The 1987 Soul Train Music Awards aired live on March 23, 1987 (and was later syndicated in other areas), honoring the best in R&B, soul, rap, jazz, and gospel music from the previous year. The show was held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California and was hosted by Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick.
|Soul Train Music Awards|
|Date||March 23, 1987|
|Location||Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (Los Angeles, California)|
|Hosted by||Dionne Warwick and Luther Vandross|
|Most awards||Janet Jackson, Cameo and Run–D.M.C. (2)|
Special awards edit
Heritage Award for Career Achievement edit
Winners and nominees edit
Winners are in bold text.
Album of the Year – Male edit
- Luther Vandross – Give Me the Reason
Album of the Year – Female edit
- Janet Jackson – Control
Album of the Year – Group, Duo, or Band edit
- Cameo – Word Up!
Best Single – Male edit
- Gregory Abbott – "Shake You Down"
Best Single – Female edit
- Anita Baker – "Sweet Love"
Best Single – Group, Duo, or Band edit
- Cameo – "Word Up"
Best Rap Single edit
- Run–D.M.C. – "Walk This Way"
Best Music Video edit
- Janet Jackson – "What Have You Done for Me Lately"
Best New Artist edit
Best Rap Album edit
Best Gospel Album – Solo edit
- Al Green – He Is the Light
Best Gospel Album – Group, Duo, or Choir edit
- The Winans – Let My People Go
Best Jazz Album – Solo edit
Best Jazz Album – Group, Duo, or Band edit
- Cameo – "Word Up!"
- LL Cool J – "I'm Bad"
- Al Jarreau
- Run–D.M.C. and Aerosmith – "Walk This Way"
- Whitney Houston – "You Give Good Love"
- George Benson
- Luther Vandross – "So Amazing"
- Bob James
- Dionne Warwick and Luther Vandross – Medley: "My Cherie Amour" / "All is Fair in Love" / "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" / "I Just Called to Say I Love You"
- Stevie Wonder – "I Can Only Be Me"
- David Sanborn, Bob James, George Benson, and the George Duke Jazz Orchestra – "It's You"
- Cissy Houston, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Andrae Crouch, Sandra Crouch, Shirley Caesar, Tramaine Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins, The Williams Brothers and The Winans – "Mary Don't You Weep"
- Carlos Vega
- George Duke
- Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder – "That's What Friends Are For"