Brandy’s still got it

Kathleen Posted by Kathleen at November 28, 2016 16:22:12 November 28, 2016 16:22:12

Last week, I brought you some nostalgia from the early 2000s.Today, it’s all about the late ‘90s. Brandy – yes, that Brandy – performed a medley of her greatest hits at last night’s Soul Train Awards where she took home the 2016 Lady of Soul award. You might not care. I didn’t know how much I cared until I saw Moesha in a single spotlight, majestically perched on a stool, defining #hairgoals and belting out her 1998 hit Almost Doesn’t Count.

COME ON. When Ma$e came out in that all-white fur getup? I don’t know whether I should be proud or ashamed that I still know every word of his Top of the World verse. And watching Brandy slay choreography that I’m going to try to do in my bedroom for the next week straight is exactly what I needed on a gloomy Monday morning. It didn’t even matter that the Soul Train Awards set consisted of a sad lonely ladder and high-school theatre lighting. There are current pop stars half Brandy’s age who couldn’t pull off a performance as dynamic as this one—ahem, Ariana Grande – with all the pyrotechnics and backup dancers in the world.

If you’re wondering why Monica didn’t make a surprise appearance to perform one of the greatest duets of all time, the Brandy/ Monica classic The Boy Is Mine, apparently they still hate each other. Fun fact: my friend Liz and I once gave a disastrous, drunken lip-sync performance of this song at one of Lainey’s birthday parties that I still have embarrassing flashbacks to. Anyway, Brandy and Monica gave us the seminal girl sh-t anthem so I’m down with the fact that there is still girl sh-t between them. For the sake of vintage gossip, I hope they never reconcile.

So, does that mean we’re going to get to hear what 2016 Brandy sounds like? The reason we haven’t heard new music from Brandy in years is the ongoing legal dispute with her record label. If you spotted in the performance, her backup dancers held up papers that read “BRANDY FREED” as the headline. Maybe the legal sh-t with her label is over? If it is, what does an updated version of Brandy sound like? I’d be totally OK if 2016 finished out its sh-tty year by gifting us with music nostalgia from all of my favourite artists from the late ‘90s/early 2000s.

Naturally, I went down a Brandy Norwood YouTube hole while I was writing this. My Cinderella will always be the TV version with Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her fairy godmother so in the name of nostalgia, I’m going to leave you with this hilarious, epic and AMAZING clip from 1997.

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