Anita Baker and Ron Isley tribute at 2010 Soul Train Awards

Music legends Anita Baker and Ronald Isley were honored at the 2010 Soul Train Awards, which aired Sunday night on BET.

Aninta Baker at Soul Train Awards

The second annual Soul Train Awards, hosted again by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, honored Ronald Isley and Anita Baker and featured performances by Cee Lo Green, Erykah Badu, Bruno Mars and others.

The show was originally taped in Atlanta on November 10, and aired Sunday on BET. Howard told MTV News that the Soul Train Awards show how far we have come in America. “It reminds me of the advancement black people have made over the years because Soul Train really was the beginning of that Black Power movement when we could actually see ourselves — and to have an awards show based upon that Soul Train — it’s headed somewhere,” he said. “We have a black president now. The country seems to be more tolerant towards the diversity inside of it so it seems like the train is moving well down the tracks.”

Anita Baker tribute

Artists including Chrisette Michele, Goapele, Lalah Hathaway, Dionne Farris, Kem, Tamia, Faith Evans and El DeBarge all paid tribute to the R&B legend by singing a medley of her greatest hits.

Ronald Isley at Soul Train Awards

“It’s amazing because you’ve got children behind you singing Rapture — it’s lovely,” Baker told the crowd of the real musicians performing live with a band. “Let’s do it again!”

Ronald Isley tribute

The tribute to Ronald Isley, co-founder and lead singer of the Isley Brothers, also had artists including Jeffrey Osborne, Freddy Jackson, DeBarge, Tank, Eric Benet, Bilal and Peabo Bryson singing a medley of his hits. Isley also performed a medley of hits with Change Moore and R. Kelly.

2010 Soul Train Award winners

Winners of the 2010 Soul Train Awards included:

  • B.o.B (Song of the Year for Nothing on You)
  • Melanie Fiona (Best New Artist)
  • Eminem and Rihanna (Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year for Love the Way You Lie)
  • Usher (Album of the Year for Raymond vs. Raymond)
  • Alicia Keys (Record of the Year for Unthinkable [I’m Ready] and Best Female R&B Soul Artist)