Lauren Jauregui, Ari Lennox, Tierra Whack & Zhavia Heat Up the Stage at Billboard Industry Nights Showcase

Jessica Chou
Lauren Jauregui photographed during Billboard Industry Nights: Grammy Week Edition at SoHo House in West Hollywood on Feb. 6, 2019.

Billboard's Industry Nights Showcase for Grammy Week continued Wednesday night in West Hollywood with performances from new and rising talent, including Los Angeles-based singer Zhavia, R&B singer Ari Lennox, rapper Tierra Whack, and Fifth Harmony alum Lauren Jauregui.

The showcase consisted of mostly R&B tunes and relaxed harmonies. Read on for highlights from each lady's set:

Zhavia

Zhavia was first to perform -- arriving onstage in her highlighter-green suit with a style and confidence that completely caught the crowd's attention. The R&B singer's set included soulful renditions of Khalid's "Location" and The Fugees' "Killing Me Softly," which created a relaxed ambience in the room as the sun set on the Hollywood Hills in the background. She also performed her single "Deep Down," to which the crowed vibed with and swayed along to the funky anthem.

Ari Lennox

The mellow vibe continued with Ari Lennox -- the first lady of Dreamville Records -- who opened her set with the incredibly silky-smooth R&B ballad "Whipped Cream." Lennox sang beautifully on the track about the simple pleasures of working out and online shopping. She got up close and personal with the crowd as she sang, "Backseat" and deepened the R&B atmosphere in the room. Ari told Billboard that "Backseat" is her favorite song to perform overall because of the way she gets to interact with the crowd. "It's just so fun, it has this groove to it," Lennox said about the tune. "It gets the crowd hype." She also performed "Night Drive," an intimate song that she sang directly to the crowd. Check out Billboard's perspective here:

Last but not least, Lennox ended her set with crowd favorite "Shea Butter Baby," from the Creed II soundtrack.

Tierra Whack

The exciting new Philly rapper turned things up a notch and heated up the stage the moment she stepped on it. She brought her A-game, delivering high energy during her entire set and kicking off her performance with "Cable Guy" and "Flea Market." "Who's ready to turn this shit up?" she teased before heading into her next songs, "Pet Cemetery" and "Hookers." The audience was undoubtedly enjoying every moment of Whack's performance, as the rapper ran up and down the stage, encouraging people to "turn up" with her. 

Whack had one last word for her audience before she left the stage: "I'm 23, I'm a woman, I'm black, I look good, and I'm nominated for a motherfucking Grammy!" Whack is nominated this year for best music video for her song "MUMBO JUMBO." 

Lauren Jauregui

The night reached its final stretch with R&B singer and Fifth Harmony alum Lauren Jauregui, opening her set singing her Marian Hill collab "Back to Me." The audience was also more than ready to join Jauregui in singing her stripped-down version of the Steve Aoki collaboration "All Night," where she served some powerful vocals. Other songs included "In Your Phone" and a cover of Lana Del Rey's "Video Games." Jauregui has shown love for Del Rey's Born to Die in the past, calling it a "beautiful work of art" and revealing that the album helped her through some personal struggles. 

Jauregui performed her latest release "More Than That," which is an assertive, flossy midtempo R&B song that inticed the audience with its very hypnotic melody. A live drummer laid down the song's seductive thunderous beat while the singer showcased some of her dance moves onstage. She finished the night with "Expectations," which featured a remarkable guitar solo from her crew.

Billboard's Industry Nights Showcase series continues Friday night in West Hollywood with Sabrina Claudio, American Authors and Picture This.


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