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"Mi Gente" Nominated For Two Latin AMAs!

September 18, 2018

The 2018 Latin American Music Awards are coming back in October to celebrate the best of Latin music. Beyoncé's collaboration with J Balvin & Willy William "Mi Gente" is up for two awards! The show is slated to air live Oct. 25 on Telemundo from The Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Ca.

Song of the Year
Becky G feat. Bad Bunny - “Mayores”
Daddy Yankee - “Dura”
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé - “Mi Gente”
Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato - “Échame La Culpa”
Maluma & Nego do Borel - “Corazón”
Nicky Jam & J Balvin - “X”
Wisin feat. Ozuna - “Escápate Conmigo”

Favorite Song - Urban
Becky G feat. Bad Bunny - “Mayores”
Daddy Yankee - “Dura”
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé - “Mi Gente”
Nicky Jam & J Balvin - “X”
Wisin feat. Ozuna - “Escápate Conmigo”

Beyoncé Set to Perform at City of Hope Gala

September 17, 2018

It was announced today that global icon Beyoncé will perform at the City of Hope gala on October 11 in Los Angeles. This will mark her first solo performance following the successful run of the biggest tour of the summer, with JAY-Z. OTRII stadium tour started in Cardiff, UK in June and is scheduled to wrap on October 4 in Seattle, Washington.

City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, is honoring Jon Platt, Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, with its prestigious Spirit of Life® award. Platt has worked with Beyoncé since 2005.

Inspired by the guiding humanitarian principles of City of Hope and motivated by the institution's commitment to innovative medical research and compassionate patient care, a group of key industry executives founded the charity’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group in 1973. In its 45-year history, the group has raised more than $118 million for City of Hope and has honored some of the most important figures in the music and entertainment industry.

The evening’s host will be producer/entertainer Pharrell Williams and JAY-Z, multi-Grammy winner/entrepreneur, will present the award to Platt.

“Beyoncé agreed to perform without a moment’s hesitation, and that wasn’t just for me,” said Jon Platt. “She wanted to be part of our celebration for the patients, doctors, scientists, and nurses who make City of Hope a place where miracles can happen. That’s what makes her a cultural icon. She’s not only a genius, in a class of her own, but she has phenomenal heart and soul, and she knows how to use them. This event is going to be one for the ages.”

On the Run II Tour in Houston (September 16)

September 17, 2018

Last night Beyonce and Jay-Z performed for the second time at the NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. Bey wore a new opening costume. After the show, she wrote: "Two nights in H-Town complete! Thank you for the love!"






On the Run II Tour in Houston (September 15)

September 16, 2018

Last night Beyonce and Jay-Z performed during the On the Run II Tour at the NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. Again, Bey had a new costume. Before the show, she wrote: "9 more shows. Houston I’m home!"






New Vogue Picture

September 15, 2018

New picture from Beyonce's latest photoshoot for Vogue has been released. See below!

On the Run II Tour Nominated at the 2018 AMAs

September 15, 2018

The Carter's On the Run II Tour has been nominated for Tour of the Year at the 2018 American Music Awards. Vote now! The winners will be announced on ABC live from L.A.'s Microsoft Theater on Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.

Tour of the Year
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
U2

The Carters Nominated at the 2018 BET Hip-Hop Awards

September 15, 2018

Beyonce and Jay-Z have been nominated in 3 categories at the 2018 BET Hip-Hop Awards. The ceremony will take place at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater on October 6, and BET Networks will premiere the annual telecast on October 16.

Album of the Year
Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
Drake - Scorpion
J. Cole - KOD
Migos - Culture II
The Carters - Everything Is Love

Best Collabo, Duo or Group
21 Savage & Offset & Metro Boomin - Ric Flair Drip
Blocboy JB - Look Alive feat. Drake
Cardi B - I Like It feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Post Malone – Rockstar feat. 21 Savage
The Carters – Apes**t

Single of the Year
Apesh*t - Produced by Pharrell (The Carters)
God's Plan - Produced by Cardo, Young Exclusive and Boi-1da (Drake)
I Like It - Produced by Craig Kallman, JWhiteDidIt and Tainy (Cardi B Feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin)
Nice for What - Produced by Murda Beatz (Drake)
This Is America - Produced by Donald Glover and Ludwig Goransson (Childish Gambino)

On the Run II Tour in New Orleans (September 13)

September 14, 2018

Last night Beyonce and Jay-Z performed during the On the Run II Tour at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome stadium in New Orleans, LA. Bey wore a new costume! Before the show, she wrote on Instagram: "Tonight is the first of the last ten shows of OTRII. I’m doing what I love most with whom I love most. I wish it could never end. Feeling thankful for all of the love from our fans around the world. New Orleans, you ready? Let’s go get em!!!"






On the Run II Tour in Arlington (September 11)

September 14, 2018

Beyonce and Jay-Z performed during the On the Run II Tour at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on September 11.






Beyonce Continues Vacation in Sardinia (September 7-8)

September 9, 2018

Beyonce was again spotted in Sardinia on Friday and Saturday.



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May 3, 2018

Beyoncé's Choreographers Talk Coachella

Since November, Chris Grant and JaQuel Knight have been up to their elbows in marching bands, musicians and dancers — dozens of men and women from an array of traditions.

Beyoncé may have been front and center at her spectacular Coachella performances last month. But two of her secret weapons were Mr. Grant and Mr. Knight, the show’s main choreographers.

From the start Beyoncé was clear about what she wanted. “She said, ‘Let’s do a homecoming,’” Mr. Knight said. “Boom. A nice, clear concept that we were all able to snap into and execute.”

In the nearly two-hour performance, references to homecoming at historically black colleges and universities (H.B.C.U.s) — complete with a marching band and a glittering majorette solo — lived alongside dance styles ranging from flexing, a form born on the streets of Brooklyn, to stepping, a percussive form popular in fraternities and sororities.

Beginning in December, Mr. Grant and Mr. Knight worked with Beyoncé’s music team and started their preliminary dance preparations. By January, they started skeleton-crew rehearsals. “We worked with 12 dancers for a month just to start to further develop the ideas that we laid down in December,” Mr. Knight said. “We started to build choreography.”

Gradually, they added more dancers and used them to create the precision movements for the musicians. “When we got to the band we simplified it even more,” Mr. Grant said. “Some of them had their own natural feeling, which we loved.”

But their favorite part of the experience, they said, was working with Beyoncé, who thrives on collaboration. They’ve worked with her for 10 years. (Among other credits, Mr. Knight is known for the “Single Ladies” video; Mr. Grant, Mr. Knight and Dana Foglia for “Formation.”) “She’s all about hearing us out,” Mr. Grant said, “because you may have a perspective on something that can be really cool. No matter who it comes from, if it’s magical, if it’s hot,” she’s interested.

In a telephone interview this week, Mr. Knight, 28, and Mr. Grant, 29, discussed their latest theatrical adventure and their devotion to Beyoncé. As Mr. Grant said: “I feel like I’m living in a generation where she is the new Michael.”

These are edited excerpts from our conversation.

Did Beyoncé talk about the show’s choices in terms of its politics?

JaQUEL KNIGHT We don’t really consider it political. For us, it’s embracing who we are. The show was very black, for a lack of a better word, from all aspects, and we wanted to show love through who we are. This is where we come from and this is how we love and this is how we jam and this is our world. I think the whole H.B.C.U.s and the homecoming experience is a very specific experience. If you’ve never been to a homecoming game, you don’t know.

She wanted to introduce that to the world?

KNIGHT Yeah. That’s something that hasn’t been done before on the stage like this and it feels good. Beyoncé’s all about how can we do things differently, but keep the musicianship and the showmanship and the precision of it all — it just made sense. She’s been adding horns to her songs for the past couple of years and boom: Let’s get a whole band. So much of what we’ve been doing made sense in this world — even with the things we were doing with “Formation.”

What kind of movement looks good on Beyoncé? What is natural?

CHRIS GRANT She’s really good with her neck. She can really hit and snap at certain moments, but also be cool and chill.

KNIGHT She can do anything. She’s weird. I’ve seen times where she imitates people. When you put somebody magical in the room she will make them do it 10 times, 20 times. She’s pulling and learning from you and toward the end it’s like, “Wow — you are really studying me and you are really getting it.”

One thing about Beyoncé is she pays attention to detail. That’s what I learned from her. You’ve really got to pay attention and then on top of that, add your own sauce.

What kind of stamina does she need to get through a show like this? Do you work with her on cross-training?

KNIGHT She has a trainer and she also comes in and does a full dance warm-up and stretch with us. She just had twins, so we spent a lot of time strengthening her and getting her back into it. Your body goes into shock if you’re not prepared to do a show of this caliber.

Is there a signature style for the female backup dancers?

KNIGHT We have created a language with the choreography that has a street vibe and a great line as well. So the body always looks good. And then it’s a level of personality on top and feeling — things you really can’t teach. It’s a combination of technique, street and personality. And magic.

How did you put together the marching band for the show?

KNIGHT We flew quite a few people in from Atlanta, because it was pretty difficult to cast in L.A. for the specific swag and funk and charisma that we were looking for. We worked with Don Roberts, who was the consultant on “Drumline.” We basically created our own professional level marching band.

How did you focus your time with a show this huge?

KNIGHT No one does one job. There’s no “you’re the music guy, you’re the choreographer, you’re this, you’re that.” It’s creative. allows us all to be open: What are your thoughts on this? Chris is the guy from choreography who also splits his time making sure the music is correct. He’s even built in his own tracks and presents ideas to Beyoncé. She’s all about whatever’s hot is hot.

Does Beyoncé like the rehearsal process?

KNIGHT Beyoncé’s going to rehearse every day. We have rehearsal every day — forever — until the show: “Do it again, do it again. O.K., one more time. O.K., I’m gonna go, maybe y’all can do it once more and send me the tape.” She just wants the show to be tight.

GRANT Everything we do, everything is choreographed — it’s not just movement. It’s never going to be perfect, and that’s the whole point of rehearsing to the last minute. Everything is choreographed to a T.

Do you wish it were looser?

GRANT We’re so crazy like her that we’re just kind of used to it. Anything can happen, but when you’re so well rehearsed you’re also prepared. You can just can hop off and hop right back in like nothing. And to me she’s the queen of it.

Did you get to rehearse in the desert at all?

KNIGHT We had one day in the desert.

GRANT One day.

KNIGHT At Coachella, when it gets windy, you can’t rehearse. It was super windy the day of our rehearsal. They had to bring the lights and the speakers down. They shut us down. So that was our one day spent in the desert: We ran it once in the hot sun with no lights. This goes back to what Chris was saying — we have to be prepared.

Why did you want to incorporate so many kinds of movement?

KNIGHT It keeps everything interesting and it doesn’t allow your power to become stale. The audience can stay on its toes. We like to have technical moments — we have a duet with Jasmine Harper and King Havoc, where they combined their worlds. She comes from a beautiful ballet background and he comes from a beautiful street background. Use the flexers here. Come out and boom — let’s combine a bit of our African training here.

I think for Beyoncé, adding as many different elements of dance as we can is cool. As a pop entertainer, people see her as being one dimensional: coming out, shaking her butt and going to the next song. So we really tried to steer away from that.

Do you think that she knew how historic this show would be?

KNIGHT I don’t think any of us were expecting it to be this big of a thing. It’s still blowing my mind. We even had a quick conversation with Bey as we were rehearsing for Week Two. She was like: “Wow. People really loved the show, huh?”

GRANT She was saying, “I guess we did our job.”
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