It was a night full of laughs and surprises at the Soul Train Awards 2015. Hosted by Erykah Badu at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, the awards dished out 12 accolades to the most successful acts of the past year and kept the audience on their feet with a bevy of entertaining performances.
The night truly belonged to the musicians who walked away winners of their categories with Kendrick Lamar scooping the best hip hop song of the year for Alright, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars walking away with song of the year for their chart-topping collaboration Uptown Funk, Jill Scott winning r'n'b soul female artist and Shame singer Tyrese crowned with the centric certified award.
However, there was plenty of other entertainment on offer courtesy of host Badu and her hoverboarding antics and the addition of the soul cypher. In case you missed all the action, the IBTimes UK has rounded up the best moments from the awards...
Erykah Badu slams Iggy Azalea
Azalea, 25, has struggled to become a legitimate member of the hip hop scene and Badu is not ready to welcome her. During the opening monologue, which promoted her new mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone, Badu joked: "Who is this? Iggy Azalea? Yeah, hey! No, you can come [to the awards]. Because what you're doing is definitely not rap." Needless to say, social media has run wild with meme reactions.
Although Badu's sharp tongue and quick wit should have been expected as she previously said: "They gave me an associate producer's role this year so I was a part of the show from its inception. And as a writer on the show, they allowed me to be super loose. So it created a really comfortable, fun atmosphere. I was tickled most of the time."
Taking a leaf out of the BET Hip Hop Awards' book, the Soul Train Awards hosted its very own cypher battle for the first time, which saw Badu DJ as K-Ci Hailey, Eddie Levert and Lalah Hathaway freestyle sang to Mobb Deep's classic single Shook Ones.
The Weeknd's roll of good luck continues
If anyone has enjoyed a tremendous year in music, it is OVO singer The Weeknd. Although Drake's protege has been building a name for himself on the r'n'b scene over the past five years, he has been more than recognised for his talents throughout 2015. The Can't Feel My Face singer won the prestigious album of the year for his debut LP Beauty Behind The Madness and as well as best r'n'b/soul male artist.
Star-studded Babyface tribute
The legendary music producer, real name Kenneth Edmonds, was honoured with a special performance which included Bobby Brown and Boyz II Men singing a 16-minute medley of his hit singles. Boyz II Men sang their classic singles I'll Make Love To You and End Of The Road, both of which were written by Babyface, while Fantasia Barrino belted out Whitney Houston's Exhale (Shoop Shoop).