Posts Tagged ‘Fantasia’

Throwback Thursday: Jamie Foxx, Fantasia & Tank Perform “Do What It Do” at 2006 Grammy Gala

We are throwing it back today, but not too far.  Each year at Grammy time, music legend Clive Davis hosts his annual pre-Grammy Gala, and we are taking it back to the 2006 event, where singer/actor Jamie Foxx performed a special version of his hit “Do What It Do.” This live performance version included R&B vocalist Tank on backgrounds, and featured an impromptu audience performance from powerhouse singer Fantasia. One word VOCALS!!!!

Jamie acknowledges some of the legends that were in attendance, such as Diana Ross and Babyface. He sings to Fantasia, “I’ll cook and clean; Babyface taught me what to do. Babyface wave your hand.” The energy, chemistry, and atmosphere in this room were simply amazing. Count on Foxx to cut up in a good way in such a formal setting. He later brought out Mario and Jodeci to sing as well!

“Some say that Hip-Hop killed the R&B singer but the record sales say he’s still alive. If you love R&B, if you love real music stand up,” said Foxx. “I’m a student too and I’m not ashamed to say R&B is alive.”

Enjoy the special throwback above!


R. Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Robin Thicke, Fantasia & More Perform at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala

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Music’s biggest night is always preceded by another one of music’s biggest nights, The Recording Academy’s annual Pre-Grammy Gala. On the eve of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, music and Hollywood’s biggest stars joined Clive Davis for another memorable evening at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

The four-hour event, which honored Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge, boasted A-list performances and a star-studded guest list including Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Imagine Dragons, Ryan Tedder, Miguel, John Legend, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Barry Gordy and many more.

Davis led the crowd including Jamie Foxx, Miguel, and Swizz Beatz in singing “Happy Birthday” to Alicia Keys, who celebrated her 34th birthday Saturday.

Robin Thicke arrived with his beautiful wife Paula Patton and had the crowd on its feet with “Blurred Lines,” for which he was accompanied by Pharrell and a dancing T.I. The Neptunes producer kept a smile on the famous faces with his Oscar-nominated hit “Happy,” and joined Jennifer Hudson and Tip for “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel).”

R. Kelly paid tribute to Nelson Mandela with a tribal-inspired song, and Fantasia brought the epic evening to a close with her powerful performance of “Stormy Weather.”

Davis also remembered Whitney Houston, who died two years ago in the same hotel, “We all know that Whitney was the greatest contemporary singer in the world,” said the 81-year-old music mogul. “I don’t want the world to forget that, and I don’t want anyone in this room to forget that.”

See more pics and footage from Clive’s big bash below!

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Fantasia & the Cast of ‘After Midnight’ Perform on the ‘Today Show’

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Early Monday morning, Fantasia and the cast of the new hit Broadway musical After Midnight helped wake up NYC as they delivered a special live outdoor performance on the ‘Today’ show.

As the horns blew, Dulé Hill introduced the set, which started with Fantasia showing off her fitting vocals for the jazzy performance, which was accompanied by tap dancing and some serious swinging. The musical features the music of Duke Ellington and brings Harlem’s golden-age to the 21st Century.

For more info on the show, click here. Check out the lively performance below:

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List: The 13 Best R&B Albums of 2013

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From Love and War to Kisses Down Low it’s been a surprisingly great year for R&B music.  With two of the biggest releases of the year being surprises, and plenty of long overdue projects finally hitting store selves, it seems like unexpected was the trend of the year. Pundits can still argue all they want about the state of R&B in today’s music industry, the numbers don’t lie, it’s still suffering commercially, but musically – quality, substance and entertainment wise – R&B has contributed greatly to the music landscape in 2013, and continues to thrive in the live arena.

Most of the years top urban radio singles were R&B records, or heavily R&B influenced, and a handful of R&B albums topped the Billboard 200 chart this year. Knowing that it’s not going to be an easy task to pick the best albums of the year was a clear sign that the genre is the strongest it’s been in many years. From tremendous blue-eyed soul to classic rhythm & blues, from global superstars opening up like never before, to award winning second chances, from pure baby-making bangers to celebratory anthems, we had it all and more in 2013!

So, without further ado, check out ‘The 13 Best R&B Albums of 2013‘ below!!

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13 Great R&B Songs You Might Have Missed in 2013

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Overall 2013 has been one of the best years we’ve seen for R&B releases in quite some time. There’s been so much music released that hearing everything would’ve been nearly impossible, unless you’re us, which is why we’ve created this list of some standout songs that you might have missed this year.

This list looks past the hit singles and common favorites on albums, and shines light on some great songs that makes the genre of R&B soar.

The list is in no particular order, as each track is well deserving of your attention. Check out our ‘13 Great R&B Songs, You Might Have Missed in 2013‘ below!

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Tamar Braxton, TGT, John Legend, and Fantasia Amongst Nominated Artists at 56th Annual Grammy Awards

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2013 has been an amazing year for music, and the official list of nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards is here to prove it!

Revealing the noms during the annual “GRAMMY Nominations Concert LIVE!!” special at the Nokia Theatre LIVE in L.A., many of the music industry’s elite were named as potential recipients for the upcoming show.

See if your favorite artist was nominated after the jump!

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New Music: Michelle Williams feat. Fantasia – If We Had Your Eyes (Remix)

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After a large amount of positive reviews from the Journey to Freedom lead single, “If We Had Your Eyes”, songstress Michelle Williams has brought fans another version. Featuring one of R&B’s most talented singers, Fantasia, for the official remix, Michelle’s praiseworthy cut just might be seeing more light from fans.

Adding on the “Without Me” singer for the second verse, the combination of Michelle and Fantasia’s vocals are a perfect match against the Harmony Samuels production. Between both the melodic and soulful sounds coming from this revamped track, fans of both ladies are sure to fall in love.

Take a listen below:

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Stream ‘The Best Man Holiday’ Soundtrack Featuring R. Kelly, Monica, Mario, Fantasia & More

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Oh Yes, it’s about to be a soulful Christmas.  As we previously reported, the upcoming movie ‘The Best Man Holiday‘ was going to be accompanied by a must-have holiday gift. The motion picture soundtrack features many of R&B’s biggest and brightest stars delivering your favorite holiday classics, along with some newly penned material.

The 13-song compilation features appearances from R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Mario, Fantasia, Monica, Ne-Yo, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, Emeli Sandé and more.

R. Kelly gets into the Christmas groove on “Christmas, I’ll be Steppin’,” Monica covers Judy Garland’s classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and Fantasia decks the halls on “What Christmas Means to Me.”

The movie hits theaters on Nov. 15, but you can stream the entire soundtrack in advance of its Oct. 29 release below!

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