Other highlight performers at the Xcel Energy Center event included 3RDEYEGIRL, Tori Kelly, Jessie J and Nicole Scherzinger. Despite a venue change and last-minute cancellations by John Mayer, Christina Aguilera and Anita Baker, reports the BBC.
The concert included performances and speeches by the late singer's friends, family, collaborators and former bandmates. R&B act Mint Condition performed "America," "DMSR," and "When Doves Cry," while pop stars Jessie J sang "Nothing Compares 2 U" and Nicole Scherzinger covered "Nasty Girl" and "Baby I'm a Star."
Chaka Khan and Wonder shared the stage for a duet of "I Feel for You" off Prince's debut album, and Wonder played harmonica. Then they launched into a rousing performance of "1999." Watch a clip of their performancehere.
Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard set up the introduction by taking a second to talk about their longtime Backstreet Boys fandom. They stood on a separate, smaller stage, and as they went back and forth about the boy band, the Backstreet Boys appeared on the main stage to perform their 1997 single, "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)."
More than just offering the crowd one of their own, they stuck around to sing FGL's song "God, Your Mama, and Me" with Kelley and Hubbard. It was just the first of many surprises that night. Nelly came out to perform "Cruise" with the boys and Jake Owens showed up to sing "Sun Daze" (via Rolling Stone).
Will FGL's love for the Backstreet Boys translate into a future collaboration between the groups? The time seems certainly seems ripe. Watch "God, Your Mama, and Me"here.
The project features Wale, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Migos and Young Thug, among others. In fact, Young Thug appears on not one but two songs, "Ooo Nana" and "Yah Yah."
Then there's the song "Uber Everywhere," which might be the millennial anthem. Read morehere.
The boybander "struck up" a friendship with Nathan two years ago and since then, the bromance has blossomed--the duo even got matching tattoos. "Nathan has like a crush on him," Caleb told the Sun. "Nathan and him, they have matching tattoos, it's really weird. They have a really weird, strange relationship."
"I think Nathan is just his number one groupie," Caleb added. In addition to the tattoos, Harry also reportedly gave Nathan a guitar, which Caleb suspects was probably "a gift of love." See photos of their time togetherhere.
This isn't the first time some of the rapper's fans will be hearing his eighth studio album, though. Earlier this month, The Game posted the record in its entirety on his YouTube page, but then promptly removed the tracks with no explanation. Now, fans can listen without fear of the songs mysteriously disappearing.
The album includes the bonus track "All Eyez," which features Jeremih as well as The Game's ode to Wu-Tang Clan, "I Grew up on Wu-Tang." It's no secret that Wu-Tang are one of his biggest influences and on the track he even samples a Raekwon verse from 'C.R.E.A.M." Read more and listen to the album in its entiretyhere.
"The Nobel Prize for Literature is yet another step towards immortality for Bob Dylan," Baez wrote in a Facebook post. "The rebellious, reclusive, unpredictable artist/composer is exactly where the Nobel Prize for Literature needs to be."
Meanwhile on Twitter, Tom Waits released a brief statement commending Dylan for the landmark prize. "It's a great day for Literature and for Bob when a Master of its original form is celebrated. Before epic tales and poems were ever written down, they migrated on the winds of the human voice and no voice is greater than Dylan's." Read morehere.
For the game, Nas and Perry were blindfolded and then asked to identify celebrities based on verbal descriptions. Nas, who identified Clint Eastwood, Chris Rock and Pharrell Williams, won the challenge.
Perry, who is best known for his role as Chandler Bing in Friends may have lost, but he demonstrated that his comedic timing is still strong by making jokes about wearing a blindfold while having sex.
After the game, Badu joined Nas on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! stage for a moving performance of the song "This Bitter Land," which appears on the soundtrack to the hip-hop drama This Land, which stars Badu and was executive produced by the rapper. Watch the sketch and Nas and Badu's performancehere.
In the short excerpt Zayn reveals how going solo allowed him to pursue a new direction: "Every lyric I've ever written has a story behind it. All the hard work that went into the creation of Pillowtalk, was worthwhile because, as soon as it was finished, I intuitively felt I was on the right path.
"It was a sick cut, nailing the exact sound I wanted to capture in my music. I was also able to sing about a subject that I hadn't really been able to go near while I was in One Direction: sex." Read morehere.
His closest rival Beyonce netted 8 nominations of her own, riding the crest of Lemonade. Other artists with multiple 2016 nods to their name include Rihanna, Kanye West, Adele, Chance the Rapper, Bryson Tiller and Anderson.Paak.
The news comes just one day after Drake broke Michael Jackson's American Music Awards record for most nominations in a single year with 13. That record stood for 32 years until Drake's juggernaut 2016 output rewrote the record books for years to come. Read morehere.
Anyone who participates must choose a song and perform an original dance for 23 seconds to call attention to the fact that every 23 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes. Clarkson participated after her friend, actress Melissa Peterman, challenged her.
As Clarkson introduced their dance, River "warmed up" by twirling around. Before performing, Clarkson challenged the entire cast of The Voice. "I'm gonna throw Gwen Stefani in there too, come on," she said, before asking River if she's ready. "Are you ready to dance?" Clarkson asks, keying up Salt-N-Peppa's 1986 hit "Push It." Read morehere.
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