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Anita Baker wins three 'Soul Train' awards

By
ROBINA LUTHER

LOS ANGELES -- Anita Baker won three top awards to dominate the Soul Train Music Awards Wednesday night, while pop idol Michael Jackson received two awards and special honors for career achievement and stage performance.

Baker's 'Giving You The Best That I Got' won for R&B/urban contemporary song of the year and best R&B/urban contemporary single-female, and her debut album was honored as female R&B/urban contemporary album of the year.

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'I will never second-guess myself,' Baker said. 'I'll follow my heart. Where music and lyrics are concerned, this just shows me my heart is where it's at and where it should stay.'

'Man in the Mirror,' Jackson's No. 1 hit single from his 'Bad' album, won for best male single and best music video in the R&B/urban contemporary category.

Actress Elizabeth Taylor and comedian Eddie Murphy presented Jackson with two honorary awards: the third annual Heritage Award for career achievement, previously won by Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight and the Pips, and a newly created award named for Sammy Davis Jr., recognizing outstanding stage performance.

Taylor called Jackson 'the true king of pop, rock and soul.'

Jackson, sporting shoulder-length hair with a single long lock dangling in his face, made a rare public appearance to accept the awards.

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'First of all, I'd like to thank God, who makes all things possible,' said Jackson, dressed in studded black pants and black jacket.

Jackson also thanked his parents, his producer, Quincy Jones, and later, 'You the public ... I love you.'

Bobby Brown won for best male R&B/urban contemporary album and said, 'I just love to entertain people. If I could be onstage forever, I (wouldn't) care about the award.'

Winners in 12 black music categories were honored in ceremonies broadcast live for syndication from the Shrine Auditorium and hosted by singers Dionne Warwick and Patti LaBelle and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad.

The show included live performances by LaBelle, Warwick, LeVert & Heavy D, Bobby Brown and Sheena Easton.

The Soul Train awards, named for the longtime syndicated music and dance television program, honors achievement in several black music categories, including pop, R&B, jazz, gospel and rap.

Award presenters included heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, singers Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, L.L. Cool J, and actor Lou Gossett Jr.

Other winners included:

-R&B/urban contemporary single-group or band: 'Da Butt,' by E.U.

-Jazz album: 'Silhouette' by Kenny G.

-Gospel album: 'Take 6,' by Take 6.

-Rap album: 'He's the D.J. I'm the Rapper,' by D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.

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-New R&B/Urban Contemporary Artist: 'Off on Your Own (Girl),' by Al B. Sure!

-R&B/Urban Contemporary Album-group or band: 'Heart Break,' New Edition.

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