Live Performances

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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Oct
31
Jeezy Brings Out Jay Z at Powerhouse

Jay Z and Jeezy

In between dates on his “Seen It All” tour, Jeezy touched down at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday for Power 105.1′s Powerhouse 2014.

During his set, the Snowman surprised the crowd by bringing out BK’s own Jay Z to perform “Seen It All.” Mr. Carter got in the Halloween spirit, wearing a Jason mask over his head, while trading verses with Jeezy. BeyoncĂ©, dressed in her own Janet Jackson-inspired costume, watched from backstage.

Before leaving, Jay Z issued a PSA: “I’ve got one announcement tonight: Real ni**as is back in style.”

In addition to the rap titans, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, J. Cole, Ne-Yo, Tinashe, and more graced the stage during the star-studded concert.

Watch Hov’s Halloween surprise below.

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Oct
30
Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran Perform ‘Stay With Me’ in Manchester

Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith

Ed Sheeran joined fellow Brit Sam Smith to perform “Stay With Me” at Manchester Albert Hall last night. The crowd went wild when the red-haired crooner hit the stage for a duet on the soulful ballad off Smith’s debut album In the Lonely Hour.

“So amazing to have this KING @teddysphotos on stage with me tonight,” tweeted Smith. “Such a wise and true friend to have. Love ya brother x.”

Smith will perform at the American Music Awards on November 23 and launch his North American tour in January.

Watch the crooners come together.

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Oct
25
Willow Smith Whips Her Hair in Brooklyn

Jaden and Willow Smith

Willow Smith wowed at the Fader Fort during the CMJ Festival in Brooklyn on Friday night. The singer, who turns 14 next week, performed to a packed crowd at Rubber Tracks and debuted three songs off her upcoming EP 3, which hits iTunes on November 10.

She brought out her older brother Jaden for “5″ and dueted with TDE’s SZA, who proclaimed her “the future.”

With Kendall Jenner looking on, Willow capped off her vibey set with last year’s “Summer Fling” and a rare performance of her 2010 breakout hit “Whip My Hair.”

“Thank you all for coming. I love you so much!” said Willow.

Watch highlights from her showcase below.

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Oct
25
Iggy Azalea, J.Lo, Pharrell, & Ariana Grande Perform at ‘We Can Survive’ Concert

J.Lo and Iggy Azalea

Pop’s biggest stars came together for CBS Radio’s “We Can Survive” concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday. Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift, and more all rocked the stage.

On the eve of her “SNL” performance, Iggy served up her hits “Fancy” and “Black Widow,” and brought out surprise guest J.Lo for their rump shaker “Booty.”

“So many of these people, almost all of these people, I grew up being massive fans of, particularly Pharrell and Gwen and J.Lo,” Iggy told CBS2/KCAL9.

Sporting her signature cat ears, Ariana brought down the house with her powerful pipes and hits including “Problem” and “Bang Bang,” on which she rapped some of Nicki Minaj’s verse.

A pregnant Alicia Keys, who is a couple months away from giving birth, delivered her empowering anthem “We Are Here.”

Pharrell closed out the star-studded evening with an upbeat set of past and present hits, from “Frontin’” to “Happy.” He was also joined by fellow “Voice” coach Gwen Stefani for “Hollaback Girl,” and teased their new collaboration “Spark the Fire.”

The benefit concert capped off with a dazzling fireworks display. A portion of the proceeds will support Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Young Survival Coalition.

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Oct
24
PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake Perform ‘Recognize’ at S.O.B.’s

PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake

On the eve of his 28th birthday, Drake turned up with PARTYNEXTDOOR during his first NYC show at S.O.B.’s on Thursday night. After joining him onstage during the tour kickoff in Montreal earlier this month, Drizzy and his OVO Sound signee performed “Recognize” for the packed crowd, while PND pleased with other material off his album PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO.

Drake told his fellow Canadian to soak it all in. “It’s moments like tonight that you’ll never forget, my man,” he said, adding, “Even though it’s my birthday at midnight, I just want to let you know that I’m proud to be here with this guy, ’cause it’s your night tonight, boy.”

PND’s “PARTYNEXTDOOR Live” tour continues through November 22 with stops in Miami, Atlanta, Toronto, and L.A.

Watch OVO put it down at S.O.B.’s.

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Oct
23
Jennifer Lopez Performs Dance Medley at We Day Vancouver

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez celebrated the power of youth with a dazzling performance at We Day Vancouver, the annual event honoring young people who create positive change around the world.

Following an introduction from host Selena Gomez, the pop superstar/philanthropist closed out the show with a dance medley of hits including “Let’s Get Loud,” “On the Floor,” “Get Right,” and her latest hit “Booty.”

“Ya’ll think it’s over ’cause it ain’t over,” said J.Lo before showing out with her dance moves.

She applauded the students for their hard work. “You make the world a better place,” she said. “I am very proud of you all.”

J.Lo is reportedly close to inking a $26 million deal for her own Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood.

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