Live Performances

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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Apr
28
Rita Ora Performs ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ Acoustic

Rita Ora

Rita Ora has been hard at work promoting her new single “I Will Never Let You Down.” In addition to “The Tonight Show” and “The Breakfast Club,” the blonde Brit visited SiriusXM, where she performed an acoustic version of the Whitney Houston-inspired song.

“I love the feeling of ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ and ‘How Will I Know,’” Rita told MTV News. “[Whitney] was a queen at doing love songs you could dance to.”

On Sunday, she also stopped by Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” where she dished to Andy Cohen about her boyfriend Calvin Harris and her role in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

Her sophomore album is due this September featuring contributions from DJ Mustard, Diplo, Macklemore, and Prince.

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Apr
28
OutKast Returns Home for CounterPoint Festival

OutKast

After kicking off their 20th anniversary tour at Coachella, OutKast returned to their home state of Georgia to close out the 2014 CounterPoint Music & Arts Festival on Sunday.

André 3000 and Big Boi headlined the three-day event at Kingston Downs in Rome, the second stop on their 40-plus festival trek, which also includes the BET Experience in L.A. and Drake’s OVO Fest in Toronto.

Despite the stormy weather, the hip-hop duo brought their infectious energy to the stage, treating the wet hometown crowd to their hits including “B.O.B.,” “Ms. Jackson,” “So Fresh, So Clean,” and “Rosa Parks.”

“It’s good to be back in the dirty, dirty,” said Big Boi. “ATL, you know what it is. We love y’all. … 20 years and we still here.”

Janelle Monáe, who was also on the bill, shook it like a Polaroid picture while André 3000 performed “Hey Ya!”

Watch the ATLiens bring it on home below.

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