Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, and Janelle Monáe joined President Obama and the First Family for the lighting of the U.S. national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C. on Friday.
The Queen of Soul performed “Joy to the World” while being shielded by an umbrella, and Mariah capped off the event with her classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Janelle Monáe entertained the festive crowd and cozied up to Santa Claus on the red carpet.
In addition to celebrating the season, Obama took a moment to remember Nelson Mandela. “This year, we give a special measure of gratitude for Nelson Mandela, a man who championed … generosity of spirit,” he said. “In his life, he blessed us with tremendous grace and unbelievable courage. And we are all privileged to live in a world touched by his goodness.”
The First Family greeted the performers and Mariah introduced her daughter Monroe to the president.
“What an honor to kick off the holiday season with the First Family,” said MC.
See the stars kick off Christmas in the capital below:
If anyone was still leery of Beyoncé readying the release of new music videos, their concerns have been answered. While the global superstar has been rumored to be shooting visuals on the low, she has held off on releasing anything. But on Saturday, a clip of “Grown Woman” leaked online.
Bey has been performing the full song on her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” since the spring, but an official single release was never made. The intriguing clip features a tribal theme, with unique green screen effects, and some very fierce moves from Bey; plus cameos from Kelly Rowland and her mother Tina Knowles.
Beyoncé embodies a strong, mature women as she poses like a queen with her mother in one shot, and juggles motherhood with three babies in her lap. The clip ends with Bey giving one of the babies a kiss.
Watch Queen Bey get her grown and sexy on in the 80-second teaser below!
G-Unit‘s Precious Paris connects with Maino for her latest track ‘Get Used To It.’
TDE’s First Lady SZA makes a surprise collaboration with the G-Unit general 50 Cent for the remix of her single “Teen Spirit” produced by WondaGurl.
MMG’s Stalley unleash the Abraham Vilchez-Moran and Jai Jamison-directed visual for “Raise Your Weapons.”
This track is taken from his Honest Cowboy mixtape out now.
Peep “Raise Your Weapons” below:
Sevyn Streeter has been a friend of the industry for many years now, starting from her earlier years in TG4 and RichGirl, and then perfecting her craft as a songwriter for many. Now, as her debut EP ‘Call Me Crazy, But…‘ hit stores this week, some of her best artist friends filmed personal video messages congratulating the rising R&B star on all her success.
Mario, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, August Alsina, RaVaughn and more were some of the acts that sent Sevyn their wishes and congrats.
Check them out below!
Rico Love release the first banger off his upcoming mixtape El Presidente dropping on December 9th.
After showing his hometown love with the Chicago remix to “My Story” featuring Katie Got Bandz and Rockie Fresh, R. Kelly heads to the West Coast and connects with Too $hort and Nipsey Hussle for the official L.A. remix.
His new album Black Panties hits stores and digital retailers on December 10, featuring the singles “Genius,” “Cookie” and “My Story” featuring 2 Chainz; plus appearances from Kelly Rowland, Young Jeezy, Future, Juicy J and Migos.
Take a listen to the new version of “My Story” below:
BSB.‘s Troy Ave and King Sevin shoot a visual for ‘Cigar Smoke.’ This track is taken from Troy’s LP New York City:The Album out now on iTunes.
Harry Powder’s new DJ Drama-hosted mixtape White Christmas 2 will be dropping on December 25th.
Marsha Ambrosius is dealing with a troubled past in the emotional music video for her new duet single “Without You” featuring Ne-Yo.
The R&B singers battle through her issues from an abusive childhood, as she looks over poloriod photographs that remind her of what she experienced as a young girl. Ne-Yo comes to the rescue to be the positive light she needs to put the past in the past and embrace a real loving relationship.
Marsha is currently working on her anticipated sophomore album Friends and Lovers, which is now expected in 2014.
Watch the heavyhearted video below!