Collaboration With John Legend In The Works – Praiz

Praiz-John LegendRnB singer, Praiz is working on a major collaboration with Grammy Award winning singer, John Legend, an EP and a second album, which has been titled ‘Out Of Africa’.

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment News on Channels Television, the singer who is a John Legend fan, revealed that he is currently in talks with the ‘All Of Me’ crooner.

Praiz also talked about his plans to promote talented new acts in the industry, as his way of giving them an opportunity to become big shots in the music industry.

“I’m looking for eight talented underground artistes that I think deserve that platform and I’m going to feature them on the EP. I’m going to shoot videos to promote them and put their faces out there. Try and do a radio tour and introduce the world to this new acts,” he said.

His album, which he said is titled ‘Out of Africa’, would also contain collaborations with a number of artistes from different parts Africa from the north, central, west, east and south.

“It’s also to just promote our continent; promote the culture of this continent – music, dance, emotions, everything about Africa”, Praiz said.

Tailor Swift Wins Big At MTV VMAs

VMA AwardsSeveral moments made highlights of the 32 annual MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) including Nicki Minaj challenging Miley Cyrus, Cyrus announcing a surprise album, Kanye West’s poignant Video Vanguard Award speech and  Justin Bieber dominating the 2015 VMAs.

 

 

 

Check Out The Full List Of Winners.

Video of the Year
Taylor Swift ft Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Best Female Video
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Sia – “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”

Best Male Video
Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
The Weeknd – “Earned It”
Nick Jonas – “Chains”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa ft Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Big Sean ft E-40 – “IDFWU”

Best Pop Video
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Beyoncé – “7/11″
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5 – “Sugar”

Best Rock Video
Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”
Hozier – “Take Me to Church”
Florence + the Machine – “Ship to Wreck”
Walk the Moon – “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

Artist to Watch
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy – “Riptide”
George Ezra – “Budapest”
James Bay – “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs – “Pendulum”

Video With a Social Message
Big Sean ft Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”
Jennifer Hudson – “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat – “Try”
Rihanna – “American Oxygen”
Wale – “The White Shoes”

Best Collaboration
Taylor Swift ft Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”

Best Art Direction
Snoop Dogg – “So Many Pros” (François Rousselet, Jason Fijal)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Charles Infante)
Jack White – “Would You Fight For My Love” (Jack White, Jeff Peterson)
The Chemical Brothers – “Go” (Michel Gondry)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best Choreography
OK Go – “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Beyoncé – “7/11” (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
Chet Faker – “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)

Best Cinematography
Flying Lotus ft Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
Alt-J – “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

Best Direction
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)Taylor Swift ft Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy)
Hozier – “Take Me to Church” (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)
Childish Gambino – “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

Best Editing
Beyoncé – “7/11” (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky – “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best Visual Effects
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Taylor Swift ft Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino – “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)
Tyler, the Creator – “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

The Oscar Moment That Got Celebrities In Tears

David Oyelowo Oscars tearsFrom the red carpet poses, to the dazzling outfits and the acceptance speeches, there was only one Oscar moment that was emotionally charged enough to get Hollywood celebrities teary-eyed.

That was the stellar performance of the ‘Selma’ theme song, Glory, by rapper Common and singer, John Legend.

Moments before they won the nod for Oscar’s Orignial Best Song, Common and Legend sang their hearts out, backed by a choir and brilliant stage imagery showing the rights march which the Selma movie is based on.

When the music stopped, the audience, rising to their feet burst into a loud ovation but what was most intriguing was the emotional reaction it elicited.

David Oyelowo, who plays Dr Martin Luther King Jnr. in Selma, was seen trying to hold back more tears than he had already shed; While Oprah Winfrey also tried to wipe some away.

Actor Chris Pine and a few others were also caught in the moment.

Performers At Grammys 2015 Are…

GrammysThe melancholic singer of ‘In The Lonely Hour’, Sam Smith and the “Happy” Williams Pharrell have been announced as some of the artistes to perform at the Grammys, next month.

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday , that Usher and Miranda Lambert also will take the stage at the Feb. 8 show in Los Angeles, while Common and John Legend will perform their Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated song, “Glory,” from the movie “Selma.”

Smith, Pharrell and Beyonce are the Grammy leaders with six nominations apiece. They will battle Beck and Ed Sheeran for the top prize, Album of the Year.

More stars have been announced as performers for the night and it looks like it is going to be a full house with Sam Smith, John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Miranda Lambert, Usher, Ariana Grande, Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Eric Church and many more.

 

 

Photo Credit: Billboard

 

Photos: Dr. Sid Ties Knot With Simi Osomo

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Mavin Record artiste, Dr. Sid on Saturday tied the knot with his sweet heart Simi Osomo at a colourful wedding in Lagos.

The star-studded event had in attendance Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Toke Makinwa,Banky W, Tania Omotayo, Toolz, Korede Bello, BOJ, Tee Billz, Fade Ogunro, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Freda Francis, Tunde Demuren, Tunde Ednut, DJ Cuppy and others.

Mavin Record’s boss, Don Jazzy surprised the couple with a car gift.

 

 

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R. Kelly makes Soul Train Awards’ history as most nominated artist

R. Kelly is nominated for two awards at this year’s Soul Train Awards, making him the most nominated act ever at the awards show.

R. Kelly is up for the Ashford & Simpson songwriter’s award and album of the year, bringing his career total to 21 nominations.

Usher leads this year’s awards with five nominations. Estelle, Nas, Trey Songz and John Legend are also multiple nominees.

Whitney Houston is nominated for best gospel inspirational performance and Amy Winehouse is nominated for best international performance. New Edition will receive a lifetime achievement award.

The Soul Train Awards, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, will be taped 8 November at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The show will air on 25 November on BET and Centric.

Adele clears 12 of 18 2012 Billboard Music Award

British singer Adele on Sunday walked away with 12 of the 18 award nominations, at the just concluded 2012 Billboard Music Award.

The awards were won from her album 21, she also won top female artist, top artist and top album.

Other awardees include LFAO who got an award for their “Party Rock Anthem” as song of the year,
Top duo group, as well as 4 awards out of 6.

Other highlights of the show were tributes session which allowed some fans to pay tribute to Robin Gibb who recently died of cancer. Natasha Bedingfield paid tribute to Donna Summer, while Wiz Khalifa praised late Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch.

John Legend and Jordin Sparks sang “The Greatest Love of All” and “I Will Always Love You” to remember Whitney Houston.

John Legend engaged to longtime Girlfriend; Chrissy Teigen

John Legend and Chrissy Tiegen

Grammy Award winning singer John Legend recently became engaged to his longtime girlfriend and Superstar model;Chrissy Teigen.
They were vacationing in Maldives when he popped the question.

John Roger Stephens better known by his stage name John Legend is an American singer-songwriter and actor.

He is the recipient of nine Grammy Awards, and in 2007, he received the special Starlight award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

John Legend’s career gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with multiple established artists.

He added his voice to those of other artists, assisting them reach chart-topper hits.

He lent his voice to Kanye West’s All of the Lights, on Slum Village’s “Selfish” and Dilated Peoples’ “This Way”.

Other artists included Jay-Z’s “Encore”, and he sang backing vocals on Alicia Keys’ 2003 song “You Don’t Know My Name” and Fort Minor’s “High Road.” John Legend also played piano on Lauryn Hill’s “Everything Is Everything.”