PERFORMANCES

Watch: Miguel Performs Mini Acoustic Show for ‘Make Room’

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While he is currently traveling North America on his “WildHeart Tour,” Miguel took a moment to give back for a good cause.

Teaming up with housing charity organization Make Room, the R&B maverick performed a private, living-room concert outside Detroit, Michigan for a single mom in need.

Miguel performed 3 cuts – his current single “Coffee,” Wildheart album cut “What’s Normal Anyway,” and timeless hit single “Adorn.”

Before performing Miguel explained that he grew up in a single-parent family and he relates to the struggles that so many face each day.

Watch the performance below:

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Janet Jackson Debuts New Missy Elliott Track During “Unbreakable” Tour

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If there was ever any question on if Janet Jackson still had “it,” we’re pretty sure that you’ve found your answer! Kicking off her “Unbreakable” world tour on Monday, August 31 in Vancouver, the legendary performer proves why being a Jackson will never get old.

Hitting the stage in an all white ensemble, the 30-plus year veteran performed a span of hits as well as a few new tracks from her upcoming album, Unbreakable. One in particular that she gave to fans was the club-ready track that features Missy Elliott titled “Burn It Up.”

In addition to burning it up, Ms. Jackson took the crowd back a few years with a medley of dance hits including “Control,” “Nasty,” “All For You,” and many more. Also delivering an updated spin on her classic track “Any Time, Any Place” with lyrics from Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice,” Janet makes us slightly jealous that she’s still got it after all of these years.

Of course, a Janet tour wouldn’t be a Janet tour without a finale performance of everyone’s favorite “Rhythm Nation,” with which she followed up with a new song that’s part ballad, part peace anthem.

If you haven’t secured your tickets for the tour yet and you still have the opportunity, hopefully this will convince you to come up off those coins.

Take a look a her new track and a few clips of the tour below!

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Watch: T-Pain Sings The National Anthem at Dodgers Game

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Ever since T-Pain delivered an exceptional acoustic performance for NPR, the singer has been flexing his real vocals more often. Taking his chances at one of the most judged songs to sing live, the hitmaker sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the first time at the Dodgers vs. Giants game at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.

Sporting a Dodgers jersey, the Tallahassee native belted out a soulful rendition of the national anthem—complete with runs—as the crowd cheered.

“Thanks for having me @dodgers first time I ever sang the anthem. #ITFDB how was it??” said T-Pain, who is readying his new album Stoicville: The Phoenix for release this fall.

Check out Pain’s performance below, what do you think?

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The Weeknd Performs “Can’t Feel My Face” at MTV VMA’s

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Only days after the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd brought a preview of his upcoming tour with a special performance at Sunday night’s MTV VMA’s!

Following a praise-like introduction from Jared Leto, the famed Canadian singer jumped on stage to dance his way through his hit single, “Can’t Feel My Face.”

Shuffling across a flame-engulfed stage while the crowd (including Kanye West, who just couldn’t hold his excitement for the song) joined in on the seemingly fun and sexually infused lyrics, The Weeknd is having more than just one hell of a weekend.

Missed it live? Check out the performance below:

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Miguel Brings His ‘Wildheart’ to Drai’s Live in Las Vegas

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Over the weekend, wall-to-wall crowds at Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub atop The Cromwell in Las Vegas welcomed internationally celebrated artist Miguel for a riveting performance in the midst of his successful “WILDHEART Tour”.

Performing some of his biggest hits and fan favorites, Miguel rocked the opulent 65,000 square foot venue for an hour with songs like “Quickie,” “Drugs” and the lead single from his newly released WILDHEART album, “Coffee.”

He paused between tracks to speak with the audience, clearly taking in his appreciation for their support. All while overlooking the famed Las Vegas Strip from the rooftop stage, Miguel’s passion and musicianship shined through the entire concert. Before bowing out, he took to the mic one last time for his encore – the beloved and critically acclaimed “Adorn.”

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Recap & Photos: BMI R&B/Hip Hop Awards 2015

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On Friday night BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) , the global leader in music rights management, presented the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.  The star-studded event celebrates the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year.

Grammy Award-winning songwriter, composer, producer, arranger and guitarist, Nile Rodgers was honored with the BMI Icon Award for his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers and his ability to connect people through song.

The evening featured a slew of performances: B.o.B opened with a medley of hits, followed by IloveMakonnen who kept the energy going with “Tuesday.” Backed by music director Rickey Minor, as well as band and Donald Lawrence’s vocals, the high-powered Icon tribute was kicked off by R&B chanteuses Kelly Price covering “Upside Down,” Deborah Cox’s delivery of “I’m Coming Out,” Kathy Sledge and the Company offering a rousing rendition of “We Are Family,” and V. Bozeman’s vibrant version of “I Want Your Love.”  The celebration continued with CeeLo Green’s dynamic performance of “Let’s Dance.”  The night concluded with the top honoree taking the stage to perform fan favorites “Good Times” and “Rappers Delight,” with hip-hop legend Chuck D joining Rodgers.

Additional top honors presented at the awards ceremony: John Legend “All of Me” earned the Song of the Year prize; DJ Mustard was crowned the Songwriter of the Year for penning hits “2 On,” “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” “I Don’t F**ck With You,” “Main Chick,” “My Hitta,” “Na Na,” “No Mediocre,” “Paranoid,” “Show Me,” and “Who Do You Love?.” DJ Mustard also won the coveted Producer of the Year award for the second year in a row, while Universal Music Publishing Group accepted the prestigious Publisher of the Year crystal for having 18 of the most-performed songs from the previous year. BMI also recognized top producers Kanye West, J Cole, Jim Jonsin, Michael “Finatik” Mulé and Isaac De Boni.

BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton shared the evening’s hosting duties with R&B artist and actor Ray J.

Check out photos and video footage below:

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Watch: John Legend Performs “All of Me” with Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift continues to show love to R&B during her sold-out “1989 World Tour.” After bringing out Mary J. Blige on Saturday, the Pop star was joined onstage by John Legend during her fourth of five shows at L.A.’s Staples Center on Tuesday.

The R&B crooner took a seat at the piano and performed his chart-topping ballad “All of Me,” while Swift accompanying him for a duet.

T-Money heard that Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen were coming to the show and called him up while they were on their way.

“Thanks for having me! That was fun!” tweeted Legend, while Teigen added, “All of me loves all of T!”

Watch a clip of the performance below:

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Watch: Mary J. Blige Joins Taylor Swift at L.A. Show

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On Saturday night, Taylor Swift showed some love to R&B royalty when she brought out Mary J. Blige, at the second of five sold-out shows of her “1989 World Tour” at L.A.’s Staples Center.

The two held hands and dueted on “Doubt” off Mary’s latest album The London Sessions before Blige performed her 2001 hit “Family Affair” as Swift joined in.

“Don’t you think that this amazing woman should take a bow for you tonight?” said Swift to cheers from the crowd. Following her performance Mary tweeted: “That was such an amazing experience performing w/ @taylorswift13 at the @STAPLESCenter! Congrats on your historic 1989 Tour!”

Check out footage from her surprise appearance below:

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