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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


Opinion: Why the Grammys exceeded my expectations

There's no doubt that women had a banner year at the Grammys. It's hard to say if this is an anomaly or the new normal, and it's too soon to herald a changing of the guard within the Recording Academy. However, the diversity of the female performers/honorees and winners -- not only in terms of race, but also musical genre and generation (from legends like Dolly Parton and Diana Ross to newcomers like Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa, and H.E.R.) -- is worth noting and applauding. Let's hope it's a sign ...
Tags: News, Dolly Parton, Stories, Grammys, Diana Ross, Recording Academy, Camila Cabello Dua Lipa


Michelle Obama led a banner Grammys for women

There's no doubt that women had a banner year at the Grammys. It's hard to say if this is an anomaly or the new normal, and it's too soon to herald a changing of the guard within the Recording Academy. However, the diversity of the female performers/honorees and winners -- not only in terms of race, but also musical genre and generation (from legends like Dolly Parton and Diana Ross to newcomers like Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa, and H.E.R.) -- is worth noting and applauding. Let's hope it's a sign ...
Tags: News, Dolly Parton, Stories, Michelle Obama, Diana Ross, Recording Academy, Camila Cabello Dua Lipa


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


Why Was Jennifer Lopez Representing Black Music History at the Grammys? (Column)

It’s only February, and 2019 already has been a tough year for star-studded A-list events. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences had to scramble to fill a job nobody wanted after Kevin Hart stepped down as Oscar host amid controversy over his homophobic past on social media. The NFL found itself in a […]
Tags: Opinion, NFL, Oscar, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Hart, Grammys, Diana Ross, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences


Diana Ross’ Grandson Is Supremely Adorable In Grammys Speech

The 9-year-old ate up the spotlight while introducing his legendary grandma.
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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


‘Happy Birthday to Me!’ Diana Ross Sparkled During Her 75th Birthday Grammys Performance

'Together we have no limits. There's only success ahead'
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Awards, Diana Ross, Onetime, Grammys 2019


Grammys 2019 fashion: Are giant shoulders a thing again?

Everything on the red carpet of the 61st annual Grammy Awards just seemed bigger this year. There were giant hats worn by men and women and the sparkles were turned up to 11. But the largest trend protruded from the shoulders of the stars. More red carpet fashion Grammys 2019 red carpet fashion: See photos of the stars’ best and worst looks Giant sleeves and fan-like shoulders made for exaggerated figures on the red carpet and at the show. Some were simple bow-like shapes like Lady Gag...
Tags: Kacey Musgraves, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Katy Perry, Dolly Parton, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Will Smith, Kylie Jenner, Grammy Awards, Heidi Klum, Staples Center, Diana Ross, Travis Scott, Matt Sayles


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


Alumni Of Northam’s Med School Say Racist Yearbook Photo Flew Under Radar

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The racist yearbook photo that could sink Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s career may have been mistakenly placed on his profile page — but even if it were put there intentionally, it’s unlikely that many students would have noticed, according to alumni who put together the publication or submitted pictures to it 35 years ago. Giac Chan Nguyen-Tan, a physician practicing in Connecticut, remembers that a page he laid out for the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook was...
Tags: News, Virginia, Connecticut, Kkk, Associated Press, Norfolk, Vietnam, Diana Ross, Ku Klux Klan, Marsh, Ralph, Va AP, Richard Cullen, Nguyen Tan, Elwood, Eastern Virginia Medical School


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


For Valentine’s Day, these flowers are getting a rock ‘n’ roll inspired twist

Ace of Vase, the Burbank shop florist Sheri Scott opened in 2015, gets its name from a Motörhead song. Scott’s flowers may be lovelier than the heavy metal classic “Ace of Spades,” but it’s a fitting reference: Her arrangements are powerful, cutting edge and – sometimes – come in vases covered with spikes. Even so, Scott says people often assume she named the store after the far less hardcore Swedish pop group Ace of Base, who had a string of hits in the 1990s and, coincidentally, have an album ...
Tags: Boston, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Diana Ross, Grey, Van Halen, Scott, Burbank, Spades, Pat Benatar, Eddie Van Halen, East Coast Boston, Ace of Base


Diana Ross add to 2019 lineup, Bob Seger cancels

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The legendary Diana Ross has been added to this year’s lineup for the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Festival organizers said Friday that Ross, who’s celebrating her 75th birthday this year, will make her first-ever appearance at the festival on Saturday, May 4. As lead singer […]
Tags: News, Entertainment, Ap, Nation, New Orleans, Diana Ross, Bob Seger, Ross


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 »
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Kate Hudson’s stripper pole, money-hungry Duchess Meghan, and Bruce Springsteen’s fear of fans, in this week’s dubious tabloids

Tabloid headlines are from Mars, tabloid stories are from Venus. That’s how far removed are this week’s stories and the headlines that top them. “Scott Peterson murdered 2 other women!” screams the National Enquirer cover. No he didn’t, says the story inside, despite the spread headline: “Scott Peterson a Serial Killer!” Convicted wife-killer Peterson is nothing more than a possible suspect in two cold case deaths to which he has the most tenuous of connections. “Jen Garner Recruited by Hollywoo...
Tags: Post, New York, Bruce Springsteen, News, Aretha Franklin, America, Los Angeles, Nicole Kidman, Harry, John Mccain, Mars, Jfk, National Enquirer, Globe, Kate Hudson, Burt Reynolds


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


Lee Daniels Pays Up! Dame Dash Drops $5 Million Lawsuit…

NEWSFLASH!! Lee Daniels can rest a bit easier now that he’s paid up his debt to Damon “Dame” Dash. If you recall, the movie director was SHOOK when the hip-hop mogul pulled up on him at at Diana Ross concert and confronted him about a $2 million investment Dame made into Lee Daniels budding career back in 2004. [READ: On Blast! Dame Dash Publicly Confronts Lee Daniels Over $2 Million Dollar Loan… (VIDEO)] Daniels has apparently paid up so Dash has dropped his $5 million dollar lawsuit. Detai...
Tags: Celebrities, News, Atlanta, Diana Ross, Lee Daniels, Legal Issues, Daniels, Dame, Dame Dash, Mo Nique, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Damon Dash, Atlanta Gossip, Damon Dame Dash, Million Fraud Lawsuit Lee Daniels Apologizes


The Ross Family's Thanksgiving Day Parade Celebration In New York City Is Pure Joy

Diana Ross sparkled at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City
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Diana Ross to headline frigid Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade

NEW YORK (AP) — Diana Ross might be singing “Stop! In The Name of Gloves” by the time she’s done performing at New York City’s super chilly Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which forecasters say could be the coldest ever. John Legend, Martina McBride and the Muppets from “Sesame Street” are also slated to perform in […]
Tags: Travel, New York, News, New York City, Ap, Diana Ross, Nation & World, John Legend Martina McBride


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 »
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