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D’Angelo Returns to TV With New Track at BET Awards

D’Angelo at BET Awards 2012


D’Angelo Returns to TV With New Track at BET Awards

At Sunday night’s BET Awards、D’Angelo played his first television performance in 12 years. The R&B singer kicked off the performance with his hit “Untilted (How Does It Feel)” before joining his band behind the keys and jumping on to a new track, the funky “Sugar Daddy.” Stars including Common and Beyonce clapped along to D’Angelo’s spirited “Sugar Daddy” as the singer leaped, kicked and screamed.

D’Angelo is set to perform on July 6th at New Orleans’ Essence Music Festival, and he will play Jay-Z’s Made in America festival in Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend. Questlove recently revealed D’Angelo has recorded around 30 new tracks over the past few years, and he hope the singer will release the new material soon.

Frankie Beverly featuring Maze were honored with the lifetime achievement award, and they were serenaded with performances by Tyrese, Faith Evans and Joe.

Kanye & Jay Z

2012 BET Awards: Beyonce, Chris Brown, Kanye West and Jay-Z take home trophies; Whitney Houston’s mother gives emotional tribute

West, who was up for seven awards, was the top nominee. Beyonce was the second most nominated act with six. She won video director of the year (along with Alan Ferguson) and best female R&B artist and thanked the genre and her female influences.

“I fell in love with music by listening to R&B. It’s the core of who I am,” she said, giving special thanks to Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and “Whitney Houston, my angel.”

When she lost video of the year to Jay-Z and West, she playfully hit her husband and laughed. The joking continued: Moments later, as West was giving his acceptance speech, Jay-Z interrupted him and said: “Excuse me Kanye, I’m gonna let you continue, but …,” and the audience erupted with laughter, recalling West’s infamous interruption of Taylor Swift’s MTV Video Music Awards speech a few years back.

Chris Brown was also a double winner. Kevin Hart — who hosted the awards last year — also won for best actor, Big Sean was named best new artist and Wale and Miguel’s smooth hit “Lotus Flower Bomb” won best collaboration.

The tone of the night fluctuated frequently, as the show shifted from hotly anticipated performances to solemn moments to irreverence. Usher performed his groove “Climax,” and Nicki Minaj sported a blonde wig with pink tips as she performed the songs “Champion” and “Beez In the Trap,” which featured 2 Chainz.

Cissy Houston’s tribute to her late daughter was the emotional highlight of the BET Awards.

Mariah Carey opened the tribute with memories of her friend. She was followed by a moving number by Monica. Brandy, heavily influenced by Houston, sang two of the late singer’s hits. Chaka Khan blazed the stage with “I’m Every Woman,” which Houston remade. Gary Houston, Whitney’s brother, also performed.

Whitney Houston‘s mother gave a rousing performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” that left the crowd in tears, including Beyonce and Melanie Fiona.

The live broadcast featured some of the biggest stars in the music world, including Jay-Z and Beyonce (who won best female R&B artist), Nicki Minaj (the recipient of the best female hip-hop artist award), and Usher.

BET Awards 2012

D’Angelo to Perform at 2012 BET Awards

D’Angelo at Bonnaroo’s Superjam


The soul crooner who kept the ladies sweatin’ through the 90’s is set to make a triumphant return to music at the BET Awards 2012!

BET has announced that R&B singer D’Angelo will perform at the 2012 BET Awards, marking his first televised performance in a dozen years. After the success of his 2000 album Voodoo, D’Angelo stepped away from music, but the singer has been rejuvenated lately, performing at Bonnaroo’s Superjam and lining up performances at the Essence Music Festival in early July and the Made in America event in September. Recently, Questlove revealed D’Angelo has recorded around 30 new tracks over the past few years, expressing hope that the singer will release a new album soon.

Usher, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and 2 Chainz are among the performers already announced for the BET Awards. The awards show will air on July 1st, with Kanye West leading the way with seven nominations.

June 10, 2012: Surprise Homecoming

Just this month, D’Angelo warmed up for his U.S. tour with first stateside performance in over a decade at the music fest, Bonnarroo. Musically directed by Questlove, an awesome collection of Quest’s friends played alongside D’Angelo including, Time guitarist Jesse Johnson and Pino Palladino, bassist for the Who.  This time, he didn’t perform any of his signature hits but he did perform some classics like Led Zeppelin’s “What Is and What Should Never Be” and the Beatles’ “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.” 

D’Angelo Is Back!! ディアンジェロ・カムバック!

D’Angelo – GQ (by Gregory Harris)

D’Angelo’s Back!!


すでに7月の独立記念日イベントのひとつ、「エッセンス・ミュージック・フェスティヴァル」にも参加することが決定していましたが、本日、ジェイZがまとめ役を務める9月に開催されるフィラデルフィアの「Made In America Festival」にも出演するという発表がありました。いずれも大スターが勢揃いする音楽の祭典です。カムバックするのにはぴったりな条件だと思います。

Essence Music Festival @ Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans


7/5(木)Diggy Simmons, The OMG Girlz

7/6(金)D’Angelo, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole, Charlie Wilson

7/7(土)Mary J. Blige, Ledisi, Tank

7/8(日)Aretha Franklin, Fantasia, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary


Made In America Festival @ Fairmount Park in Philadelphia

ジェイZが音頭をとって行われるこのイベント、2005年に開催された「ライヴ8」のようなもの……らしいです。このコンサートは9月1日と2日の2日間、レイバー・デーの週末に予定されています。ディアンジェロのほか、パールジャム、Odd Future など、様々なジャンルのミュージシャンが出演するようです。

Photo by: Gregory Harris

これだけディアンジェロ・カムバックを煽っているということは、あの幻のニュー・アルバム「James River (仮タイトル)」がとうとうリリースされるのでしょうか。真相はいかに……..。

情報不足だった矢先、6月号のGQマガジンにディアンジェロの独占インタビュー掲載! ディアンジェロの過去の薬物/アルコール中毒や交通事故、みごとな裸体をさらしたショッキングなビデオ、”Untitled (How Does It Feel)”ができるまでの秘話、ベイビー・ママ、アンジー・ストーンや音楽仲間のクエスト・ラヴのコメントなどで構成されています。実際のアルバム内容については触れていませんが、レーベル(RCA)としては年内に出せればラッキー!という感じのようです。興味のある方はこちらで読んでみて下さい。




ニューヨークでもディアンジェロ・カムバックのニュースは話題沸騰、地元のR&Bラジオ・ステーション、WBLSでもさっそくディアンジェロ・インタビューを企画しネット上で大々的な宣伝広告を掲載しました。WBLSの朝のヒット番組、コメディアンのスティーヴ・ハーヴィー・ショー(月から金6- 10am)に出演するというのです。事前に、「朝8時29分」に本人が登場するというインサイド情報を入手、その日の朝、いつもより早起きして7時から番組にチューン・イン、その感動の瞬間を待っていました。8時を過ぎてもゲストの告知はありません。Brown Sugar やDevil’s Pie の曲もかかりません。普通ならその日のゲストをアナウンスするはずなのに……。この日のテーマはディアンジェロと全く関係のない、「地元のネイル・サロン自慢大会」で、29分を過ぎてもネイル・サロン自慢が続きます……..。結局、マイケル‘ディアンジェロ’アーチャーの元気な声を聞くことはできませんでした。スティーヴ・ハーヴィー・ショーはニューヨークでも人気がありますが、実際にはスティーヴの住んでいるアトランタで収録しています。ディアンジェロは電話で取材に応じる予定でした。時間通りに電話もかけることができない状態だったらカムバックなんてできるのかしら……..。というわけで私はちょっと心配しています。取り越し苦労だといいのですが…..。


D’Angelo is Back!!

It’s been a minute since D’Angelo has been on the scene…. But it looks like the “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” singer is on the verge of a comeback!

D’Angelo is finally plotting his return to the stage with his first U.S. concert in over a decade at the 2012 Essence Music Festival. Organizers announced today that the traditionally held three-day festival is now expanding to four days, kicking off Thursday, July 5.

Essence Music Festival @ Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans

Featuring a roster of new millennium generation artists in the music scene, the performers will include recording artist and hip-hop royalty Diggy Simmons, R&B pop group The OMG Girlz and New Orleans’ marching band The Roots of Music. These bright young stars will share the spotlight with some of the world’s top performers in music and entertainment such as Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, Charlie Wilson, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, Trey Songz and more during the 18th annual ESSENCE Music Festival that will now take place July 5-8.

Main Stage

7/5         Diggy Simmons, The OMG Girlz

7/6         D’Angelo, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole, Charlie Wilson

7/7         Mary J. Blige, Ledisi, Tank

7/8         Aretha Franklin, Fantasia, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary


Made in America festival’s lineup has been announced, also today with legendary rock group Pearl Jam leading the pack at Jay-Z’s Philadelphia extravaganza. R&B legend D’Angelo is the big surprise name on the bill; the singer will likely be unveiling new material in addition to his standout classics.

D’Angelo gives his first interview in 12 years to the June issue of GQ Magazine about what he’s been up to in his time off from music, why he left the industry without warning over 10 years ago, his run-ins with the law, his struggles with substance abuse and more.