Live in Concert: Our Favorite Celebs Onstage

Live in Concert: Our Favorite Celebs Onstage
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 16, 2011

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Jennifer Hudson shared the stage with her adorable son during a concert in Barbados.

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EMF headliner Jill Scott shows off her megawatt smile onstage at “Jill Scott: Light of the Sun” in Hollywood, California.

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EMF headliner Kanye West rocks the crowd at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California.

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Lauryn Hill connects with her fans at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California.

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Erykah Badu gives an energetic performance at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

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Cee Lo Green performs on at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

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Prince performs during his “Welcome 2 America” tour in Inglewood, California.

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Rihanna gives a spell bounding performance on ‘American Idol’ in L.A.

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Nelly rocks the mic at the Supafest Music Festival in Melbourne, Australia.

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Nicki Minaj on performs on stage in St. Louis. We bet her fans love her colorful stage attire.

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Nicki Minaj hits the stage in a superhero style costume during the ‘I Am Still Music’ Tour in Philadelphia.

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Nicki Minaj performs in a colorful bodysuit and wig during the Lil Wayne ‘I Am Still Music’ Tour in Sunrise, Florida.

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Melanie Fiona waves her hands to the music at the BET Music Matters Tourin Philadelphia.

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Marsha Ambrosius gets into the music at the BET Music Matters Tour in Philadelphia.

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Talib Kweli rocks the mic at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

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Keri Hilson smiles for the crowd before performing the National Anthem at Wrestlemania XXVII in Atlanta.

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Keri Hilson gives a heartfelt performance at the Supafest Music Festival in Melbourne, Australia.

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Keri Hilson dances to the music on stage at the Supafest Music Festival in Sydney, Australia.

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Ciara gets ready to dance onstage during Sydney Supafest Music Festival in Australia.

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Ciara lets her hair down onstage at the Supafest Music Festival in Australia.

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Kelly Price performs at ATL Live on the Park in Atlanta.

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Willow Smith gives an air bound performance during Nickelodeon’s 24th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards.

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Rihanna and Jennifer Nettles of the band Sugarland perform onstage at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

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Rihanna performs onstage at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

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A few talented kids join Miguel onstage at the Garden of Dreams Talent Show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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Jenifer Lewis is lovely in lace as she sings The National Anthem at in Los Angeles, California.

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Jordin Sparks raises her hand high as she sings the National Anthem in Los Angeles, California.

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Janet Jackson gets her fans involved during her performance at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

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Special musical guest Jennifer Hudson sang ’Don’t Look Down’ and ‘Feeling Good,’ on ’Dancing with the Stars the Results Show.

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Jamie Foxx gets on one knee onstage at the 10th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Celebration.

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Janet Jackson looking toned and in shape as she performs in Universal City, California.

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Esperanza Spalding performs while playing the bass in concert in Barcelona, Spain.

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Miguel performs onstage in front of bright lights at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

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Brandy sings from her heart at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida.

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Jennifer Hudson visits GMA for an interview and performs as part of the Spring Concert Series, airing on the ABC Television Network.

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Willow Smith performs at MEN Arena supporting Justin Beiber in Manchester, England. Those yellow locks are great for ‘whipping’ her hair!

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L-Boogie looks lovely while rocking the mic at the 6th Annual Jazz In The Gardens at the Sun Life Stadium Miami, Florida

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Lauryn Hill rocks the stage at the 6th Annual Jazz In The Gardens at the Sun Life Stadium Miami, Florida

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Bow Wow and Chris Brown perform at BET’s “106 & Park” in New York City.

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Willow Smith whips her hair at the O2 arena in London, UK.

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Nicki wows the crowd during a performance in Buffalo, NY.

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Usher’s “OMG” Tour has sold out venues all over the world. Here he performs at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia.

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Usher turns up the heat onstage during his OMG Tour.

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Musiq brought his Philly soul to Miami for the 6th Annual Jazz in The Gardens festival.

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We loved mighty Mos Def’s retro microphone during a performance at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

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Legend tickles the keys during a performance at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

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Mr. West brought the house down at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

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A meeting of two great minds on the stage at SXSW.

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Janelle Monae gets into gear onstage at the 2011 SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

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En Vogue reunites on stage and gives the audience something they can feel at the 6th Annual Jazz In The Gardens in Miami.

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Love those lashes! Chrisette Michele performs at the ESSENCE R&B Star Launch Event at the Woodruff Performing Arts Center in ATL.

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Miss Jackson makes a stop in New York City as part of her ‘Number Ones Up Close and Personal Tour.’

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Concertgoers were in for a treat when Badu not only sang, but also got on the wheels of steel at SXSW.

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One more treat was to be had at SXSW when Diddy took to the stage for a surprise performance.

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The Grammy winning Esperanza Spalding performs at Music Hall of the Performing Arts in Detroit, Illinois.

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MJB performs at Tyler Perry’s “Rise Above” celebration in Hollywood.

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Fiona performs the Canadian National Anthem during the 2011 NBA All-Star game.

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The Ladykiller performs his smash hit, “F**k You” during 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend.

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Keri Hilson sings the national anthem before NBA All-Star Saturday night presented in Los Angeles, California.

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Nicki Minaj performs at CIROC Presents the NBA Player’s Association Gala at during 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend.

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RiRi brought her A-game to the 2011 All-Star game in Los Angeles.

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The Bajan singer then invited West onstage during her performances at the 2011 All-Star game in Los Angeles.

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Rihanna performs with Drake at NBA All-Star basketball game in Los Angeles, California.

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The rocker performs a medley of hits during the 2011 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles.

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Usher is in the zone during a performance at Palais Omnisports in Paris.

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The former “American Idol” contestant performs at “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine” at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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It’s so good to have Boyz II Men back. Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris and Shawn Stockman perform at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City.

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Legendary singer Roberta Flack performs in New York City.

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Reunited, and it feels so good. Salt-N-Pepa perform as part of their ‘Legends of Hip Hop Tour’ in St. Louis.

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Rihanna performs her hit “Only Girl” at the 2011 Brit Awards in London, England.

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Nas performs on stage during the Good Vibrations Music Festival in Perth, Australia.

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Ludacris performs at the Good Vibrations Music Festival in Perth, Australia.

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Trey Songz performs during Usher’s OMG Tour in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Kelis gives it all she’s got during a performance at the Good Vibrations Music Festival in Perth, Australia.

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Badu performs at the Good Vibrations Music Festival in Perth, Australia.

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Keri does the “Pretty Girl Rock” during a taping of “Rip the Runway” in New York City.

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We’re loving J-Hud’s ’tude in this shot from the 2011 Nickelodeon Upfront Presentation at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Miss Jackson makes a stop in Toronto, Canada as part of her ‘Number Ones Up Close and Personal Tour.’

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What a treat it must have been to hear Hudson and Saadiq at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Drakes gets some crowd participation during a performance.

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ESSENCE April cover girl Jennifer Hudson gave a stunning performance at the Hennessy Black and V103 Soul Sessions in Atlanta.

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ESSENCE April cover girl Jennifer Hudson gave a stunning performance at the Hennessy Black and V103 Soul Sessions in Atlanta.

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Jennifer Hudson grooves to the music at the Hennessy Black and V103 Soul Sessions in Atlanta.

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Janelle Monae performs at the second annual ESSENCE “Black Women in Music” event in Los Angeles, California.

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Janelle Monae takes a knee while singing at the second annual ESSENCE “Black Women in Music” event in Los Angeles, California.

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Janelle Monae works the mic at the second annual ESSENCE “Black Women in Music” event in Los Angeles, California.

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Big Boi of Outkast performs at the second annual ESSENCE “Black Women in Music” awards event in Los Angeles.

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Chrisette Michelle always takes it to another level.

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Songz performs at LIV nightclub in Miami.

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Janet Jackson works the stage at her ‘Number Ones Up Close and Personal Tour.’

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Evans performs at the 2011 Living Legends Foundation Honors in New York City.

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Legend performs Motown classics for the President and First Lady at “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House.”

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Nick Jonas, Seal and John Legend perform Motown classics for the President and First Lady at “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House.”

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Foxx put all jokes aside during “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House.” We wonder if he’s singing to the First Couple.

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ESSENCE 2011 Black Women in Music honoree Janelle Monae sings her heart out in Barcelona, Spain.

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Prince performs the last New York City performance of his “Welcome 2 America” tour.

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Prince performs the last New York City performance of his “Welcome 2 America” tour.

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Tina Atkins-Campbell and Erica Atkins Campbell of Mary Mary perform at their “Something Big” album listening party in New York City.

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Ne-Yo performs on stage in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Drake performs on stage at Hammersmith Apollo in London, England.

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Musician Bruno Mars performs onstage at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards rehearsals.

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Drake and Rihanna heat things up during their performance onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards.

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Mary J. Blige is stunning in shades as she performs at Grand Peace Palace in Seoul, South Korea.

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Usher performs with will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas during the Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show in Arlington, Texas.

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Rapper Trina shows off her bling at the House of Hennessy Remixed Super Bowl event in Arlington, TX.

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Lenny Kravitz shares his passion for guitar and singing at the PepsiCo Super Bowl Weekend Kickoff Party in Dallas, Texas.

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Stevie Wonder performs onstage at the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute to Barbra Streisand in Los Angeles, California.

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Wyclef Jean gives a wave and shout-out to his fans onstage at the Maxim Pre-Super Bowl Party in Dallas, Texas.

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Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary get in the spirit during the 2011 Super Bowl Gospel Celebration in Dallas, Texas.

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Cece Winans performs with the NFL players Choir during the 2011 Super Bowl Gospel Celebration in Dallas, Texas.

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Estelle performs at Salon Millesime in New York City.

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Rising star Timothy Bloom performs at the BMI Honors at the W Atlanta.

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El DeBarge performs at Highline Ballroom in New York City.

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Singers Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson and Florence Welch perform onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards.

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Keri Hilson rocks a daring, open blouse onstage during the 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California.

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Kanye West and Nicki Minaj collaborate during a high energy performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

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Lauryn Hill looks beautiful in boho while performing in concert in New York City.

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Lauryn Hill performs at Harry O’s for the EXPRESS Rocks event in Sundance.

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Mary J. Blige performs in a fierce pair of leopard leggings during the Ragamuffin Music Festival in Fremantle, Australia.

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Mary J. Blige performs on stage during the Ragamuffin Music Festival in Fremantle, Australia.

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Janelle Monae sings with a smile during Etam Lingerie Collection Presentation at Paris Fashion Week.

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Jennifer Hudson belts it out in her hometown at the House Of Blues Chicago.

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Singer Leona Lewis sings her heart out onstage at the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute to Barbra Streisand.

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