In addition to recognizing today’s biggest and brightest R&B/Soul artists the 2013 ‘Soul Train Awards’ paid tribute to some of the best of yesteryear as well on Sunday night.
The show’s Lifetime Achievement Award went to none other than R&B veteran Keith Sweat who after his acceptance speech smoothed it out on stage with a medley performance of his biggest hits including “Nobody,” “I Want Her,” “Don’t Stop Your Love” and “Make It Last Forever” in which Faith Evans joined him on stage for a duet rendition.
Soul is a colorless genre and this year the awards put on a special tribute to the many “blue-eyed soul” singers who have contributed timeless music as well. Following a video montage and then an intro from Dr. Oz, Jon B hit the stage to perform his fan favorite hit “They Don’t Know” as the audience sang along. The ’90s singer then introduced the legendary Bobby Caldwell to the stage who had everyone on their feet as he performed his classic 1978 hit “What You Won’t Do For Love.”
But, one of the evening most precious moments was the all-star tribute to Dionne Warwick. The special dedication featured performances from Ron Isley, Gladys Knight, Eddie Levert, Eric Benét, Ruben Studdard, Chrisette Michele, Candice Glover, Kenny Latimore and Bobby V who all paid tribute to the soul legend with covers and duets of her many hits, including a touching closing number of “That’s What Friends are For.”
Watch all the special performances below!
Keith Sweat Lifetime Achievement Award Medley
Blue Eyed Soul Tribute
An All-Star Tribute to Dionne Warwick