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Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds Honored on the Hollywood ‘Walk of Fame’

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On Thursday, R&B legend Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds was honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The ten-time Grammy Award winner was joined by friends and collaborators such as Usher, Diddy, L.A. Reid, Toni Braxton, Stevie Wonder and more, who came out to help celebrate the joyous moment with their pal.

“Everybody has a song or that moment when Kenny, or Babyface, really set the stage for what cool was,” praised Usher at the gathering which drew a huge crowd. ” Whip Appeal was my moment.”

L.A. Reid, who moved to Los Angeles with the man of the hour to pursue a career in music, reminisced about the good old days, joking that he felt shared ownership of the plaque.

“I hope you’ll understand it when I say this, but it feels like it’s mine as well,” said Reid. “Kenny and I moved to L.A. probably around 1983 or ’84, not far from here, and we weren’t doing that well, if you know what I mean, and so I’m proud because he’s come so far.”

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Usher, Miguel, Emeli Sandé, Jennifer Hudson & More Shine at Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala

Billboard has released some official footage from Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy gala which was held this past Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The night honored music executive L.A. Reid and included outstanding performances from many of music’s hottest talents, including R&B stars Usher, Miguel, Jennifer Hudson, Gladys Knight, Emeli Sandé and more. Check out the footage above.


R&B Stars Honor L.A. Reid at Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party

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The infamous Clive Davis pre-Grammy party went down on Saturday night. While a bittersweet time for many, remembering the tragic loss of Whitney Houston a year ago, many of R&B’s biggest stars were in attendance and helped honor music executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid.

Usher, Ne-Yo, Babyface, Miguel, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese and more all celebrated the career of one of music’s most successful producers and businessmen.

Usher surprised the room as the “Confessions” singer made a confession of his own: “It was L.A. Reid that talked me out of the (stage) name Cha-Cha,” he shared.

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L.A. Reid Announces ‘X Factor USA’ Departure for Next Season

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L.A. Reid has announced that he will not be returning to the judging panel on ‘X Factor USA’ for the third season. Access Hollywood revealed that L.A. made this decision to resume his duties as chairman and CEO at Epic Records. L.A. said that he has left the show on great terms, “I have a huge responsibility to a roster of artists and it’s kind of time for me to stop doing the ‘me’ show,” said L.A. Reid.

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Slow Jam of the Day: The Deele – Two Occasions

With starting this new series, there is no way I could pass this up and had to feature it asap. The Deele, for those that don’t know, was the original group of hitmaker Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and music executive LA Reid, founded in 1981, along with Carlos “Satin” Greene, Darnell “Dee” Bristol, Stanley “Stick” Burke and Kevin “Kayo” Roberson.

The sextet released their debut album, Street Beat in 1983, and the following year, a single from the album, “Body Talk” became their first hit, reaching No. 3 on the R&B chart and No. 77 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Guitarist/keyboardist Stanley “Stick” Burke left the band prior to the recording of a follow-up album. Recorded as a quintet, their sophomore LP, Material Thangz was released in 1985, but it did not see the success of their debut.

The band reached the apex of their career in 1987 with the release of their third album, Eyes of a Stranger, which produced two top-10 R&B singles, “Shoot ‘Em Up Movies” and perhaps their best-known song, “Two Occasions.”

“Two Occasions” was the second single released off the album. It peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 4 on the Hot R&B and No. 21 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Following this LP Edmonds and Reid left the group to pursue production work and other ventures.


L.A. REID SIGNS X FACTOR WINNER MELANIE AMARO TO EPIC RECORDS

The impressive talents of X Factor USA winner Melanie Amaro officially have a home. Show judge and music industry veteran L.A. Reid cut a deal with X Factor creator/producer Simon Cowell to nurture and launch Melanie’s career. Amaro has signed to Reid’s newly revamped Epic label (which is under Sony Music), the deal surrounds the largest prize in television history, which includes a $5 million record contract and a Pepsi Super Bowl commercial.

“I joined The X Factor to be able to discover undeniable talent such as Melanie,” said Reid. “I believe we have only scratched the surface on her inevitable journey to super-stardom.”

Melanie’s X Factor mentor Simon Cowell stated, “We all agreed that Epic would be the right fit for Melanie. L.A. made it clear that he wanted the opportunity to work with her and with his track record, you can’t say no to that.”

In her own statement Melanie expressed, “I am so excited to start recording my debut album under the guidance of L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell. This is a dream come true for me.”


L.A. REID ANNOUNCES CIARA TO SIGN WITH EPIC RECORDS

Since her departure from Jive Records Ciara has kept quiet about her future plans for a new label home and a follow up to her Basic Instinct album. With the entire Jive Records label now folded, and its roster of artists being transferred to RCA or Epic, new label head L.A. Reid has officially announced his plans for the Pop R&B entertainer.

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L.A. REID TALKS ABOUT DISCOVERING USHER AND USHER BRINGING HIM JUSTIN BIEBER

Epic Chairman, CEO and X-Factor judge, L.A. Reid chats with Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson while promoting the show. He talks about discovering Usher at 14 and how their first meeting went. He also shares the call from Usher bringing him then-unknown teen sensation Justin Bieber.


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