Performances


Halsey and Big Sean were some of the musical guests on the season finale of NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday night (May 22). The pop singer and G.O.O.D. Music rapper performed their “Alone” remix for the first-time live, a record that also features U.K. sensation Stefflon Don. Last month, Halsey dropped a music video for the remix, which is in support of her latest album hopeless fountain kingdom.

Watch Halsey and Sean Don on The Voice below.

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Some of music’s biggest stars were celebrated as the 2018 Billboard Music Awards invaded Las Vegas on Sunday night (May 20). Hosted by Kelly Clarkson, this year’s award show featured performances by Ariana Grande, Camilla Cabello and Pharrell Williams, Khalid and Normani, Jennifer Lopez and DJ Khaled, plus Salt-N-Pepa closing the BBMAs with “Whatta Man” alongside En Vogue. Janet Jackson made history, by becoming the first black woman to be honored with the Icon Award. Presented by Bruno Mars, the pop entertainer electrified the night with a medley performance of “Nasty,” “If” and “Throb.”

For all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history,” said Janet in her acceptance speech. “It’s a moment when, at long last, women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated, or abused. I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination. My prayer is that weary of such noise, we turn back to the source of all calmness. That source is God. Everything we lack, God has in abundance. Compassion, sensitivity, patience, and a boundless love.”

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A pair of leading ladies starred on the season finale of Saturday Night Live this weekend. Hosted by actress Tina Fey, the late-night comedy sketch show featured Nicki Minaj as musical guest. In anticipation of her new album Queen due June 15th, the Young Money Queen turned SNL‘s Studio 8H into a location out in the Far East as she performed her new single “Chun-Li.”

For her encore performance, Nicki Minaj surprised fans and viewers. Instead of rocking the crowd with her second single “Barbie Tingz,” the Young Money Queen brought out special guest Playboi Carti to do their “Poke It Out” collaboration for the first-time.

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Miguel and Kygo joined forces on the song “Remind Me to Forget,” a record that appears on the latter’s Kids in Love re-release LP. After recently debuting the music video, the R&B singer and Norwegian DJ/producer appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (May 15). Turning the studio stage into a strobe light show, Miguel and Kygo performed their collaboration for the first-time on television.

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Earlier this year, Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins officially joined forces to release an album called August Greene, which is also the name of their group. Last night, the veteran trio brought their band to Late Night with Seth Meyers and performed their breezy album standout, “Black Kennedy.” August Greene may have slipped under your radar (the album was released as an Amazon exclusive), but Common’s political pen and Glasper and Riggins’ soulful, jazzy production is a powerful combination indeed.

Stream August Greene here.

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Mother’s Day arrives this weekend, so in tribute 2 Chainz and YG brought a couple of special guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday (May. 9). Appearing as musical guests, Tity Boi and YG 400 performed their Offset-featured “Proud” collaboration for the first-time on television. The two rappers were joined by their mothers, seated on the studio stage before eventually standing and turning up with their successful sons. Both 2 Chainz and YG have new albums coming this year, Rap Or Go To The League and Stay Dangerous respectively.

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After visits to The Angie Martinez Show, The Breakfast Club and ESPN’s First Take this week, Meek Mill continued his media run with an appearance on HOT 97. Sitting down with the radio show’s morning crew, Meek discussed everything ranging from his past run-ins with Philadelphia police, his legal issues, dealing with probation for ten years, using his position to help educate young minorities and more. The MMG rapper reacted to first hearing Beyoncé say ‘Free Meek’ on DJ Khaled’s “Top Off,” noticing a shift in worldwide support once JAY-Z brought attention to Meek’s legal situation on various nationwide platforms, and people criticizing his relationship with 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

For the first-time, Meek reveals he spoke with Kanye West just minutes before referencing the “Old Kanye” in an Instagram post. When asked if a potential collaboration with past foe Drake could happen, Meek says “it’s possible.” The 31-year-old would continue to say he has no hate towards the Toronto superstar despite their heavy 2015 beef. When the subject of new music came up at the 1:10:20 mark, Meek decided to kick an acapella freestyle.

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Chromeo’s fifth studio album Head Over Heels arrives just in time for the summer, available everywhere on June 15. The album is supported by the single “Must’ve Been,” a collaboration from the Montreal duo and Big Baby DRAM. On Tuesday (May 8), Chromeo’s Dave 1 and P-Thugg appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where DRAM joined as special guest to perform “Must’ve Been” for the first-time on television.

Watch the performance and see the album cover below.

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Donald Glover and his alter-ego, Childish Gambino, served as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Ahead of the season two finale of Atlanta later this week, Glover delivered one of SNL‘s memorable episodes in recent time. Taking to the stage in Studio 8H, Gambino’s first performance was for the song “This Is America,” a record the actor/producer/rapper debuted moments before SNL aired. Showing off his versatility, Childish Gambino would later return for his second performance to premiere a new track titled “Saturday.” On the track, Gambino shows off his crooning vocals over an uptempo beat filled with groovy vibes.

On the music side, Gambino’s fourth and final studio album is expected to arrive later this year via his newly signed deal with RCA Records. Catch Childish Gambino on his North American tour with Rae Sremmurd and Vince Staples starting in September.

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On “Nice For What,” Drake flipped Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” into his latest chart topper. But last night, Lauryn Hill reclaimed her 1998 hit as she remixed “Nice For What” during a performance at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. “See, this is ‘Ex-Factor,’ he took the sample / My shit is classic, his an example / Of how we nice it up on a n*gga / Sometimes we wanna spice it up on a n*gga,” she rapped over the live production, which subtly blended the original “Ex-Factor” instrumental with Drake’s beat.

Lauryn Hill is set to embark on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th anniversary tour this July.

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