Love, Peace and Soul (and a Little Faith): The 2018 Soul Train Awards Was a Night of '90s Nostalgia

Faith Evans performs during the 2018 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 17, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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All eyes and (marketing strategies) may be on millennials and Gen Z, but despite artists from those generations leading the pack in nominations, by all appearances, it was “grown folks music” that dominated the 2018 Soul Train Awards.

For those of us of a certain age, Saturday night’s annual awards ceremony in Las Vegas was like a high school reunion. In fact, as I spoke at an engagement with a group of women who were mere toddlers (if born at all) when I graduated high school, many of my teenage faves were strutting across the stage at the Orleans Arena, just to let us know they’ve still got it.

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We’re talking performances and appearances by Bell Biv Devoe, Jon B., Donell Jones, and Carl Thomas. Then, add some Kid ‘n Play and Al B. Sure! (which couldn’t have been an easy appearance, following the sudden death of former partner and co-parent Kim Porter). And the special honors of the night, which went to previous host Erykah Badu, who won the Legend award, and Lady of Soul award winner Faith Evans.

Erykah Badu performs during the 2018 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 17, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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And then there were the evening’s hosts, BFFs Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold, who shouted out their Martin heyday with show-branded varsity jackets that we’re sure at least a few folks would love to cop.

Hosts Tichina Arnold (L) and Tisha Campbell perform onstage during the 2018 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 17, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Photo: David Becker (Getty Images)
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The show won’t air on BET until Nov. 25 (while you’re still overstuffed from Thanksgiving), so we won’t spoil it any further. But to see who wore what, scroll through the slideshow...

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Maiysha Kai

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.