It was far from a silent night at The Grove in L.A. Some of R&B’s biggest stars kicked off the holiday season at the shopping center’s 11th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday. The festive evening featured performances from Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, CeeLo Green, Jewel, Il Volo, and more.
After appearing on HSN earlier in the day, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul spread some cheer while singing songs off her holiday album A Mary Christmas. At one point, she flubbed the lyrics to “My Favorite Things” and stopped midway before returning to the stage to redo the performance.
Toni Braxton and Babyface teamed up for their sultry duet on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
CeeLo Green, dressed for summer in a white tee and shorts, rocked around the 100-foot Christmas tree with seasonal tunes including “This Christmas.”
The evening capped off with a fireworks spectacular. The performances will air at a later date on a local L.A. station.