1. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided the emotional highlight of Sunday's…

  2. Aretha Franklin Honors Whitney Houston at Radio City Concert

    February 20, 2012 10:00 AM EST Aretha Franklin was thankful to be alive and was thinking about lost friends, among them Whitney Houston . Hours after she canceled an appearance at Houston's funeral because of spasms in her legs, the "Queen of Soul" (the "undisputed" Queen, the capacity audience was…

  3. Grammy Producer Talks Adele, McCartney & (Lack of) Boycotts

    January 31, 2012 11:00 AM EST 'We Are in Discussions With Adele' to Appear, Says Ken Ehrlich in New Interview The Recording Academy uses the two weeks prior to the Grammy Awards to announce performers and presenters and executive producer Ken Ehrlich says Thursday should yield a "major interesting"…

  4. Gaga & Bruno Among Grammy Concert (Fashion) Winners

    December 01, 2011 2:25 PM EST Although it was merely an hour-long concert for the Grammy nominations, there were plenty of fashion winners that arose at the The Grammy Nominations Concert Live . From Lady Gaga's zombified look to Katy Perry's sweet pink lace creation, the evening spawned glowing and gorgeously…

  5. Rihanna's New 'Love': U.K. Singles Chart

    October 17, 2011 9:50 AM EDT Late 1990s/early 2000s British hit-making pop quintet Steps burst back on the U.K. album chart at No. 1 Sunday (16) with the new Sony Music compilation "The Ultimate Collection." Rihanna 's "We Found Love" (Def Jam/Universal), featuring Calvin Harris, started a second…

  6. Motown Legend Nick Ashford Dies at 70

    August 22, 2011 9:28 PM EDT Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70, his former publicist said. Ashford, who along with wife…

  7. Drake Performs, Garth Brooks Inducted at Songwriter Hall Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 8:51 AM EDT The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is always a remarkable evening. It's an unusual combination of low-key attitude and high-wattage starpower; at its core, the event is a trade-awards show like ones in the advertising or appliance industries -- except, of course, some of the…

  8. Chart Beat

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Leona Lewis, American 'Idols,' Rick Ross and more! HIGHER 'LOVE': A 21-8 leap on The Billboard Hot 100 sends newcomer Leona Lewis into the top 10 and into chart history as one of the most successful debuting U.K. solo female artists of the rock era. "…

  9. Chart Beat

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Usher's "Love in This Club," American 'Idols,' Janet Jackson and more! 'CLUB' PLAY: Adding sales to airplay can be like adding Mentos to Diet Coke. The resulting explosion has carried "Love in This Club" (LaFace) by Usher featuring…

  10. Ask Billboard

    July 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Answers to readers' questions about the Simpson sisters and the Verve Pipe. A PUBLIC 'I CARE' Hi Keith, I was listening to Jessica Simpson's new single "A Public Affair" on her Web site and it sounds like it samples a song from the '80s but I can't…

  11. Artists Set For L.A. 'Divas' Benefit

    October 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, "American Idol" finalist Trenyce, disco-era hitmaker Linda Clifford, singer/actress Jenifer Lewis and actresses Loretta Devine and Victoria Rowell will headline the b Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, "American Idol" finalist Trenyce,…

  12. Tunes On TV

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for June 9-15, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JUNE 9 "Rock Bodies III," VH1 Featured Artists: Tori Amos, Bret Michaels, Beyonce Knowles. "Intimate Portrait: Chaka Khan," Lifetime Channel Featured Artists: Chaka Khan, Mary…

  13. Kenny Lattimore & Chante Moore: 'Lovers' On & Offstage

    February 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Continuing a time-honored tradition of R&B duos that includes the couplings of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Peaches & Herb, and Rene & Angela, contemporary soul singers Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore celebrate love on "…

  14. Jackson, Manilow, Sting Inducted Into Songwriter Hall

    June 14, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson was honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York last night (June 13) -- although he didn't show up to pick up his award. Jackson, who wrote hits such as "Don't Stop 'Til You Ge Michael Jackson was honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York…

  15. Wonder, Brooks To Be Honored By Songwriters Hall

    April 02, 2002 12:00 AM EST The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) will present a pair of special awards to Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks at the organization's June 13 induction and awards ceremony. Wonder will receive a lifetime The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) will present a pair of special awards to Stevie…

  16. CHART BEAT BONUS

    March 29, 2002 12:00 AM EST Chart-based stories on Cher, Ja Rule, Jimmy Buffett, and more. ONLY THE 'LONELY': Cher expands her chart span on Billboard's Hot 100 to 36 years and nine months, thanks to the debut of "Song for the Lonely" (Warner Bros.), the lead U.S. single from her new "…

  17. The Very Best of Ashford & Simpson

    February 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST You've no doubt hummed a Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson tune. You've no doubt hummed a Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson tune. That's because the prolific husband-and-wife tunesmiths wrote several enduring Motown classics ("You're All I Need to Get By,…

  18. Celebrities To Fete Jackson's Solo Years

    September 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT It's hard to find a celebrity who isn't planning to be at Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary concert tonight (Sept. 7) at New York's Madison Square Garden. The first of two heavily hyped concerts (the It's hard to find a celebrity who isn't planning to be at…