Live Performances

Sep
12
Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj Perform ‘Flawless’ Remix at ‘On the Run Tour’ in Paris

Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé

Queen Bey was joined by the queen of rap during the “On the Run Tour” in Paris on Friday. Nicki Minaj hit the stage to perform the “Flawless (Remix)” with Beyoncé for the first time live. Matching Bey in Versus Versace, Nicki spit her explosive verse as the words “curvalicious” and “delicious” appeared on the giant screen behind her.

The concert was taped for an HBO special, which will air on Saturday, September 20.

“The QUEEN, could never thank you enough,” tweeted Nicki, who posed for a selfie with Bey.

It’s rumored that the ladies are shooting a video for the song while in Paris. Nicki posted a photo of her and director Francesco Carrozzini on set.

Watch some of the concert footage below.

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Sep
4
Ariana Grande Performs National Anthem at NFL Kickoff Game

Ariana Grande

Before the Green Bay Packers took on the Seattle Seahawks, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande touched down with pre-game performances at Thursday’s NFL season opener.

Rocking a rhinestone-studded Seahawks jersey, the pop diva belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the field while both teams looked on from the sidelines.

“Your rendition got the best of us. At least the important one of us got it right. #Kickoff2014FauxPas,” tweeted the Seahawks, who were down 3-7 in the first quarter.

Ariana’s sophomore album My Everything topped the charts this week with 169,000 copies, becoming her second No. 1 album in less than a year.

Her boyfriend Big Sean congratulated her, writing, “2 #1 albums within a year! Congrats to Ari.”

Watch Ariana soar with her patriotic performance.

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Sep
4
Jeezy Celebrates Album Release with Remy Ma, Future, & Bobby Shmurda

Jeezy

It was a chilly night in Manhattan on Wednesday as Jeezy celebrated the release of his new album Seen It All: The Autobiography. The Snowman was joined by some of his famous friends and even made it snow during the star-studded concert at Stage 48.

“If you’ve been riding with me since the beginning, we gon’ take a motherfu**in’ journey,” he told the crowd. “We still standing here, standing tall, and that’s why we seen it all.”

He then launched into “Soul Survivor” with Akon and brought out Future for “Move That Dope” and their new collaboration “No Tears.”

Remy Ma stormed the stage for “Whuteva” and her remix to DJ Khaled’s “They Don’t Love You No More.”

“10 years ago today, this song right here was No. 1 in the country,” she said before performing “Lean Back.”

Bobby Shmurda hit the stage with his New York anthem “Hot Ni**a,” and several members of G-Unit were also spotted backstage.

Watch highlights from the celebration below.

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Sep
1
Pharrell Williams Spreads Sunshine at Made in America Festival

Pharrell

Like a gust of wind, Pharrell Williams stormed the stage on Day 2 of the Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia on Sunday. Despite the wet weather, which delayed his set about an hour, The Neptunes hitmaker spread some sunshine with his feel-good hits. Wearing a red bandana and red Bee Line x Timberland boots, he opened with “Lose Yourself to Dance.”

He and his all-female dancers, the Baes, grooved to his G I R L singles “Come Get It Bae” and “Marilyn Monroe,” and took it back with some classics including “Frontin’” and “Rock Star.”

“I’m really disappointed that they did not let the press back out here to see what it looks like in Philadelphia for 100,000 people to be happy at one time,” he said before closing with “Happy.”

Watch Skateboard P’s 50-minute set below.

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Aug
31
Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, & Iggy Azalea Invade Made in America Festival

Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar

The Budweiser Made in America Festival touched down in Philadelphia and Los Angeles over Labor Day weekend. The two-day concert event returned to Philly’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday and brought with it an all-star lineup including J. Cole and Kanye West, who closed out the Day 1 festivities with “Black Skinhead,” “Runaway,” and “New Slaves.”

On the West Coast, Hit-Boy and YG repped for their hometown crowds. Fans filled the streets of downtown L.A. to catch the Compton rapper performing his hits including “My Hitta” and “Who Do You Love,” with DJ Mustard on the turntables.

Fresh off her VMA performance, Iggy Azalea graced the steps of L.A.’s City Hall with “Pussy,” “Fancy,” and “Black Widow,” on which she was joined by fellow blonde bombshell Rita Ora.

As the temperature cooled down, TDE came and conquered the main stage with Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q. Kendrick Lamar capped off the 75-minute set with “Poetic Justice” and “m.A.A.d city,” and brought out Q for “Collard Greens.”

SZA, Rita Ora, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, and Kanye West will close out Day 2 in L.A., while Pharrell and YG take on Philly.

Watch the performances and see backstage photos from Day 1 below.

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Aug
30
Tinashe Performs ‘Pretend’ in Paris

Tinashe

With her DJ Mustard-produced single “2 On” already a hit in the U.S., Tinashe brought her campaign overseas to Europe.

In addition to performing at the Reading Festival and XOYO in London, the L.A. singer staged a showcase at Paris’ La Maroquinerie. She treated her European fans to the first performance of her A$AP Rocky-assisted single “Pretend,” along with her mixtape cuts “Midnight Sun,” “Vulnerable,” and “Boss.”

During her trip overseas, she also busted out some dance moves to Rae Sremmurd’s new single “No Type” in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Her debut album Aquarius arrives October 7 featuring contributions from Future, Dev Hynes, Jasper, and Stargate. Check out the cover art and tracklisting here.

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Aug
27
Drake Brings Out Bobby Shmurda at New Jersey Show

Drake and Bobby Shmurda

After doing the Shmoney Dance while hosting the ESPYS last month, Drake brought out the man himself, Bobby Shmurda, during the “Drake Vs. Lil Wayne” tour in Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday night.

The Brooklyn rapper invaded the stage with his crew and performed his street anthem “Hot Ni**a” while Drizzy did the Shmoney Dance and provided ad-libs.

“Ah ah ahh New Jersey we had fun @champagnepapi preciate the love my brother,” tweeted Bobby.

Watch him Shmurda the stage.

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