The 2021 Soul Train Awards was packed with so many amazing highlights, but Jazmine Sullivan‘s acceptance speech definitely stands out! The R&B singer took home an award album of the year for Heux Tales, which embodies the different journeys to self-acceptance that Black women experience. During Sullivan’s speech on Sunday night, she candidly admitted she felt “uncomfortable” being back on stage due to her weight gain amid the pandemic and almost didn’t come to the show. However, she took strength from her own album to accept her rightfully deserved award.
“I wrote this project for women to love themselves, no matter what stage of life that they’re in,” Sullvan told the crowd. “You have to love yourself, especially because society would have us — especially Black women — not love anything about ourselves. I realize I can’t just talk about it, I got to be about it.” Throughout the night, Black women were truly honored and uplifted by one another at the Soul Train Awards. Keep scrolling to watch Sullivan’s speech, as well as hear Ashanti and Normani‘s words of wisdom!