Ashanti was honored with the Lady of Soul Award at the 2021 Soul Train Awards, which aired Sunday, Nov. 28 on BET. Rising solo act Normani presented the R&B legend with the prestigious award.
During her acceptance speech, Ashanti reminded everyone that her journey navigating the music industry wasnâ€™t seamless.
â€œSome people may look at my journey and think it was easy. It was not. My career has been filled with so many peaks and valleys and it definitely wasnâ€™t easy,â€ she said.
â€œIâ€™ve been blessed to have broken records, won awards and tour the world. This Lady of Soul Award is a full-circle moment for me because, in 2002, I received the Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year Award. And here I am almost 20 years later, even this great honor.â€
Ashanti added, â€œI will continue to keep pushing, keep thriving, keep following my dreams, continue to put music out, provide for my community and support up-and-coming female writers and singers all about womenâ€™s empowerment.â€
After delivering a heartfelt speech, Ashanti returned to the stage to perform a medley of some of her greatest hits. The 10-minute set included signature songs such as â€œHappy,â€ â€œRain on Me,â€ â€œThe Way That I Love You,â€ â€œBabyâ€ and â€œFoolish.â€
She brought out Fat Joe to perform their 2002 hit â€œWhatâ€™s Luv?â€ Ja Rule later appeared to perform their 2001 collaboration â€œAlways on Time.â€
Ashanti will continue to receive her flowers going into 2022. She is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
She shared her excitement in an Instagram post. She wrote, â€œWowâ€¦ Iâ€™m speechless. Super humbled and super honored. I still canâ€™t believe it. Iâ€™ve been inducted into the Hollywood walk of fame class of 2022!!! Iâ€™m actually getting a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!!!! ðŸ˜†
Thank you guys so much for all of the love and continued support throughout the years. Thank you to my amazing team this wouldnâ€™t be possible without all of you. Thank you to The Hollywood walk of Fame!!! God is amazingâ€¦ and his timing is impeccable.â€
In 2022, Ashanti will celebrate the 20th anniversary of her self-titled debut album by releasing a re-recorded version, now that she owns her masters. The original album won Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 2003 Grammy Awards.
Watch Ashantiâ€™s 2021 Soul Train Awards performance below.