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Real life best friends Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell teamed up to host the 2018 Soul Train Awards from Las Vegas, which aired on Sunday night. Although the top nominees of the night included artists like Bruno Mars, H.E.R., SZA and Cardi B, the night ended up being a throwback to 90s music.
The show included appearances and performance from Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell and Ronnie DeVoe of Bel Biv DeVoe, Jon B., Donell Jones, and Carl Thomas. Fans were later surprised by an appearance by Kid ‘n Play and Al B. Sure!, who made his first public appearance following the death of his son’s mother Kim Porter, who passed away on November 15.The two share son Quincy Brown, 27, who Kim’s ex Diddy helped to raise with Porter.
The special honors of the night include previous Soul Train host Erykah Badu, who won the Legend award, and Lady of Soul award winner Faith Evans. Here are the 2018 Soul Train Awards winners:
BEST NEW ARTIST
SOUL TRAIN CERTIFIED AWARD
BEST R&B/SOUL FEMALE ARTIST
BEST R&B/SOUL MALE ARTIST
BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD
RHYTHM & BARS AWARD (BEST HIP-HOP SONG OF THE YEAR)
Drake – “In My Feelings”
SONG OF THE YEAR
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
ALBUM/MIXTAPE OF THE YEAR
H.E.R. – H.E.R.
THE ASHFORD AND SIMPSON SONGWRITER’S AWARD
“Boo’d Up” – Written by Ella Howell, Dijon McFarlane, Joelle James, Larrance Dopson (Ella Mai)
BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE
Ciara – “Level Up”
BEST COLLABORATION PERFORMANCE
Daniel Caesar – “Best Part” featuring H.E.R.
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Bruno Mars – “Finesse” (Remix) featuring Cardi B
(Photo credit: BET)