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As earlier reported, Mariah Carey was honored with the BMI Icon Award in Los Angeles last night.

Of the night’s many performers, the most notable was soulful songbird Fantasia, who served up a rousing rendition of Carey’s 1993 smash ‘Hero’.

A church-inspired performance awaits after the jump…

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After delivering a live version of the number last night, today saw Alicia Keys release the official version to her new number ‘Not Even The King’.

Boasting clean vocals and an inspiring message, it’s safe to say that this one came straight from the heart and will go a long way to spark interest in Keys’ new LP, ‘Girl On Fire‘.

Listen below…

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As one of the nation’s brightest stars, Rita Ora in many respects has become an national treasure in Kosovo.

The above was all too evident when the chart topper returned to her homeland hours ago, receiving what we’d call an epic welcome- days after gracing the MTV Video Music Awards in LA and the ‘Made In America Fest’ in Philadelphia.

Moving footage below…

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Blonde bombshell alert!

Pop powerhouse Alexandra Burke looked all sorts of fierce as she arrived at Charlotte Ronson‘s New York Fashion Week showcase last night.

We hear the ‘Bad Boys’ singer is in town on business, which has us salivating at the thought of her long-awaited (and still anticipated) US debut. Here’s hoping it comes to fruition soon!

In the meanwhile, peep more pics below…

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For all her vocal prowess, Mariah Carey also serves as one of the music industry’s most seasoned and successful songwriters; a status which earned her the Icon Award last night at the BMI Urban Awards in Los Angeles.

The star-studded affair saw the likes of Fantasia and Joe celebrate the 42 year old diva with rendition of some of her biggest hits – including ‘Hero’ and ‘We Belong Together’.

Check out more pics from the night below. What’s more, That Grape Juice were in the house at the event, so be sure to keep it locked for exclusive red carpet interviews.

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Last year saw Cheryl Cole at the centre of one showbiz’s biggest stories. Indeed, after ample hype, the singer signed up to judge on the season premiere of The X Factor USA only to be unceremoniously dumped one episode in.

Since then, the Girls Aloud star has focussed on strengthening her brand on home-soil – with varying results. For, while comeback single ‘Call My Name’ serves as one the biggest UK singles of the year, its housing album ‘A Million Lights’ and follow-up singes have underperformed.

In a bid to reverse her so-so fortunes, the 29 year old has headed back to the platform that catapulted her to solo stardom – The X Factor UK.

Full story below…

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Even if you’ve haven’t heard the name, you’ve most definitely heard her music.

Responsible for penning Charice’s ‘Pyramid’ and Demi Lovato‘s ‘Together’, Lyrica Anderson is the latest act to win Timbaland‘s seal of approval, inking a deal with the Mosley Music Group and is reportedly lending her skills to Missy Elliott‘s forthcoming LP.

Now get into the starlet’s remix of Rick Ross‘ ‘Diced Pineapples’, pulled from her forthcoming mix tape ‘King Me‘.

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Jennifer Hudson took centre stage two nights ago, joining the cast of Project Runway at their New York fashion week outing.

Lending her hand to the show’s season finale, the ‘Spotlight’ singer worked the runway before helping the judges pick this season’s winner, all before she takes to ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ to dish on her weight, loss, and the next era of her career.

More from the stunner below…

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In celebration of her 31st birthday, Beyonce continued on in her vacation this week- taking to the South of France with husband Jay Z and nine month old daughter Blue Ivy.

Joining the Rapper for a jet ski ride, her sighting comes three nights after she took to Michelangelo Restaurant in Antibes, France and months before she reportedly begins work on her new movie ‘A Star Is Born‘.

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Despite boasting appearances from One Direction, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj, it seems last night’s VMAs  is one MTV won’t be too pleased about today.

This, because after pulling in an audience of 12.4 million last year, last night’s show welcomed a less than stellar 6.1 million, likely to have been affected by the momentum garnered by close competitor, President’s Obama‘s speech at the Democratic National Convention.

The Hollywood Reporter explains:

About 6.1 million viewers tuned into Thursday night’s telecast of the VMAs, dropping more than half its audience from last year’s record 12.4 million haul. In the network’s target 12-34 demo, the VMAs drew a 5.3 rating.

Year to year, the VMAs were down more than 50 percent in total viewers.”

Highlights  from the event above…

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Taken a listen to ‘Clouds‘, the latest cut by R&B mastermind Jermaine Riley. Released by the ‘Smallville’ vocalist earlier on today, its arrival follows the release of the album ‘Hello Earth’, which birthed the aforementioned ‘Ville’.

Listen above and let us know what you think of the number below…

Fresh from performing at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, soulful songstress Alicia Keys took front stage center at the 2012 Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon moments ago.

Her rousing performance of ‘Not Even A King’ awaits below…

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