TV Appearances

Elle Varner Performs ‘Cold Case’ on ’106 & Park’

Elle Varner

All eyes were on Elle Varner when she visited “106 & Park” on Monday. The R&B songstress strut onto the stage in a short fringe dress, but she wasn’t always used to getting attention from guys.

“I’m still a dork,” said Elle, who was overweight in high school. “Sexy or not, I’m a sexy nerd.”

The BET Music Matters star is getting personal on her upcoming sophomore album 4 Letter Word.

“It’s an open letter. It’s my heart. It’s my feelings. It’s my growth,” she said of the follow-up to her 2012 debut Perfectly Imperfect. “I talked about a lot of the coming-of-age things that girls go through and now I’m a young woman and going through different stuff, so you’ll hear about it.”

She also coined her own style that she calls “trap jazz.”

“It’s the product of a girl who grew up listening to Ying Yang Twins and Ella Fitzgerald,” she said. “I like to keep the beat rocking, but I have those jazzy vocals. I can’t get away from that.”

Watch her performance of “Cold Case” below.

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Jennifer Lopez Performs ‘First Love’ on ‘Fallon’

J.Lo and Jimmy Fallon

On the eve of her album release, Jennifer Lopez stopped by “The Tonight Show” for Jimmy Fallon’s first show at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.

Following their “Tight Pants” sketch last week, J.Lo sat down on the couch to discuss the viral sensation, which has everyone talking.

“My daughter is doing it now,” said J.Lo.

She also discussed her performance with Pitbull at the World Cup in Brazil and working with Iggy Azalea on “Acting Like That.”

“She’s very cool,” said J.Lo of the Aussie rapper.

Plus, she hit the outdoor stage to perform her single “First Love” off her new album A.K.A.

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Lil Boosie Performs on ‘SKEE Live’

Lil Boosie & DJ Skee

Lil Boosie hit the West Coast this week for his first national television performance since being released from prison. The Baton Rouge rapper took the stage on “SKEE Live” to perform his hits including “Smoking on Purple” in front of a live audience at L.A. Live.

During his sit-down with DJ Skee, he reflected on his time in prison and how it’s changed his outlook on life. “It just made me a better person,” he said, “and it made me understand, I can’t mess up and do stupid stuff, lil’ small mistakes, because they gon’ try to slam me to the cross.”

Boosie is gearing up to release his post-prison album Touchdown 2 Cause Hell on July 15.

“SKEE Live” airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on AXS TV.

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Trina Performs Medley on ’106 & Park’


Trina took a trip down memory lane during her visit to “106 & Park.” In honor of Throwback Thursday, the Diamond Princess hit the stage (in a bedazzled outfit, no less) to perform a medley of her biggest hits including “B R Right, “Pull Over,” “One Minute Man,” “Single Again,” and “Da Baddest Bitch.”

She also revealed that she has a new perfume launching at the end of the year and is working on her sixth album.

“This time, I just wanted to bring a little more growth and a little more of me into the album,” she said. “But it’s gonna be crazy, it’s gonna be blazin’, it’s gonna be sexy, it’s gonna be dynamic, it’s gonna be raw.”

Plus, the former captain of the majorettes showed off her baton twirling skills.

Watch the Baddest Bitch in action.

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Janelle Monáe Performs ‘Heroes’ on ‘Letterman’

Janelle Monáe

World Cup excitement is in the air. Janelle Monáe celebrated the kickoff to the Brazil games with a performance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Dressed in a black-and-white striped blazer, the Electric Lady ripped the stage with her fresh take on David Bowie’s 1977 classic “Heroes,” which appears on the Pepsi Beats of the Beautiful Game album.

“This song is dedicated to all the young heroes in the world,” she said.

Janelle will play Bonnaroo this weekend, the Hollywood Bowl on June 22, and the ESSENCE Festival next month.

Check out her stylish set below.

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Ed Sheeran Performs ‘Sing’ on ‘The Tonight Show’

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran returned to 30 Rock for his appearance on Tuesday’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” With guitar in hand, the red-haired crooner performed his Pharrell-produced single “Sing” with some help from Questlove on drums.

“It was amazing to work with Pharrell,” he said during a backstage interview. “He brings out different sides of people. He had a very clear idea of how to work it.”

Ed will join Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, and Ariana Grande as a performer at The Roots’ 4th of July Jam in Philadelphia next month. His sophomore album x arrives June 23.

Watch his late-night jam session below.

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Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Fallon Face Off in ‘Tight Pants’ Skit

Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon isn’t the only one in town with tight pants. The talk show host met his match in the form of Jennifer Lopez during a hilarious skit on “The Tonight Show.” The two argue over who has the tightest pants, but things quickly take a turn for the worse when J.Lo threatens him.

“Listen up, you little bitch,” she says. “You better hide your wife, you better hide your kids, ’cause I will cut you.”

Jimmy backs off and J.Lo continues dancing in her tight white pants, ending with a shot of her booty.

Don’t mess with Jenny from the block.

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