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Will I Am
Originally posted 09/02/2012 04:30PM
The Muscular Dystrophy Association's Show of Strength telethon will get an energetic kick-off.
Sunday's three-hour program – featuring performances by Carrie Underwood, Pitbull, Gavin DeGraw, Carole King and a slew of other talent – will begin with will.i.am performing his dance tune, "This Is Love," alongside vocalist Eva Simons and MDA Los Angeles Goodwill Ambassador, Lucas Cook.
"MDA has been helping children and adults for more than 50 years, and I am pleased to collaborate with them to help save lives," the hip-hop artist, 37, tells PEOPLE.
"I am on a mission to transform the lives of young people who need extra support and really am honored to perform on the show – and it was important for me to include Lucas and other MDA kids in our performance."
Originally posted 07/11/2012 11:00AM
Looks like things could be getting pretty weird on American Idol.
Shortly after reporting that Adam Lambert might be replacing Jennifer Lopez as a judge on the show, E! News announced Monday that Idol producers might also be considering Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Fergie, Katy Perry, and will.i.am for the high-profile gig.
"There are going to be lots of names coming up now," Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe told CNN. "Everything's still up in the air, I have to say. Nothing is confirmed. Hopefully, I'm going to push for Charlie Sheen and Jerry Lewis as judges on American Idol. I'm not sure how far I'll get with that, but I think that would be fun."
Originally posted 06/04/2012 06:45PM
Even the royals like to rock out.
At Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee pop concert Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sat with Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice to take in the show.
The royals were seated in a box high above the crowd of 20,000 invited guests to enjoy music from the 60 years of the Queen's reign. Many of the attendees waved Union Jack flags – Kate included!
The Duchess – in an Alexander McQueen jacket and a dress from Whistles – sat between Prince William and Beatrice. The young royals were just behind Prince Charles and his wife Camilla as they all listened to tunes from the likes of Paul McCartney, Tom Jones and Stevie Wonder.
Originally posted 11/23/2011 06:00AM
Fergie was certainly animated at the launch party for Ubisoft's Black Eyed Peas Experience dance-themed video game at L.A.'s Supperclub. The singer was chatting with her bandmates and fellow revelers, like Wilmer Valderrama, at her VIP table at the back of the dance floor. But Fergie and the Peas also treated the crowd to an impromptu (and intimate) performance. According to an onlooker, she stood behind the deejay booth and rocked out to "Boom Boom Pow" while the guys worked the room. – Jessica Wedemeyer
Originally posted 07/01/2011 05:45PM
Will.i.am appeared to maintain his composure on Friday, despite being evacuated from his London hotel that caught on fire.
The Black Eyed Peas frontman, 36, was photographed calmly covering his face with a T-shirt as he was escorted out of the burning 28-story Park Lane Hilton.
In town for business, the pop star had a performance scheduled for the evening with his band mates at Hyde Park, close to where the fire took place. He later Tweeted from the performance.
Originally posted 01/27/2011 01:40PM
It's the perfect storm of entertainment: The biggest football game of the year and one of the world's biggest bands will come together as Sports Illustrated hosts the Black Eyed Peas for a Super Bowl Bash.
"As an NFL owner and a football fan, I cannot be more excited to join forces with Sports Illustrated for the hottest party of the season," the Peas' Fergie says. "It will be the kick-off to an amazing weekend in Dallas and we can’t wait to get it started."
Joining the Peas will be deejays will.i.am and David Guetta along with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models Christine Teigen, Anne V., Julie Henderson and Genevieve Morton.
Originally posted 03/09/2010 08:00AM
For millions of Black Eyed Peas fans, songs such as "I Got A Feeling" and "Boom Boom Pow" make them want to dance.
For college student Elijah Williams, the songs make him want to … study.
"I think I should go do homework or something," says the Wilmington University freshman, one of four friends whose entire college education is being bankrolled by the band's frontman, will.i.am, through his i.am scholarship fund. (The scholarship also covers room, board, and books.)
The Grammy winner, 34, who grew up in a Los Angeles housing project and didn't attend college himself, came up with the idea for the scholarship fund two years ago after earning a hefty paycheck to deejay a party.
Originally posted 12/07/2009 07:00AM
With his group the Black Eye Peas nominated for an impressive six Grammys, including the top prizes of album and record of the year, will.i.am has plenty of reasons to look forward to next month's awards show – something that wasn't necessarily the case during his first Grammy experience.
"I remember that I was nervous," the musician, 34, told PEOPLE about his 2005 appearance. Recalling his Grammy debut while at an event announcing the first-ever Data Awards for electronic music, he said, "I was real nervous. We performed "Where Is the Love." I remember I got up on the mic and said, 'Everybody go out and vote.' "
While the Peas didn't perform on last year's telecast, will.i.am attended – as a contender. "I was nominated for producer of the year award," he said. "I lost to Rick Rubin again, [who] is good to lose to."
Originally posted 02/24/2009 10:15AM
During Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Stevie Wonder honored him in song at rallies and fundraisers. Now the President is returning the favor to the artist he's called his musical hero.
On Wednesday, Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will present Wonder, 58, with the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
The salute, to be held in the White House's East Room and broadcast Thursday night on PBS, will feature artists including Martina McBride (who will sing Wonder's hit "You and I"), Will.I.Am, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon and India.Arie.
Obama last year told Rolling Stone that he really got into music during Wonder's heyday in the early '70s, when Wonder released albums like Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life. "So that was a guy I loved," Obama said.
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