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Ashanti looks like R&B royalty as she chops Lady Of Soul honors at BET’s 2021 Soul Train Awards

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Ashanti looked like an R&B royalty as she attended the BET’s 2021 Soul Train Awards on Saturday night at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.

The 41-year-old Grammy-winning hitmaker walked the red carpet in a black strapless princess dress created by Christian Siriano before changing into another showstopper 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 will air on BET and BET Her on November 28.

Notable Attention: The Grammy-winning R&B singer stunned in a Christian Siriano princess dress as she was honored with the Lady of Soul award at the BET Soul Train Awards at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY

Ashanti was pictured grabbing attention on the red carpet in a black strapless dress with a voluminous skirt.

The loose-fitting garment was decorated with beads and lace-like flowers for a dazzling glow, and she wore her raven locks smooth and straight.

She accessorized with a range of statement rings and leaf earrings dangling down.

The singer worked her corners as she posed with her arms around her waist with a smoldering look before flashing a big grin.

Stunning: The flared garment was decorated with beads and lace-like flowers for a dazzling glow and Ashanti wore her raven locks smooth and straight

Stunning: The flared garment was decorated with beads and lace-like flowers for a dazzling glow and Ashanti wore her raven locks smooth and straight

Classic glamour: The glamorous dress was suitable for a queen of her stature and was one of the more formal looks at the event

Classic glamour: The glamorous dress was suitable for a queen of her stature and was one of the more formal looks at the event

Full look: The silly singer worked her corners as she posed with her arms around her waist and flashed a big grin

Full look: The silly singer worked her corners as she posed with her arms around her waist and flashed a big grin

After her red carpet moment, the singer went inside to the awards 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 major honors included the Soul of Justice awards presented to Ciara and Russell Wilson, as well as 16-year-old activist Marley Dias.

“I am honored to be recognized as this year’s Lady of Soul honoree,” Ashanti said in a statement in early November.

“This is a snapshot for me as 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 am proud to be a part of this legacy and to return to return to the Apollo to celebrate.’

After accepting the award, she lit up the Apollo Theater while performing some of her biggest hits, including What’s Luv? with Fat Joe and Ja Rule.

Honored: The singer received the Lady of Soul award at the event presented to her by Normani

Honored: The singer received the Lady of Soul award at the event presented to her by Normani

An honor:

An honor: “I am 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 started in 1971

She slipped into another show-stopping look that included a beaded corset with a half skirt and matching beaded thigh high boots.

An important year for the singer, she is currently gearing up to release re-recordings of her early albums, including her 2002 self-titled debut project.

In a recent interview with POWER 105, the hitmaker had talked about the importance of owning her music, prompting her to re-record.

“The idea behind it is to show the business side of ownership and the importance of owning. And as soon as I re-record the first album, I own it,” she told VJ Angie Martinez.

“Everything bought from then on, I own,” she claimed with joy about this “new Ashanti” era in her life.

Collaboration: During What's Luv she was joined on stage by Fat Joe

Collaboration: During What’s Luv she was joined on stage by Fat Joe

Nostalgia: And Ja Rule, who also appears on the 2002 track, came out to join too

Nostalgia: And Ja Rule, who also appears on the 2002 track, came out to join too

Powerplay: She is currently preparing 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

Powerplay: She is currently preparing 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 previous albums, followed suit, calling the decision to do so “f**ked up.”

“Just for the sake of clarity. I own all those great Ashanti albums Angie,” he noted in the interview video. “I own the Masters. And. I produced all those great Ashanti albums. So I also own a large part of the Publishing.’

“What she’s trying to do is re-record all those great records. And put them on her label. She can do this under the COVER laws. But she’s basically trying to get me out of my Masters. And let people decide which album they want to listen to or stream. Hoping that her loyal fans will pick her version.”

In addition, it was announced that the New York-born singer would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2022.

New Era:

New Era: “Everything bought from then on, I own,” she claimed of her re-recordings as she spoke of this “new Ashanti” era in her life

All eyes on her: Ashanti lit up the Apollo theater as she performed some of her biggest hits in another show-stopping look

All eyes on her: Ashanti lit up the Apollo theater as she performed some of her biggest 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 called Lady of Soul Awards was held, which honored only female performers.

The original trophy for the awards featured an African ceremonial mask. It was redesigned in 2009 to mimic the Soul Train mascot, which is a real train.

The 2020 ceremony was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since this year’s show is back in person, vaccinated individuals were eligible to be part of the live show audience.

Strict COVID-19 guidelines including vaccination certificate and two days mandatory for approved participants.

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

Shining star: The New York-born singer was announced to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2022, which she planned for an April unveiling

Shining star: The New York-born singer was announced to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2022, which she planned for an April unveiling

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