Soul Train Awards 2012: Highlights and lowlights

26 Nov

Last night both BET and Centric aired the Soul Train Awards hosted by Comic Cedric the Entertainer.

This year there were three major fashion trends running the red carpet. White seemed to be a popular choice of color, as R&B legend Faith Evans, American Idol alum Leah LaBelle, and Singer Melanie Fiona all donned white ensembles.

While Melanie Fiona was most unique with a doily inspired dress (is this a new trend emerging?), Soulstress Goapele took the night with her metal band around the waist, black sandals and gold earrings.

Keeping with the white trend, Tyler Perry’s House of Payneactress Demetria McKinney also incorporated color-blocking in her black and white asymmetrical dress. New 106th & Park host Paigion arrived in a colorblocked red and black number.

The most risky trend of the night had to be prints and fros. Actress Kat Graham worked it with her large print floral extremely high slit dress and huge hair. “Refill” singer and Best New Artist Recipient Elle Varner contained her fro in a low ponytail and wore a black and white graphic print peplum ensemble.

Mint Condition's Stokley Williams

Mint Condition’s Stokley Williams

One more disturbing trend re-appeared on this red carpet. Despite how simple it is for men to dress up for nice events, throwing on a well-tailored black suit seems to be too much work in 2012. Mint Condition frontman Stokley Williams arrived in a dark denim, a plaid blazer and, le sigh, sneakers. This look would’ve been great for an everyday appearance but an awards show? Please try harder next time.

Among the evening’s performances where Self-proclaimed Relationship Expert Singer Tyrese with his Song of the Year winning “Stay” followed by fellow TGT members Ginuwine and Tank. John Legend performed his hit “Tonight” from the motion picture soundtrack to Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. Legend was up for several awards and took home the Ashford & Simpson Award for Songwriter of the Year. Ne-Yo performed his hit “Let Me Love You” from his new album R.E.D., this time infusing a bit more soul into the electronica-dance based tune.

The Soul Train Awards was taped on November 8th in Las Vegas. This was the first award show to air since the passing of the show’s creator Don Cornelius in February of this year.

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