Paula Patton shows off her wild slide at BET’s 2021 Soul Train Awards

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Paula Patton showed off her wild side as she arrived to BET’s star-studded 2021 Soul Train Awards on Saturday evening at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York.

The 45-year-old actress/producer slipped into a spliced leopard-print dress that highlighted her trim and toned frame.

The sexy number featured a one-shoulder design and large buttons up the front.

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Wild side: Paula Patton showed off her wild side as she arrived to BET's star-studded 2021 Soul Train Awards on Saturday evening at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York

Wild side: Paula Patton showed off her wild side as she arrived to BET’s star-studded 2021 Soul Train Awards on Saturday evening at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York

Giving the look a pop of color, Paula strolled the red carpet in a pair of hot pink stiletto heels.

The 2 Guns star slicked her light brown tresses into a sleek low ponytail and fastened a pair of large, gold hoops to her ears.

She had several glitzy rings on her fingers.

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As for makeup, Patton enhanced her sultry gaze with winger eyeliner and muted her pout with a matte mauve lipstick shade. 

Curve-clinging: The 45-year-old actress/producer slipped into a spliced leopard-print dress that highlighted her trim and toned frame

Curve-clinging: The 45-year-old actress/producer slipped into a spliced leopard-print dress that highlighted her trim and toned frame

Details: The sexy number featured a one-shoulder design and large buttons up the front

Details: The sexy number featured a one-shoulder design and large buttons up the front

BET’s 2021 Soul Train Awards were back with a bang on Saturday as the biggest names in Hip-Hop, R&B, Gospel, and Soul were pictured walking the red carpet at the in-person event, which honors the best artists of the year.   

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At the 2021 ceremony Ciara and Russell Wilson were named as Soul of Justice honorees along with Marley Dias, and the event is being hosted by Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold. 

Some big names pictured in their glammest looks included Normani (who is presenting), Ashanti, Fat Joe, and Ja Rule.  

Performers tapped for the event include Summer Walker, Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Ashanti — a Lady of Soul honoree.  

Sleek: The 2 Guns star slicked her light brown tresses into a sleek low ponytail and fastened a pair of large, gold hoops to her ears

Sleek: The 2 Guns star slicked her light brown tresses into a sleek low ponytail and fastened a pair of large, gold hoops to her ears

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Pop of color: Giving the look a pop of color, Paula strolled the red carpet in a pair of hot pink stiletto heels

Pop of color: Giving the look a pop of color, Paula strolled the red carpet in a pair of hot pink stiletto heels

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.

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Soul Train is the infamous music-dance television program which aired from 1971 to 2006. It was created by Don Cornelius who died in 2012 and will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.  

Backstage beauty: Paula pictured backstage during the show

Backstage beauty: Paula pictured backstage during the show

The subsequent award show based on the syndicated program has taken place every year except for 2008. 

Factors leading to the 2008 ceremony’s cancellation included the Writers Guild of America strike, Cornelius’ health at the time, and Soul Train’s distributor Tribune Entertainment terminating operations after being sold to businessman Sam Zell. 

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The award show was held in the greater Los Angeles area for the first 22 years of its run until 2009 (at which point it began airing on BET) when it moved to Atlanta for a few years. 

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. 

Back in action! BET's 2021 Soul Train Awards were back with a bang on Saturday as the biggest names in Hip-Hop, R&B, Gospel, and Soul were pictured walking the red carpet at the in-person event, which honors the best artists of the year

Back in action! BET’s 2021 Soul Train Awards were back with a bang on Saturday as the biggest names in Hip-Hop, R&B, Gospel, and Soul were pictured walking the red carpet at the in-person event, which honors the best artists of the year

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Celebration: The Soul Train Awards have been a celebration of Black excellence since it first aired on TV in 1987

Celebration: The Soul Train Awards have been a celebration of Black excellence since it first aired on TV in 1987

Strict COVID-19 guidelines including proof of vaccination and two days of mandatory for approved attendees. 

This year’s ceremony has a focus on benefiting the local Harlem community with the network granting 10 businesses and nonprofits a $10,000 micro-grant.  

‘BET remains committed to the recovery of Black communities as we continue to navigate the effects of the COVID-19 global health crisis,’ BET Chief Communication and Social Impact Officer Jeanine Liburd said in a statement. 

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‘As we gather at the World Famous Apollo for the 2021 Soul Train Awards, BET is honored to take the next step in supporting Black businesses, innovators and leaders in memory of Don Cornelius and beyond.’

Beyonce has the highest number of Soul Train music award wins at 17, with Janet Jackson coming in second at 13.  

The 2021 Soul Train Awards will air on Sunday, November 28 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her. 

Covid-19 guidelines: Strict COVID-19 guidelines including proof of vaccination and two days of mandatory for approved attendees

Covid-19 guidelines: Strict COVID-19 guidelines including proof of vaccination and two days of mandatory for approved attendees

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