Erykah Badu Describes Her Journey Of Light, Greatness and Growth As She Accepts the Legend Award

Erykah Badu Describes Her Journey Of Light, Greatness and Growth As She Accepts the Legend Award


Ladies and gentlemen, get on your feet and help me welcome the 2018 Soul Train Legend Award, presented by Toyota. Erykah Badu. [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ ♪ Ooh ♪ ♪ Hey ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] Shit. [ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ] Thank you. Mother, thank you for always telling me that I was the best, no matter what happened. Sometimes I would get made at you because so much was required of the best. And I would dim my light. And you would come behind me and turn it back on every time. [ Cheers and applause ] I reflect you in every way. Thank you. [ Cheers and applause ] Thank you to the Soul Train Awards family, Jesse and the crew, everybody who believes in me and gave me a chance to shine and show other sides of me and other parts of me that would never have had a chance to shine. This stage gave me wings, and it’s inspired me to do so much. Thank you to my whole family who’s watching me, who’s standing out there right now. I love you. [ Indistinct shouting ] Thank you to my soul family, all of y’all. Y’all never been fans. You’ve always been family up there at the top. And to my fellow artists out there, you continue to inspire me and help me to grow. And I’m honored to be here, and I do not take it for granted. And I know that watching me right now are my grandmothers. They’re both 92 years old. [ Cheers and applause ] This is for you. [ Cheers and applause ] Thank you so much, everybody, everybody. Big Mike! Thank you. We rode this thing. We’re gonna keep riding it till the wheels fall off. Watching at home is my little brother Eevin. I love you. Kennedy, you’re there, everybody, Ward White, Denise, Badu World, Motown. Thank you for them advances. [ Laughter ] Shit! [ Applause ] SZA, you’re so lovely. I love you. Thank you. [ Cheers and applause ] Thank you to my band. You know, this is what I do for a living. I love recording. Recording is perfecting a moment, but performing is what I love to do. That’s creating a moment and being in the moment with my band. We don’t ever have rehearsal. We never rehearse because we just like to just do that shit off the cuff. We — [ Laughter, applause ] This is why we do what we do. I’m about to show you in a minute, but… [ Cheers and applause ] I want to send love and peace out to Puffy’s family and children. We’re with you, brother. We’re with you. And I want to also dedicate this award to my dear friend Roy Hargrove. [ Applause ] Thank you, family. Thank you. [ Cheers and applause ]

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