It’s mid-August and summer is waning, but 98 Degrees are — as of today! — officially back to make sure things stay hot. They started early, giving their first performance in a decade on the Today Show. And then before shipping off to Hershey, Pennsylvania for the Mixtape Festival, they stopped by VH1 headquarters for Big Morning Buzz Live for a game of “Because of Who” and a little bit of “Because of You.” What we learned? Drew is the prankster, Nick is the reality television buff (of course), Drew and Justin are the worst eaters, and Jeff is always down for one more round. Which, well, because of a few drinks, according to Nick, 98 Degrees is on the comeback: “We basically got together over a few beers and started singing and though, ‘This is not bad!'” And they then sang a little acapella “Because of You,” and we agree, not bad!
Spiting injury and early hour, Nicki Minaj got up early this morning to “Pound The Alarm” in Rockefeller Center for the Today Show’s Summer Concert. Late last night, Nicki sent out a worrying series of tweets that suggested she was “out for the count” with a bruised vocal chord. “The doctor asked me to take 2 wks of voice rest… But…,” she wrote. But what? Nicki’s never been much for the rules, and with Jordin Sparks backstage also with a bruised vocal chord praying for her, she prevailed. Hitting the stage in a red leather-and-lace body suit and with a troupe of shirtless male dancers for backup for an excited, Nicki opened the morning with “Starships,” and then performed “I Am Your Leader” and “Beez In The Trap” for her “gritty Barbz in the audience.” She sent the hometown audience out into day with the upbeat, island flavored “Pound The Alarm.” If she was feeling less than her best, we couldn’t have known.
Check out the rest of the performances below:
The screaming (and crying) fans who spent days camped out in Rockefeller Center were well rewarded this morning when Justin Bieber showed up on the Today Show stage to preform a new favorite, an old favorite, and a soon-to-be favorite. The audience loved it all.
Backed by a swarm of dancers and wearing a baseball tee, a hooded-vest (Bieber staple), and a nice looking pair of black and white high tops, Biebs hit the stage with his current single “Boyfriend.” Like he did at the BET Awards, it looks like he relied pretty heavily on the backing track for some of song’s the harder-to-hit notes. No bother, though, the Bielibing audience was thrilled enough to have their boyfriend there, and for a lucky few in the front row, within arm’s reach.
Sporting a handsome suit and a shiny pink bow tie, Chris Brown took to the stage this morning before upwards of 18,000 fans (!), performing “Forever” (video above), “She Ain’t You” (video below) and “I Can Transform Ya” on NBC’s TODAY in New York City. While a string of recent controversies seem to follow the troubled young singer, the large audience may serve as a band-aid step in the right direction.
NBC stated on their site that the show was “one of their biggest concert events ever,” but OK Magazine is reporting that this concert was, in fact, the largest in TODAY history, beating out pop force of nature Lady Gaga. However, Jezebel claims that 20,000 Little Monsters showed up to watch their Mother Monster perform, so