AceShowbiz - SZA has come out as the biggest winner at the 2023 Soul Train Music Awards. After tying Usher and Summer Walker for the most nominations with nine each, the "Good Days" songstress ruled the award show with four wins.
At the event, which honors the best in black culture, music and entertainment, SZA nabbed four trophies, including Best R&B / Soul Female Artist. She beat the likes of Beyonce Knowles, Coco Jones, Janelle Monae and Walker for the title.
The 34-year-old also won Album of the Year for her second studio effort "SOS" and Song of the Year for "Snooze". Meanwhile, her fourth trophy was the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter's Award for "Snooze".
Usher trailed behind SZA with three wins, including Best R&B / Soul Male Artist. The R&B icon was honored with Certified Soul Award and bagged Best Collaboration for "Good Good" featuring Walker and 21 Savage.
Victoria Monet scored two awards, for Best Dance Performance ("On My mama") and Video of the Year ("On My Mama"). Jones was named Best New Artist, while Best Group Award went to Maverick City Music. The show also handed out the Spirit of Soul Award to Monae and the Legend Award to T-Pain.
Keke Palmer hosted the show, which was broadcast on Sunday night, November 26 on BET and BET Her. In lieu of a traditional award show format, this year's ceremony took on a new concept and became a "soulful party" in Hollywood.
"Soul, R&B, and hip hop continue to top the charts and drive culture forward," Connie Orlando, EVP, specials, music programming & music strategy, said in a statement ahead of the ceremony. "This year, we are taking inspiration from these genres to innovate and disrupt the award show format while celebrating the legacy of Soul Train. We are proud of this year’s list of esteemed nominees and look to deliver an unforgettable night of soul with our new location, performances, and show moments."
BJ the Chicago Kid, Jones, Dante Bowe, Fridayy, Jermaine Dupri, Maeta, Muni Long, SWV and host Palmer delivered musical performances during the show.
Complete Winners of 2023 Soul Train Music Awards