Last night, Heineken hosted a celebration and VIP screening of the world premiere of “Floating an Idea: The +Pool Story”, a documentary film by Tribeca Studios about the World’s first water-filtering, floating pool in NYC.
Hosted by Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club personality Angela Yee, the event transformed Pier 15’s Watermark Bar on the East River into an outdoor theater and party space as influencers gathered to watch the film and enjoy refreshing Heinekens and small bites. DJ Neil Armstrong provided the sounds for the party with the scenic river and Brooklyn skyline as the backdrop. Guests were able to preview The +Pool through a virtual reality simulation booth at the event.
In a surprise of the evening, Grammy-nominated recording artist D.R.A.M. celebrated his birthday and hit the stage for a performance of his hit records “Cash Machine”, “Broccoli” and “Cha-Cha”!
The influencer event was an initiative to raise social pledges to support the project. If 100,000 pledges are signed, Heineken will contribute $100,000 to the project’s development.
Narrated by award-winning actor and Heineken pitchman Neil Patrick Harris, the eight-minute documentary, Floating an Idea: The Story of +Pool, shares the story of how +Pool plans to create a floating, Olympic-sized pool that will filter out contaminants, cleaning up to a half-million gallons of water each day to create swimmable water. It also chronicles the history of New Yorkers interacting with their rivers, dating back to floating bathhouses in the 1800s.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 celebrated the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop by highlighting both returning legends and breakout stars with unrivaled musical moments and titillating performances. The awards show, which aired tonight on CENTRIC and BET, was hosted once again by the funkadelic Godmother of neo-soul, Erykah Badu, who also served as Executive Producer.
Beyoncé led the night’s winners dominating in top categories including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Song of the Year. Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Infared took home two awards of their own, Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) and Best Collaboration, for their smash hit “All the Way Up.” Artists were honored across 12 different categories and additional winners included Kanye West featuring Teyana Taylor for Best Dance Performance for “Fade,” Chance the Rapper (Best New Artist), Anderson .Paak (Centric Certified Award), Andra Day “Rise Up” (The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award), Maxwell (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), and Kirk Franklin “123 Victory” (Best Gospel/Inspirational Song.)
The evening marked the inaugural Soul Train Awards since BET Networks officially acquired Soul Train earlier this year and it did not disappoint. The night featured crowd-loving classics and current favorites from the best Soul artists of yesterday and today.
Dru Hill kicked off the Soul Train Awards 2016 with the ultimate throwback of their 90s R&B jams including “Tell Me,” “In My Bed,” and “Beauty.”
Dru Hill lead singer Sisqó then took the stage solo to perform his late 90’s mega-hit “Thong Song.”
An endearing and inspired Jill Scott presented Brandy with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, who went on to blow the crowd away with a full dance and stunning vocal performance of her most beloved hits including “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “What About Us,” “Full Moon,” “I Wanna Be Down,” “The Boy Is Mine,” “Talk About Our Love,” “Have You Ever,” and “Sitting On Top Of The World,” joined by MA$E.
Soulful newcomers Anderson .Paak and BJ the Chicago Kid performed “Waters” and “Cha Cha” singer D.R.A.M. joined Badu on stage for their recently released single, “WiFi.”
The awards ended on a high note with Teddy Riley pulling out all the stops for an unforgettable showcase following his receiving of the night’s highest honor, the Legend Award. Riley brought out retro hitmakers and past collaborators including Doug E. Fresh, Bobby Brown, Tito Jackson, Wreckx-N-Effect and Guy for a medley of classics including “My Prerogative,” “Remember the Time,” “Rump Shaker,” and more.
Alongside the amazing performances, the second annual Soul Cypher, featuring Erykah Badu, Tyrese, Ne-Yo, Angie Stone and the incomparable Gladys Knight was another musical moment not to be forgotten.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 WINNERS
Best New Artist – Chance the Rapper
Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Maxwell
Centric Certified Award – Anderson .Paak
Video of the Year – Beyoncé – “Formation”
Best Gospel/Inspirational Song – Kirk Franklin – “123 Victory”
Album/Mixtape of the Year – Beyoncé – “Lemonade”
Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – Beyoncé
Song of the Year – Beyoncé
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award – “Rise Up” – Written by Andra Day and Jennifer Decilveo (Andra Day)
Best Dance Performance – Kanye West (Dance Performance featuring Teyana Taylor) – “Fade”
Best Collaboration – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 are produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Debra Lee, Stephen G. Hill and Connie Orlando from BET; and Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment.
D.R.A.M. readies for the release of his upcoming debut Big Baby D.R.A.M. by unleashing the visual for “Cash Machine,” his infectious new single.
The “Cash Machine” video finds the Virginia native riding around a picturesque neighborhood on a tricycle. The neighborhood is full of gorgeous woman dancing, lemonade stands, and a rocking pool party; as he makes it rain all around him.
Decked out in pink, D.R.A.M. talks about his financial come up and rising success.
“I’m in the sky like all the time and now it’s no layover / My records all across the wave and there was no payola / This money new, these hundreds blue, I’m talkin’ no Crayola.”
Big Baby D.R.A.M. drops tomorrow. In the meantime watch D.R.A.M.’s “Cash Machine” above.
D.R.A.M is gearing up for the release of his debut Big Baby D.R.A.M. tomorrow. Ahead of the drop the Virginia crooner links with Erykah Badu on “WiFi,” appearing on the upcoming album.
A sensual record about disconnecting from distractions and giving each other some one-on-one attention, the duo go back and forth about establishing a connection.
“We in these Hills and we all alone / Yeah, do you got wifi? / Do your boyfriend pay your bill for you? / Do Netflix and chill with me / Do you got wifi? / Is there signal in your house? / While we chillin’ on the couch, baby / Do you got wifi? / ‘Cause I really wanna show you somethin’ / But my phone is fuckin’ up”
Ms. Badu follows up with,
“Forget about your WiFi for a second / Put your phone down, please don’t check it / Mama Badu about to teach you a lesson / All I need is you with me.”
“WiFi” follows the music video for “Cash Machine” and the Lil Yachty assisted “Broccoli” currently No. 1 on Rhythmic Radio.
Still committed on changing the pace of hip-hop music in a more positive direction, Chance The Rapper stuns the audience and many onlookers at home with a profound performance of his song “Blessings (Reprise)” from the current album Coloring Book.
Tagging along with Chance were the likes of Raury, Ty Dolla Sign, Anthony Hamilton and D.R.A.M. who each added their own vocal flavor to the Fred Hammond inspired song, paired with choir all decked out in white robes throughout the aisles; spreading the gospel cheer.
This is definitely one performance you will not forget.
Drake seems to be on cloud 9 and quite unbothered, continuously dropping new music on his radio show OVO Sounds via Beats 1 — all in the midst of Meek Mill and Funkmaster Flex‘s twitter rant about the successful Canadian musician.
Just premiering the new song at his barber’s wedding, LIVE, Drizzy brings us the original sound of “Hotline Bling, ” produced by Nineteen85, and tagged along is another new track entitled “Right Hand, produced by Vinylz.”