R&B divas Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and Janelle Monae joined President Obama for the 91st national Christmas tree lighting ceremony at The White House. See photos inside.....
Last night, the Obama family surrounded President Barack Obama on the Ellipse south of the White House during the 91st national Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
The lighting of the tree is an annual tradition attended by the president and the first family and started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923.
President Obama also paid tribute to Nelson Mandelasaying,"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."
First Lady Michelle Obama appeared with Sesame Street Muppet Abby Cadabby and read "The Night Before Christmas."
Janelle Monae performed "The Christmas Song".
The Queen of Soul performed "Joy to the World" and "The First Noel," and shielded her hair and her mink from the rain with the help of an Army Band sergeant...diva style!
Mariah Carey sang "All I Want for Christmas is You."
"Glee" star Jane Lynch hosted the evening. She posed with The President, Mariah and Mariah's daughter Monroe.
Mariah posted "Sharing a moment with the Queen!"
Janelle posted on Instagram "Yes. The Queen."
Watch the tree lighting here:
Photos via Getty Images North America/Janelle's IG, Mariah IG
Beyonce joined Kelly Rowland, her mom and cousin Angie to celebrate the birthday of LA-based jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz. See party pics inside and candids of her vegan lunch with Jay Z.
Beyonce was among the celebs who came out to celebrate the birthday of Lorraine Schwartz, jewelry designer to the stars. Lorraine received well wishes from "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara, Tina Knowles, Angie Beyince, and Kelly Rowland.
LL Cool J was joined by Kelly Rowland, Robin Thicke, Tamar Braxton, T.I. and Miguel at the 2014 Grammy Nominations Concert where Jay Z, Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar grabbed top honors. See pics and nominations inside.....
Last night, L Cool J hosted The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown To Music's Biggest Night show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live . The broadcast included a tribute to Nelson Mandela.
Hopefully, we'll be seeing several YBFers at the winner's podium when the broadcast airs on Jan. 26 from the Staples Center. Jay Z led the pack with nine nominations including Rap Album and two nods in the Rap/Sung Collaboration category. Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell and Justin Timberlake scored big earning seven nominations a piece.
Tamar Braxton certainly has something to sing about! She nab a few nominations including Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best Urban Contemporary Album.
T.I. walked the carpet in a track suit and socks with a Native American print.
Legendary EWF bassist Verdine White wore a shiny suit.
Kelly Rowland, one of the presenters, turned heads in a Tom Ford jacket, Victoria Beckham skirt and jewelry from Lorraine Schwartz.
Kelly is featured on Fantasia's Grammy nominated track "Without Me". The track is competing in the best R&B song category.
Robin Thicke and T.I. performed "Blurred Lines" with Earth, Wind & Fire. The song picked up seven nominations including Record Of The Year.
Miguel was joined by country star Keith Urban for a rendition of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine." He also picked up a nod for Best R&B Performance.
Talk Show host Arsenio Hall was spotted at the show.
See the R&B/Rap Nominations here:
Record of the year
Get Lucky — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams Radioactive — Imagine Dragons Royals — Lorde
Locked Out Of Heaven — Bruno Mars
Blurred Lines — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell
Album of the Year
The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles Random Access Memories — Daft Punk Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Red — Taylor Swift
Best R&B Performance
Love And War — Tamar Braxton Best Of Me — Anthony Hamilton Nakamarra — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
How Many Drinks? — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar
Something — Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Please Come Home — Gary Clark Jr. Get It Right — Fantasia Quiet Fire — Maysa
Hey Laura — Gregory Porter
Yesterday — Ryan Shaw
Best R&B Song
Best Of Me - Anthony Hamilton & Jairus Mozee, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton) Love And War - Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels & Makeba Riddick, songwriters (Tamar Braxton) Only One - PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring Stevie Wonder)
Pusher Love Girl - James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)
Without Me - Fantasia Barrino, Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart, songwriters (Fantasia Featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliot)
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Love And War - Tamar Braxton Side Effects Of You - Fantasia One: In The Chamber - Salaam Remi
Unapologetic - Rihanna
New York: A Love Story - Mack Wilds
Best R&B Album
R&B Divas - Faith Evans Girl On Fire - Alicia Keys Love In The Future - John Legend
Better - Chrisette Michele
Three Kings - TGT
Best Rap Performance
Started From The Bottom - Drake Berzerk - Eminem Tom Ford - Jay Z
Swimming Pools (Drank) - Kendrick Lamar
Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Power Trip - J. Cole Featuring Miguel Part II (On The Run) - Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé Holy Grail - Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
Now Or Never - Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige
Remember You - Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd
Best Rap Song
...Problems - Tauheed Epps, Aubrey Graham, Kendrick Lamar, Rakim Mayers & Noah Shebib, songwriters (ASAP Rocky Featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar) Holy Grail - Shawn Carter, Terius Nash, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic, songwriters) (Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake) New Slaves - Christopher Breaux, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Louis Johnson, Malik Jones, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Che Smith, Kanye West & Cydell Young, songwriters (Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser, songwriters) (Kanye West)
Started From The Bottom - W. Coleman, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Bruno Sanfilippo, songwriter) (Drake)
Thrift Shop - Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)
Best Rap Album
Nothing Was The Same - Drake Magna Carta...Holy Grail - Jay Z Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar
The Heist - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Yeezus - Kanye West