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Watch: Whitney Houston “Saving All My Love” (1986 Grammys)

Imagine being 23 and already knowing you’re the best in the world at something. What a moment!

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The Emmy Awards were a couple of days ago and I was reminded that Whitney Houston won an actual Emmy for performing a song on the Grammy Awards that she also won a Grammy and an American Music Award for…and when will your fave EVER?!

A couple of things I just learned about this song that I feel the need to share:

  1. It’s a cover! I had no idea, but it was previously recorded as a duet in 1978 by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. One of the songwriters, Michael Masser, heard her sing “The Greatest Love of All” and re-worked his old tune for her album.
  2. Cissy did NOT want her baby singing that song, because they were High Holy Christians and Whitney could not be out there singing about saving her goodies for a married man.
  3. It became Whitney’s first #1 single on the Hot 100, the first of seven consecutive #1 singles — a record that still stands today.

Nippy threw on somebody’s prom dress and one of Tina Turner’s old wigs and ate it up though. Imagine being 23 and already knowing you’re the best in the world at something. What a moment!

(I’m over 30 and I’m mediocre in every way, so I one thousand percent cannot relate.)

 

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Watch: JLo & Maluma “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely”

The two most beautiful people in the world have a couple of new music videos together!

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The two most beautiful people in the world have a couple of new music videos together! Please masturbate watch along with me.

A few things I did not know until this video came out:

ONE
Maluma acts I guess? Supposedly he has a movie coming out next February with Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson, depending on the COVID Movie Schedule, and he had such great chemistry with JLo they decided to record music together.

TWO
JLo has a movie coming out and she’s releasing an album at the same time. Unlike The Wedding Planner movie & J. Lo album that came out together (she’s still the only person to have a #1 movie and #1 album released at the same time), this album is the soundtrack for the movie. She’s going to have about 8 songs, Maluma will have about 3, and they’ll have a couple of duets together.

THREE
This is a pair of those duets and let me just say, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences was indeed remiss in not giving Jenny From The Block her Oscar nomination for simply existing in the world.

 

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Watch: Melanie C “In And Out Of Love”

Sporty Spice releasing bangers 25 years after “Wannabe” really does something for my spirit.

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Mel C has three songs from her upcoming album on an EP and if this is the tone of the project, she is about to release the best pop album of the year. I’m not remotely exaggerating. Go listen to it.

Sporty Spice releasing bangers 25 years after “Wannabe” really does something for my spirit.

 

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Watch: Diana Ross “Ninety-Nine and a Half”

Look at Diana Ross hollering for the Lord!

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I love Diana Ross.

She has hits on hits and I love her singing tone, but she ain’t no sanger and that’s fine! Janet isn’t either and she’s the most-played artist in my collection. I have heard many things about Diana Ross in my years on this Earth and read many more from before I was born, but nobody ever accused her of having any sort of volume in her little body.

So color me surprised stumbling upon that lil bird lady belting her lungs out for Jesus with Little Richard back in 1987!

Clearly, I need to find this entire production because I need to know why Diana Ross is pretending to be 16 and 76 in the same clip. It’s from her TV special from 1987 to promote her album Red Hot Rhythm and Blues but I haven’t found the whole program yet (here’s Part 2, I’ll dig some more later).

What I didn’t realize was just how big Diana Ross was. She had a whole TV special to promote this album, but when you look for it, you find her 1981 special for CBS. And her 1971 special. Diana Ross was like “hey I wanna do a special” and TV networks were like “sure!” over and over. There’s really nobody to compare that to in today’s entertainment climate other than Beyonce, which is absolutely fitting seeing as how they both rose to fame as the lead singer of a girl group and then catapulted to iconic legend status afterward.

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Now I have some homework to do and a Youtube hole down which to descend.

 

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