R&B divas Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae are set to perform at this year's (14) BET Honors. Also taking the stage will be Smokey Robinson, Wayne Brady and Tamar Braxton. Soul legend Aretha Franklin, Motown Records mogul Berry Gordy and rapper/actor Ice Cube will be feted at the event, which celebrates stars' contributions to African-American culture. The awards will take place in Washington, D.C. on 8 February (14).
"My sister Tamar came up with this idea. She and Trina said I had to do it and I lost Monopoly... I landed on Park Place and I owed her, like, $2,800 and she said, 'If you do the show I won't make you pay'." Singer Toni Braxton on how her sisters persuaded her to be part of family reality TV show Braxton Family Values.
RCAWith everyone from the cast of A&E reality TV series Duck Dynasty to '80s pop icon Kim Wilde recently venturing into the festive market, here's a look at five of the best new Christmas albums to have been released this year.Leona Lewis – Christmas, With LoveInspired by Phil Spector's classic Wall of Sound, Lewis looks like getting her career back on track with a warm and nostalgic record featuring several new compositions ("One More Sleep," "Mr Right") which fit in comfortably with the more familiar numbers ("Winter Wonderland," "White Christmas") and an astonishing operatic take on "Ave Maria" which proves she’s still the best vocalist ever to emerge from The X-Factor.Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In RedStamping her mark on the festive season just as effortlessly as her fellow talent show winner, the original American Idol ropes in the likes of Ronnie Dunn, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood for an affectionate collection of yuletide tunes old and new, including arguably the most uplifting seasonal song since Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" ("Underneath The Tree").Mary J. Blige – A Mary ChristmasGiven her previously fiery reputation, Mary J. Blige doesn't seem like the most obvious candidate to celebrate the season of goodwill. But she acquits herself well on the brilliantly-titled A Mary Christmas, recruiting everyone from Barbra Streisand to Jessie J on a surprisingly traditional but typically soulful affair.Erasure – Snow GlobeConsidering their 'camp as Christmas' reputation, it's a surprise that it’s taken the synth-pop veterans nearly thirty years to commit to a holiday record. Featuring an eerie take on traditional hymn "Gaudete," a bizarre chiptune rendition of Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song" and a macabre waltz inspired by a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, Snow Globe won't be for everyone. But it's easily the most intriguing Christmas release this year.Tamar Braxton – Winter LoverslandAfter waiting 13 years to follow-up her 2000 debut, Tamar, the youngest Braxton sister has now released her second album in three months with a brief but heartwarming festive effort which showcases her powerhouse vocals in all their glory.
Amanda Bynes has completed her stint at a rehabilitation clinic and has returned to her family home. The Hairspray actress has been under medical care since July (13) when she was hospitalised on a mental health evaluation hold after allegedly starting a fire on the driveway of a neighbour's house in Thousand Oaks, California following weeks of erratic behaviour.
The star was moved to The Canyon, a celebrity rehab unit in Malibu, in September (13) following treatment at UCLA Medical Center, but she is now recovering at her mother Lynn Organ's Los Angeles home after completing her program.
Organ's lawyer, Tamar Arminak confirms the news to People.com, saying, "Amanda and her entire family would like to thank everyone who's contacted them with good thoughts and wishes for Amanda's recovery. Amanda has completed her inpatient rehabilitation and she's feeling better every day."
For many of us, daytime talk shows just aren’t all that exciting. Blogs have taken over the world and if we want to see bizarre people with strange family lives breaking down in front of a bunch of cameras, we have a plethora of reality shows to watch. There's also an entire young, hip, culturally diverse demographic that shows like The Talk just don't cater to. Enter The Real: a new daytime talk show for folks who could care less about daytime talk shows. After a very successful summer trial run, the show (starring Loni Love, Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry-Housley , Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai) was picked up for a full season by Fox. In Fall 2014, we seriously recommend setting those DVRs. Here are a few reasons why you'll absolutely love The Real.
Loni Love Is Everything
The comedian who many folks will recognize from Chelsea Lately hosts the show, and if you’re not already a fan of hers you will be by the time you watch that pilot episode of The Real. Of all the ladies up there, we have to say that Loni probably keeps it the realest. Whether waxing poetic about food, sex, or Miley Cyrus she’s always on point and always hilarious.
There’s An Abundance of Chocolate And Fried Foods
The producers of this show know what women want: food. All of the time, with all of the calories. In its trial episodes, The Real never, ever featured a healthy eating section, where some chef came through and made asparagus and carrot smoothies. Instead the women indulged in fried desserts, crazy huge burgers, and then there was that strawberry pop-tart ice cream sandwich thing. EPIC!
The Hot Guys
Tyrese, Ginuwine, Morris Chestnut, Tank, Pauly D – these are just a few of the cuties who were guests on the show. Pretty much all of them ended up shirtless at some point, so that’s plenty reason to tune in next fall.
They Actually Do Keep It Real
Probably one of the greatest episodes of The Real (or of daytime television ever) was the one in which an entire conversation about weaves, wigs, tracks, and sew-in hair occurred. The women openly admitted to which ones they had tried, and what type they were currently rocking -- it was awesome. Another reason this show really works is because the ladies have a lot in common but also aren't afraid to disagree with one another and/or shut each other down; watching them give conflicting relationship advice to audience members makes for a great time. We get the sense that -- even though they're on tv and, granted, Adrienne's accent is a bit over the top -- these ladies are keeping it real with us. And for that, we thank them.
It was ladies night at the Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas on Friday (08Nov13) as Tamar Braxton and Janelle Monae took home top prizes. Braxton was named Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and she also picked up Song of the Year for Love & War and the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award. The singer also performed a three-song set during the ceremony.
Monae, who was recovering from a throat infection that prompted her to delay the start of her new tour, claimed the prestigious Video of the Year Award for her Erykah Badu collaboration Q.U.E.E.N.
Other winners included K. Michelle, who was named Best New Artist; Ashanti (Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance for Never Should Have); Kendrick Lamar (Album of the Year for good kid, m.A.A.d city); Miguel (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), and Robin Thicke, who landed Song of the Year for his summer anthem Blurred Lines.
Meanwhile, Keith Sweat was honoured with the Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award, and scored the event's highlight by performing with Faith Evans, and R&B legend Dionne Warwick was gifted the Legend Award following tribute performances from Ron Isley, Ruben Studdard, Chrisette Michelle and Gladys Knight.
The superstar quartet each sang a snippet from one of Warwick's hits and then came together to sing her 1985 tune That’s What Friends Are For.
Another performance highlight came at the top of the show when Jennifer Hudson teamed up with Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Chaka Khan and rapper T.I. for a hits medley, while Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick performed The Show with Doug E. Fresh.
The awards ceremony, hosted by Anthony Anderson, was held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Dionne Warwick and Keith Sweat are set to be honoured at the upcoming Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas. R&B veteran Sweat has been named the recipient of a 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award and Warwick will receive the night's Legend Award.
The accolade will mark a full circle moment for Warwick, who helped late TV mogul Don Cornelius perfect the 1970s music show that was to become Soul Train, and inspire the awards. Gladys Knight, Ronald Isley and Eric Benet will be among the stars who will pay tribute to the singer at the event.
Meanwhile Sweat will perform a medley of his hits and join Faith Evans for a special performance.
Comedian and actor Anthony Anderson will host the awards on Friday night (08Nov13). Janelle Monae is hoping to bounce back from a throat infection to perform alongside Toni Braxton and Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds at the awards, which will also feature a Cirque Du Soliel tribute to Michael Jackson.
Hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar leads this year's nominations with six, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Tied with five nominations each are Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton and Janelle Monae.
Comedian and actor Anthony Anderson will host the awards on Friday night (08Nov13).
Amanda Bynes' mother has urged the troubled star's fans and friends not to be misled by the media as her daughter continues to seek help and treatment for mental health issues, insisting "99 per cent" of what has been reported is wrong. Lynn Bynes, 66, has broken her silence after winning temporary conservatorship of the Hairspray star's affairs, and she's keen to right wrongs about her daughter, who was committed to a psychiatric hospital in July (13) after months of erratic behaviour.
She tells People magazine, "I would really like everyone out there to know that almost 99 per cent of the things written about my daughter in various media outlets are false or misleading."
She adds, "Unless it's a statement issued by our family attorney, Tamar Arminak, please take everything you read about Amanda with a grain of salt.
"Please know that neither myself or other family members have ever released any information regarding her treatment or diagnosis. We truly believe in keeping our daughter's situation private for now.
"We appreciate everyone's heartfelt support and we hope that she can get some privacy and the respect she deserves during this trying time. Both my husband and I love Amanda very much and we know that she will get through this situation."
Bynes is currently seeking treatment at a rehab clinic in Malibu, California.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar will lead the way at the 2013 Soul Train Awards after scoring six top nominations. The hip-hop star's good kid, m.A.A.d city release will compete for Album of the Year, going up against Jay Z's Magna Carta... Holy Grail, Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience and Rihanna's Unapologetic, while his track Poetic Justice, featuring Drake, is up for both song and Video of the Year.
Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, Chris Brown's Fine China and Tamar Braxton's Love and War have also been shortlisted for the two categories, while Poetic Justic will be in the running for Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year too.
In addition, Lamar has earned mentions for Best New Artist and Best Collaboration for his verse on Miguel's How Many Drinks.
Meanwhile, Brown, Thicke, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Miguel and Charlie Wilson will do battle for Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, and Alicia Keys, Braxton, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monae, Fantasia and Chrisette Michelle will compete for the female equivalent.
The Best Dance Performance rundown features Thicke (Blurred Lines), Timberlake (Suit & Tie with Jay Z), Brown (Fine China) and Ciara (Body Party), while the Centric Certified Award will be a fight between the likes of Talib Kweli, Joss Stone and Solange.
The 2013 Soul Train Awards will take place in Las Vegas on 8 November (13) and will be presented by actor Anthony Anderson.
Actress-turned-pop star Ariana Grande has scored her first U.S. album chart number one with her debut release Yours Truly. The former Victorious star has beaten Nine Inch Nails and Tamar Braxton to the top of the Billboard 200 thanks to 138,000 first-week sales.
Grande becomes the first female artist to debut at number one with their first album since Ke$ha took Animal to the top in 2010.
Braxton debuts at two with Love & War and Nine Inch Nails return to the charts at three with Hesitation Marks, their first studio album since 2008.
All three debuts sold more than 100,000 copies in their first week.
John Legend's new album Love in the Future enters the countdown at four and Luke Bryan's former number one, Crash My Party, rounds out the new top five.
The girl power at the top of the album chart extends to the U.S. singles countdown as Katy Perry scores a second week at number one with Roar.
Robin Thicke's former number one Blurred Lines holds at two, while New Zealand teen sensation Lorde shoots up the Hot 100 to three. Jay Z's Holy Grail and Avicii's Wake Me Up! round out the new top five.