Ashanti looked the part of R&B royalty as she attended BET’s 2021 Soul Train Awards at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York on Saturday evening.
The 41-year-old Grammy winning hitmaker walked the red carpet in a black strapless princess gown fashioned by Christian Siriano before she changed into another show stopping look for her performance at the ceremony.
The Foolish singer was presented with the Lady of Soul award at the event by Normani, and the event is set to air on November 28 on BET and BET Her.
Commanding attention: The Grammy-winning R&B singer stunned in a Christian Siriano princess gown as she was honored with the Lady of Soul award at the BET Soul Train Awards at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY
Ashanti was pictured commanding attention on the red carpet in a black strapless gown with a voluminous skirt.
The sweeping garment was adorned with beads and lace-like flowers for a dazzling flare and she wore her raven locks slicked and straight.
She accessorized with a series of statement rings and leaf earrings which dangled down.
The singer worked her angles as she posed with her arms cinching her waist with a smoldering look before she flashed a big grin.
Stunning: The sweeping garment was adorned with beads and lace-like flowers for a dazzling flare and Ashanti wore her raven locks slicked and straight
Classic glamour: The glamorous dress was fit for a queen of her stature and was one of the more formal looks at the event
Full look: The Foolish singer worked her angles as she posed with her arms cinching her waist and flashed a big grin
Following her red carpet moment the singer headed inside to the award show where big names in Hip-Hop, R&B, Gospel and more were celebrated at the in-person event.
She was honored with the Lady Of Soul award, while other big honors included the Soul of Justice awards which were given to Ciara and Russell Wilson as well as 16-year-old activist Marley Dias.
‘I’m honored to be recognized as this year’s Lady of Soul honoree,’ Ashanti said in a statement in early November.
‘This is a full-circle moment for me because I received the Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year Award at the Lady of Soul Awards in 2002. As we commemorate 50 years of Soul Train, I’m proud to be a part of this legacy and to return to the Apollo to celebrate.’
Following her acceptance of the award, she lit up the Apollo theatre as she performed some of her greatest hits including What’s Luv? with Fat Joe and Ja Rule.
Honored: The singer received the Lady of Soul award at the event which was presented to her by Normani
An honor: ‘I’m honored to be recognized as this year’s Lady of Soul honoree,’ Ashanti said in a statement in early November adding that she was ‘proud to be a part of this legacy’ BET began in 1971
She slipped into another show stopping look that included a beaded corset with a half skirt and matching beaded thigh high boots.
A big year for the singer, she is currently getting ready to release re-recordings of her early albums including her self-titled debut project from 2002.
In a recent POWER 105 interview the hitmaker had spoken about the importance of owning her music prompting her decision to re-record.
‘The thinking behind that is showing the business side of ownership and how important it is to own. And once I re-record the first album I own it,’ she told VJ Angie Martinez.
‘Everything purchased from that moment, I own,’ she asserted with joy of this ‘new Ashanti’ era in her life.
Collaboration: During What’s Luv she was joined on stage by Fat Joe
Nostalgia: And Ja Rule who also appears on the 2002 track also came out to join in the fun
Power play: She is currently getting ready to release re-recordings of her early albums including her self-titled debut project from 2002 and had spoken about the importance of owning her music which prompted the career move
Following the news her former label Murder Inc and its CEO Irv Gotti who released her earlier albums, hit out at the songstress and called the decision to do so ‘f**ked up.’
‘Just for super clarity. I own all those great Ashanti Albums Angie,’ he commented on the interview video. ‘I own the Masters. And. I Produced all those great Ashanti Albums. So I also own a good portion of the Publishing.’
‘What she is trying to do is re record all those great records. And put them out on her label. She can do this under the COVER laws. But she is basically trying to f**k me out of my Masters. And make people decide which album to listen too or stream. Hoping her loyal fans will choose her version.’
Additionally it was announced that the New York born singer would be a recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2022.
New era: ‘Everything purchased from that moment, I own,’ she asserted of her re-recordings while speaking on this ‘new Ashanti’ era in her life
All eyes on her: Ashanti lit up the Apollo theatre as she performed some of her greatest hits in another show stopping look
The Soul Train Awards have been a celebration of Black excellence since it first aired on TV in 1987.
From 1995 to 2005 a separate award show named Lady of Soul Awards was held and exclusively honored female artists.
The original trophy for the awards featured an African ceremonial mask. It was redesigned in 2009 to emulate the program Soul Train’s mascot, which is an actual train.
The 2020 ceremony was held virtually on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As this year’s show is back in person vaccinated individuals were eligible to be a part of the live show audience.
Strict COVID-19 guidelines including proof of vaccination and two days of mandatory for approved attendees.
The 2021 Soul Train Awards will air on Sunday, November 28 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her.
Shining star: It was announced that the New York born singer would be a recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2022 which she slated for an April reveal