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Watch: Lil Kim & Mary J. Blige Reunite At ‘Hot For The Holidays’

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Mary J. Blige and her fellow Hip Hop royals stepped out in style for Busta Rhymes’ ‘Hot For the Holidays’ event hours ago.

There, the living legend that is Lil Kim was joined on stage by the ‘Mr Wrong’ performer and brought the house dow with a performance that awaits your first look after the leap below.

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Ratings: ‘The Wiz’ Live Dominates Thursday Night TV

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With its star-studded cast featuring the likes of Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, rapper Common, David Allen Grier, and ‘Orange is the New Black‘s Uzo Aduba, NBC’s highly anticipated live remake of the 70s classic ‘The Wiz’ whizzed right on by all of the competition to top Nielsen’s ratings last night.

Matching its critical acclaim with blockbuster numbers, the soulful musical – the third of NBC’s live remakes – has given the broadcast network its highest Thursday night ratings in 2 years!

Curious to know how many tuned in to watch Dorothy and her crew ease on down the road?  We thought you’d be. Ease on down under the jump and get the numbers:

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Performances: NBC’s ‘The Wiz’ Live

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The must-see event of the holiday season may have wrapped up last night, but Twitter is still alight with positive reviews of the NBC live remake of the classic stageplay-turned-film ‘The Wiz.’

Led by Grammy winning superstars Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige, the show was highlighted by stunning stage props, high octane choreography, and, of course, must-hear revamps of some of the production’s memorable musical numbers.

The new ‘He’s The Wiz,’ ‘You Can’t Win,’ ‘No Bad News,’ and ‘Home’ renditions all earned thumbs up from critics and viewers last night, but if you missed any of the action (or simply want to relive the magic), it all awaits below:

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TV Trailer: NBC’s ‘The Wiz’ Live (Starring Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, & More)

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Excitement is brimming for the holiday event of the season – NBC’s star-studded live rework of the legendary ‘The Wiz.’

Starring Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, rapper Common, Amber Riley, Uzo Aduba, and more, the 3 hour special is blasting onto televisions

But, before you can see if the reimagined, 2015 adaptation does justice to its Diana Ross/Michael Jackson-led 70’s counterparts, check out the trailer and hot photos from the forthcoming flick below:

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Keyshia Cole Meets Mary J. Blige / Quashes Rivalry Rumors

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Since the onset of Keyshia Cole‘s career, comparisons to Mary J. Blige have been a constant. Indeed, so rife has the chatter been that it birthed rumors of a rift between the R&B staples.

The climate wasn’t altogether helped when Cole said the following about “her idol” in a 2012 interview:

“I’m very happy to have been compared to such a wonderful woman, a strong woman. The only thing that I would’ve changed, that I am now here to do for those that come after me, is to lend a helping hand. I feel that even if it’s not me saying I’m gonna record with you, I’m gonna work with you or let’s go hang out or anything like that; we don’t have to be friends, but at the end of the day, being able to give advice or help somebody that is coming under you is an amazing gift to be able to have. I wish I would have had that from Mary, but I’m not Mary, I’m a different person and if K. Michelle ever call me or anybody for that matter, for advice, I would absolutely give it to them.”

Nonetheless, proving that there’s no bad blood, Keyshia and the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul caught up backstage at a concert last night.

Clearly touched by the encounter (said to be their first), Cole captioned the snap:

I have so much ❤️ and respect for her!!! #SheWasInChillMode#AfterTheshowPic #LoveHer#YouGuysHaveNoIdeaWhatThisMeantToMe

Awesome.

#NowPlaying: Queen Latifah – ‘U.N.I.T.Y’

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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 2001 #FBF

Mary J. Blige Ascends To Top Spot With First & Only #1 Hit On Hot 100

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Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

This time we press play on Mary J. Blige‘s party-starter ‘Family Affair,’ which shot to the top of the charts this week in 2001.  Coming as the R&B royal’s first reign atop the chart nearly 10 years after she burst on the scene with her debut album ‘What’s the 411?,’ the Dr.Dre produced cut ousted Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘I’m Real’ right off the Hot 100 throne.

Enjoying a six week run at #1, the tune came as MJB’s first and last chart-topper on the tally.  But, with a catalogue as impressive as hers, we’re sure she’s not too mad about it.  Get into the “crunk” number and the other 24 tracks that occupied the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 2001:

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Hilarious: Mary J. Blige, Taraji P. Henson, & Kerry Washington Star In Apple Music Commercial

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Apple have tapped more top-tier talent to plug their new streaming service.

Following last night’s Primetime Emmy Awards, the omnipresent media force unveiled a hilarious new commercial starring Mary J. Blige, alongside actresses Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington.

In an era where rival services are flexing their roster of superstars as their main selling point, it’s cool to see Apple going in a different – and ultimately more inviting – direction.

Peep the TV spot after the jump…

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