With Erykah Badu as the confirmed host for this year’s Soul Train Awards, it’s not clear what could go down. But while the event’s agenda is still up in the air, the honorees have been set in stone. Centric Network announced that it will honor Jill Scott and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds at this year’s show.
Jill Scott will receive the first-ever Lady of Soul Award, and it’s pretty clear why she will be the first recipient of the title. The singer-songwriter has won a number of Grammys for Best Urban Performance for her singles “Daydreamin” and “Cross My Mind.” Aside from her Grammy awards and topping singles, Scott won three Soul Train award, including two in 2011 for Best R&B/Soul Female and Best R&B/Soul Female Album for Light of the Sun. She also earned her second No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this summer with her most recent release, Woman.
Soul Train’s other honoree Babyface will receive the Legend Award for his many achievements in song writing and producing throughout his extensive career. From the early ’80s until now, Babyface has a accumulated a number of nominations and awards. He has won 11 Grammy awards and earned 26 No.1 hits on the R&B charts. Babyface will join past honorees such as Gladys Knight, Earth, Wind, & Fire, and Keith Sweat.
According to Centric and BET, both artists held influential roles in the industry and are being recognized for their longstanding presence and influence on the world in terms of composition, style, and performance.
Jill Scott and Babyface will be honored at the Soul Train Awards on Nov. 29.