Dance-fueled performances by Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and the Pussycat Dolls highlighted last night's (Sept. 7) Fashion Rocks concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Dance-fueled performances by Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and the Pussycat Dolls highlighted last night's (Sept. 7) Fashion Rocks concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The show, the unofficial kick-off to New York's Fall Fashion Week, also featured a surprising apperance by Kanye West, new songs from Jamie Foxx and Aguilera and performances of a bevy of singles that have topped the Billboard Hot 100 this year.
Aguilera began the night with a piano duet with Sir Elton John, who curated the event. She later returned to perform the cabaret-esque song "Candyman," from her new RCA set, "Back to Basics."
Black Eyed Peas principals will.i.am and Fergie also teamed with John before bringing out the remaining Peas members for "Pump It" and then clearing the stage for Fergie to sing her No. 1 Hot 100 hit "London Bridge."
Seated in two facing chairs, married country duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill slowed down the evening, while Bon Jovi rocked the night with "Who Says You Can't Go Home." Assisted by a pianist and three mannequins oddly positioned as backup singers, Foxx performed his slow jam "Can I Take You Home," from his J debut "Unpredictable."
While Aguilera and Foxx opted for commercially unreleased tunes, Beyonce decided on "Deja vu" for her set, which featured a brief cameo by Jay-Z. Rihanna also took the stage for her No. 1 hit "S.O.S." and the Pussycat Dolls performed "Buttons" with rap newcomer Jibbs substituting for Snoop Dogg, the song's original guest artist.
But the night's most surprising moment came when Kanye West appeared onstage. Instead of performing, the rapper introduced his G.O.O.D Music artist Farnsworth Bentley, and proclaimed, "Tonight history will be made -- but I won't be the one making it." Surrounded by umbrellas and bouncy dancers, the swift-rapping Bentley performed a song that will most likely appear on his upcoming debut album.
Before the Scissor Sisters closed the night out, an all-black-clad Nelly Furtado, sporting bangs, performed her No. 1 hit "Promiscuous" with Timbaland at her side before launching into her No. 1 U.K. hit "Maneater."
All proceeds from the concert, which is organized annually by Conde Nast Media Group, will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The show airs tonight (Sept. 8) on CBS at 9 p.m. ET.