Watch: Kelly Rowland Gets ‘Motivated’ In Toronto

Published: Wednesday 14th Sep 2011 by Sam

In many a way, 2011 has been a breakout year of sorts for a certain Kelly Rowland. Indeed the last few months for the singer have been characterised by single and radio success, as well as a critical and public favour for her role on The X Factor UK.

However, in smartly taking a leaf out of Monica‘s book, it seems the 30 year old realises that true success in today’s climate comes from grinding to no end – even if that means opening for a newer act.

As such, the Destiny’s Child alumni took centre-stage at Chris Brown’s ‘F.A.M.E Tour’ opening in Toronto last night. And backed by 8 scantily clad dancers, rocked the house with some of her most noted hits, including ‘Motivation’.

Check out Ms. Kelly and her troop work the stage after the jump…

Destiny’s Child Medley

Motivation

Kudos to Kelly. From the swag, the vocals, the choreo, her set was most definitely ‘winning’. Here’s hoping she continues to show and prove, so as to facilitate a tour of her own in the near future. For now, though, this is a great look!

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  1. KellyFun September 14, 2011

    Am pleased,i never saw such success Hunting this Lady.Bless You child!

  2. fearlless September 14, 2011

    I just love Kelly and I love that she’s persevering.

  3. luv music September 14, 2011

    YESSSSSSSSSS KELLY

  4. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) September 14, 2011

    The ‘Motivation’ performance was very good.I loved the dancing, the attitude, the vocals.It was great.Now, I don’t know how I feel about the DC tribute.In all fairness, Kelly wasn’t the lead singer of DC (no shade), so it sounds kind of awkward to listen to the backtrack with Beyonce singing and Kelly just doing adlibs (they were off btw).Beyonce can definetely bring it with the DC tribute (I saw it happen).And those guys dry humping… 😕 Ugh…

  5. JR September 14, 2011

    Yesssssssss Go ahead Miss Rowland. I cannot wait till Saturday when she gets to DC.

    Also those dancers….OMG….nothing but s***! YESSSSSSS!

    So proud of her!

  6. THEO HUXTABLE September 14, 2011

    DO YO THANG MA!!!!!

  7. lostonez September 14, 2011

    she did the damn thing..ms.kelly is finally turning in2 the performer she needs 2 be..i just cant wait till she stop doin the dc medley ..other than that she’s on the rite track to win..

  8. Bey’knight September 14, 2011

    Why dint she sing on the DC medley or were the songs where she had actual verses on left out from this footage? And i dunno why all of them always leave out lose my breath. Its so energetic n sensual simultaneously, perfect for Kelly’s swag. She killed it though, worked the stage, the audience and her costume but im not gonna lie, i’ll be scrraming louder for both her and Chris’ dancers than for the pair of them put together. Im gonna go search for her setlist, im curious lol

  9. rebel_tkwon September 14, 2011

    It’s official!!!! Ds b**** bout 2 take over!! Notice how she da only Dark Skinned african american singer shutting s*** down presently!? She on her grind yo! Aint № stopping dat ho! Woow! If there’s another,plz mention as i can’t think of any!! Note: DARK SKINNED FEMALE AFRICAN AMERICAN….. @rebel_tkwon goo

  10. NICK September 14, 2011

    LOVEM SOME KELLY, BUT NOT impressed-her voice is better than this…BUT its cute…BABY in that 3rd video tho, u see that boy poppin that MONSTER!!!! YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!! He motivated me honey…….her dancers r HOTT, BUT BABY KELLY what is up with this set girl???? come on nah ya’ll, them ladders?? really??? that is a hot mess, I KNOW SHE GOT $$$$

  11. Aloyisious Divo September 14, 2011

    OMG Motivation is amazing live, but she should do her own mix of DC songs… some that Bey doesn’t do, 1 to avoid comparisons and 2 to bring a new original twist to the stage.

  12. Ghana September 14, 2011

    OMG never seen this kelly before.she is so on point these days.always wanted to see her killing the stage.these days she always murders the stages she books.am eager to see her kill kimmel show.

  13. Anon September 14, 2011

    STFU with all this light skin/dark skin mess. Its sickens me to no end b/c the Jim Crow laws were set for this premise to divide the black race and you ignorant chicken-head, bummed out “I sit on blogs to bash others and increase my self-work” jokesters need to pick up a damn book and read about this stuff.

    Its really getting old…….ON A MORE POSITIVE NOTE, Kelly Shut it down!

  14. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) September 14, 2011

    YASSS @ BEY’KNIGHT mentioning ‘Lose My Breath’!My fave DC song ever (2nd is ‘Bootylicious’ and 3rd is ‘No No No’).This song is amazing.However, for some reason it hasn’t been as memorable as their classics (‘Say My Name’, ‘Bills Bills Bills’, ‘Survivor’ etc) but if she did ‘Jumping Jumping’ then there definetely was space for LMB too.

  15. Dunk September 14, 2011

    2 of my friends are dancers for Kelly, the guy with the Afro and the other guy with the black jersey both UK dancers Aaron Witter and Scott Maurice reppin! UK STAND UP!!!!

  16. QUEEN POSH September 14, 2011

    ill def pay to see kelly on her own!

  17. kIMBERLY September 14, 2011

    @ NICK I don’t know if i was watching the same video but I was not impressed either with what TGJ posted. She was breathless and it caused her voice to get very deep at times. Her voice was wack on all tracks. If anyone notice when she cannot sing the entire line she says something to the audience. The DC medley was a mess. Sorry kelly but I was expecting stronger voice and more solid performances. MY OPINION. That was not moving to me at all, still better than a lot i have seen.
    SORRY KELLY STANS, I KEEP IT REAL WITH MY OPINION.

    @ REBEL what’s up with the light skin, dark skin nonsense, are they getting different reviews and cheques based on complexion? don’t you think that is unnecessary………. awaits response

  18. GLYNNJE September 14, 2011

    Yessss kelly get yo money gurlllll. @ REBEL TKWON you are damn right.

  19. Bey’knight September 14, 2011

    @ASAP

    I blame the women of DC for that! Granted some of their singles are def more memorable like SMN, no no no, bootylicious, survivor, indie women but no way songs like jumpin jumpin n bug a boo shd get so much shine n LMB shd be left out. I dunno why Kelly used that mix for her DC medley when there are other ones where she got her moment: soldier,LMB, bootylicious. I wouldnt include C2u, girl, bad habit cuz they werent hits

  20. rebel_tkwon September 14, 2011

    @Kimberly just stating d obvious,aint throwing shades…#Fact,,,but er1s entitled 2 their opinions ι ges

  21. …………………………………… September 14, 2011

    She did really well!!! I’m so proud of her!!! I will be shouting like crazy when she comes to Atlanta!

  22. GRAPEFRUIT JUICE September 14, 2011

    Yes Kelly. OMG! Kelly killed it and slayed her performances. Sigh . . . . only if RiRi could . .

  23. THE GREAT LACEFRONCE RETURNS. September 14, 2011

    KELLY >>>>>>>>> BLEACHonce (and Caca 😉 )

    4closure = FLOP

  24. X,Y,”and Z” September 14, 2011

    @TGJ Bloggers —

    I DEEPLY apologize to you all for Samuel’s “Rowdog-Hyperbole Magic-Act”! This morning finds him unusually busy, extraordinarily hyperbolic and WELL “over-the-top”..

    “breakout year”..?! Er..”Five Weeks 150K- moved” – you mean “breakdown tears”, don’t you, Sam?

    “single and radio success”…?! It took FIVE-LONG MONTHS for “Motivation” to “motivate its way to Platinum”!

    “critical and public favour for her role on The X Factor UK”..?! Is Sam aware that Amazon(UK) has USED copies of “Here I Am” now available?

    “rocked the house”..?! ..More like “stomp the roaches” while tossing about that “100% Walmart Remy glue-less.”

    “Kudos to Kelly” …?! For what, Sam? Living up to her “usually dependable” disappointing numbers?

    “swag”…?! “‘winning”..?! “show and prove”..?! “great look”..?! ..Sam, “denial and delusion” are promises made to ‘dreaming fools’ from fate’s sharp blade..!!

    X,Y,”and Z”

  25. MINAJ_KILLER_KING_B September 14, 2011

    I LOVE KELLS SHE IS AWESOME AND HER PERFORMANCES CONTINUT TO GET BETTER AND BETTER!!!!

  26. MONTE September 14, 2011

    IMMA KEEP IT REAL…F*** KELLY THEM DANCERS IS WHERE ITS AT

  27. KellyandBee2011 September 14, 2011

    All of you ignorant,

    NOBODYs

    Who put forth the effort to express negative comments,

    Let me remind you, that you are

    NOBODYs

    You WISH you COULD afford a ticket because

    HATING DON’T PAY honey!!

    Kelly is makin hers- if it aint good enough for you, get off these posts and get yourself a real hustle

    Chris is making his- if he ain’t to your liking, nobody in the universe gives a s*** about your individual negative ass opinion

    They are unstoppable- both of them against the odds. That’s why I support and live both. Why the f*** can’t I stan for both Bey and Kelly? Am I the only one who has a real life?!

  28. honey September 14, 2011

    black ugly flop

  29. mhud September 14, 2011

    wow.kelly baby is slaying me right now.i love you honey love

  30. kemdale September 14, 2011

    she sold alittle over 100,000 to date still a flop even keri hilson sold more albums than kelly rowland this era. its sept and only 100,000 sad kelly ! the album is trash tho.

  31. KellyandBee2011 September 14, 2011

    To: Miss “X, Y, and Z” (obvious flaming gay with nothing better to do)

    ANSWER THIS ONE: Why is Kelly’s grind occupying you soo hard? Why you pressed because she is being relevant. Nobody sells records no more but the same top 4 and Wayne. So, what is your point. That b**** is making money. Doing the damn thing on the Xfactor. And booking gigs. SHe is better than ever- and WONT stop. She trys. SHE IS BLESSED because of that.

    Your remarks will not slow Kelly from what she is tryna do. Its Gods will. Your negativity shows you are an ugly person. For NO reason. You cant stay off any post about Kelly’s sucess. How pathetic honey!!! LOOK AT YOURSELF- an embarassment

    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU LOOK REAL BAD AND IGNORANT on these posts, “X,Y and Z”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO get yourself a LIFE- cause you showing that you aint got one, honey! Real talk.

    Wastin your time comin at Kelly, for what? Nobody’s hearing you. You aint stoping her money flow.

  32. NECY September 14, 2011

    she sucks live her voice is too shaky

  33. samara September 14, 2011

    she is a dark girl and very skinny with a flat ass

  34. Mr Cheeks September 14, 2011

    xyandz has been served. lololololololol

  35. Mr Cheeks September 14, 2011

    X,Y and Z
    and all of her aliases continue to hate–

    You can use all the fake names you want to say you dont agree (with yourself) or how dark skin is ugly (which im sure your mama is), and Kelly cant sing (which you cant), or she aint makin enough money as you are (when you got time to post 24-7/ and got no real job)……

    Nobodys hearing you sweetie

    anyways…………………….. Stay looking bad. LOOSER.

  36. BeyonceandKelly2011 September 14, 2011

    “Call em out, Call em out, Call em out, Callem out”

    -Broke ass, no life, ugly ass, hidin behind a computer looking……..

    -ASAP (As Sincere As Possible)

    -Honey

    -Samara

    -NECY

  37. just saying September 14, 2011

    flop

  38. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) September 14, 2011

    @BEYONCEANDKELLY2011
    You didn’t just type that s***!!You must not be really clever because I praised both of your girls in a way, so I don’t see why I’m included in your post and in general I don’t see how anyone that says “broke ass”, “ugly ass” has the right to judge anyone else.I think you’re the one who’s hiding behind a computer screen with your 3 gravatars, because I bet you couldn’t “call em out call em out” while you’re walking down the street.Just saying…

  39. Pop Royalty (RUDE BOY) September 14, 2011

    I like Kelly , I hate her fans

    vocals : she’s outta breath ! she can lip-sync or practice a lot
    dancing : …. I will give it to her dancers. But I don’t like what they are doing ! WTF !?
    dc3 medley : I didn’t understand it !
    Motivation : I like it ! 7/10 ! But the dancers are too much !

    Her dancers had so much stage presence more than her !

    I DON’T SEE HER HAPPENING STILL … But good job Kelly and keep it up !

  40. Steph September 14, 2011

    I was there! Kelly, T-Pain and Chris Brown did a great job!!! More success to them! Keep doing your thing and don’t listen to nobody! Much love from Toronto! You Rocked the house! Money well spent.

  41. NikkiIsChillin September 14, 2011

    Wow! This was a hot perfomance. Kelly killed it!

  42. princebarbietv September 14, 2011

    It was a good performance

  43. royalkev September 14, 2011

    I honestly didn’t care for the DC medley. I think you see all of her shortcomings when she attempts to carry those songs solo. In ‘Motivation’ she gave a lot more energy and had more presence. That was better. I still find Kelly and Chris together to be an odd pairing, but I’m glad both are enjoying some success.

    http://www.thepagewithroyalkev.blogspot.com

  44. Eightiesbaby8030 September 14, 2011

    I would rather see her performances for “I’m that chick,” “When Love takes Over,” “Lay it on Me,” or “Feelin Me Right Now” if she performs that one. Hopefully those clips will pop up soon, since this was just the first show.

  45. OH September 14, 2011

    @kemdale

    But Keri Hilson’s latest album has only sold 205,500 copies, FAR from seeing any gold certification.
    And that album was released back in December 17, 2010? Correct.
    Considering she released the album during the holidays there is NO excuse for it selling what it sold.
    FLOPPPP!!!

    Kelly isn’t that far behind her.

  46. Eightiesbaby8030 September 14, 2011

    Ok. I just watched the videos. She did great with Motivation! The DC medley was eh. I’d rather she performed her parts on Lose My Breath and Survivor. She’s hit or miss with Soldier.

    I like the costume, but not the ill-fitting jacket. I love Kelly’s vocals and swag!! However, that set is not poppin. The black curtain is mad tacky, and ladders? Really? They don’t have room for a band and dj? Tha’ts all she needs.

  47. Fleur September 14, 2011

    Ms. Kelly looks great, and she performs well here. I don’t mind the DC Medley. I wish she would sing her DC lines fully instead of the “what? yeah! Hey! Sing it yall!” interruptions. She carries this habit onto her “Motivation” performance albeit to a lesser extent. The performance gets more pleasant. I love crowd participation. At the same time, I dislike the way Kelly’s vocal performance of the track is compromise by this habit. It’s the beginning of this tour, so Ms. Kelly has seveval opportunities to master her performances.

  48. Stephanie September 14, 2011

    Nice performances, but I do have 2 small complaint s, … 1st complaint, the DC Medley … I know she wants to sing the DC Medley for (1) recognition & (2) to extend her set, but I’ll like to see her do a concert & just sing HER songs … she’s an opening act, which usually require the artist to sing 3 -4 songs, she has enough songs of her own to hold down a set … she’s finally getting the much deserved recognition of being a solo artist & I think she should really take hold of the “solo” statues & let go of the DC Medley … 2nd complaint, what in the hell are her backup dancers wearing? Are those long-johns?

  49. Lebo(CAribbeanBoi) September 14, 2011

    KELLY BROUGHT IT .. I love it amazing KELZZZ

    AND HER SET LIST IS AS SEEN BELOW:

    Setlist:
    Intro
    I’m Dat Chick
    Comeback
    Like This
    Lay It On Me
    Work It Man
    Dilemma
    DC Medley
    Still In Love With My Ex
    Keep It Between Us
    Motivation
    When Love Takes Over
    Commander

  50. CALL ME HATERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR September 14, 2011

    NOTICE THERE ARE ONLY ALMOST 50 COMMENTS ON MOST OF KELLY’S VIDEO AND MOST ARE FROM PEOPLE WHO DONT THINK SHE’S AS GREAT AS HER DELUSIONAL FANS AND TGJ!!!11

    THIS PERFORMANCE WAS VERY AVERAGE AND SEEMED AS THOUGH SHE DONT “PRACTICE” LIKE SHE SHOULD

    HMMMMMM….AND THERE IS NEVER A REAL SURPRISE IN KELLY’S PERFORMANCES NOT EVEN ON TOUR!!!!!!!!!??????????

    SHE’S VERY BORING

    AND SHE OUGHT TO LEAVE BEYONCE’S ADLIBS AND VERSES TO BEYONCE!

  51. CALL ME HATERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR September 14, 2011

    DNT CARE WHO GETS MAD

    KELLY IS VERY BORING

    AND SHE IS NEVER THE BEST OR NEVER RUNNIN S***

  52. nice_gurl September 15, 2011

    She was great and the dancers were so s***.

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