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R&B star Monica took to the stage at the 2009 BET Honours, which aired last night. The 29 year old performed ‘Not Gon’ Cry’ as a tribute to Mary J. Blige. The few off-notes aside, this was an awesome performance. Monica really captured the emotion in the song, which to-date still stands as one of my all-time favourite Mary cuts. Fantastic performance.
What do you think of the performance?
Chris Brown & Rihanna Drama Update
Peep the pic above of Chris Brown and Rihanna leaving Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy party on Saturday, just minutes before the drama unfolded…
It appears the ‘squeaky-clean’ image Brown and his handlers have carved out for him since he burst onto the scene 4 years ago is disappearing with much swiftness as a result of the serious nature of the assault charge levelled against him. It’s now being reported Wrigley have dropped him due to this all:
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Chewing gum makers Wrigley on Monday suspended a commercial featuring Chris Brown after the popular R&B singer was arrested on suspicion of attacking a woman widely reported to be his singer girlfriend Rihanna.
The clean-cut Brown, 19, one of the fastest-rising stars of the last two years, was free on $50,000 bail, a day after the couple hurriedly canceled separate performances at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
Both the Brown and Rihanna camps were silent on Monday. Police sources told the Los Angeles Times and celebrity Web site TMZ.com that the woman who reported she had been attacked by Brown in the early hours of Sunday was 20-year-old Rihanna, singer of hits “Umbrella” and “Disturbia.”
Wrigley said in a statement it was “concerned by the serious allegations” made against Brown, who was booked by police on suspicion of making a felony criminal threat.
The company said that while Brown should be afforded due legal process “we have made the decision to suspend the current advertising featuring Brown…until the matter is resolved.”
Brown, who was competing against Rihanna in a Grammy category, was a spokesman for Doublemint gum and his hit song “Forever” was part of that advertising campaign. {Source}
There’s no doubt the sudden uncharacteristic nature of this all has rocked the industry. I’m still very keen to hear the specifics of the case, before passing full judgement. I guess in time we’ll have the answers…
Your thoughts?
Kelly Rowland To Be New X-Factor Judge?
It seems things really do seem to be on the up for Kelly Rowland. After redeeming herself in the public eye following her split from Mathew Knowles, the singer is reportedly the front-runner in the search for a new judge on Simon Cowell’s X-Factor to replace Danni Minogue:

The race to replace judge DANNII MINOGUE is also hotting up, with KELLY ROWLAND, now the main contender if the Aussie is axed as expected.

Simon is keen for an American to sit next to him, Louis and CHERYL COLE — and the former DESTINY’S CHILD singer fits the bill.

The source added: “Simon wants his winners to break the States like LEONA LEWIS did, so having an American judge would help that.” {Source}

This would really be a good look for Kelly – most especially in terms of expanding her profile here in the UK. Onwards and upwards, ey…

Your thoughts?
Eddie Murphy Ordered To Pay $10 Million In Child Support
After a lengthy court battle with ex Eddie Murphy, Spice Girl Mel B has reason to celebrate – Murphy has been ordered to pay a whopping $10 Million in child support to the singer over the next 16 years:
Los Angeles, CA (CNS) – Eddie Murphy has been ordered to pay his ex-girlfriend Mel B $50,000 a month for child support to their 22-month-old daughter Angel Iris.
An L.A. court ordered the 47-year-old funnyman to pay approximately $51,700 per month until Angel reaches 18 years old, which would total about $10.3 million.
He has also finally agreed to see his daughter.
Murphy and Mel B – real name Melanie Brown – have spent 15 months fighting in the Los Angeles courts. Both signed non-disclosure contracts, preventing them from discussing the settlements in public.
Murphy originally questioned the paternity of the child, while publicly dumping the former Spice Girl in a 2006 impromptu interview, saying, “I don’t know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test. You shouldn’t jump to conclusions, sir.”
DNA test proved that he is indeed the father.
Angel Iris Murphy Brown was born on April 3, 2007, which is coincidentally also Murphy’s birthday. {Source}
I guess justice has been served. Yet, in saying that, many – including myself – will forever find it hard to look at Eddie in the same way again. What kind of person refuses to see their own daughter, even after the DNA test. SMH…
Your thoughts?
It turns out it wasn’t just Chris Brown and Rihanna that had to pull out of last night’s Grammy Awards; Usher, who was scheduled to appear at the show, had to cancel due to ‘a serious injury in the family’, which has since been reported to involve wife Tameka. Peep the report below via People.com:
Usher’s wife Tameka Foster Raymond has suffered a serious injury due to complications from plastic surgery in Brazil, reports Access Hollywood.
On Saturday night, Usher canceled his performance at the Recording Academy and Clive Davis’s Pre-Grammy Gala. Davis told party-goers the singer had to bow out due to a “serious injury in the family.”
On Sunday, Davis, Sony Music Worldwide’s chief creative officer, told PEOPLE. “I talked to his mom. My thoughts are with them, whatever they’re facing.” {Source}
Very unfortunate news. Here’s wishing Tameka a speedy recovery. That said, it really does pay to be very careful with these things, something made very clear with the sad circumstances surrounding the death of Kanye West’s mother a year ago.
Your thoughts?

In an interview conducted last week, Jimmy Jam, of legendary production duo Jam & Lewis, revealed that he is currently working on the new Janet Jackson album. While not much else in the way of specific info was conveyed, it marks the first time since 2006’s ’20 Y.O’ that Jackson and the duo have worked together.
I’m really anxious to find out what this means for Janet in terms of a new label…album release date etc. Here’s hoping all falls into place for her this go-round. Say what you want, but you can’t say her post-Superbowl albums ‘Damita Jo’, ’20 Y.O’ and ‘Discipline’ didn’t have several gems on them…can you?
Your thoughts?
51st Annual Grammy Award Winners
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Check out the list of winners below:
Album Of The Year:
***Raising Sand – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Record Of The Year:
***”Please Read The Letter” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Best New Artist:
***Adele
Song Of The Year:
***”Viva La Vida” – Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay)
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
***”Viva La Vida” – Coldplay
Best Pop Vocal Album:
***Rockferry – Duffy
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance:
***Chasing Pavements – Adele
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance:
***Say – John Mayer
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals:
***Rich Woman – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
***Still Unforgettable – Natalie Cole
Best Dance Recording:
***Harder Better Faster Stronger – Daft Punk
Best Rock Album:
***Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends – Coldplay
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance:
***Gravity – John Mayer
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
***Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon
Best Rock Song:
***Girls In Their Summer Clothes – Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance:
***Superwoman – Alicia Keys
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance:
***Miss Independent – Ne-Yo
Best R&B Song:
***Miss Independent – Mikkel S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen & S. Smith, songwriters (Ne-Yo)
Best R&B Album:
***Jennifer Hudson – Jennifer Hudson
Best Contemporary R&B Album:
***Growing Pains – Mary J. Blige
Best Rap Solo Performance:
***A Milli – Lil Wayne
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group:
***Swagga Like Us – Jay-Z & T.I. Featuring Kanye West & Lil Wayne
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
***American Boy – Estelle Featuring Kanye West
Best Rap Song:
***Lollipop – D. Carter, S. Garrett, D. Harrison, J. Scheffer & R. Zamor, songwriters (Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major)
Best Rap Album:
***Tha Carter III – Lil Wayne
I really cannot express how happy I am for our girl Estelle – it’s been a long and hard road, but she did it! Congratulations to all the winners.
Randomness: Ne-Yo stays winning Grammy’s every year. I wonder how much his overall tally stands at now?
Your thoughts on the winners?

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles last night. Check out performances from what is hailed as the industry’s biggest night below:

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*Apologies for the recent slow-go here at That Grape Juice…server issues*
In news that has come as a shock to many, and news which rocked last night’s Grammy festivities, R&B heartthrob Chris Brown was arrested yesterday for reportedly assaulting girlfriend Rihanna. Subsequently both pulled out of their Grammy performances. Check out the report below:
Chris Brown has been arrested for reportedly attacking Rihanna.
The ‘Run It’ star handed himself in to police after officers responded to a phone call at around 12.30am on Sunday morning from an unnamed woman who accused the 19-year-old singer of hurting her.
Los Angeles police officials have declined to identify the caller, but the Los Angeles Times newspaper claim the ‘Umbrella’ singer was the victim.
A statement released by the Los Angeles Police Department said: “The identity of the victim will not be released. Any victim who’s involved in a domestic violence incident is entitled to confidentiality.
“Mr. Brown and the alleged victim became involved in an argument. After stopping his car, Brown and the woman got out and the argument escalated. The woman suffered visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker.”
The incident is alleged to have occurred during an early morning argument in Chris’ car on a quiet street in Los Angeles’ upmarket Hancock Park neighbourhood.
Chris was not at the scene when police arrived.
Both singers pulled out of a planned appearance at last night’s Grammy Awards following the incident.
Speaking at the ceremony, ‘American Idol’ host Paula Abdul said: “I’m hearing some mixed things about what happened. All I can say is I hope Rihanna heals quickly. She’s a lovely girl.”
Despite reports the alleged victim showed visible injuries, Chris was not arrested on suspicion of physically hurting her.
However, Los Angeles Police Sergeant Bridget Pickett revealed the charges may change at a later stage in proceedings.
Pickett said: “There may be domestic violence charges added later, but that will be up to the district attorney’s office.”
Chris – who was partying with Rihanna at a pre-Grammy’s party – was released after posting $50,000 bail. {Source}
Wow. Terrible news. While we definitely have our opinions about Rihanna here at That Grape Juice, we can’t help but feel that what should have been a very special evening for her and her career was marred but this. What’s more, it’s never ever right to hit a woman. SMH…

More as the story unfolds…

Your thoughts?

Legend Whitney Houston made her return to the stage last night at mentor Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Awards bash. Looking radiant and sounding better than she has in years, Whitney performed career-definer ‘I Will Always Love You’ along with hits ‘I Believe In You & Me’, ‘It’s Not Right But It’s Okay’ and ‘I’m Every Woman’. Peep the performance below (apologies about the so-so quality, it’s all that is available at present):

Part 1

Part 2

Not great, yet still a great sight to see; a healthy and happy Whitney doing what she’s renown for – singing her heart out. Hoping for her voice of today to be reminiscent of her heyday is somewhat far-fetched IMO. I’m thinking of this as ‘2009 Whitney’, which a a lot better than any ‘Whitney’ in recent years.

Randomness: It’s being reported – Jennifer Hudson came to the front of the stage and cheered Whitney on // Jamie Foxx recorded her set on his mobile phone // Whitney’s mother, brother and daughter were in attendance. 
What do you think of the performance? 

Review in a bit…
In the meanwhile…
What do you think of the song /video?
Confirmed: Whitney To Perform AtPre-Grammy Bash
It was reported earlier last month that Whitney Houston was prepping her stage comeback at Clive Davis’ Annual Pre-Grammy Party. After years of the same story being churned out, without a performance ever materialising, it has been confirmed Houston will indeed be taking to the stage at the event this Saturday:

BEVERLY HILLS, California — Every year on Grammy Awards weekend, Clive Davis puts his stamp on the artist he feels will be the next blue-chip performer under his wing. The nod has become almost as important as winning a Grammy itself. This year, however, Davis’ biggest splash will be an act he discovered decades ago: Whitney Houston.

“She’s rehearsing around 9 p.m. tonight,” Davis said on Thursday afternoon, during practices for his legendary extravaganza at the Beverly Hilton. The music mogul — who has been Houston’s godfather figure as much as he has been one of the people guiding her career — hinted that Grammy-winning singer would have product in the marketplace sooner than we expect.

“You wait for the great songs to be written,” Davis said about the long-awaited comeback album from one of his most prized prodigies. “The great hits Whitney has given to the public for so many years — you keep encouraging and setting the bar. R. Kelly and Whitney just went into the studio with a great song called ‘I Look to You.’

“The same way her debut album took a while to put together, you just don’t do it by going into a computer. You wait for the material to justify a new album,” he added. “Pretty much, it’s come in.”

Davis said that Houston is going into the lab with hitmaker David Foster next week to record a ballad called “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.” {Source}

Roll on Saturday! Really can’t wait to see and, more importantly, hear this one…

Your thoughts?
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