"Cadillac Records" New York Premiere

Cadillac Premiere
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 01, 2008

1 of 19 Jennifer Cooper/hosted by Bombay Sapphire, Marquee and A-List Communications

Beyoncé stars as Etta James in “Cadillac Records,” a film inspired by the real-life events of the old-school blues label Chess Records. She is also an executive producer of the film.

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2 of 19 Jennifer Cooper/hosted by Bombay Sapphire, Marquee and A-List Communications

The Golden Globe nominee works the red carpet at the film’s New York premiere.

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Adrien Brody, left, plays Chess Records founder Leonard Chess and shares serious chemistry—and lip locks—with Beyoncé in the film.

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Brody’s character Leonard Chess helped shape the sound of rock ‘n’ roll by launching the careers of Muddy Waters, Etta James, Little Walter and Chuck Berry.

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Brody and Beyoncé celebrate the film’s release.

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In the film, actor Columbus Short relives the impassioned life of pimp-turned-harmonica extraordinaire Little Walter, whom Muddy Waters takes under his wing.

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Ne-Yo and his mentor Jay-Z work their magic as they make their way inside to support Beyoncé and the “Cadillac Records” cast.

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8 of 19 Jennifer Cooper/hosted by Bombay Sapphire, Marquee and A-List Communications

Ne-Yo gets his shine on at the premiere.

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Jay-Z makes his way inside the theater to see Beyoncé’s buzzworthy performance.

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A stunning Gabrielle Union stars as Muddy Waters’s wife in the film.

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Gabrielle shows off her regal floor-length gown.

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Diddy joins the party to welcome “Cadillac Records” to the big screen. He is hoping to snag a major role of his own as the first Black James Bond.

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Rapper and actor Mos Def stars as music star Chuck Berry in the film.

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Rapper Akon arrives on the red carpet in a gray velvet ensemble.

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Actor Eamonn Walker stars as jazz musician Howlin’ Wolf in the film.

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Actor Jeffrey Wright takes on the role of Muddy Waters in the film. He and his wife, actress Carmen Ejogo, make a gorgeous couple on the red carpet.

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17 of 19 Jennifer Cooper/hosted by Bombay Sapphire, Marquee and A-List Communications

The film’s writer and director Darnell Martin joined forces with Beyoncé, who not only stared as Etta James, but is executive producer of the movie.

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The “Cadillac Records” cast comes together for a group shot as they celebrate the film’s big-screen debut.

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Actress Chyna Layne appears in the film as the girlfriend of harmonica player Henry “Pot” Strong.

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