Janet, Whitney Buzz at Soul Train Awards
Beyoncé looked beautiful, Michelle Williams appeared angelic in Armani, Usher brought along some style, and Sleepy Brown was wide-awake to see Janet Jackson.
Wearing a dazzling, low-cut, midriff-revealing white outfit, Jackson stole the Soul Train Awards, and brought the supportive crowd to its feet. She accepted a Career Achievement Award by thanking her fans, saying, "Your loving support has always been a great source of comfort, especially in these last few weeks."
Outkast was the night's big double award winner and R. Kelly inspired the crowd with his ironically-chosen song, "You Saved Me." Earlier this month, a Florida court dropped charges of child pornography against Kelly, which the music mogul mentioned after his performance. "It felt good," Kelly told us. "I thought this was a special time to do this song."
Beyoncé took home the Female Album Award. And her band mate, Michelle Williams, sent both her and Whitney Houston, who entered rehab last week, messages of luck: "Whitney, I love you. We’re praying for you."
Houston was on the minds of many attendees, from Usher, who said, "She’ll be fine," to Ruben Studdard, who admitted, "She's always been a superstar in my heart. I'm a big fan, and I hope she gets better."
At Janet Jackson’s after-party, stars dropped by to show their support for the singer, who faced harsh criticism following her Super Bowl performance. Aisha Tyler, Nikki Hilton and Jackson’s brother Jermaine all attended the bash. And Jermaine voiced his admiration for his sister: "The bottom line is this: she’s a wonderful person, and she’ll continue to make good music."
Jackson arrived with her boyfriend Jermaine Dupri. And exclusive photos from inside the bash show that Jackson, Dupri, and their friends had a great evening. Jackson’s next stop is "The Late Show with David Letterman," next Monday.