Clipped From Ukiah Daily Journal
Natalie Cole wins Soul Train awards LOS ANGELES — Newcomers Color Me Badd shared the spotlight with veteran songstress Natalie Cole in a night of diversity at the Soul Train Music Awards. The vocal quartet Color Me Badd were elated when their hit song, "I Wanna Sex You Up," gar, nered honors for R&B-soul song of the year and best single by a group, ' band or duo at Tuesday night's ceremony. Miss Cole won Soul Train trophies for R&B-soul album of the year for a female artist and best jazz album-for ^Unforgettable," a high. tech duet with her late .father, Nat "King" Cole, featuring his standards. Miss Cole didn't attend the Shrine Auditorium ceremony but accepted her awards in a taped message. Veteran balladeer Luther Vandross, who has recently shed more than 100 pounds, won R&B-soul album of the year for male artist with his "Power of Love." Vandross said backstage that being thin felt great, but he added: "To be overweight, what's the difference? It's just a matter of aesthetics." Gospel favorites BeBe and CeCe Winans won top gospel album for "Different Lifestyles." The hip-hop smash Boyz n Men was named best new R&B-soul artist on the strength of the group's single, "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye." Among other winners were newcomers Jodeci, whose love song "Forever My Lady" was named best R&B-soul album of the year by a group, band or duo. Keith Washington's "Kissing You" was named best male R&B-soul single.