Miss Lawrence's Pride Playlist: Rihanna, Grace Jones, Katy Perry & More
As part of our 30 Days of Pride initiative, we've asked LGBTQ stars to create playlists to show what "pride" means to them. On the heels of his promotion to series regular for next season of Fox's musical series Star, Miss Lawrence shares his picks. Among them, he chose a track he performed on Empire, and well as the tune that played as he danced with President Barack Obama. Give his playlist a spin below, and read why he chose each track.
1. Grace Jones - “Slave to the Rhythm”
“Slave to the Rhythm” reminds of rhythmic vortex of life. We can either hula hoop through it it -- as Grace does while performing this song -- or we can drown.
2. Diana Ross - “Love Hangover”
This song reminds of that long false idea that because I love all of my gayness, something is wrong! Honey I don't need no cure -- it's the sweetest "hangover."
3. Sylvester - “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”
Besides this song giving you all your life on the dance floor, it’s been intricate in my TV career. Lee Daniels had me performing this song while laying on a piano on the first episode of season two of Empire. That was a spark for me!
4. The Clark Sisters - “You Brought the Sunshine”
This song gave me everything I ever needed. From the drums to the vocal production and, of course, the message. My most memorable moment with this song was at the White House for [President] Barack Obama’s farewell party. I was on the dance floor when that song went off. Out of the blue, Barack appeared and danced with me -- wow!
5. Sia - “Chandelier”
I remember I first heard this song at Fierce party one night. Honey, had I had just a few more cocktails, their chandelier would've been on the floor. The way this song moves me and combines it with energy is quite powerful.
6. Kendrick Lamar “Alright”
The Pulse nightclub massacre was still weighing heavy on my mind. I was driving and this song came on and I instantly felt relief. Understanding that we've been victors through the gay liberation movement, we always prevail and break barriers. Yes, “we gon’ be alright.”
7. Lady Gaga - “Applause”
I don't believe in false modesty. When I come through and I know I'm slaying, “I live for the applause!”
8. Katy Perry - “Roar”
This song gave perfect articulation to my idea of how to move through life. I've got the eye of tiger -- and you're gonna hear me roar!
9. Beyoncé - “Run the World (Girls)”
As a feminist who knows the power of my mothers, sisters, and daughters, I was so pleased and proud with this work of genius by Beyoncé. I believe that core of unconditional love comes from a women.
10. Rihanna (feat. Drake) - “Work”
From the sway of the waist, to the pop of the hip, and bounce of the ass, Rihanna knows how "work." As a gay man being quite familiar with the term "work," I was very intrigued with this spin.
11. RuPaul (feat. Vjuan Allure) - “Feel Like a Woman”
RuPaul is the overall mother of drag and when she asks in this song, “Are you a women? You don't look like a women, but you feel like a women” -- I got my life! All it takes to be whoever it is that you want to be is to feel that way first. Great work, motha.
12. Jennifer Lopez (feat. Jack Mizrahi) - “Tens”
I've always felt salty when I hear or see a cultural influence of music or dance without the real reference being present. Jennifer Lopez featuring one of ballroom’s icons on this song is iconic to me. Not only did she get the beats and the sound right, but she gave a direct reference. Kudos!