February 22, 2024

Tank and J. Valentine brought their R&B Money experience to life during Grammy week with their first R&B Money Live: The Legacy Edition.

The event was the premier event for R&B lovers, fans, and even critics—especially those who feel the genre is lacking actual pure vocalists. As attendees packed into the Sayers Club in Hollywood for the one-night-only affair, the stormy weather outside was a juxtaposition to the warm, intimate vibes inside. 

VIBE snagged a set on the upper balcony to have the best view of the room as guests like LeToya Luckett, Keanna “KJ Rose” Henson, Jennifer Freeman, D-Nice, Tasha Smith, Jozzy, Rico Love, Deon Cole, Laurieann Gibson, Layton Greene, OGI, and others nestled into listen to some of R&B’s finest tear down the house. 

Tank and J. Valentine kicked off the shindig with an impromptu cover of Cameo’s “Candy.” They shouted out Miss Diddy, who helped put the event together as well as DJ Trauma, who set the tone as people piled in away from the rain. “Anybody wanna hear some good R&B singing?,” Tank asked while crooning. “Thank y’all for showing up for R&B music.”

During the live portion of the evening, Kevin Ross serenaded the women in the front row. Haben, formerly of the girl group The EriAm Sisters, covered Rihanna’s “Love On The Brain.” Despite the relentless chatter during her performance, she won over the audience midway through. RaVaughn amped up the crowd with her rendition of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor.”

DIXSON and Adam Blackstone is the only duo to ever transform Usher’s “Good Kisser” into gospel all while seamlessly blending into a medley of Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love,” Bill Withers’ “Just The Two Of Us,” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Fantasy.”

Erica and Warryn Campbell took us to church with her single, “Feel Alright (Blessed).” It wasn’t long until we were lured back into the secular world with Mac Royals’ seductive rendition of  D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel).” Two-time Grammy nominee Kenyon Dixon wowed the crowd with a medley of his single, “Good Love” and Babyface’s “Whip Appeal.”

Yet, nothing could compare or could’ve prepared us for the closing act, lead by Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman. The crooner started off the surprise set with “Water Runs Dry” before being joined by Lucky Daye, Zacardi Cortez, Melvin Crispell III, and Tank for a hilariously chaotic performance of “End Of The Road.” The moment was loosely reminiscent to the Soul Train Awards’ Soul Cypher, as each artist slightly flexed their vocal range.

Cortez, then, took us home with a gospel version of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” The party kept going late past the midnight hour, with D-Nice taking over the turntables and turning the celebration into Club Quarantine: After Dark. Check out the full photo recap below.

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