The 38th annual ‘Kennedy Center Honors, hosted by Stephen Colbert, aired last night on CBS after being taped earlier this month at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Honoring a group musicians, singers, playwrights, actors, and more whose lifelong contributions have greatly impacted their respective fields, last night’s honorees – Carole King, George Lucas, Ciccely Tyson, etc.- were serenaded by some of the days best movers and shakers (see: Janelle Monae, Sara Bareilles, and more).
But, as if their show-stopping performances weren’t enough, leave it to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin to really show ’em how it’s done. Even moving President Obama to tears with her soul-stirring rendition of the 1967 classic, ‘Natural Woman,’ tuck in below to recap this and some of the night’s best performances:
As songs of the summer go, ‘Yoga’ and ‘Classic Man’ by Wondaland staples Janelle Monae and Jidenna were two of the season’s most omnipresent offerings.
Not only did the tracks serve as a radio, club, and chart fixtures, they gave way for the launch of the group’s first trek.
Billed as ‘Janelle Monae and Wondaland present The Eephus Tour powered by Toyota,’ the 8-city jaunt saw the eclectic ensemble electrify audiences across the States.
And while the tour has since wrapped, you can check out titillating performances from the show below. Between the amazing energy at the shows and the epic ‘Eephus’ EP, Wondaland has whet our appetites for what’s to come! (more…)
For many, Janelle Monae‘s eclectic Wondaland collective are a welcome addition to an often monotonous music industry.
Led by the ‘Yoga’ songstress, the faction are comprised of a diverse array artists including ‘Classic Man’ crooner Jidenna and fellow newcomers Deep Cotton, Roman GianArthur, and St. Beauty.
Over the last month, the group have been delighting fans across the US with ‘The Eephus Tour – Powered By Toyota.’ However, as the age old adage goes, all great things must come to end and the trek wrapped recently in Atlanta.
Still, the electrifying outfit ensured the jaunt – which was erected in support of their ‘Eephus’ EP – went out with a bang.
Peep snaps from the final concert at The Tabernacle below…
The Wondaland collective kicked off their 8-city US trek this week! Christened Janelle Monáeand Wondaland Records Present The EEPHUS Tour Powered by Toyota, the first stop was in Philadelphia on August 12th.
Led by Janelle Monáe, the rising stars – who are comprised of acts such as ‘Classic Man’Jidenna and Roman GianArthur – will perform in major cities like New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles before wrapping up in Atlanta on August 31st. Fans can still sign up at www.Wondaland.com for their chance to experience The Eephus Tour.
To celebrate the jaunt, we want to give you – the TGJ faithful – a heads up on an upcoming sweepstakes. The prize: a pair of tickets and a VIP Meet & Greet trip at Wondaland’s final show in Atlanta.
Interested? We thought so!
To enter, you’ll need to show Janelle Monáe, your ‘Yoga’ swag by uploading your pictures and videos to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag “#WondalandGoesPlacesSweeps“
Check out Ms. Monáe’s instructional video below! And, you never know, we may just spotlight some of our favorite picks here on TGJ!