Destiny's Child, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige And Lil' Kim Big Winners At Lady Of Soul Awards

It was a star-studded event last night as the 1998 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards rolled through Santa Monica's Civic Auditorium in California, with hosts L.L. Cool J, Brian McKnight and teen star Brandy.

Brandy took the opportunity to perform the remixed version of her "Top of the World" single for the first time, along with Big Pun and Fat Joe.

Newcomer's Destiny's Child were the big winners of the night with three awards, followed closely by Erykah Badu, who took home two. Other winners include Mary J. Blige for her "Share My World" album, and Lil' Kim for her "Not Tonight (Ladies Night)."

Stellar performances by Maxwell, Monica, and Mariah Carey with Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz were highlights of the evening, and Carey also accepted the Aretha Franklin Award for Entertainer of the Year from actor/comedian Chris Tucker.

As part of the show, Deborah Cox, Ronald Isley, Montell Jordan and Kelly Price took the stage to pay tribute to Chaka Khan, the recipient

of this year's Lena Horne Award for Outstanding Career Achievement.

Other artists who came out for the gala event included Jon B., Bill Bellamy, Chico De Barge, Next, Queen Pen, Foxy Brown and Charli Baltimore.