LOS ANGELES — One week after the Grammys named him Producer of the Year, award magnet Dr. Dre picked up the top honor at the 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards on Wednesday.
The hip-hop pioneer’s comeback album, Dr. Dre 2001, won Album of the Year, beating out Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP, Jay-Z’s The Dynasty — Roc la Familia 2000 and R. Kelly’s TP-2.com.
Apparently all award-showed-out, Dre did not attend the ceremony, at the Shrine Auditorium, to accept his newest trophy.
R. Kelly and Jagged Edge snagged two awards each, with the latter prevailing in the R&B/Soul group categories for their album J.E. Heartbreak and its schmaltzy single “Let’s Get Married.”
“It’s the first award we’ve won — it’s a blessing, it’s beautiful,” member Brandon Casey said backstage after the group won its first award. “I wasn’t even there; it wasn’t even registering.” Kelly’s TP-2.com nabbed Best R&B/Soul Album, Male, while its single “I Wish” won Best R&B/Soul Single, Male. He did not attend.
Destiny’s Child and Jay-Z each received the pre-announced Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year.
Jay-Z’s The Dynasty debuted at #1, while Soul Train credits his 1999 Hard Knock Life tour as the most successful hip-hop outing ever, with $18 million in revenues.
“All the women say I’m real tough on them, so I wanna take this time out to thank them,” Jay-Z said after Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons presented him the award. He went on to thank his grandmother, his mom, his “two big-mouth sisters and all the girls who really run Roc-a-Fella [Records].”
Jay-Z also turned in a performance of “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)” during the ceremony.
Destiny’s Child, who picked up two Grammys last week for “Say My Name,” received their latest prize for the success of their seven-times-platinum album, The Writing’s on the Wall (1999).
“We’re still in shock— in awe,” frontwoman Beyoncé Knowles said. “It just sunk in — all of our accomplishments.”
“All we can do is just stand here and smile,” Michelle Williams said.
Destiny’s Child opened the ceremony by premiering the title track to their upcoming third album, Survivor (due May 1). Clad in a skimpy outfits made of sequined camouflage material, Knowles, Williams and Kelly Rowland led a crew of dancers through the sing-along number, which features a tribal beat, looped strings and the adamant chorus “I’m a survivor/ I’m gonna make it.”
Jill Scott’s Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 won Best R&B/Soul Album, Female, beating out Toni Braxton’s The Heat, Mya’s Fear of Flying and Kelly Price’s Mirror Mirror. “To be recognized by my people is right, is just right,” Scott said backstage.
Scott, Kelly, D’Angelo and Carl Thomas led the list of nominees with three awards each, but both D’Angelo and Thomas came out of the evening trophyless. Double nominee Eminem, who swept the three rap Grammys, lost in his categories as well; he was a no-show.
St. Louis rapper Nelly thanked his 13-year-old competitor, Lil’ Bow Wow, when he won for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist. “You got plenty more — let me get mine,” he said.
“Where we from, this is bad — there ain’t one of these in St. Louis,” Nelly said backstage, as he admired his trophy in front of reporters.
Sisqó, Price and Gerald Levert paid tribute to the Isley Brothers, who received the Quincy Jones Award for Outstanding Career Achievement.
“We’ve been doing this a little more than 40 years, and it’s because of you, fans,” a teary Ron Isley, who accepted the award with his brother Ernie, said.
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea stood on his head as he and singer Anthony Kiedis presented the category for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video, which went to Mystikal for “Shake Ya Ass.”
“It’s like I reached my dreams,” Mystikal, who performed “Danger (Been So Long)” during the show, said backstage. “This is gonna be a long night — I ain’t never gonna let this go.”
Queen Latifah, Mya and Shemar Mooore, host of the “Soul Train” weekly television series, co-hosted the two-hour show, which airs in syndication on Saturday.
15th Annual Soul Train Award winners:
Best R&B/Soul Single, Female
Yolanda Adams, “Open My Heart”
Best R&B/Soul Single, Male
R. Kelly, “I Wish”
Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo
Jagged Edge, “Let’s Get Married”
Best R&B/Soul Album, Female
Jill Scott, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1
Best R&B/Soul Album, Male
R. Kelly, TP-2.com
Best R&B/Soul Album, Group, Band or Duo
Jagged Edge, J.E. Heartbreak
R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year
Dr. Dre, Dr. Dre 2001
Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist
Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video
Mystikal, “Shake Ya Ass”
Best Gospel Album
Mary Mary, Thankful