THE 2011 Soul Train Awards took place over the weekend, and unsurprisingly it was the name of the sadly deceased Heavy D who was on everybody's lips; the rapper's passing earlier this month still fresh in the minds of many at the bash this year, with a number of tributes being given throughout.

E! Online reports that some of the MC's best friends and collaborators came out to perform in homage, including Naughty By Nature, Doug E, Fresh, Kurtis Blow and Goodie Mob. At the end of their appearance, during which they played some of Heavy's greatest hits, they led the audience in a chant of "we got nothing but love for you, Heavy!" Heavy D died aged just 44 on November 8th 2011. The star was perhaps most famous for his hit 'Now That We Found Love' which went to number 11 on the US Billboard Charts in 1991, however he also went platinum three times and gold twice over five albums with his highest charting LP being 'Waterbed Hev' hitting nine in the Billboards in 1997.

Elsewhere at the awards there were wins for Cee Lo Green in the 'Best Male RnB/Soul Artist' category whilst Jill Scott surprised everyone by beating out Beyonce and Kelly Rowland in the female shortlist.