Erykah Badu returned as host of the Soul Train Awards for the third straight year. But this go around, instead of opening the show with a big musical segment, Badu was a bit more somber, taking a knee for Colin Kaepernick.

"I know I usually do a big elaborate musical number, but right here I feel I need to do this," she said before taking a knee.  "This is for Kap. Kap, we appreciate you, for giving your life, giving up your dream, because you believe in us."

Kaepernick, who was recently named GQ Citizen of the Year, has received the support of celebrities and fans alike (from Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z and J. Cole toNicki Minaj, Cardi B and Meek Mill) for kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police violence against black people. The consequence of his stance, many feel, has been his job as a quarterback in the NFL, as he was never picked up for the 2017 season. He's since filed a grievance against the league under the collective bargaining agreement for collusion.

Take a look at Erykah kneeling during the 2017 Soul Train Awards below, as well as the viewer response to her showing of support.

The 2017 Soul Train Awards Red Carpet




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