iHeartRadio LIVE And Verizon Bring You Miguel In Brooklyn, New York
Miguel performs onstage during iHeartRadio LIVE and Verizon Bring You Miguel on October 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)
Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for iHeartRadio

Miguel Puts Fans First At Secret Show In Brooklyn: Recap

Miguel took the stage at the Avant Gardner in Brooklyn on Thursday (10/5) to present the ultimate fan-driven experience.

Catching a slight cold from recently closing out his two month, 26-date "The Ascension Tour," Miguel brought all his fuzzy guitar riffs, leather, sex appeal and electric energy to the Avant Gardner in Brooklyn on Thursday (Oct. 4).

The intimate show was exclusively for fans, with the 32-year-old star allowing the city that inspires him to call the shots. Fans were given the chance to vote on the songs they wanted to hear Miguel perform, curating an extremely personal setlist and unforgettable night. For those who missed Miguel on the road this summer, the surprise show was a treat.

VerizonUP and iHeartRadio sponsored the show, with VerizonUP members being treated to an open bar and special VIP sections.

Miguel promptly took the stage at 8 p.m., after an hour-long DJ set maintained the vibes. Wowing the audience with an incredible rendition of "All I Want Is You," the night was off to a great start, with the crowd synchronously taking the mic for the song's most chant-worthy moment.

For the first half of the show, Miguel alternated between live renditions of some fan favorites and speaking with iHeartRadio and 103.5 KTU's Carolina Bermudez to questions such as his favorite NYC memory (creating a majority of 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream) and the future collaborations he craves (pull up, Daniel Caesar and Jessie Reyez).

With psychedelic visuals to match his contagious colorfulness, Miguel kept the party going with an upbeat delivery of "Waves," a standout track on his 2015 release Wildheart. With a knack for air guitar and moves that kill, Miguel's suave demeanor bounced around stage, rockin' the crowd with his wild heart and glistening smile.

Miguel later turned down the lights and shed his leather jacket before performing soulful renditions of War & Leisure's "City of Angels" and "Banana Clip." It was on.

Boasting a silky smooth voice, performing comes naturally to Miguel, who went on to gift fans with an amped up delivery of "Sky Walker," before breaking down the creative process of "Come Through and Chill," blessing fans with a sensual performance of "Caramelo Duro," and closing the show with "Pineapple Skies."

Throughout the night, Miguel’s energy bounced around the room, with everyone singing along, finishing lyrics and bobbing their heads.

Though the set only lasted about an hour, the night was capped with some unforgettable moments and an excellent vibe.

Up next for Miguel is a full-length spanish album. Announced during Power 106 LA’s annual PowerHouse concert back in May, Miguel is gearing up to get in touch with his roots and bless fans with a full length latin LP and I'm ready.

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Critics appeared to be upset about the film's storyline which depicted the true relationship between jazz pianist and composer Dr. Don Shirley (played by Ali) and Tony "Lip" Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen). In the movie, Shirley, a black man from the deep South in 1962, hires an unemployed, white bouncer from the Bronx as his security to escort him during a the segregation era. During their journey, the two develop an unbreakable bond while confronting their differences. The backlash came after Shirley's family stated that the film and Ali's portrayal was inaccurate and filled with lies.

"I will say this," Ali said in response to the controversy, “my job is always the same: I have to look at what I am doing and be responsible for it."

He added: "I respect the family…and Doc Shirley. I spoke to the studio and the family and at the end of the day you wish everyone was happy and you don’t want to offend anyone in any capacity."

This is Mahershala Ali's first Golden Globe win. Check out his acceptance speech above.

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Regina King took home the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk on Sunday (Jan. 7). While it was the Hollywood star's time to shine, King took a moment during her acceptance speech to acknowledge other women in the industry with a courageous pledge.

After thanking various contributors who helped her nab the win, King addressed a more important issue. "The reason why we do this is because we understand that our microphones are big and we are speaking for everyone," she said. "And I just want to say that I’m going to use my platform right now to say in the next two years, everything that I produce, I’m making a vow — it’s going to be tough — to make sure that everything that I produce that is 50% women."

She concluded: "And I just challenge anyone out there — anyone out there who is in a position of power, not just in our industry, in all industries — I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same."

King is now a two-time Golden Globe winner. She previously won the award in 2016 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role in American Crime. She was also nominated this year for her performance in Seven Seconds but did not win.

Watch Regina King's acceptance speech at the 2019 Golden Globes n the video above.

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Virgil Abloh Launches Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé In NYC

Fashion powerhouse Virgil Abloh has joined forces with Moët & Chandon to re-design two limited edition bottles of Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé champagne.

Launched on Wednesday (Oct. 17), the creative visionary and #1 best selling rosé champagne hosted an exclusive event at New York City's New Museum to preview the exclusive designs. Working closely with Moët to curate the experience, Abloh debuted a  3L jeroboam, available exclusively to the friends and family, as well as a 750ml “ready-to-wear” design at the high-profile event.

Marking the creative's first-ever liquor brand collaboration, Vice President of Moët & Chandon USA Renaud Butel and Abloh toasted to the “new wave” of  Moët & Chandon, nodding to Abloh's signature  “DO NOT DROP” styling.

The event was soundtracked by DJ Venus X, who provided energetic beats while guests enjoyed a four-course meal designed to pair with Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé champagne, with the final course being paired with two custom cocktails–“The New Classic” and “The Drop”–created specifically for this event.

The special and celebratory night ended on a high note, when the crowd was treated to a surprise DJ performance by Abloh himself.

A jack of all trades, Virgil Abloh has a passion for DJing and producing and recently debuted his own Beats 1 Radio Show on Apple Music dubbed 'Televised Radio." This latest collaboration continues a blockbuster year that has seen him become the artistic director of Louis Vutton menswear, and continued success with his series of collaborative sneakers with Nike and his company Off-White.

Originally announced in September, the 750ml "ready-to-wear" design is now available for $60 at retailers nationwide, as well as online at Clos19.com.

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