Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson added another award to her trophy chest during the 21st annual Soul Train Music Awards. The presentation of the 2007 Sammy Davis Jr. Award for entertainer of the year to the singer/actress was a highlight of the show, taped Saturday evening (March 10) at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif.
Going into the ceremony, Beyonce led the field with three nominations. She came away with one win — best R&B/soul single, female for “Irreplaceable” — during an evening in which the awards were spread across the board. Among other winners were Mary J. Blige for best R&B/soul album, female (“The Breakthrough”), Ne-Yo for best new artist and Gnarls Barkley for best R&B/soul single by a group (“Crazy”). Newcomers Webstar and Young B’s “Chicken Noodle Soup” claimed best R&B/soul or rap dance cut.
Songwriter/producers Jermaine Dupri and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds were the night’s other special honorees. Dupri received the 2007 Quincy Jones Award for outstanding career achievements, while Edmonds was presented with the Stevie Wonder Award for outstanding career achievements in songwriting.
Hosted by singers LeToya Luckett and Omarion, the Soul Train Awards featured performances by Hudson, Robin Thicke and rapper Rick Ross plus a special tribute to James Brown. The show will air in national syndication the week of March 17-25. Winners are determined by a panel of radio programmers, artists and retailers.
Here are the 2007 Soul Train Music Awards winners:
Best R&B/Soul Single, Female: Beyonce, “Irreplaceable”
Best R&B/Soul Single, Male: John Legend, “Save Room”
Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo: Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy”
Best R&B/Soul Album, Female: Mary J. Blige, “The Breakthrough”
Best R&B/Soul Album, Male: Jamie Foxx, “Unpredictable”
Best R&B/Soul Album, Group, Band or Duo: The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley, “Baby Makin’ Music”
Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist: Ne-Yo, “Sexy Love”
The Michael Jackson Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video: Jay-Z, “Show Me What You Got”
Best R&B/Soul or Rap Dance Cut: Webstar & Young B featuring the Voices of Harlem, “Chicken Noodle Soup”
Best Gospel Album: Kirk Franklin, “Songs From the Storm,” Volume 1″