Best & Worst R&B Moments of 2014
Makeups, breakups and celebrity nudes. 2014 was a crazy year in R&B as our favorite singers and crooners gave us more than an eyeful to talk about. Solange and Jay Z caused a scandal in an elevator and Beyonce managed to fend off rumors she and Hov were splitting while Robin Thicke and Paula Patton weren't so lucky. Jhene Aiko came into her own as a solo star and the world fell in love with Sam Smith. Here's a soulful trip down memory lane. Take a look at the Best and Worst R&B Moments of 2014.
The elevator tape seen 'round the world. This summer, fans saw Solange attack her brother-in-law Jay Z in an elevator after the annual MET Gala, while his wife Beyonce watched on. TMZ got hold of the notorious surveillance footage and speculation over Jayonce's relationship quickly took over headlines. What caused the ruckus? Rumors of Jay's infidelity and closeness with fashion designer Rachel Roy erupted and social media didn't help, specifically Solange allegedly deleting photos of Beyonce from Instagram. Even 'Law & Order' featured an episode inspired by the incident.
Eventually, the Carters came out on top, sticking together and seemingly more in love than ever.
A blast from the past. Reality show fans rejoiced this year when we turned on 'Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood' to find long-lost singers Lil' Fizz and Teairra Mari. All season we've watched as Fizz battles matters of the heart while Teairra fights, well, everybody but mostly her ex-boo Ray J.
Worst. Biopic. Ever? When Lifetime announced a movie documenting the life of late singer Aaliyah, fans were skeptical. Casting issues came up in finding an actress to play Aaliyah, which didn't help the film considering the drama played out in the public space of Instagram and Twitter.
When the movie debuted in November, it was clear fans were not feeling it. Twitter was full of backlash over the flimsy plot, terrible casting choices and most of all, complaints from the singer's actual friends and collaborators, like Timbaland.
Despite huge ratings, Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic was an epic fail.
Meet your favorite new crooner. When Sam Smith blessed the stage of 'Saturday Night Live' in March, we were stunned by his hauntingly beautiful rendition of 'Stay With Me' and 'Lay Me Down.'
We love us some Jill Scott. From singing (actually, sanging) to starring on the silver screen, Ms. Scott has become a R&B favorite with tracks like 'He Loves Me' and 'Long Walk.' One side of Jill we weren't expecting was to see her nude.
This year, Jill's phone got hacked and some very sexy images flooded the 'net. The nudes themselves weren't so bad, but it was Jill's response, claiming one was fraudulent, that left our heads scratching. "I def took the 1st pic w/ a robe; weight loss chronicle but the 2nd, sorry freaks, is not me. I wish I had that space between my thighs," she tweeted.
Allow us to reintroduce Jhene Aiko. After starting her career 12 years ago collaborating with B2K, the pint-sized singer took over in 2014, and became a R&B star in her own right.
Jhene released her debut album, 'Souled Out,' and graced every major stage with singles 'The Pressure' and 'Spotless Mind.' She performed on the 'Today' show and even released her own jewelry line. If this year was any indication, expect big things to come from the songstress, whose LP was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
In 2014, Robin Thicke was lost without longtime love Paula Patton. The high school sweethearts separated early in the year after rumors of Thicke cheating plagued their relationship. Robin attempted to win his lady back with an album named 'Paula' dedicated to her and plenty of onstage apologies, but it didn't work. By October, she officially filed for divorce after nine years, citing “irreconcilable differences."
Whether it's fashion or acting, we love when artists diversify, but sometimes it's better to stick to music -- literally. Musiq Soulchild flipped his career as a sweet crooner and became a rapper in 2014, to less-than-awesome results.
Musiq transformed his look and persona into "Husel" and released an EP with tracks like 'Grindin.' “Them early mornings / Them late nights / I hit the road / Trying to take flight / I’m on my grind / Week to week,” he raps, adding, “Never going to go broke / ‘Cause I’m always out there trying to get paid.”
As expected, fans of 'Love' and 'Don't Change' were not happy and went in on social media. Stick to what you know best, Musiq.
R.I.P. Vibe Magazine. In 2014, fans of the long-running publication were saddened to hear that the glossy would no longer be printed. After being founded by Quincy Jones in 1992, and chronicling everybody who was anybody in hip-hop and R&B, including Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, Vibe announced that the print issue was dissolved.
"Who wants a perfect love story any way?" Beyonce sings on her sizzling duet 'On the Run' with Jay Z. The hottest couple in music took their talents on the road this year with their On the Run Tour.