When the Grammy Award nominations were being announced in Los Angeles, Trey Songz, Miguel, and Elle Varner were rocking Madison Square Garden. Before the trio even knew they were Grammy nominees, their star power refused to be denied.

Nominated for Best R&B Song, Elle Varner opened the concert with her jazzy vocals that contain a hint of rasp. Dressed in black tights, a bustier, and white blazer, Varner filled the room with her sultry energy. Elle warmed the crowd with her hit single “Refill.” Varner spoke to the crowd in between songs like they were all good friends. She then had her beatboxer step into the light by beat boxing Jay-Z’s 2000 smash “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me).” the crowd reacted as if their hometown hero was performing the track himself.  Before Elle left the stage, she sang her new song “I Don’t Care.” Once Elle left the stage, the women began screaming uncontrollably because Miguel was on his way to the  damn thing.

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Miguel and all of his natural stage presence captured the audience’s attention for his half hour set. Swagged out in gray plaid slacks, a fire engine red button up, and black sports coat. Despite J. Cole being in attendance, he was nowhere to be found when Miguel started performing his breakthrough single “All I Want Is You.” The Song of the Year nominee proved why people consider him this generation’s answer to Prince. Miguel danced and dramatically fell to the floor during his performance that was eerily similar to Prince’s “Purple Rain”  days. Once the Kaleidoscope Dream creator had done away with his shirt and the audience’s cool, he ended his performance with his monumental hit “Adorn.”

Although Best R&B Song contender Trey Songz had artists open for him who aren’t slouches, he definitely made sure you remembered he was the star. Trigga ran through loads of his popular songs like “Bottoms Up” and “Gotta Make It.” I’m not exactly sure how I know what songs Trey performed because the shrieks from the female audience were almost too much to bear. Things got especially crazy when Trey brought out a series of guest stars. Trey Songz allowed newcomer Trinidad James to bust his song “All Gold Everything.” Fabolous also made a guest appearance before Trey Songz made his way to exit stage left.

Most of the journalists in the building assumed the night was over after the headliner left the stage. However, we were wrong. The good people at grey Goose Cherry Noir hooked us up with a lounge backstage where we got a chance to meet and hang with the celebrities who came to the show. While everyone enjoyed the signature  Trey Noir cocktail, which of Cherry Noir, Sprite, and cranberry juice, Trey talked about how blessed he felt to still be doing what he loves.

After all of the performing and partying everyone did last night, it’s safe to say I wasn’t the only one dreading getting out of bed this morning. But I came to work this morning because after watching three people so excited to do what they love, it was motivation for me to do the same.


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