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Performances: 2015 BET Honors

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The 2015 BET Honors aired moments ago and tributed the achievements of Usher, Kanye West, actress Phylicia Rashad, among others. The Wayne Brady-hosted affair saw acts Trey Songz, Mary J. Blige, K. Michelle, and many more hit the stage to salute the hour’s honorees.

Catch all of their moving performances below:

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Beyonce & Lady Gaga Led ‘Stevie Wonder Tribute’ A Moderate Ratings Draw Despite All-Star Lineup

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Not even the combined powers of music super divas Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Jennifer Hudson were enough to shift killer ratings for the second installment of the ‘Grammy tribute’ series – this time paying homage the academy’s most decorated artist Stevie Wonder.

Airing February 15th on CBS, the showing – a critics top pick -  did manage to draw a respectable viewing audience, but still nearly less than half of last year’s episode in honor of the Beatles (which drew a whopping 13.95 million viewers).  The numbers are all the more disappointing as, unlike the Beatles tribute, Wonder’s installment had little competition elsewhere on television.

But, as reports below reveal, all was not lost.  For, after the likes of Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monae, John Legend, and Ed Sheeran put their ever modern twists on Wonder’s classic hits, interest in the 70s & 80s numbers found itself skyrocketing on top sites Spotify and Shazam.

Get the full reports on the TV and streaming numbers below:

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And The Predictions Are In: Ne-Yo’s ‘Non-Fiction’ Set To Sell…

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Fact: Despite being greeted with mixed critical review, ‘Non-Fiction,’ the latest album from serial hitmaker Ne-yo, is bound to break into the Billboard 200’s top 10 upon the chart’s refreshing next week.  Coming as the only new title predicted to impact the chart’s currently reigning dectet, the album will give the singer-songwriter his sixth consecutive top 10 entry.

Fueled by the Jeezy-assisted ‘Money Can’t Buy’ and top 40 hit ‘She Knows’ ft. Juicy J, ‘Non-Fiction’ is set to be the crooner’s second release to hit charts without a top 10 single to support it.  A feat arguably to blame for its first week sales performance, as the project is on track to deliver his lowest numbers to date.

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Watch: Ne-Yo Rocks ‘Good Morning America’ & ‘The View’ With ‘She Knows’

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The morning brought with it the kickoff of a gruesome promo blitz for R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo in support of his sixth album ‘Non-Fiction.’ 

Delivering a rocking performance of his current chartblazer ‘She Knows’ to both ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘The View,’ the crooner got by with a little help from rapper Juicy J just a day before the album is set to hit shelves.

Still need convincing that the album is worth your coins?  The performance below may provide just that:

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Exclusive: Ne-Yo Talks New Album Non-Fiction, Rihanna, Streaming Issues, & More

Grammy Winner Opens Up To That Grape Juice

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Next Tuesday heralds the worldwide release of Ne-Yo‘s sixth studio album ‘Non Fiction’.

Easily the Grammy winner’s most R&B flavored effort in years, the set has been showered with praise from critics and has fared well commercially with singles ‘She Knows’ and ‘Time Of Our Lives’.

That Grape Juice caught up with the singer-songwriter recently and quizzed him on a number of topics including his return to Urban, his racier image, issues with streaming, and new projects from Rihanna and Janet Jackson.

Ever frank, the star delivered insightful conversation.

Check out our interview with Ne-Yo below…

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Ne-Yo Challenged To Sing All His Hits On The Spot & Delivers

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It may be hard to believe, but Ne-Yo has been blazing the charts for almost a decade.

During a promo trip to Big Boy In The Neighborhood this week, the ‘She Knows’ chanteur served up a potent reminder in the most unique way.

There to promote new album ‘Non-Fiction’ (due January 28th), the singer/songwriter was challenged to perform a non-stop medley of his biggest hits.

He obliged and turned in an impressive showing.

Watch Mr. Smith hit all the right notes below…

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New Video: Ne-Yo – ‘Coming With You’

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Ne-Yo‘s new album ‘Non-Fiction’ dances into stores on January 28th, so what better time than the present to unwrap the video for its latest single ‘Coming With You’.

Produced by dynamo duo Stargate, the whimsical cut follows previous singles ‘Money Can’t Buy’ and ‘She Knows’.

For the track’s accompanying visual, the singer, songwriter, and Motown Head of A&R ushers in the Summer early with the color-filled clip.

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