THE RAIL THING

Destiny's Child, Nelly, Jay-Z, Yolanda Adams and The Isley Brothers all scoop awards too...

R KELLY and JAGGED EDGE led the way at the 15th annual SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARDS at the LOS ANGELES SHRINE AUDITORIUM last night (February 28), winning two trophies each.

Destiny’s Child, Nelly, Jay-Z, Yolanda Adams and soul veterans The Isley Brothers were also among the acts honoured.

Kelly skipped the ceremony, but Brandon Casey of Jagged Edge commented on his quartet’s victory in two separate categories. “Since it’s our first one, it’s like an out-of-body experience. It’s like I wasn’t even there just now. I couldn’t even gather my thoughts. I’m so glad.”

Similarly thrilled was Nelly, who grabbed the gong for Best R&B/Soul Or Rap New Artist for his debut LP ‘Country Grammar’. “It helps. It makes you feel like somebody’s listening, besides selling records and stuff like that. It makes it seem like someone appreciates you for what you’re doing and they’re showing you love for that.”

In accepting the 2001 Quincy Jones Award for outstanding career achievements in the field of entertainment, Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers thanked the fans and his fellow musicians for the honour. “We listen to other people. People like Sisqo, Gerald Levert, Joe… Joe, I play your album, I play your album maybe every day. Wonderful music. Toni Braxton… I stand here on the stage tonight to receive this award with my brother and Luther Vandross. We love you, Luther.”

Yolanda Adams pulled off something of an upset with her win in the Best R&B/Soul Single, Female category, and she credited her songwriters with an assist in engineering her triumph.

“To win against Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Mary J Blige, it’s unheard of as a gospel artist, but it shows the impact of a great song,” Adams said. “Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are just incredible. A lot of people had written them off and said they couldn’t write good songs any more, and it goes to show you that people with great hearts write great songs.”

Destiny’s Child and Jay-Z were chosen as the male and female winners of the 2001 Sammy Davis Jr Award as Entertainer Of The Year.

Jay-Z, Jill Scott, Mya, Carl Thomas, Nelly, Jagged Edge, Mystikal, Yolanda Adams & Gerald Levert all performed, with Gerald Levert, Kelly Price and Sisqo teaming up on a vocal tribute to the Isley Brothers and Destiny’s Child debuting the single ‘Survivor’ from their upcoming album of the same name.

The winners in full were:

Best R&B/Soul Single, Female – ‘Open My Heart’, Yolanda Adams

Best R&B/Soul Single, Male – I Wish’, R Kelly

Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band Or Duo – ‘Let’s Get Married’, Jagged Edge

Best R&B/Soul Album, Female – ‘Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol 1’, Jill Scott

Best R&B/Soul Album, Male – ‘TP-2.Com’, R Kelly

Best R&B/Soul Album, Group, Band or Duo – ‘JE Heartbreak’, Jagged Edge

R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year – ‘Dr Dre-2001’, Dr Dre

Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist – ‘(Hot Shit) Country Grammar’, Nelly

Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video – ‘Shake Ya Ass’, Mystikal

Best Gospel Album – ‘Thankful’, Mary Mary