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Beyoncé's mother enjoys star-studded birthday

January 12th, 2014 3:20pm EST
Jennifer Hudson, Kris Jenner and Kelly Rowland were among the guests at Tina Knowles' star-studded 60th birthday bash on Saturday night (01.11.14).
Beyoncé and her younger sister Solange Knowles, 27, threw their mother a private masquerade ball at Muriel's Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The 32-year-old 'XO' hitmaker and rapper husband Jay Z snuck in the side door of the upscale eatery, while a marching band led Solange and Tina into the event after they arrived in elaborate horse-drawn carriages, according to gossip website
Former Destiny's Child star Kelly showed off he...

Monica's father hospitalised for kidney failure

September 12th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
R&B star Monica is praying her father recovers from a bout of ill health after he was hospitalised on the same day she gave birth to her baby girl.

The Boy Is Mine hitmaker became a mother for the third time last week (03Sep13) when she and her husband, basketball player Shannon Brown, welcomed little Laiyah, but her joy was tinged with sadness after learning her dad had ended up in hospital, too.

The new mum shared a photo of her father, Billy Arnold, Jr., cradling his newborn granddaughter in a post on on Thursday (12Sep13), and explained, "The same day our daughter was bo...

Monica throws baby shower ahead of daughter's birth

August 26th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
R&B singer Monica has thrown a lavish princess-themed baby shower in anticipation of becoming a new mum.

The Angel of Mine hitmaker is weeks away from welcoming her first child with basketball star husband Shannon Brown, and she threw a special bash ahead of the big day.

Monica decked out her pal Jermaine Dupri's Atlanta, Georgia home with pink balloons, cushions and flowers, and even indulged in a cake in the shape of a carousel.

The star tells People, “It was very whimsical, just like a Disney princess movie and just as I had envisioned it."

And Monica reveals she can't wait to share ...

Monica is pregnant

May 13th, 2013 12:50pm EDT
R&B singer Monica is pregnant.

The Angel of Mine hitmaker and her basketball ace husband Shannon Brown are expecting their first child together later this year (13).

The 32 year old announced the exciting news on on America's Mother's Day (12May13) by uploading a photo of her burgeoning baby bump, alongside a caption which read, "5months & counting #excited".

Monica already has two kids from a previous relationship with rapper Rocko, sons Rodney, seven, and Romelo, five.

Singer Monica Pregnant With Third Child

May 13th, 2013 11:37am EDT
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R&B star Monica revealed on Mother's Day that she's pregnant. The singer and her basketball star husband Shannon Brown are expecting their first child together later this year.

The 32 year old announced the news on Twitter. She posted a photo of her burgeoning baby bump with the caption: "5months & counting #excited."
Monica has two children from a previous relationship with rapper Rocko - sons Rodney, 7, and Romelo, 5.

Monica Marries Again

July 10th, 2011 6:15pm EDT
R&B singer Monica has wed her husband Shannon Brown for a second time, following their secret marriage last year.

"The Boy Is Mine" hitmaker exchanged vows with the Los Angeles Lakers player in a private ceremony at her home in November, but the pair enjoyed a second celebration on Saturday to share their wedding joy with friends and family.

Hundred of guests, including MTV VJ La La Vasquez and her husband Carmelo Anthony, as well as Brown's teammates Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher, attended the ceremony at a cathedral in Los Angeles.

The happy couple then joined guests at a purple and blu...

'The Voice' - BattleBots Part Two Recap May 17, 2011

May 18th, 2011 2:03pm EDT
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Get set for another round of mega duets, as Part Two of the Battle Round begins! The celebrity coaches Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera choose another pair of vocalists from their team, and the nail biting begins! Host Carson Daly seems even more self-effacing this week, if that’s even possible.

Team Cee Lo: Nakia and Tje Austin were chosen to sing Ne-Yo's "Closer." It’s a hair-fest, as both have huge mops of hair, and face fur to match. At the blind audition, Nakia actually braved Cee Lo’s own “Forget You,” and seems to have appropriated the singer’s indoor...

Reba McEntire & Monica Join 'The Voice'

April 30th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Veteran singer Reba McEntire and R&B star Monica have joined the all-star cast of hit new TV talent contest "The Voice."

The stars will pair up with the show's coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton to help contestants hit the high notes.

Australian singer/songwriter Sia Furler, who wrote three songs for Aguilera's most recent album Bionic, and music producer Adam Blackstone have also signed on as advisers on the programme.

The series was a big hit when it debuted in America on Tuesday night. It was the highest rated series premiere on a major network sin...

Monica Confirms Secret Wedding

January 21st, 2011 11:26am EST
R&B singer Monica has confirmed she secretly married her basketball star boyfriend Shannon Brown in November last year.

The Boy Is Mine hitmaker began dating the Los Angeles Lakers player last summer after he portrayed her love interest in her music video for Love All Over Me.

Rumors of an engagement were rife in October when Monica showed off a sparking diamond ring in a picture posted on her page. The singer has now confirmed the couple tied the knot a month later, sealing their whirlwind romance.

She tells, "This is a very special time in my life. I am...

Alicia Keys & Usher Lead Soul Train Nominations

October 18th, 2010 10:25pm EDT
Alicia Keys
New mom Alicia Keys has something else to celebrate after learning she has been nominated for four Soul Train Awards.

The "No One" singer gave birth to her first child, Egypt, on Friday, and now she's leading the way at the soul and R&B prizegiving, which is due to take place in Atlanta, Georgia on November 10.

Usher also landed four nominations, while Drake scored three. Monica, Nicki Minaj and Sade were among the double nominees.

Ronald Isley and Anita Baker will be the recipients of special career achievement awards at the event, which will be hosted by "Hustle & Flow" co-stars Terren...

Slideshow: 2009 BET Awards Hot Pics

June 29th, 2009 11:04am EDT
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The 2009 BET Awards brought out all the stars to honor Michael Jackson. Check out pictures of all your favorite celebrities from the show last night.

It was a non-stop standing ovation for Michael Jackson and his legendary career as host Jamie Foxx and a legion of A-list stars paid tribute to the King of Pop with special performances and emotional testimonials about what Jackson meant to them.

Michael's sister Janet Jackson even made an appearance on behalf of the Jackson family to thank fans for their support (watch video).

And amidst all the touching tributes and stunning perfo...

Mary J. Blige And Tyler Perry Among BET Honorees

January 19th, 2009 12:48pm EST
Mary J. Blige
Singer Mary J. Blige and filmmaker Tyler Perry were among the recipients of the BET Honors on Saturday.

The awards ceremony - which pays tribute to the achievements of African American stars - took place in Washington, D.C. and was hosted by actress Gabrielle Union. The show saw performances from acts including Ne-Yo, Queen Latifah, Keyshia Cole, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker and Monica, while Joss Stone and Yolanda Adams teamed up for duet, singing Just a Prayer Away for Perry, who was honored for his contribution to theater and film.

Pop superstar Whitney Houston also made an app...

Ashanti's 'The Vault' Features 12 Never Before Released Recordings

September 14th, 2008 7:30pm EDT
Ring the alarm. The Vault is being opened. It holds 12 never-before-released recordings from Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling R&B songstress Ashanti. The Vault will be released October 14th by AJM Records.

The Vault contains vocal recordings penned by Ashanti in 2001 while signed exclusively to AJM Records. This composite of work was completed before AJM's joint venture with Murder Inc/Def Jam in 2002.

Top notch producers added the finishing touches to The Vault, including 15-year-old producing wunderkind Miguel "Migs" Baeza. Migs produced the first single set to drop from ...

Sean 'The Pen' Garrett teams up with Plies and Akon on 'Come On In'

July 9th, 2008 7:30pm EDT
Sean Garrett
Sean Garrett wants more! Your favorite artist's favorite songwriter-producer--behind #1 hits such as Beyoncé's "Check On It," Fergie's "London Bridge," Nelly's "Grillz," Chris Brown's "Run It!," Ciara's "Goodies," and Usher's "Yeah!"--takes center stage with his debut album, Turbo 919 (Bet I Penned It/Interscope Records).

"I love when people hear a hit and know I wrote and produced it but I love being on stage too," says Garrett. "Performing my songs, what's in my heart, that's been my dream since I was a kid. Creating that excitement in people with music is a remarkable high, and noth...

Monica Celebrates Birth Of Baby Boy

January 11th, 2008 1:18pm EST
R&B star Monica has given birth to a baby boy. The Boy Is Mine singer and her producer boyfriend Rodney 'Rock' Hill, Jr. welcomed Romello Montez Hill into the world on Tuesday at a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

The tot weighed in at five pounds and six ounces, and both mother and baby are doing fine, according to Monica's manager/cousin Melinda Dancil.

The couple also has a two-year-old son, Rodney Ramone Hill.

-Monica Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Commemorate GRAMMY's 50th Anniversary With 'The Ultimate GRAMMY Collection'

January 8th, 2008 2:12pm EST
Classic Pop
In a grand commemoration of the 50th Celebration of the GRAMMY® Awards, Shout! Factory and The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY® Recordings announce an electrifying 7-CD series encompassing GRAMMY® winners from four of the legendary awards' major genres. With a personal introduction written by 27-time GRAMMY® winner and 50th Celebration Ambassador Quincy Jones, this series is a sumptuous ode to the biggest hits in music history and a must-have for music lovers and collectors alike.

"We look forward to celebrating the past five decades of GRAMMY®-winning music with music fans everywhere thr...

Monica: 'Pregnancy Is Easy'

November 30th, 2007 8:37am EST
R&B singer Monica is expecting her second child in January, and she can't believe how easy pregnancy can be. The young star, who already has one son with producer boyfriend Rodney 'Rock' Hill, Jr., feels sure she's a natural mother because she doesn't suffer the stresses and strains of other moms-to-be.

She says, "It really does agree with me in the sense that I'm never sick. I'm never in pain. I don't even wear maternity clothes until after six months. I eat way too much, but, other than that, I don't have difficulties."

The couple's first son, Rodney Ramone Hill, turned two ea...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 24

October 24th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Caprice Bourret
Happy Birthday to Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney (1985), singer Monica (1980), supermodel Caprice Bourret (1974), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actor B.D. Wong (1962), comedic and dramatic actor Kevin Kline (1947), Amadeus actor F. Murray Abraham (1939), '50s teen hearthrob David Nelson (1936), bass player for The Rolling Stones Bill Wyman (1936), and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson (1930; d. 1959), rock legend killed in the plane crash that also took the lives of Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 4)

December 31st, 2006 3:00pm EST
The Darkness
In October, Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, announced that he's leaving the band because he can't live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle again after completing rehab... Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy becomes the parody singer's first ever top-ten hit... and legendary NYC nightclub CBGB, where bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie got their start, closed; Patti Smith was the final act... Beck took things to the next level by releasing his latest album, The Information with sets of stickers so fans could create their own cover art; however, the revolutionary move prompte...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 24

October 24th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Caprice Bourret
Happy Birthday to Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney (1985), singer Monica (1980), supermodel Caprice Bourret (1974), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actor B.D. Wong (1962), comedic and dramatic actor Kevin Kline (1947), Amadeus actor F. Murray Abraham (1939), '50s teen hearthrob David Nelson (1936), bass player for The Rolling Stones Bill Wyman (1936), and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson (1930; d. 1959), rock legend killed in the plane crash that also took the lives of Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

Monica Gets Personal on New Album

October 16th, 2006 10:40am EDT
R&B singer Monica hopes her new album will give troubled fans the strength to battle through their problems because the personal disc is based on her diaries. The star used her own experiences as an inspiration during the recording of The Makings Of Me.

Her boyfriend Jarvis 'Knot' Weems committed suicide in 2000 by shooting himself in front of her, while another boyfriend Corey 'C-Murder' Miller was imprisoned for the 2002 killing of Louisiana teenager Steve Thomas. Miller has since been released and is currently on house arrest awaiting a second trial.

And although it was uncomf...

New Monica Album Drops Sept. 19; Listen To The First Single Here

August 7th, 2006 2:04pm EDT
After a life-changing and life-affirming two-year break, Atlanta's Grammy Award-winning J Records artist Monica has completed her eagerly anticipated fourth album, “The Makings Of Me,” set for release on September 19.

The new album is the follow-up to 2003's platinum-plus After the Storm and heralds the return of one of pop and R&B music's most consistent chart-topping songstress.

"I've watched Monica, now 24, develop and grow since she was 14," states Clive Davis, Chairman and CEO, BMG U.S. "She's now at the absolute peak of her career. Her new album has at least four or five h...

Paparazzo Gets Hit by Taxi, Keeps Taking Photos of Singer Monica

July 21st, 2006 10:14am EDT
A paparazzi photographer chasing singer Monica has been hit by a taxi in New York City. The accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon as the R&B star left a magazine shoot. The photographer was hurt, but he got the shots he craved when Monica ran over to check if he was ok and posed as he continued to snap away.

Monica's representative tells, "We had just left a shoot for the teen magazines to promote Monica's new album, 'The Makings Of Me.' We were on Eighth Avenue, by 39th Street, and the photographer was in the street by Monica's SUV when he stepped too far out in the str...

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