Keri Hilson spread a little Christmas cheer in the Big Apple on Thursday (Nov. 18) by performing “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” before the annual lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake in front of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.
“Everyone in the Christmas spirit?” asked the festive singer before delivering a piano-accompanied rendition of the holiday tune, made famous by Nat King Cole. Children from the foundation surrounded her as she flipped the switch on the crystal snowflake.
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Beyoncé brings her alter-ego Sasha Fierce back from the dead in two additional behind-the-scenes clips from her VIZIO commercial. The singing superstar faces competition from an HDTV in the Jake Nava-directed clip (“Single Ladies,” “Crazy in Love”) set to the tune of her song “Why Don’t You Love Me.”
“The concept today is basically someone’s watching the television and I’ve decided to step in their living room and perform especially for them,” B said on set. “The TV looks so wonderful, they’re ignoring me so I’m stepping it up and I’m trying to perform harder and it doesn’t matter, the TV is better.”
Watch Beyoncé clamor for the spotlight below.
Jay-Z signed copies of his hot-selling memoir Decoded at Barnes & Noble on 5th Avenue in New York City earlier today. Wearing dark-framed eyeglasses and a button-up shirt, the music impresario smiled as he gave his autograph and took photos for fans who purchased the book.
Jay recently shared his thoughts on hip-hop stars such as Lil Wayne and T.I. whose decisions have cost them time behind bars. “Once you become a so-called celebrity, your life or your decisions don’t stop. You have to make smarter decisions, because you’ve grown up living your life a certain way,” he told the AP. “Most people grow up and just smoke weed. … You just smoke weed and think, ‘OK, I’ll keep weed in my pocket.’ Now that you’re a celebrity it’s a whole different sort of thing. … Celebrities need to be conscious and know who they are, because the same choices they made as a civilian will cost them years as a celebrity.”