The 2011 Soul Train Music Awards will be remembered as much for what they were not as what they really were. Since the broadcast did not air live, there was no need for a sound delay, but if it had aired live, there would've been little to hide. No profanity, no crass jokes, no wardrobe malfunctions. The closest thing to any real roasting was host Cedric the Entertainer’s light-hearted “things swirling in my head” jab at Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.
Though there were minimal missteps through the night of taping, we compiled a short list of what likely won’t make the final cut.
>> Cedric the Entertainer, flanked by dancers who separated in two rows for him to join them mid-routine, missed his cue. It was a minor gaffe, but actually made his real entrance funnier.
>> Cee Lo Green appeared to flub his lyrics during the tribute to Heavy D on “We Got Our Own Thang.” While the passing of the Overweight Lover shocked everyone, rhyme mishaps from a gifted MC — a la Lupe Fiasco on VH1's Hip-Honors several years ago — was also surprising. I mean, c’mon, prior to his Lady Killer days, Cee Lo ripped mics alongside OutKast and Goodie Mob. Well, I could be wrong, though I was only about four rows from the stage on the left, it was apparent that something was amiss.
>> “Reed Between the Lines” star Melissa DeSousa was introduced with the new sitcom’s lead, Malcolm-Jamal Warner instead of soul legend Keith Sweat to present the award for best R&B male. Warner was not supposed to appear until he introduced the Earth, Wind and Fire tribute.
>> Cee Lo strikes again. He threw his hands up in frustration as his mic failed during the Earth, Wind and Fire tribute. Like the trooper that he is, he grabbed another mic and got back to sangin’.
Even if you saw all of the bloopers, it wouldn’t make a difference. The quality of the tributes, performances, and special moments was still heartfelt. Valerie Simpson honoring her late husband Nick Ashford, who passed away in August, was a tear-jerker. The absence of madness didn’t take away from a must-see show.
A viewing party for the Soul Train Music Awards will be held at 595 North, 595 North Avenue. Doors open at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9. If you’re watching from home, the awards will be simulcast at 9 p.m. on BET and Centric.
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