The Soul Train Awards prides itself on celebrating R&B and soul’s most influential and pioneering artists. The Soul Train Awards reserves its “Legend” award for musical veterans who have paved the way for the artists of today.

This year, the beloved Maxwell is set to receive the Soul Train’s Legend Award.

Courtesy of BET, here are five times Maxwell proved himself to be a musical legend.

1. Neo-Soul Pioneer

Maxwell took the Black community by storm, along with peers Erykah Badu and D’Angelo when they became the pioneers and titans of the Neo-Soul genre. Maxwell introduced an entirely new sound in 1996 with his album Urban Hang Suite. To this day the album remains a favorite across generations.

2. Don’t call it a comeback

Since the late 90s, Maxwell has seen consistent success with his music. Even when he took a seven-year hiatus from music, he came back better than ever with his celebrated album BLACKsummers’night which rose to No.1 on the Billboard 200. The 2009 album featured singles “Pretty Wings” and “Bad Habits” which earned him his first Grammy award.

3. Musical Architect

Though his debut album set him apart from his peers, Maxwell’s sophomore album solidified his title as a musical architect, unafraid to experiment with different sounds and genres of music.

4. This Man’s Work…

When we talk about legendary, we have to bring up Maxwell’s single that will stand the test of time. “This Woman’s Work”, a cover of Kate Bush’s “A Woman’s Worth”, brings all the feels as he pours out his emotions honoring women’s love and courage in a beautiful ballad.

5. Style and Star Power

This video is all the proof you need to know that Maxwell is a legend not only because of his record-breaking music, but because of his style and sheer stage presence.

Watch the 2021 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her.