Tallahassee, Florida native Faheem “T-Pain” Najm will be honored with the “Legend Award” at the 2023 Soul Train Music Awards on Sunday, November 26 at 8 p.m. EST. The award will be bestowed upon the game-changing artist as a way to “celebrate his limitless contributions to the culture at the soulful party of the year.”
“When it comes to his overall approach to music as a songwriter, the genius of T-Pain stands among the most memorable and enviable in the business. He has reshaped the fabric of the music industry, and his influence transcends generations in pop, Hip Hop, and R&B,” Connie Orlando of BET said, according to Rated R&B.
T-Pain emerged as an undeniable talent in the summer of 2005 when released “I’m Sprung” from his debut LP, Rappa Ternt Sanga. The track peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and paved the way for him to release hits like “Buy U A Drank” featuring Young Joc, “Bartender” featuring Akon, “Can’t Believe It” featuring Chris Brown and many more hits throughout the late 2000’s and all of the 2010s. Not to mention, he picked up production credits and songwriting credits for songs like “Kiss Kiss” with Chris Brown, “Cookie Jar” with The Gym Class Heroes and “Got Money” by Lil’ Wayne among others. Along the way, he picked up two Grammy Awards, two BET Awards, one BET Hip Hop Award and three MTV Video Music Award nomination.
“To be honest, it feels incredible to be recognized by BET as this year’s Soul Train Awards Legend honoree,” T-Pain said, according to Rated R&B.
“Not that I’m looking for recognition at this point in my career; I’m just doing what I like and what makes me happy, but it still feels great when you receive it. I’ve done a lot in the last 20 years, and for BET to be one of the first networks to recognize that is pretty cool.”