Epic Records chairman and CEO L.A. Reid was honored at Clive Davis & The Recording Academy’s 2013 Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.
Clive paid tribute to Whitney Houston, who tragically passed in the very hotel a year prior, by sharing a rare video of his mentee singing “All the Man That I Need” during a tribute concert for the troops. “She was the greatest contemporary singer of our lifetime,” Davis said. He extended an invitation to Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston, but she deemed the gesture “obscene” and refused to attend. Read More
Nas is currently touring the country with Lauryn Hill on their “Life Is Good/Black Rage” tour. Donning a red leather sweater, The Don found time to take his show to Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He invited soulful singer Anthony Hamilton to perform “World Is An Addiction,” a poignant record that appears on Life Is Good. Read More
Tonight Centric presented The Soul Train Awards, an iconic ceremony that honors today’s brightest Black entertainers, airing on BET. The spectacle included performances from R&B staples John Legend, Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo, Elle Varner, and Miguel, in addition to electrifying tributes from Fantasia,Anthony Hamilton, Marcus Canty, Leah Labelle and many more.
Hosted by comedian/actor Cedric The Entertainer, the awards show was taped in early November from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. View performances below… Read More
“I’m doing me now, and I don’t care what the folk have to say. So put that on your Twitter,” Fantasia shouted during her “spiritual revival” at the Essence Music Festival (July 8). She was introduced by the O. Perry Walker High School marching band and eventually made her way into the crowd, barefoot.
The former Idol champ covered Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Sheila E.’s “The Glamorous Life” and Vanity 6’s “Nasty Girl” in her set. Tasia also sang her own tunes, “I’m Doin’ Me,” “Free Yourself” and “Collard Greens and Cornbread.” Read More
Aired on Monday night (Feb. 13) during Black History Month, BET hosted its fifth annual BET Honors, an award show that celebrates the achievements of African-American luminaries. This year’s honorees included, Stevie Wonder, Dr. Maya Angelou, Tuskegee Airmen, Mariah Carey, Spike Lee and Beverly Kearney.
The ceremony saw electrifying performances from Common & Anthony Hamilton, Willow Smith, Kelly Rowland, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Ledisi, Jennifer Hudson and Jill Scott. Look below for footage…
The color barrier between music genres continues to disintegrate. R&B veteran Anthony Hamilton tells The Boombox he plans on releasing a country album. When asked about upcoming projects, he reveals: “I have most of my blues record finished and the country one is next. I have maybe two or three of my country tracks done.”
He believes if it’s released strategically, people will receive it well. When speaking on bridging the gap between what’s expected of him and country music, Hamilton responds: “My vocal delivery is honest and it’s real. People know when I sing something I mean it. It’s believable, so I think I have that… That and a loyal fanbase that will ride with me and ride for me.” Read More
Soul maestro, Anthony Hamilton, invites Keri Hilson on the heart-calling anthem,”Never Let Go“–off his forthcoming album, Back To Love. Produced by Jerry Wonda, the track paints the blurry picture of finding and trusting a new love, once your heart has been tarnished by another.
Hamilton’s rasp, paired with Hilson’s light, yet crisp vocals make this track a certified repeater. Give it a listen below…
Patrons of Hip-Hop’s Golden Era made the night a spectacular one as they delivered a special tribute to the late emcee, Heavy D, at this year’s Soul Train Awards. Some of those include, Doug E. Fresh, Goodie Mob, Kurtis Blow, Big Daddy Kane and Naughty By Nature. The clique of entertainers performed some of the Overweight Lover’s greatest hits, ending the set with an emotionally-moving rendition of “Nuttin’ But Love“, as Hev’s last tweet “Be Inspired” displayed above.
Held at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on November 17, Jill Scott and Cee-Lo took home awards for Best Female/Best Male R&B/Soul Artist, the latter taking to the stage to perform, in addition to Miguel, Marsha Ambrosius, Chrisette Michelle, Morris Day and the Time, Joe, Eric Benet, Mindless Behavior, Gladys Knight & BeBe Winans, Robin Thicke, Natalie Cole, Musiq Soulchild, Mary Mary, Common, Melanie Fiona and Lloyd. The show was exuberantly dynamic, due in part to the hosting duties by comedian, Cedric the Entertainer.
In attendance were entertainers like Keri Hilson, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Laurieann Gibson, Amber Rose, Jasmine Guy, Anthony Hamilton, Tom Joyner, Lance Gross, Raheem Devaughn, Freddie Jackson, Kenny Lattimore, Necole Bitchie, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Terry Vaughn, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Lalah Hathaway, Shaunie O’Neal, Tami Roman, Tamar Braxton, Cynthia Bailey, NeNe Leakes, Bobby V, Earth, Wind & Fire and so much more.
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