This is just pretty neat.
We all know President Obama has a respect for hip hop and soul music and the latter is seen even more clearly today after the POTUS links up with Spotify to deliver two 20-song playlists. There’s a lot of nods to legends of the past like Al Green, Nina Simone, and Ray Charles amongst many others.
You’ll also see some Beyonce & Frank Ocean, John Legend & Andre 3000 (forgot about this one!), and Justin Timberlake, who was excited about the shoutout and that’s how I saw this in the first place. Groove along with the prez this weekend below.
As for the POTUS’ whereabouts today…
SNL is celebrating 40 years on the air this month and it’s going all out for a reunion special with old cast mates and musical guests. Among the latter: Kanye West, Paul McCartney, and Justin Timberlake. The latter may not only perform musically but comedically too and the former 2 would probably perform “Only One”, wouldn’t you think?
Full guest list below and in the video above with “SNL 40” ironically airing on Sunday, February 15th.
Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Robert De Niro, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfield, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Jack Nicholson, Amy Poehler, Peyton Manning, Betty White, Maya Rudolph, Dana Carvey, Steve Martin, Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and more!
Nicki Minaj was not only the musical guest on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, but she also sat down for a brief sit-down with the host. My biggest takeaway was that she used to be a waitress at Red Lobster. Probably common knowledge to the Barbz, but that’s not me, haha.
The video above then contains her performance of “Bed of Lies” with Skylar Grey and The Roots. Nicki really let Skylar have the shine tonight and on this single in general. In fact, for all the extra parts that Skylar sings, it feels more and more like a Skylar Grey song featuring Nicki Minaj (no shade). I enjoy Skylar’s work, whether as a guest or solo, and apparently so does Russell Crowe (another takeaway from the interview). But Jimmy didn’t hear of her until recently — we gotta get ’em in check.
BONUS: Justin Timberlake also appeared on the show, in a sketch.
Last night, JT’s tour hit the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, so who would be the most perfect surprise guest?
Jay Z, of course. He joined JT on stage for “Holy Grail” and some fan footage is below. Mentally prepare yourself now for the 19 second mark wherein an excited girl screams, “OMG IT’S JAY-Z!!”
JT releases a new music video of fan-made photos, tweets, and more about why love is #NotABadThing. This fan-made version isn’t supposed to supplant the mysterious NYC train proposal music video, but it does speak to the song’s concept just as well and involves JT’s legions of fans. You’ll also see scenes of JT performing the song live on tour with his guitar.
One day after the release of Xscape comes the new official video for Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake‘s collab “Love Never Felt So Good”. The feel-good, nostalgic single keeps growing on me and provides a new heartwarming feeling with the MJ dance tribute above. The entire video splices in classic dance moves from Michael, then emulated by Justin and a variety of fans of different ages, sizes, and styles. If this video doesn’t make you want to get up and dance, well, then I guess you’re not a dancer? It’s a fun one, enjoy!
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While Mayweather and the Clippers were winning tonight, a new episode of SNL featured a great skit above with a simple premise: Celebrity Family Feud.
The night’s host, Andrew Garfield of Spiderman 2, plays an excellently exaggerated JT while Jay Pharoah slayed, per usual, as Drake. Watch the full skit above and the part that’ll reel ya in below.