*Jill Scott celebrated her 15th anniversary in music this year – along with scoring her second consecutive number one album – and now the R&B diva will be honored during this year’s annual Soul Train Awards with the ceremony’s Lady of Soul Award, which recognizes icons for their longstanding presence in the industry and influence on the world of music past and present.
During an interview with The Huffington Post, the Grammy winner expressed her gratitude to receive such an honor.
“It feels good to be recognized to be honored, to have Soul Train because it brought Soul into everyone’s house and great performances,” she said. “To have them honor me and say, ‘Hey, you’re still here, you’re still doing good, we still enjoy you, you made an impact on this industry, and on people’s lives.’ It feels nice. I’ll take it.”
Despite the prestige, Jill says she won’t be tuning in to watch herself accept the award, as she’s not all too fond of the playback experience.
“I can’t watch myself,” she says. “My stomach turns. I don’t know who that person is, typically. I know I was there, but it’s kind of an out-of-body experience. It’s very strange. I’m in myself, but I’m not myself. Yeah, it’s schizophrenic.”
Soul Train was launched in Chicago by former radio news announcer Don Cornelius in 1970, and aired nationally from 1971 to 2006. The music variety show served as a platform for black artists, and became the longest running nationally syndicated music program in television history.
Scott recalled some of her fondest memories of Soul Train growing up in Philadelphia.
“Sitting in front of my grandmother’s television, dancing, looking at all those amazing interesting people just letting their energy flow. And soo many great performances. Artists that I had never heard about, artists that I knew about. It was like bringing the black culture into everybody’s household,” she said. “Today, you can’t even go to a wedding without doing the Soul Train line. And I just think it stands testament to what Don Cornelius’ vision was. He knew that this music was powerful. He knew that young people getting together to dance not war was a beautiful thing. And he believed it, and fought for it. And we’re still watching it.”
In addition to her major musical accomplishments this year, Jill landed a role in the cast of FX’s pilot “Snowfall.” According to THR, she will play “Sharon “Cissy” Saint, the no-nonsense mother of Franklin (Damson Idris). Frustrated in both her personal and professional lives, Cissy has sacrificed her dreams to give Franklin opportunities she never had.”
Jill Scott will perform some of her hits during the tribute when the 2015 Soul Train Music Awards air tomorrow, November 29 at 8P/7c on Centric and BET.