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What did THUG LIFE mean to Tupac Shakur? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frenkie   
Monday, 13 February 2012 03:39

Yes I am gonna say that I'm a thug

That's because I came from the gutter and I'm still here

I'm not saying I'm a thug because I wanna rob you and rape people and things

I'm a businessman!  -- 2PAC

Last Updated on Monday, 13 February 2012 03:42
Chaka Khan Drops Out of Whitney Houston Tribute PDF Print E-mail
Written by Eileen Murphy | ABC News Blogs   
Monday, 13 February 2012 00:57

Fans of the song "I'm Every Woman" were disappointed to hear that singer and song writer Chaka Khan pulled out of a tribute to Whitney Houston at The Grammy Awards.

Khan recorded the  song recorded  in 1978, but it became a much bigger hit for Houston when she recorded it for the soundtrack for "The Bodyguard."

Khan was expected to join Jennifer Hudson in honoring the late pop icon at the show. It would have been a nostalgic note for Khan. As a teenager Houston sang backup for Khan, who is probably best known for her hit "I Feel for You."

But in the end, Khan decided to remember her friend privately, tweeting:

"As I grieve the loss of my friend and 'little sister,' I don't feel it appropriate to perform at this time. Continue to pray for the family."

Clive Davis Grammy Bash Still Going on After Whitney Houston's Death PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Saturday, 11 February 2012 22:16

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Whitney Houston performs onstage at the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Whitney Houston Kevin Mazur/WireImage Industry mogul Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammy party--one of the biggest and most exclusive bashes of Grammy season--is still going on Saturday, despite the shocking news that his protégé Whitney Houston has tragically died at age 48 on the eve of the Grammy Awards, mere hours before the party.The party is streaming live Saturday night at http://www.grammy.com/live. Clive Davis himself is not in attendance.


According to many news outlets, Whitney had been expected to attend the soiree. TMZ reports that Whitney was actually supposed to open the party. On Friday, Clive told the Associated Press: "It's her favorite night of the year...(so) who knows by the end of the evening?"

Saturday night's party at the Beverly Hilton was, as of this writing, supposed to include performances by the Kinks' Ray Davies with Jackson Browne and Elvis Costello, Alicia Keys, and Monica and Brandy, according to reports. Monica recently told the press that Whitney actually stopped by the rehearsals a few days ago to offer some words of encouragement.

"When so many things were happening in my life that weren't in favor of me reaching my full potential, she was always there, pushing me," said Monica. "And I think it made it feel good when she was in the audience, just reminding us, helping us with sound, doing different things today...Their expertise, her and Mr. Davis's, it can't be found anywhere."

Along with Whitney, other celebrities on the guestlist reportedly included Bruno Mars, the Foo Fighters, Tony Bennett, Neil Young, Jennifer Hudson, Britney Spears, Diana Ross, Elvis Costello, Wiz Khalifa, Kelly Rowland, Gladys Knight, Herbie Hancock, Adam Lambert, and Jessie J.



Grammys 2012: Adele is affirmed, Whitney Houston is grieved PDF Print E-mail
Written by Geoffrey Boucher and Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times   
Monday, 13 February 2012 00:48

The 54th Grammy Awards will be remembered as a story of two women with towering, timeless voices — Adele and Whitney Houston — one representing youthful triumph and boundless possibility, the other a reminder of fresh tragedy and a life unraveled.

Adele, the 23-year-old British singer-songwriter, took home six awards including album, record and song of the year, a trophy bounty that puts a gold-plating on a commercial and critical success story that has dramatically defied the grim gravities of today's economically-challenged recording industry.

Adele's other victory came when she stepped to the microphone and sang a robust version of her hit "Rolling in the Deep," which suggests that she is past the career scare of throat surgery that came just after Halloween and kept her mute through New Year's Day. It was her first public performance since the operation.

Adele's honors for her sophomore album, "21," were juxtaposed against the dazed grief and still-raw reactions to the death of Houston on Saturday. The 48-year-old singer was found in a bathtub in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and, while the determination of cause of death could take weeks, Houston's history of drug addiction is a likely starting point for the investigation.

The Grammy broadcast on CBS began with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performing its new hard-times anthem, "We Take Care of Our Own," and then host LL Cool J addressing the loss of Houston, a six-time Grammy winner who tumbled from the pinnacle of the pop charts into the pit of a tabloid life.

"We ask ourself," the rapper and actor said with the crisp tones of a Sunday sermon, "How do we speak to this time, to this day? There is no way around this. We've had a death in our family. At least to me, the only thing that seems right is to start with a prayer for our fallen sister, Whitney Houston." He then read a prayer while the audience went silent, many with bowed heads.

It was one of the many moments of emotion during the night. The big winners included the Foo Fighters with five awards and Kanye West with four, but it was the performances — not the envelopes — that opened up the true drama of the night.

Country singer Glen Campbell, who is battling Alzheimer's disease, was given a warm ovation after his engaging, high-energy performance of "Rhinestone Cowboy."

Meanwhile the applause for Chris Brown's daring dance work (he performed on a hulking prop of giant cubes) may have echoed with a sense of redemption. Brown's future seemed uncertain at the Grammys in 2009 when he missed the show and was arrested on suspicion of felony assault on his girlfriend, Rihanna, but on Sunday he won best R&B album for "F.A.M.E."

"First and foremost, I gotta thank God, and thank the Grammys for letting me get on this stage and do my thing," Brown said. "All my fans, I love you. We got one. Thank you."

The best new artist award went to Bon Iver, the folk-pop project of mastermind Justin Vernon, who used his time on the Grammy stage to thank "all the non-nominees who never will be here." Although the likes of Kanye West have endorsed Bon Iver, the Midwestern act was competing against bigger names such as rapper Nicki Minaj and dance music sensation Skrillex.

"It's really hard to accept this award," Vernon said. "There's so much talent out there and on this stage. There's so much talent that's not here.... When I started making songs I started for the inherent reward of making songs."

The 3 1/2-hour show also featured cross-generational pairings, most notably a Beach Boys reunion that came bundled with the newer falsettos and harmonies of Maroon 5 and Foster the People.

Brian Wilson wasn't the only 1960s legend on stage — Paul McCartney performed twice on the show.

The 69-year-old McCartney performed a new song, "My Valentine," with an orchestra, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and jazz pianist Diana Krall. The song was written for Nancy Shevell, his new wife, and he also crooned it on their wedding day.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 February 2012 00:50
Singing superstar Whitney Houston dies at 48 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Saturday, 11 February 2012 21:40

Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48.

Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told reporters outside the Beverly Hilton that Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. in her room on the fourth floor of the hotel. Her body remained there and Beverly Hills detectives were investigating.

"There were no obvious signs of any criminal intent," Rosen said.

Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said the cause of death was unknown.

Rosen said police received a 911 call from hotel security about Houston at 3:43 p.m. Saturday. Paramedics who were already at the hotel because of a Grammy party unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate the singer, he said.

What was Whitney Houston's best song?

Houston's end came on the eve of music's biggest night — the Grammy Awards. It's a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to cast a heavy pall on Sunday's ceremony.

Her longtime mentor Clive Davis was to hold his annual concert and dinner Saturday, and a representative of the show said it would proceed.

Producer Jimmy Jam, who had worked with Houston, said he anticipated the evening would become a tribute to her, and he expected there to be one at the Grammys as well.

Houston was supposed to appear at the gala, and Davis had told The Associated Press that she would perhaps perform: "It's her favorite night of the year ... (so) who knows by the end of the evening," he said.

Video: Sharpton mourns loss of 'talented' Houston (on this page)

Houston had been at rehearsals for the show Thursday, coaching singers Brandy and Monica, according to a person who was at the event but was not authorized to speak publicly about it. The person said Houston looked disheveled, was sweating profusely and liquor and cigarettes could be smelled on her breath.

Two days ago, she performed at a pre-Grammy party with singer Kelly Price.

The Rev. Al Sharpton said he would call for a national prayer Sunday morning during a service at Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

"The morning of the Grammys, the world should pause and pray for the memory of a gifted songbird," Sharpton said in a written statement.

Story: Stars react to Whitney Houston's death

In a statement, Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said Houston "was one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades."

"Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs," Portnow said. "A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice."

At her peak, Houston was the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world's best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.

Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale."

Video: Whitney Houston reportedly dies of unknown cause (on this page)

She had the perfect voice and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise.

She influenced a generation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey, who when she first came out sounded so much like Houston that many thought it was Houston.

But by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use. Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.

"The biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy," Houston told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with then-husband Brown by her side.

It was a tragic fall for a superstar who was one of the top-selling artists in pop music history, with more than 55 million records sold in the United States alone.

Slideshow: Whitney Houston, 1963-2012 (on this page)

She seemed to be born into greatness. She was the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of 1960s pop diva Dionne Warwick and the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.

Houston first started singing in the church as a child. In her teens, she sang backup for Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson and others, in addition to modeling. It was around that time when music mogul Clive Davis first heard Houston perform.

"The time that I first saw her singing in her mother's act in a club ... it was such a stunning impact," Davis told "Good Morning America."

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 February 2012 21:41
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