PERFORMANCES

Aretha Franklin Tributes Prince With “Purple Rain” at White House Jazz Concert

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The Obama’s have done a wonderful job honoring Jazz, R&B and Soul music during their two-terms in The White House. On Friday night (April 29), another wonderful celebration of Jazz was held on The White House south lawn, for the fifth annual International Jazz Day.

Hosted by Morgan Freeman and featuring celebrity guests from Shonda Rhimes to Gabrielle Union to Kerry Washington, the evening’s focus remained on the music.

While much of the concert honored and celebrated the history of Jazz music, the audience was shocked and surprised by the appearance of Aretha Franklin, who walked on stage during Herbie Hancock’s set and paid tribute to Prince, singing “Purple Rain.”

“God sent down a rainbow to Prince’s house so he could walk up to heaven,” the legendary singer said, beginning a brief sermon and eventually compelling people to join in as she sang.

Watch the full concert (the Prince tribute begins around the 1 hour and 10 minute mark) below.

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Beyoncé Kicks Off “Formation World Tour” in Miami

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#LEMONADE season is upon us.

Following the surprise release of her brand new album last Saturday, Beyoncé kicked off her “Formation World Tour” in Miami, FL on Wednesday night (April 27) at Marlins Park.

With the whole world still caught up in all the gossip surrounding the content of the album, Queen Bey does what she always does best, and put on one hell of a special show for her Florida Bey Hive. The concert went well over 2 hours, and featured one of her longest set lists yet. Following a lively opening set by DJ Khaled, who brought out everyone from Rick Ross and Yo Gotti to Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, the superstar launched the show fittingly with the single, “Formation.”

She gave fans exactly what they wanted performing new songs such as “Sorry” and “Daddy Lessons” for the very first time live, and ran through her massive catalog of hits, spanning 6 albums. At one point Beyoncé told the crowd that “All Night” is her favorite record off the LEMONADE album, and she used her classic single “Baby Boy” to segue into the dancehall styled “Hold Up.” She paid tribute to Prince turning the large projector cube on stage to purple and playing “Purple Rain.” Beyoncé’s Destiny’s Child sister Michelle Williams was spotted in the audience, and JAY Z was seen backstage giving Khaled a pep talk.

While closing out the show with “Halo,” Bey said, “I wanna dedicate this to my beautiful husband. I love you so much.”

The “Formation World Tour” is scheduled to hit 21 more North American cities, before heading overseas to UK and Europe. Check out some fan footage and photos from opening night below!

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Watch: Jhene Aiko and BJ the Chicago Kid Perform at ‘Boiler Room’ Live

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On April 13th, 2016 at the Park Plaza in Los Angeles, Ray-Ban x Boiler Room unveiled the first set of a monthly party series titled “Open Your Heart.” The event is described as, “an evening of intimate musical connections curated by LA-based collective Soulection,” the show included performances by Jhené Aiko, Kali Uchis, BJ the Chicago Kid, and DJ sets from Soulection DJs.

Both singers captivated the packed crowd. During Jhené’s set she performed “Eternal Sunshine” and also covered John Mayer’s “Stop This Train.”

BJ gave the audience even more with his 30 minute set of past and present fan favorites, including tracks off his stellar debut album In My Mind, as well as a some acoustic covers such as Usher’s “Nice & Slow.”

Check out both performances below!

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Watch: D’Angelo Pays Tribute to Prince with “Sometimes It Snows in April” on ‘The Tonight Show’

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The tributes to Prince have been pouring in from all across the globe, but on Tuesday night (April 26), we received probably the best surprise and exciting performances yet. Known for his fandom of The Purple One, D’Angelo paid a visit to “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” for a guest performance and tribute to Prince.

Seated at a grand piano, rocking a white fur vest and wide-brim black hat, the elusive soul/R&B artist performed a cover of “Sometimes It Snows in April,” with a little help from Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum’s cover band, Princess.

D’Angelo delivered a stellar rendition of the heartfelt ballad, and got emotional toward the end, singing: “Often dream of heaven, and I know that Prince is there…Maybe he’s found the answer to all the April snow.”

Watch the emotional performance below!

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Watch: The Hamiltones Sing for Your ‘Respeck’

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SANG! Y’ALL BETTA SANG!!

Our favorite background singers The Hamiltones have done it again, this time sharing a short video of an impromptu performance on their tour bus while singing the gossip-heavy comments that Birdman made to The Breakfast Club last week.

The Cash Money boss made social media go crazy when he spelled out the word respect with a “k’ instead of a “t,” and the boys took his comments to another level, creating a song and harmonies that make for another comedic and praiseworthy performance.

Check it out below.

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Usher, Maxwell, Jhené Aiko Pay Tribute to Prince

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With festival season under way, many artists all over paid tribute to Prince this past weekend. With his passing coming in between the two weekends of Coachella there were multiple acts that shared their love for the music icon.

Usher was a surprise guest during Major Lazer’s Sunday set and he came through with a couple of special covers, performing “I Would Die 4 U” and “1999.”

He wasn’t alone either as Sufjan Stevens and buzzing singer Gallant covered “Purple Rain,” and Jhené Aiko also joined Gallant for a duet of “Diamonds and Pearls.”

On the other side of the country, Maxwell paid tribute to Prince during his set at Jazz Fest in New Orleans. “We just lost the greatest musician in the world,” Maxwell said. “He was one of the most beloved, one of the most special… Everyone is up on this stage because of him. Prince was not just once but he will forever be the greatest.”

Maxwell then followed with a musical tribute to the late singer, riffing on “This Woman’s Work” with the intro to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Check out some fan footage below.

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Listen: Prince Plays “Purple Rain” and “Kiss” Live on Piano, Covers Ray Charles & David Bowie

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With Prince‘s untimely passing on Thursday (April 21), fans all over the world have been celebrating the iconic artist, and plenty are wanting to hear and learn even more about the enigmatic superstar.

In January, Prince went on his first-ever “Piano & a Microphone Tour.” It was the only time anyone has ever heard hits like “Purple Rain” and “Kiss” played like this. Very few were able to witness these legendary moments live, but now we can at least hear some of them! During a moment while riffing on “Kiss,” Prince even threw a little more shade at the Kardashian’s!

In addition to his own classics, Prince also covered Ray Charles’ “Unchain My Heart” and David Bowie’s “Heroes.”

The recordings, which you can hear below, are from Prince’s February 28 show in Oakland, except for “Heroes,” which took place just last week on April 14 in Atlanta.

These are special! R.I.P. The Purple One!!

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Watch: Mariah Carey Dedicates “One Sweet Day” to Prince, Says He Was There When ‘I Really Needed Somebody’

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Mariah Carey paid tribute to her friend Prince during her concert Thursday (April 21) at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, dedicating her song “One Sweet Day” to the music icon.

In her dedication before the song, Carey said the song was for anyone who’s ever “needed to make it through a moment.”

“So it’s a very sad day but we remember the life of somebody who will always be treasured,” she continued, introducing the Daydream single, originally recorded with Boyz II Men.

Afterwards, Carey continued speaking about Prince, saying she wanted to turn that sad moment into a chance to honor him.

“He was a friend to me too and he talked me through some times I really, really needed somebody and he was an incredible person if you didn’t ever get to meet him and I’m sure his music touched every single person in here. So, let’s have a moment of silence for Prince if we could please,” she said.

Watch Mariah’s tribute below.

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