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It was definitely all about R&B music at the 2011 edition of the Soul Train Awards, and there were more performances than awards given!

Performers included The Time, Joe, Robin Thicke, Common, Marsha Ambrosius, Kenny Lattimore, Dave Hollister, Freddie Jackson, Gladys Knight, Mindless Behavior, Tamar Braxton, Chrisette Michele, Anthony Hamilton, BeBe Winans, Boney James, Mary Mary, Natalie Cole, Cee Lo Green, Melanie Fiona, Lloyd, Eric Benet and Joe. Plus, there was a Heavy D tribute featuring Doug E. Fresh, Goodie M.O.B., Naughty By Nature, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane and Kurtis Blow. Here’s a look at this year’s winners…

Best New Artist Award


Album Of The Year Award

Chris Brown

Legend Award

Gladys Knight

Best R&B/Soul Artist – Female

Jill Scott

Ashford & Simpson Songwriter Of The Year Award

Marsha Ambrosius

Lifetime Achievement Award

Earth, Wind & Fire