1. Estelle Talks 'Empire' & New 'Conqueror' Duet with Jussie Smollett: Watch

    March 03, 2015 2:25 AM EST Gladys Knight . Anthony Hamilton . Courtney Love . Jim Beanz . Those are just a few of the acclaimed musical guest stars that Fox's Empire has boasted in its first season. That list will growing this week when Grammy winner Estelle visits Lee Daniels and Danny Strong's hip-hop…

  2. R. Kelly Makes Soul Train History, Usher Up For Five Awards

    September 19, 2012 11:40 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- 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. Kelly is up for the Ashford & Simpson songwriter's award and album of the year, bringing his career total to 21 nominations. Usher…

  3. Exclusive: Estelle, Lil Kim to Perform on BET's 'Rip the Runway'

    February 24, 2012 12:15 PM EST BET's annual fashion and music show, 'Rip the Runway,' is right around the corner and promises a star-studded show with notable performances and guest appearances. Billboard.com's The Juice exclusively announces female stage presence with performances by Estelle and Lil&…

  4. Ray J, Brandy Attend Ne-Yo's Annual Grammy Brunch; Celebs Talk Whitney Houston

    February 12, 2012 2:45 PM EST News of Whitney Houston 's death broke just hours before Ne-Yo 's fourth annual Midnight Brunch at the Supper Club in Hollywood, Calif. on Saturday night, so needless to say a somber mood was cast over the event. Remembering Whitney SLIDESHOW: Her Life in Photos • Whitney Houston…

  5. VH1 Divas Highlighted by Winehouse Tribute, 50 Cent & Chaka Khan Pairing

    December 19, 2011 3:30 PM EST VH1 may have honored singing divas at its annual VH1 Divas special, but the night was all about collaboration. 50 Cent was hand-in-hand with Chaka Khan on the red carpet; Mavis Staples screamed her love for Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine and Ledisi gushed over meeting Martha Reeves …

  6. Top 5 2011 Black Girls Rock Performances: Watch

    November 07, 2011 10:35 AM EST Last night's (Nov. 6) 'Black Girls Rock' 2011 Awards, taped Oct. 15 in NYC, proved performances can make an award show. This year's Black Girls Rock introduced us to newbie songstress Elle Varner and took us down memory lane with a few legends such as Mary J. Blige and…

  7. LMFAO, Swizz Beatz, Gentlemen Hall Sizzle At Billboard.com's Summer Blowout

    August 12, 2011 7:00 PM EDT With an eruption of sexy acrobatics, a giant "crowdsurfing" blow-up zebra and a dancing panda, LMFAO crowned Billboard.com's Summer Blowout concert in New York last night (Aug. 11) with an hour long set that brought "Party Rock Anthem," which is No. 1 for the sixth…

  8. Alicia Keys Joins Mary J. Blige As Headliner Of 2010 Essence Festival

    February 23, 2010 3:06 PM EST Alicia Keys will join spokesperson Mary J. Blige as a headliner of the 16th annual Essence Music Festival, to be held July 2-4, in New Orleans. LL Cool J , Estelle , and Trey Songz are among the other additions to the previously announced lineup featuring Gladys Knight , Earth, Wind &…

  9. John Legend's Brother, Vaughn Anthony, Ready For Spotlight

    May 11, 2009 5:12 PM EDT John Legend didn't have to look very far to find his next protégé. After two years of helping him develop as an artist, the R&B singer is gearing up to introduce his younger brother, Vaughn Anthony, as the second signing to his HomeSchool Records imprint. "[Vaughn] has a great…

  10. Duffy Triumphs With Three BRIT Awards

    February 18, 2009 7:31 PM EST Welsh vocalist Duffy was the big winner at the 2009 BRIT Awards, taking home three trophies tonight (Feb. 18) at London's Earls Court. Duffy, whose debut album, "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal), was the U.K's top seller in 2008, won BRITS for British female, British…

  11. American Acts Win Big At MTV EMAs

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST American pop artists dominated the MTV Europe Music Awards last night (Oct. 6) at Liverpool Echo Arena, and the performers and winners were also keen to bask in President-elect Barack Obama's election American pop artists dominated the MTV Europe Music Awards last night (Oct. 6) at…

  12. John Legend

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sitting on a fluffy blue couch in the New York offices of Columbia Records, John Legend is surrounded by walls displaying framed portraits of Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. Sitting on a fluffy blue couch in the New York offices of Columbia Records, John Legend is surrounded by walls…

  13. Legend In His Own Time

    October 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sitting on a fluffy blue couch in the New York offices of Columbia Records, John Legend is surrounded by walls displaying framed portraits of Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. Sitting on a fluffy blue couch in the New York offices of Columbia Records, John Legend is surrounded by walls…

  14. John Legend, Raphael Saadiq Team For Tour

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT John Legend will begin a short fall tour Nov. 19 in Minneapolis in support of his upcoming album, "Evolver," due Oct. 28. Columbia labelmate Raphael Saadiq will support on the trek, which wraps Dec. 1 John Legend will begin a short fall tour Nov. 19 in Minneapolis in support of his…

  15. Amanda Diva

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT She may be an independent artist, but chances are you've heard of Amanda Diva. She may be an independent artist, but chances are you've heard of Amanda Diva. Born Amanda Seales, the 27-year-old hip-hop/soul MC/poet has been a music journalist since 2003 and has hosted her own Sirius…

  16. R.E.M. Earns Eighth U.K. No. 1 Album

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "Accelerate" (Warner Bros.) took R.E.M. back to the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday, debuting at No. 1 to become its eighth British bestseller. London-born R&B singer Estelle scored a third "Accelerate" (Warner Bros.) took R.E.M. back to the top of the U.K. album…

  17. Legend Tapping Kanye, Pharrell For New Album

    November 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST John Legend's third album is officially in motion. The multi-platinum Grammy winner tells Billboard.com that he has "three songs I love already" and is just about to start working on the follow-up to John Legend's third album is officially in motion. The multi-platinum…

  18. Bedingfield Preps Her U.S. Debut

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When Natasha Bedingfield says she is ready for her U.S. close-up, she is not kidding. After selling 1.5 million copies of her 2004 debut album, "Unwritten," internationally, according to Sony BMG, she has her eyes set firmly on America.…

  19. Hot Product

    July 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Natasha Bedingfield 'Written' Again When Natasha Bedingfield says she is ready for her U.S. close-up, she is not kidding. After selling 1.5 million copies of her 2004 debut album, "Unwritten," internationally, according to Sony BMG, she has her eyes set firmly on America.…

  20. The Streets Dominate U.K. Charts

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Streets have the U.K.'s No. 1 single and album, just days after being nominated for the country's prestigious Mercury Music Prize. The Locked On/679 act -- a.k.a. innovative English rapper Mike Sk The Streets have the U.K.'s No. 1 single and album, just days after being…