BEGIN SLIDESHOW2018 Oscar musical performers include Common, Mary J. Blige & more!The 2018 Oscar musical performers include Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Natalia LaFourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, Sufjan Stevens and Oscar winner Common. They will perform this year’s nominated songs at the 90th Oscars ceremony, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced today. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live on Sunday, March 4, on the ABC Television Network.“We’re excited to have these talented artists showcase the powerful contribution music makes to filmmaking,” said De Luca and Todd. “It’s a privilege to welcome them to the 90th Oscars stage.”Bernal, LaFourcade and Miguel will perform the Oscar-nominated song “Remember Me” from Coco; Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.In addition to lending his voice to Coco, Bernal’s credits include the … [Read more...] about 2018 Oscar Musical Performers Include Mary J. Blige & More!
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Michael Becker / FoxFrom left: Angie Miller, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison It’s down to the wire, and America is faced with the unenviable task of cutting one of the final three American Idol girls down to two on the show’s famed homecoming episodes. True to Idol history, all three -- Kree Harrison, Candice Glover and Angie Miller -- were treated to a trip home, replete with parades, emotional reunions with their families, trips to elementary schools and visits to former places of employment. Each singer also got to perform a show for her hometown crowd. PHOTOS: 'American Idol' Season 12 Finalists' Hometown Visits It was hard not to get emotional watching all three homecoming packages. Nicki Minaj's tear ducts were working overtime, and even tough guy Jimmy Iovine got choked up. Mariah Carey, clearly moved, noted that returning home changed the game for each vocalist. “I feel like I went home with you,” she told Glover. “You got re-energized when you … [Read more...] about ‘American Idol’ Recap: Hometown Heroes
Jermaine Paul was the first to perform on NBC’s second season finale of The Voice on Tuesday. And to hear him talk about it, that performance of Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” with returning team members Jamar Rogers, James Massone and Pip would have been enough for the singer. “I told myself I’d be OK with whatever the results were going to be,” Paul, 33, told reporters after the show. “I wanted to go out and do the best performance ever with Pip, Jamar and James on that stage.” PHOTOS: 'The Voice' Contestants Volunteer at L.A. Food Bank “I was like five years old when the Jacksons did the Motown 25 reunion,” he continues. “This was the beginning of my love for music. Michael had the glove and the socks and the brothers came out and they did ‘I Want You Back.’ I wanted to recapture that moment. So, even if I don’t win, I wanted to leave it like that.” Well, the former back-up singer for … [Read more...] about ‘The Voice’s’ Jermaine Paul: ‘I Did My Job’ for Blake Shelton
Things are looking up for Mary J. Blige.It’s no secret that the queen of hip-hop soul has seen her share of tough times, including the recent dissolution of her marriage to longtime manager Kendu Isaacs, but she's moving past all that and starting 2018 on a very high note. Not only did she just receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (on her birthday, no less), but when the Oscar nominations were announced on Jan. 23, she made history by becoming the first person to receive both an acting nomination and a song nomination — for her work on Netflix's Mudbound — in the same year.Her moving portrayal of Florence Jackson, the wife of a black sharecropper in rural Mississippi at the end of World War II, earned her a best supporting actress nomination. And along with co-writers Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson, she received a best original song nomination for the film's uplifting end-title track, "Mighty River," which she also performs.Blige didn't know she would be … [Read more...] about Mary J. Blige on Creating ‘Mudbound’s’ Oscar-Nominated Track: “It Cuts Through Hatred”
Stories about how the music world is a boys club rife with abuse have been around since before there was a thing called rock 'n' roll, and yet the industry has stayed remarkably silent in the wake of Hollywood's massive shakedown of sexual predators. On Grammys Sunday, Kelly Clarkson, Rita Ora and more will wear white roses in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement. A white rose is nice, but it's women's responsibility to make change in an industry where they are the minority. And it's going to take more than white roses to do that.I, like many women, am part of the problem. I have nodded my head in agreement to songs that are demeaning, yet, good to workout to. My relationship with hip-hop is much like any other 30-something's. Depending on what coast you grew up on, for me, the East, that's who you listened to. Listening to Biggie, Mary J. Blige, Wu-Tang and Nas transports me back to a time where my biggest worry was boys and homework. I didn't knew how I would … [Read more...] about This Female Hip-Hop Fan Says ‘Time’s Up’ On the Music Industry’