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Smokey Robinson Defends J.Lo, Says Motown’s Music Isn’t “Just for Black People”

For those of you who didn’t enjoy Jennifer Lopez’s Motown tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards, Smokey Robinson wants you to have several seats and stop being a hater because you’re clearly missing the point of Motown. WATCH: Twitter Was Not Here for J.Lo’s Jentrified Motown Tribute Grammys Performance On Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 12), at least two days removed from the Grammys, Smokey said in a lengthy statement (via Instagram) that those protesting J.Lo’s performance are “trying to set us back a hu...
Tags: Music, Celebs, Instagram, Smokey Robinson, Pop Culture, Jennifer Lopez, Jazz, Michael Jackson, Grammys, Diana Ross, Don, Jennifer, J Lo, Motown, Smokey, Gordy


Grammys 2019: Performances Ranked Worst To Best

2019 might be some kind of cosmic turning point in the history of the Grammys: The first show where the conversation was more about who didn’t perform than who did. Ariana Grande’s fuck-this-shit refusal to play ball with the notorious Grammy-production dumbfucks revealed just how completely this was a show in … More »
Tags: Music, Kacey Musgraves, Aretha Franklin, List, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Ne-yo, Grammys, St. Vincent, Diana Ross


Grammys 2019: Cardi B and Drake take awards at show packed with performances – live

The awards show has been dominated by live performances, including Lady Gaga and Brandi Carlile and tributes to Dolly Parton and Diana Ross, and so far Drake, H.E.R. and Cardi B have gotten major wins 4.22am GMT Hmmmmmumm.... pic.twitter.com/TEXUBUSV2B 4.21am GMT Back on stage so soon, British singer Dua Lipa has taken home one of the night’s biggest awards, winning out in a competitive category. She’s cut off with music incredibly fast though, another sign that producers are aware of h...
Tags: Music, Culture, Awards and prizes, Alicia Keys, Dolly Parton, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Drake, Diana Ross, Cardi B, Cardi, Brandi Carlile, Dua Lipa, Grammy awards 2019


Grammys 2019: Jennifer Lopez, Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo celebrate Motown

With label founder Berry Gordy sitting front and center at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo and Smokey Robinson paid tribute to the legendary Motown Records. It’s the 60th anniversary of the label, which was home to artists such as the Jackson 5, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Tempations, Gladys Knight and many, many more. Lopez, who has been busy performing in Las Vegas, was a solid choice to pull of a Motown medley as she blasted through...
Tags: Music, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Michelle Obama, Las Vegas, Will Smith, Jackson, Rolling Stone, Grammy Awards, Diana Ross, Concerts, Gladys Knight, Robinson


2019 Grammy Awards Performances

The 61st annual GRAMMY Awards took over the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night (Feb. 10), hosted by 15-time GRAMMYs winner Alicia Keys. Music’s biggest night was loaded with musical performances and collaborations from Camilla Cabello and Young Thug, Janelle Monáe, Cardi B, Post Malone, H.E.R., Travis Scott, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the iconic Diana Ross, and more. *Stay tuned as performances are updated during the live broadcast Continue afte...
Tags: Television, Awards, Los Angeles, Jazz, Grammy Awards, Grammys, Staples Center, Diana Ross, Janelle Monae, Young Thug, Travis Scott, Cardi B, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone, Cardi, ALICIA


2019 Grammy Awards Performances: Cardi B, Janelle Monáe, Post Malone & More

The 61st annual GRAMMY Awards took over the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night (Feb. 10), hosted by 15-time GRAMMYs winner Alicia Keys. Music’s biggest night was loaded with musical performances and collaborations from Camilla Cabello and Young Thug, Janelle Monáe, Cardi B, Post Malone, H.E.R., Travis Scott, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the iconic Diana Ross, and more. *Stay tuned as performances are updated during the live broadcast Continue after ...
Tags: Television, Awards, Los Angeles, Jazz, Grammy Awards, Grammys, Staples Center, Diana Ross, Janelle Monae, Young Thug, Mike Dean, Travis Scott, Cardi B, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone, Cardi


Kathy Sledge on the 40th Anniversary of the Joyful Song, 'We Are Family'

None Four decades after it unfairly became a casualty of the "Disco Sucks" movement, maligned as a cheesy artifact of the era like high platform soled shoes and white polyester suits, Sister Sledge's 1979 album We Are Family remains one of the most solid soul collections ever put on wax. It arrived at a pivotal moment in the career of Debbie, Joni, Kim and Kathy Sledge, the four sisters from Philadelphia: after two albums (Circle of Love and Together) and one top 40 R&B single ("Love Don't Go ...
Tags: Feature, Music, Disco, Interview, America, Pop, Soul, Atlantic, R&B, Philadelphia, Will Smith, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Jacksons, Nile Rodgers, Anderson


50 years ago, these were the No. 1 albums and music singles of 1969

In 1969 you either bought your music on black plastic circles and used a needle to scratch sounds out of the vinyl, heard it on the airwaves, most likely on a lo-fi AM radio, or, if you were lucky, saw your favorite bands and musicians live in concert. The best-selling album of the year, Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” plateaued at No. 4 on the charts, but that’s probably because the 10 albums that made it to the top were more uniformly solid, nearly all of them still considered classics....
Tags: Music, Glen Campbell, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Broadway, Elvis Presley, Lodi, Charles Manson, Cher, Beatles, Diana Ross, Romeo, Ross, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant


The Number Ones: Diana Ross’ “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
Tags: Music, Diana Ross, The Number Ones


Aretha Franklin: Context, Intersectionality, and the Rock Canon

None Let's face it, the established canon of popular music, especially from the mid-20th century on, is dominated by rock and white male artists: the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. How does Aretha Franklin fit into this canon, and what challenges can she pose to it, as one of the few women of color whom it has unequivocally embraced? Franklin fits within a prescribed framework of artists of color and female artists, as tied to specific contexts, including social mov...
Tags: Feature, Music, Aretha Franklin, Time, Beach Boys, US, Jerusalem, America, Jimi Hendrix, Atlantic, Bob Dylan, New York Times, Brian Wilson, Blues, Elvis Presley, R&B


The Number Ones: Diana Ross & The Supremes’ “Someday We’ll Be Together”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
Tags: Music, Diana Ross, Supremes, The Supremes, The Number Ones


How Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Video Changed Pop Culture Forever: Revisit the 13-Minute Short Film Directed by John Landis

Michael Jackson's Thriller, the album, had spent the previous year at the top of the charts before the John Landis-directed video for the title track debuted in 1983. Two previous videos, for massive hits “Billie Jean” and “Beat It,” kept him on constant rotation on the fledgling MTV and other networks. It seemed that the “naïve, preternaturally gifted 25-year-old” couldn’t get any more internationally famous, but then, as Nancy Griffin writes at Vanity Fair, “it was the ‘Thriller’ video...
Tags: Google, Music, London, Television, College, Dance, Mtv, Jackson, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Vanity Fair, Diana Ross, Griffin, Jones, Michael, Venice Film Festival


50 fabulous acts that have played The Forum in Inglewood over 50 years

To kick off its 50th anniversary celebration, The Forum had soul and funk band Earth, Wind & Fire perform atop a float that looked like a mini version of the iconic venue this year during the 129th Annual Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year’s Day. Though the indoor arena officially opened on Dec. 30, 1967 in Inglewood, it was a multi-use facility and one-time home to the Lakers and the Kings, and didn’t host its first concert until Jan. 22, 1968. The venue has undergone several renovations and h...
Tags: Music, England, Bruce Springsteen, London, Bono, Washington, Jay Z, Aretha Franklin, Beach Boys, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Wings, Things To Do, Soccer


Chic Were the Zenith of Disco

None One of the greatest losses I experienced as a result of sustaining injuries in 2012 was dancing. Spinal and feet damage have made it if not quite impossible then certainly much harder to graze a rug, never mind cut it. Listening to the glorious first three years of the Chic Organization's output, as presented in this box, forced me to confront that loss head-on. The best disco, and Chic were sometimes disco even though they transcended it, was highly sensual and absolutely thrilling to...
Tags: Music, Disco, Review, Diana, R&B, Khan, Music Review, Diana Ross, Nile Rodgers, Chic, Zenith, Risque, Funk, Norma Jean, Rodgers, Edwards


The Number Ones: Diana Ross & The Supremes’ “Love Child”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
Tags: Music, Diana Ross, Supremes, The Supremes, The Number Ones


It’s A Good Time To Be Bad Bunny

The name Ocasio derives from the Spanish "ocasión," which means what you think it means: an occasion, a time. According to Ancestry.com, most people named Ocasio are Puerto Rican, in heritage if not in residence, and the word's "meaning as a surname" is unclear. More »
Tags: Music, Nicki Minaj, Future, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Bradley Cooper, Bastille, Queen, Iggy Azalea, Lady Gaga, Drake, John Legend, Imagine Dragons, Lost In Translation, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Mariah Carey


This Week's Interesting Music Releases - October 26, 2018

Julia Holter's Aviary is challenging and rewarding, one of the year's best albums. Georgia Anne Muldrow's Overload, Laura Gibson's Goners, and Ty Segall's covers album Fudge Sandwich are other new releases I can recommend. Vinyl reissues include two albums by This Mortal Coil (Blood, Filigree & Shadow) and four from Bruce Springsteen (The Ghost of Tom Joad, Human Touch, Lucky Town, Tunnel of Love). This week's interesting music releases: Barry White: The 20th Century Records Albums 1973-...
Tags: Music, Bruce Springsteen, Ingrid Michaelson, Mexico, Georgia, David, David Bowie, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Lincoln, William Shatner, Thom Yorke, Diana Ross, Julia Holter, Ty Segall, Robyn


Bye Felicia! Megyn Kelly Reportedly FIRED From NBC After Ignorant Blackface Comments

To the left, to the left, everything you own in the box to the left, Megyn Kelly!According to multiple credible news sources, just two days after Megyn Kelly admitted on national television that she thinks that it’s OK for white people to dress up in blackface for Halloween, she has been fired from NBC.BIG SHOCKER, RIGHT?! The same woman who once said that Santa Clause and Jesus are both white men is being ousted from a major news network because she doesn’t understand how racist blackface is.So...
Tags: News, Nbc, Nbc News, Cnn, Today Show, Pop Culture, Jazz, Fox News, Jesus, Caa, Megyn Kelly, Diana Ross, Ross, Hail Mary, Real Housewives Of New York, Andrea


16 Iconic Halloween Costumes That Are All About The Hair

Halloween inspiration comes in waves based on current pop culture moments. One year it's all about Left Shark, and the next you're bobbing for apples with four Cardi B look-alikes at the company Halloween party.This year, you can expect plenty of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin costumes. And if you're thinking of going as Baldwin, there's one important question to answer: Are you blonde enough to pull it off? Because in order to do the leggy model justice — and so many other pop culture icons,...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, White House, Justin Bieber, Victoria Beckham, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Kylie Jenner, Cher, Diana Ross, Ross, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Hailey Baldwin


15 Iconic Halloween Costumes That Are All About The Hair

Halloween inspiration comes in waves based on current pop culture moments. One year it's all about Left Shark, and the next you're bobbing for apples with four Cardi B look-alikes at the company Halloween party.This year, you can expect plenty of Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande costumes. And if you're thinking of going Grande, there's one important question to answer: Will you have a headache from wearing that tight ponytail all night? Because in order to do Ariana justice — and so many other ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, White House, Victoria Beckham, Lady Gaga, Kylie Jenner, Cher, Diana Ross, Pete Davidson, Ross, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Josh, Don


Don't Sleep On These AMAs Red Carpet Looks

An awards show is a small but welcome distraction amidst the political firestorm we've been entangled in over the past few weeks. Tonight, the 48th annual American Music Awards are kicking off, and the star-studded event is sure to be a spectacle that delivers some (lighter) drama.A good red carpet is one that gets us speculating: Will nominee Cardi B shadily strut down the carpet in Nicki Minaj's hater merch? Will Taylor Swift open the show in a bold blue gown in solidarity with her newly-publ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Ralph Lauren, Drake, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lindsay Lohan, Levi, Diana Ross, Balmain, Amandla Stenberg, Melania Trump, Pete, Ella Mai, Vanessa Hudgens


And The Theme For Next Year's Met Gala Is...

Drum roll, please... (but actually, because this is gonna be good)...The theme of the next Met Gala is "Camp: Notes on Fashion."After putting on the most-visited Costume Institute show in its history — you saw it, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination — the Metropolitan Museum of Art's curator-in-charge Andrew Bolton is going even bigger. A play on literary star Susan Sontag's 1964 Partisan Review essay "Notes On 'Camp,' " in which she put a word on the meeting of high-brow art ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, White House, Elton John, The New York Times, Lady Gaga, Cher, Bolton, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gucci, Diana Ross, Trump, Versailles, Susan, Susan Sontag, Costume Institute


The Theme For Next Year's Met Gala Is...

Drum roll, please... (but actually, because this is gonna be good)...The theme of the next Met Gala is "Camp: Notes on Fashion."After putting on the most-visited Costume Institute show in its history — you saw it, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination — the Metropolitan Museum of Art's curator in charge Andrew Bolton is going even bigger. A play on literary star Susan Sontag's essay "Notes On 'Camp,' " of the Partisan Review from 1964 in which she put a word on the meeting of hi...
Tags: Fashion, Music, White House, New York Times, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Cher, Bolton, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gucci, Diana Ross, Trump, Versailles, Susan, Susan Sontag, Costume Institute


All Of The AMAs Red Carpet Looks We're Loving

An awards show is a small but welcome distraction amidst the political firestorm we've been entangled in over the past few weeks. Tonight, the 48th annual American Music Awards are kicking off, and the star-studded event is sure to be a spectacle that delivers some (lighter) drama.A good red carpet is one that gets us speculating: Will nominee Cardi B shadily strut down the carpet in Nicki Minaj's hater merch? Will Taylor Swift open the show in a bold blue gown in solidarity with her newly-publ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Drake, Tracee Ellis Ross, Diana Ross, Balmain, Melania Trump, Pete, Vanessa Hudgens, Cardi, Giambattista Valli, Dua Lipa, Pyer Moss, Will Taylor Swift


Melania Trump Wears Another Controversial Outfit — This Time With A Disturbing History

Once again, Melania Trump is coming under fire for an outfit selection.This time, the criticism for wearing a pith helmet, which many say has direct ties to European imperialism and colonialism, while on a safari in Kenya.According to Quartzy, the pith helmet was often worn by the British soldiers who colonized Africa and India in the 19th century. This means that wearing one today, as Trump did, might be seen as a lack of understanding about African culture at best and as a symbol of oppressio...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Supreme Court, Washington Post, India, Africa, Egypt, Kenya, Donald Trump, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gucci, Diana Ross, Trump, Melania Trump, Nairobi, Ivanka Trump


You're Not Imagining It — Every Celeb Is Getting This '90s Haircut

Before we dive into the latest hair trend taking over our Instagram feeds, a full disclaimer: This look isn't exactly new. In fact, the revival of one of the most popular hairstyles of the '90s — the blunt bob — has been a long time coming, a twinkle in the eye of Hollywood A-listers, social-media influencers, and beauty editors everywhere. Now, the chin-grazing, cropped bob is back, and everyone is getting in on it... and this time, we really mean everyone.Of course, this is far from the first...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hollywood, Viola Davis, Instagram, Alicia Keys, Oscar, Khloe Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Margot Robbie, Sarah Paulson, Jourdan Dunn, Diana Ross, Julianne Hough, Kim Kardashian West, Linda Evangelista


Tracee Ellis Ross Turned Up The Volume On The Emmys Red Carpet

Tracee Ellis Ross is truly a delight. Not only is she funny and down-to-earth, but she often casually serves up looks both on and off the 'gram. We've come to expect Ross to bring it when she walks the red carpet, as the daughter of Diana Ross should, but Tracee is something special. She's an Ivy League graduate, a theater kid, a model, and a fashion editor. The latter is part of what makes her style so good. You just know that, deep in her heart, she's a Fashion Person™.Earlier this summer, Ro...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York Times, Paris, Diana, Ivy League, Emmys, Tracee Ellis Ross, Diana Ross, Ross, Valentino, Kaia Gerber, Karla Welch, Tracee, Matthew Schneier, Haute Couture Fashion Week


14 Halloween Costumes That Are All About The Hair

Halloween inspiration comes in waves based on current pop culture moments. One year it's all about Left Shark, and the next you're bobbing for apples with four Cardi B look-alikes at the company Halloween party.This year, you can expect plenty of Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande costumes. And if you're thinking of going Grande, there's one important question to answer: Will you have a headache from wearing that tight ponytail all night? Because in order to do Ariana justice — and so many other ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, White House, Victoria Beckham, Lady Gaga, Kylie Jenner, Cher, Diana Ross, Pete Davidson, Ross, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Josh, Don


Confessions Of Terry Barber, MAC's Top Makeup Artist

Beauty trends may be constantly in flux, and our perceptions ever-evolving, but there are a handful of people within the industry who not only see its evolution firsthand but shape the way we view and consume it. Terry Barber is one such person. This year, the legendary makeup artist (with one of the best Instagram accounts out there) celebrates 25 years of working with MAC, a brand he’s grown with since his first role on its makeup counter in Harvey Nichols in 1994.The brand has recently expan...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Instagram, Mac, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Grace Jones, Kardashian, Miuccia Prada, North America, Harvey Nichols, Diana Ross, Barber, Mcqueen, Grace, Brigitte Bardot



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