The Legend, the Soul-tress, the Icon Erykah Badu was honored Sunday night with the Soul Train Legend Award. Followed by an amazing live performance showing why she is so deserving of the great honor.
Badu began her career after opening a show for D'Angelo in 1994. A record label executive was highly impressed with her performance and signed her to Kedar Entertainment. She released her first album "Baduism" spawning the singles; "On & On" and "Next Lifetime". The album went 3x platinum and her career began to soar.
Her influences were R&B, 70s soul, and early hip hop. Badu early on was associated with the newfound Neo Soul music genre in the 90s along with artists like D'Angelo, and Music Soulchild. She has been deemed the Queen of Neo Soul, with her voice being compared to jazz singer Billie Holiday.
As an actress, she has played a number of supporting roles in movies including Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules and is currently in the film "What Men Want" alongside of Taraji P. Henson as the fortune teller.