As an appetizer for VH1′s broadcast of Hip Hop Honors 2009 (premiering Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c), check out some shots from the show, which taped last night at Brooklyn’s BAM. We attended, and the most amazing thing about the show was the level of respect commanded by veteran acts like Public Enemy, EPMD, DMX and Onyx. Hip-h0p is often fairly criticized for inviting ageism, for tossing aside artists after an album or two in favor of something younger. There was no such prejudice on display last night, as the rapturous audience delievered standing O after standing O, bumrushing the sound as though Chuck D made it only a year ago.
By the way…
…best picture ever? Y/y?
[All images via Getty]
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Hip Hop Honors Def Jam show page
Above is an extended interview segment from Bobby Brown‘s Behind the Music (premiering tonight at 9/8c), in which Bobby recounts a harrowing time he was caught in the cross-fire of a drive-by shooting. He wasn’t just the King of R&B that day — he was the king of good fortune. Expect many more crazy stories like this on the show. It’s Bobby Brown we’re talking about — how could his stories not be crazy?
Also, don’t forget that you can chat with Bobby via your mobile device tonight at 12/11c.
Behind the Music show page
It’s not every day that you can chat with one of music’s biggest figures? — especially when that figure is the “King of R&B” and had a very public and very turbulent 11-year marriage to Whitney Houston as well as bouts of substance abuse. But thanks to VH1 Mobile, now’s your chance. Watch Bobby Brown‘s episode of Behind the Music this Thursday, Sept. 24, at 10/9c, then live chat with Bobby himself after the show (12/11c)!
Users may download the app on their phone (AT&T phones, Sprint phones, BlackBerries from the BlackBerry App World store and iPhones from the iTunes App Store), then text in questions. Sample: What was it like performing with New Edition again at the BET Awards and who’s that woman on your arm?! You can also text TALK to 44686 and we’ll send you a download link. It will be a half hour moderated chat.
Stevie Wonder sure can class up a joint. As the only man allowed on the VH1 Divas stage last night, Wonder complemented the gorgeous Jennifer Hudson during their duet of “All In Love Is Fair.” This is one of our favorite duets of the night and cemented Hudson’s status as a diva and a legend in the making — not everyone can hold their own with Stevie and she proved herself more than capable. The soulful song played out in stark contrast to some of the other duets, like the Sheryl Crow-Miley Cyrus performance. We think it was the benchmark for elegance last night.
No one can contend with Simon Cowell every day, get publicly scrutinized regularly, have unflattering interviews go viral in ten minutes, and still be as beloved as Paula Abdul. Perhaps we love her because of those things, not in spite of them, but she always manages a positive outlook and recovers from them no worse for the wear. Even tonight at VH1 Divas, Paula stumbled, literally, during her opening number, but she kept right on dancing and fulfilling her hosting duties, continuing to poke fun of herself, go head to head with the worst celebrity mocker of all, Kathy Griffin, and still come out of it on top.
The VH1 Blog is joining forces with PopEater, The Huffington Post, Jezebel, LOGO, The FABlife and YOU to live blog VH1 Divas, airing live tonight at 9PM EST. Hosted by the always-entertaining and recently job-seeking Paula Abdul (Guess what? She’s also performing!), the show features performances by divas Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Jordin Sparks, Leona Lewis and Adele. But the Divas aren’t the only highlight of the show. They’re pairing up with an all-star lineup, including Stevie Wonder (Yes, a man can be a diva too!), Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride and Cyndi Lauper. Join and share your thoughts in our Divas Live Blog Party now! Stay with us while we break down the red carpet at 7:30PM EST and the show itself at 9PM EST.
Remember how when Pink came out in 2000, her music had a decidedly more urban bent than it does now? In this interview from her Behind the Music (premiering Thursday at 8/7c) session, she talks about the racial politics surrounding her rise to fame and her ability to “really screw with your stereotypes.” She says, in fact, that the last point became her “life’s purpose.” Pretty admirable, no?
Behind the Music show page
Whitney Houston gave Oprah a two-day earful this week about her tumultuous 14-year marraige to Bobby Brown. It looks like Bobby will get a chance to tell his side of the story when his episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Sept. 24 at 10/9c. Check out the promo above, and below is the promo for Bret Michaels‘ BtM (bowing Thursday, Oct. 1 at 10/9c). On the episode, Bret spends ample time discussing Rock of Love, which hasn’t been on the air for months. So yay — we’ve missed it so.
Behind the Music show page
CLICK HERE to check out our new interactive timeline of Music Milestones: 1985 – 2009, presented by AT&T. From the ascent of The Boss through the grunge revolution and the death of The King of Pop, see important moments in recent music history!