ASCAP stopped by Dubway Studios in NYC on Auguest 10, where Taio Cruz was recording his iTunes Sessions, to congratulate Cruz on his #1 Billboard Hot 100 smash "Break Your Heart featuring Ludacris." Pictured here, from left, are Alexandra Lioutikoff, ASCAP VP of Latin Membership, Taio Cruz, and Russell Fink, VP Digital and Mobile Sales, Island Def Jam Music Group. PHOTO: ASCAP



The Black Eyed Peas have been riding high on their 2010 “The E.N.D. World Tour” since February and after their August 14 stop in Chicago, Taboo posed for a photo with Bacardi Executives at the official after party. From left are Bacardi Senior Brand Manager Billy Melnyk, Taboo, and Bacardi Chief Marketing Officer, Juan Rovira. Bacardi is the official Spirit of The End Tour. PHOTO: BARRY BRECHEISEN/WIREIMAGE.COM


The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter's first-ever GRAMMY Block Party was held on August 2 and was a big success in its effort to raise money for the MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief Fund, bringing in more than $30,000 for the charity. More than 900 people attended the picnic-style concert featuring performances by AkaCassidy, Charice, Raphael Saadiq, La Santa Cecilia and Chuck Wicks. PHOTO: ARNOLD TURNER/WIREIMAGE


Event organizers and performers gather for a photo before the event. Pictured here (from left) are Country recording artist Chuck Wicks; The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter West Regional Director Lizzy Moore; singer/songwriter AkaCassidy; pop singer Charice; and Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow.



From left, Grammy Award winning artist Raphael Saadiq, musician Rickey Minor, who served as musical director for the event; and country recording artist Chuck Wicks pose for a photo after the event.



The inaugural Sandestin Music Festival kicked off August 13 and 14 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida. Sponsored by BMI, the multi-genre event included performances from Steve Cropper and Delbert McClinton; guitarist, singer and songwriter Lee Roy Parnell; and country songwriters Jeffrey Steele, Danny Myrick, Marty Dodson and James Slater. Donations collected at the festival will support the National Audubon Society and its efforts to help the wildlife affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Pictured at the Festival (from Left) are BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Jody Williams; McClinton; Myrick; Dodson; Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Events Director Shawna Meisner; Cropper; Slater; and Parnell. PHOTO: STEVE LOWRY


Justin Bieber joined Usher and Ciara for a special performance at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta on August 6 in honor of Usher’s New Look Foundation’s first World Leadership Awards. Eight awards were given throughout the evening to honor individuals and organizations; including President Bill Clinton, who received the Service Legacy Award; for outstanding service to young people. PHOTOS: GETTY IMAGES/NEW LOOK FOUNDATION


President Clinton (center, left), Usher Raymond IV (center, right) and New Look Honorees and Guests are pictured here before the evening’s festivities.



Usher Raymond IV (Left) and Shawn H. Wilson, president of New Look Foundation (Right) share a proud moment on the red carpet before their inaugural event.



On August 5, the day before the Awards, The New Look Foundation hosted their ‘Powered By Service Day’, sponsored by Ford; in which over 600 kids were flown in to be mentored and trained on how to give back to their communities. Usher was again on hand to lead empowering speeches for the youth who were gathered. He is pictured here (right) with AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips (left).


On August 14, Apollo Theater Trustee Ronald O. Perelman hosted a dinner and private concert at his East Hamptons home, to benefit the non-profit Theater. The evening featured performances by John Legend, The Roots, Sam Moore, and Mary J. Blige. The event raised $800,000 to support the Apollo’s Artistic, Educational, and Outreach Programs, which build on the Theater’s rich history as a cultural and economic anchor to Harlem, NY. PHOTOS: KEVIN KANE/WIREIMAGE


Pictured here are Jon Bon Jovi (left) and Sam Moore (Right) enjoying themselves while performing for the evenings guests.


Jon Bon Jovi (left), one of the evening’s co-chairmen, poses for a photo with Jonelle Procope (right), President and CEO of The Apollo Theater Foundation.



Two of the evening’s performers, John Legend (left) and Mary J. Blige (right) catch up after their sets for a quick photo.



Event Co-Chair and Chairman of the Apollo’s Board of Directors, Richard Parsons (left) poses with Mary J. Blige (right) before the event.

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