*The live taping of United Negro College Fund’s An Evening of Stars last month appeared as if it were the late 70s when music revolved around the Queen of Funk Soul, Chaka Khan. But it’s 2010 and the music, for the night, revolved around Chaka Khan, all in the name of fund-raising. The show will air nationally January 29th and 30th, 2011 on BET.
An ample amount of stars hit the stage to honor Chaka Khan and raise money for UNCF, including Herbie Hancock, Fantasia, El DeBarge and Melanie Fiona, in an effort to help the Campaign for Emergency Student Aid (C.E.S.A). Also present for the ceremony was Monique, Quincy Jones, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker and Stevie Wonder. More photos of the illustrious event are below!
Fantasia’s raucous show opener, “Tell Me Something Good,” kicked the evening’s tempo into high gear.
Melanie Fiona’s hard-driving rendition of “You Got the Love” brought thetemperature in the Civic back to fever pitch.
El DeBarge puts his vocals to the test against the gem “Hollywood”.
Estelle added “Ain’t Nobody” to the jam-packed tribute lineup.
Faith Evans performed a power rendition of “What Cha Gonna Do For Me.”
Ginuwine delivered well to “Superlife.”
Bettye LaVette’s soulful “Love Me Still,” accompanied by the one and only Herbie Hancock.
Angie Stone made an appearance putting on a lovely rendition to “Please Pardon Me.”
Ledisi contributed a stirring performance of “Sweet Thang.”
Khan herself treated the audience to a medley of her hits “Angel” and “Through the Fire” before closing the show with the rousing “I’m Every Woman.”