautiful but also the trenches. Not many people In Baltimore talk about College, I am one of them but many of them don’t. Many successful people came from Baltimore that I bet you didn’t know such as Toni Braxton, Sisqo, Mario, Dru Hill and more.
Sicarah: What made you move to Atlanta?
MorninAfta: I chose to move to Atlanta because there’s more opportunity, a chance to make more money, and I already made all my contacts necessary while in Baltimore.
Sicarah: If you could only pick one pair who would it be and why?
Omarion and Jhene Aiko
Miguel and Ashanti
Ella Mai and Fabolous
MorninAfta: Miguel and Ashanti because Miguel has an even tone its a skill to go up and down vocally but it’s a skill to stay in your tone as well. Ashanti is great as well because she knows her lane. She’s not Beyonce but she can gain from what Beyonce does but contribute to the culture with her talent, and I don’t know if you have seen her lately but she looks phenomenal.
Sicarah: I love the fact you joined a fraternity. Do you think your decision to join a frat encouraged your desire to pursue music in any way? Or helped shape who you are and if so how?
MorninAfta: I love my fraternity. The videos just go viral and I feel like the success just happens but it’s not planned. I don’t know why some of the videos on my page that go viral do and that happens with my music too. Joining a fraternity definitely helped me because they accepted my music, they would say you sound like Chris Brown with autotune but we can hear the soul. Add more soul.
Sicarah: I see you had a post on social media that mentioned the importance of having undeniable faith. Has your faith helped you get through the year and if so how?
MorninAfta: Faith is key. You have to have faith you will succeed. My dream I can see it. I feel like when the time is right my career will take off just like that too. Coming from Baltimore I’ve seen many artists who had less followers than me take off and it just shows me it will happen when the time is right.
Sicarah: You are a cover fanatic and that’s dope! What was one of your favorite songs to create and record a cover to and why?
MorninAfta: Wale Matrimony this is the cover I really learned how to sing with. Music, make songs is like having a conversation. You have the beat and you have the vocals. It’s like a podcast sometimes its one-person other times its two but it’s a conversation and music is the same thing. When you hear the beat and lyrics are added it’s a conversation.
Sicarah: We have to get into Social Distance. Your lyrics “I fell in love with you, I wasn’t thinking about myself.” “Breathe and Exhale I reflect on my mind.” How did this song come about? Do you feel like more men need to take time for themselves?
MorninAfta: When I said “Social Distance” I thought sometimes you need to take a step back too much of anything can bring you down. That can mean many things. When I moved to Atlanta I gave up meat and alcohol because when you lose something your other senses kick in. When you eliminate things, it helps you stay focused and it’s easy to get lost in the sauce. There is a lot of sauce. So when I say social distance its really take time for yourself to help yourself.
Sicarah: “Breathe Pause” is Fire because the content normally isn’t paired with this type of beat and V.I.B.E you did the wifey throwback. This album thinking about you seems like a lot of fun for you to make? What was your goal with this album?
MorninAfta: When it comes to Breathe Pause there’s a story within a story for this one. My friend played me this somber song by Rihanna and it was so sad but I decided I wanted to sample it. Sometimes you just know when something is for you. I raised the beat, added Hip Hop to it and I produced this entire project. You know when there are songs you produced but you feel like you are the only person who can kill that beat. I think PartyNextDoor also said when he produces certain songs only him and Drake can kill certain beats that he creates.
Sicarah: “Can’t Help It” seems to be the leading single of the pill 2 what made you choose this single?
MorninAfta: I freestyled “Can’t Help It” and I was just talking on the beat. The beat was a vibe I just knew it was for me. It was a spur of the moment.
Sicarah: What do you want your legacy to be?
MorninAfta: Balance, balance is important. I am a Virgo but sometimes I feel I am also a libra. Everyone needs balance. I feel like Kanye West has his hand in so many things but balance is the key.
I love this video because the intro talks about the drama social media brings especially when it comes to romantic relationships. Since they are in a restaurant, a staff member over hears Bebe’s complaints and gives her a fortune cookie. Bebe vanishes into the time periods she were discussing during her rant with her friends expressing how life was easier back in the 60’s.
The theme of the song is jealousy triggered by her boyfriend’s behavior on social media. The lyrics are so genuine and relative to today’s generation,
“My apologizes for looking on your history, I’m trying to let it go, baby I’m jealous, of the pictures that you like, baby I’m jealous of the girls with lighter eyes baby I’m jealous.”
Doja Cat comes in with a different energy “Who that chick?, nah that’s pitiful that’s so average.”
I noticed some Adam and Eve incorporation when the gentleman in the video takes the bite of an apple while he is in a garden with Doja Cat and a snake is present.
Check it out above and be sure to leave a comment.
Daystar is Tory Lanez’s most recent album featuring 17 tracks with one feature Yoko Gold positioning his stance on the incident with Megan Thee Stallion.
Throughout the entire project he is consistent on his position on his case and frequently mentions God Got Me. On “Daystar” we will hear about money, fame, people changing, his case with Megan Thee Stallion, Faith and social media.
Tory Lanez releases “Daystar” and he begins the album with all negative comments from the media. On the first single, “Money Over Fallouts” he talks about getting bailed out of jail and Megan’s team attempt to frame him. Tory Lanez talks about people trying to ruin him and losing 10 million dollars. He really pleads his side of the story on the opening track.
“A Woman” sounds like a true heartbreak song and after hearing this record it makes me wonder just how close was Tory Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion before this incident? Also, if he loved Megan Thee Stallion so much why would he shoot her? This album definitely brings up a lot of questions. Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez have two completely different stances on this situation and since no one was there we only have whatever the two artists shares with their fans.
“My heart is cold.” – Tory Lanez
On this record, we see the emotional side of Tory Lanez.
“You can come home, come home I’ll welcome you in with open arms, you can always come back.”
I like the fact we didn’t have to guess about whether or not Tory Lanez was referring to the situation with Megan Thee Stallion. Based on songs like “Friends Become Strangers” I feel like their relationship is a lot deeper than anyone else on the outside world could know. He talks about how they both lost their mothers.
Megan Thee Stallion tried to protect Tory Lanez even though she felt like he was the one who shot her which also adds to the question how long were they together? How deep was their love for each other?
“Sorry But I Had To” is one song that got to several people. Tory Lanez addressed many situations of artists who had something to say about his situation. In this song you will hear lyrics regarding Asian Doll, Jojo, JR Smith, DreamDoll, are just a few to name.
On the single, “Look How GOD Works” Tory Lanez raps, “Grace of God you know the truth so I’m gon beat those cases” and he raps about working too hard to throw it all away.
On “What’s Kulture ??” He starts off with the lost of Chadwick Boseman from Black Panther and as the song continues he talks about the importance of black women in his life including both family and career.
“I refuse to be the poster boy for black women unprotected.”
He mentions Kehlani and his concern about her choice to go to Twitter instead of reaching out to Tory Lanez on “Bittersweet.”
“Care For You” is extremely deep.
“We need God urgently.”
“Lately I been minding my business, trying to get back at you.”
“Tests that bring you faith when its unclear what the fate is.”
“Sorry for the times my attitude mixed with the status too.”
These lines really stood out. Besides the obvious, he talks about investment, racism, culture, uplifting black women, community and more.
Many people say they don’t like the fact Tory Lanez made a project about the incident with Megan Thee Stallion.
`UPSTRZ releases his latest single, “Money Talk” with an unforgettable melody and lyrics that make you want to move. He is a successful 22 year-old singer/songwriter and producer who not only creates music for himself but has wrote for other big names in the industry such as Chris Brown and Lyrica Anderson.
UPSTRZ is originally from Minnesota but moved to Atlanta to pursue his road to Stardom. His new single, “Money Talk” was produced by Tariq Beats & MusikMajor collectively. UPSTRZ is an ideal blend of both R&B and Hip Hop. The melodic vibe mixed with the bass filled beat and the topic of money is a surefire win win.
UPSTRZ is here to stay, follow him on Instagram to stay tuned with all new releases.
Don Pablo is a music artist who spits the real truth from his life experiences. He recently released a project tiled, “Who Woulda Thought” featuring 7 tracks. The first record, “ChampzPaine” gives a celebration vibe but the record also details trials and tribulations.
“This Sh*t real we was treating noodles like a big deal, no water no lights you don’t know how this sh*t feel.”
His music is catchy and his bars definitely stand out. Several lyrics will stand out to artists and people in general who grew up in tough circumstances.
“All they see is the champagne they don’t see the champz paine.”
B.E.T. Credited socialite, Azia, is an Electric multifaceted recording artist that is ready to showcase her sound and versatility with new project ” A Whole Mood” and eye popping visual release of new single “Eat it Up”. This Brooklyn girl has been featured on BET reality series Hustle in Brooklyn, owns her own cosmetic line Brownie Couture and is ready to show the world her musical development with influences from Beyonce, Jay Z, Rihanna, Drake, Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj. Azia blends an attractive mixture of RnB and sexy pop that will leave listeners hooked. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York she has been molded to have a dominant exterior with a wholesome deposition but isn’t afraid to show her wild side. The “A Whole Mood” project and lead single “Eat it Up” is the embodiment of her multiple alter egos that set her apart from the rest.
Azia Toussaint is proudly of Haitian/ Trinidadian descent and has developed her musical roots by honing her skills working with iconic talents such as Multi credited producer Faroh Black who is also her father, Multi-Billboard charting artist Tory Lanez and other intricate counterparts that has solidified her for the next phase of her musical journey. This creative Caribbean maven is an outgoing songwriter and visionary that will undoubtedly forge her own position in today’s industry at large.
“Eat it up” is an highly addictive summer sound that hits listeners immediately as Azia shows her confidence as she spits sultry lyrics with visuals reminiscent of Wu-Tangs cream, only showing she and her girls are the snack. “Eat It Up” gives us a glimpse into Azias world as she spits ” 31 flavors, how you want it, u can get it” she delivers an addictive, alluring persona that will captivate listeners and keep viewers wanting more. “Eat it Up” is a self written anthem that gives female listeners enticing confidence to embody how exotic they are while keeping a fun balance.
Azia is an artist, model, actress, reality star, philanthropist and serial entrepreneur that is poised to become a mogul that will impact this industry by empowering young girls to obtain their dreams in spite of any obstacles. Her video credits include “Panda” from Desiigner, “Change Your Mind” from Trey Songz and “Pick it Up” from Famous Dex to name a few. She has modeled for Cupcake Mafia, Terry Mac and Rock Smith and was also featured in Kanye West’s “Yeezy Season” and Nike’s Caribbean Pack.
She is set to release her much anticipated EP, “A Whole Mood” and visuals for her Reinterpretation of “Black is King” through the eyes of a Brooklyn girl. It’s safe to say that Azia will be entering Fall of 2020 with momentum that will demand attention. Azia is set to show the world why her skill set is necessary in today’s entertainment Industry.
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