Tina Knowles-Lawson and Mathew Knowles wish daughter Beyoncé a happy birthday

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Beyoncé received one sweet happy birthday message on Monday morning from her proud momma, Tina Knowles-Lawson. The note, written on Instagram, begins, “36 years ago God Chose me out of all the women in the world to be your mother! How blessed could i be? Not because you are a super talented, smart business woman and one of the biggest superstars!”

She continued, “Its because you are the kindest most generous, thoughtful, intuitive, loyal, humble, funny, grounded, grateful and loving human being. I am proud to be your mom. Happy Birthday Baby! I love you with my whole heart.” Tina’s heartfelt birthday letter received over 165,000 likes from fans several hours after it was shared.  

Beyoncé’s pop Mathew Knowles also wished his eldest daughter the happiest of birthdays with a teary video message on Instagram. He begins, “Morning Beyoncé. Its September 4th. God, I could remember the day you were born. My first time seeing a baby born. I was actually in the room.” 

Mathew continues, while looking visibly emotional, “I love you with all my heart. So proud of you. I just wanted to tell you happy birthday.”

Bey’s 36th birthday on Monday capped off an already celebratory weekend for the icon, who appeared at hubby JAY-Z’s Made in America festival in Philadelphia as a spectator.

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“Insecure” season two soundtrack to feature music from Bryson Tiller, Jasmine Sullivan, SZA & more

Courtesy of HBO and RCA RECORDSFans can relive all of the buzzworthy scenes and moments from season two of Insecure with the forthcoming Insecure (Music From the HBO Original Series), Season 2 soundtrack.  

The digital-only album will feature new music that was created just for the series, along with previously released tracks, such as Jazmine Sullivan and Bryson Tiller‘s duet “Insecure.”

Other acts, such as SZANAOLion BabeGoldlinkLeikeil47 can also be heard on the 23-track collection, available to pre-order now. 

Insecure (Music From the HBO Original Series), Season 2 arrives September 8 via the usual digital platforms. Here’s the tracklist: 

“Cheater for One” — Issa Rae 
“Insecure” — Jazmine Sullivan x Bryson Tiller 
“Supermodel” — SZA 
“Attitude” — Leikeli47 
“Crew” — GoldLink ft. Shy Glizzy & Brent Faiyaz 
“Go Low” — Issa Rae 
“A Lite” — Buddy 
“Real B**** Problems” — TT The Artist 
“Lowkey” — Kari Faux 
“Run Up” — Cam & China 
“Hoe For It” — Issa Rae 
“Poppin'” — Rico Nasty 
“Run Me Dry” — Bryson Tiller 
“The Juice” — Hero 
“Hit The Ceiling” — Lion Babe 
“Fine Line” — Jorja Smith 
“Feels Like (Perfume)” — NAO 
“Rejected” — Issa Rae 
“Quicksand” — SZA 
“Morning Blues” — Smiles Davis 
“Matthew in the Middle” — Sean Lion ft. Daniel Caesar 
“Gucci Ice Cream” — Girls in the Yard 
“Bloct” — Issa Rae 

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Alicia Keys stuns with barely a stitch of makeup on for “Elle Brasil”

ABC/Randy HolmesAlicia Keys is Elle Brasil‘s latest cover star, with the “Girl on Fire” singer featured on not one, but four different, yet equally stunning covers for the magazine’s September issue.  

Each edition also shows a different statement emblazoned across the magazine cover: “Be Strong,” “Be Cool,” “Be Real,” and “Be Yourself.”

And, of course, all four statements perfectly describe the superstar, who’s sporting bold orange and pink braids and very little makeup. 

Alicia herself revealed her cover looks on Twitter, writing, “Thank you @ellebrasil for capturing my true colors. Can’t wait to come to Rio and feel all that magnificent energy!!”  

She’s headed to the Brazilian city September 17 for the Rock in Rio music festival.

Ticket info’s at AliciaKeys.com/tour.  

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2017 “Grammy Salute to Music Legends” special, featuring Nina Simone & Shirley Caesar tributes, airs in October

Shirley Caesar; Robert EctorA PBS special featuring highlights of the Grammy Salute to Music Legends concert will premiere Friday, October 13, at 9 p.m. as part of the network’s Great Performances series. 

The show, which celebrated the Recording Academy’s 2017 Special Merit Award winners, took place July 11 at New York’s Beacon Theatre.  

It featured musical tributes to Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Nina SimoneShirley Caesar, country legend Charley Pride, jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal and Sly Stone.  

Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day performed Simone’s 1964 song “Mississippi Goddam,” while Kirk Franklin and Le’Andria Johnson sang a medley of Caesar’s “You Name It,” “It’s Alright, It’s OK, You’re Next in Line For a Miracle” and “Satan, We’re Gonna Tear Your Kingdom Down.”  

Shirley also appeared onstage to sing her songs “Caught Up” and “Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name.”

Other artists at the show included Charlie WilsonValerie Simpson and Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid — all performing an homage to Sly Stone — plus Dionne Warwick and ex-Stylistics singer Russell Tompkins Jr.

Other honorees celebrated at the event included country singer Jimmie Rodgers, pioneering rock band The Velvet Underground, “Philly Soul” architect Thom Bell and record executives Mo Ostin and Ralph S. Peer.

Here are the honorees featured on the Grammy Salute to Music Legends special, followed by the performers saluting them:

Thom Bell 
“You Make Me Feel Brand New” — Russell Thompkins Jr.
“Then Came You” — Dionne Warwick

Ahmad Jamal
“But Not for Me”/”Ahmad’s Blues”/”Poinciana” — Stanley Cowell

Nina Simone
“Mississippi Goddam” — Andra Day

Jimmie Rodgers
“Hobo Bill’s Last Ride”/”Mule Skinner Blues”/”T for Texas” — Dwight Yoakam

Ralph S. Peer
“Crazy Blues” — Catherine Russell
“The Great Pretender” — Russell Thompkins Jr.
“Georgia on My Mind” — Andra Day

The Velvet Underground
“I’m Waiting for the Man”/”Sunday Morning” — John Cale Band with Maureen “Moe” Tucker

Shirley Caesar
Medley: “You Name It”/”It’s Alright, It’s OK”/”You’re Next in Line for a Miracle”/”Satan, We’re Going to Tear Your Kingdom Down” — Kirk Franklin with Le’Andria Johnson
“Caught Up”/”Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name” — Shirley Caesar

Mo Ostin
“A Few Words in Defense of Our Country”/”I Think It’s Going to Rain Today” — Randy Newman

Charley Pride
“Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone” — Neal McCoy
“Kiss an Angel Good Morning” — Charley Pride

Sly Stone
“I Want to Take You Higher”/”Everybody Is a Star”/”Sex Machine”/”Dance to the Music” — Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson, Vernon Reid 

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SZA recalls going from bartending at strip clubs to joining Kendrick Lamar's label

ABC/Randy HolmesSZA is currently enjoying major success as a recording artist, but the singer tells Rolling Stone that it took her a while to find out that music “was just one thing I didn’t suck at.”  

The singer bounced around between four colleges before dropping out, and then couch-surfed, bartended at strip clubs and battled depression.  

Eventually, she tells the magazine, she started “making music in my homeboy’s closet, stealing beats off YouTube and Soundcloud.”

SZA eventually self-released two mixtapes — See.SZA.Run and S — and in 2013, she became the first female artist signed to Kendrick Lamar‘s Top Dawg Entertainment label.  But that didn’t mean she had it made right away.

As she recalls, “Even the day I got signed, I was broke as f***. I didn’t have bread to get to the bank and cash my check. I just looked at it and took pictures of it for like three days until I could get to my parents’, and they drove me to the bank.”

She adds, “I told them I signed to Dr. Dre because they didn’t know who anyone else was.”  

It’s safe to say that SZA is no longer broke: she’s featured Maroon 5’s new single “What Lovers Do,” she’s appeared on shows like ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and in June, her debut album Ctrl entered the Billboard 200 chart at #3 in June.

In fact, SZA’s so famous now that she’s claims she’s “scared to go anywhere.” But don’t think she’s complaining or anything.

As she puts it, “No, we’re not talking about anything negative, because we’re not gonna manifest that s*** in our life.” 

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Ashanti on participating in Disney's Day of Giving: “I was just so happy to be able to do something”

ABC/Paula LoboAshanti was one of many celebrities to appear on ABC’s Good Morning America Thursday morning — as part of Disney’s Day of Giving, she took part in an on-air telethon to raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  

The singer tells ABC Radio that prior to the event, she wasn’t sure of the best way to help out.  

As she puts it, “I was just so happy to be able to do something.”

“When everything first happened, I was talking to my creative director and we were talking about what could we do to give and how can we give directly,” Ashanti tells ABC Radio.  

“Just being on Instagram and watching the news and the videos and the clips it’s just heart-wrenching. And you feel so powerless when you’re home.”

While taking calls from viewers making pledges, Ashanti says she was personally inspired by those who called to donate.

“There was one lady, I think her name was Gloria and she was a social worker,” she recalls.  

“She was retired and she wanted to reach out to her fellow social worker friends and go down to Houston and help out.”

“She donated and she lives with her children or grandchildren…she just had a big heart you know,” Ashanti continues.  

“And she’s like, ‘I want to give more, I’m giving all that I can and I want to encourage people to give.'”  

Besides lending an ear and her time at the Day of Giving telethon, Ashanti’s also planning to put on a charity event of her own.

“We came up with an idea to try and put on a concert,” she reveals.  

“Obviously I would call some of my friends. So, we’re trying to work that out. I think it’d be awesome.” 

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