Live Performances

Jul
5
Nicki Minaj Lights Up Philly 4th of July Jam

Nicki Minaj

The fireworks weren’t the only thing lighting up the night on the 4th of July. Nicki Minaj helped America celebrate its birthday with an explosive performance at the Philly 4th of July Jam at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Friday.

Following performances from Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Hudson, and Philly’s own The Roots, the leader of the Barbz stormed the stage at the free fourth annual concert, which aired live on VH1.

Showing plenty of skin in a bra and black leather sweatpants, she opened with “Super Bass” and continued with her Pink Print single “Pills N Potions.” Her Barbz sang along to “Yasss Bish!!” and Nicki threw in some of her older hits including “Did It On ‘Em” and “Beez in the Trap.”

“Ya’ll know this has always been one of my favorite places to be,” she told her Philly fans, who lined up for hours to see her. “Since before my first album dropped everybody knows that I love ya’ll, I love your energy.”

She also treated the crowd to a rare performance of her Roman Reloaded cut “Freedom,” and declared her own independence.

“Happy birthday America,” said Nicki. “Today we’re free from everybody that tried to hold us back last year. ‘Cause if they didn’t succeed last year, they not gon’ succeed this year.”

She capped off her 20-minute set with the crowd favorite “Moment 4 Life.”

Watch Nicki celebrate the 4th in Philly.

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Jun
28
Future Brings Out Lil Wayne at L.A. Show

As part of the BET Experience, Future landed his spaceship at Club Nokia in L.A. during his “Honest” tour on Friday night. Following sets from TeeFlii, Rico Love (with special guest Tiara Thomas), and DJ Khaled, the Atlanta rapper hit the stage shortly after 1 a.m.

In addition to performing crowd favorites including “Same Damn Time” and “Turn On the Lights,” he brought out Big Sean (“All Me”) and Lil Wayne, who joined him for “Karate Chop” and “Love Me.”

Miley Cyrus and Usher were among the stars spotted backstage during the kickoff to BET Awards weekend.

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Jun
24
Nas Performs ‘Illmatic’ with Orchestra at Dave Chappelle Show

Dave Chappelle and Nas

Dave Chappelle set up shop at Radio City Music Hall for a 10-show engagement, which kicked off last week. After a surprise performance from Kanye West on Friday, the reclusive comedian brought out Nas during Monday night’s show.

Following Chappelle’s stand-up set, the hip-hop icon performed his groundbreaking debut Illmatic in its entirety with help from the Dave Chappelle Orchestra.

With just a DJ and drummer, he continued with his post-Illmatic classics including “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That),” “Hate Me Now,” and “Made You Look.”

“Epic Night,” tweeted Nas.

Chappelle will round out the week with performances from Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monáe, and Erykah Badu.

Watch Nas perform “N.Y. State of Mind” below.

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Jun
21
Kanye West Joins Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall

Dave Chappelle and Kanye West

There were plenty of jokes and even a surprise appearance from Kanye West during Dave Chappelle’s comeback show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City last night.

Fresh from Cannes, the hip-hop superstar appeared at the end of the reclusive comedian’s stand-up set to perform a medley of hits including “New Slaves,” “Jesus Walks,” and “Gold Digger.”

Chappelle’s 10-show engagement kicked off Wednesday and is set to include performances from Nas, The Roots, Janelle Monáe, and Erykah Badu.

Watch Yeezus and Chappelle share the stage.

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Jun
18
Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige Perform ‘Stay With Me’ at the Apollo

Mary J. Blige and Sam Smith

Mary J. Blige joined Sam Smith during his release show concert at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Tuesday night. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul dueted with the British crooner on his top 10 single “Stay With Me.”

“Last night was one of the greatest moments of my life. I love you @maryjblige,” tweeted Smith, to which Blige responded, “I love you too. U R Amazing & Anointed.”

Smith’s critically-acclaimed debut In the Lonely Hour dropped this week in the U.S. and is vying for No. 1 against Lana Del Rey.

Watch Smith share the stage with his idol.

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Jun
15
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea Perform Together in Chicago

Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea

Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea shared the stage at the B96 Pepsi Summer Bash in Chicago on Saturday. Following Iggy’s set, J.Lo brought out the Aussie rap sensation to perform their collaboration “Acting Like That” off J.Lo’s new album A.K.A.

Iggy’s mic was not turned on during her verse. “I was supposed to sing actin like that with JLo at summer bash today but some idiot handed me a microphone that wasn’t even turned on,” she said.

But despite the mishap, she still had a blast. “Watching this woman do her thing tonight was beyond impressive,” said Iggy, who presented J.Lo with the Icon Award at last month’s Billboard Music Awards.

“We had some technical difficulties when it was time for our song but hey, I still enjoyed the opportunity to stand on stage next to someone I’ve admired for a long time. @jlo you’re the most down to earth diva there is, always smiling & a true class act. wishing you so much luck for your album release!”

J.Lo even hinted at more performances to come. “Too much fun with my girl @thenewclassic tonight and #b96… cant wait to do it again,” she said.

Watch the divas do their thing and listen to their collaboration below.

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Jun
14
Drake Brings Out Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, & Tinashe at HAW Concert

Drake

Five years after selling out his first show in Houston, Drake returned to where it all began. Following his appearance at the Astros game on Thursday, the Canadian rapper headlined a show at Warehouse Live as part of Houston Appreciation Weekend. He was joined onstage by some of H-town’s finest including Slim Thug, Lil Keke, and Yungstar.

Lil Flip and Trae Tha Truth got the crowd warmed up before Drake hit the stage with “Draft Day” and “We Made It,” launching into songs off his debut Thank Me Later including “Karaoke” and “Miss Me.”

Travi$ Scott joined him for “Upper Echelon,” and he performed his remix to “2 On” with Tinashe and OB OBrien. Compton’s own YG brought some West Coast flavor with a performance of “Who Do You Love?”

The crowd went wild when Big Sean emerged for his verse on “All Me.”

“This guy right here has done so much for me over the course of my life,” Drake said of the Detroit MC. “If he needs me to perform at a three-year-old’s birthday party for nine hours, I’ll do that shit. I’ll fly anywhere in the world for this ni**a, I’ll do anything for this ni**a.”

Wiz Khalifa blazed the stage with his anthem “We Dem Boyz,” and Drake smoked with him for the first time onstage.

“I’ve never done this in my life before during a show,” said Drake as he puffed from Wiz’ joint.

He delivered crowd favorites including “0 to 100″ and “Worst Behavior,” but it was the Houston-inspired “November 18th” that drew the biggest response.

Watch highlights from Drake’s Houston homecoming below.

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