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Sad news to pass along, as word that pioneering house music and R&B vocalist Colonel Abrams has died. He was 67.
The Detroit-born, New York-based singer is perhaps best known for 1985 hit “Trapped,” but Colonel Abrams also sang on several tracks that are considered to have laid the groundwork for what is now considered global dance music.
No cause of death has been reported, and official confirmation has not been relayed. Earlier today, Tony Tune Herbert posted the following message to Facebook: “Just got word that Colonel Abrams has [passed] away on Thanksgiving, one year to the date that I along with Don Welch, Barbara Tucker, Derek Jenkins, Ralph McDaniels, Marshall Jefferson, Larkie Rucker and a host of his biggest fans fought to get him to let us help him….Now he is at peace and our condolences go out to his family, and fans world wide, he is no longer suffering or Trapped!!!”
Last year, Colonel Abrams was reportedly homeless and suffering from diabetes, and a crowd-funding effort by fans and friends was launched to get him back on his feet.
The 2016 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS took place on Sunday night (Nov. 6) at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The godmother of soul, Erykah Badu, returned to the stage as host with her eccentric humor and legendary style. The annual event honoring the best in soul and R&B music featured moving performances by Brandy, Anderson .Paak, Bobby Brown, D.R.A.M. MA$E, DRU HILL, Doug E Fresh, India Arie, BJ The Chicago Kid, Guy, Candice Boyd, Carl Thomas, Eric Benét, MAJOR., Ro James, Tito Jackson, V. Bozeman, Wreckx-n-Effect, and Yuna.
GRAMMY award-winning, multi-platinum singer Brandy was presented with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, while multi-platinum and three-time GRAMMY award-winning producer, singer and songwriter Teddy Riley was honored with the night’s highly coveted Legend Award.
The 2016 Soul Train Awards kicked off with Dru Hill, who got the party started with an amazing medley of 90s R&B jams including “Tell Me,” “In My Bed,” and “Beauty.” Dru Hill lead singer Sisqó then performed his mega-hit “Thong Song,” getting the entire crowd up out of their seats – including Teyana Taylor who knew every word!
Erykah Badu, ever the ethereal visionary, made her grand entrance during a glow-in-the-dark performance followed by her laugh-out-loud futuristic opening monologue where she touched on everything from Trump to alien life. The Queen of Soul revealed her recent time traveling adventures, saying “The future is black; forget the Jetsons, it’ll be more like the Jeffersons.” In addition to her hosting duties, Erykah also hit the stage to perform. First with singer/rapper D.R.A.M., performing their recently released song, “WiFi.” and later bringing out her “sister of soul”, India Arie, to sing their spirited, message-driven song “Breathe.”
For the second year, the awards unveiled a powerful “Soul Cypher” featuring a mix of legendary and contemporary R&B and soul singers coming together. Badu DJed the cypher while Tyrese, Ne-Yo, Angie Stone and the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight performed raw versions of their songs.
Brandy was presented with the Lady of Soul Award following a heartfelt speech from 2015 honoree Jill Scott and a special tribute video from industry’s top executives and artists such as Kenny “BabyFace” Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan, Jhene Aiko and more, who spoke to Brandy’s dedication, creativity and vocal prowess. Brandy then blew the crowd away with a full dance and stunning vocal performance of her most beloved hits including “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “What About Us,” “Full Moon,” “I Wanna Be Down,” “The Boy Is Mine,” “Talk About Our Love,” “Have You Ever,” and “Sitting On Top Of The World,” joined by MA$E.
Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ presented Teddy Riley with the night’s highly regarded Legend Award honoring the prolific singer-songwriter and producer for his tremendous influence in soul culture and music. Teddy Riley was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation and roaring round of applause. He celebrated with R&B and soul superstars Bobby Brown, Doug E. Fresh, Guy, Wreckx-N-Effect, V. Bozeman and Tito Jackson.
Following the rumors swirling around about her pregnancy, Ciara has confirmed that she and her husband Russell Wilson are expecting their first child together.
The 31-year-old singer shared the news on Instagram. “On this special Birthday I received an abundance of love from friends and family.. and I’m excited to Finally share one of the Greatest Gifts of All that God could give… 👶🏽🍼💃🏽☺️❤️.”
The two love birds got married in July. The small ceremony — with about 100 guests including Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Rowland and La La Anthony, to name a few — was held at the Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England.
The real reason Mariah Carey wants ex-fiance James Packer to pay her $50 million has come to light. According to TMZ, the large monetary sum was tied to the former couple’s prenup if they would have gotten married.
Packer wanted to wed Carey back on March 1st in Bora Bora, but his attorneys reportedly held up the wedding because the prenup was not solidified. The word is, Packer’s lawyers felt the prenup was complicated, sending Mariah’s team a 100-page document outlining the specifics.
One of the conditions in the drafted prenup states… If Packer gave Carey jewelry or anything else, she would have to give it back if they broke up unless he sent her a signed note saying it was a gift. Another declares that Carey would receive $50 million if they broke-up.
Packer was reportedly pissed about not marrying Carey when he wanted, prompting him to ridicule his team via email:
“I don’t know who’s working for who because there are a lot of names I haven’t heard before on this email chain. The people who work for me — message — do as I say or f*** off. I want to get married on March 1st. James.”
Around this time, Carey reportedly had her dress, the flowers were ordered and all the flights for the guests were secured.
Even if the wedding would have taken place, Carey and Packer would not have been legally married because Carey’s ex-husband, Nick Cannon, had not signed their divorce papers as yet.
So, in short, the prenup was never signed, but Carey still wants her check. She claims Packer’s people deliberately sabotaged their relationship.