Music legends Anita Baker and Ronald Isley were honored at the 2010 Soul Train Awards

The second annual Soul Train Awards honored Ronald Isley and Anita Baker and featured performances by Cee Lo Green, Erykah Badu, Bruno Mars and others.

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.

“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.

Anita Baker and Ronald Isley

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