Live Performances

Feb
2
Beyoncé and Jay Z: ‘Drunk in Love’ at Super Bowl Party

Jay Z and Beyoncé

On the eve of Super Bowl XLVIII, Jay Z touched down at DirecTV’s “Super Saturday Night” party. The hip-hop icon, who performed “Suit & Tie” with Justin Timberlake at last year’s event, headlined the private concert at Pier 40 in New York City.

In addition to performing his biggest hits, he surprised the VIP crowd (including Jamie Foxx and Ashanti) by bringing out his wife Beyoncé to perform “Drunk in Love.”

Mrs. Carter strut across the stage in a sheer black Roberto Cavalli gown while singing their sexy duet, which the couple performed live for the first time at last weekend’s Grammys.

After sharing a hug and a kiss, Jay bowed to his wife, proclaiming, “All hail to the queen!”

Watch the Carters reign over Super Bowl weekend.

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Jan
31
TLC Touch Down at VH1 ‘Super Bowl Blitz’

TLC

It was a crazy, sexy, cool night in Manhattan on Thursday as TLC took over Beacon Theatre for VH1′s “Super Bowl Blitz: Six Nights + Six Concerts.” Following J. Cole in Queens and Janelle Monáe in the Bronx, T-Boz and Chilli performed an hour-long concert, which was streamed live online.

With some help from Doug E. Fresh, the best-selling female R&B group kicked off their spectacular set with “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg.” Clad in orange jumpsuits, they performed hit after hit including “What About Your Friends,” “Silly Ho,” and “Diggin’ on You.”

While they changed outfits, Doug E. Fresh delivered a medley of “The Show,” “Lodo Dodi,” “Teach Me How to Dougie,” and “Freaks.”

T-Boz and Chilli dipped back into their expansive catalog with “Red Light Special,” “Creep,” “Unpretty,” and “No Scrubs,” while their diehard fans sang along to every word.

The Boys Choir of Harlem and ballet dancer Misty Copeland joined them onstage for the grand finale of “Waterfalls” and their latest single “Meant to Be.”

Watch TLC touch down in NYC.

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Jan
30
Lauryn Hill Performs ‘Final Hour’ at Bowery Ballroom

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill doesn’t settle for ordinary. During her “Homecoming” concert at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, the former Fugee put a fresh spin on “Final Hour,” a track off The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The show occurred in November, but she has just released some professionally-shot footage.

“I have to make these things sustainable to perform,” Ms. Hill told the crowd. “‘Cause you wouldn’t want me to be like a robot, do the same thing every night.”

She will continue her “Homecoming Series” through February with upcoming shows in Red Bank, Charlotte, Atlanta, and Miami.

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Jan
30
Jay Z Brings Out Meek Mill in Philadelphia

Meek Mill and Jay Z

A day after presenting J. Cole with his original Roc-A-Fella chain, Jay Z brought out Philly’s own Meek Mill during his “Magna Carter World Tour” show in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Maybach Music MC performed his Dreams and Nightmares “Intro” and traded bars with Hov during “Ima Boss.”

“Make some noise for Philadelphia’s own Meek Milly in this motherfu**er,” said Hov, whose tour wraps Friday in Pennsylvania.

Meek responded, “Make some noise for the motherfu**in’ greatest of all time, H-O in this bitch.”

He was still reveling in the moment the next day. “Touching the same stage as hov gave me a hint I’m on my way,” tweeted Meek. “I use 2 dream of this shit ….. Prince x king.”

Watch him live out a dream in his hometown.

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Jan
29
Janelle Monáe Electrifies at VH1 ‘Super Bowl Blitz’

Janelle Monáe

A day after J. Cole rocked Queens, Janelle Monáe took the stage at Lehman College in the Bronx for night two of VH1′s “Super Bowl Blitz: Six Concerts + Six Nights.” The Electric Lady served up an energetic round of hits including “Dance Apocalyptic,” “Tightrope,” “Q.U.E.E.N.,” “Cold War,” and “PrimeTime.”

On Thursday, TLC will bring some crazy, sexy, cool to Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre with special guests Nelly and Doug E. Fresh.

Catch highlights from Janelle’s spirited set below.

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Jan
29
Jay Z Presents J. Cole With His Original Roc-A-Fella Chain

J. Cole and Jay Z

The Roc was in the building when J. Cole brought his “What Dreams May Come” tour to The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday. The North Carolina rapper, who celebrated his 29th birthday, was joined onstage by his mentor Jay Z, who performed “Public Service Announcement” and presented his protégé with his original Roc-A-Fella Records chain.

“It’s his birthday, but he giving out gifts. So I think it’s only right that you get a gift,” said Jay. “That on your neck is my original Roc chain and it’s yours.”

“This is unreal,” responded Cole, who thanked him and asked for one more birthday gift, that he perform “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt.”

During “Forbidden Fruit,” the birthday boy boasted about selling more albums than Kanye West’s Yeezus, rapping, “Fucked around and sold more albums than Kanye.”

Fresh from the Grammys, Kendrick Lamar surprised the crowd with his verse and also performed “Backseat Freestyle” as the crowd cheered.

Earlier in the day, Cole dropped his free mixtape Revenge of the Dreamers and announced his Dreamville label with Interscope Records. The first signee is Paris-born rapper Bas.

Watch Cole celebrate his birthday onstage with his friends and fans.

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Jan
28
J. Cole Kicks Off VH1 ‘Super Bowl Blitz’

J. Cole

J. Cole kicked off Super Bowl week and celebrated his birthday by headlining VH1′s “Super Bowl Blitz: Six Nights + Six Concerts” on Monday. Hosted by Nick Cannon and Stacy Keibler, the first of six concerts took place at Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College in Cole’s old stomping ground of Queens, New York.

The Roc Nation rapper, who turns 29 today, opened his set with “Trouble” and served up hit after hit including “Work Out,” “Crooked Smile,” and his latest Born Sinner single “She Knows.”

Before Bruno Mars plays the halftime show at Sunday’s big game, Janelle Monáe will perform with Big Boi at Lehman College in the Bronx on Tuesday and TLC will be joined by Nelly and Dougie Fresh at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre on Thursday.

Watch highlights from Cole’s pre-game set below.

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