*In case you are not up on Anderson .Paak, we advise you right here and right you now to get ready ’cause he’s a star in the making.
As proof, the 30-year-old Oxnard, California native – who’s signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label – just won a key honor at the Soul Train Awards.
Not only is he music industry’s hardest working musicians, .Paak is finally starting to get the props he deserves by taking home the 2016 Soul Train Award for Best New Artist in addition to the Centric Certified Award.
During his performance on the awards show, he surprised folks by bringing out BJ The Chicago Kid and the two absolutely had the joint rocking.
And like a lot of folks, India.Arie was real impressed with what .Paak was cookin’:
— India.Arie (@indiaarie) November 28, 2016
In other Soul Train Awards news, Beyonce pretty much dominated the show, which aired Sunday night on BET and Centric, picking up four trophies, including Song of the Year and Video of the Year for “Formation” from her new album “Lemonade.”
Meanwhile, Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Infrared took home two awards of their own, Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) and Best Collaboration, for their smash hit “All the Way Up.”
Erykah Badu hosted and executive produced the show, the first since BET Networks acquired Soul Train earlier this year.
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Here are the winners the 2016 Soul Train Awards:
est New Artist – Chance the Rapper
Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Maxwell
Centric Certified Award – Anderson .Paak
Video of the Year – Beyoncé – “Formation”
Best Gospel/Inspirational Song – Kirk Franklin – “123 Victory”
Album/Mixtape of the Year – Beyoncé – “Lemonade”
Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – Beyoncé
Song of the Year – Beyoncé
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award – “Rise Up” – Written by Andra Day and Jennifer Decilveo (Andra Day)
Best Dance Performance – Kanye West (Dance Performance featuring Teyana Taylor) – “Fade”
Best Collaboration – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”