Macklemore & Ryan Lewis capped off a banner year by adding two KAWS Moonmen to their mantle. The Seattle duo won for Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Video with a Social Message and performed their single “Same Love” with Mary Lambert. Jennifer Hudson also made a surprise appearance, dueting with them on the powerful tune about same-sex marriage.
J. Cole and J. Hud joined forces to perform his single “Crooked Smile” at VH1’s 2013 Do Something! Awards last month in Hollywood. The Roc Nation rapper stripped down the inspirational song, while the Oscar winner filled in for TLC on the soulful hook.
Cole sampled Jennifer’s 2011 song “No One Gonna Love You” on the Born Sinner track.
“Performing with j cole was like performing with prince to me. He’s such a good guy. So honored!” tweeted J. Hud, who was recognized for her Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which was created in honor of her late nephew.
Watch them come together for the special performance.
VH1 celebrated do-gooders at the 2013 Do Something! Awards at The Avalon in Hollywood last night. Celebrities including Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kelly Osbourne, and Patrick Dempsey were honored for their social change leadership, while J. Cole and Sara Barailes provided the evening’s soundtrack.
J. Cole performed “Crooked Smile” with Jennifer Hudson, who filled in for TLC. “Performing with j cole was like performing with prince to me. He’s such a good guy. So honored!” tweeted J-Hud.
Ne-Yo honored an emotional Jennifer for the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which she and her sister Julia created to honor Jennifer’s late nephew.
“It warms my heart to see so many blessed from our blessings in honor of my nephew,” said a teary-eyed Jennifer, who dedicated the award to her sister. “It’s one thing to be a celebrity, but it means nothing if you can’t help somebody.”
Queen Latifah and Russell Simmons paid tribute to LL Cool J, who started a basketball tournament and summer athletic camp for youth in his native Queens, New York.
RedOne and Jennifer Lopez are enjoying success on the charts once again with “Live It Up.” After their history of hits, the two decided to take their relationship to the next level. Earlier this month, the Grammy-winning producer announced that he had signed the pop megastar to his label 2101 Records/Capitol Records and is executive producing her upcoming 10th album.
“The album is almost done. It has at least four or five bangers, incredible hits,” the Moroccan-born hitmaker told Rap-Up TV at the BMI Pop Awards.
Expect “everything” from the album, due later this year/early 2014. “It’s Jennifer Lopez, she’s done it all. From dance to urban records, so that’s what we’re doing,” he said. “We’re doing an album that has everything. She’s an incredible A&R herself, so she loves music, she knows what she wants, and I’m just helping her to do that album.”
While he and Lady Gaga have topped the charts with “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance,” he’s unsure if they will be working together again on Gaga’s upcoming album Artpop. “We’ve done half a song or song, but not that we’re working, absolutely not,” he said. “It might happen, it might not.”
However, he is lending his Midas touch to Jennifer Hudson’s new album. “It’s not dance dance, but it’s soulful dance. It’s very ’70s kinda style,” he said.
In addition to established acts, RedOne is working on music for his 2101 roster including Midnight Red, Mohombi, DJ Havana Brown, and Porcelain Black.
“American Idol” ended another season with a star-studded finale at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Thursday. The evening featured musical performances from pop divas (Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez), country crooners (Keith Urban and The Band Perry), and even the Queen of Soul, capping off with Candice Glover being named the winner of season 12.
Emeli Sandé dueted with Amber Holcomb on her hit “Next to Me,” while Angie Miller was joined by her personal idol Jessie J on “Domino.” The British singer made the trip from London to be there and invited Angie back to the U.K. to perform her single at one of her upcoming shows.
Before being crowned the winner, Candice proved why she deserved the title during a duet with “Idol” alum Jennifer Hudson. The songstresses showed off their powerful pipes with a soulful rendition of Natalie Cole’s “Inseparable.”
While she wasn’t able to travel to L.A., Aretha Franklin performed with the top 5 girls via satellite from New York. She sang a medley of her hits, while Candice, Kree, Angie, Amber, and Janelle filled in on background vocals.
Pharrell toasted 40 years of greatness with a lavish birthday bash at LIV nightclub at Fontainebleau in Miami on Friday. The birthday boy was joined by his friends and collaborators including Lil Wayne, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Leah LaBelle, Pusha T, and Teyana Taylor.
His Neptunes producing partner Chad played DJ, getting some help from Kermit the Frog. The crowd serenaded the music mastermind with “Happy Birthday” and presented him with a special cake, designed by Mina Kwon.
His i am OTHER artist Leah LaBelle saluted her mentor. “This man means so much to me. he made my dreams come true. i dreamed this 8 years ago. this is a true moment & my heart is so happy. happy birthday to the best mentor & big brother ever,” she wrote.
One famous fan who couldn’t make it was Tyler, the Creator. “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE COOLEST HUMAN TO EVER EXIST. WITHOUT YOU I WOULDNT BE WHERE I AM TODAY, ENJOY IT DUDE! FOREVER STAR TRAK,” tweeted the Odd Future rapper.
Check out photos from the star-studded celebration below.