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Anita Baker Confirms Retirement / Says “No New Music Or Tour” in the Works

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Fans of ‘Sweet Love’ singer Anita Baker are feeling sour to say the least after the R&B legend took to Twitter to confirm rumors of her retirement.

Baker, who gifted the genre some of its most memorable efforts between 1983 and 2004 and earned the title ‘Queen of Quiet Storm’ along the way, excited music lovers in 2012 when she – after a nearly 10 year hiatus – delivered a Grammy-nominated remake of actor/singer Tyrese Gibson‘s hit, ‘Lately.’  The cover was joined by another song, ‘Sweet Dreams,’ as the kickoff to her long-awaited 7th studio album, ’21st Century Love’ (later renamed ‘Only Forever’).

Fast forward to 2017 and now we see the title change has proven prophetic as that’s exactly how long her fans will have to wait to hear its content (or any new content for that matter).  See what we mean inside:

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Vote: Who Should Be The 2015 BET Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient?

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Exactly two weeks separate us from the 2015 BET Awards!

Airing live on June 28th, the 15th annual showing of Urban entertainment’s biggest night is set to be hosted by ‘black-ish’ stars Tracee Ellis Ross & Anthony Anderson and (to date) has seen Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Brown announced among stars tapped to hit the stage.

But, per usual, BET is saving for last its announcement of who will be the recipient of the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.  Already listing legendary acts like Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Prince, and Lionel Richie among its honorees, the 2015 trophy has been shrouded in murmurs that pop queen Janet Jackson will be its designated awardee.  But, that hasn’t stopped fans of other music royals – Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige, King of R&B R. Kelly, or Queen of Rock N’ Soul Tina Turner – from vying and eyeing the prize.

Alas, with no official confirmation, we turn to you – That Grape Juice faithful – for your weigh in:

Who should be the recipient of the 2015 BET Lifetime Achievement Award?

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Should the award ever go to a recipient posthumously?

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Did You Miss It? R&B Legends Anita Baker & Cheryl Lynn Beef On Twitter *Updated*

Lynn To Baker: ‘I Will Sing You Down On Stage!’ / Baker Responds

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‘Got To Be Real’ singer Cheryl Lynn kept it all the way real on Twitter late last night when she popped off on fellow Grammy winning R&B legend Anita Baker.

The songstress wasn’t completely clear on what ignited her tweeting fury, but whatever it was, it landed her on Miss Baker’s “blocked list” real quick.

Sending approximately zero percent sweet love the way of our girl Mama Anita, see Lynn’s lengthy Twitter tongue lashing below #ICYMI:

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Updated:  Anita Baker responds…

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TGJ Replay: Anita Baker’s ‘Rhythm of Love’

After a lengthy break on the bench, ‘TGJ Replay’ is back!

Designed much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ segments, ‘Replay’ is That Grape Juice‘s newest retrospective segment – a written quest, if you will, to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday.

Unlike its ‘Rewind’ and ‘Vault’ predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase entire albums (and eras) from a library of pop and Urban pop music hits.  Today we roll down memory lane to Queen of Quiet Storm Anita Baker (who celebrated a birthday this week) and her 1994 comeback album ‘Rhythm of Love’:

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Weigh In: “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents: The 30 Greatest Women in Music”

The annual “Dick Clark New Year’s Rockin’ Eve festivity is happening as we speak on ABC.

With acts like Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, and Jason Derulo hitting the stage to ring in 2014, fans are glued to television sets Stateside to countdown the arrival of the New Year on each of the country’s coasts.

But, before viewers could get a glimpse of the night’s performers, ABC shared a special countdown “30 Greatest Women in Music” to honor and rank their favorite dynamic divas. While the expected entries like Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Barbra Streisand found interesting placements on the tally, it was their younger counterparts (i.e. Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga) whose appearances on the list polarized fans.

Nevertheless, no criteria for the ladies’ ranking has been revealed.  So, for those who have yet to see it, cop and gander and tell us your thoughts below:

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Best of the Worst: ‘Star Spangled Banner’ Edition

 

Fergie, Anita Baker, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake.

First mention of the aforementioned names usually evoke memories of some of the past two decades’ top pop hits.  However, as our list below details, even some of music’s most prized acts have hit their fair share of sour notes.

Every year on U.S. ‘Independence Day’ the likes of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Beyonce are oft-praised for their awe-inspiring renditions of the U.S. national anthem ‘The Star Spangled Banner’, while other renditions of the historical number will go down in history for some less flattering reasons.

Forgotten words, bum notes, and all around embarrassment await below.  See our top 10 list of the “best of the worst” ‘Star Spangled Banner’ performances and weigh in:

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Watch: BET’s 2013 Celebration of Gospel (Performances) *Updated*

The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles played host to the Steve Harvey-hosted 2013 Celebration of Gospel.

Doing it bigger than ever, the faith-based affair aired moments ago and unveiled its best line-up yet, featuring performances from Tamar Braxton, Anita Baker, Tyrese, and all the major gospel heavy hitters (Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Smokie Norful, Tye Tribbett, Clark Sisters, and more).

See them below:

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Hot Shots: Tamar Braxton Amongst Stars Shining on BET’s ‘Celebration of Gospel’ Red Carpet (2013)

As reported here, BET’s annual faith-based extravaganza ‘Celebration of Gospel’ is celebrating its 13th anniversary.  Looking to do it bigger than ever, the Steve Harvey-hosted affair unveiled its best line-up yet, featuring performances from Tamar Braxton, Anita Baker, Tyrese, and all the major gospel heavy hitters (Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Smokie Norful, Tye Tribbett, Clark Sisters, and more).

But before fans will be able to praise and gaze at the line-up on April 7th, the taping occurred last night in sunny Los Angeles.  Check below to see some of That Grape Juice’s favorites – Tamar Braxton, Dorinda Clark Cole, Kierra Sheard, and more – hit the red carpet…

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TGJ Replay: Anita Baker’s ‘Rapture’

Much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ segments, readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.  So in a quest to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday we introduced a new retrospective segment – ‘TGJ Replay’.

Unlike its ‘Rewind’ and ‘Vault’ predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase albums (and eras) from a library of pop music hits.  Today’s conspectus comes from the Queen of Quiet Storm – Anita Baker.

The singer’s sophomore album ‘Rapture’ thrust her into the stratosphere of 80s prime R&B and made her the forerunner of a new movement for the genre:

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Grammy Awards 2013: Red Carpet Arrivals

The stars shine for music’s biggest calendar night – the 55th Annual Grammy Awards!  Live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center, see the industry’s biggest stars just moments after they arrive to the scene. See and sound off on the fashion hits and misses below…

 

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Watch: Anita Baker Performs ‘Lately’ & ‘Same Ole Love’ Live On Kimmel

 

R&B legend Anita Baker has much cause to celebrate these days.  For, along with a storied career featuring timeless hits like ‘Sweet Love’ and ‘Giving You The Best That I Got’, her 2012 remake of Tyrese‘s hit ‘Lately’ nabbed The Songstress her best debut ever and flew right to the top of the R&B charts.

Now, as Baker preps for this week’s Grammys (her version of the tune was nominated for “Best Traditional R&B Performance”), she made a rare appearance this week by Jimmy Kimmel Live to lend the first televised showing of her latest smash.

Also taking the crowd to task with a rousing showing of ‘Same Ole Love‘ from her signature ‘Rapture’ album, see Mama Anita at work below:

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