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Erykah Badu Hosts the Soul Train Awards 2015 on BET

Эрика Баду узлов Soul Train Awards этого года

Erykah 2015-Soul-Train-Awards


On Sunday night, Erykah Badu hosts the “Soul Train Awards 2015” (BET at 8), featuring performances by R. Kelly, Tyrese, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan and (here’s a throwback) Cameo. Jill Scott will receive the inaugural Lady of Soul Award. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds will accept the evening’s Legend Award.

©2014/Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC

©2014/Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC

The highlight of the show would be The Weeknd, the R&B crooner, who’s having a phenomenal year thus far, nabbed five nominations and fellow artists Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson are also received five nods apiece.

BeyonceOther nominees include Beyonce, Chris Brown, Jidenna and Tyrese who all grabbed four mentions respectively. Breakout R&B stars Alessia Cara, Jidenna, DeJ Loaf, Jussie Smollett and Tinashe will vie for the ‘Best New Artist’ trophy.


Best New Artist

Dej LoafAlessia Cara
Dej Loaf
Jussie Smollett

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist

chris-brownChris Brown
The Weeknd
Trey Songz

Centric Certified Award

Chrisette Michele
The Internet
Vivian Green

Video of the Year

Bruno-Mars-and-Mark-Ronsons-Uptown-Funk-Notch-14-Weeks-at-No-1Beyonce – “7/11″
Jidenna Ft. Roman Gianarthur – “Classic Man”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
The Weeknd – “Earned It” (From The Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack)

Best Gospel And/Or Inspirational Song

Erica CampbellErica Campbell – “More Love”
Fred Hammond Ft. Breeann Hammond – “I Will Trust”
Kirk Franklin – “Wanna Be Happy?”
Lecrae – “All I Need Is You”
Marvin Sapp – “Yes You Can”

Album of the Year

Black MessiahChris Brown – X
D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah
Jill Scott – Woman
The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
Tyrese – Black Rose

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year

AlrightBig Sean Ft. Drake & Kanye West – “Blessings”
Big Sean Ft. E-40 – “IDFWU”
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Nicki Minaj Ft. Drake & Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter”

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist

Janelle MonaeBeyonce
Janelle Monáe
Janet Jackson
Jill Scott
Tamar Braxton

Song of the Year

jidenna-classic-manCommon & John Legend — “Glory” (from the motion picture “Selma”)
Jidenna Ft. Roman Gianarthur — “Classic Man”
Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars — “Uptown Funk”
Rihanna — “Bitch Better Have My Money”
The Weeknd – “Earned It” (From The Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack)

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award

the-weeknd-earned-it-preview-lead“Glory” (from the motion picture Selma) — written by: Lonnie Rashid Lynn, John Roger Stephens and Che Smith (Common & John Legend)
“Apparently” — written by: Jermaine L. Cole, Damon Coleman, Filippo Trecca (J.Cole)
“Uptown Funk” — written by: Mark Ronson, Rudolph Taylor, Lonnie Simmons, Philip Martin Lawrence II, Peter Gene Hernandez, Jeffrey Nath Bhasker, Nicholaus Joseph Williams, Devon Christopher Gallaspy, Robert Lynn Wilson, Charles K. Wilson, Ronnie Wilson (Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars)
“Earned It” (from the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” soundtrack) — written by: Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Ahmad “Belly” Balshe, Jason Quenneville, Stephan Moccio (The Weeknd)
“Shame” — written by: Warryn S. Campbell Ii, Sam Dees, Tyrese Darnell Gibson, Ron Kersey, De Wayne Julius Rogers (Tyrese)

Best Dance Performance

Beyonce – “7/11″
Chris Brown x Tyga – “Ayo”
Janelle Monae & Jidenna – “Yoga”
Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Silent – “Watch Me” (“Whip/Nae Nae”)

Best Collaboration 

bigseannewBig Sean Ft. Drake & Kanye West – “Blessings”

Common & John Legend – “Glory” (from the motion picture Selma)
Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Nicki Minaj Ft. Beyonce – “Feeling Myself”
Omarion Ft. Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko – “Post To Be”

Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics


Арета Франклин выпускает новый альбом


The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has had a bit of a hiatus from the music scene after some complications with an undisclosed illness but she is back and finished her new album “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics.” Producers on the 10-track album include Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Harvey Mason Jr. and Andre 3000. Among the many diva hits that Aretha will add her own spin to are: Whitney Houston’s (and Chaka Khan’s) “I’m Every Woman,” Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia,” Etta James’ “At Last,” Barbra Streisand’s “People,” Alicia Keys’ “No One,” Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” and the veritable favorite “Teach Me Tonight” (Janet Brace, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Amy Winehouse, popularized by Phoebe Snow).

andre-3000-babyface-aretha-franklin“Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” comes out October 21.

Davis came up with the concept and songs, which Franklin said she immediately took to. “Mr. Davis said he doesn’t just want another CD,” she said. “He wants a blockbuster event.”

Throughout this week before the release, Aretha Franklin will be promoting the album on a major media circuit that will include a performance on David Letterman’s “The Late Show” on Sept. 29 where she will perform a cover of Adele’s popular song, “Rolling in Deep.” Franklin’s version, which infuses some of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” has more than 2 million views on its official YouTube post.

aretha-franklin-clive-davis-92y-2014-billboard-650An Evening with Aretha Franklin @ 92nd Y

The Queen of Soul, who sat next to longtime collaborator and album producer Clive Davis, held a listening for the album this week at the 92nd Street Y, a nonprofit cultural and community center.

aretha_franklin_-_jump_to_it_-_front“I haven’t felt so up on a CD since ‘Jump to It’ (was released in 1982) or the first time one of my records was played on the radio,” seventy two still going strong, Aretha Franklin said in an interview at 92nd Y.” “I don’t think I have ever been as excited as I am now.”

“I like all of it. I like the whole CD, from cut to cut to cut. It kind of reminds me of, I said, ‘You know, this is kind of similar to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?”'” she said before the event. “You know the kind of records from cut to cut; I don’t care what comes up (but) you like it. You like it! I think it may be that kind of album.”

“Aretha has always held a very special place in my heart. She’s universally recognized to be the greatest singer of all time,” Davis told.

Luther VandrossMr. Vandross

Franklin recalled the incident with her former collaborator and friend, Luther Vandross. ‘In early 80’s Luther Vandross’ first hit “Never Too Much” was on the radio and caught my ear. I told Clive that I’m interested working with him. He said, “I’m sure he’ll be pleased to work with you.” The result was “Jump to It,” my first number one record in seven years. It was logical, then, for Luther to produce the next record. All of a sudden Luther wanted to tell me how to sing. He says, “Sing it like this,” and I was like “what!” I definitely didn’t’ need him to tell me how it should be sung. I walked out of the studio and went back to my hotel. The next day Clive intervened and we came back to the studio and finished the song.

Alicia-Keys-Will-Be-Face-of-New-Givenchy-Fragrance2Alicia Keys Right On The Money

Franklin covers Alicia Keys’ “No One,” which is meshed with a Caribbean vibe. “I love that flavor!” Franklin exclaimed. It was Keys who suggested that flavor from the beginning. “And she was right on the money,” Franklin added.

Andre 2000?

Rapper Andre 3000 also helped her album. Franklin spoke highly of one half of rap duo Outkast saying, “What’s his name, Andre 1000 or 2000? I love everything he does. He’s got a groove that I really, really like.” The singer and the producer eventually settled on the song written by Prince and became a massive hit for Sinead O’Connor in 1990 “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

Etta-James-at-LastThe album also includes Franklin’s interpretations of classics such as “At Last,” ”I Will Survive” and Barbra Streisand’s “People.”

The diva said: “We’re going to give you exactly what you’re expecting and what you’re not expecting.”

Track List

1          At Last (Etta James cover)

2          Rolling In The Deep (Adele cover)

3          Midnight Train To Georgia (Gladys Knight and the Pips cover)

4          I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor cover)

5          People (Barbra Streisand cover)

6          No One (Alicia Keys cover)

7          I’m Every Woman (Chaka Khan cover) / Respect

8          Teach Me Tonight (Dinah Washington cover)

9          You Keep Me Hangin’ On (The Supremes cover)

10        Nothing Compares 2 U (Sinead O’Connor)


Mama I Want To Sing’s Gospel For Teens Appears@The Rockefeller Christmas 2013

Ariana Grande Stole The Show With The Aid Of Gospel For Teens!

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Reckefeller Christmas Tree

Reckefeller Christmas Tree

Today, the Rockefeller Christmas is a New York’s tourist-filled, multimillion-dollar special yearly event.

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

The holiday special boasted a slew of performers. The highlight performances include Mariah Carey, performing her classic “All I want for Christmas is You”; Tony Braxton and Babyface with a duet of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”; Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson and many others.

It was, however, 20-year-old ‘Mini Mariah,’ Ariana Grande who stole the show. The singer wowed the audience with her powerful performance of her hit single “Love Is Everything” with assistance from a choir, Harlem’s own Gospel For Teens. As you may already know that some members of GFT left for Tokyo for “Mama, I Want To Sing!” Japan tour.

Mon. Aug 12, Toni Braxton Free Live!

Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton


Martin Luther King Jr. Free Concert Series Presents
Toni Braxton

Monday, August 12, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Wingate Park

Winthrop St., Brooklyn Ave., Rutland Rd. Brooklyn

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The 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series features gospel, classic soul, and R&B stars for a summer of hot performances. Enjoy a whole evening of the 6 Grammy Award, 7 American Music Award, and 9 Billboard Music Award-winner, Toni Braxton.

Please bring your own chairs as seating is limited.

*No cameras, audio or video recording, alcohol, pets, or bottles are allowed. Smoking is also prohibited on the premises.