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The 2016 “Soul Train Music Awards” took place on November 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The godmother of soul, Erykah Badu, returned as hostess of the event with her eccentric sense of humor and legendary style. The annual event, which honored the best in R&B and soul, featured performances by Brandy, Anderson .Paak, Bobby Brown, D.R.A.M., Ma$se, Dru Hill, Doug E. Fresh, India Arie, BJ The Chicago Kid, Guy, Candice Boyd, Carl Thomas, Eric Benet, MAJOR, Ro James, Tito Jackson, V. Bozeman, Wreckx-N-Effect and Yuna. Grammy award winning singer Brandy received the second annual Lady of Soul Award, while multi-platinum Grammy winning singer/songwriter/producer Teddy Riley received the evening’s highest honor, the coveted Legend Award. The 2016 “Soul Train Awards” kicked off with a performance by Dru Hill, who got the party started with a medley of 90’s R&B jams, including “Tell Me”, “In My Bed” and “Beauty.” Lead singer Sisqo later performed his solo hit “Thong Song”, bringing the entire crowd to it’s feet, including Teyana Taylor, who knew every word. Hostess Erykah Badu, ever the visionary, made her grand entrance via a glow-in-the dark performance, which was followed by her laugh out loud futuristic monologue, which included everything from Donald Trump to alien life. For the second year, the awards unveiled a powerful “Soul Cypher” featuring a mixture of R&B and soul singers who collaborated. Badu DJ’d the cypher while Tyrese, Ne-Yo, Angie Stone and Gladys Knight performed raw versions of their songs. Brandy was presented with the Lady of Soul Award following a heartfelt speech by singer Jill Scott and a video tribute featuring the industry’s top executives and artists, including Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan, Jhene Aiko and others. Brandy then drove the crowd into a frenzy with a dance and powerful renditions of her biggest hits, including “Almost Doesn’t Count”, “What About Us”, “Full Moon”, “I Wanna Be Down”, “The Boy Is Mine”, “Talk About Our Love”, “Have You Ever” and  “Sitting On Top Of The World”, featuring Ma$e. Meanwhile, actor/comedian Cedric “The Entertainer” presented producer Teddy Riley with the Legend Award. Riley was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation and rousing round of applause from the crowd. He celebrated with Bobby Brown, Doug E. Fresh, Wreckx-N-Effect, V. Bozeman and Tito Jackson. The 2016 “Soul Train Music Awards” will air on Centric and BET on November 27 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Singer Bruno Mars sat down the Music Choice to discuss his new music and how he’s evolved as an artist. As for collaborations, Mars stated that although he enjoys collaborating, he felt that the album belongs to him and he has to perform the songs himself. In terms of how he’s evolved, Mars says one way is the fact that he’s getting older. He believes he’s on a journey and hopes fans are ready to take that journey with him. Several weeks ago, rapper Joey Bada$$ revealed to fans that his forthcoming effort, “AABA”, was nearly complete. Yesterday, the Brooklyn native took to Twitter to explain why he feels it’s  necessary to take more time to perfect the quality of his work, stating that he ‘s pushing the project back to the beginning of 2017. So far, he’s released the singles “Devastated” and “Front & Center”, both of which find the MC in his comfort zone. Last year, he wowed critics  following the release of his debut album “B4. Da.$$.”. The album featured producers DJ Premier and Hit-Boy.