Brandy

Jan
19
Brandy Shares Struggles and Triumphs on MTV’s ‘This Is How I Made It’

Brandy

Before she topped the charts and became one of R&B’s leading ladies, Brandy was an insecure 8-year-old singing in the church with her family. The superstar singer reflects on her journey to stardom on MTV’s “This Is How I Made It.” She reminisces on her childhood, signing her first record deal, and looking up to her idol Whitney Houston.

“What she did to my soul when I first heard her sing, I didn’t believe that she was real. I didn’t believe that someone could actually sing like that,” said Brandy of the late legend. “I just wanted to be exactly like her.”

In school, she was picked on and had trouble fitting in. But she knew she was destined to be a star after dancing in the talent show and earning a standing ovation.

While she never had plans to be an actress, she took every opportunity that came her way. She eventually landed a role on “Thea” and signed a deal with Atlantic Records at the age of 14. After the success of her self-titled debut, she was tapped to lead the cast of the ’90s sitcom “Moesha.”

Despite all her success, she started to doubt herself later in her career. “I have a fear of not being great,” revealed Brandy. “I started to believe that I was really a has-been, that it’s over for me. But I learned everything about myself through tough times and struggles.”

Watch Brandy’s rollercoaster ride in the 9-minute episode.

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Jan
13
Alicia Keys, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, & Erykah Badu Salute Icons at BET Honors

Halle Berry and Alicia Keys

The ladies of music and Hollywood represented at the 6th annual BET Honors at Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. Brandy, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, and more were on hand to perform musical tributes to icons in the fields of music, literature, entertainment, media, and education.

This year’s honorees included Oscar winner Halle Berry, the legendary Chaka Khan, music executive and entrepreneur Clarence Avant, spiritual educator T.D. Jakes, and Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie.

Alicia Keys ignited the stage with a red-hot performance of “Brand New Me,” while the newly-engaged Brandy performed “Without You” off her album Two Eleven. Kelly Rowland presented the award to Chaka Khan, and Ledisi saluted the 10-time Grammy winner with a soulful set.

BET Honors 2013 will air during Black History Month on February 11.

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Jan
2
Brandy Talks Engagement, Wedding Plans, and Kanye & Kim

Brandy

Over the holidays, Brandy got engaged to music executive Ryan Press. Fresh from her trip to Hawaii, the “Put It Down” singer showed off her engagement ring and spoke about her wedding plans while hosting a New Year’s Eve gig at LAVO Las Vegas.

“I’m very happy. I’m definitely on cloud 11,” Brandy told PopStop TV. “At one point I gave up on love, so to have this feeling and for it to feel like the first time with the person I feel like God has created for me to be with, it’s just magical and I want it to stay like this.”

The couple hasn’t set a date yet, but they plan to keep the wedding local. “We have a lot of homies that probably won’t come if we do a destination wedding,” said Brandy. “I’ve definitely been imagining it and thinking about what it’s gonna be like.”

She also shared her excitement for parents-to-be Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. “I’m very happy for Kim and happy for Kanye. I was looking at pictures of them online. They just look so happy. I’m really happy for her.”

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Dec
28
Brandy Gets Engaged to Music Executive Ryan Press

Brandy and Ryan Press

Wedding bells are in Brandy’s future. Over the holidays, the “Put It Down” singer got engaged to music executive Ryan Press.

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Dec
25
New Music: Brandy – ‘How High’

Brandy

Brandy unwraps a gift for her fans on Christmas Day with “How High,” a previously unreleased song that did not make her album Two Eleven. The R&B songstress goes all in when it comes to love on the mid-tempo cut, which features a verse from her rap alter ego Bran’Nu.

“When you say jump, I’ll say how high/ I wanna touch the sky,” sings a lovestruck Brandy.

Catch the high below.

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Dec
16
Ciara, Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson, & Iggy Azalea Dazzle at ‘VH1 Divas’

Ciara

It was ladies’ night as VH1 presented its annual “VH1 Divas” live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday. Music’s leading ladies dazzled on the red carpet in their glamorous gowns before heading inside to honor some of the greatest divas of all time including the late Whitney Houston and Donna Summer.

Ciara was stunning in a shimmering black Pamella Roland dress. Kelly Rowland was gorgeous in green, while Keri Hilson kept it sexy and classy in a black pantsuit. Jordin Sparks was glowing in a studded gold number, and Australia’s blonde bombshell Iggy Azalea modeled a black Pucci number.

Check out all the fierce and fabulous pics below.

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Dec
6
Keri Hilson, Brandy, and Iggy Azalea Added to ‘VH1 Divas’

VH1 Divas

Make room for more divas. Keri Hilson and Iggy Azalea have been added to the list of performers for “VH1 Divas.”

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