Saturday, December 7th 2013
It’s that time of year again!
Indeed, tonight saw the 2014 Grammy nominations unveiled as per usual of its nomination concert special weeks before the actual showing. But, what comes with the ‘per usual’ showing are the jaw-dropping surprises, snubs, and all out “shut-outs” that accompany the annual spectacle.
Always a heated debate-starter, the coveted tally saw the likes of Christina Aguilera, Trey Songz, Janelle Monae, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Brandy, Ciara, Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, India.Arie, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga all go without mention.
For Bieber – whose manager made headlines for his rant regarding his 2013 Grammy shutout – this would be a second-go-round despite consistently clocking some of the year’s biggest hits.
Tuck in below for a list of other surprises and snubs:
Tuesday, November 5th 2013
With three weeks left before audiences get their first peek at the star-studded holiday film ‘Black Nativity’ (in theaters November 27th), its star/Grammy winning diva Jennifer Hudson continues to wow fans with gospel-tinged offerings from its accompanying soundtrack (available on Itunes now).
Already winning rave reviews for her soulful take on the Walter Hawkins’ gospel classic ‘Be Grateful’ (which can be heard here), now the songstress is inviting listeners in to hear another gem on the soundtrack. Titled “Hush Child (Get You Through This Silent Night)”, the soul-stirring number also features the dynamic vocals of film co-stars/R&B crooners Luke James and Jacob Lattimore.
Bonus: After you take a listen to the song, check out our pal Vaughn Alvarez chatting with Jenn about the new movie, her love for Brandy, and so much more:
Monday, October 21st 2013
Back in September, R&B veteran Brandy revealed her plans to release a brand spanking new album- announcing the news exclusively to That Grape Juice.Net and our pals over at Muscialize!
Marking the follow up to 2012′s ’2/11‘, confirmation of the release has many a ‘Star’ eyeing a 2014 release for the studio project, taking to many a forum / social media outlet to share the ideas they feel would make this project her biggest and best to date.
Now, That Grape Juice does a little weighing in of its own via our ‘That Grape Juice A&R‘ feature, which sees us share our ideas for future releases set to be launched by our favourite acts.
All the details below…
Wednesday, October 16th 2013
Hailed as one of the most influential African American acts to grace Pop culture, Brandy‘s impact on music and the world at large has seen transcend levels set or met by many of her closest contemporaries.
Indeed, before the arrival of Beyonce or the wise workings of Olivia Pope on ABC’s ‘Scandal’ was Brandy, one of the only women of colour to lead a US prime time television show at just 17 years old. This, achieved as she joined Mary J.Blige, TLC and Aaliyah at the forefront of R&B and its Pop chart domination.
With all this in mind, it only makes sense that the icon be celebrated for her contributions to the field of entertainment, as she enjoys her 20th year within the field.
How she was celebrated?
Moving footage below…
Wednesday, October 9th 2013
Singing sensation Ariana Grande has undoubtedly been a breath of fresh air for 2013′s pop music lovers. A welcomed departure from EDM and the dearth of talent plaguing the day’s charts and radio alike, the pop princess has taken the genre by storm with a #1 album and top-selling singles to her credit.
Immediately drawing comparisons to an early 90s Mariah Carey, the up-and-comer has polarized Carey’s fans (affectionately called Lambs) for what some of them feel is a blatant duplication of the diva’s singing style.
Those fans’ anger grew to new heights today when Grande took to Billboard.com to list in grand style an homage to her top 5 favorite female vocalists. Praising the likes of Whitney Houston and Brandy, there’s one name that, to the surprise of some, didn’t quite make the cut…
Wednesday, October 9th 2013
Grammy winning gospel diva Yolanda Adams is back to blazing charts with ‘Best For Last’ – the Donald Lawrence helmed number acting as the title track to his latest #1 album.
Most recently sharing the tune coast-to-coast with enthusiastic crowds on Verizon’s ‘How Sweet The Sound’ tour, the songstress took time backstage during an Atlanta stop to answer fan questions and weigh in on pressing pop culture topics.
Imparting her opinion on serial twerker Miley Cyrus, a potential Brandy duet, and her own new offerings with legendary producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, tuck in below to hear the ‘Victory’ songstress share some words of wisdom and more.
Do you agree?
Tuesday, October 8th 2013
After rocking R&B with comeback set ‘Two Eleven’ last Fall, Brandy has her eyes set on its follow-up.
During our recent Google Hangout with the Vocal Bible, she waxed honest on many a topic including her hotly anticipated new album.
Speculation ran rampant this Summer that the set was a’cooking after the singer was snapped in the studio with hitmaker Mike Will.
Ever keen to ask the questions you really want answers to, we quizzed R-Rocka about the rumors – which she confirmed as true.
Dishing to Clara Amfo, the 34-year-old also relayed her producer wish-list for the as-yet-untitled project.
Flip the hood for quotes, pics, and full video…
Saturday, October 5th 2013
Brandy may be The Vocal Bible, but is clearly is not shy to celebrate the talent of other prolific singers.
Case, point, her impromptu rendition of Beyonce‘s 2011 hit ’1+1′.
The songstress/actress saluted her fellow R&B game-changer while preparing for her Musicalize UK gig recently, soaring with a take on the ’4′ cut that is easily a must-see.
Check it out after the jump…
Wednesday, September 25th 2013
Fans of R&B Queen Brandy made their way to London’s 02 Arena last night, hitting the venue to catch the icon’s performance for ‘Musicalize’, as part of the extended promotional plan for her latest album ‘Two Eleven’.
Want to know why it’s being called one of her best performances to date?
Musical magic below…