Live Performances

May
26
Rita Ora Covers ‘Drunk in Love’ at BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend

Rita Ora

Cigars on ice. Rita Ora paid homage to her friend and idol Beyoncé with a cover of “Drunk in Love” during BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend in Glasgow on Saturday. Rocking colorful braids and a jumpsuit from her adidas collection, the blonde Brit performed her version of Bey’s hit as the audience sang and snapped along.

She also covered Coldplay’s “Magic” and performed new material off her upcoming sophomore album including “Get a Little Closer,” “Touch the Sky,” and “I Will Never Let You Down.”

In addition to Rita, her boyfriend Calvin Harris, Pharrell, and Katy Perry shared the bill at the weekend festival.

Check out her cover and full set below.

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May
18
J.Lo, Wiz Khalifa, YG, Trey Songz, & ScHoolboy Q Perform at PowerHouse 2014

Jennifer Lopez

Hip-hop and R&B’s biggest stars packed the Honda Center in Anaheim for the biggest West Coast concert of the year, PowerHouse 2014. Presented by L.A. radio station Power 106, Saturday’s star-studded lineup featured everyone from Jennifer Lopez to YG.

Sage the Gemini kicked things off with special guest Iamsu! followed by Juicy J, who turned the stage into a strip club with his turn-up anthems.

Trey Songz serenaded the ladies with his latest Trigga singles including “Na Na,” plus a cover of Chris Brown’s “Loyal” and his remix to Kid Ink’s “Show Me.”

Ahead of her performance at the Billboard Music Awards, Jennifer Lopez delivered a dance-heavy retrospective of hits including “I’m Real,” “Jenny From the Block,” and “Get Right.” She also premiered her new Diplo-produced song “Big Booty” off her upcoming album A.K.A., due June 17.

Nicki Minaj took it back to her mixtape days, performing with only a DJ, and brought out Soulja Boy for their collaboration “Yasss Bish!!!” (Watch her complete set here).

ScHoolboy Q and Isaiah Rashad repped for TDE, and Wiz Khalifa tore up the stage with “We Dem Boyz.”

With some help from DJ Mustard, YG closed out the evening with his West Coast bangers and some OG guests including Kurupt, Daz, and Warren G.

Earlier in the day, Iggy Azalea headlined the “New@2″ outdoor stage, performing her hit “Fancy,” and L.A.’s own Tinashe turned up the heat with her single “2 On.”

If you missed the live stream, catch some of the performances below.

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May
18
Nicki Minaj Performs at PowerHouse 2014

Nicki Minaj

It was all about Nicki at Power 106′s PowerHouse 2014 at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday night. Following sets from Jennifer Lopez, Trey Songz, and ScHoolboy Q, the head Barb commanded the stage with a stripped-down set that showcased her hip-hop roots.

A sound bite of Denzel Washington from Training Day played before Nicki emerged from the smoke to “Lookin Ass.” Wearing a Chromat cage bra, red Brian Lichtenberg skirt, and Guiseppi Zanotti ambush boots, the sexy rapper continued with “Chi-Raq” and her remix to “Danny Glover.”

When she was asked to perform at PowerHouse, Nicki told the crowd that she wasn’t prepared and wanted to stand out from fellow performers like J.Lo, Trey Songz, and Juicy J.

“I said what can I do? So I said, ‘Fuck it.’ I’ma go back to my mixtape days and come out with a motherfuckin’ DJ,” she said. “‘Cause there’s one thing they can’t do and that’s be the motherfuckin’ queen of hip-hop.”

Surprise guest Soulja Boy joined her for her latest song “Yasss Bish” before Nicki took it back with her biggest hits including “Super Bass,” “Starships,” and “Moment 4 Life.”

Watch her 30-minute set below.

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May
14
Lady Gaga Brings Out T.I. at Madison Square Garden

T.I. and Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga’s “artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball” touched down at Madison Square Garden in New York last night. During the sold-out show, the pop superstar brought out T.I. to perform their ARTPOP collaboration “Jewels N’ Drugs” for the first time together.

“Sold out @MadisonSquareGarden wit da homie @ladygaga finna #turnit #kingshit #aintshitlikeit #hustlegangovererrrrthang,” tweeted Tip, who cozied up backstage with Gaga.

He was unable to make it to London when Gaga debuted the song with Twista and Too $hort at the iTunes Festival last September.

Watch Mother Monster meet the King.

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May
12
Tinashe Sings National Anthem at Dodgers Game

Tinashe and Kid Ink

With her single “2 On” rising up the charts and even spawning a remix from Drake, Tinashe made her hometown proud with her patriotic performance at the Dodgers vs. Giants game on Friday.

Wearing a Dodgers jersey, the Pasadena-raised singer took to home plate at Dodger Stadium to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” earning cheers from the fans.

This is Tinashe’s second time singing the National Anthem at the Dodgers game. She previously performed it in 2012.

Her RCA labelmate and fellow L.A. native Kid Ink also repped Dodger blue by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. The “Show Me” rapper showed no signs of nerves as he threw the ball past home plate.

See Tinashe and Kid Ink put it down for their hometown.

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May
11
Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea Perform ‘Problem’ at Wango Tango

Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande brought her powerful pipes and some special guests to KIIS FM’s Wango Tango at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday. Clad in her mod black-and-white attire, the pint-sized diva performed a 15-minute set of her biggest hits including “The Way” and “Right There” with Big Sean.

For the first time, Iggy Azalea joined her onstage to deliver their collaboration “Problem,” which debuted at No. 3 this week. The Aussie rapper also treated the packed arena to her own hit single “Fancy.”

Saturday’s star-studded lineup also included Kid Ink, B.o.B, Shakira, Maroon 5, and Ed Sheeran.

Watch Ariana’s soaring set below.

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May
2
Ed Sheeran Debuts New Song ‘One’ Live

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran has sold out arenas across the world, but there was not a fan in the house when he debuted his acoustic song “One” live to an empty Wembley Arena in London.

The song is the first he penned for his sophomore album x, due June 23.

“I wrote it back in 2011 in Perth, on a guitar made out of a whiskey barrel,” said the British singer. “My first album was mostly about one person—this song is the last one about them. The rest of x is about moving on and the incredible experiences I’ve had since then. I can’t wait for you guys to hear it!”

The follow-up to his 2011 debut + features 12 tracks, with production from Pharrell, Rick Rubin, Jeff Bhasker, Benny Blanco, Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, and Jake Gosling.

During last night’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, Ed also performed “The A Team” and his new song “Don’t” from Hotel Café, the first venue he headlined in L.A.

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