Category: Entertainment Written by Britney Spear
Ain't no business but mine and my baby! Perhaps one of the most popular Michael Jackson lyrics, the words are being revisited for more reasons than one.
In the aftermath of the 2013 Grammy Awards, arguably the biggest story of the night is the first major reuniting of America's most controversial couple in entertainment.
Ever since the incident that rocked the 2009 show, everyone has had something to say about Chris Brown and Rihanna getting back together. Most of those sharing their opinions aren't exactly in favor of rekindling the romance. The public initially expressed outraged after its discovery that just days after infamous attack, Rih had returned to her lover's side.
Celebrities came down on Chris' head just as hard as others. Everyone from Oprah to Jay Z, voiced their opinions on the matter and expressed disapproval of the couple's reunion.
Four years later, who is 'okay' with ChRihanna coming back together? The media draw the lovebirds received during Grammy weekend has returned this question to the forefront of people's mind. It's a strong statement following a series of tongue-in-cheek moments that caused us to contemplate 'are they or aren't they?' This weekend, the couple made it known to everyone on a grand stage that they are in fact, a couple.
At the end of the day, the decision to revisit their romance is a choice between the two of them. It won't make a difference whether Jay Z and Beyonce sit on the other side of the Staples Center, or John and Jane Doe snarl at the television dismay from their home.
As Rihanna put it best during her February 2013 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, 'it's my mistake' to make. Let's just hope that their love isn't a mistake. We as outsiders have no say-so in their personal affairs. The one thing we can do, and a piece of power we tend to take for granted, is simply cheer in their best interest. I don't know about you, but I certainly will.
After all, what's the use in rooting for a relationship to fail? Time will reveal whether it works, and that is not up for us as spectators to decide.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:31
Category: Entertainment Written by huffington post
Beyoncé's Vogue March 2013 cover has arrived in all its leaked glory, coming on the heels of rumors that she'd landed the coveted March issue. This time the rumor mill was true: There she is, posing in Givenchy in a photo posted by Twitter account BeyonceLite.
The March cover, as we've noted before, makes perfect sense. As anyone occupying Planet Earth knows, Beyoncé recently pulled off a masterful performance at the Super Bowl halftime show and is set to debut her HBO documentary on February 16. 2013 is clearly Beyoncé's year, we're all just living in it.
Appropriately, the Vogue cover headline reads "Beyoncé Rules The World," which is the most accurate thing we've read today. Or ever. Check out the leaked pics via Twitter below. Are you digging Bey's Vogue cover?
Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2013 14:41
Category: Entertainment Written by Courtney Garcia, the Grio
As expected, the Grammy Awards gave a lot of love to Jay-Z, Kanye West, Adele and Frank Ocean, who marked a breakthrough year with six nominations, two wins, and his debut awards performance with the song, “Forrest Gump.”
Taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, host LL Cool J began the annual event by introducing himself as emcee of Music’s Biggest Night, referencing the influence of Michael Jackson in his life, his love for vinyl, and the passing of Whitney Houston the year prior. Adele received the first award of the evening for Best Pop Solo Performance for her live edition of “Set Fire to the Rain,” and told press afterwards that having a baby in her life has only positively affected the Grammy experience.
“I’ve been up since 6AM, so I’m quite tired, but it’s nice,” the 24-year-old singer said. “I haven’t been as stressed out this year because you have to prioritize, and balance everything when you have child.”
Questioned about her new album, Adele commented that she wasn’t far along, but taking meetings in L.A. between the Grammy Awards and Academy Awards.
“I’ve been out of the loop, really, I’ve been singing my baby nursery rhymes, so I don’t really know what’s cool or not,” she said.
The British soul singer and first time Academy Award-nominee also made remarks about her upcoming performance at the Oscars, teasing, “I want to s*** myself.”
Best Urban Contemporary Album, a new category this year, was presented by Nas and Kelly Rowland, and went to Ocean for “Pyramids,” his first win at the ceremony. Ocean thanked his mother, who was teary-eyed in the audience, along with his managers, group Odd Future, and record label, Def Jam.
Following the presentation, Rowland addressed talk of a potential Destiny’s Child reunion tour, “If something like that comes up in conversation – it hasn’t – but then we’ll see what happens.”
Jay-Z and Kanye West took home early awards for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for their hit “N***** in Paris,” with producer Hit-Boy on site to accept the honors during the pre-telecast ceremony. They later received the award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration along with Ocean and The-Dream for “No Church In the Wild.”
“I would like to thank the swap meet for his hat,” Jay-Z joked about The-Dream’s choice of headwear.
The-Dream later commented that he got the hat at Spencer’s Gifts, “a very bad store for you, young people,” and gave credit to Ocean.
“Frank was signed to a producer of mine, Tricky Stewart, a while ago, so we kind of knew exactly what he was, and who he was, so we weren’t surprised [by his success],” he said. “He’s here now…Just sort of a friendly competition.”
The-Dream mentioned his current focus was working on Pusha T’s new album, and joining West in Paris this March to assist on the rapper’s forthcoming release. While Yeezy was noticeably absent from the ceremony, songwriter Malik Yusef Jones, who contributed to West’s record “Mercy,” also gave a hint of what’s to come.
“Remember black music,” he said. “The good and the bad; the grim and bright. It’s a throwback to that era, and a distillation to the modern era.”
He also attested to West’s grueling work habits.
“Working with Kanye is brutal, it’s torturous; he is a perfectionist,” Jones admitted. “We work in Hawaii a lot, and it’s not like being in Hawaii. We work in Paris and it’s not like being in Paris…He’s just hard to work with. He says ‘no’ to 100 things.”
Rihanna, who won the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video for her song “We Found Love” with Calvin Harris, made a soulful performance of her song “Stay,” and later led a tribute piece to Bob Marley, singing his classic “Could You Be Loved,” with sons Ziggy and Damian Marley, as well as Sting and Bruno Mars. Justin Timberlake took the stage to perform his new single “Suit and Tie” with special guest Jay-Z, who stepped onto the stage from his seat in the audience. The pop singer followed their performance with the debut of a second track, “Pusher Love.” Miguel and Wiz Khalifa brought hip hop into the mix with their performance of “Adorn.” LL Cool J, Chuck D., Z-Trip, Travis Barker and Tom Morello closed the show with “Whaddup.”
Earning their first Grammy Award, the Robert Glasper Experiment was honored with Best R&B album for Black Radio, a collection of songs Glasper noted were all recorded “on the first take.”
“We didn’t overthink it, we let the music take over. I believe the music is smarter than us,” the singer said, describing the spontaneous nature of the band’s work as a collective. “We’re all jazz musicians together, but we embody all of black music – R&B, rap, funk – we’ve never ignored that side. We have no problem infusing all those things because we’re comfortable with all of them.”
LeCrae received the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album for his release, Gravity, a rap record which he said wasn’t necessarily intended to be classified as Christian, but was gratefully embraced by the gospel community.
“It was an honest album,” the 33-year-old noted. “I’m honest about my faith. I’m not afraid to say I’m a Christian.”
Best Rap Album went to Drake for Take Care, and electronic DJ Skrillex won three Grammy Awards, adding to the three he earned last year. After receiving his prizes, he acknowledged the fusion of dance music and hip hop, speaking specifically on his collaborative project with A$AP Rocky.
“Electronic music and hip hop are so similar,” Skrillex noted. “It’s rooted in the same stuff. I have this song with A$AP Rocky out, and we’re going to Rio next week to shoot this crazy video with Chris Robinson, the legendary hip hop director…It was bound to happen.”
And perhaps most excited of all was pop-alternative artists Gotye and Kimbra, who received the Grammy Award for Record of the Year from their idol Prince.
“We both forgot about speeches,” they laughed.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2013 13:40
Category: Entertainment Written by Amber L. Bogins
Toni Braxton may be “chucking up the deuces” to music. In an interview with the Tom Joyner Morning Show yesterday, Toni, when asked about new music replied, “I don’t know if I’m going to be doing anymore music, I’ve said that before in the past but I don’t know…I just don’t know. Maybe I’m mad at music. I don’t know what it is. I can’t, my heart’s not in it right now.”
This would not be the first time that the “Un-break My Heart” singer announced that she would quit music. Back in 2008 following a series serious heart-related health scares, Braxton contemplated retirement, but found herself signed to Atlantic records and released her sixth album in 2010. She may just ready to concentrate on new projects. Between the reality show “Braxton Family Values” and her upcoming Lifetime movie “Twist of Faith” (her autistic son Diezel makes is acting debut), we will not be Toni Braxton-less anytime in the foreseeable future. Perhaps she’s just making room for baby sis Tamar to have her moment in the spotlight
Follow Amber L. Bogins on Twitter @AmberLaShaii
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 14:08
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