Teddy Riley can be credited with creating new jack swing, is an incredibly singer-songwriter and producer who's worked with some legendary names, and has had a major influence on R&B, pop, and various other genres. He was also a member of Blackstreet and Guy, so understandably, the 2016 Soul Train Awards paid tribute to the producer.
In one of the most epic moments on television, Riley hit the stage to cover a mash of hits like "My Prerogative'' and "Rump Shaker." Riley was also joined on stage by Bobby Brown, V. Bozeman, Doug E. Fresh, and Tito Jackson, to name a few. It's was one of the most amazing, unapologetically black moments ever and every person watching was on their feet.
Black people are SO very lit.— Rachel H. (@MiissHislop) November 28, 2016
I'd want to suppress this intimidating greatness if I couldn't emulate it, too! Shiiett. #SoulTrainAwards
ALL THIS MUSIC! Teddy Riley is no doubt a legend!! #SoulTrainAwards— Giselle Phelps (@GisellePhelps) November 28, 2016
Teddy Riely is the most underrated composer of All-Time. He produced Michael Jackson's Dangerous album. It sold 32 million #SoulTrainAwards— Rashad Grove (@theGroveness) November 28, 2016
They are playing all the jams 🙌🏾 #SoulTrainAwards— Educated Queen (@JD_Moment20) November 28, 2016
80's & 90's music was UNTOUCHABLE!!! #SoulTrainAwards— BLH (@_DefinedByMyOwn) November 28, 2016
LaToya Jackson also tweeted shout out during Riley and Tito Jackson's performance Michael Jackson's "Remember The Time." Other celebs praised the tribute as well.
The Soul Train Awards are awesome! Teddy Riley, poet genius. So many great artists. Mom is so moved, but misses her some Prince.— Pam Grier Ph.D (@PamGrier) November 28, 2016
Doug E Fresh kills it, every single time. Flat out!! #SoulTrainAwards— Anthony Hamilton (@HamiltonAnthony) November 28, 2016
Dang Teddy Riley produced some damn hits! #SoulTrainAwards— The Real Mariah HuQ (@iluvmariah) November 28, 2016
Teddy Riley a Legend.— Yung Rénzél 🏇 (@rickyrozay) November 28, 2016