How many remembers when comedian Capone said, “This little baby sent her tape to our PO Box and we fell in love with her and you are going to love her too.” Our Apollo Kid Star of Tomorrow, give up Apollo for Gabi Wilson, 10! It turns out he was absolutely right. The key word in this introduction, unbeknownst to everyone, was her !! As live audiences and viewers of the syndicated series “Showtime At The Apollo” took a liking to young Gabi, a little over a decade later, Gabi Wilson, under a new stage nickname, HER has the adulation of millions of fans around the world. Last week, marking the first time she has performed a full concert since her televised debut in the hall, SiriusXM and Pandora, in association with the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, presented a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers and Pandora listeners. The exclusive concert featured HIS rendition of music from her recently released RIAA certified Gold album, “Back Of My Mind”. This stop comes in the middle of her Back of My Mind tour, giving subscribers and listeners a chance to see her in an intimate setting.
Ironically, in the span of two weeks, HER will once again have a major impact on a special night out at the venue as she, an Academy and Grammy Award winner, looks to add to her trophy, as she conducts the 2021 Soul Train Awards nominated with eight nods. Chris Brown and Jazmine Sullivan follow closely behind with six nominations each.
Wiz Kid and TEMS are the third highest with five nods each, followed by Blxst with four nods. Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Doja Cat, and Yung Bleu each have three nods.
The best prizes of the evening will be awarded to the respective natives of NY; GRAMMY three-time award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Maxwell, who will receive the “Legend” award and the Ashanti multi-stage singer / songwriter, actor, entrepreneur and songwriter who will receive the “Lady of Soul” award.
âIt is an honor to receive the Legend award from a community that has grown with me throughout my career,â said Maxwell. “I am so grateful to share this moment with everyone and to return to the Apollo for an evening of excellence.”
“I am honored to be recognized as this year’s ‘Lady of the Soul’ laureate,” Ashanti said. âIt’s a looping moment for me because I received the ‘Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year’ award at the Lady of Soul Awards in 2002. As we commemorate 50 years of Soul Train, I am proud to do so. part of that legacy and return to the Apollo to celebrate.
Dynamic best friend duo Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold will return as co-hosts of the 2021 “Soul Train Awards”, bringing their irreplaceable energy and hilarious comedic skills to this year’s show.
“We are delighted to welcome back the incomparable pair, Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold, to host the ‘Soul Train Awards’ for a legendary night in Harlem at the World-Famous Apollo,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. âTheir energy, like that of the Awards, remains unmatched. Our hosts are a great addition to this year’s special event, celebrating Soul Train’s legacy with electrifying performances that will rock everyone.
âProducing and hosting the Soul Train Awards for the past three years with my childhood friend has really been one of the highlights of my life,â said Tisha Campbell, co-host of the 2021 Soul Train Awards. âYet, hearing Tichina and I filming at the World-Famous Apollo this year, we literally lost our minds with excitement. It is already an extreme honor to be synonymous with the legacy of Don Cornelius, and now to walk too. in the footsteps of the multitude of African-American talent who graced the Apollo stage is mind-blowing for both of us!
âComing back to my hometown where it all started for us as young girls and hosting the iconic ‘Soul Train Awards’ at Apollo is truly a childhood dream come true,â said Tichina Arnold, co-host of the âSoul Train Awardsâ 2021. âI am honored to stand with Tisha and take our place in history by creatively organizing and producing such an iconic show.â
The 2021 Soul Train Awards will begin Sunday, November 28 at 8 p.m. ET / PT on BET and BET Her.
Again and again. Holla next week. In the meantime, enjoy the nightlife.