Anita Baker to be honored at Soul Train Awards with 2010 Legend Award
R&B icon's brand new studio album 21st Century Love to be released in 2011
The second annual Soul Train Awards have announced that they will honor R&B icon Anita Baker with their Legend Award at their second annual awards show, which are set for Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in metropolitan Atlanta, GA.
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Hosted by Oscar-nominated actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the awards will premiere on both CENTRIC and BET on Sunday, November 28 at 9:00pm.
Grammy-award winning R&B superstar R. Kelly will open the show with a performance, followed by today's hottest artists including Ne-Yo, Cee-lo, Keyshia Cole, Rick Ross, Erykah Badu, Eric Benét, Chrisette Michele, Lalah Hathaway, Faith Evans, Janelle Monáe, Gyptian, Freddie Jackson, Jeffrey Osborne, Tamia, and Tank. For more information, please visit centrictv.com.
Anita Baker is set to make fans of her romantic style excited with the forthcoming 21st Century Love, the artist's seventh studio album, which will be released on EMI's Blue Note Records in 2011. The album will feature the same classic baby making music that Baker is known for, but with a modern twist.
Over the past few years, many artists, including Kanye West, Lil Wayne and others have brought Anita's music and artistry to our current generation, allowing them to discover the beauty of her voice and creativity. Whether mentioning her name and/or songs in lyrics or sampling one of her classic hits, as rap phenom Drake did earlier this year, it is clear that Anita has made an impression on other artists. It is with this spirit that the album title, 21st Century Love, came about and what also inspired her to invite guests Snoop Dogg and Tyrese to be a part of the project.
On "Give Me Your Love," Anita remakes the classic Curtis Mayfield that was released in 1972 on the soundtrack for the film Super Fly.
Anita recalls, "When I was planning on making this record, I was thinking, who is Super Fly these days? And immediately I knew I had to get Snoop on the song."
The other collaboration is also a remake, with Anita's close friend, actor and R&B star Tyrese, and is a rendition of his hit song, "Lately."