New Edition Wins Top Soul Train Music Award

For its 25th anniversary, the show remembered its creator, Don Cornelius, and honored the R&B band.

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Strangely enough, Bobby Brown delivered the most emotional speech as he thanked his fans and group mates for having his back through trying times. But he failed to mention his late ex-wife, Whitney Houston. Nevertheless, the speeches were all touching. Later in the show, the group performed some of their biggest hits, including "Candy Girl," "Mr. Telephone Man" and "If It Isn't Love," and fans young and old couldn't help getting out of their seats and singing along.

It was a long night, but the evening closed appropriately with an impromptu appearance by Jamie Foxx, along with a virtual Don Cornelius, and the presentation of the final act of the evening: the one and only Stevie Wonder. The legendary singer and surprise guest explained how Soul Train was a testing ground for "Superstition" and thanked Cornelius, the program and the fans for supporting him throughout his career.

It was a magical performance, as Wonder belted out "Superstition" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours." During a revamped version of the latter, a photo montage of recently re-elected President Obama flashed on an elevated screen. Wonder inserted into the lyrics: "We got Barack for four more years."

Although Cornelius couldn't be there to witness the show, it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that he'd appreciate how the awards ceremony continues to feature some of the best in soul music.

Andreas Hale is a Las Vegas-based writer and the founder and editor-in-chief of Follow him on Twitter.

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