Usher’s Ex-wife Granted Emergency Custody Hearing

Usher’s ex-wife Tameka Foster has been granted an emergency court hearing on Friday (09Aug13) to re-evaluate the couple’s custody arrangement after their eldest son almost drowned in the singer’s pool.

The Yeah! hitmaker’s five-year-old son, Usher Raymond V, was admitted to the intensive care unit of an Atlanta, Georgia hospital on Monday (05Aug13) after getting his arm stuck in a swimming pool drain while trying to retrieve a toy.

The boy and his younger brother were being cared for by his aunt and a maid at the time of the incident, and now Foster, who has limited custodial rights to the boys, is demanding a review of the custody ruling after accusing the superstar of abdicating his parental responsibilities by letting others look after their kids.

In court documents obtained by, Foster also alleges that Usher is creating a dangerous environment for their children, adding that their aunt is too physical when disciplining her sons.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge John J. Goger approved the hearing request hours after it was filed on Tuesday (06Aug13) and scheduled the court case for Friday.

Usher was awarded primary custody of their two sons last year (12) after a bitter and lengthy court battle following the breakdown of his two-year marriage to Foster in 2009.

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King, Usher & Belafonte Join Rock and Roll HOF Lineup

Carole King, Usher and Harry Belafonte have joined the line up to honor the class of 2013 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month.

Legendary singer/songwriter King will perform in recognition of her former producer and manager Lou Adler, who will be inducted by stoner icons Cheech & Chong, while R&B star Usher will hit the stage to pay tribute to iconic producer Quincy Jones. Both honorees will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes non-performers for their outstanding contributions.
Meanwhile, veteran rocker John Fogerty will team up with Jackson Browne to salute Randy Newman; Chris Cornell will induct Heart, and calypso star Belafonte and director Spike Lee will help to celebrate the career of rap group Public Enemy.
Previously announced presenters and performers include Dave Grohl, Don Henley, John Mayer, and Jennifer Hudson and Christina Aguilera, who will salute disco queen Donna Summer at the Los Angeles event.

Justin Bieber & Usher Stop Traffic In New York

Justin Bieber served up a Thanksgiving treat for fans in New York on Wednesday (Nov 23) by performing with his mentor, R&B superstar Usher, in the heart of Manhattan.

The teenage pop sensation brought traffic to a standstill around Rockefeller Plaza as police closed off roads due to the huge crowds of fans who had braved the rain in a bid to get as close as possible to the Baby hitmaker.

And Bieber did not disappoint – he opened the special TV performance for U.S. breakfast show Today with Never Say Never and brought a little festive cheer to the city as he introduced his mentor Usher to the stage for a rendition of their festive duet The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire).

He also performed Mistletoe and other tracks from his hit holiday album Under The Mistletoe.

The star’s outdoor concert drew the biggest crowds in the Today show’s history – an estimated 9,000 people turned out for the gig, with many camping out in the cold for up to two days before the event.

Expressing his gratitude for his fans’ devotion, he said, “These girls have dedication that I’ve never seen before, more than anybody, so they really inspire me…

“It’s powerful to think that someone and so many people can love you so much, I just feel so loved.”

Taking to after the gig, Bieber wrote, “so blessed! thank you to all the fans who camped out for days for the @Todayshow this morning!! Had to bring out big bro @UsherRaymondIV!!”

Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Muse Added To Grammy Show February 13, 2011

While Willow Smith is the one who made music headlines with “Whip My Hair” last year, it’s her brother, “Karate Kid” actor Jaden Smith, who will take the stage at the upcoming 53rd Grammy Awards in a special performance alongside Usher and Justin Bieber, with whom he collaborated on the song “Never Say Never” last summer.

The trio joins a list of new performers added to the show on Thursday (January 20) that will also include another power trifecta made up of B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe, according to a press release from the Recording Academy announcing the additions to the February 13 telecast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Also taking the stage next month will be nominees Muse and Lady Antebellum. They will join a roster of previously announced performers that includes Eminem, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Cee Lo Green and Miranda Lambert. It will be the first time on the Grammy performance stage for Bieber, B.o.B, Lambert, Mars, Monáe, Muse and Smith. Eminem, Green, Gaga, Perry, Usher and Lady Antebellum will be making return visits for the occasion.

Source: MTV News

OMG! Usher To Perform at the MTV 2010 Video Music Awards

The list of VMA performers continues to grow as MTV confirmsUsher for the “2010 MTV Video Music Awards.” Riding the wave of success surrounding his hit album,Raymond v. Raymond and the release of his follow up album this week, Versus, Grammy Award®winning artist Usher is sure to move the crowd and bare his soul on the stage at this year’s show. Adding to the already impressive lineup, Paramore, nominated this year for “Best Rock Video,” are also set to wow the VMA audience with a special performance. Additionally, Travie McCoy, Jason Derulo, andRobyn will perform never before heard mixes of their current hit singles with this year’s VMA house artist, deadmau5.  These artists join the previously announced list of VMA performers includes Eminem,Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Drake, B.o.B, and Florence + The Machine 

In addition, The Social Network’s Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield join already confirmed presenters Ke$haNicki MinajEmma StonePenn BadgleyTrey Songz, Ashley Greene, Selena Gomez and Ne-Yo. As previously announced, comedienne Chelsea Handler will host the show. The “2010 MTV Video Music Awards” will air live from Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles on SundaySeptember 122010 at 9PM (Live ET/Tape delayed PT.) MTV will announce additional performers and presenters on a later date.
“It is an honor to once again be a part of the MTV Video Music Awards. I can’t wait to perform for my fans all around the world who have helped to make this album a success and my being here possible,” said Usher. “You never know what’s gonna happen on an MTV VMA stage…I look forward to making it a night to remember.”
Viewers can vote for general VMA categories, including “Best New Artist,” by visiting vma.mtv.combeginning Tuesday, August 3. In addition, text voting for “Best New Artist” is open to all wireless carrier subscribers by texting BNA to 97979. Voting continues through the show, live on September 12.  Also, Verizon Wireless subscribers can vote in all categories by texting VMA to 97979 (standard message rates apply.)