Pharrell Williams arrives at the 12th Annual VES Awards hosted by the Visual Effects Society at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California
*Pharrell Williams is headlining the Entertainment Series at NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, and on Sunday (Feb. 16), the “Happy” artist will be bringing along some special guests to his player introductions performance.
Sean “Diddy” Combs, Snoop Dogg, Nelly and Busta Rhymes will perform alongside Williams at the event, taking place at New Orleans arena.
As previously reported, the NBA All-Star Entertainment Series presented by Sean John at Macy’s will also include a Saturday night performance from Kendrick Lamar; the Sprint NBA All-Star Pregame Concert with Jason Derulo, Aloe Blacc and Mack Wilds; and a New Orleans-inspired halftime show, featuring Trombone Shorty& Orleans Avenue, Janelle Monae, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., and Earth, Wind & Fire.
The singer-songwriter exchanged vows with his longtime girlfriend Helen Lasichanh in Miami on Saturday, Oct. 12, according to US Weekly.
The couple, already parents to a 4-year-old son, Rocket Man Williams, tied the knot in front of a celeb-filled crowd, including Busta Rhymes and Usher, the magazine reports.
According to the Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts Marriage License Bureau Manager Robert Reboso, the pair applied for a marriage license in person and it was issued on Monday, October 7.
The duo were seen earlier on their wedding day having a family portrait session with Terry Richardson on a yacht called Never Say Never in Miami. Both were rocking plaid, with the “Get Lucky” crooner sporting a plaid suit and his bride-to-be wearing a plaid gown.
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May 20: Rapper Busta Rhymes is 41. Singer-actress Naturi Naughton (3LW) is 29.
May 20, 1961: Mob attacked Freedom Riders in Montgomery. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy dispatched four hundred U.S. marshals to Montgomery to keep order in Freedom Rider controversy. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
*On Monday, Lil Wayne made his first public appearance since being hospitalized after suffering a seizure last month.
The hip hop star visited Miami’s Mansion nightclub to celebrate rapper Rocko, reports People.com. Joined by Cash Money founder Birdman, Lil Wayne, an onlooker tells the website, “looked healthy and fresh-faced.”
This time, there was no sizzurp to be found. “He sipped on water while holding court at a VIP table on Mansion’s stage that overlooked the crowd,” the source added.
The rapper appeared to be enjoying the music and was later joined by Busta Rhymes, who was recently signed to Young Money.
*It’s Grammy time and one of the premiere pre-Grammy events is BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” panel discussion. The panel features those behind and in front of the music scene discussing the process of making hit songs.
This year, BMI, the organization that represents songwriters, composers and music publishers, assembled an impressive roster of panelists Saturday (2/9/13) in Los Angeles at the world famous The Roxy Theatre.
Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion, Busta Rhymes, B.o.B. and Evan Bogart, who co-wrote Beyonce’s 2010 Grammy winning hit song, “Halo” were in the house.
Moderated by Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, she asked B.o.B. about his motivation for the chart-topping and 2010 Grammy nominated hit, “Nothing On You,” which featured Bruno Mars.
Speaking of Bruno Mars, he along with Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are up for a Grammy this year in the Best Rap Song category for “Young, Wild & Free.” But it was the early 90s super hit, ”Nuthin’ But a G Thang,” from Dr. Dre’s classic debut solo album, “The Chronic” that really got Snoop talking about his rise to fame.
Busta Rhymes, who also broke out on the rap scene in the early 90s with the group Leaders of the New School, dropped knowledge on how old school rappers inspired the call-and-response chant in one of his biggest solo hits, “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check” in 1996.
Songwriter Evan Bogart also has some major music cred. While he’s written hit songs for Rihanna and Sean Kingston, it was his co-writing credit on Beyonce’s 2010 Grammy-winning hit “Halo” that put him over the top. He explained how he got the chance to work with one of music’s biggest stars.
BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” event wasn’t just for music bigwigs. Anyone over the age of 15 could attend the event for as little as $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Not bad for a couple of hours with some of music’s biggest and brightest stars. If you’re an aspiring songwriter and/or artist, check out BMI’s website at http://www.bmi.com.
Meanwhile, the Grammys air live from Los Angeles tonigh (Sunday, February 10) on CBS. Check your local listings for show times.