Live Performances

Nov
22
Usher Brings Out Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, & Kid Ink at L.A. Show

Usher, Chris Brown, and August Alsina

Usher’s “UR Experience” pulled into L.A.’s Staples Center on Friday night with a slew of surprises. After bringing out Trey Songz in Chicago, the R&B superstar was joined by some more of his R&B brothers including Chris Brown, Jeremih, and August Alsina.

Kid Ink was up first, hitting the stage for their collaboration “Body Language” before Jeremih turned up on the remix to DJ Khaled’s “Hold You Down” and his own top 10 hit “Don’t Tell ‘Em.”

After opening for Usher earlier in the evening, August returned for “I Luv This Shit” with a surprise appearance from Chris Brown, who was greeted with roaring applause. Breezy then delved into “Loyal” while August captured the moment on his iPhone.

“Breezy, I don’t think they’re ready to turn all the way up,” said Usher before the two launched into their X hit “New Flame.” They wowed with their slick moves, and Usher showed off his abs, before hugging it out.

Watch the R&B heartthrobs’ swoon-worthy set below.

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Nov
18
Usher Brings Out Trey Songz and August Alsina in Chicago

Usher, Trey Songz, and August Alsina

Usher brought the “UR Experience” to Chicago’s United Center on Monday night, and he was joined by some special guests. After opening for Usher earlier in the evening, August Alsina returned to the stage along with Trey Songz to perform the remix to “I Luv This Shit,” and the ladies went wild.

“I went on tour with Usher a couple years ago. It changed my life,” Trigga told the crowd. “Make some noise for one of the greatest in the game—greatest there ever is, greatest there ever will be. I love you, boy.”

Usher also welcomed Rico Love, who penned several of his hits including “There Goes My Baby,” to perform his single “They Don’t Know.”

The “UR Experience” hits the west coast later this week before winding down on December 14 in Tampa, Fla.

Watch the R&B superstars touch down in the Chi.

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Nov
15
T.I. Brings Out Drake in Toronto

T.I., Drake, and P. Reign

During the Canadian leg of his “Paperwork Tour,” T.I. linked up with Canada’s own Drake in his hometown of Toronto on Friday night. He and fellow Toronto native P. Reign performed their collaboration “DnF” and Drizzy saluted the King.

“I would not be where I am in my career without this man right here,” said Drake. “This man gave me one of the most important talks of my life at one of the most important times of my life and his life. Those are words I’ll never forget. I want you to make some noise for T.I., the motherfu**in’ most legendary ni**a out here.”

With Tip and P. Reign by his side, Drake kept the hometown crowd on its feet with “0 to 100″ and his newest song “6 God.”

In related news, T.I. recently shot a video for his new Paperwork single “G’ Shit” featuring Jeezy.

Watch Hustle Gang meet OVO in T-Dot.

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Nov
11
Eminem and Rihanna Salute Veterans at ‘The Concert for Valor’

Rihanna and Eminem

In honor of Veteran’s Day, music’s biggest stars united in Washington, D.C. to pay tribute to the nation’s veterans at “The Concert for Valor.” The three-hour event, which aired live on HBO, featured performances from Eminem, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Dave Grohl, Zac Brown Band, and Carrie Underwood, with appearances from Jamie Foxx, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, and Tom Hanks.

Before a crowd of 800,000 at the National Mall, Jennifer Hudson kicked things off with a stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The powerhouse diva also joined Jessie J for a duet of David Guetta and Sia’s “Titanium,” and the British sensation stuck around to sing her hit “Bang Bang.”

Following an introduction from “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston, Rihanna—clad in a glittery cape—shined bright while singing “Diamonds.”

“Happy Veteran’s Day! I just want to thank you all, all the veterans, from the bottom of my heart for giving your time and your life for this country. We thank you, we love you,” said RiRi before dedicating “Stay” to them.

She closed out her set by bringing out Eminem for their duet “The Monster.”

“D.C., happy motherfu**in’ Veteran’s Day,” said Em before launching into his ShadyXV single “Guts Over Fear.” He dedicated “Not Afraid” to the veterans, and capped off the evening with “Lose Yourself.”

“To all the veterans in here tonight and everyone currently serving in our armed forces, and also to the ones who didn’t make it home, I just want to say thank you for your sacrifices,” said the Detroit rapper.

Watch Em and RiRi salute the troops.

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Nov
10
Big Sean Performs ‘IDFWU’ at Vevo Go Show

Big Sean

Big Sean showed love to his hometown of Detroit by performing a surprise Vevo Go Show. Hundreds of fans showed up to the Detroit Vs. Everybody store on Monroe St. after he tweeted the location. Once they arrived, he treated them to an intimate performance of his anthem “I Don’t Fuck With You,” while they stood behind the glass wall, singing along and taking photos on their phones.

“Detroit has an underlying soul that no other place has. I let that inspire me always,” said Sean. “To be able to perform so up close and personal in my hometown is perfect.”

This was Sean’s second Vevo Go Show. He previously performed his Finally Famous track “Celebrity” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.

Big Sean has collaborated with fellow D-town native Eminem on “Detroit Vs. Everybody” for the ShadyXV compilation, due November 24.

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Nov
3
Aaliyah’s 10 Greatest Live Performances

Aaliyah

With her unprecedented genre-bridging and -blending sound, established and often-emulated image, awe-worthy and idol-making dance moves, exceptionally abnormal good looks, and—by the numbers—two movies, one Grammy nomination, a handful of No. 1 R&B hits, and two double-platinum albums under her belt, Aaliyah was assuredly on her way to becoming a multi-hyphenated icon.

Sadly, tragedy cut her trajectory short when she died in a plane crash on August 25, 2001, at the age of 22, on her way home from shooting a music video in the Bahamas and just a mere month after releasing her self-titled (soon-to-be No. 1) album.

Old adages were not lost on Aaliyah; she was sugar and spice; she was who girls wanted to be and men wanted to be with; and she was, inarguably, gone too soon.

Here, we honor her life with her 10 Greatest Live Performances.

Be sure to check out the Lifetime Original Movie, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, premiering Saturday, November 15, at 8/7c.

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Oct
31
Usher Sings National Anthem at Cavaliers Game

Usher

In addition to a performance from Kendrick Lamar, Usher helped celebrate LeBron James’ homecoming in Cleveland on Thursday. The R&B crooner, who is part owner of the Cavs, took the court at Quicken Loans Arena to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before his team lost to the Knicks.

As Justin Bieber, Spike Lee, and David Beckham looked on, he belted out a soaring rendition of the patriotic tune while the players watched from the sidelines. Towards the end, the entire arena started singing along, making for an emotional moment.

Usher will head to Montreal tomorrow to kick off his “UR Experience” tour with August Alsina.

Watch Usher deliver a winning performance.

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