TLC celebrated 20 years of history at the premiere of VH1‘s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story on Tuesday night in New York City. Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, who executive produced the film, were joined by the cast including Lil Mama, Drew Sidora, and Keke Palmer.
Chilli’s son Tron and T-Boz’s daughter Chase shared the special moment with their mothers, as well as the legendary Diana Ross, who showed up to support her son Evan Ross, who plays Dallas Austin in the biopic.
Other star sightings included Missy Elliott, Melanie Fiona, Kandi Burruss, Christina Milian, and Ne-Yo, who penned “Meant to Be” for the movie and TLC’s new album 20.
K. Michelle was overcome with emotion after attending the screening. “Keke Palmer, Drew Sidora, and Lil momma are truly killing these roles. I’m almost in tears. 2see these sister represent TLC is amazing to me,” tweeted the “V.S.O.P.” singer.
Questlove also shared his thoughts. “Wow: just left the #CrazySexyCool premiere. As a cat who scrutinizes music biopics, I gotta say: this was enjoyable. The uncanny-ness: scary,” wrote The Roots drummer.
CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story premieres Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. on VH1.
See more photos and watch TLC perform a medley of hits on “The View” below.
With their compilation 20 in stores today, TLC kicked off their release week with a performance on the “Good Morning America” Fall Concert Series.
T-Boz and Chilli staged a dance-heavy medley of their hits including “What About Your Friends,” “Waterfalls,” and “No Scrubs.” They were also joined by the stars of VH1′s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story—Lil Mama, Keke Palmer, and Drew Sidora.
“It’s just like a dream come true,” said T-Boz of seeing their lives play out on screen.
The best-selling female R&B group of all time also stopped by Power 105.1′s “The Breakfast Club,” where they defended Lil Mama, who crashed Jay Z and Alicia Keys’ performance at the 2009 VMAs.
“She didn’t do a Kanye West. She didn’t go up there and snatch a mic and be disrespectful,” said Chilli, who cast the 24-year-old to play Left Eye. “She was just standing on stage. Who cares? Get over it.”
Once the movie premieres on Oct. 21, she thinks people will look at her differently. “When this film comes out, people are gonna say different things.”
In celebration of their 20-plus year legacy, TLC keeps the memory alive on “Meant to Be,” the one new song on their upcoming album 20. The Ne-Yo-penned track also serves as the theme song for their upcoming movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which premieres Oct. 21 on VH1.
“This goes out to forever/ Through sunshine or the rainiest weather/ And no matter what, it will always be us together,” sings T-Boz.
Due Oct. 15, 20 features 13 of the group’s biggest hits including their four No. 1 singles “Creep,” “Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs,” and “Unpretty.”
T-Boz and Chilli are also working on an album of all-new material for release in 2014.
On Oct. 15, TLC will celebrate their 20-plus year legacy with their greatest hits album 20 (LaFace/Epic Records). The best-selling female group has revealed the cover and tracklisting for the project, which features 13 of their biggest hits including their four No. 1 singles “Creep,” “Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs,” and “Unpretty,” plus a new track written by Ne-Yo, “Meant to Be.”
The latter will be heard during the closing credits of the upcoming VH1 Original Movie, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which inspired the tracklisting for 20.
The made-for-TV film, which stars Keke Palmer as Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Drew Sidora as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, and Lil Mama as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, will premiere Oct. 21 on VH1.
To promote the album and movie, Chilli and T-Boz will appear on “Good Morning America” on Oct. 15, “The View” on Oct. 16, and “The Wendy Williams Show” on Oct. 17.
In addition to their greatest hits collection, TLC is working on a full album with all-new material to be released in 2014.
The iHeartRadio Music Festival returned to Las Vegas with a superstar lineup. Hip-hop, R&B, rock, pop, and country artists filled the bill at the two-day festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Friday’s concert kicked off with performances from Chris Brown, J. Cole, Elton John, Katy Perry, Queen, fun., and more.
Diddy got the show started by introducing Robin Thicke, who performed “Blurred Lines.” J. Cole brought out TLC and Miguel, Katy Perry performed “Dark Horse” with Juicy J, and Chris Brown delivered thrills with his dance-heavy set.
During an interview backstage, Breezy confirmed that his album X will be released in November. He also revealed the titles of two songs he wrote for J.Lo’s album, “Same Girl” and “Emotions.”
After presenting onstage, Kelly Rowland posed backstage with T-Boz and Chilli, J. Cole met Elton John, and Drake caught up with Katy Perry.
The festival continues today with performances from Drake, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Miguel, Danity Kane, Ke$ha, and more.
J. Cole joined a diverse lineup of artists including Elton John, Queen, and Katy Perry at last night’s iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. The Roc Nation MC brought his own special guests onstage during his set at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. He was joined by Miguel for “Power Trip” and surprised the audience by performing “Crooked Smile” with TLC for the very first time.
“I just happen to have on this song one of the greatest groups of all time that I grew up listening to and I’m honored to have them on the song, and I’m also honored to have them here with me tonight,” said Cole. “Ladies and gentlemen, make some noise for TLC.”
Chilli and T-Boz took the stage alongside Cole while singing the hook on his empowering anthem, sharing an embrace at the end.
“@JColeNC is tall greatness!!” tweeted Chilli.
The duo’s greatest hits album drops Oct. 15, while their made-for-TV movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story premieres Oct. 21 on VH1.
J. Cole sends a powerful message against the war on drugs in the short film for “Crooked Smile,” the TLC-assisted single off his sophomore album Born Sinner. A family gathering turns tragic in the cinematic clip, which was inspired by Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the 7-year-old girl who was killed in a Detroit drug raid in 2010.
Cole plays the young girl’s big brother. His parents and sister come over to celebrate her birthday, but cops end up raiding the house at night, arresting Cole for drugs and shooting the innocent girl.
Meanwhile, one of the police officers is shown in similar scenes with his daughter, who happens to be Cole’s sister’s classmate. Despite their different backgrounds, they’re more similar than they thought.
The National Anthem plays in the background while an emotional Cole looks through the back seat of a cop car as his sister’s body is carried out.
He dedicates the somber clip to Stanley-Jones with a message: “And please reconsider your war on drugs.”