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Fantasia Says I Do! Marries Kendall Taylor


Congrats are in order for Fantasia who tied the knot over the weekend! The R&B songstress married her fiancé Kendall Taylor, and took to Instagram to share details.

The 31-year-old “American Idol” champ posted photos from the romantic reception, which took place on a yacht—one photo showed her place settings decorated with her red, black, and white color scheme, another showed Fantasia surrounded by falling rose petals, and several more featured her posing with her new husband.

During the pre-reception, the bride wore a Black Swan-inspired gown and changed into a lacy white dress for the ceremony.

She also gushed about marrying the man of her dreams, who is the CEO of a courier company. “This Man … God made him just for Me and me Just For Him,” she said. “This Man.. Covers and prays for me and my children EVERY morning.. This Man.. Loves My Father in Heaven and his name is God.. This Man allows me to just be a woman.. No more Hurt because King Kendall will never let that happen.. I’m off to just kiss, Hug and play in some water with This Man…Real Love.”

The couple got engaged in November of last year. Fantasia has a three-and-a-half-year-old son, Dallas Xavier Barrino, and teenage daughter, Zion, from previous relationships.

See more photos from Fantasia’s big day below:

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Fantasia Returns to the Studio and Thanks R. Kelly

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We’re READY Fantasia!

It’s been a decent amount of time since fans have heard new music from the powerhouse vocalist, but it appears that the wait is almost over. Fantasia took to her Instagram this week and uploaded pictures from the studio as she is working on her fifth album.

Fantasia’s 2013 release Side Effects of You earned her a Grammy-nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album. There hasn’t been any details about this new album as of yet. However, she did thank R. Kelly for pushing her.

We can’t wait to hear what she’s been cooking!

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Throwback Thursday: Jennifer Hudson feat. Fantasia – I’m His Only Woman

This week we aren’t going back as far for our Throwback Thursday pick. The song, “I’m His Only Woman,” is a perfect duet between vocal powerhouses Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia, off J. Hud’s eponymous debut album.  The ladies “took us to church” with their stunning vocals showing fans why they both had such successful runs with American Idol.

Almost as an ode to Shirley Brown’s “Woman To Woman, this song is Shirley Brown, Shirley Murdock, Betty Wright and Miki Howard all wrapped up into one great song. Fantasia confronts Jennifer Hudson on the track, informing her that they are sharing the same man. One can’t help but wonder why we haven’t seen more live performances of this powerhouse jam, and why it wasn’t a single.

Enjoy the throwback above.  Check out a video of Jennifer and Fantasia performing the single below:

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Ciara, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Fantasia & More Perform at ‘Black Girls Rock’


BET celebrated all of our beautiful, powerful, inspirational and talented women during its annual “Black Girls Rock!” special, which aired on Sunday night. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, the star-studded evening featured musical tributes from many of R&B’s leading ladies including Ciara, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Fantasia, Faith Evans, Estelle and more.

The legendary Sheila E. kicked off the empowering show with a high-energy performance of her classic “Glamorous Life,” playing percussion and singing in unison.

Jill Scott tore the rough off the building early belting out her soulful new single “You Don’t Know,” giving everyone chills. While, Erykah Badu got a little funky with a medley of “Soldier” and “Master Teacher.”

Ciara showed off her fully grown and confident self with a classy performance of her heartfelt new break-up ballad “I Bet.”

If you missed the show last night, catch all the soulful performances below as well as Faith Evans, Fantasia, Lalah Hathaway, Estelle, and an old-school medley below!

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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’


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


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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