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Tiffany Haddish, Sarah Silverman Fete Dave Chappelle With Mark Twain Prize

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Tiffany Haddish, Sarah Silverman Fete Dave Chappelle With Mark Twain Prize
Washington, D.C. — Comedian Dave Chappelle was presented with the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for

American Humor Sunday night following a barrage of heartfelt tributes praising his courage, his spontaneity and his genius at drawing laughter from sobering racial commentary.

The Twain event, now in its 22nd year, was a non-stop love fest as a parade of admiring entertainers saluted Chappelle before a packed house at the center’s Concert Hall. It began with a tribute from Lorne Michaels about Chappelle’s hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” immediately following the 2016 presidential election, and ended with comedian Jon Stewart’s reflections about his former Comedy Central colleague and recent traveling companion on the road.

Slotted in between were Sarah Silverman, Common, Bradley Cooper, Morgan Freeman, Tiffany Haddish, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, rapper Q-Tip and others. It was accompanied by a decidedly mellow band led by music director Adam Blackstone,
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Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, T.I. Scour Cities for Talent in ‘Rhythm + Flow’ (Watch)

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A new trailer for Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow,” the streamer’s first music competition series, shows judges Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and Tip “T.I.” Harris scouring for undiscovered talent in major cities Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Chicago.

The 10-episode series, which will be released over a period of three weeks — The Auditions (episodes one through four); Cyphers, Rap Battles and Music Videos (episodes five through seven) and Samples, Collaborations and Finale (episodes eight through 10)– officially launches on Oct. 9.

The series will feature guests appearances from Snoop Dogg, Quavo, Fat Joe, Anderson .Paak, Royce da 5’9,” Nipsey Hussle, Big Boi, Killer Mike, Twista, Lupe Fiasco, Jadakiss, Ebro, Miguel, Teyana Taylor, Jhené Aiko, Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla $ign, DJ Khaled, Smack, King Los, Sounwave, Hit-Boy, London on da Track, Tay Keith, Denaro Love, Off-the-Wall, Kal Banx, G-Dav, John Legend, DJ Hed, DJ Oreo, DJ Scratch, DJ Holiday, Charm La’Donna and Adam Blackstone.
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Snoop Dogg Sums Up Netflix’s ‘Rhythm + Flow’ in Trailer: ‘This Ain’t ‘The Voice,’ Motherf–er’ (Video)

  • The Wrap
Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow” will give up-and-coming emcees one shot to lose themselves in the music, the moment. They’ll need to own it, and better never let it go.

Before we get sued by Eminem and “8 Mile” producers, here’s the streaming series’ official synopsis:

Global superstars Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and Tip “T.I.” Harris search for the next hip hop sensation in “Rhythm + Flow,” Netflix’s first music competition show. The series brings together industry legends across a multi-city search in hip hop epicenters Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Chicago, to find raw talent and help undiscovered artists pursue their come up.

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Yes, it’s another music competition, but as guest judge Snoop Dogg says in
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Quavo, Snoop Dogg, Nipsey Hussle Among Guests on Netflix’s ‘Rhythm + Flow’

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Quavo, Snoop Dogg, Nipsey Hussle Among Guests on Netflix’s ‘Rhythm + Flow’
Hip-hop giants such as Quavo, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, and the late Nipsey Hussle will all be featured in Netflix’s upcoming music competition series “Rhythm + Flow.”

Netflix’s first talent show is hosted by Chance the Rapper, Cardi B. and T.I. and will search for hip-hop’s best undiscovered talent across Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York City. Four episodes are scheduled to arrive on the streaming service on on Oct. 9. Other bold-faced names set to guest throughout the 10-episode season include Anderson .Paak, DJ Khaled, John Legend, Ty Dolla $ign and Jhené Aiko, among others.

In addition to a teaser video posted earlier this month, the series’ hosts are also hyping up the show on their own social media sites.

On Instagram, Chance the Rapper urged his followers to tag those who might be a good fit for the competition, noting that he and T.I
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Adam Blackstone Parlays Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl Spot Into His Own Score

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Adam Blackstone Parlays Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl Spot Into His Own Score
Veteran musical director Adam Blackstone is no stranger to awards recognition. The 36-year-old Trenton, New Jersey, native has earned a number of Grammy nominations as a songwriter, musical director or arranger with Pharrell Williams (“Happy [Live]”), Musiq Soulchild (“Teachme”) and Al Green with the Roots (“Lay It Down” album), and was recently the Music Director and bassist for “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack album as well as the Oscar telecast performance of its Best Song nominee “This is Me.”

Blackstone recently earned his first-ever Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Direction of Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl Lii Halftime Show at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis last February for NBC, a dynamic performance that culminated in a duet accompanying a projected image of the late hometown hero Prince singing “I Will Die 4 U.” More than 110 million viewers watched, scoring a higher rating than the game itself. Adam goes up against fellow music
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Timbaland to Perform on ‘The Four’ as Fill-In for Contestant Battling Cancer (Exclusive)

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Timbaland to Perform on ‘The Four’ as Fill-In for Contestant Battling Cancer (Exclusive)
This Thursday night’s group number of “The Four” will feature a high-profile stand-in, as hip-hop mega producer and artist Timbaland will fill in for contestant Sharaya J.

Sharaya, who is battling Stage 2 breast cancer, as revealed on the Fox show, is on doctor’s orders to save her voice and was encouraged to sit out the round and concentrate on her challenge performance. The group number planned for the episode is “The Way I Are” by Timbaland.

Timbaland is close with Missy Elliott — Sharaya’s mentor — and offered to perform as a special surprise. Originally from Jersey City, N.J., Sharaya relocated to Atlanta where she started her career as a dancer. Her father was a member of the ’90s hip-hop group “Double XX Posse” and she quickly moved into hip-hop herself, working closely with Elliott for years.

Timbaland was approached by P. Diddy, Mario Winans, Laurieann Gibson, and
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Boy Band

Network: ABC. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: June 22, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: host Rita Ora, architects Nick Carter, Emma Bunton, and Tim Mosley (a.k.a. Timbaland), and musical director Adam Blackstone. TV show description: A competitive reality TV series, the Boy Band TV show features still undiscovered singers facing off to become part of the next music phenomenon. The series covers the odyssey of the young, male contestants facing off to prove they deserve a place in the country's next hit boy band. The members who make it through the season finale will, as a band, receive a Hollywood Records recording contract. British singer-songwriter Rita Ora hosts the series, with music producer Timbaland,
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Amos Lee Talks New Album, Shares the Official Music Video for the Funky Track 'Vaporize'

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Amos Lee is one day away from releasing Spirit - his first studio album in three years - but People has an exclusive first look at the official music video for his new track, "Vaporize." The funky song marks a departure from Lee's more intimate acoustic fare. "I was really interested in trying to combine elements of alternative R&B," he tells People. "I've been listening to a lot of stuff like Schoolboy Q and early Weeknd, and I was just really digging how tracks were built. I grew up listening to mostly R&B music, so I was never
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Amos Lee Talks New Album, Shares the Official Music Video for the Funky Track 'Vaporize'

  • PEOPLE.com
Amos Lee is one day away from releasing Spirit - his first studio album in three years - but People has an exclusive first look at the official music video for his new track, "Vaporize." The funky song marks a departure from Lee's more intimate acoustic fare. "I was really interested in trying to combine elements of alternative R&B," he tells People. "I've been listening to a lot of stuff like Schoolboy Q and early Weeknd, and I was just really digging how tracks were built. I grew up listening to mostly R&B music, so I was never
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Natasha Bedingfield, Chris Daughtry, Travie McCoy Among VH1's ‘Make a Band Famous’ Judges, Mentors (Exclusive)

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Natasha Bedingfield, Chris Daughtry, Travie McCoy Among VH1's ‘Make a Band Famous’ Judges, Mentors (Exclusive)
VH1 has named the judges, mentors and special guests for Wednesday's livestreamed, 24-hour event, “Make a Band Famous.” TheWrap can exclusively reveal that the judges, who will provide critiques and commentary for each challenge during the 24-hour competition, will be pop star and Grammy Award-nominee Natasha Bedingfield; Adam Blackstone, musical director to Justin Timberlake, Pharrell and Maroon 5; Kurt Hugo Schneider, a YouTube singer and producer with over 4.2 million subscribers; and Rooney lead singer Robert Schwartzman. The “Make a Band Famous” mentors, who will act as guides and coaches to the competing bands, will be Gym Class Heroes lead singer.
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Rihanna Misses Flight After Enjoying Booze-Fueled Night

Rihanna missed her flight on Sunday, May 20 morning after partying hard in London. "U know life is great when u wake up at 9 am Drunk!!!!! #London #happybirthday. How did I get in my bed?" so she tweeted, before adding, "So ummm....I'm supposed to be on a plane rt now!"

The night before, the Bajan singer hit Kanye West and Jay-z's concert at the capital of England. She later attended a birthday party for Roc Nation executive Tyran Smith, where she reportedly mingled with such celebrities as Gwyneth Paltrow, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Dianna Agron.

Riri apparently didn't only miss her flight, but also came late to a rehearsal with Adam Blackstone. "JayZ saved me!!!!! I got an extra day off sorry @HiHatprod," she tweeted while referring to the choreographer. Adam urged her to come soon as retweeting, "Cmonnnn Rih! Get here so we can kill the rehearsal!" The 24-year-old beauty then replied,
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Kelly Clarkson to join Blake Shelton as guest mentor on 'The Voice'?

Kelly Clarkson to join Blake Shelton as guest mentor on 'The Voice'?
Kelly Clarkson has been linked to a guest mentor role on The Voice. According to the New York Post, sources have claimed that the 'Stronger' singer will serve as friend Blake Shelton's guest mentor on the second season of the vocal competition which premieres February 5 on NBC. NBC has yet to officially reveal who will be joining the four celebrity mentors on the new season. Last season Shelton invited fellow country star Reba McEntire to help mentor his team, while Christina Aguilera was joined by Sia, Cee Lo Green worked with Monica, and Adam Levine consulted with Adam Blackstone. Clarkson has previously said that she is a fan of The Voice, telling Digital Spy that she liked the fact the judges are supporting the contestants throughout the experience. "The thing I love about The (more)
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VH1 Divas Bring Soul To Charity

VH1’s beloved franchise VH1 Divas paid tribute to the great cities of soul music last night, including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia.

The all-star diva roster included Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Florence + The Machine, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J and Jill Scott, accompanied by one of the most exciting groups of modern soul, The Roots, with Questlove and Adam Blackstone as musical directors.

In addition to the Divas, the evening included an incredible line-up of performers including Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Boyz II Men, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius, Travie McCoy, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, Martha Reeves and Ledisi. Presenters were Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Nas, Common, Sherri Shepherd, La La Anthony, and Archie Panjabi.

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With 'The X Factor' Looming, Here's A Breakdown Of All The Reality Singing Competitions

After months of hype and headlines, Simon Cowell’s "X Factor" is finally debuting in America next week. The question is: Will anyone care?

In the past year, our DVRs have been filled to the max with reality singing competitions, from the revamped (J. Lo on a kinder, gentler "American Idol") to the remixed ("The Voice" has swivel chairs, you guys) to the reviled (ugh, "Karaoke Battle USA"). These days, the casual TV viewer needs a doctorate in “Reality TV” to keep track of all the various karaoke contests.

So, as a public service to fellow confused and overwhelmed TV addicts, I’ve broken down all the shows that are sure to feature overwrought renditions of Alicia Keys' songs and judges sipping from sponsored soda cups. (Example: "Idol" is Coke, "X Factor" is Pepsi. "The Sing Off" is…Coke 2?)

Practice your scales, warm up your pipes and dig in!
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'The Voice' recap: The fourth battle round

'The Voice' recap: The fourth battle round
The Voice concluded its battle rounds tonight as the final eight contestants took to the battle ring for their duets, and celebrity mentors Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine each chose their final singer to advance to the live rounds. Here's what happened tonight...

Team Adam: Jeff Jenkins versus Casey Desmond Adam chooses Sir Elton John's 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me', telling Jeff (who turned all four chairs in his blind audition) and Casey that it will be a "showstopper" if they get it right. Adam and his advisor Adam Blackstone (Maroon 5's musical director) tell Jeff that his biggest attribute and downfall is that he sings too easily and they advise him to "unlearn" some things he may know. Jeff agrees that it's more about emotion. "Reba just turned to me and said she couldn't (more)
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NBC 'The Voice' video previews for tonight, May 24

NBC's hit singing competition "The Voice" loooks to see judges Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera back again. Billboard reports that they will return for the show's second season. Cee Lo told Billboard his take on Randy Jackson's coments on the series, "He is well within his rights to voice his opinion. I believe that's a little harsh to say that's 'gimmicky.' ...I believe that it was very savvy of the creators...to give it a different spin." Next on: Battles: Round 3 With the help of advisers Reba, Monica, Sia and Adam Blackstone, the coaches pit their team members in head to head duet battles with elimination at stake.
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'The Voice' Begins Battle Rounds: Pros And Cons

By James Dinh

"The Voice" continued its search for the next aspiring superstar on Tuesday night with yet another not-so-traditional part of the NBC talent competition. After choosing a set of eight contestants to join their teams, viewers saw each of the celebrity panelists coach a pair of hopefuls as they rehearsed a song for the battle rounds. After watching the first batch sing their way to the judges' hearts, we couldn't help but see both the good and bad in this method of elimination.

Pros

Style: Inside a gleaming boxing ring, contestants shared duties by singing portions of the song alone and then collectively with their teammate. With two different voices delivering the same tune, it was interesting to hear the different spin that each contestant added to the song.

Good TV: Competitive spirit was in the air, and a number of contestants did their best to outshine their
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Reba, Monica, Sia Joining 'The Voice'

Reba, Monica, Sia Joining 'The Voice'
NBC is upping the star power on "The Voice" by adding singers Reba McEntire, Monica and Sia and music producer Adam Blackstone as new advisers. They join Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Aguilera will team up with Sia, Levine with Maroon 5 music director Blackstone, Green with Monica, and Shelton McEntire, who goes by just Reba these days. The coaches will eventually two of the artists on each of their teams against each other in
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