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Two legends in music were given huge honors at the 2013 Soul Train Awards. Keith Sweat and Dionne Warwick show the young kids how it's done.

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While Miley Cyrus was busy toking up onstage at the MTV European Music Awards in Amsterdam, two music legends were acting much classier at the Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas this weekend.

Dionne Warwick and Keith Sweat were honorees at this year's show. The "That's What Friends Are For" singer was given the Legend Award while Sweat was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Some heavy-hitters in the music industry came out to pay tribute to Warwick including Gladys Knight, Eric Benét and Ronald Isley who sang some of her greatest hits. They wanted to be there for the 72-year-old singer who was an integral part of creating the Soul Train Awards with legendary founder Don Cornelius.

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The organizers of the show stated in a press release, "Dionne Warwick's relationship with the Soul Train brand dates all the way back to the beginning. In her basement, along with Don Cornelius, the idea and concept for the Soul Train Awards was conceived. Committed to providing artists with a platform to showcase their talent, Cornelius and Warwick put together an innovative show at a time where African American artists were not widely recognized for their contributions."

Sweat hit the stage with Faith Evans to perform a medley of his well-known hits like "Make It Last Forever." The 52-year-old performer is still going strong with his syndicated radio show The Sweat Hotel.

CENTRIC General Manager and Executive Vice President Paxton Baker talked about the two iconic performers in a press release.

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He said, "Dionne Warwick is a legend in every sense of the word, especially as it relates to the Soul Train brand and you can't pay homage to the '90s without mentioning one of the greatest contemporary artists of our time and the innovator behind New Jack Swing, Keith Sweat. It's an incredible honor for us to be able to recognize two great artists and their trailblazing paths not only as musicians, but entrepreneurs who have proven their passion and commitment to music."

Fans will be able to watch the show hosted by actor Anthony Anderson on Dec. 1 on CENTRIC and BET.

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