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Watch The 2016 Soul Train Award Performances

Teddy Riley, Bobby Brown

The 2016 Soul Train Awards are officially in the books, and what a night of celebrating Peace, Love, and Soul it was! Filmed Nov. 6 in Las Vegas at the Oracle Arena, and aired on BET and CENTRIC on Sunday night (Nov. 27), the annual event honoring the best in soul and R&B music featured moving performances by Brandy, Anderson .Paak, Bobby Brown, D.R.A.M., Dru Hill, Doug E Fresh, India.Arie, BJ The Chicago Kid, Guy, Carl Thomas, Eric Benét, Ro James, and more.

The godmother of soul, Erykah Badu, returned to the stage as host with her eccentric humor and legendary style. GRAMMY award-winning, multi-platinum singer Brandy was presented with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, while multi-platinum and three-time GRAMMY award-winning producer, singer and songwriter Teddy Riley was honored with the night’s highly coveted Legend Award. Beyoncé led the night’s award winners dominating in top categories including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Song of the Year.

To kick off the show, Dru Hill got the party started with an amazing medley of 90s R&B jams including “Tell Me,” “In My Bed,” and “Beauty.” Dru Hill lead singer Sisqó then performed his mega-hit “Thong Song,” getting the entire crowd up out of their seats – including Teyana Taylor who knew every word!

Erykah Badu made her grand entrance during a glow-in-the-dark performance followed by her opening monologue where she touched on everything from Trump to alien life. The Queen of Soul revealed her recent time traveling adventures, saying “The future is black; forget the Jetsons, it’ll be more like the Jeffersons.” In addition to her hosting duties, Erykah also hit the stage to perform. First with singer/rapper D.R.A.M., performing their recently released duet, “WiFi” and later bringing out her “sister of soul”, India Arie, to sing the spirited, message-driven song “Breathe.”

Rising stars Anderson .Paak and BJ the Chicago Kid performed “Waters,” while Ro James debuted a stunning stage set for “Already Knew That” and his No. 1 hit “Permission.”

For the second year, the awards unveiled a powerful “Soul Cypher” featuring a mix of legendary and contemporary R&B and soul singers coming together. Badu DJed the cypher while Tyrese, Ne-Yo, Angie Stone and the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight performed raw versions of their songs.

Brandy was presented with the Lady of Soul Award following a heartfelt speech from 2015 honoree Jill Scott and a special tribute video from industry’s top executives and artists such as Kenny “BabyFace” Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan, Jhene Aiko and more, who spoke to Brandy’s dedication, creativity and vocal prowess. Brandy then blew the crowd away with a full dance and stunning vocal performance of her most beloved hits including “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “What About Us,” “Full Moon,” “I Wanna Be Down,” “The Boy Is Mine,” “Baby,” “Talk About Our Love,” “Have You Ever,” and “Sitting On Top Of The World,” joined by MA$E.

Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ presented Teddy Riley with the night’s highly regarded Legend Award honoring the prolific singer-songwriter and producer for his tremendous influence in soul culture and music. Teddy Riley was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation and roaring round of applause. He celebrated with R&B and soul superstars Bobby Brown, Doug E. Fresh, Guy, Wreckx-N-Effect, V. Bozeman and Tito Jackson.

Check out the performances below.

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Halloween 2016: Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Ciara, Alicia Keys, Monica & More


Trick or treat? The stars proved you’re never too old to dress up for Halloween, donning an array of spooky, cute, and downright dirrty costumes.

Families and couples ruled this year, even if some of them weren’t exactly fright-filled. Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Blue Ivy proved that with a Bar-Bey family, complete with toy boxes and Hov’s Ken hair. Going for a Star Wars theme, Big Sean donned a Stormtrooper outfit as Finn while Jhené Aiko dressed as Rey. Ciara and Russell Wilson went for a more presidential look. The newlyweds danced to “Juju on That Beat” while dressed as President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel went trick-or-treating as Trolls with their son Silas. Tamar and Vince went out as Thing 1 and Thing 2, with their Logan leading the way as Dr. Seuss. The couple also dressed as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while Logan’s second costume was a little dino. Alicia Keys’ sons Egypt and Genesis were Harry Potter and Batman, and Monica and her squad brought a Beetlejuice resurrection.

Elsewhere, Chris Brown was a movie-ready Deadpool, Kehlani was Pulp Fiction’s Mia Wallace, Trey Songz was Snoop Dogg, and Kelly Rowland her her husband Tim Witherspoon were Run DMC.

See all the fun and scary costumes below.

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Listen: K. Michelle, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Leon Bridges & More Fight Back on ‘Birth of a Nation’ Album


Next Friday, Nate Parker’s highly-anticipated The Birth of A Nation film will hit theaters nationwide. This week, however, some of today’s biggest artists have teamed up to give listeners and fans theme music for the rebellion to come.

Friday morning saw the release of a surprise album of sorts, The Birth of A Nation: The Inspired By Album. As its title implies, the album isn’t so much a soundtrack to the movie, as it is a compilation album of tracks inspired by the film’s message and subject matter. The Inspired By Album features rappers and even a gospel choir, as well, but R&B artists make their mark on the 16-track LP as well. For many of the R&B singers on the project, it’s a departure from their usual sound, and it pays off nicely.

On “Stand,” for example, Trey Songz sidesteps his usual lothario fare by calling for listeners to “stand for the future.” Leon Bridges, meanwhile, pairs up with Lecrae on the anthemic, encouraging “On My Own.” Ne-Yo beholds the regal figure and beauty of a Black woman on “Queen.” And K. Michelle aims to inspire and channels gospel on “Forward,” over which her lovely voice soars.

Hear these tracks, and the full album below.

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Usher, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo & More To Perform At Opening Celebration for National Museum of African American History and Culture


The exciting grand opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is only weeks away, and the celebration is going to be epic.

Outside of events at the actual museum in Washington, D.C., it has now been announced that ABC will produce a two-hour TV special called “Taking the Stage – Changing America,” which will include an all-star performance from the likes of Usher, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo and more.

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PressPlay: Motown x ThisisRnB: ‘The New Definition of Soul’ (Playlist)

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Good morn or evening friends / Here’s your friendly announcer / I have serious news to pass on to everybody / What I’m about to say, could mean the world’s disaster / Could change your joy and laughter to tears and pain / It’s that, love’s in need of love today / Don’t delay, send yours in right away / Hate’s goin’ round, breaking many hearts / Stop it please, before it’s gone too far.”

The opening lyrics from Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s In Need of Love Today,” off his classic album, Songs In The Key of Life, are just as poignant today as they were in 1976. The iconic singer/songwriter/musician has given us enough timeless music to last his life, and many more to come. That album is only one classic from the vast catalog created by Motown Records, since it’s inception in 1959 (originally as Tamla Records). The famed and legendary label, launched by Berry Gordy, has more than left its mark on music forever. Whether you grew up listening to the many hits and legendary artists who came out of Motown, or to any of the younger generations who have been inspired by those artists, the label has been in all of our lives.

Still thriving today as a hub for great R&B and Soul music, the label continues to discover, nurture, and bring to the world outstanding musical talent. With the intention to continue its legacy in today’s era, the label has been building a new roster of artists that they feel embody the authenticity, creativity, and raw artistry that helped create and sustain the Motown name. A roster that already includes such names as Erykah Badu, Ne-Yo, and Kem, to breakout singer/songwriter BJ The Chicago Kid, and exciting newcomers like Jadagrace, Sebastian Kole, JMSDVS, Malachiae, Mila J, Kevin Ross and more!

We recently teamed up with Motown on this idea, and we are honored to continue working with the iconic label to help spread the word about their newest roster of artists. For your listening pleasure, we have curated a brand new playlist, of some of the latest singles and standout releases, by the new Motown – The New Definition of Soul.

Stream the playlist below via Spotify or YouTube.

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New Music: Ne-Yo – Two


Look at Ne-Yo getting sneaky!

The R&B star has returned with a brand new song, and “secret” Soundcloud account, well not so secret because he shared it on Instagram, but still under an alias–Crown Alpha Hill.

Titled, “Two,” the romantic piano ballad was penned for his wife, Crystal Renay, and he intended to perform it for her at their recent wedding, but the moment didn’t quite go as planned.

“This is the song I attempted to sing to my wife on our wedding day. If you saw the vid you know it didn’t go well. LOL. Emotions n’ all that. This is a song that expresses a love that makes the opinion of others mean even LESS than they actually do. Fore in TRUE love the only opinions that matter….are “TWO.” Enjoy,” wrote Ne-Yo.

Check it out below.

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ThisisRnB Nights: “GRAMMY Park” Live with Ne-Yo & Jazmine Sullivan at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn


On Thursday night (May 5) The GRAMMYs launched their first ever “GRAMMY Park” live event at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The opening night concert at the famed, recently re-opened theater featured R&B stars Ne-Yo and Jazmine Sullivan.

The renovated grand-old building is a spectacular venue for any show, but when R&B vocals bounce off the golden walls it’s something innately special. The drinks and free candy were flowing, as thousands of guests found the way to their seats, and the incomparable @JSullivanMusic took the stage. Jaz’s anointed voice is exceptional on it’s own, but when backed by her full band, additional backup singers, and high definition screens to enhance the visual performance, there are few that can compete with the songstresses ability to captivate an audience. Since her return in 2015 with the critically acclaimed album Reality Show, the Philly girl has been consistently touring with her new material, and she put plenty on display this night. Performing cuts off the album like “Mascara,” “Forever Don’t Last,” “Let It Burn,” and “Masterpiece” the singer left all her emotions on the stage. However, one of the most touching and memorable moments was her tribute to Prince as she let her fluttering falsetto shine with a cover of the late legend’s song “Adore.” To close her exceptional performance Jazmine turned up the tempo as everyone rocked and bounced to her breakout single “Need U Bad.”

The evening’s headliner was none other than R&B hitmaker Ne-Yo, and when the first horns of his recent hit “She Knows” hit the speakers everyone knew it was time for a party. The singer/songwriter’s catalog is one of the deepest in the game these days, and he can literally keep a crowd on their feet for a full hour, however Ne-Yo made sure to take us through various emotions as he ran through hits like “Miss Independent,” “All Because Of You,” “So Sick,” “Champagne Life” and more, plus showed BK some love with his classic Fabolous-collaboration “Make Me Better.”

He made sure to bring us all the way back to where he got his big break, penning Mario’s massive hit “Let Me Love You,” and brought us back up to date with favorites off his latest album, Non-Fiction, like “Congratulations,” “Story Time” and the sexy slow jam “Religious.”

Similar to Jazmine, Ne-Yo had to pay his respects to one of his greatest inspirations and an artist whom he respected greatly–Prince. As the lights dimmed all the way down, a clip of Prince’s interview with Oprah played on the large screen, and the crowd let out a gasp of anticipation for the forthcoming special moment. Ne-Yo was clearly nervous to even attempt to cover The Purple One, as he told the crowd, “Man, I just pray that I can do this song justice. I love you, Prince. We miss you.” He clearly did his best covering one of Prince’s less mainstream songs, “The Beautiful Ones,” off Purple Rain.

The “Sexy Love” singer was certainly in top form with a mission to make one of his musical fathers proud, like he was right there in the audience with the rest of us. The party continued as Ne-Yo led us into the night with his mega dance hits like “Give Me Everything,” and he absolutely gave Brooklyn everything.

Check out our exclusive photos and footage below!

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Ticket Giveaway: GRAMMY Park Live with Ne-Yo & Jazmine Sullivan May 5 in Brooklyn, NY

Grammy Park Ne-Yo Jazmine

The GRAMMY’s always bring stellar events surrounding music’s biggest night, but now, The Recording Academy® is bringing more great live music events to fans throughout the year. Kicking off this week in Brooklyn, NY, the Academy has partnered with Upsilon Ventures, producer and developer of iconic destinations and visitor experiences and the New York City Mayor’s Office to present “GRAMMY Park,” the first GRAMMY-branded, multiday live music experience!

Over the course of four days and 10 live concert performances, more than 30 artists, collectively honored with 40-plus GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY Awards®, will converge in Brooklyn to celebrate the rich musical diversity of various genres, including R&B, hip-hop, gospel, pop, Latin, and jazz.

Live music performances and signature Artist Spotlights featuring seven-time GRAMMY winner Toni Braxton with Andra Day, and three-time GRAMMY winner NE-YO with Jazmine Sullivan, will take place in two of Brooklyn’s most iconic locations, the Prospect Park Bandshell and the historic Kings Theatre. Additional special events and programs will be held at LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park.

Now for the really exciting news! We have teamed up with the Academy for a special ticket giveaway for the opening night concert at Kings Theatre featuring NE-YO and Jazmine Sullivan!!

We have 5 pairs of tickets available! See below for the rules and regulations for your chance to win!

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