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Music News: BET 2010 Awards

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Sunday night marked the 2010 BET Awards, hosted by Queen Latifah, and an all-star roster of celebrities presented, performed, and took home top honors.

Between Prince‘s Lifetime achievement award and Queen Latifah running the show, there was plenty of royalty at last night’s 10th anniversary of the BET Awards. But in the midst of the performances of accolades, the stage was also set for a few big names to make their comebacks.

Jermaine Jackson announced the first return of the evening when he introduced the tribute to his late brother, thanking everyone for their love and support over the past year. He added, “There is one tribute performance we have yet to see…here he is.”

Chris Brown was poised behind the curtain, looking like the silhouette of Michael Jackson himself. Once he came out, there was a palpable moment of tension so strong, it could almost be felt through the TV.

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Brown crotch-grabbed and moon-walked his way like a pro through the Michael Jackson songs as a supportive audience cheered him on.

But then the opening bars from “Man in the Mirror” began to play, and we all braced for the irony of the words. Brown got through about one line of the song before his voice started to quiver with tears. After a few heartfelt efforts to regain composure, Brown fell to his knees sobbing and completely gave up trying to sing as the backup track took over.

But Brown wasn’t the only one returning to the stage: Kanye West opened the show on top of a mountain – literally – as he performed his latest single, “Power.” T.I gave an upbeat performance that had the whole crowd moving, and El DeBarge was also a surprising treat as he performed a new song from his upcoming album and a medley of his R&B hits.

Queen Latifah kept the show flowing as she changed outfits about 500 times, and Alicia Keys also had a good night. She won Best Female R&B artist, Best Collaboration for her work with Jay-Z in “Empire State of Mind,” and also fit in two performances: a medley set of her own songs early on in the program, and then she joined in the Prince tribute.

But probably the best Prince performance of the night came from the one and only Patti LaBelle, who sang “Purple Rain” like we’ve never heard it before. LaBelle flicked her shoes off into the audience where Prince picked one of them up and gestured in respect to the diva.

LaBelle came back and joined Chaka Khan on stage to formally present Prince with his Lifetime Achievement Award.

Overwhelmed by the amount of praise coming from the audience, Prince asked everyone to sit down and said he was “speechless.” He started by thanking Jehovah, and then remarked on the future of music. “I do believe the future is in good hands, there is so much talent here,” he said.

Then Prince offered some words of wisdom to the young talent in the room. “I was pretty wild in my younger days and you don’t have to do what I did and you don’t have to make the mistakes I made,” he said. “Thank you for a wonderful night tonight, I’ll never forget it as long I live.”

Trey Songz took home Best Male R&B Artist and Drake won Best Male Hip Hop Artist. Nicki Minaj received the award for Best Female Hip Hop Artist and thanked the female rappers who paved the way for her.

Rihanna received the coveted Viewer’s Choice Award for “Hard,” but was not there to accept it. Also not there to accept Awards were Beyonce’ and Lady Gaga, who won Video of the Year for their collaboration in “Video Phone,” and Jay-Z was absent from the show as well.

Chris Brown had the last word, at least for the night. After his Jackson tribute, he was announced as the surprise winner of BET’s Fandemonium award, a prize determined by fan votes, beating out apparent favorites like Justin Bieber, Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj.

Stepping to the stage to receive his trophy, Brown gave a quick acceptance speech. “I let you all down before, but I won’t do it again,” he said. “I promise you.”

Here’s a breakdown of all the winners…

Winners included:

Viewers’ Choice: Rihanna (not at awards ceremony)

Best Female R&B Artist: Alicia Keys

Best Male R&B Artist: Trey Songz

Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Drake

Best New Artist: Nicki Minaj

Best Group: Young Money

Video of the Year: Beyonce and Lady Gaga for “Video Phone” (not at awards ceremony)

Best Actress: Mo’Nique

Best Actor: Idris Elba

Best Movie: Precious

Sportsman of the Year: Lebron James

Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams

Prince also won a Lifetime achievement award and John  Legend won a humanitarian award.

The show’s top performances were given by Chris Brown, who paid tribute to Michael Jackson and ended sobbing on stage during “Man In The Mirror,” and Patti LaBelle’s cover of “Purple Rain” in honor of Prince.

Below is a video from Chris Brown’s Michael Jackson Tribute:

Alicia Keys Tribute to Prince:

Source: CNN, BET, YOUTUBE

~ “Alicia Keys’ performance had me at the edge of my seat when she climbed on top of her piano. I was so nervous that she wouldn’t fall, even Prince looked nervous. As for Chris Brown, I was so excited to see him perform, and hear how the crowd cheered him on. It was one of the best performances I saw. He really knows how to break down Michael Jackson’s moves. Welcome back Chris Brown.”

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Music News: Alicia Keys Performs On Good Morning America showing off her Baby Bump!

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Alicia Keys, who also revealed she is “right about” five months pregnant proudly showed off her baby bump Friday morning (June 25), while performing on ABC’s Good Morning America. She performed a collection of her new material including her latest single, ‘Unthinkable (I’m Ready)’

In May, UsMagazine.com confirmed that the singer, 29, is expecting and engaged to producer Swizz Beatz. See more photos of the baby bump below.

“They are very happy,” a pal told Us Magazine.

“[Alicia] is with the man who has inspired so much of her music and her album [The Element of Freedom],” another friend told Us of Beatz.

Check out more photos & videos after the jump.

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“She looks so happy and she’s even glowing. I’m truly happy for her.”

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Just In: Baby Bump & Wedding Bells For Alicia Keys!

Alicia Keys is in a motherhood state of mind: She’s pregnant with her first child and officially engaged to Swizz Beatz.  Alicia is indeed 4 months pregnant will be married at a private ceremony later this year.  Representatives for the couple confirmed the news Thursday night.

Beatz and Keys have been friends for several years and worked together on one song for her current album, “The Element of Freedom,” the publicist said.  He has also written hits for Beyonce‘, Jay-Z amongst others.

Keys last year teamed up with Jay-Z for a hit song about New York called “Empire State of Mind.” She’s among a string of international artists slated to perform at a June 10 concert to mark the start of the World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa.

Swizz Beatz, — whose real name is Kasseem Dean — has one son from his marriage to Mashonda Tifrere.  He also has a second son from a previous relationship.

They would not say when the child is due, but weeks of photos have shown Keys noticeably fuller in the mid-section and sporting a collection of loose-fitting black tops.

“They’re very happy,” a source close to the couple said.

Check out more photos of the couple and Alicia performing below…

 

Source: Yahoo News, CNN, necolebitchie

I am so happy for them. I wish them the best. Congrats Alicia & Swizz!

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Music News: Is Alicia Keys really pregnant plus engagement to Swizz Beatz Confirmed?!

Random internet gossip sites are ranting that Alicia Keys is pregnant. Pictures of the star performing at a concert in the Netherlands showed the pretty singer with what seemed to be a swollen tummy. The convincing images spread like wildfire over the web causing widespread commotion.

Is  Alicia  Keys really pregnant?

Last year the New Yorker came under fire for starting a relationship with music producer, Swizz Beats who was still, at the time, married to estranged wife, singer Mashonda. News that she may be carrying his child set tongues wagging.  In the midst of the pandemonium, an insider told an American gossip site that Alicia’s camp had started to act shifty.

They said: “They’re saying that she’s decided to take a year off starting in [the fall] for ‘personal reasons’ No one has the [guts] to ask about it. We’ll all know soon enough.”

However, Alicia Keys’ manager, Jeff Robinson has since hit out at the pregnancy claims denying that his client is with child, saying:

“This rumor is 100 percent false. Alicia is currently overseas on tour and will be touring the U.S., Europe and Australia throughout the winter. And she’s using her spare time to continue to raise money and awareness for important causes like HIV/AIDS.” He said.

Today, comes what could be more proof that she is in fact, with child.

The Empire State singer has moved in with her boyfriend Swizz Beatz and has gotten engaged! As they say, first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…

Congrats are decidedly in order, but there is at least one person who is not happy at the way this relationship is panning out.

Mashonda Deen, Swizz’s ex, is involved in a big messy lawsuit with the producer, partially over $334,000 in child support he hasn’t paid. The 7.5 carat engagement ring now adorning Alicia’s finger cost a large sum and the penthouse they’re staying in clocks in at a cool $14.5 million.

Swizz should pay up what he owes and just get a move on with his new life with Alicia. Even if he does write a check for this wrong, I’m gonna go ahead and say I’m pretty sure Mashonda will not be invited to the wedding.

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I’m happy for her. I hope it comes out in fact to be true. Congrats to them ahead of time. What do you think?

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Music In Ya Ear!: Alicia Keys “Unthinkable (I’m Ready)”

Alicia Keys – Unthinkable (I’m Ready) [MUSIC VIDEO]

[On the set of Alicia Key’s next video “Unthinkable.” Chad Michael Murray plays the leading man.]

This is a pretty dope video that leaked early.  This is one of the dopest songs she has come out with in a while, so I was expecting a decent video.  The first thing I thought as the video began was “What type of One Tree Hill??” haha because this video features Alicia (of course), and the dude from One Tree Hill, Chad Michael Murray. Random much?  I also thought she should of had Drake in the video, since he wrote the song and has many (very soft) vocals throughout the song.  Overall, this video wasn’t too bad…

Her Manager Jeff Robinson tweeted this today

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Check out the video below…

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Fashion News: SNEAK PEEK at Alicia Keys’ Giorgio Armani Concert Costumes!


Look out Lady Gaga, there’s another musician rocking out in custom-made Giorgio Armani outfits—Alicia Keys! The soulful songstress, who was dressed in head-to-toe Armani for her 2008 As I Am tour, will rock four dazzling, one-of-a-kind costumes from the Italian designer for her current tour, The Element of Freedom. The first look, a sparkling crocodile-printed military jacket, features crystals and sequins, and is paired with silk leggings and tone-on-tone Swarovski crystals. Other highlights include a one-shoulder silk top with embroidery detailing and crystal-encrusted leather boots. A sexy one-shouldered silk chiffon gown in dark gray–paired with black sandals–completes the third look, while a flirty mini-dress with strong shoulders and cascade ruffles finishes off the assortment. With so many daring looks for her latest tour, we cannot wait to see Alicia work them in concert! For more information on her tour dates, check out AliciaKeys.com.


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Music News: VMA Breakdown

It was an intense and exciting Sunday evening as the “2009 Video Music Awards” took over New York City, causing quite a stir with Kanye West‘s outburst, Madonna‘s surprise appearance, Janet Jackson‘s tribute performance to her brother Michael and the cast of ‘Twilight”s big reveal of their extended ‘New Moon’ trailer.

Madonna opened the awards show, paying tribute to the late Michael Jackson.

Madonna called Michael Jackson a “hero,” a “king” and a “human being” as she paid tribute to the King of Pop at MTV’s “2009 Video Music Awards,” prior to Janet Jackson‘s anticipated performance.

“When I was six, my mother died. I think he got the shorter end of the sick,” she says of the music legend. “I never had a mother but he never had a childhood.”

Madonna said when she learned of Michael’s death while preparing for her tour, she felt as if she had “abandoned him.”

“I know his pain,” she said, referring to the constant media attention the King of Pop received.

Madonna said his legacy lives on, starting with her two sons who are big fans of the late singer. “There’s a whole lot of crotch grabbing and moon-walking in my house,” Madonna joked.

She concluded her tribute saying, “He was a king, but he was also a human being. … Long live the king.”

Following her words, dancers made their way to the stage to perform to Michael‘s acclaimed song “Thriller.” Janet Jackson followed that performance up with her own tribute, singing the song “Scream,” a duet she recorded with her brother.

Taylor Swift then went up onstage to accept the award for Best Female Music Video from Taylor Lautner and Shakira, but her speech was cut short when Kanye West grabbed the microphone from her, declaring that Beyonce’ Knowles had the best music video of the year.

Swift was also amongst the performers of the night, in addition to Green Day, Pink, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys and Kid Cudi. Cudi dedicated his performance to the late Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein, while Pink performed high in the sky with a trapeze artist.

The show concluded with a preview of Michael Jackson‘s anticipated documentary ‘This Is It.’

Here is the list of Moon Men winners at the 2009 VMA’s:

Breakthrough Video- Matt and Kim, “Lessons Learned”

Female Video- Taylor Swift, “You Belong with Me”

Rock Video- Green Day, “21 Guns”

Pop Video- Britney Spears, “Womanizer”

Male Video- T.I. featuring Rihanna, “Live Your Life”

Hip-Hop Video- Eminem, “We Made You”

Best New Artist- Lady Gaga

Video of the Year- Beyonce’ Knowles, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”

Check out more photos below from last night’s VMAs.

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Music News: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys to Perform together at the VMA’s

There’s much anticipation of Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint 3” album release and benefit concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on September 11. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys are set to perform at the 26th Annual MTV Video Music Awards. They will be performing the ode to New York single “Empire State of Mind” for the first time. The show will air live from Radio City Music Hall on September 13 at 9 p.m.

Source: Rap-Up

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Celebrity Couples: Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats?

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats were spotted having dinner at VIP club in St. Tropez, France on August 26, 2009.

Below is another photo of them posing as a couple with Ricky Martin at Jennifer Lopez’s birthday party.

“I think it’s about time she has a public relationship, she’s always so private. It’s nice to see something so out in the open. Your thoughts on this couple?”

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Celebrity News: More Stars Speak Out About Michael Jackson

Alicia Keys: “I did meet him one time, and it was amazing. “He was just an awesome dad, great with his kids. His kids were so smart and attentive. They were there in the conversation as well. We had a great time. We threw around paper airplanes his son was making – like these really cool ones that were just brilliant. It was just beautiful to meet him. I’m glad I got the chance.”

Wyclef Jean: “He came to see me at the studio and he spent a whole hour with me,” Wyclef Jean said. “We talked Haiti, we talked about Jamaica and we talked about music, and that was one of the greatest times ever in my life”

Smokey Robinson: “He was 10 years old, and he had just come to Motown, and [Motown artist and Jackson 5 mentor] Bobby Taylor and I used to take Michael to the golf course with us. He would ride around in the cart with us and critique our golf game, and when we’d hit a bad shot, he’d laugh. I was absolutely flabbergasted when I saw how talented he was when he was 10 years old. He was 10, but he was 30! He sang like he was 30, he danced like he was 30. He was awesome.”

Berry Gordy: “At home last night, I was looking at some of my old pictures with him, from the early rehearsals to ones with he and my son on the baseball field as we played our weekly Gordy-Jackson baseball games,” he said. “For the world, Michael’s legacy will always be his music and his artistry. But for me it will be so much more. The memories of watching of watching him grow from a mere 9-year-old kid with boundless determination and talent to become perhaps the greatest entertainer of all time – it is a bittersweet moment.”