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It’s been so long. In fact, it’s been six years since Anita Baker’s last CD, “My Everything,” was released. The Detroit native had taken almost a decade off before that to deal with her ailing mother and raise her two sons, now teenagers. She and her husband, businessman Walter Bridgforth, divorced in 2007.

But no matter how long it took to get Baker to get back in the studio, her faithful fans will be happy to know that “21st Century Love” is on its way in the spring of 2011. But expect some surprises.

Baker worked with rapper Snoop Dogg on a remake of the Curtis Mayfield classic, “Give Me Your Love.”

“I always wanted to do this love theme from ‘Superfly’ because I grew up on it,” Baker told Snoop in a video of their recording session. “You were a little baby, and I was a teenager when it came out, and it affected both of us.  If I’m going to do a record in the 21st century, I need to come into the time. Not losing myself and you not losing yourself. [I said] we can call Superfly, and that’s Snoop!”

But before her CD comes out, Baker will be honored with a Soul Train Legends Award at the 2010 Soul Train Music Awards, airing on BET on Sunday, Nov. 28th at 9 p.m. Hosted by Taraji P. Henson and Terence Howard, the awards will showcase some of the best black talent from the old and new schools of R&B.

The show’s list of performers reflects that sensibility. Bilal, Chante Moore, Cee-Lo, R. Kelly, El DeBarge, Faith Evans, Keyshia Cole, Jeffery Osborne, Tamia, Rachelle Ferrell and more make appearances. Nominees include Usher, Kem, Trey Songz, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Fantasia and Mary J. Blige.

Legendary crooner Ron Isley will also be the recipient of a Soul Train Legends Award.

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