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YouTube Music Hosts 2020 Leaders & Legends Ball (pics)

YouTube Music Hosts 2020 Leaders & Legends Ball Honoring LaFace Records

Legendary Atlanta Artists Celebrate 30 Year Legacy of LaFace Records

On Wednesday evening, YouTube Music celebrated the 30 year legacy of LaFace Records honoring music visionaries, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Antonio “LA” Reid. The black-tie gala, which took place at the Atlanta History Center, reflected on the city’s longstanding contributions to popular music, largely established by the night’s guests of honor. The evening was introduced by Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music at YouTube, and Tuma Basa, Director of Urban Music at YouTube who further reiterated the significance of Atlanta as not only a vehicle for popular music but also a global purveyor of culture.

Joining them on stage for special presentations were comedian Lil Duval, recording artist Monica, and music video director Bryan Barber. The evening was capped off by special award presentations made to Edmonds and Reid for the storied careers and performances by Atlanta’s legendary acts including Big Boi, Pastor Troy, KP the Great, Goodie Mob, CeeLo, Killer Mike and TI. Other notable attendees and guest appearances included Ludacris2ChainzJermaine DupriFutureRick RossDa Brat, YoungBloodZ, Sleepy Brown, Rico Wade, Dallas Austin, and more.

On Babyface and LA Reid’s impact on the city of Atlanta:

Tuma Basa, Director of Urban Music at YouTube: "The reason we’re here is because 30 years ago, LA and Babyface chose Atlanta to start LaFace Records. They embraced the homegrown talent and built a blueprint for all of us to follow. When you're a music programmer or a DJ, you try to break a song. The song has to be right and then it pops because it’s time. What happened 30 years ago is that LA and Babyface came to Atlanta, a city that was ripe, and broke the city.

On director Bryan Barber’s work filming the upcoming documentary, “We Built This City”:

Bryan Barber, music video and motion picture director: Atlanta influences everything. LaFace influences everything. As I look out into the crowd, the word that comes to mind is ‘we.’ How far we’ve come, all that we’ve influenced, things that we’ve impacted, and things we’ll influence in the years to come. I got here in 1990 when the city was thriving with talent, fashion, music, education and business. The city embraced me. I was able to spend time with all of these young, amazing artists while carrying this 16mm camera on my shoulder. I would shoot everywhere I went. I see all of these faces from that time, we were young then, but we’re old now, and yet we have the same optimistic smiles and optimism about the future. Thank you for embracing me and Atlanta. I love you.

On the significance of LA Reid and Babyface’s careers at LaFace Records:

LA Reid, co-founder of LaFace Records: We’re not from Atlanta, but the city opened its arms to us and it didn’t have to. Atlanta never made us feel like outsiders and as a result we were able to give that back by giving opportunities to young aspiring artists like Jermaine Dupri and Dallas Austin and Rico Wade who are real geniuses. The real measure of a record executive is the ability to bump up against genius and I’m proud to say I started my career bumping up next to the greatest songwriter ever [Babyface]. It doesn’t get better, but Dallas measured up and Jermaine measured up and Organized Noize measured up. They gave us greatness and music that will live forever. So, I’m thankful to Atlanta for embracing us.

Babyface, co-founder of LaFace Records: The thing that keeps sticking with me when I Iook across this room and see all the talent -- if we had anything to do with inspiring this -- to me that’s God’s blessing. When amazing things are happening you don’t always realize it. When we came down to Atlanta, we were just trying to make some music. I didn’t have it in my head that we were going to make this the greatest label of all time, but in that journey, were able to meet amazing people. I’ve never seen a music label like this where people didn’t want to go home. The thing that stayed with me is that feeling of having something to be proud. It wasn’t just a record company. People were proud to say that they worked for LaFace. I feel blessed to have written the songs I wrote, but I’m just as blessed to have known and worked with the people at LaFace and to be a part of this city. There is no place like Atlanta and I don’t think there ever will be.

On the bond of people in Atlanta:

Monica, recording artist: We were always told what we couldn't do, but being in this room reminds me what we can do. You don't see us fighting often in Atlanta. We come from a place where we don't see silver spoons until we can purchase them ourselves. We support, love and uplift everyone. I don't need to know you to love you.. We will always welcome you to Atlanta because we feel like we can grow people from everywhere.

***The below quotes can be attributed to Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music at YouTube ***

On Def Jam South’s rivalry with LaFace Records

First and foremost, shout out to Def Jam South. We couldn’t let LaFace get all the money in Atlanta! You didn’t just pick great artists, but you hired great people. We always saw what you guys were doing and and said, ‘we better play in our own lane!’

On the importance of celebrating the Atlanta music scene

We live in an incredibly polarized world right now. My colleagues and I at YouTube and Google decided that we actually wanted to celebrate people. We decided we wanted to go against the grain. We don’t want to do ‘I gotcha.’ We want to say thank you. We want to give context to why we’re all blessed to work in the music business. We’re in Atlanta, a beautiful city, but someone had to kick it off. Someone had to make it happen. And then it came to us. We had to celebrate LA and Babyface.

On LA Reid and Babyface’s influence on music:

I made a phone call to Babyface and LA and they turned me down because they just don’t like the attention of celebration. But I’m convincing. I convinced them that it’s not just about you. It’s about all of the colleagues that you worked with, all of the artists that you touched, the city of Atlanta, the people that you gave inspiration to. From there, it was a fast turnaround and I’m so appreciative.I’m appreciative because I want to celebrate great things and you are great people and you made it happen.”

LA Reid's Former Assistant Accusing him of Alleged "Inappropriate Behavior"

LA Reid’s Former Assistant Accusing him of Alleged “Inappropriate Behavior”

Just days after LA Reid exited his post at epic records news has come forth of an assistant accusing the industry legend of alleged sexual harassment and alleged inappropriate behavior according to the New York Post. The unnamed assistant states that Reid allegedly made advances at her at last year's Christmas party as well as several previous instances. This story goes even deeper in Variey with more details.
LA Reid Exits Epic Records

LA Reid Exits Epic Records


rfocus.orgRadio Facts has learned that LA Reid, one of the few remaining high ranking black executives in the music industry is out. We will give you more details as they come in. Reid has been responsible for the major successes of Meghan Taylor, Future, Pink and other artists.

Jennifer Hudson Signs with Epic Records 1

Jennifer Hudson Signs with Epic Records

JENNIFER_HUDSON_EPIC_NEWS_TEMPLATE Jennifer Hudson @epicrecords #epicrecords @jenniferhudson @iamjhud has been signed to an exclusive contract with Epic Records, it was announced today by Epic Chairman and CEO LA Reid, following up Ms. Hudson's historic showstopping tribute performance of Prince's "Purple Rain" at the 16th annual BET Awards. Collaborating as executive producers on Ms. Hudson's upcoming epic records debut will be LA Reid and Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music Entertainment.  This will mark the first time that LA Reid and Clive Davis have collaborated in nearly a quarter-century, since they worked together on Whitney Houston's all-time best-selling The Bodyguard soundtrack album of 1992.  At that time, Mr. Davis was President of Arista Records, and Mr. Reid headed LaFace Records and was a go-to producer with partner Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds. "Jennifer Hudson is the defining voice of this generation," said Mr. Reid.  "Her award-winning presence on records, in film, and on stage establishes her as one of the premiere artists to emerge in this century.  I'm enjoying collaborating with my friend and mentor Clive Davis on Jennifer's first Epic album and excited for her fans to hear what we're up to...all will be revealed soon!" "I signed Jennifer in 2007 believing her to be the strongest candidate as the next generation's Aretha Franklinand Whitney Houston," said Mr. Davis. "She has become that, as LA and I excitingly reunite to capture Jennifer at her all time best." "I couldn't be more excited to embark on this new chapter with two of the most prolific musical legends of this generation," said Ms. Hudson. "There is no doubt that this is just the beginning of a very special collaboration and I know that the result will be something unforgettable. I am looking forward to the creative process and sharing new music very soon!" Multi-platinum global superstar Jennifer Hudson, whose tribute at the 54th annual Grammy Awards® in 2012 toWhitney Houston (the day after her death) was an iconic, heartbreaking, musical event, gave the BET Awards ceremony its climactic moment with "Purple Rain," singing in front of an orchestra led by Stevie Wonder on keyboards and Tori Kelly.  Adding to the occasion, Ms. Hudson was wearing the same memorable white hooded tunic that Prince wore the last time he was at the awards spectacular.  See the performance HERE:https://www.bet.com/video/betawards/2016/performances/stevie-wonder-tori-kelly-jennifer-hudson-prince-tribute.html.
Pebbles Daughter Ashley States Chilli did WHAT to LA Reid? Moreover…who cares?

Pebbles Daughter Ashley States Chilli did WHAT to LA Reid? Moreover…who cares?

rrttdddee-1The whole TLC drama continues to piss Pebbles and now her daughter Ashley off. Ashley states Chilli sucked LA Reid's … The more Pebbles and her daughter respond to the allegations the more believable and credible TLC is.   Here is a quote from Ashley, Pebbles daughter by a previous relationship before LA Reid. It was especially weird for me to see a bunch of f-ckin lies…that was interesting…I’m just gonna say this really quick. To the American and some South American people, that I’ve spoken to this past week, honestly I am very, very, very discouraged angered and saddened by how f-cking ignorant and vapid people are. Seriously. …. I’m so used to being on my own planet. For example, growing up celebrities weren’t celebrities to us. They were people who took sh-ts in our bathroom……..They [T-Boz and Chilli] know what they lied about…They used mostly our family, mostly mom as a p**n for publicity to drive the whole entire film  and she was actually in the majority of it. As the devil, as the super villain and common sense will tell you if you continue the whole entire time to point a finger at everybody else and never take responsibility for anything, it usually means that you need to sit your f-cking azz down and take some accountability for something. Mom woke one day and decided she wanted to make the biggest girl group in the world and went plucked them and their dusty a***s off the corner of the street and then spent almost a million dollars developing them in the basement of our home, paying for doctors bills for food, styling, apartments, transportation, for studio time and etc. For them to then get a production deal with Laface Records, where the actual money was coming from. That is actually how this sh-t works. At the end of day, its not even necessarily a give me credit type of thing, its don’t be lying stank A$$ b-itches. Seriously. I’m not gonna talk about Chilli suckin' my father’s (bleep) or most of the (bleeps) in the industry in the 90′s…That has nothing to do with the fact that she is a lying person, I won’t even call her a wh0re anymore. She’s claimed that we got it. Yadda, Yadda, Yadda.. let's watch something more interesting. Left Eye on Who Wants to be a Millionaire...