Billboard's Industry Nights Showcase for Grammy Week continued Wednesday night time in West Hollywood with performances from new and rising expertise, together with Los Angeles-based singer Zha, R&B singer Ari Lennox, rapper Tierra Whack, and Fifth Harmony alum Lauren Jauregui.
The showcase consisted of principally R&B tunes and relaxed harmonies. Read on for highlights from every woman's set:
Zha was first to carry out — arriving onstage in her highlighter-green swimsuit with a method and confidence that fully caught the gang's consideration. The R&B singer's set included soulful renditions of Khalid's "Location" and The Fugees' "Killing Me Softly," which created a relaxed atmosphere within the room because the solar set on the Hollywood Hills within the background. She additionally carried out her single "Deep Down," to which the crowed vibed with and swayed alongside to the funky anthem.
The mellow vibe continued with Ari Lennox — the primary woman of Dreamville Records — who opened her set with the extremely silky-smooth R&B ballad "Whipped Cream." Lennox sang superbly on the monitor concerning the easy pleasures of understanding and on-line procuring. She obtained up shut and private with the gang as she sang, "Backseat" and deepened the R&B environment within the room. Ari instructed Billboard that "Backseat" is her favourite track to carry out total due to the way in which she will get to work together with the gang. "It's simply so enjoyable, it has this groove to it," Lennox mentioned concerning the tune. "It will get the gang hype." She additionally carried out "Night Drive," an intimate track that she sang on to the gang. Check out Billboard's perspective right here:
Last however not least, Lennox ended her set with crowd favourite "Shea Butter Baby," from the Creed II soundtrack.
The thrilling new Philly rapper turned issues up a notch and heated up the stage the second she stepped on it. She introduced her A-game, delivering excessive power throughout her whole set and kicking off her efficiency with "Cable Guy" and "Flea Market." "Who's prepared to show this shit up?" she teased earlier than heading into her subsequent songs, "Pet Cemetery" and "Hookers." The viewers was undoubtedly having fun with each second of Whack's efficiency, because the rapper ran up and down the stage, encouraging folks to "flip up" along with her.
Whack had one final phrase for her viewers earlier than she left the stage: "I'm 23, I'm a lady, I'm black, I look good, and I'm nominated for a motherfucking Grammy!" Whack is nominated this yr for greatest music video for her track "MUMBO JUMBO."
The night time reached its closing stretch with R&B singer and Fifth Harmony alum Lauren Jauregui, opening her set singing her Marian Hill collab "Back to Me." The viewers was additionally greater than prepared to hitch Jauregui in singing her stripped-down model of the Steve Aoki collaboration "All Night," the place she served some highly effective vocals. Other songs included "In Your Phone" and a canopy of Lana Del Rey's "Video Games." Jauregui has proven love for Del Rey's Born to Die up to now, calling it a "stunning murals" and revealing that the album helped her by way of some private struggles.
Jauregui carried out her newest launch "More Than That," which is an assertive, flossy midtempo R&B track that inticed the viewers with its very hypnotic melody. A stay drummer laid down the track's seductive thunderous beat whereas the singer showcased a few of her dance strikes onstage. She completed the night time with "Expectations," which featured a exceptional guitar solo from her crew.
Billboard's Industry Nights Showcase collection continues Friday night time in West Hollywood with Sabrina Claudio, American Authors and Picture This.