Last night, for the second year running, Erykah Badu hosted BET’s R&B-centric Soul Train Awards, and she didn’t shy away from performing herself. Badu is reportedly working on a full EP of collaborations with the Virginia howler D.R.A.M., and the two of them sang together onstage for the first time last night, doing the miasmic and gorgeous “WiFi,” a song from D.R.A.M.’s excellent debut album Big Baby D.R.A.M. On a set made up to look like a living room, the two of them practically sat in each other’s laps; it was awesome. And Badu once again played the DJ during the Soul Cypher, the show’s version of the BET Hip-Hop Awards’ great freestyle videos. This time around, the Soul Cypher featured euphoric ad-libs from Ne-Yo, Angie Stone, Tyrese, and the legendary Gladys Knight, who pretty much sang the lights out. Watch videos of the D.R.A.M. performance and the Soul Cypher below.
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The show also featured an all-star tribute to new jack swing pioneer Teddy Riley, a career-spanning medley from Brandy, and Anderson .Paak and BJ The Chicago Kid teaming up to sing “The Waters,” but BET has done a crap job at making those videos widely available, which is why that terrible Twitter video is the only postable version of the D.R.A.M./Badu video out there. But if you should want to watch the whole show, you can do that here.