Soul Train Awards pay tribute to Heavy D
November 28th, 2011
02:51 PM ET

Soul Train Awards pay tribute to Heavy D

This year's Soul Train Awards, taped in Atlanta on November 17, didn't hold back with their tribute to late rapper Heavy D, who died on November 8 at the age of 44.

The ceremony, which aired on BET Sunday, showed a boisterous tribute that included the likes of Naughty by Nature, Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow, Big Daddy Kane, and Goodie Mob. (Watch the clip at

After rocking the crowd with a medley of Heavy D's greatest, the performers chanted along with the crowd, "We got nothin' but love for you, Heavy." The awards show also played a retrospective of Heav's own Soul Train win in 1991, when he was part of Heavy D & the Boyz.

Venerated artists Gladys Knight and Earth, Wind & Fire were also honored, with both being presented with the 2011 Soul Train Legends awards.

The list of winners is as follows:

Album of the year: "F.A.M.E.," Chris Brown

Song of the year: "Motivation," Kelly Rowland

The Ashford and Simpson songwriter’s award/Record of the year: "Far Away," Marsha Ambrosius

Best hip-hop song of the year: "Moment For Life," Nicki Minaj feat. Drake

Best new artist: Miguel

Best male R&B/Soul artist: Cee-Lo Green

Best female R&B/Soul artist: Jill Scott

Best gospel performance: "Walking," Mary Mary

Best Caribbean performance: "Man Down," Rihanna

Best dance performance: "Run the World (Girls)," Beyonce

Centric award: Raphael Saadiq

Contemporary jazz: "Dave Koz, Hello Tomorrow," Dave Koz

Traditional jazz: "Cassandra Wilson, Silver Pony," Cassandra Wilson

Best soul site:

This year's Soul Train Awards host, Cedric the Entertainer, also stopped by CNN to answer some of your iReport questions:

Filed under: Music • television

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. RussoPaige

    my neighbor's step-mother made $222036 so far just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more on this web site...CashBrave. Ç0M

    November 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. KajinPL

    It's crazy how it takes someone to die for them to be remembered. Heavy D was awesome. Use to listen to his stuff a lot when I was a kid when stuff was fun. Before it was just about going to clubs and screwing around.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. diane mzbhadd

    thats so sad that he died but ithink i died on purpose just to have a tribute to hem idk !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 29, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |

    Where my soul pick? Where my afrosheen?

    November 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ELVIS

    It said Heavy D be late. Was his black @ss stuck in traffic or sumethin? If he cant get there on time he doesnt deserve no award. He just a shiftless no good wannabee.

    November 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Taylor

      You MINDLESS IDIOT!! He died. They were paying tribute to him not giving him an award! READ THE ARTICLE!!

      November 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mirra

      Um bonehead, he passed away hence the tribute. When you clicked on the headline to the article you could have at least gotten that much.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Robert White

    I'm am dissapointed with the soul train awards last night. Where was the quality control when you needed them? I grew up watching the program every saturday and belive a much better show could have been done. We got to do better and like Pattie mention remember how we got where we are today and who put us here

    November 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ynotbbad

    Really...really...Beyonce wins Best Dance performance??? You have got to be kidding me.

    November 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Captain Herzegovina

    Soul Train keeps it reahh

    November 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sounds

    Fixed to me. All horrible just horrible.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |

Post a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

About this blog

Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.