Alicia Keys, Brandy, Ciara, Missy Elliott, & Keyshia Cole Celebrate Women at ‘Black Girls Rock!’

Ciara and Missy Elliott

It was ladies’ night as BET presented its annual “Black Girls Rock!” celebration at the Loews Paradise Theatre in New York City on Saturday. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, the star-studded affair honored the achievements of women of color with heartfelt performances, tributes, and special awards. This year’s honorees included Dionne Warwick (Living Legend Award), Alicia Keys (Rock Star Award), and Janelle Monáe (Young, Gifted, & Black Award).

Ciara thrilled with some new moves and new material off her upcoming album One Woman Army, and was joined by Missy Elliott for “1, 2 Step.” Brandy delivered a knock-out performance of “Wildest Dreams,” and Keyshia Cole tore the house down with her new single “Trust and Believe” off her upcoming album Woman to Woman.

Alicia ignited the stage with her female anthem “Girl on Fire,” while Luke James, Anthony Hamilton, and Eric Benét serenaded the ladies with “Wildflower.”

“Black Girls Rock!” premieres Sunday, November 4, on BET.

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Brandy Shoots ‘Wildest Dreams’ Video


With just days to go until her sixth album Two Eleven arrives, Brandy went in front of the lens to shoot the video for her second single “Wildest Dreams.” The 33-year-old singer braved the L.A. rain and got glammed up, giving her Starz a sneak peek on Twitter. She even invited some of them to the set to see her perform live.

“Rehearsing at the Wildest Dreams video shoot!! Yesterday was a movie!! Hats off to the Frank Gatson team and Matthew Rolsten!” tweeted Brandy, who was visited by her daughter Sy’rai and baby cousin Ethan.

The record, produced by Tha Bizness and written by Sean Garrett, was inspired by her boyfriend Ryan Press. “The song is just about me feeling like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe this is really happening,’” she told “He loves me for every personality I have. He loves me for every flaw. He accepts me as who I am and he can see me for who I am.”

If you missed our exclusive interview with Brandy, watch it here.

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Rap-Up TV: Brandy Talks Comeback, Frank Ocean, & Wedding Bells

Brandy is back. Eighteen years after releasing her multi-platinum debut, the R&B veteran returns to the charts with her biggest hit in 10 years, “Put It Down.” But despite her latest feat, there was a time when Brandy didn’t think she would ever have success again in the music industry.

“I actually thought it was over four or five times,” she told Rap-Up TV. “It’s been that dark for me at moments because when you’re off your path and you can’t find your way—you feel lost, you feel uninspired, you feel unfulfilled—to get this opportunity to reach my fans again and share music with them again, this is really a blessing.”

Her sixth album Two Eleven features today’s top hitmakers including Sean Garrett, Rico Love, Bangladesh, Chris Brown, and Frank Ocean, who wrote “Scared of Beautiful.” “He’s just a genius,” she said of the Odd Future member. “The song that he wrote, it just speaks to the fear of being the best version of you, the best part of yourself.”

Her current single, “Wildest Dreams,” was inspired by her boyfriend Ryan Press. So is Brandy headed down the aisle anytime soon? “I better see wedding bells in the future,” joked the 33-year-old singer, who would like to add a son to her family. “I’m focused on so much right now that even if I was to get my ring today, I wouldn’t be able to start planning a wedding until later.”

However, she does plan to tour in February and is eyeing a collaboration with Kelly Rowland, but she’s just waiting on Kelly to find the right song. “I would love for it to be a groove, so we can kinda do choreography in the video and make it hot and unexpected,” she shared.

Two Eleven arrives in stores and online Tuesday featuring the singles “Wildest Dreams” and “Put It Down” with Chris Brown.

New Music: Brandy – ‘Two Eleven’ [Album Snippets]

Two Eleven

The countdown is on to Brandy’s sixth album Two Eleven. With less than a week to go until its release, 30-second snippets have surfaced of the 14 tracks from the standard edition. The follow-up to her 2008 album Human features the Chris Brown-assisted single “Put It Down” and “Wildest Dreams,” with contributions from Frank Ocean, Sean Garrett, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, Bangladesh, Mario Winans, and Tha Bizness.

Brandy was happy with the response from her fans. “I just got my life from the comments on @BrandySource and also on twitter about the snippets!! So blessed that you all seem pleased!! Yay,” she tweeted.

Get a taste of Two Eleven before it drops on October 16.

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Brandy Puts It Down at Factory in West Hollywood [Video]


The camera phones came out when Brandy hit the stage at Hype Fridays at Ultra Suede at Factory in West Hollywood on Friday night. The R&B diva performed a short and sweet set consisting of her two singles “Wildest Dreams” and “Put It Down” off her upcoming album Two Eleven (Oct. 16). As the crowd cheered her on, she delivered some killer moves, hitting all the right notes.

She took a moment to speak to her fans, or Starz as she calls them. “I believe in Two Eleven and I just want to say with every fiber of my being, you are in for a treat when you get this album,” she said. “It’s unbelievable the people I worked with. I’m so happy that I have this opportunity once again to share what God gave me with you because it’s nothing without you guys.”

Last week, she previewed two songs off the album, “No Such Thing As Too Late” and “Let Me Go,” produced by Bangladesh and Sean Garrett.

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New Music: Brandy – ‘Let Me Go’


Brandy unloads another banger from her upcoming album Two Eleven. Produced by Bangladesh and written by Sean Garrett, the hitmakers behind “Put It Down,” the heavy-hitting record samples Lykke Li’s “Tonight.”

The R&B songstress sings about finding a man so good, she can’t let him go. “Love your cocky talk, damn your denims/ Make me wanna act like I just can’t remember/ If mama saw that side of me, she would be on Twitter, saying, ‘You know I didn’t raise you that way,’” sings Brandy.

The song is yet another taste from her album, due October 16. Earlier this week, she debuted the edgy ballad “No Such Thing As Too Late,” produced by Rico Love and Jim Jonsin.

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New Music: Brandy – ‘No Such Thing As Too Late’


Brandy preaches eternal love on “No Such Thing As Too Late.” The mid-tempo number, written and produced by hitmaking heavyweights Rico Love and Jim Jonsin, will appear on the singer’s highly-anticipated new album Two Eleven, due October 16.

“I can’t hold out any longer!!!” Brandy tweeted earlier today upon releasing the song for her Starz. In an interview with, the R&B songstress said she wants the track to be her third single.

“It’s a ballad, but it has a knock to it,” said Brandy. “Rico Love put his foot in this song. He put his heart and soul into it.”

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