This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star moves in from Memphis trio Alayna, Stephani, and B.Dot. Watch as the US natives cover ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ – the latest Erykah Badu-assisted hit from the uber-talented/eccentric performer Janelle Monae:
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Did they do that or what?
Indeed, to take on and do justice to a track with the “divatude” of diva duo Monae and Badu, skill and confidence are just the beginning of qualities one must possess. Multiplied by three, Alayna, Stephani, and B. Dot delivered that and then some.
The jazzy undertones of each lady’s solo style was only complemented by their joint harmonic offerings. Never doing too much to overshadow one another, each songstress brought her own brand of vocal prowess to the mix – weaving together a noteworthy performance!
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. With the album many attribute to the popularization of the late 90s neo-soul movement, this week’s ‘Replay’ revisits Erykah Badu‘s prized debut album ‘Baduizm’.
BET Honors is set to add its latest list of inductees to a roster that features the likes of Whitney Houston, Oprah Winfrey, Aretha Franklin, Maya Angelou, and so many of the world’s best and brightest people of color from all walks of disciplines and platforms.
While fans were pleased to hear of actress Halle Berry, WNBA legend Lisa Leslie, and soul/funk legend Chaka Khan‘s inclusion at the 2013 ceremony of inductees, now BET’s giving us more reason to tune in as viewers will be serenaded by the tunes of Brandy, Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, Ledisi, and more.
Set for taping on January 12th at Washington D.C.’s renown Warner Theatre, fans won’t get their first glimpse of the Gabrielle Union-hosted festivity until its February 11th showing.
Renewed for the tube, the once-annual ‘Divas’ extravaganza roared back into view tonight on its highly anticipated return to VHl. The themed showing, ‘Divas Celebrate Soul’, enlisted some of music’s best soulful divas including Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, and more to rock the reboot.
While some of the special’s later presentations billed less-than-worthy starlets with the honor, this year’s diva lineup is sure to be a knockout with fans! See the ladies in motion after the jump:
After the success of its inaugural showing with soulstresses Kelly Price, Fantasia, Marsha Ambrosius,and more, BET readied round 2 of ‘Black Girls Rock’ – a showcase (of) and ode to today’s brightest African American women in various disciplines. And with a bevy of big names joining this year’s line-up (including Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu), the star-studded affair may have even outdone its predecessor.
Though the Tracee Ellis Ross/Regina King – hosted event took place at Paradise Theater in NYC on October 15th, it aired tonight on BET. See performances below: