As I type this post, a few thousand are watching Beyoncè make her triumphant return to the stage, at opening night of her shows at Revel Resorts in Atlantic City.
Thankfully, those in attendance were gracious enough to snap a few pics of Queen Bey rocking out.
Get your first look at Blue Ivy’s mother back to business below.
It took a minute, but Beyoncé finally scores a number one single from her underrated album, 4. In its 26th week, “Love on Top” dethrones Drake’s “The Motto” to take the lead on Billboard’s Top Hip-Hop/R&B Songs chart.
With 16 wins and 44 nominations, Beyoncé is the third most honored woman in GRAMMYs history. After winning three with Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé tied the record for most wins (five) in a single night by a female artist in 2004. In 2010, she surpassed the record when she won six awards, including Song of the Year and Best R&B Female Vocal Performance for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for “Halo.”
At just 30-years old, she ranks third for most honored female performers behind Alison Krauss (26) and Aretha Franklin (18), and ties second for most-nominated female artist in Grammy history with 44, behind Dolly Parton, with 45 nominations.
In addition to a trio of solo performances, Knowles has also graced the GRAMMYs stage with Prince and Tina Turner. In 2004, she performed a ‘Purple Rain‘ Medley with Prince, which incorporated her hit single “Crazy In Love.” To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GRAMMYs, she joined forces with the legendary Tina Turner, performing Turner’s classic “Proud Mary.”
Watch Beyoncé perform the “Purple Rain” Medley with Prince at the 46th Grammy Awards in 2004 below.
Katy Perry continues her dominance on the Billboard charts. Teenage Dream becomes the first album to score seven No. 1s on Billboard’s Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as “The One That Got Away” vaults 3-1.
If there’s one gift you want under your tree this holiday season, it’s Beyoncé‘s DVD, Live at Roseland: Elements of 4. The two-disc set, in stores November 29, features her ‘4 Intimate Nights‘ concert recorded live at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom in August, as well as a video anthology featuring the music videos from 4, including the never-before-seen visual for “Dance for You.” Watch the official trailer and check out the tracklisting below.
After weeks of rumors, VH1 and Stacey Dash confirm her departure from Single Ladies. “I truly enjoyed playing Val on ‘Single Ladies’, but I have decided to leave the show. I have to be back in LA with my children right now and the ‘Single Ladies’ shooting location makes that impossible,” Dash said in an official statement. “I wish VH1 the best of luck with the show and in maintaining the strong fan base we developed in season one.”
Although I’m not a fan of the show, I’m well aware of the show’s success. The premiere broke records on VH1, drawing in 2.8 million viewers. Despite the press release, I’m convinced Stacey was fired from the show. Her stepping away from a hit series in today’s economy and job market for African-American actresses over 40 is ridiculous. It’s not like sequels to “Clueless” and “Mo Money” are in the works.
The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards just got hotter. Beyoncé will grace the stage at this year’s festivities.
MTV officially announced Bey will return to the VMA stage for the first time since 2009 to perform tracks from her latest chart-topping album 4. She is nominated for three Moonmen at this year’s show including Best Female Video, Best Choreography, and Best Cinematography for “Run the World (Girls).”
“We are thrilled to have Beyoncé return to her rightful musical home at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards,” said Amy Doyle, Executive Producer of the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards and EVP, Music & Talent, MTV. “Her performances at the VMAs are legendary – leaving everyone breathless and talking about it for days. We can’t wait to see her set the stage on fire once again!”
Check out past VMA performances from Beyoncé below.
ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) hosted its 23rd annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles. The star-studded event paid special tribute to legendary rapper/producer Dr. Dre and newcomer Janelle Monae, and honored the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2009 R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap and Gospel charts.
Singers/Songwriters Ne-Yo and The-Dream took home the night’s top prize of Songwriters of the Year. Ne-Yo was honored for “Mad,” “Miss Independent” and the bonus track “She Got Her Own” featuring Jamie Foxx and rapper Fabolous from his platinum-selling album Year of the Gentleman, as well as for three songs that he penned for other artists — Chrisette Michele’s “Epiphany (I’m Leaving),” Keri Hilson’s “Knock You Down” featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo, and “Spotlight” by Jennifer Hudson. This was Ne-Yo’s first time recieving this honor.
Songwriting/production duo, Tricky Stewart and The-Dream were honored for Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It” featuring T-Pain, “Just Like Me” by Jamie Foxx featuring T.I., “Rockin’ That Thang” by The-Dream, “Throw It In The Bag” by Fabolous featuring The-Dream, the Grammy winner for Song of the Year “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyonce and “Trading Places” by Usher.