Stephen Hill

  1. Backbeat: Emeli Sandé Captivates At Essence Black Women In Music

    January 23, 2014 2:50 PM EST A soul-stirring performance by honoree Emeli Sandé capped what’s become a popular GRAMMY Week tradition: Essence magazine’s Black Women in Music celebration. Now in its fifth year, the annual salute to rising female artists last night (Jan. 22) wa ...

  2. Backbeat: Mary J. Blige Receives Top Honors At Vibe Media's 20th Anniversary Event

    February 09, 2013 2:09 PM EST With more than two decades in the business, and over 50 million records sold, Mary J. Blige has more than earned her crown as the queen of hip-hop soul. Adding another item to her list of accolades, Blige was honored by Vibe magazine at their ...

  3. Urban Radio Legend Joe 'Butterball' Tamburro Dies

    July 27, 2012 7:15 PM EDT The urban music industry and R&B fans alike are mourning the death of Joe "Butterball" Tamburro. The longtime WDAS Philadelphia radio personality and program director died on July 27 at the age of 70. An Italian-American from South P ...

  4. Backbeat: BET Host Music Matters Showcase With Leah Labelle, Stevie Wonder, Rob Light, More

    July 05, 2012 12:56 PM EDT (L-R): BET's Kelly Griffin, LaToya Jackson, BET's Stephen Hill, Katherine Jackson and Rebbie Jackson. (Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images/BET Networks) BET Awards 2012 is now part of television history. However, music still matters at BET as ...

  5. Backbeat: Paul McCartney Honored at MusiCares Grammy Event, Performs for a Galaxy of Stars and Execs

    February 11, 2012 7:35 PM EST Sir Paul McCartney performing onstage during the 22nd Annual MusiCares Benefit Gala Honoring Paul McCartney at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo: WireImage) Few events bring out more music industry executives than the annual MusiCares Pers ...

  6. Backbeat: Kelly Rowland, Sylvia Rhone Honored @ Essence Black Women in Music Gala

    February 09, 2012 10:17 AM EST Honorees Sylvia Rhone, former Motown chief, and rising icon Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child fame. (Photo: 2012 A Turner Archives) Grammy Week revved up in earnest last night (Feb. 8) with two key events; the Recording Academy's Producer ...

  7. Backbeat: Beyonce Steps Out, Nas Has Wings at Jay-Z's Carnegie Hall After Party @ 40/40

    February 07, 2012 7:58 AM EST Jay-Z performing at Carnegie Hall with a full-orchestra and the Roots' Questlove on drums (Photo: Gabriela Herman) NEW YORK -- What better way for Jay-Z to celebrate an iconic performance at Carnegie Hall than sharing laughs, glasses filled w ...

  8. Backbeat: Diddy, Jimmy Iovine Bring Out Dr. Dre, Russell Simmons, Cassie To See Some 'Culo'

    October 10, 2011 12:49 PM EDT Bunmen: (From Left) Interscope/Geffen/A&M Chairmen Jimmy Iovine, photographer and visual artist Raphael Mazzucco, music mogul and rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs. (Photo: WireImage) The hip-hop and fashion worlds collided last night (Oct. ...

  9. Lil Wayne To Close BET Awards, Eyes Film Role

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Lil Wayne is not only set to close the June 24 BET Awards with a performance, but he's also in talks to appear in the film "The Fast and Furious 4." "I'm really excited that Usher is opening the show," BET exec ...

  10. T-Pain Leads BET Award Nods

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T-Pain's status as urban music's most frequent collaborator helped him nab a leading five BET Award nominations. Kanye West and Keyshia Cole received three nominations, while Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and newcomer Flo Rida received a pa ...

  11. Hill Honored At New York AIDS Charity

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST LIFEbeat, the urban music industry's AIDS charity, honored BET's executive VP of programming Stephen Hill last night (Dec. 4) at New York City's Highline Ballroom. With special performances by Denise Rich, Sister Sledge's Kathy ...