Miguel to Honor Michael Jackson at 2016 Grammys

Miguel has been announced as one of the artists expected to slay the stage during Sunday night’s 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Billboard reports.

The Grammy winner and two-time 2016 award nominee will perform a special tribute to the King of Pop.

Accompanied by award-winning keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, Miguel will sing “She’s Outta My Life” to honor the reissuing of Michael Jackson’s 1979 album Off the Wall.

Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson Jr. are also expected to hit the Grammy stage together as presenters.

The show’s executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, said that Cube and O’Shea were selected to represent the biopic about pioneer rap group N.W.A. and summer box-office success, Straight Outta Compton.

“That movie and that soundtrack had a tremendous impact on our culture this past year,” he said.

The Grammy Awards will air on February 15 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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At Super Bowl 50, Beyoncé Pays Homage to Michael Jackson

Beyoncé has had quite a weekend. First, she dropped “Formation,” a single with a pointed message and fierce fashion; then she stole the show with her halftime performance at Super Bowl 50. Dazzling onstage in a custom military-inspired look by Dsquared2 (over an Ashton Michael bodysuit), the superstar was clearly paying homage to what Michael Jackson wore when he sang at Super Bowl XXVII, back in 1993. “He is her biggest musical influence,” said Knowles’s stylist Marni Senofonte in an exclusive interview with Vogue.com’s Marjon Carlos.

Headliners Coldplay had said they wanted to “honor past, present, and future” this year. To that end, they invited the Youth Orchestra LA to represent the future, and asked Beyoncé, who had performed in 2013, back to the stage. Past is generally not a word that applies to Beyoncé and her relentlessly forward-thinking vision, but in nodding to the Black Panthers’s kit (via the dancers’ berets and harnesses) and, most directly, Jackson’s Super Bowl performance—said to be one of the most viewed in television history—she honored history while making it.

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Elijah Kelley To Play Scarecrow In Live Televised “The Wiz”

October 13th The Wiz’s official Facebook page released a new promotional video for their televised version of the 1978 blockbuster “The Wiz”! The allstar cast includes big hitters such as: Queen Latifah (The Wiz), Ne-Yo (Tin Man), David Alan Grier (Lion), Mary J Blige (The Wicked Witch), Common (The Gatekeeper) and Elijah Kelly who will be playing our beloved Scarecrow!

The live version plans to broadcast live on NBC, December 3rd! Check out the video below!

 

NBC is bringing you an all-star cast for The Wiz Live! Watch Ne-Yo, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, and more LIVE December 3.

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Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige to star in NBC’s The Wiz

NBC has signed two big stars for The Wiz: Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige have joined the network’s latest live musical adaptation. EW has exclusively learned Latifah will play the titular Wiz, who holds the keys to the Emerald City, while Blige is set to play the Wicked Witch of the West.

Latifah’s musical past includes starring in 2002’s Chicago, for which she was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Academy Awards, and 2007’s Hairspray. Blige has nine Grammy awards under her belt, and featured in the movie musical Rock of Ages. They’ll star in The Wiz alongside previously announced cast member Stephanie Mills, who’s playing Auntie Em.

The Wiz Live! is executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — who also made NBC’s previously high-wire musical telecasts, 2013’s The Sound of Music Live! and last year’s Peter Pan Live!

The Wiz Live! is directed by Kenny Leon with Harvey Fierstein providing new written material, and it also marks the first NBC musical to made with Cirque Du Soleil, whose acrobats will be used in certain scenes (such as the tornado and flying monkeys).

In addition to Chicago, Latifah co-starred in Hairspray and the TV film Steel Magnolias — all of which were executive produced by Zadan and Meron. “We are so happy reuniting with Latifah,” said Zadan and Meron. “We’ve been friends for a long time and we’ve had quite a lot of success together. To see her play the iconic role of the Wiz and make it her own is going to be one of the joys of producing this event.”

As The Wiz, Latifah plays “the mysterious and powerful wizard who holds the keys to the Emerald City, but whose metamorphosis from ordinary to extraordinary is itself a hoax. She rose to her lofty position after being transported by accident to Oz in a hot air balloon during a snowstorm.”

Blige’s Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, “holds sway over the Winkies and the Winged Monkeys that do her bidding. She captures Dorothy and her friends to avenge the unintentional murder of her evil sister, Evvamean, and to get back the powerful silver slippers given to Dorothy by the Good Witch of the North.”

The Grammy-winning Blige began her career on The Jamie Foxx Show and has been featured on shows like Entourage and most recently Empire and Blackish. “I can’t wait to watch Mary bring the badness that is Evillene,” said Leon. “Her talent range is off the charts and I know audiences won’t be able to take their eyes off her.”

As for the key role of Dorothy, NBC’s search continues for a newcomer to play the character.

The Wiz premieres Thursday, Dec. 3 on NBC.

 

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