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Alicia Keys celebrates birthday with Stevie Wonder performance

January 28th, 2014 4:20am EST
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder and P. Diddy were among the performers at Alicia Keys' birthday party.
The 'No One' hitmaker's husband Swizz Beats threw a private party for her 33rd birthday after the Grammy Awards on Sunday (01.26.14), with 75 guests in attendance.
Insiders told the New York Post newspaper that the party-goers had to check in their phones when they arrived at the couple's Hollywood Hills home so no pictures could be leaked online.
Once inside, the revelers enjoyed Nas and Diddy performing 'Hate Me Now', before Alicia joined Nas on stage to sing Lauryn Hill's part of his hit single 'If I Rul...

Foo Fighters to perform on cruise ahead of Super Bowl

December 20th, 2013 3:20am EST
Foo Fighters
The Foo Fighters are set to make waves ahead of America's Super Bowl next year (14) by performing on a cruise ship docked on New York City's Hudson River.

The Best of You rockers will take to the stage aboard the unique venue on 1 February (14), just one day before football's biggest game of the season.

The Foo Fighters, along with special guests the Zac Brown Band, will perform on the liner, docked just across from the Bud Light Hotel, which will serve as the main hub for the weekend's star-studded concerts and parties.

Hip-hop group The Roots will take over the ship with Run D.M.C. and...

Pharrell Williams marries Helen Lasichanh

October 13th, 2013 7:50am EDT
Pharrell Williams has married Helen Lasichanh.
The producer-and-musician tied the knot with his supermodel fiancee yesterday (10.12.13) at a star-studded ceremony in Florida.
Many famous friends attended the bash in Miami, including rappers Busta Rhymes and Usher who performed a "mini concert" for the guests.
An insider told UsMagazine.com: "Usher and Busta Rhymes did a mini concert at the wedding.
"It was so fun. The little concert was amazing. It [was] the most fun wedding I've ever been to."
Another guest revealed the pair were even set to treat those at the wedding to renditions of some...

Q&A: MC Toni Monroe

January 31st, 2012 1:00pm EST
Toni Monroe
Being a female MC is unique enough - but Toni Monroe has shattered the expectation of the role. Not only is she a woman, but she's a woman who doesn't fit any physical stereotype. And not only is she not concerned about being different, she's completely embraced her self-image.

I recently talked with Toni about what makes her who she is, and the challenges she's faced as a plus-size woman in her profession.

What made you want to become an MC?

As far as me being an MC, I just feel like it was just one of those things. It was all or nothing. Anybody can rap, but I wanted to do it and...

Justin Bieber & Mariah Carey Debut 'All I Want For Christmas' Video (Watch It!)

December 1st, 2011 10:30am EST
Mariah Carey All I Want for Christmas
Justin Bieber, Tony Bennett and Neil Diamond got the holiday season off to a musical start in New York on Wednesday night when they performed festive tunes for thousands of fans gathered for the 79th lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

Michael Buble celebrated taking his new album "Christmas" to the top of the charts by kicking off the celebration with a rendition of "I'll Be Home For Christmas," and New York local Bennett wowed the crowd with his version of "The Christmas Song."

But the night belonged to Bieber, who performed a new hip-hop version of "Little Drummer Boy" w...

T.I. Makes His Return At BET Hip-Hop Awards

October 2nd, 2011 5:00pm EDT
Newly-freed rapper T.I. made his post-prison return to the stage at the BET Hip-Hop awards on Saturday night.

The hip-hop star was recently released from jail to a halfway house after serving a 10-month sentence for a probation violation, and was made a free man on Thursday.

T.I. made his return to the spotlight official by making a surprise appearance at the glitzy prizegiving in Atlanta, Georgia, taking to the stage with Young Jeezy, who opened the show.

The star then performed solo, while later in the ceremony, DMX, who was freed from prison in July, also made his return by performing...

Lil Wayne Lands 18 Nominations For BET Hip Hop Awards

September 8th, 2011 3:35pm EDT
Rap superstar Lil Wayne looks set to dominate the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards after landing 18 nominations.

The Lollipop hitmaker is enjoying a great week after selling almost one million copies of his new release Tha Carter IV to top the U.S. album charts on Wednesday, and now he's leading the way at the annual music ceremony.

He will go up against Jay-Z and Kanye West for the titles of Best Live Performer, Hustler of the Year and Lyricist of the Year, for which he will also face competition from his protegee Nicki Minaj.

His song 6 Foot 7 Foot is up for Track of the Year and Best Club Bang...

Spotted: Chelsea Handler, Shia Labeouf, Kevin Bacon, Demi Lovato & More Party In LA

August 30th, 2011 7:30pm EDT
The stars hit the town this weekend and we’ve got all the details! [RIGHT] Shia Labeouf, Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge, Chelsea Handler, Jesse Metcalfe and tons more all attended the (BELVEDERE)RED launch party Friday night held at The Box in Hollywood. Belvedere partnered up with product Red to help raise proceeds for the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa. The celebs looked good and had fun, all for a good cause!

Saturday night we spotted a bevy of celebrities at Perez Hilton’s infamous "One Night In Los Angeles" pre-VMA bash held at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. The ...

Flavor Flav & MC Hammer To Join Charlie Sheen At Insane Clown Posse Festival

July 7th, 2011 8:49am EDT
Flavor Flav
Flavor Flav, Ice Cube, MC Hammer, Bobby Brown and Lil Jon will join Charlie Sheen at the Insane Clown Posse's four-day rap and wrestling festival in Illinois next month.

Sheen announced he'd be among the presenters in an excited tweet on Wednesday, and now the full line-up has been announced.

Sheen and Flav will co-host the music and wresting event, dubbed the Gathering Of The Juggalos, while rappers Ice Cube, Lil Jon, Paul Wall and MC Hammer will join Bobby Brown on the bill.

The 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos will take place at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois from 11-14 August.

Xzibit, ...

Chris Brown Leads 2011 BET Awards Nominations

May 18th, 2011 8:22am EDT
Chris Brown
R&B singer Chris Brown's comeback is complete - he is leading this year's BET Awards with a total of six nominations.

The Kiss Kiss hit-maker was convicted of assault and ordered to stay away from his ex-girlfriend Rihanna after confessing he beat her during a heated fight on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Brown has since attempted to rebuild his reputation and singing career - beginning with a Michael Jackson tribute at the 2010 BET Awards ceremony. The star insisted the performance was his "ultimate apology" for letting fans down over his actions - and just a year on he has receiv...

Music Review: 'Fast Five' Soundtrack

May 12th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
Fast Five
Various Artists, Fast Five Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (ABKCO)

The fact that I'm even writing this review speaks to the quality of the Fast Five soundtrack. It dropped last week (May 3), but I've enjoyed listening to it so much that I wanted to feature it anyway.

If you've listened to the soundtracks that were put out for The Fast and the Furious series previously, you know what to expect with this one. Particularly if you're familiar with the album for Fast & Furious - this CD has the same Latin sound as that one, even with some of the same artists. Fast Five is a superior album, ...

Fast Five OST Coming To You

April 29th, 2011 2:37pm EDT
Fast Five CD Cover
ABKCO Records will release Fast Five (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), the soundtrack to the latest chapter in the franchise built on speed on May 3rd, it was announced today. The soundtrack includes new tracks and remixes from Ludacris and Don Omar (featuring Busta Rhymes) and will be available in both CD & digital formats.

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast Five. In this installment, former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite ...

Nicki Minaj Gives Lil Wayne A Lap Dance On Stage

March 28th, 2011 3:32pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
Rap sensation Nicki Minaj gave her mentor and tour mate Lil Wayne a night to remember on Sunday, when she treated him to a sexy lapdance during their concert in New York.

The stars took their I Am Music II trek to Long Island for the first of two dates at Nassau Coliseum and gave fans an eyeful during Minaj's set, when she decided against pulling a lucky fan up onstage for her concert stunt - and instead chose to bump and grind against a smiling Wayne.

Before launching into her verse on Sean Kingston's reggae tune Letting Go (Dutty Love), she told the hip-hop star, "You got the big move...

Wyclef Jean Shot While In Haiti; Car 'Peppered With Bullets'

March 20th, 2011 9:46am EDT
Wyclef Jean
Rapper Wyclef Jean has been shot in the hand in his native Haiti.

The former Fugees star, who lives in the U.S., traveled to the country earlier this week to lend his support to presidential candidate Michel Martelly as he prepares for the final round of elections against former First Lady Mirlande Manigat on Sunday.

Reports emerged shortly after midnight on Sunday suggesting Jean's car had come under attack and was peppered with bullets as he was being driven through the city of Port-au-Prince with hip-hop pal Busta Rhymes and record executive Jimmy Rosemond.

The guitarist's hand was in...

Diddy Gives $1 Million In Cash To Partygoers In Miami

February 2nd, 2011 2:00pm EST
Sean "Diddy" Combs was very popular at rapper Rick Ross' recent birthday bash - he handed out $1 million in cash to thrilled guests.

Ross celebrated his 35th birthday on Friday and took his entourage to the Miami club scene in Florida over the weekend.

Combs was among the A-list guests, and the generous star couldn't resist sharing his wealth with club revelers - throwing out wads of dollars into the crowd, according to Britain's The Sun.

Pharrell Williams and Busta Rhymes also joined in the lavish party.

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Chris Brown Pays Tribute To Michael Jackson & Cries At BET Awards; See Full List Of Winners, Video & Photos!

June 28th, 2010 8:40am EDT
Black Eyed Peas
R&B star Chris Brown stole the limelight at the 2010 BET Awards on Sunday night when he performed a showstopping dance tribute to the late Michael Jackson.

The "Kiss Kiss" hitmaker was introduced to the stage by Jermaine Jackson to mark the first anniversary of the King of Pop's death.

The young singer showed off his fancy footwork to "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Smooth Criminal" and "Billie Jean" but struggled to complete his tribute segment as tears streamed down his face while trying to sing Jackson classic "Man in the Mirror."

His surprise addition to the show's line-up came a year a...

2010 Grammy Awards Fashion (Photos)

February 1st, 2010 12:10pm EST
2010 Grammy Awards Fashion
Gold and beige were hot colors at last night's Grammy Awards. Beyonce looked fantastic in a form-fitting Stephanie Rolland gown, while Katy Perry wore the same shade in a dress by Zac Posen, complete with gold flowers. Sexy "Tik Tok" pop star Ke$ha wore a flirty gold fringed dress. Carrie Underwood took the stage in a strapless gold gown but wore a white dress with an asymmetrical neckline on the red carpet.

Fergie stood out in her electric blue and gold dress, which had a hint of Egyptian flare. Taylor Swift was one of our top picks of the night in a blue sparkly floor-length Kaufman F...

Happy 40th Birthday Jay-Z!

December 4th, 2009 8:35am EST
Jay-Z will celebrate his 40th birthday in style on Friday with a number-one single, the queen of the Grammy nominations as his wife and a reputation as one of the key cultural figures in the world.

The rapper, who scored a third week at number one with New York anthem Empire State of Mind on Thursday, is now one of the coolest 40-somethings on the planet and, as he celebrates his birthday with his stunning wife Beyonce, WENN would like to wish him the very best.

WENN trawled through the archives and dug out 12 fascinating facts about Shawn Carter:

- Born to Gloria Carter and Adnes ...

Busta Rhymes To Pay $75,000 In Damages

October 17th, 2009 9:30am EDT
Busta Rhymes To Pay $75,000
Rapper Busta Rhymes has been ordered to pay $75,000 to a fan he allegedly assaulted in 2003.

A judge has awarded Alex Duncan damages after he accused the hip-hop star and his bodyguard of beating him during a break in the star's concert at a university in Albany, New York.

Duncan, 32, took to the stand and told the court he has suffered from anxiety and nightmares ever since the attack, according to the New York Post.

He tells the publication, "I don't even go to parties anymore, because there's always someone asking, 'What happened to that Busta Rhymes case?'"

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9 Stars Who Have Felt The Wrath Of 'Halloween's' Michael Myers

August 26th, 2009 10:48am EDT
Halloween II
When John Carpenter envisioned his horrific tale of a serial killer terrorizing his family more than 30 years ago, he likely had no idea that "Halloween" would become one of the longest-running film franchises ever.

Over the course of 10 films, including Rob Zombie's two semi-unrelated movies ("Halloween II" opens Aug. 28), many famous faces have drifted through Haddonfield, some in major roles, others in bit parts.

Here are nine stars who have felt Michael Myers' wrath in the "Halloween" films.

Jamie Lee Curtis: No one has their success more intricately linked with these movies t...

Queen Latifah's New Album, 'Persona', Due Aug. 25

August 13th, 2009 3:59pm EDT
Queen Latifah
Grammy winning, Oscar nominated, Golden Globe winning, recording artist Queen Latifah is releasing her new album "Persona" on August 25, 2009. With her undeniable talent, this album brings together the two worlds of Hip Hop and Pop creating a new sound for the Queen. "Persona" is executive produced by Cool & Dre and features a song produced by renowned music producer and artist Pharrell Williams.

Queen Latifah: musician; television and film actress; a label president; an author and entrepreneur. Blessed with style and talent, Queen Latifah has blossomed into a one-woman entertainment co...

Jay-Z Stuns Crowd At Summer Jam, Debuts New Song 'D.O.A.'

June 8th, 2009 2:55pm EDT
Rap superstar Jay-Z stunned concert goers in New Jersey on Sunday when he made a surprise appearance at the annual Summer Jam event to debut his new song.

The hip-hop icon - who was not listed on the bill of performers for the gig held by New York radio station Hot 97 - sent the crowd in East Rutherford, New Jersey into a screaming frenzy when he stepped out to join Young Jeezy on stage for a remix of Put On.

But Jay-Z commanded fans' full attention when he played his brand new track D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune) live for the first time at the show, just two days after premiering th...

'Dear Slim' - An Open Rhyme To Eminem

June 3rd, 2009 12:11pm EDT
Dear Slim,

I'm writing this on behalf of many fans,

who once upon a time believed that you were it - the Man.

In 99' I heard "My Name Is" for the very first time,

and instantly believed it was the most entertaining rhyme,

That I'd heard since Busta Rhymes, back in 97',

but I leap-frogged you ahead of a ton of rappers- to maybe top eleven.

I was so friggin sure that you were the genuine article,

that I jammed out to your album way more than Wyclef's Carnival.

Gimmicks aside (and forget the potty humor), whenever your name was mentioned I wo...

Surprise Return For Rap Pioneer Grandmaster Flash

December 5th, 2008 12:14pm EST
Grandmaster Flash
Hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash is to release his first album of new material in more than 20 years.

The DJ, real name Joseph Saddler, has not put out an LP of original songs since 1988's On The Strength. In the late 1970s, he teamed up with fellow hip-hop pioneers to form Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five. The group released the genre-defining hit The Message, but split in 1983.

Last year, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five became the first hip-hop/rap group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The DJ will release The Bridge: Concept Of A Culture on Febr...

Gwyneth Paltrow & Huey Lewis' 'Duets' Duet Named Worst Ever

October 30th, 2008 12:09pm EDT
Gwyneth Paltrow And Huey Lewis' rendition of Cruisin' in 2000 movie Duets has been voted the worst vocal collaboration of all time, by an online music magazine. The pair played karaoke champs in the film, and went on to release the Smokey Robinson cover as a single.

It reached the number one spot in Australia, but has been singled out as the top flop duet by editors of Spinner.com.

Paula Abdul's pairing with MC Skat Kat for Opposites Attract was named second worst, followed by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's 1982 release "The Girl is Mine."

No legend is spared in the top...

Slick Rick Among Honorees At VH1 Hip Hop Honors

October 6th, 2008 3:46pm EDT
Slick Rick
NEW YORK (AP) - Even though he's considered one of rap's all-time greats, when Slick Rick is asked about his most significant accomplishment, he doesn't mention having a platinum-selling record, classic hits like "Children's Story" or even his most recent accolade - getting saluted as a pioneer at the "VH1 Hip-Hop Honors."

Instead, he cites: owning a home. "I guess my biggest accomplishment would be to purchase some real estate in the Bronx ... to have something to fall back on a rainy day," Slick Rick, who's now a landlord, said in a recent interview. While that may seem rather mundan...

Busta Rhymes Thanks Lawyers And Immigration Officials At Gig

September 27th, 2008 10:36am EDT
Busta Rhymes
Rapper Busta Rhymes has publicly thanked his lawyers and immigration officials for helping him gain access into the U.K. following his airport detention.

The hitmaker was detained overnight on Thursday by British border authorities over his past criminal convictions in the U.S. At one point it looked as if he'd have to scrap a charity show in London on Friday night, but he was released and allowed to perform after a High Court judge granted him a last minute reprieve earlier in the day.

The judge emphasized the extraordinary nature of the case, and told the court he was acting so ...

Busta Rhymes 'Still Good' With Dr. Dre

September 24th, 2008 2:26pm EDT
Busta Rhymes
Rapper Busta Rhymes bears no animosity towards his former record label boss Dr. Dre, insisting they will "always be good."

The Touch It hit-maker - real name Trevor Smith - announced he was walking away from his Aftermath/Interscope Records contract last week, in favor of Universal Motown records. Rhymes signed to Dre's Aftermath label in 2004, but four years on, his album Blessed had still yet to be released.

The label split is rumored to have been the result of a dispute between the star and Interscope boss Jimmy Iovine over the constant album delays. However during a New York...

Busta Rhymes Quits Record Label

September 20th, 2008 10:30am EDT
Busta Rhymes
Rapper Busta Rhymes has left his record label in order to release his latest album Blessed through another music industry giant. The hip-hop star - real name Trevor George Smith Jr. - decided to quit Aftermath/Interscope after four years in favor of Universal Motown records because of a reportedly acrimonious relationship with Aftermath boss Jimmy Iovine.

The label - which is also home to hip-hop heavyweights Dr. Dre, Eminem and 50 Cent - reportedly pushed back the release of Rhymes' eighth studio LP Blessed, and clashed with the star over certain track samples.

The album was neve...

Hot Guys Slideshow: Sexy Hip-Hop Abs & Six Packs

August 25th, 2008 2:20pm EDT
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There's no shortage of hot bodies in hip-hop. Luckily rappers are never shy about taking their shirts off to show off their six packs. Enjoy a look at some of the sexiest abs in hip-hop today! When you're done be sure to let us know your favorite(s) in the comments!


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