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
Stylists were in dire need at the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball II at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. The ball, thrown by Russell Simmons, honored MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh with lifetime achievement awards. John Legend, Swizz Beatz and 2 Chainz also received awards.
Lil’ Mama, Yo Yo and Marsha Ambrosius were among the performances.Lance Gross, Meek Mill, Jadakiss, Tyson Beckford, Victor Cruz, Terrence J, Lala, Angela Simmons and Chrissy Teigen were also in attendance.
President Obama’s second inauguration may be smaller than his first, but the star power is just as bright. Beyoncé was hand-selected by POTUS himself to sing the national anthem, Kelly Clarkson will perform “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and James Taylor will sing ‘America the Beautiful.”
R&B veterans Alicia Keys, Usher and John Legend have also been added to the line-up of entertainers for inaugural festivities. Additional acts include Motown legends Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Katy Perry, fun., Marc Anthony, Brad Paisley, Far East Movement, Mindless Behavior, Nick Cannon and the cast of Glee. Read More
“Special Delivery” songstress Bridget Kelly is dreaming of a “White Christmas,” and she sings her reveries beside a makeshift fireplace and petite Christmas tree. Complete with a Santa Claus hat, she delivered a heavenly acoustic version with the help of an unnamed guitarist. Read More
In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, notable musicians, actors and athletes, including Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx and John Legend, have lent their voices to the Demand A Plan To End Gun Violence initiative.
It’s all too clear that John Legend grew up singing praises in church, more noticeably when he sings “I’m not afraid to do the Lord’s work” on brand new record, “Who Did that You“, lifted from Django Unchained‘s original soundtrack.
Produced by Paul Epworth (“Rolling In The Deep”), the record recalls his debut single, “Used To Love You Ft. Kanye West”, for it’s foot-tapping, call & response, soul-stirred sound. You’d want your mother to hear. 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
Noticeably cut from a different cloth than most contemporary male vocalists, John Legend‘s work in and the outside of the studio looks as if its shaping up nicely. According to Deadline, the G.O.O.D. Music artist landed himself a deal with FOX television network to produced a sitcom comedy (loosely based on his life) about a guy in his early-20′s who’s granted guardianship of his younger siblings, whilst maintaining his social and career life.
The studio-based production is made possible through Chernin Entertainment and Legend’s own production company, Get Lifted. Read More