Nick Cannon’s “Wild ‘N Out” franchise will expand to a new network this summer with a run on VH1, the network announced on Wednesday.
According to reports, The new run of episodes of the improv comedy series will air on the MTV sister network beginning Sunday, July 7. Guests will include stars from “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood,” and “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta,” as well as Wiz Khalifa, Marlon Wayans, Swizz Beatz, T-Pain, Anderson .Paak, Tiny Harris, Ne-Yo, NeNe Leakes, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Sofi Tukker, Lupe Fiasco, Akon, Perez Hilton, Marshmello and A$AP Ferg.
In addition to the regular show, the franchise also includes a YouTube channel, live tours, a restaurant chain and merchandise. In August, “Wild ‘N Out” will also get its own channel on Pluto TV, the live television service acquired by Viacom earlier this year.
Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and GRAMMY winner Smokey Robinson, the tribute to the iconic sound that changed America will feature Boyz II Men, Chloe X Halle, Ciara, Lamont Dozier, Fantasia, Brian & Eddie Holland, Thelma Houston, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Little Big Town, NE-YO, Pentatonix, Martha Reeves, Diana Ross, Valerie Simpson, Mickey Stevenson, Meghan Trainor, and Stevie Wonder.
Born and raised in Camden, Arkansas, Shaffer was raised by a single mother in a household filled with strong women role models that would serve as the inspiration for some of his biggest hits. With a father who was often abusing toward him and his mother, and then soon absent, Ne-Yo found out early on how important being a strong father figure would be to his future kids.Taking opportunities as a songwriter he was able to build a career before landing a record deal with Columbia Records – disagreeing with how they handled his career he left, resigned tosongwriting before he was signed to Def Jam by L.A. Reid and could thrive as the artist he wanted to be.
Smokey Robinson, hit back at criticism over whether or not Jennifer Lopez should be leading the Motown tribute at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.
“I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset,” he told Variety. “I think anyone who is upset is stupid.”
Speaking to Variety’s Marc Malkin outside Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala on Saturday, Robinson, who’s also performing in the Motown tribute alongside J.Lo, said Lopez has more than enough credibility “growing up in her Hispanic neighborhood” in the Bronx. But that’s not the point, he said.
“Motown was music for everybody. Everybody,” he repeated.
“Who’s stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?” he asked.
Jennifer Lopez performed last night at the 61st Grammy Awards, paying tribute to the legacy of Motown Records. She sang “Dancing in the Street,” “Please Mr. Postman,” “The Best Things in Life Are Free,” “Do You Love Me,” and more. Smokey Robinson then joined Lopez for “My Girl.” Ne-Yo also performed with Lopez.
Two days after the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards ®, the Recording Academy ™, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS will celebrate historic American record label Motown Records by presenting “Motown 60: A GRAMMY ® Celebration.” Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and GRAMMY winner Smokey Robinson, the tribute to the iconic sound that changed America will feature Boyz II Men, Chloe X Halle, Ciara, Lamont Dozier, Fantasia, Brian & Eddie Holland, Thelma Houston, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Little Big Town, NE-YO, Pentatonix, Martha Reeves, Diana Ross, Valerie Simpson, Mickey Stevenson, Meghan Trainor, and Stevie Wonder.
The live concert taping will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. PT at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The special will be broadcast on April 21, 2019, on the CBS Television Network. Tickets are now on sale and available for purchase at AXS.com.