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Did You Miss It?: Ledisi Speaks On ‘Selma’ Tribute As #Beyhive Attack Frenchie Davis For Slamming It

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The #Beyhive are in overdrive tonight!

Indeed, before attacking 2015 ‘Album of the Year’ winner Beck for besting Beyonce‘s self-titled album in the coveted category, the group had their sights set on powerhouse vocalist Frenchie Davis for reportedly slamming the Grammy committee for picking the ‘Single Ladies’ singer to sing as part of its ‘Selma’ tribute.

As reported here, despite the film featuring singer Ledisi portraying Mahalia Jackson and covering her popular version of ‘Precious Lord’ for its accompanying soundtrack, the ceremony opted for Bey to perform the tune…even with Ledisi sitting in the audience.

Before the show took place, Entertainment Tonight caught up with the ‘Pieces of Me’ singer to get a piece of her mind on the decision.  This, as the #Beyhive continued a two day attack on the former ‘American Idol’ contestant, Davis, for lending her support via Twitter:

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Weigh In: Ledisi Fans Want Beyonce Removed From Grammy’s ‘Selma’ Tribute /#Beyhive Strike Back

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Beyonce fans across the world rejoiced as confirmed news of the diva’s addition to this Sunday’s Grammy Awards’ performer lineup filled headlines earlier this week.  Joining a star-studded bill that includes Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and more, it seemed only fitting that the R&B/pop diva tag along for what some are arguing is the best performance roster the show has seen in years.

Delight over the news began to dull, however, as reports surfaced indicating the songstress would not take the stage to lend a live rendition of hits found aboard her latest chart-topping ‘Beyonce’ album, but would instead be part of the ‘Selma’ soundtrack tribute to offer a rousing rendition of the historic spiritual ‘Precious Lord, Take My Hand,’ as popularized by Mahalia Jackson.

From there it all started to go downhill – especially for fans of Grammy-nominated diva Ledisi who not only portrayed the gospel queen in the film, but was not even invited to participate in the tribute after she recorded the version of the song found on the soundtrack…

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Ledisi Unveils 2015 Tour Dates with Raheem Devaughn & Leela James

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Looks like TGJ favorites Nicki Minaj and Trey Songz won’t be the only acts repping Urban music on the road next spring.

‘Pieces of Me’ performer Ledisi lifted the lid on news that she’ll be taking her powerhouse chops for a spin on a Stateside tour with a little help from fellow R&B gems Raheem Devaughn and Leela James. Christened ‘The Intimate Truth Tour,’ the trek will support Ledisi’s latest album ‘The Truth’ (in stores now) as well as her forthcoming seven-song EP, ‘The Intimate Truth’ (January 20).

DeVaughn will be supporting his upcoming project, ‘Love, Sex, & Passion,’ in stores February 10, 2015.

Kicking off February 27th in Los Angeles, will the crew be coming to a city near you? Tuck in below and find out:

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The Spill: Shanell, Romeo Santos & Nicki Minaj, Ledisi, Estelle, Raheem Devaughn

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Ever keen on keeping the masses abreast of fresh and/or often underrated talent, That Grape Juice presents ‘The Spill’ – a renewed look at not-so-new, yet active, acts.

Much like its ‘Freshly Squeezed’ sister segment, this revived assay aims to put the magnifying glass on talents who may not appeal to the buying public on a broad scale yet are still serving material that could easily spin side-by-side with some of today’s top hits.

Covering a kaleidoscope of genres, ‘The Spill’ is set to feature some names you probably know and love as well as some you’ll (soon) be glad to know.  Click below to find out the spill on Shanell, Romeo Santos & Nicki Minaj, Ledisi, Estelle, and Raheem Devaughn

 

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New Video: Ledisi – ‘I Blame You’

R&B is in full effect today!

Yes, we’ve already seen the likes of Tamar Braxton and Luke James dropping videos to their newest joints, and now they are joined by powerhouse songstress Ledisi.

After rocking ‘Black Girls Rock’ with the spirited, mid-tempo groove ‘I Blame You’, the singer taps famed photographer Derek Blanks to helm its accompanying visual.  Was it worth the wait?  You tell us:

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Watch: BET’s ‘Black Girls Rock!’ 2013 – Performances

Tonight marked the return of BET’s highly anticipated ode to women of color ‘Black Girls Rock’.

Much like its ‘BET Honors’ counterpart, the event is set to showcase some of music’s best and brightest performers to serenade and shine light on women of color who have made impacts on and in their respective personal and professional communities.

Airing moments ago, the Tracee Ellis Ross / Regina King hosted showing honored actress the legendary Patti Labelle, Mara Brock Akil, Queen Latifah, and many more

Featuring stage-blazing performances from the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, Ledisi, Kelly Rowland, Sevyn Streeter, and more, tuck in below to see the highlights from one of entertainment’s biggest nights:

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The Spill: Adina Howard, Omarion, The Weeknd, Luke James, Ledisi, & More

Ever keen on keeping the masses abreast of fresh and/or often underrated talent, That Grape Juice presents ‘The Spill’ – a renewed look at not-so-new, yet active, acts.

Much like its ‘Freshly Squeezed’ sister segment, this revived assay aims to put the magnifying glass on talents who may not appeal to the buying public on a broad scale yet are still serving material that could easily spin side-by-side with some of today’s top hits.

Covering a kaleidoscope of genres, ‘The Spill’ is set to feature some names you probably know and love as well as some you’ll (soon) be glad to know.  Click below to find out the spill on crooners Omarion, Luke James, The Weeknd, and much more…

 

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Weigh In: Who Is This Generation’s Vocal Bible?

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The turn of the century has unfortunately been accompanied by an under-appreciation of true vocalists.  Veritably, it has been clear to see that as production technology has increased its ability, inversely, quality vocal performances have decreased.

Turn on the radio today and you will be assaulted by an abundance of autotune, so much so one may question if he/she is listening to real people or The Transformers…

*Voting closes Monday, January 14th at 11:59pm CST*

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VH1 Divas 2012: Performances *Updated*

VH1 Divas 2012 is underway live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles!

A Dance-themed tribute to iconic divas Whitney Houston and Donna Summer, the extravaganza will see the likes of Kelly Rowland, Kelly Clarkson, Ciara, Melanie Fiona, Keri Hilson, Ledisi, Adam Lambert, and more hit the stage with show-stopping showings.

As ever, That Grape Juice has you covered with the night’s performances – as they happen. Peep the latest below and be sure to keep refreshing as more will be added continually!
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New Video: Ledisi – ‘Bravo’

Soul-filled songbird Ledisi today hatched the video for her latest single ‘Bravo’.

The uplifting cut (A TGJ favourite) features on the Grammy winner’s critically acclaimed LP ‘Pieces of Me‘, which was released last year.

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Hot Shots: The Stars Pose & Praise At 2012 BET Celebration of Gospel

Gospel/R&B star Michelle Williams was just one of many on hand at the Los Angeles Orpheum Theatre this weekend to behold the annual praise-fest that is BET Celebration of Gospel.  Also seeing names like Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, and Ledisi on the guest list, the Steve Harvey hosted affair is due for airing on BET on April 1st at 8pm.

While fans ready themselves for the hand clapping praise session, this year’s festivities will include tributes to Mahalia Jackson (featuring Glee‘s Amber Riley) and Whitney Houston for their outstanding contributions to the genre.

Until April 1, see some shots from the show’s red carpet below (via Essence):

 

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BET Taps Kelly Price, Faith Evans For Whitney Houston Gospel Tribute?

BET’s ‘Celebration of Gospel’ is set to make its roaring return to the station on April 1st.  The 12th annual edition of the Steve Harvey-hosted affair is set to get viewers moving with an all-star line-up of today’s gospel hitmakers including performances from Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Sunday’s Best/Grammy winner Le’Andria Johnson, and many more.

Also, in its yearly tradition, the praise session also invites the best of R&B and other secular genres to partake in the festivities.  This year’s secular lineup includes Jennifer Holliday, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, and Ledisi.  The foursome is believed to be readying a tribute honoring the gospel contributions of pop icon Whitney Houston.  The late singer made her last televised performance at the event last year, belting out her hit ‘I Look To You’ with friend/gospel singer Kim Burrell.

Finally, Mahalia Jackson, whose biography ‘Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel’ is set to be adapted to film starring gospel/R&B regular Fantasia, will also be recognized for her ever present contributions to the genre as well.

Faithful fans of the event, being shot March 16th at the Los Angeles Orpheum Theatre, can see all the action when it hits screens only on BET, April 1st at 8pm.

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