The Soul Train Awards 2012 will be celebrating their 25th awards who with a three-day experience in Las Vegas. The weekend will consist of music, comedy and entertainment. The show is hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. Newly added performers will be Gladys Knight, Ne-Yo, Anthony Hamilton, 2 Chainz, Keyshia Cole and more.
In a recent interview with Showbiz Tonight actor, singer Jamie Foxx introduces his ideas for a new singing competition “Apollo LiveEthat will supposedly give American Idol a run for its money as reported by ballerwives.
Jamie , along with the help of Gladys Knight (who will be one of the judges) goes on to explain that American Idol,”Â is more based around its judges and not necessarily the talent now”. He feels that it is time for the artist to shine now, and to be able to really enjoy the moment.
Are you guys ready for a new age Apollo. It may be interesting if you can still boo contestants like they used to on the original show. He hasn’t said if booing will be a part of the show yet so i guess we have to wait and see.
Do you think this show is gonna give American Idol a run for its money? Let me know what you think.
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BET is setting the stage for the upcoming BET Awards. Organizers have announced Usher, 2 Chainz and Big Sean to their list of performers for the July 1st ceremony. They join previously announced performers Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj. Read More »
Gladys Knight is not only “Dancing With The Stars,” she’s also working on a new TV show. TMZ reports the Motown legend has been cast to star in a new show called “The First Family.” The sitcom will reportedly revolve around a fictional U.S. president as he juggles his role as leader of the free world alongside his family life. Gladys is playing the president’s mother in between rehearsals for ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.”
Sources tell TMZ the singer is working hard to handle both projects. Knight received a standing ovation after her “Dancing With The Stars” debut on the show’s 14th season premiere last week. Check out video: Read More »
The 2011 Soul Train Music Awards on Centric TV were truly spectacular this year. Â I had the privilege to work behind the scenes for two days, and it was amazing to see and understand how a production, such as this, is put together. Â Since I worked behind the scenes, I felt that it was only right for me to bring you the goins-ons.
The Fox Theatre in Midtown Atlanta was the location for this yearâ€™s Soul Train Music Awards.Â The show kicked off with The Original 7even , which consists of Morris Day and the Time, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.Â If you were an 80s baby, you were able to sing along to their hits such as: â€œJungle Love,â€ â€œThe Bird,â€ and â€œC-O-O-L.â€ Whatâ€™s that spell? They still have the moves, so please don’t sleep on these cool kings. Â As usual, they looked fonky-fresh and dressed-to-impress with their tailor-made suits on.Â If anyone needs to know the definition of â€˜swag,â€™ please feel free to look up these gentlemen, The Original 7even.Â
Cedric The Entertainer, this yearâ€™s host, came out to the traditional Soul Train line.Â He pop locked and gave us some impressive moves.Â After the music cut, he made us laugh by stating, â€œAfter all that dancing, Iâ€™m tired.â€
Miss Keri Baby, the radiant, Keri Hilson, presented the award for Best New Artist which went to the oh-so-handsome, Miguel.
Soon after, Just Blaze and Amber Rose introduced Common and Marsha Ambrosius to the stage as they performed a duet together.
Radio personality, Tom Joyner, gave a fabulous introduction for the Soul Train Legendâ€™s Award, which went to,Â Gladys Knight.Â Many may not know this, but Ms. Knight was the first person to ever perform on Soul Train.Â The audience was entertained with Kenny Lattimore, Dave Hollister, and Sunny Jackson as her honorary â€˜Pips.â€™ Other stars to honor the legend with their voice were:Â Tamar Braxton, Chrisette Michele, Marsha Ambrosius, Mary Mary, and Natalie Cole.
Ms. Knight gave her acceptance speech and, with the crowds delight, she performed a duet with BeBe Winans.Â It was amazing to see the two perform together.Â The camera got a shot of Terri Vaughnâ€™s face and her expression was priceless. Â I know what you mean, Ms. Vaughn.Â I, too, saw the beauty in this performance by this king and queen.
Here is video of our Ticket winners… Everyone knows that Soul Train is not complete if you donâ€™t have the scramble board.Â Morris Day and the Time and Necole Bitchie did the honors of unscrambling the letters to spell, â€˜The Time,â€™ while Wolf BlitzerÂ and the human beat box,Â Doug E. Fresh, provided a beat-box as the CNN reporter unscrambled the letters to spell out the first video to appear on Soul Train, â€œRock With You.â€Â Russ Parr and Kel Mitchell were also a part of a scramble-board skit.
I adore Cee Lo Green and his individuality.Â Thatâ€™s why it comes as no surprise that he stepped on stage with no shoes on and an all-white outfit with fringe hanging down on the sleeves, as he performed, â€œFool For You,â€ featuring Melanie Fiona.Â Cee Lo also took home the award for Best Male R&B Artist, presented by Keith Sweat and Melissa De Sousa.Â He and Goodie Mob, yes, these kings are still together, walked on stage to accept the award, and he was very humbled to have received the award in his hometown of Atlanta.
I love it when the stars show up to accept an award that they have won.Â Jill Scott, reppinâ€™ the 215, was there to accept her award for Best Female R&B/Soul Artist presented by Michael Baisden and B. Smith. I love Jill with an afro, however, Ms. Scott rawked a sleek, low-cut hairstyle, very nicely.
Lance Gross, Demetria McKinney, and my Soror, Keshia Knight Pulliam, looked fabulous as they introduced fly boys, Lloyd and Miguel as they did a double performance.
The Braxtonâ€™s blessed us with their presence as they introduced Mindless Behavior. These â€˜tweens gave us a spectacular, energized performance, not to mention, theyâ€™re such cutie mctudies.
Itâ€™s hard to believe that we were just watching Heavy D perform at the BET Hip Hop Awards in October.Â Now, at the Soul Train Music Awards, weâ€™re paying our respects due to his untimely death.Â The Heavy D Tribute had all the heavy hitters of hip-hop:Â Doug E. Fresh, Goodie Mob, Naughty by Nature, Daddy-O from Stetsasonic, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, and Kurtis Blow. The love for Dwight Arrington Myers will forever be strong and never forgotten because we got nothinâ€™, but love for you, Heavy.
Atlantaâ€™s own, NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey graced us with their beauty as they introduced performer, Anthony Hamilton.Â Basketball wives, Shaunie Oâ€™Neal and Tami Roman introduced Robin Thicke as he performed his new single, â€œLove After War.â€
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis escorted the beautiful, Valerie Simpson, as she presented the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter of the Year Award to the talented, Marsha Ambrosius for â€œFar Away.â€Â Marsha stated that she is from Liverpool, England and moved to Atlanta, and for her to receive this award in Atlanta, you could tell that this young queen was humbled and honored to accept the award. Not only because itâ€™s Soul Train, but because it was presented to her by a woman of such grace and beauty, Ms. Valerie Simpson.Â I know how you feel, Marsha. It all seems like a dream to have listened to such great music as a child, and here comes the time in your life when the person you’ve listened to as a child, presents you with the Songwriter of the Year Award. It all seems so surreal. Well, I havenâ€™t won an award, but you know what I mean. I felt your joy and humility. You earned it, Marsha, because you are an awesome songwriter.
With the show coming to an end, Malcolm Jamal Warner presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Earth, Wind & Fire. These legends have given us over 40 decades of great music.Â Many rappers and groups sample their music because it was and continues to be that dope. They gave us sounds that cannot be duplicated or even imitated.Â Â The kings of Earth, Wind & Fire sat in the audience as Zap Mama, Miguel, Musiq Soulchild, Bootsy Collins, Lalah Hathaway, Boney James, Eric Benet, Robin Thicke, Joe, Stokley from Mint Condition, and Cee Lo performedÂ a few of the groups’ greatest hits.
Other award winners were: Chris Brown for Album of the Year; Mary Mary taking home the Best Gospel Performance Award; Raphael Saadiq winning the Centric Award; and Best Soul Site Award, Necole Bitchie, who almost made me get in waterworks-mode with her red-carpet speech. Yes, it was that deep.Â You deserve it, Necole! If there was an award for best shoes, Ms. Bitchie wuda won that thang! I seent’chu, Boo! Read More »
Gossiponthis.com is reporting that the music video for â€œWe Are the World: 25 for Haitiâ€ debuted Friday night (Feb 12) during the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
This version of the song, featuring vocals from Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, Lil Wayne, Janet Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, T-Pain, Usher, Wyclef Jean and much more, is much more contemporary than the original but it fits todayâ€™s music era. The songâ€™s original writer and singer Michael Jackson also appears in the song and video (his sister Janet sings the first chorus with footage of Mike thrown in). They also kept one of MJâ€™s original parts and show footage of him singing it (Nice!).
The 25th Anniversary recording features over 80 artists and performers. The recording of We Are The World 25 For Haiti embodied the same enthusiasm, sense of purpose and generosity as the original recording 25 years ago. Every one of the artists who participated, regardless of genre or generation, walked into the room with their hearts and souls completely open to coming together to help the people of Haiti.
The video shows footage of Haiti and the efforts surrounding its repair, along with footage of the artists mentioned above and more recording the song in the studio. If MJ was here he would be so happy..
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TheYBF.com is reporting that about 100 celebrities hit Jim Henson studios in L.A. yesterday to re-record Quincy Jonesâ€˜ 1985 production of â€œWe Are The World.â€ Quincy and Lionel Richie came together to produce the 2010 version called the â€œWe Are The World 25 Years for Haiti.â€
The charity anthem â€œWe Are the Worldâ€ has been given a hip-hop, pop twist by 80 artists who have re-recorded the 1980s hit in the same Hollywood studio where the original was cut 25 years ago.
Pink, Natalie Cole, Kanye West, Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion, Brian Wilson and others stood shoulder to shoulder Monday night on risers at Henson Recording studios, singing in hopes of aiding Haiti.
Here is the original version of the song of Â We Are The World Feat. Michael Jackson Lionel Richie Cindy Lauper Steve Wonder Bruce Springsteen we are the world…
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