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Before Fergie Joined The BEP, There Was Another Vocalist—“They Got Rid Of The Black Girl, Then They Got The White Girl, And They Blew Up”

The Black Eyed Peas as we all know them, are conformed by Will.I.Am, Taboo, Apl.De.Ap and Fergie. What many people may not know is that Fergie actually replaced the group’s original singer, Kim Hill, in 2002. In a new “op-doc” published by the New York Times, the former vocalist got real about what happened.

Back in 1995, Hill joined Will.i.am, Apl.de.ap, and Taboo when they were forming the Black Eyed Peas. 

Hill met Will.I.Amwhen she moved to L.A. to pursue a musical career. He approached her and they began writing music together. The band eventually gained a following and got to open for the likes of OutKast and No Doubt, but the fame wasn’t all positive for Hill.

Right before the group skyrocketed to fame, she felt its fame put pressure on her to be over-sexualized.

“There was new management now, so it’s a whole different set of expectations and pressure. It just started to get clumsy and messy. You want me to grind on Will.i.am in a bathing suit?” Hill says in the video. “That was being asked of me, never by the guys. That was happening from an executive level.”

“The tug of war was about my sexuality and how much of that I was willing to like, literally strip down.” 

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“I never wanted to be objectified while doing my music. ‘Where’s your voice? Where are you?’” she continues.

At the dawn of the 90s, hip-hop faced something of a crisis. 

The success of gangsta rap groups such as Los Angeles natives NWA, whose 1988 debut album, Straight Outta Compton, detailed street violence in an uncompromising and explicit style. Hip-hop’s more aggressive artists were the most popular ones.

When it came to the Black Eyed Peas’ voice and rising fame, Hill and the other members had conflicting opinions on how they should evolve.

She believed it was the group’s “duty to progress [hip-hop],” she says, adding that its uniqueness was being “happy at a time in hip-hop where it really wasn’t okay to just be happy.”

She resented that outside voices wanted her to appear sexualized, objectified.

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But at the same time, she understood her bandmates’ didn’t have her privilege to refuse the demands of a burgeoning career. “The pressure started coming to, like, soften it up and make it super-commercial. [I] was like, ‘We’re not really going to do that, are we?’” Hill recalls. “And the guys were like, ‘You don’t have to go back to East L.A. if this doesn’t work out.’”

Not wanting to tear the group apart, Hill left and pursued her solo career. 

The Black Eyed Peas eventually brought on Fergie. Soon they were “inescapable”, as Hill says, going on to win six Grammys, sell millions of albums, and release hits like “My Humps” and “I Gotta Feeling.”

Hill has nothing but love for Will.

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Kim Hill reached out to Will once The Peas became a worldwide sensation. “Will was so happy, and I called,” she explains. “And I was like…I saw you on TV and you are happy. And I just want you to know, I’m happy for you.” From then on, Hill’s relationship with the band has been amicable. 

The former BEP vocalist didn’t throw any shade at the band.

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“No one handed them anything,” she says. “They worked their asses off. They deserve it.”

Does she resent Fergie? Not at all, if anything, she think’s they’d bond perfectly.

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Hill has never personally met Fergie. “She’s never done anything to me. She didn’t take anything from me,” Hill says. “What I do feel like is if we ever met it would be like an embrace with a hug and a deep breath because I think we just kind of know something about being that female in that construct, and that is — it’s tough.”

“I was there for that part of Hip Hop, that was kind of the last of it.”

There was a seismic shift in hip-hop before the decade was out. A new generation of rap stars who were as comfortable on the red carpet or in the boardroom as they were in the recording studio started to emerge.

Many artists moved on from the overt violence and harnessed radio-friendly productions to cross over into the pop market. 

“It’s okay that it’s not wrapped up in a bow, with platinum records and a big house.” says Hill about missing out on the fame and fortune of having been part of The Black Eyed Peas. “I had my happy.” The singer is now divorced and has a son.

From Billy Porter’s Mechanical Rhinestone Fringe, To Gwen Stefani’s Weird Flower Headdress: Here Are The Grammy’s Best And Most Boring Fashion Moments

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From Billy Porter’s Mechanical Rhinestone Fringe, To Gwen Stefani’s Weird Flower Headdress: Here Are The Grammy’s Best And Most Boring Fashion Moments

Last night was “Music’s Biggest Night!” —aka. the Grammys. All the pop stars came out to perform and take home awards for the music we’ve been listening on repeat over the last year. And while this night isn’t quite as elegant and frothy as the Oscars, Grammy attendees still serve fancy, theatrical and tbh, kind of whacky fashion. The award ceremony allows for an “Anything Goes” policy when it comes to dressing up —so we rounded up the most exciting, and most yawn-inducing fashion moments of the night.  

Best: Billy Porter’s shady fringe

Porter, who hands down won the award for just the most, served us a whole moment on the red carpet when the rhinestones that hung from his hat started to open up, revealing the actor’s face.“Get on my nerves, and the curtain closes!” Billy Porter explained of the motorized fringe curtain lining his glitter-encrusted wide-brimmed hat. Turns out the look was a moment of appreciation for the other Billie [Eilish]. He once told his stylist Sammy Ratelle that he loved Eilish’s face nets. So here it is; face nets, but make it Billy Porter. 

Best: Demi Lovato

Among the many performances at the Grammys last night, perhaps one of the most anticipated was that of Demi Lovato. After a year and a half since her overdose, Demi returned to the stage singing a new song that brought the audience to tears—and to their feet for a standing ovation. The singer stood onstage in a white gown that featured a studded corset belt and puffy floor-length skirt. The look was simple, angelic and simply perfect. The Christian Siriano gown was a perfect way to highlight Demi’s return to the stage. 

Best: Alicia Keys’ shimmering armor

Alicia Keys started the night by paying respect to the late NBA star, Kobe Bryant, who sadly passed away yesterday during a helicopter crash. “To be honest with you, we’re all feeling crazy sadness right now,” said the host for the night. “We’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built.” Boyz II Men joined Keys on stage to sing “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye to Yesterday”. Standing in the middle of the trio, Keys looked statuesque in a shimmering Atelier Versace gown that accentuated her figure. 

Best: Lizzo’s Old Hollywood style

Lizzo’s look for the Grammys last night was glam and fabulous like the performer herself. The  Old Hollywood silhouette of her Atelier Versace gown was brought back straight to modern day with glittery embellishments, extra AF nails and an actual fur stole. No tiny handbag on sight this time but I mean… the Jessica Rabbit realness was next level. 

Best: Cardi B serving #bodyconfidence

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Cardi had us all fooled thinking she wouldn’t be attending the award show after she was nowhere to be seen during the red carpet. But thankfully, our Latina queen showed up and showed out in a dreamy see-through Mugler look. The nude, sheer gown with floor-length sleeves had crystal detailing covering the singer’s entire body in glimmering stripes. Cardi was not up for any Grammy nominations this year but took home the award for Best Rap Album at last year’s ceremony

Worst: Camila Cabello

Camila walked the red carpet, sans boyfriend Shawn Mendes, in a strapless black gown. Decked out in Versace she looked beautiful but we missed her bf.

Worst of the Worst: Joy Villa

“If I’m not known for my music, I might as well be known for my ridiculous fashion choices” —Joy Villa, probably, every time she decides what to wear to a red carpet. The Pro-Trump singer has taken it upon herself to flaunt her pro-conservative politics at the annual music event —we’ll say it again for the people in the back: Annual. Music. Event. The red, white and blue ensemble however, showed off Villa’s belief that Donald Trump should be voted back into office featuring the words “Impeached & Re-elected.” After using the Grammys as a political stunt for the past six years, we’re left wondering if she’ll ever make music as memorable as her statement dressing. 

Worst: Gwen Stefani’s weird performance and dress

So during Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton’s performance of “Nobody But You,” both singers were off-key and awkward —but that’tsnot even all of it. Stefani inexplicably wore a Dolce & Gabbana dress that felt vaguely culturally appropriative with its iconography and headdress (this wouldn’t be the first time for her). Idk about you, but I think, maybe they should just stick to flirting on The Voice and releasing holiday singles.

Camila Cabello’s Performance At The Grammys Made Everyone Cry As They Remembered Kobe Bryant And His Daughter

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Camila Cabello’s Performance At The Grammys Made Everyone Cry As They Remembered Kobe Bryant And His Daughter

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The 62nd annual Grammy Awards was filled with tributes to Kobe Bryant after his tragic and shocking death in a helicopter crash with his daughter in Calabasas. Artists included tributes to the basketball legend in their performances last night but one performance made everyone think about the father and daughter who died.

Camila Cabello sang her new single “First Man” about the love between and father and daughter and things became very emotional.

Cabello’s song “Frist Man” is a song dedicated to the love between a daughter and father. A special love that cannot be explained to those who have not experienced it. It is a bond filled with trust, safety, protection, and appreciation.

Cabello sang the song to her father, who was sitting in the front row, and he could not contain his emotions.

Latino fathers aren’t known for their public display of emotions. It isn’t because they don’t feel the emotions but it is just a common thing for Latino dads to stay stoic and strong. Seeing Cabello’s father crying while his daughter sings to him is a touching moment.

Her performance was bringing social media users to tears.

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You can see the emotions in Cabello’s eyes as she sang her sweet song dedicated to the love and sacrifices of her dad. It is a special reminder that our parents have done so much to get us to where we are.

The song had a special meaning since it was the same day that Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant died in a helicopter crash.

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On the morning of Jan. 26, 2020, before the Grammys, news broke that Kobe Bryant died when a helicopter crashed in Calabasas. The entertainment world was shocked when TMZ reported the crash. Bryant, who was 41, played for the L.A. Lakers for 20 years. His daughter was following in his footsteps and was part of the basketball community. In their rush to report the story, TMZ reported Bryant’s death before the family could be notified.

A mixture of the days’ events and the connection between fathers and daughters led to an emotional reaction from fans.

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There was a lot of build-up to the performance. Many speculated, based on the kind of hype the performance was getting, that Cabello might be singing a special song to Shawn Mendes. Mendes and Cabello fans are not-so-secretly hoping for the pair to become a couple.

Even parents felt the love in the song.

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Who couldn’t text their parents or children after seeing this performance? The love between a child and their parent is something special. It is an unconditional love that comes with heartbreak when the child moves away. It is a bittersweet relationship filled with so many ups and downs but it is beautiful in its longevity.

The performance really hit home for some viewers who recently lost their own parents.

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The loss of a parent is a hard moment in anyone’s life. They are the person who knows you best and has known you your entire life. Losing that kind of connection is tough and painful but a part of life.

So, take some time and call your parents today. They want to hear from you.

*cries in Spanish*

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