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Last night, the stars of R&B, Hip Hop and black entertainment turned it out for the 2011 BET Awards. What’s great about this awards show is that it doesn’t just celebrate great musical talent but actors and movies as well. In an evening hosted by Kevin Hart the performances were plenty and impressed everyone in the Shrine Auditorium.

Mary J. Blige opened the show with an incredible performance medley including her hit Real Love and a duet with Anita Baker. She closed her performance with the debut of her new single with DJ Khaled titled It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over. Other show stopping performances came from artists like Jill Scott, Kelly Rowland and probably jet lagged Beyoncé who came straight from her recent appearance at Glastonbury. Among the plethora of performances, the show did manage to hand out a few awards but still managed to head over the three hour time slot. I blame the long but amazing tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award winner Patti LaBelle.

If you missed the show, make sure you check out the complete list of winners below. In an interesting turn of events, Chris Brown and Rihanna brought home matching awards with both of them gaining top honors in the best R&B category.

Check out the winners circle after the jump

Concert Review: Rihanna Gets Loud

In: Donovan, Music

It’s been a gloomy past few days in Vancouver and I was in desperate need of some sunshine. Thankfully Rihanna brought the sunny skies and the heat along with her, and I’m not talking about her bright Kool-aid color hair either. Literally, as the Bajan beauty landed in YVR, the mercury rose and clouds dissipated. RiRi kicked off her two day gig last night at Rogers Arena to a packed house. After reading a few early reviews of her concert, I was stoked. Even with Cee-Lo Green skipping out as an opening act for the Vancouver date, I was excited to see Robyn Rihanna Fenty live.

Technically this was my first time seeing Rihanna in concert. I had previously seen her live during a taping of American Idol, but that really doesn’t count. Instead of seeing her just sing one song, I was in store for two hours of Rihanna strutting it out on stage. Simply put, Rihanna’s Loud Tour was euphoric. Whether she was working out some serious choreography or belting out a ballad, Rihanna gave it her all. Shelling out money to see someone badly lip sync their way through the concert is not my idea of a good time (I’m talking to you Britney Spears). So, I definitely appreciate Rihanna providing live vocals for her fans. Now that’s a true artist.

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Rihanna Gives Female Fan A Lap Dance

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan, Music

I wonder how much of a tip Rihanna got from the lucky female fan. The 23-year-old singer performed an overtly sexual lap dance on stage while singing her song, “Skin“, during her concert in Baltimore. Two shirtless men brought the chosen fan to the edge of a round platform. RiRi then pushed the woman to her back and straddled her. She followed that up by pinning her down and gyrating her hips over her, before lying down beside her. I’m sure plenty enjoyed the girl on girl action.

One group that probably won’t be amused is the Parent’s Television Council (PTC). The group recently targeted the Bajan beauty for her violent new music video, “Man Down“. Being a target of domestic physical abuse, the council had hoped Rihanna promoted a message of seeking help instead of planning a premeditated murder. I get what the PTC is trying to say, but they have to realize that Rihanna probably doesn’t want to be the poster child for the cause for her lifetime. It’s only a music video and form of entertainment.

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Rihanna Premieres “Man Down” Music Video

In: Music, Patrick, Videos

The fifth single from her “Loud” album, Rihanna has just released the music video for her “Man Down” track. Before I continue, I want to share that as I write this, the smell of reefer is blowing into my apartment from the neighbors balcony below me and it seems like a fitting aroma for this Jamaican video slash song (which also reminds me of my younger years listening to “Santaria” by Sublime). The song has a very similar feel to Santaria, except with a tad of Debbie Downer in my opinion.

Anyway, set in Jamaica, the Anthony Mandler-directed video starts of with a man who has been shot down by Rihanna, as the song implies. We are then taken back to the previous day’s events to see how this tragedy came to be.

Just your average twizzled licorice red head from the village, Rihanna spends the day out in the sun before letting loose on the dance floor at night. When the juiced up creep she’s dancing with takes thing to another level and wants to take her to his California King Bed for some S&M , Rihanna pushes him away. Unfortunately, he doesn’t take no for an answer and Rihanna finds herself a victim of assault once again (thankfully, this time not in real life). To make a long story short, Rihanna is a “Good Girl Gone Bad” and she murders the guy.

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Last night, the Billboard Music Awards had Vegas all shook up at the MGM Grand with performances by the chart toppers of the last year. No doubt about it, Vegas knows how to party and who better to host a party in Vegas than Hangover 2 star Ken Jeong. He introduced himself with a great little musical cabaret number featuring Nicki Minaj and the lead singer of Train. Truly entertaining and the lyrics were hilarious.

The night was littered with performances very heavy on the pop/dance genre. We were treated to a little S&M from Rihanna who was then joined by Britney to round off the performance. Side note: Britney’s bod is looking real good. Cee-Lo’s performance was outstanding while Ke$ha brought the party as per usual with a herd of men dressed as red horses. Nicki Minaj returned to the stage to perform her new single Superbass and was joined by Ms. Spears who sang lip synced Till The World Ends.

The performance of the night for me definitely goes to the epic multimedia performance from Beyoncé who was the recipient of the Millennium Award. Prior to her performance she was honored in a video montage from Barbara Streisand, Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama and more. After building her nation on a giant white screen behind her, she was joined by an army of women who followed their leader with military dance move precision. By the way, did anyone else catch Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s little smooch?

Get the full list of Billboards 2011 Winners here.

Billboard 2011 Awards Fashion Roundup

In: Donovan, Fashion, Music

After a five-year hiatus, the Billboard Music awards came roaring back. I, myself, haven’t seen it yet as I’ve been out of town, but from what I’ve read it was an amazing show. Due to low ratings, the magazine took a break from producing a telecast show. They still gave out their yearly awards, just not in a grand public manner. Since it was a dawn of a new era, the show bumped up their normal Fall broadcast to a Spring date. Thus creating a perfect platform to promote upcoming concerts, movies, CDs and other projects. Plus with the warmer weather, it gave the ladies a chance to show off more skin in revealing outfits. I’ve picked a few of my favorite and not-so-favorite looks from the red carpet. Check them out below and be sure to cast your votes.

Destiny’s Child Fashion Smackdown

Beyonce was on hand to receive Billboard’s first ever Millennium Award. In other words, let’s create a brand new award so Beyonce can show up and pimp out her new projects. Her former band mates may have been there to support her, but both Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams stole the show with their red carpet looks. Rowland looked sexy in a tight hot pink body-hugging dress, while Williams put her spin on the little black dress. Backup no more. WERK, ladies.

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Rihanna Lays In Her “California King Bed”

In: Music, Tyrell, Videos

Rihanna is SO GORGEOUS! There is no denying that. Her newest music video for California King Bed only proves it.

Filmed in March and directed by Anthony Mandler, we begin with Rihanna looking stunning lying in some long grass by a real nice house. The sound of waves hitting the beach are in the distance as we cut to inside the bedroom of said house, wind blowing through the white curtains. It all looks like a dream. The entire video follows Rihanna through the room and onto the deck where we turn black and white for a moment.

The colors of this video are so amazing and make you feel like you are in this dream with Rihanna, not to mention that this song is totally killler. A few of us got to see Rihanna perform this track live at American Idol and I have to tell you, it was pretty stellar.

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Last night, Patrick, Tyrell, Brian and myself were lucky enough to score tickets to American Idol’s result show. It couldn’t have been better timing since Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson were both performing. By now you probably know who was booted, so I won’t bore with details as you’ve probably seen the show. Instead, I’ll give you some insight on what went on when the cameras weren’t rolling. But for those who haven’t seen it. I’ll post a quick paragraph at the end of the post.

Let’s get a few production details out of the way. First, the venue is a lot smaller in person than on television. That wide lens really does wonders. Over the years, Simon Cowell to present day judges have commented how differently the performances sound in person from the televised version. I can honestly say, that is 100% true. Everyone sounds really good in the venue.

What You Didn’t See On Television

If you watched the show you know Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Marc Anthony, Pia Toscano and Mary Hart were all in the audience. By the time the cameras were on Chaka Khan was sitting in the row behind the judges with Anita Baker, BUT that’s now how it started. At first Chaka was about nine rows behind Anita, before Baker motioned Khan to join here. How dare the producers put Miss Chaka up in the Idol nose bleeds. Oh wait, that’s where we were. LOL. By the time Mary Hart came, there were no more prime seats, so she had to sit where Chaka was originally sitting. SCANDAL-O.

read how J.Lo was after the jump

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