As Billboard’s second annual Battle of the Bands wound down last night (May 18), Magnum Ice Cream kept the Billboard Music Awards energy revved up with its private party-featuring Natasha Bedingfield-at Hard Rock Hotel club Body English. The room’s relaxed, warm vibe-accented by low-lit chandeliers and roomy banquettes-underscored the ice cream company’s slogan: “For Pleasure Seekers.”
While a female DJ spun tunes from Chic and Adele to Maroon 5 and Nikka Costa, guests indulged themselves with hors d’ouevres and Magnum-inspired cocktails (including the Magnumscene Pleasure Seeker with Prosecco and absinthe; White Indulgence with Bacardi Superior and Godiva white chocolate liquor). Also in plentiful supply were samples of Magnum Ice Cream, thanks to ice cream carts situated around the club and silver tray-bearing servers.
Then, introduced by Prometheus Global Media CEO and Billboard Music Awards co-executive producer Richard Beckman, Bedingfield and her tight-knit band took command of the venue’s small, intimate stage. With a nod to Magnum’s slogan, Bedingfield delivered a rousing, hour-long performance.
Among the invited guests spotted in the audience was EMI/Capitol singer/songwriter/producer Josiah Bell and his actress wife Jurnee Smollett (“Friday Night Lights,” “Eve’s Bayou”). In the midst of recording his debut album, Bell has also been collaborating on songs for Willow Smith, gospel artist Smokie Norful and Estelle.
The 12th Annual Lupus LA Orange Ball will take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Thursday, May 24th. The annual fundraiser will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, live auction and a special musical performance by multi-platinum recording artist Natasha Bedingfield. Six-time Grammy Award-winning® recording artist and Lupus LA board member Toni Braxton will join Hollywood’s stars as a guest of this exclusive event, along with Honorees Dr. Soram Khalsa (Daniel J. Wallace Founders Award) and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals (Medical Visionary Award).
“We are beyond thrilled that multi-platinum recording artist Natasha Bedingfield is performing at the Orange Ball this year,” says Lupus LA Chairman, Adam Selkowitz. “The Orange Ball is our biggest fundraiser and having her involved will bring more awareness to both our non-profit organization and to the disease. We are grateful to all of our supporters that we continue to grow each and every year. This is a big night for Lupus LA.”
Celebrity supporters will join Natasha Bedingfield and Toni Braxton for the evening benefitting Lupus LA including Paula Abdul, Verdine White (musician, Earth, Wind & Fire), Scott Grimes (American Dad!), Michael B. Jordan (Parenthood), Gretchen Rossi (The Real Housewives of Orange County), Michael Steger (90210), Phill Lewis (Suite Life on Deck), Alicia Minshew (All My Children), Kellie Martin (Smooch), Carolyn Hennesy (Cougar Town) and Roshon Fegan (Dancing with the Stars).
Tickets prices start at $500. For further information on Lupus LA and on the Orange Ball, or to purchase tickets, go to www.lupusla.org or call (310) 657-5667.
About Lupus LA
Committed to the hope and demonstrated promise of innovative science, Lupus LA partners with the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) to fund novel lupus research that will prevent, treat and cure the complex disease. With the power of Hollywood and the strength of its volunteer leadership, Lupus LA raises lupus awareness throughout the United States. Its fundraising events harness the might of the media and entertainment industries to spread the word about lupus and its symptoms and dangers, as well as the need for safe and effective new treatments and a cure. LUPUS LA is the west coast division of the SLE Lupus Foundation.
Hey guys, i just added scans of Natasha’s interview for Billboard Magazine. Check it out:
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NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, TAIO CRUZ, GAVIN DEGRAW, GLADYS KNIGHT, JULIANNE HOUGH AND JEREMY SISTO TO PRESENT AWARDS AT THE “2012 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS” ON ABC.
Three-time Billboard Music Award winner Taio Cruz, 2005 Billboard Music Award nominee Gavin DeGraw, Gladys Knight, Julianne Hough, Natasha Bedingfield and actor Jeremy Sisto have been announced as the first round of artists and celebrities to present at the “2012 Billboard Music Awards,” hosted by Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, which will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on SUNDAY, MAY 20 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album, single and digital sales, airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on MySpace, Facebook and many of the other most popular online destinations for music. The awards will be based on the reporting period of February 28, 2011 through March 1, 2012.
The “2012 Billboard Music Awards” is co-executive produced by Richard D. Beckman, CEO Prometheus Global Media and Don Mischer Productions. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HD format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
Visit www.Billboard.com/BBMA.com for a complete list of finalists and to apply for media credentials. Music fans can also follow news about the show or related events on Twitter at www.twitter.com/billboarddotcom or Facebook at www.facebook.com/billboard.
The MGM Grand Garden Arena is home to concerts, championship boxing and premier sporting and special events. The Arena offers comfortable seating for as many as 16,800 with excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting and sound. Prominent events to date have included world championship fights between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson as well as Oscar de la Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez; and concerts by The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, George Strait, Janet Jackson, Phil Collins, Billy Joel, U2, Lady Gaga, Sting, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Buffett and the Barbra Streisand Millennium Concert. The MGM Grand Garden Arena also is home to the annual Academy of Country Music Awards, annual Billboard Music Awards and the Frozen Fury NHL pre-season game which features the Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche. www.mgmgrand.com
I just added images of Natasha’s new photoshoot for Billboard website by Augustus Butera. Check it out:
Natasha Bedingfield, Plain White T’s, Five for Fighting and O.A.R. to perform at the Napa Valley winery.
Now in its 43rd year, the summer concert series once again will be held at the Robert Mondavi Winery stage located in Oakville, California in the Napa Valley.
According to organizers, Plain White T’s, Natasha Bedingfield, Five for Fighting and O.A.R. are all scheduled to perform in a traditional that brings together wine, food, music and the arts.
Dates are as follows:
June 30: O.A.R.’s “Celebrating Fume Blanc: An American Classic” performance and a firework show. A portion of each ticket sold for this concert will benefit The Heard the World Fund. The organization helps support youth, education and sustainable programs internationally.
July 6: The Plain White T’s headline the “Celebrating the Bounty of Napa and Local Sustainability” concert. This two-time Grammy-nominated band, known for their hit “Hey There, Delilah,” brings their heartfelt lyrics and sweet melodies.
July 7: The “Spotlight on Oakville” concert features Natasha Bedingfield. Another Grammy-nominated artist in this summer’s concert lineup, Bedingfield brings a soulful voice and an upbeat European flair to the stage.
July 14: Perhaps best known for their hit “Superman,” Five for Fighting brings their smooth vocals to the winery on July 14 for the “Hope in the Vineyard” concert. City of Hope is a national cancer research and treatment center, providing patients with specialized care.
July 21: The summer concert series concludes with the “Spotlight on To Kalon” performance. The artist for this concert will be released later this spring.
Last year Chris Isaak was one of several acts to perform outdoors to a packed house. Here’s some footage of Isaak performing on what was a remarkable, memorable evening.
As we noticed last week, Natasha perfomed today on Dancing With The Stars. Check it out:
I just updated the gallery with images of Natasha attending the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival on April 19-20, 2012 in New York City. Check it out:
Natasha Bedingfield and Bill Clinton will make appearances at a special charity concert in New York in May.
The Clarins Million Meals Concert for FEED celebrates The FEED Foundation’s fifth anniversary and will feature an exceptional evening of talent with a special appearance by former President Bill Clinton.
The concert will include performances by John Legend, Natasha Bedingfield, Alan Gilbert, Violinist and Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Violist David Aaron Carpenter and Christoph Eschenbach, Pianist and Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra. The featured orchestra of the evening will be the Salomé Chamber Orchestra.
$1000 tickets include access to the pre-concert reception and a FEED/Clarins gift. $500 tickets include a FEED/Clarins gift.
The FEED Foundation was co-founded in 2008 by Lauren Bush, and is dedicated to raising awareness and funds to ensure nutritious school meals for all children as a first step to improving the global food system.
To find out more about the event, which will be held at the Alice Tully Hall, click here.
his week “Dancing with the Stars” has chosen to spotlight dancer Michaela DePrince. She was born in Sierra Leone and her parents died in the conflicts there when she was very young, so Michaela ended up in an orphanage. She always wanted to dance, but never had the opportunity. She finally got her chance when she was adopted by an American couple a few years later. Her mother enrolled her in ballet classes and Michaela excelled! Recently she earned a scholarship to the JKO School at American Ballet Theater and she is soon hoping to become a principal in a ballet company. Her story is featured in the award-winning documentary, “First Position,” by Bess Kargman, which follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries all while navigating the drama of adolescence. “First Position,” directed and produced by Bess Kargman from Sundance Selects, will be released May 4, 2012. During her performance on “Dancing with the Stars,” Michaela will be dancing with Ade Chike Torbert, who competed on “SYTYCD.” Natasha Bedingfield will be performing live with Michaela, singing her powerful hit song “Wild Horses.”
While the theme of her music is always soulful, Natasha Bedingfield’s gifts as a singer and songwriter continue to reflect that infectious pop sensibility that catapulted her to being the first British female artist in 20 years to score a No.1 on the U.S. Billboard pop chart with her smash hit “Unwritten.” Since the release of her massive debut album, “Unwritten,” in 2006, Bedingfield has sold more than 10 million singles and albums worldwide. In 2004 “These Words” became her first UK
No. 1 single, and was followed by worldwide smash “Unwritten,” which has been certified double platinum and became the most played track at U.S. pop radio in 2006, garnering the singer-songwriter her first Grammy® nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Natasha’s success continued with the release of her sophomore album, “Pocket Full Of Sunshine,” which featured the hits “Love Like This” with Sean Kingston and “Pocket Full of Sunshine,” which has sold nearly 3 million copies to date.
By Tuesday evening’s end, one couple will be eliminated, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes on dances performed on Monday’s performance show.