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Taylor Swift's L.A. Concert Surprises Continue With Mary J. Blige, Uzo Aduba, Matt LeBlanc and Chris Rock

Taylor Swift's L.A. Concert Surprises Continue With Mary J. Blige, Uzo Aduba, Matt LeBlanc and Chris Rock

Originally posted 08/23/2015 12:15PM

Just when it seemed like Taylor Swift couldn't possibly find another awesome celebrity guest to grace the 1989 world tour stage, she brought out two Emmy winners, a Grammy recipient and a Golden Globe victor – all in one night!

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Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba and Glee's Amber Riley Join The Wiz Live!

Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba and Glee's Amber Riley Join The Wiz Live!

Originally posted 08/06/2015 06:05PM

The Wiz Live! just keeps movin' on down the road toward its Dec. 3 air date ...

NBC announced on Thursday that Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba will play the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the NBC musical event while Glee's Amber Riley joins the cast as Glinda's sister, Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North.

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Meet The Wiz Live!'s Dorothy: Shanice Williams

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Meet The Wiz Live!'s Dorothy: Shanice Williams

Originally posted 08/05/2015 01:35PM

The Wiz Live! has found its leading lady!

Shanice Williams will play Dorothy in NBC's musical TV event airing in December.

"This has been my dream forever, but I never thought it would be a reality," the New Jersey native tells PEOPLE after beating out hundreds of hopefuls for the big part.

"I still can't believe it. Of course I've been a big fan. I had the movie and my dad had the soundtrack and we would listen to it in the car," she says, adding, "I also saw the original with Stephanie Mills."

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Lip Sync Battle

Taraji P. Henson's Lip Sync Battle Secret Weapon? Mary J. Blige!

Originally posted 08/04/2015 03:30PM

[YOUTUBE "FkiXiYrECZ4"] Don't mess with Cookie, y'all!

Taraji P. Henson takes her Lip Sync Battles very seriously – so seriously, in fact, that for her performance of Mary J. Blige's "Just Fine," the Empire star brought out Blige herself for a little back-up.

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Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige Set to Star in the The Wiz Live!

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Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige Set to Star in the The Wiz Live!

Originally posted 07/28/2015 06:40PM

Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige are off to see the wizard!

NBC announced Thursday that the stars have officially been cast in The Wiz Live!, the much-anticipated adaptation of the 1975 Broadway hit, PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly can exclusively reveal.

In a bit of gender-blind casting, Latifah has been cast as the titular wizard (a role that Richard Pryor tackled in the 1978 film version). Blige will play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West.

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Mary J. Blige: Sam Smith Is 'My Little Brother'

Mary J. Blige Opens Up About Sam Smith, Making a Documentary – and Getting Into Acting

Originally posted 04/17/2015 11:10PM

While recording her smash 13th studio album, The London Session, R&B vet Mary J. Blige allowed cameras in the studio as she recorded with industry heavyweights including Sam Smith, Disclosure and Darkchild.

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Demi Lovato Joins Jessie J on 'Bang Bang' – And 2 Other Viral Music Videos We Love

3 Viral Music Videos Blowing Up the Internet

Originally posted 12/04/2014 09:25PM

'Tis the season of the year-end mash-up (we're lookin' at you, Us the Duo and DJ Earworm).

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WATCH: 12 Unforgettable Super Bowl Halftime Performances | Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLVIII, Super Bowl XXXVII, Beyonce Knowles

Diana Ross vs. Queen Bey: Relive 12 Timeless Super Bowl Halftime Shows

Originally posted 02/02/2014 10:30AM

On Wednesday, the Internet was fooled by a hilarious fake single from 2014 Super Bowl halftime performers Red Hot Chili Peppers called "Abracadabralifornia". The Chili Peppers's real performance alongside Bruno Mars can't possibly be that bad – in fact, given the halftime show's recent track record of success, it will probably be pretty good!

Still doubtful? Look at our list of the 12 most memorable Super Bowl halftime shows ever (and then see how many of them happened within the last 10 years).

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Mary J. Blige's Father in Critical Condition After Stabbing

Mary J. Blige's Father in Critical Condition After Stabbing

Originally posted 01/23/2014 07:30PM

The father of Mary J. Blige is in critical condition after being stabbed Thursday allegedly by a former girlfriend.

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Listen to the 10 Strangest Holiday Duets of All Time

UpdatePosted 12/10/2013 04:00PM

From Bing to Bieber, Listen to the 10 Strangest Holiday Duets of All Time

Originally posted 12/04/2013 12:00AM

As any Hallmark card can tell you, the holidays are about bringing people together. For some of us, that means reuniting with grown-up children, or welcoming long-lost cousins into our homes. But for musicians, it means something else: seasonal duets, often performed with the oddest of partners.

From reality-show novelty songs to stocking-stuffer EPs, Christmas isn't Christmas until two people who have no business being in the same room have crowded in front of the mic to sing a holiday classic. Why do they do this? You should just as soon ask Black Friday shoppers why they camp out for hours in front of big-box stores. Holiday magic is a compelling thing.

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