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2 Chainz, John Legend, MC Lyte, & Swizz Beatz Honored at Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball

2 Chainz and Marsha Ambrosius

Old school met new school at the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball II sponsored by Heineken at Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. On the eve of President Obama’s inauguration, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, 2 Chainz, Maxwell, Meek Mill, and more gathered to celebrate their peers and hip-hop’s impact on the election.

2 Chainz, who launched Respect My Vote! to educate convicted felons on voting, cleaned up nicely in a suit as he accepted the street soldier award.

“Doing my thing on the charts is one thing, but to be honored on another avenue, it just feels like a blessing,” he told Newsday. “I’m keeping my head leveled and staying humble.”

His fellow honorees Swizz Beatz and John Legend were also dressed to impress in suits. Lil Mama sported blonde bangs as she joined Yo-Yo and Smooth in a tribute to her idol MC Lyte, who received the lifetime achievement award along with Doug E. Fresh.

Legend was on hand to accept the humanitarian award and spoke about hip-hop’s role in re-electing Obama.

“I think hip-hop had a role in making sure we elected a black president in America because we made it so that black people were in people’s homes through our music and through our culture,” he told Newsday. “I think it made Barack Obama and more people like him possible, so I’m really thankful for hip-hop and the role it plays in society.”

Meek Mill and Marsha Ambrosius also took the stage to perform. The British songstress entertained with “Butterflies” and “Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player),” joking that it was Obama’s favorite song.

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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Escape to Whistler for the New Year

Alicia Keys

The holidays are not quite over for Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz. The superstar couple packed their wintery gear and headed to Whistler, Canada, for a New Year’s vacation in the snow. The whole family made the trip including their son Egypt, Swizz’ two sons, and Alicia’s brother. They hit the slopes for some skiing and snowboarding, and visited an ice castle.

“Showing the boys that Sky is not the limits it’s just the View,” said Swizz as he posed for a photo with his sons.

Of course, he brought the party with him. “We don’t pop bottles we Chop Bottles #ICEPARTY 2013,” tweeted Swizzy as he opened a bottle of Cristal.

See more pics from the family’s winter in Whistler.

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Swizz Beatz Brings Out Alicia Keys, Diddy, & Busta Rhymes at ‘Girls Night Out’

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz

It’s showtime! Swizz Beatz brought out some of his superstar friends during “Girls Night Out” at Webster Hall in New York City last night. The super-producer was joined onstage by Diddy (“Same Damn Time”), Busta Rhymes (“Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See”), DJ Khaled (“All I Do Is Win”), and his wife Alicia Keys, who surprised him in the middle of “Everyday Birthday.”

“You just gonna pop up on my show like that?” said Swizz, to which Alicia replied, “I just figured I’d come say hi.”

She stuck around to perform her Girl on Fire single “New Day,” which her husband helped produce.

Watch some of the highlights below.

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Alicia Keys Honors Oprah at Black Ball Redux

Alicia Keys and mother Terri Augello

It was a family affair as Alicia Keys hosted Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball Redux at the famed Apollo Theater in New York on Thursday night. The fundraising gala, which assists those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India, was rescheduled from last month due to Hurricane Sandy.

The “Girl on Fire” was joined by her mother Terri Augello, husband Swizz Beatz, brother Cole Cook, and Swizz’ brother Andre King as she honored Oprah Winfrey for her philanthropic efforts.

“It’s a universal truth, Oprah makes change happen,” Alicia told the AP, while Oprah addressed her onstage. “You try to keep a child alive and I try to educate them as best as I can,” she said.

The Keep a Child Alive founder dueted with blues singer Bonnie Raitt on “I Just Can’t Make You Love Me.” Jennifer Hudson and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes also performed, while Whoopi Goldberg played emcee.

“Ok! 2night was just outrageous!!!” tweeted Alicia, who raised $1.3 million by the end of the evening.

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Alicia Keys Recalls First Impression of Swizz Beatz on ‘Nightline’

Alicia Keys

With a new family, album, and outlook on life, Alicia Keys sat down with ABC’s “Nightline” to discuss her evolution over the past decade. Now 31, the singer spoke about the two loves of her life, her husband Swizz Beatz and son Egypt, and took Cynthia McFadden on a visit of her old neighborhood in Harlem, where she wrote her first album.

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Swizz Beatz, Chris Brown, & Ludacris Perform ‘Everyday Birthday’ at AMAs

Swizz Beatz, Chris Brown, and Ludacris

Following an introduction from Brandy, Swizz Beatz turned the American Music Awards into an all-out dance party during his exhilarating set at Sunday’s show. As women bum-rushed the stage, Swizzy performed his dance-floor anthem “Everyday Birthday” in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the AMAs.

Chris Brown worked up a sweat as he showed off his fancy footwork, stripping shirtless before dancing in the aisles. Fresh from Europe where he was shooting Fast and Furious 4, a dapper Ludacris also joined the festivities.

Report to the dance floor.

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Mariah Carey, Ne-Yo, & Swizz Beatz Attend Nick Cannon’s HALO Awards

Mariah and Nick

Mariah Carey puckered up to her husband Nick Cannon at the 2012 TeenNick HALO Awards at the Hollywood Palladium last night. The pop diva was in the house to support her man along with his mother, a dapper Swizz Beatz, and Ne-Yo, who hit the stage for a performance. The HALO Awards (Helping and Leading Others) recognize teens who make a difference in their communities. The show will air Monday at 8 p.m. on Nick@Nite.

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