Teddy Riley was honored at BET’s Soul Train Awards Sunday night with the Legend Award. Cedric the Entertainer presented Teddy with the award and while he was talking about Teddy’s career, he said, “Teddy, like so many people, he started music in church. Then he went on to make music with other church-going folk, like Bobby Brown and Snoop Dogg.”
Teddy has had a long history in the music industry and is credited with creating the New Jack Swing genre. He was a member of R&B groups, Guy and Blackstreet, and while working on Wreckx-n-Effect’s hit, “Rump Shaker,” Teddy discovered Pharrell Williams. The Legend Award winner was, possibly, most known in the music industry as a producer. Teddy produced artists like, Doug E. Fresh, Bobby Brown, and Michael Jackson.
After accepting the award, Teddy performed a medley of songs that he had been a part of over the years, and many stars joined him onstage for the jam session. Bobby Brown came out to sing a little “My Prerogative,” Wreckx-n-Effect came out for “Rump Shaker,” and Tito Jackson played some guitar for his brother, Michael’s, hit, “Remember the Time.”
One thing is for sure, Teddy will always remember the time he received the Legend Award on the Soul Train Awards.