The past, present and future of soul and R&B descended on the 2016 Soul Train Awards in full force on BET last night (November 27).
Riding the strength of this spring’s “Lemonade,” Beyoncé won four awards—the most of any nominee. She won in the “Best R&B/Soul Female Artist” category, while “Lemonade” earned ”Album of the Year” and single “Formation” won “Song of the Year” and “Video of the Year.”
The Soul Train Awards also featured exemplary performances from a mix of rising stars and veterans. Relative newcomers Anderson .Paak and D.R.A.M. solidified their growing reputations with their own sets. Teddy Riley, a pioneer of the new jack swing style of R&B that was popular in the ’90s, received the “Legend Award” and performed a medley of tracks with Bobby Brown, Tito Jackson, Wreckx-N-Effect, Doug E. Fresh and other artists. Brandy Norwood received the “Lady of Soul” honor and performed with Bad Boy Records rapper Mase. Watch those performances and other memorable ones—including the “Soul Cypher” with Gladys Knight, Tyrese, Erykah Badu, Ne-Yo and Angie Stone—below.