T.I. Raps with LL Cool J, Hugh Jackman at Tony Awards

LL Cool J, T.I., and Hugh Jackman

From the trap to the Tonys, T.I. joined LL Cool J and host Hugh Jackman for a performance at the 68th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday. The trio kicked off the show at Radio City Music Hall with a hip-hop remake of “Rock Island” from the Broadway show “The Music Man.”

“First Hip Hop performance on #thetonyawards w/@troubleman31 @thehughjackman,” tweeted LL Cool J.

In addition to the King, Fantasia joined Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, and the cast of “After Midnight” for a performance of “On the Sunny Side of the Street” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing.”

Fresh from the L.A. PRIDE Festival, her fellow “American Idol” alum Jennifer Hudson belted out “Neverland” from the upcoming Broadway musical “Finding Neverland.”

Watch all the musical moments below.

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New Music: Michelle Williams f/ Fantasia – ‘If We Had Your Eyes (Remix)’

If We Had Your Eyes (Remix)

Michelle Williams’ single “If We Had Your Eyes” gets a shot of soul on the remix featuring Fantasia. The Destiny’s Child diva duets with the “American idol” champ on the inspirational tune.

Michelle is working on her fourth album Journey to Freedom with producers Harmony Samuels and Warryn Campbell, and released her second single “Fire” in September.

Hear the ladies take it to church with their spiritual song.

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Stream ‘The Best Man Holiday’ Soundtrack Featuring R. Kelly, Monica, Mario, & Fantasia

The Best Man Holiday

It’s going to be a very soulful Christmas. Some of R&B’s brightest stars spread some holiday cheer on the soundtrack to The Best Man Holiday.

The 13-song compilation features newly-penned material, as well as holiday classics, performed by artists including R. Kelly, Jordin Sparks, Mary J. Blige, Mario, Fantasia, Monica, Ne-Yo, Marsha Ambrosius, John Legend, Emeli Sandé, and more.

R. Kelly gets into the Christmas groove on “Christmas, I’ll be Steppin’,” Monica covers Judy Garland’s classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and Fantasia decks the halls on “What Christmas Means to Me.”

The movie hits theaters on Nov. 15, but you can stream the entire soundtrack in advance of its Oct. 29 release.

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Fantasia and Missy Elliott Perform ‘Without Me’ on ’106 & Park’

Missy Elliott and Fantasia

Fantasia graced the stage with hip-hop icon Missy Elliott during her performance on “106 & Park” on Wednesday. Dressed in all black, the ladies shut it down with a powerful performance of their ladies’ anthem “Without Me” off Fantasia’s album Side Effects of You.

The “American Idol” champ explained the inspiration behind the record. “When I recorded ‘Without Me,’ I was feeling some type of way,” Tasia told Bow Wow and Angela Simmons. “I got a little phone call and I remember going back into the studio like, ‘Yo, I need a record that’s gonna give me some club feel. I want to go a little hood, I want to get a little ratchet.’”

Fantasia has co-written a song for Lee Daniels’ The Butler soundtrack. “I just put my all into it, gave it some Baptist Church good feel,” she said.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Missy will perform during the first U.S. taping of K-Pop countdown show “M Countdown” on Aug. 25 as part of KCON 2013, a two-day fan convention at L.A. Memorial Sports Arena.

Watch Tasia and Missy perform their collaboration for the first time on television.

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Video: Fantasia f/ Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott – ‘Without Me’

Kelly Rowland and Fantasia

Fantasia shows a sexier side in the video for “Without Me” co-starring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott. Directed by Gomillion & Leupold, Tasia calls the clip her favorite yet. The ladies sizzle on screen with their fierce looks (Kelly slips into a bodysuit, Tasia flaunts her legs, and Missy rocks a faux hawk).

“The directors have captured Fantasia and myself in a video style that we’ve never done before,” Kelly told “Access Hollywood.” “Even the grittiness of the song is reflected in the video.”

The ladies’ anthem, helmed by Kyle Stewart, Harmony Samuels, Al Sherrod Lambert, Missy, and Fantasia, appears on Fantasia’s album Side Effects of You.

Watch the girls have some fun in the video below.

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Fantasia Shares Her Testimony on ‘Today’


Fantasia rose bright and early for her appearance on the “Today” show on Wednesday. The R&B songstress sat down with Kathie Lee and Hoda to chat about her roller-coaster ride following “American Idol.”

“I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s a part of my testimony and it made me the woman that I am today,” said Tasia.

Despite all she’s overcome in the past, she’s feeling back on top. “I’m in a great place now. You couldn’t give me a million dollars to take away what I feel right now,” she said.

Fantasia learned to speak Italian while opening for Andrea Bocelli. “It was a challenge for me, but I like challenges,” said Tasia, who duets with the Italian tenor at his shows.

She also left with a pricey parting gift courtesy of Kathie Lee.

Check out her visit to “Today” below.

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Fantasia’s ‘Side Effects of You’ Enters at No. 2


Fantasia emerges triumphant on the charts this week. The R&B songstress’ fourth album, Side Effects of You, debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

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