Live Performances

Oct
22
Sam Smith Wins Big at MOBO Awards; Jeremih, Jessie J, & Kid Ink Perform

Sam Smith

Sam Smith continued his breakthrough year at the 2014 MOBO Awards. The British sensation picked up four awards including Best R&B/Soul Act, Best Male Act, and Best Song for “Stay With Me” at the 19th annual ceremony at London’s SSE Arena Wembley on Wednesday.

Eve presented the Best Album to Smith for his critically-acclaimed debut In the Lonely Hour. “I just want to thank ever single person who wrote on my record with me and was my personal therapist for a good year,” said Smith, who dedicated the award to his parents.

Nicole Scherzinger served up her single “On the Rocks” off her album Big Fat Lie, which was released in the U.K. earlier in the week. Jessie J was joined by special guest Kid Ink on “Burnin’ Up,” and Jeremih had the crowd moving along to his top 10 hit “Don’t Tell ‘Em.”

K. Michelle turned heads on the red carpet in a bootylicious black dress, Eve arrived with her husband Maximillion Cooper, and Kid Ink brought his own hot date.

Other MOBO winners included Beyoncé for Best International Act and Jessie J for Best Female Act.

Check out more photos and performances below.

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Oct
22
DeJ Loaf Performs ‘Try Me (Remix)’ with Remy Ma, Jadakiss, & Styles P

DeJ Loaf and Remy Ma

It’s been a crazy couple weeks for DeJ Loaf. The much-buzzed-about newcomer signed to Columbia Records, released her mixtape Sell Sole, and last night, she headlined her first show at Santos Party House in New York.

Dressed in a gold jacket, the 23-year-old Detroit rapper performed tracks off the 13-track tape and brought out Remy Ma, Jadakiss, and Styles P for the remix to her underground hit “Try Me.”

Watch DeJ make her Big Apple debut below.

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Oct
17
DMX, Foxy Brown, Ja Rule, & Ashanti Perform at Def Jam 30 Concert

Ashanti, Big Sean, Ja Rule, and Aisha Atkins

Def Jam celebrated 30 years of hip-hop with a star-studded concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday night. The label’s past and present icons—from EPMD to Big Sean—united under one roof to perform some of their greatest hits.

Accompanied by Swizz Beatz, DMX tore up the stage with “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Where the Hood At,” and “Party (Up in Here).”

Ja Rule, who will star in MTV’s docu-series “Follow the Rules,” took it back with his Murder Inc. classics and brought out Irv Gotti and his former labelmate Ashanti for “Mesmerize” and “Always On Time.” The R&B princess stuck around to sing “Happy” and her debut single “Foolish.”

“This next record put me in the Guinness Book of World Records,” said Ashanti before performing the Biggie-sampled song, which spent 10 weeks at No. 1 in 2002.

Draped in a gold fur-lined jacket, a slimmer Rick Ross bumrushed the stage with French Montana and some twerking fans for “Pop That” and brought out Stalley for “One More Shot.”

Foxy Brown repped for her hometown with her classics “B.K. Anthem,” “Ain’t No Ni**a,” and “Get Me Home.”

Surprise guest Big Sean had the crowd singing along to his new anthem “I Don’t F**k With You,” Fabolous did his remix to “Hot Ni**a,” and 2 Chainz delivered a swagged-out set.

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Oct
12
Tamar Braxton, Jazmine Sullivan, & Keyshia Cole Perform at ‘For Sisters Only’

Tamar Braxton

The ladies showed out at V-103′s “For Sisters Only” concert in Atlanta on Saturday. Keyshia Cole, Jazmine Sullivan, and Tamar Braxron were among the R&B divas who headlined this year’s show at Georgia World Congress Center.

Jazmine brought down the house with her hits including “Bust Your Windows” and “Need U Bad,” as well as her new single “Forever Don’t Last” off her upcoming album Reality Show.

Fresh off the release of her new album Point of No Return, a casually-dressed Keyshia—rocking a hoodie and jeans—delivered a soulful set including her heartfelt ballad “Remember (Part 2).”

In between her hosting gig on “The Real,” Tamar Braxton touched down in ATL to perform her Future-assisted single “Let Me Know” for the first time live.

“#atlTamartians it’s always. Good time! Y’all gave ME life,” said Tamar, who is working on the follow-up to last year’s album Love and War.

Watch the R&B powerhouses rip the stage.

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Oct
6
Video: Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj Perform ‘Flawless (Remix)’ Live

Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj

Curvalicious. Beyoncé brought out Nicki Minaj to perform the “Flawless (Remix)” for the first time during the final two shows of the “On the Run Tour” at Paris’ Stade de France last month. Fan-filmed footage quickly made its way online, but now VEVO has premiered official video from the performance, which aired during Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “On the Run” HBO special.

Bey introduced Nicki by her real name, Onika, to the 80,000 fans in attendance. Sporting matching Versus Versace outfits, Nicki spit her bossy verse while Bey danced alongside her.

After it was over, Nicki gushed about the experience. “It was just very emotional for me to be there because I know it was a big show,” she told Skyrock FM. “It was the last bit of shows for Beyoncé and Jay Z, so I was very honored to be a part of it.”

Watch the queen of rap slay the stage with Queen Bey.

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Oct
5
Tinashe Performs National Anthem at Dodgers Game

Tinashe

Tinashe returned to Dodger Stadium for the second time in five months to perform the national anthem. Prior to Game 2 of the NLDS between the L.A. Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, the L.A. singer—clad in her Dodgers jersey—took the field to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Not only did she deliver a winning performance, but the Dodgers won 3-2.

“Great win @Dodgers!!! Thanks for having me sing tonight!” tweeted Tinashe, whose mother cheered her on from the sidelines.

In just two days, her debut album Aquarius will hit stores featuring the hit single “2 On” and “Pretend” with A$AP Rocky.

She recently shot a video for Kid Ink’s new single “Body Language” with Usher, and is featured on Calvin Harris’ upcoming album Motion.

Watch Tinashe knock it out of the park.

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Oct
4
Mariah Carey Kicks Off ‘Elusive Chanteuse’ Tour in Tokyo

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey touched down at Tokyo’s Makuhair Messe Arena on Friday for the first date on her world tour, “The Elusive Chanteuse Show.” The pop diva kicked off the evening with the O.D.B.-assisted remix to “Fantasy” and delighted the packed crowd with over 20 songs including her No. 1 singles, fan favorites, and new material off her latest album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse.

Of course, the show wasn’t complete without four wardrobe changes, wind machines, and photos of Dem Babies. Mimi also debuted her jazzy cover of Billie Holiday’s “Don’t Explain,” one of her personal favorites.

The tour continues throughout Asia this month before making its way to Australia and New Zealand in November.

Check out footage from opening night below.

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