It’s the end of the line for the Soul Train Music Awards, which have largely been ignored by the African-American stars the event aims to honor. A spokeswoman said the show would not go ahead with its 22nd annual installment this year, but a reason was not specified. At last year’s event in Pasadena, most of the winners did not show up, including such A-listers as Beyonce Knowles, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Gnarls Barkley. The show takes place a few weeks after the Grammys, the music industry’s top awards. Similarly themed ceremonies like the BET Awards have also provided some competition.
I have to admit, I did not see this coming. I always thought that much like The American Awards, if just one or two big celebrities were persuaded to show up, then ratings would rise and ultimately more big name artists would return to the show as well. Sadly, that has not happened and the first music awards show that catered to Black music and was Black Owned, is now gone.
How this happened is beyond me as once upon a time the Soul Train Awards had every big name celebrity out there showing up and wanting to perform. I guess as more mainstream award shows started to highlight Black performers, those performers felt they no longer had a need for Soul Train and thus an era has come to an end.
And for old times sake, check out Whitney Houston performing You Give Good Love at the first ever Soul Train Awards Show. The year was 1987 and Whitney was at her musical peak.