TV Appearances

Ashanti Performs Throwback Medley on ‘GMA’


Ashanti kicked off Easter weekend with a visit to “Good Morning America.” The R&B songstress took over the indoor studio in Times Square to perform “Runaway” and “Scars” off her No. 1 independent album Braveheart.

She also took it back with a throwback medley of her hits including “Foolish,” “Always on Time,” “What’s Luv?” and “Happy,” while Robin Roberts and some young fans looked on.

In addition to music, Ashanti has been keeping busy with her acting career. She recently shot a sci-fi TV movie in Canada and will star alongside Michelle Pfeiffer in a film this summer.

Watch Ashanti tear up the stage with something new and old.

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B.o.B and Priscilla Perform ‘John Doe’ on ‘Today’

Priscilla and B.o.B

B.o.B paid a visit to “Today” on Friday for a performance on the Toyota Concert Series. With some help from singer-songwriter Priscilla, the Hustle Gang MC rocked Rockefeller Plaza while performing his anti-addiction anthem “John Doe.” Wearing metallic sneakers, B.o.B played the guitar and spoke about his latest album Underground Luxury.

“This album, being that it’s my third album, I just really wanna show people the side of me that usually would get on a mixtape,” said B.o.B.

Set off your weekend with some help from Bobby Ray.

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Anthony Lewis Performs ‘Candy Rain’ on ‘Queen Latifah Show’

Anthony Lewis

With his song gaining spins on radio, Anthony Lewis stopped by “The Queen Latifah Show” this week to perform his remake of Soul for Real’s 1994 hit “Candy Rain.”

Accompanied by rapper Billy Bang, the 17-year-old YouTube sensation made the ladies swoon as he showed off his slick moves inspired by his idol Michael Jackson.

Lewis, whose father was a member of ’90s R&B group Az Yet, first realized his vocal ability at age 6 and decided to share his talent through his YouTube covers of BeyoncĂ© and Frank Ocean.

Watch the rising star make his television debut and check out the official video for “Candy Rain” below.

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Pharrell Gets Emotional During Oprah Interview

Pharrell and Oprah

Pharrell has had a tremendous year. After winning four Grammys and performing at the Academy Awards, the humble hitmaker sat down with Oprah Winfrey on “Oprah Prime,” which aired Sunday on OWN.

While watching fans around the world dance to his hit “Happy,” the 41-year-old was overcome with emotion and broke down in tears.

“It’s overwhelming because I love what I do and people have believed in me for so long that I can make it to this point, to feel that,” said Pharrell.

He also opened up about the obstacles he faced while trying to launch a solo career. “I had accepted that I was gonna be a writer and a producer, and I was happy to be the guy standing next to the guy,” he said.

He looked to Jay Z and Puff Daddy for mentorship, but realized that he wasn’t serving his purpose. “I misinterpreted what Jay was doing. I wanted the private jets, the girls.”

Plus, find out what music he grew up listening to, his ability to see music in colors, and the book that changed his life.

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Ed Sheeran Performs on ‘SNL’

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran made the trek across the pond to New York for his first appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” Following an introduction from host Seth Rogen, the 23-year-old British crooner performed his Pharrell-produced single “Sing” while strumming the guitar.

He also debuted a new acoustic jam called “Don’t” off his upcoming sophomore album x (pronounced multiply), due June 23.

His album, which features production from Rick Rubin and Benny Blanco, is now available for pre-order on iTunes.

Watch Ed make his “SNL” debut below.

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Drake Goes in Disguise for Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘I Witness News’


Social media has not always been kind to Drake, but what would happen if he met his critics face-to-face? The Toronto rapper set out to see what people really thought of him, teaming up with “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for his own version of “Lie Witness News.”

After donning a disguise of a wig, beard, and glasses, the host of this year’s ESPYs went undercover as a reporter on Hollywood Blvd., asking pedestrians what they thought about him. The responses ranged from downright mean to hilarious.

One kid didn’t even realize Drake was interviewing him until he removed the disguise, and his reaction was priceless.

See Drizzy face his critics head-on in “I Witness News.”

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Pharrell Gets a Giant Hat From Ellen

Pharrell Williams and Ellen

Pharrell is everywhere. Following his appearances on “SNL” and “GMA” earlier in the week, the Oscar-nominated hitmaker stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday, where he performed “Happy” and his latest G I R L single “Marilyn Monroe” with some female dancers.

He also showed off his Swarovski-studded Stan Smith sneakers and discussed his nine Billboard Music Awards nominations, his love for women, and equality for everyone.

“Who are you telling who they can marry and who they can’t?” said Pharrell. “This is 2014.”

Ellen also presented him with a giant brown hat, but Pharrell realized that it might draw comparisons to something less PG.

“This might be a lot online,” he laughed.

Plus, he helped Ellen surprise the young students at Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences with a $50,000 check.

Expect to see even more of Pharrell in the coming days. He will perform at Coachella on Saturday and sit down with Oprah on OWN’s “Oprah Prime” on Sunday.

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