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Tuesday
Jan222013

Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and More Perform at Inauguration Balls

Michael Kovac/WireImage(WASHINGTON) -- Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and several other artists capped off Inauguration Day for President Obama Monday night with performances at the two official balls at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

At the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, Keys revised the lyrics to her hit "Girl on Fire" to honor the president.

She sang, "He's the president and he's on fire...Obama's on fire.  Obama's on fire."

Hudson performed the Al Green classic "Let's Stay Together" as the president and first lady Michelle Obama danced.

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill danced to Jamie Foxx's rendition of Ray Charles' "I Can’t Stop Loving You."

At the Inaugural Ball, staunch Obama supporter Stevie Wonder entertained the crowd with his hits "Sir Duke" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours."  Fun. performed “Some Nights” and “We Are Young.”

This was the scheduled lineup for the two official balls:

Commander-in-Chief’s Ball
Alicia Keys
Brad Paisley
Jamie Foxx
Jennifer Hudson
Marc Anthony

Inaugural Ball (Halls A, B & C)
Alicia Keys
Brad Paisley
fun.
Glee cast
John Legend
Soundgarden
Stevie Wonder

Inaugural Ball (Halls D & E)
Alicia Keys
Far East Movement
Glee cast
Katy Perry
Smokey Robinson
Usher

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Saturday
Jan192013

Sundance Filled with Celebrity Sightings

(PARK CITY, Utah) -- By day, A-listers were all over the place. Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson posed for a portrait at the Village at the Lift on Friday, where celebs checked out the latest Ugg boots and chilled in the Samsung Galaxy lounge. (Keys and Hudson are working too — their movie, which Hudson stars in and Keys produced, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, premiered here Thursday.)

Keys also dropped into the Keratin Complex pop up salon on Main Street to check out their hair styling goods. Shailene Woodley, star of one of the festival’s most buzzed about movies, The Spectacular Now, joined her there. Over at Oakley’s Learn to Ride lounge, Adrian Grenier spent the day snowboarding. Octavia Spencer and Ben Savage stopped by to try on sunglasses, and Lil Jon came through for tequila shots.

By night, it was a different story. The hottest ticket in town was Dave Grohl’s concert at Park City Live, where the Foo Fighters frontman performed with such luminaries as Stevie Nicks and Rick Springfield. Good luck getting in, though. The same was true at the Tao pop up down Main Street, where people begged to be let into the Park City outpost of the Las Vegas nightclub. Saturday night is historically bigger and better than the first evening of the weekend — let’s see if that holds true this year.

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Friday
Dec072012

Alicia Keys Honors Oprah Winfrey at Keep a Child Alive Ball

Ben Hider/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Alicia Keys hosted Black Ball Redux Gala Thursday night at Harlem's Apollo Theater, both to honor philanthropists such as Oprah Winfrey, and to raise money for an AIDS-free Africa and India -- a cause dear to the New York native's heart.

The annual fundraiser benefits the singer's Keep a Child Alive foundation, which Alicia launched in 2003 to provide treatment and support to families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.

Keys had originally scheduled her ninth annual Keep a Child Alive's Black Ball for Nov. 1, but it was postponed due to Superstorm Sandy.  The 31-year-old singer told ABC News Radio on the red carpet that she was also personally affected by the storm.

"We did lose a lot of equipment, but that means nothing to people that lost their homes and lost their jobs," she said.

Along with Winfrey, Grammy Award-winning singer/activist Angélique Kidjo was also honored during the ball, which featured performances by Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Bonnie Raitt and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.

"I'm proud to celebrate two incredible powerhouse women.  I'm proud to bring people on the stage that have never been together and perform quite in this way they will tonight," Alicia said of the evening.  "And I'm just really proud of Keep a Child Alive because this is a great accomplishment for me...it's something that's really important and special and I'm just really proud of it."

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Monday
Nov192012

Alicia Keys on Having More Kids, New Album "Girl On Fire"

ABC/Jeff Neira(NEW YORK) -- Alicia Keys, who is gearing up for the release of her brand-new album Girl On Fire, said she "definitely" wants to have more children, just not right now.

"I would love to have some more, definitely one more for sure," she told Nightline anchor Cynthia McFadden. "At least one more, but I have to finish this album, I have to finish this tour, I have to finish this stuff first because -- the juggle, is something."

These days, Keys, 31, and her husband, 34-year-old Kaseem Dean, otherwise known as hip-hop producer Swiss Beatz, have their hands full. In October 2010, they welcomed a baby boy named Egypt Daoud Dean. Now 2 years old, Egypt can be heard on his mother's new album, crooning on the track, "When It's All Over."

"Which is so beautiful, because the chorus goes 'When they lay me down and put my soul to rest, when they ask me how I spent my life, at least I got to love you.' And that I feel about my husband, that I feel about son," she said.

When talking about her son, Keys can't stop herself from smiling, "What happens is you just kind of turn into a syrup."

She readily admits he's a handful.

"I think that he is a really independent, strong-minded, really vivacious, incredible personality, and that's just kind of his character," Keys said.

Keys said she and Dean, who has children from previous relationships, love their blended family and she enjoys being a part of all of the kids' lives.

"There are oftentimes children from past relationships and you are able to, I think, become stronger for it, you're able to become more loving for it," she said. "So three brothers and a sister and the way that they love each other it's crazy, it's really special."

These days, the award-winning singer-songwriter is a living model of her new album's hit title track, "Girl On Fire."

"The song, you know, it came from a feeling," the singer said. "This feeling of, kind of finding my own space and my own place to be myself, my own full self. Love it or hate it, whatever the case, here I am and here's me."

Keys said she has come into her own with this recent studio album, her fifth.

"I'm more excited about this album than I've ever been for any record ever," she said.

And that's saying something. Keys' first single, "Fallin," debuted at number one in 2002. The New York native recorded that song in her tiny, six-floor walk-up apartment in Harlem when she was just 17.

Nightline's Cynthia McFadden first spoke with the singer in 2003, when her talent and drive was already very clear. Looking back, Keys said, even then, it was "all about the work."

"I grew up with my mother, who was my everything, and a single parent, and she had to work her behind off, you know, to survive in a city," Keys said. "And that's what I've seen my entire life, is a specific work ethic that has been, you know, necessary. And so she also instilled that in me as well because being a young girl and growing up in the city you have to be busy, you know, or you're going to get lost."

Growing up in Hell's Kitchen, which back in the 1980s was a rough neighborhood, Keys graduated as valedictorian of her class at age 16 from New York's prestigious School of Performing Arts and was accepted to Columbia University. But then Columbia Records called. After a month at college, Keys quit.

"I had to focus on the music if I was going to make it work," she said. "And alternatively, I was going to have to focus on school if I was going to make it work. I had to focus on something, but I couldn't juggle two."

So she moved to Harlem and started recording -- and it paid off. Her debut album, Songs in A Mirror, earned her five Grammys, including one for Best New Artist. Her follow-up album, Diary of Alicia Keys, which included the single, "If I Ain't Got You," won her four more.

"I think a lot of my life I did live ahead of myself," Keys said. "That's not a bad thing, you know, to have visions and dreams for yourself…that was all I had, was the chance to show and prove that I was good at it. I was going to do that to every degree possible."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Apr282012

Musicians Call on Backpage.com to Shut Down Sex Ads

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Several big-name musicians have joined the fight to shut down the adult section on Backpage.com, a website featuring classified ads and owned by Village Voice Media.

The site has come under fire by a wide range of critics, including 48 attorneys general, who say Backpage is not doing enough to keep underage girls out of the sex ads.  Artists including former R.E.M. band mates, Pearl Jam and Alicia Keys have added their names to a petition on Change.org asking the website to stop running the ads.

In a statement, Mike Mills, formerly of R.E.M., said, “Village Voice Media has a history of being a strong advocate for the arts, reporting extensively on musicians and their work in its 13 weeklies across the country. That musicians are now speaking out … should send a clear message to the company that it needs to take action to ensure no child is sexually exploited through use of its site.”

The Roots, Drive-By-Truckers and The Civil Wars have also added their names to the petition.

One industry analysis firm estimated that Backpage.com makes $22 million a year from the sale of ads in the adult category – and although the company disputed that number, they refused to give ABC News another figure.

Backpage.com did take “Nightline” into a screening room at Backpage, where employees look at every adult ad to try and identify underage girls. Backpage said they flag 400 suspicious ads a month and send them to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“It would be the wrong thing for Backpage to take down its adult category,” said Liz McDougall, the attorney for Backpage.com told “Nightline.” “Because you are losing a key tool for law enforcement to get insights into this illicit activity, to get greater data than has ever existed before, to locate, to identify the perpetrators and to rescue victims.”

A bi-partisan group of U.S. senators also introduced a resolution this week asking Backpage to take down the ads.

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Saturday
Feb112012

Grammy Awards 2012 Show to Feature Star-Studded Performances

George Napolitano/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- This year’s Grammy Awards only have 78 categories, compared with the more than 100 categories of previous years.

But don’t expect the telecast, which airs on CBS Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT, to wrap up earlier than usual.

“No, the show won’t be shorter,” laughs Ken Ehrlich, the executive producer of the Grammy Awards. “We’ve taken categories out but we haven’t figured out how to make it shorter! There’s just so much good stuff out there that we want to celebrate.”

That means viewers will see a whopping 19 performances spread over the three-and-a-half-hour show and, as in past years, most of the actual trophies will be handed out in a non-televised ceremony that takes place beforehand.

In fact, according to Ehrlich, the Grammy Awards show isn’t so much about the actual awards as it is about the performances, which feature cool collaborations from artists in every musical genre.

Performers include Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift. In addition, Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt will be paying tribute to Etta James in one of several collaborations scheduled throughout the evening, while Adele will be making her first big performance since her vocal cord surgery.

Explaining why so many stars are willing to give up the solo spotlight to team with other artists for these special “Grammy Moments,” Ehrlich tells ABC News Radio, “A great number of [these artists] go on other shows and perform well, but we look at our show as being what you’re working towards. You want to be the best on this show because it means something to be the best on this show.  And so there’s this kind of mindset that allows them to be more collaborative.”

But of course, there will be actual awards handed out Sunday night.

The leading nominee is Kanye West, who has a chance to expand his already huge collection of 14 Grammys: he’s got seven nominations, while Adele, Bruno Mars and Foo Fighters are tied with six each.

Lil Wayne and electronic musician Skrillex have five nominations, while Rihanna, Radiohead, indie rockers Bon Iver, Drake and British alt-folk group Mumford & Sons each received four nods.

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Wednesday
Jan112012

Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore Earn Directors Guild Awards Nod

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Aniston is getting some love this awards season -- not for her acting, but for her directing skills.

Aniston on Tuesday received a Directors Guild of America Awards nomination for her work on the Lifetime anthology Five, which focused on the impact of breast cancer on people's lives.  She shares the nomination in the TV movie/miniseries category with her Five co-directors, including Demi Moore and singer Alicia Keys.

The nominees for outstanding directorial achievement in a comedy series are ABC's Modern Family, NBC's 30 Rock and HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.  The drama series category features Showtime's Homeland, AMC's Breaking Bad and The Killing, HBO's Game of Thrones and DirecTV/NBC's Friday Night Lights.

The film nominees were announced on Monday.

Kelsey Grammer will host the 64th Annual DGA Awards in Beverly Hills on Jan. 28.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct062011

Demi Reveals What She Sent Ashton for 'Two and a Half Men' Debut

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Demi Moore’s marriage to Ashton Kutcher might be crumbling in the public eye, but privately, they’re still sending each other flowers.

“I sent him an orchid,” Moore, 48, told Good Morning America, revealing what she sent her 33-year-old husband to mark his debut on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men.

And Kutcher, accused of cheating on Moore the night before their sixth wedding anniversary last month, reciprocated with not just flowers, but also a note that read, “I believe in you.”

“It’s like one of those small, little gems,” Moore said of the flowers, which Kutcher sent her in recognition of her directorial efforts on the new Lifetime movie Five.

The actress, and now director, wore her wedding ring as she appeared on GMA Thursday alongside fellow actress Jennifer Aniston and singer Alicia Keys to discuss their roles in Five.

The film, airing Monday on Lifetime as part of “Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” follows five women with cancer, each at different stages of life and each in a different stage of their cancer.

The women’s journeys are told in five stories filmed by five different directors:  Aniston, Keys and Moore, along with Patty Jenkins and Penelope Spheeris.

While Moore was otherwise tight-lipped about the state of her marriage to Kutcher, she did give one indication of how her work on Five might have hit close to home.

“My piece really shows how one event can really define the direction of someone’s life,” Moore said of her character, Pearl, the film’s lead character, played by Jeanne Tripplehorn, an oncologist who then faces breast cancer herself.

“Part of what motivated me was wanting to bridge that divide that says, ‘No, that happens to other people,’” Moore said of her motivation to join the film.  “And, in doing so, to share with others the value and importance of getting out of that denial.”

The Lifetime ensemble project is the next step in growing directorial careers for all three stars, each more used to being in front of the screen than behind it.

“This is my first time directing,” said Keys, who oversaw the story of the character “Lili,” played by Rosario Dawson.  “I’m in love. You’ll definitely be seeing more of me behind the camera.”

Aniston, in particular, played a key role in the film, directing the story of the character “Mia,” while also playing a driving role in recruiting stars such as Moore and Keys to join, and working as one of the film’s executive producers.

“There was all this powerful energy being put towards this one beautiful, beautiful project,” she said on GMA.  “Each director has their own distinct fingerprints.”

More than their own directing careers, however, the stars unequivocally agreed they joined the project in order to give people hope.

“If we can do that, if people walk away with just that,” Moore said. “Then we will have done a lot.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
May132011

Female Musicians Being Featured in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Exhibit

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(CLEVELAND, Ohio) -- Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani and Alicia Keys aren't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- yet -- but they're all featured in a brand-new exhibit opening Friday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

Called Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion & Power, the exhibit traces the influence of women in rock and its related genres over nearly 100 years.  Organized by era, it highlights the female blues singers and country artists of the 1920s, the early female rock 'n rollers of the fifties, the girl groups, rock icons and singer-songwriters of the sixties, the disco and punk queens of the seventies, the music video stars of the '80s, the teen idols of the '90s and the massive pop stars of today.

Jim Henke, the chief curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, told ABC News Radio, "I think when people think back, they always think of the men in rock and roll, but the reality was that, going back to the roots, women have played an important role, and we really wanted to show that."

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Wednesday
Apr132011

Alicia Keys to Release 10th Anniversary Edition of 'Songs in A Minor'

J Records(NEW YORK) -- It's hard to believe that it's been a decade since Alicia Keys first burst onto the scene with her Grammy-winning debut album, Songs in A Minor.  It first arrived in stores on June 5, 2001.

Now, Keys is marking that milestone by releasing a special 10th anniversary edition of the album on June 28 that will feature previously unreleased tracks and bonus material.

The re-release will come in two versions: a Deluxe Edition two-disc set and a Collector's Edition three-disc set.  Both come with special packaging and an enhanced booklet with new liners notes from Keys, but the Collector's Edition also includes a new documentary about the making of the multi-platinum disc.

In a statement, Keys said, "It’s incredibly surreal for me to be celebrating the 10th anniversary...This album is possibly the most precious to me, as your first album only happens once, and so Songs in A Minor will always hold a special place in my life that’s filled with amazing memories."

"I’m crazy excited to share, through the 10th anniversary edition, songs never heard before, and even more of my debut album with you," she added.

Keys will further mark the occasion by doing an intimate concert at New York City's Beacon Theater for her fans on June 30.  Tickets will go on sale May 6 for the show, which is called "Piano & I: A One Night Only Event with Alicia Keys."

Keys will also perform on the BET Awards on June 26.

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