Posts By Rich Juzwiak

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Behind The Music: Nelly Premieres March 7

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Nelly’s life an career will get the Behind the Music treatment when his entry in the series hits VH1 on Monday, March 7 at 10/9c. And check it: he’s at long last opening up about his relationship with Ashanti, who’ll also appear on the special. Full details in the press release below:

VH1 – ??s five-time Emmy-nominated series, Behind the Music returns with three-time Grammy winner and hip-hop superstar Nelly on Monday, March 7 at 10 PM. Behind the Music: Nelly will examine the hip-hop artist – ??s triumphs and tribulations over his decade-long music career, as well as his rise to stardom from humble beginnings. Nelly candidly opens up about his life as a musician, actor and businessman and, for the first time, publicly addresses the death of his sister and his relationship with singer Ashanti, who is also interviewed for the special. Hear the poignant tale of Nelly – ??s life through in-depth interviews with his closest friends, family, and the person who knows it best – ?? Nelly himself.

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Snoop Dogg Gets Extremely Specific About The Super Bowl For Fan Jam

In the video above to promote the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam 2011 (airing on VH1 on Thursday, February 3 at 9/8c), Snoop Dogg gives us one-minute rundown on Sunday’s Steelers/Packers game and what it all means. Imagine Jock Jams for a world without 2 Unlimited and you’re maybe a tenth of the way there.

And FYI, on the Fan Jam:

VH1, Pepsi and the NFL have joined forces once again to bring the worlds of football and music together with “The VH1 Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam.” Taking place at the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, TX, the show will feature performances by Kid Rock, British rock group Duran Duran as well as singer, songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo.

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T.I. Tells The Story Behind “No Matter What”

In this exclusive outtake performance that was recorded for (but won’t end up making the final cut of) VH1 Storytellers: T.I. (premiering Friday, December 10 at 11/10c), our man talks about the origin of the Paper Trail ballad “No Matter What.” As he relays to the crowd, he wrote the track in light of the shabby treatment he received from people he considered friends after his weapons arrest in 2007. Instead of writing the typical T.I.P. “ghetto anthem,” he went for something “that no matter how much you don’t like T.I., you have to sit and listen and learn from it.” So do that now, if you haven’t already.

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VH1 Storytellers: T.I. – Watch A Preview

Above is a clip of T.I. explaining and performing his classic “Rubber Band Man” for his VH1 Storytellers special, which airs Friday, December 10 at 11/10c. If you thought that his song was about a dude obsessed with office supplies, you thought wrong! Really wrong.

But admit it: you thought that.

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Salute Your Divas!

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We couldn’t resist sharing these brand new, WWII-inspired promo shots of the lineup for The USO Presents: VH1 Divas Salute the Troops (premiering Sunday, Dec. 5 at 9/8c). In the gallery below are pin-up sized individual shots of Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles, Nicki Minaj, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals‘ Grace Potter, Keri Hilson, Katy Perry and Paramore‘s Hayley Williams. Print them out, hang them up and you’re guaranteed to feel a rise in your…patriotism.

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In other Diva-related news, VH1 is partnering with Glamour Shots to bring out your inner DIVA with a pin-up or patriotic-themed photo session. This free session includes: makeover and hairstyling; photo session; free 10×13 portrait; and a special Divas gift with purchase! The offer ends Dec. 10th. Book now at www.glamourshots.com/Divas.

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VH1 Storytellers: T.I. To Premiere December 10

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We’re super excited about VH1 Storytellers: T.I., premiering Friday, December 10 at 11/10c. We hear the shooting time was epic (we’ll have a whole batch of online-exclusive performances from it in coming weeks) and if anyone’s got a story to tell, it’s this guy. More info on T.I.’s forthcoming rap-and-tell session is in the press release below…

Just three days following the debut of his 7th album titled No Mercy, VH1 will premiere T.I.?s very own VH1 Storytellers special.? Taped at NYC?s Hammerstein Ballroom, the event features tracks from his newest album No Mercy as well as hits from his critically acclaimed releases including, I?m Serious (?Still Ain?t Forgave Myself?), King (?Live in the Sky?), Urban Legend (?Motivation,? ?Bring Em Out?) and Trap Muzik (?Rubber Band Man,? ?I Still Luv You”).? VH1 Storytellers: T.I ., will air on Friday, December 10th at 11/10C on VH1.

Following in the VH1 Storytellers format, T.I. answered fan questions and talked about redemption, accepting responsibility for past decisions and finding his way through troubled times.? T.I. confessed, ?Even when I lose faith in myself there is something in me that speaks through and says I am not finished yet.? Viewers will gain a unique opportunity to hear T.I. share his stories and the inspirations behind each song. One example came later in the show during one of his most poignant songs, ?Live in the Sky? where he opened up about the subject of the song by saying, ?Before I could make my way to real success my cousin found himself in a situation and he took the bad end of a gun and lost his life in the same house as his 3-year-old son and his wife. That just hit me real hard and for him to have had as big of a part in the beginning of my career and not be there to see it turn into what it has turned into today opened up a lot feelings and emotions to me that I just had to put into music.?

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John Legend And John Mayer To Be Honored By Save The Music

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John Legend, John Mayer, Julie Andrews and the ASCAP Foundation are among those set to be honored by VH1’s Save the Music Foundation at a gala on Monday, Nov. 8. Pete Wentz, Lauren Conrad, Jason Mraz and Common are among those set to attend the New York event. Information including how to get your hands to tickets is in the press release below…

On Monday, November 8th, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation will honor Julie Andrews along with Grammy? Award Winners John Legend, John Mayer and The ASCAP Foundation. Paul Williams, legendary songwriter and President of The ASCAP Foundation, will accept on behalf of The Foundation. Additionally, Natasha Bedingfield, a member of the VH1 Save the Music Alumni Ambassador Group, is scheduled to perform and the program for the evening, presented by LG Mobile Phones, will celebrate music as a universal language that shapes our life stories and include a special tribute to the 45th Anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein?s The Sound of Music by Kristin Chenoweth. The festivities will be hosted by Broadway veteran and 30 Rock star Cheyenne Jackson.

Pete Wentz, Lauren Conrad, Jason Mraz, Common, Billy Burke and Mayor Michael Bloomberg will also be on hand for this incredible evening as presenters. As a prelude to the Gala celebration, which marks 13 years of restoring instrumental music programs in our nation?s public schools, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation announced their 2011 Ambassador class via twitter on Tuesday, October 26th. Ciara, a member of the 2011 class, informed her fans through the social media platform with a video message and was joined by her fellow Ambassadors in celebrating their generous commitment to the Foundation.

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VH1.com To Stream Premiere Of Kanye West’s Runaway Film

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Here’s a heads-up that in addition to premiering on MTV, BET and MTV2, Kanye West‘s short film Runaway (featuring the song of the same name) will simultaneously stream live on VH1.com, MTV.com and BET.com. This is all going down Saturday, October 23 at 8/7c. More details in the press release excerpt below:

Capitalizing on this burst of energy in the ongoing campaign towards the much-anticipated November 22 release of his new album, West boarded a plane for Europe and elsewhere, embarking on a whirlwind tour of the globe. Beginning in Paris, and then moving on to London, Tokyo and Sydney, Kanye hosted VIP premieres of Runaway the short film debut and visual accompaniment to the new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Written and directed by West ? and starring Kanye and Selita Ebanks – MTV News hailed Runaway as ?an intense and gorgeous experience that should earn West some serious credibility as a filmmaker.? Runaway will make its television and online premiere on Saturday, October 23 at 8:00pm EST/PST via a simultaneous broadcast event on MTV, BET, MTV2 and live stream on MTV.com, BET.com and VH1.com. Immediately following the film, Kanye will take part in a live Q&A session from MTV headquarters in Times Square.? VH1 will debut the film on Tuesday, October 26 at 12am EST/PST. Kanye has always dreamed of bringing his music to life in the form of film; Runaway is the realization of that dream.? A tale of loss and renewal, through West?s ambitious new film we are able to glimpse his unique vision as never before.

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