Essence Festival: A three day New Orleans party-with-a-heart designed to showcase the nation's very best R&B artists. Beyoncé, Maxwell, Trey Songz and Keyshia Cole will be there, are you?
Calling at R&B fans: if you're not at Essence Festival this weekend, then why not? Year on year the line-up gets better and better, and this year is no exception. Loads of acts are set to bring their talents to one of the six stages this weekend (4th - 7th July), including the unmatchable Beyoncé, the multi-platinum selling Keyshia Cole, hiphop star Trey Songz and loads of other important names of the genre.
Beyoncé Knowles Is Sure To Dazzle As She Headlines Essence Festival.
However, Thursday's grand opening of the 19th annual festival came with a sterner note from Mayor Mitch Landrieu who took to his own stage for a press conference to address to issue of gun violence and murdering in the world-famous Crescent City, as reported by Nola.com. Landrieu acknowledged that things had been going well for the city, with recent accolades such as 'the nation's laboratory for change and innovation,' and announced plans for a Sunday morning gathering for New Orleans' mothers who have lost their children to violence, saying "We understand that mothers who have loved and lost are critical in changing the culture of violence and in ending this unacceptable epidemic of young African-American men killing each other," giving early festival attendees for for thought as they prepared to begin their celebration of black musicians, performers and artists.
What was Bobby Brown doing when he was arrested for DUI in the early hours of yesterday (October 24, 2012)?
Well, TMZ have received news that the New Edition singer was having it large in a karaoke bar. Perhaps this is how veteran R&B performers practise for their arena tours, these days. Or maybe Bobby was just enjoying a night out with some pals. Either way, he forgot the golden rule: If you’re boozing, get a cab!
This isn’t the first time that Bobby Brown has been arrested for driving under the influence. He was arrested for the same offence earlier this year and has reportedly been seeking help for his substance issues over the summer. He was pulled over by police at about 1am yesterday but staff at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon have told TMZ that he hadn’t been drinking alcohol whilst he was there, just singing his little heart out on the karaoke.
R Kelly makes history with 21st nomination for the Soul Train Awards. He is now the most nominated act ever, reports CBS News.
R. Kelly's double nomination at this year's Soul Train Awards, makes him the most nominated act ever at the awards show. Kelly brings his career total to 21 nominations and is up for the Ashford & Simpson songwriter's award and album of the year. Two was enough to steal the headlines, but it's Usher that leads the way this year with five nominations, whilst Estelle/em>, Nas, Trey Songz and John Legend are also in the running for various awards. Posthumous nominations include Whitney Houston for best gospel inspirational performance and Amy Winehouse for best international performance. New Edition will receive a lifetime achievement award. The Soul Train Awards - hosted by Cedric the Entertainer - will be filmed on Nov. 8 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The show will air Nov. 25 on BET and Centric.
R&B singer Usher will join pop singer Shakira as they fill in for Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera during the spring cycle of singing competition series The Voice" NBC says. The move will give Green and Aguilera a break from the show's schedule to focus on other pursuits.