It was a soulful night on BET as the network aired its holiday special “A Very BET Christmas.” Looking elegant in a white gown, Monica took it to church with a cover of Yolanda Adams’ “O Holy Night,” Robin Thicke spiced up the classics “White Christmas” and “Merry Christmas Baby,” newcomer Elle Varner paid tribute to Donny Hathaway with “This Christmas,” Mindless Behavior unwrapped their holiday single “Christmas With My Girl,” Lloyd debuted a new Christmas tune, and the legendary Kurtis Blow closed with “Christmas Rappin’.”
A dapper Lloyd channeled Michael Jackson during “She’s All I Want for Christmas.” “It was my turn to take a stab at all the great Christmas music I grew up listening to,” he said. “It was people like Michael Jackson, like Sam Cooke who really inspired me to want to do this in the first place.”
Monica explained her choice of song. “I sang ‘O Holy Night’ which was a song that my aunt sang for many years, but I did the Yolanda Adams version because she’s somebody that’s inspired me over the years,” said Mo. “Southern girls believe in celebrating all the holidays.”
Fill your cup with Christmas cheer by watching the festive performances below.
Forget the presents. This Christmas, Mindless Behavior is only wishing for one thing—spending the holidays with their girls. The teen heartthrobs—Prodigy, Princeton, Ray Ray, and Roc Royal—warm up for the season with their festive single “Christmas With My Girl.” Fourteen-year-old Ray Ray dreams of kissing a “cocoa goddess” under the mistletoe, while Roc Royal raps about coupling up fireside. Ladies, get in line.
Mindless Behavior has captured America’s attention and the hearts of thousands of young female fans with their debut album #1 Girl. With co-signs from the likes of Lady Gaga, LL Cool J, and Ciara, and a slot on Janet Jackson’s “Number Ones” tour, the R&B sensations are making moves well beyond their teen years. Rap-Up TV caught up with MB on a day off from their “Scream” tour with Diggy Simmons.
Ray Ray, Prodigy, Princeton, and Roc Royal played cool while speaking about touring with the iconic Janet Jackson and the parting gifts she gave them. “She said we’re like a young version of her brothers back in the day,” said Roc.
They also revealed which celebrities made them starstruck (Hint: One lives in the White House), their craziest fan encounters, and celebrity crushes. Can you guess which member has the hots for Nicki Minaj?
#1 Girl is in stores now featuring the singles “My Girl” and “Mrs. Right.”
Pandemonium erupted during Mindless Behavior’s jam-packed release week. After making appearances on “Good Morning America” and “The Wendy Williams Show,” music’s newest heartthrobs shut down the streets of Brooklyn with an impromptu performance at Basement Mix. Fans lined the block for a chance to meet and take pictures with the teen sensations as they promoted their debut album #1 Girl featuring the Diggy Simmons-assisted single “Mrs. Right.” Fire marshalls forced them to cancel a previous signing at FYE after thousands of kids showed up.
During their visit to “106 & Park,” Ciara called in to praise the quartet, who she collaborated with on the remix to “#1 Girl.” “Those are my babies. This moment is all about them,” said CiCi. “I’m so excited for them. They’re such little superstars and I know it’s a big week for them—their first album is coming out—and I know how crazy that can be and how fun it can be.”
Watch Prodigy, Roc Royal, Ray Ray, and Princeton show off their moves while performing on “Wendy,” below.
Ciara was the surprise guest during Mindless Behavior’s show on the “Closer to My Dreams” tour at Boston’s House of Blues. The R&B singer came out to support the young heartthrobs, singing and dancing along to the remix of their single “My Girl.” “Me and @MindlessBhavior back stage! They’re so adorable! Showtime! Ow!” tweeted CiCi. Watch them kick it on stage.
Mindless Behavior is looking for “Mrs. Right” in the video for their new single. The young heartthrobs—comprised of Ray Ray, Princeton, Prodigy, and Roc Royal—travel the globe right from their classroom, impressing the ladies with their fancy footwork. Helmed by Rush Hour director Brett Ratner, LL Cool J plays their geography teacher, Mike Epps makes a cameo as the janitor, and Diggy Simmons busts out a few moves at a pep rally. Smells like teen spirit.
R&B quartet Mindless Behavior gets caught up in young love in the remix video for “My Girl,” the first single from their forthcoming debut #1 Girl. Thirteen year olds Prodigy, Roc Royal, Ray Ray, and Princeton team up with Ciara and Young Money’s Tyga and Lil Twist as they show off their dance moves in an abandoned warehouse.
“They’re naturally stars,” Ciara said of the group, who was discovered by Vincent Herbert (Lady Gaga). “Their personality just shines without them doing anything, so I would tell them to keep being themselves and live in this moment, enjoy it, and be kind to the ladies too.”