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Who Would I Pay to See in Concert?

I’m halfway through my LuvPrah 10,000 Facebook fans giveaway, and I’m having A BLAST with this! I hope you all are too. Everyday since last Wednesday, I’ve been giving out prizes on my fan page and to win, people have to answer a question. And then I pick at random out of the people who answered it correctly.

For giveaway #5, I asked “WHO IS ONE ARTIST THAT I’D ACTUALLY PAY TO SEE IN CONCERT? Clue: Her best album was in the 90s.” And then people started guessing. Well, I’m here to let folks know why most of the answers were wrong.

Lauryn Hill – Most people guessed Lauryn and I’m surprised. I love Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as much as the next person. LOVE LOVE LOVE. But in 2013, I’d never pay to see her in concert. You’d damb near have to pay me. I am not paying $57.50 plus $12 in Ticketmaster fees to watch Lauryn wear ALL her clothes at once, show up late and sing lazily. NAWL. That concert sounds like three hours of torture and remnants of Island Peen Syndrome. I don’t want it. No ma’am.

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Mary J. Blige – I like Ms. Blige but I can watch her Mary bop for free on old DVRed award shows and be satisfied. So not her either.

Beyoncé – I am a fan (not stan) of Mrs. Knowles but I wouldn’t pay to go to her concert because her stans would irritate the crap outta me. Ma’ams. Sirs. You’re crying and in hysterics over a onesie. Oh. Yeah nawl. They’re get on my nerves and I won’t enjoy it from side-eyeing them too much. I’d pay for an intimate set with Beyonce and an over 40 crowd though. They ain’t got the energy to be hollering for 3 hours like yall. lol

Janet Jackson – Janet’s fierce and dope but I would not pay to see Janet in concert. By her third whisper-sing song, I’d be REST to go. Love her, but nawl.

Mariah Carey – Me pay to see Mariah Carey point in the air and rock a Forever19 dress in concert? NA LIE! NO BE DIS ONE!

There are TWO people who I’d strongly consider paying in concert.

Sade – Folashade Adu is queen! My Nigerian sisthren who refuses to age and whose voice is like honey. Plus, she’s been rocking tiny braids for decades and still got edges. THAT is admirable and more proof that she’s a unicorn. I’d pay to see her in concert because it’ll be simple, about the vocals and them classic songs. Plus, I’d probably get to sit for most of it. Win!

Brandy – I think she is one of the best vocalists of our generation. There’s a reason why some used to call her baby Whitney (aawww). LOVE HER!!! Definitely in my faves for sure. I’d pay to see her in concert because that voice. CHILE! THAT VOICE! I’d pay if I could guarantee I’d be in VIP so folks won’t be standing in front of me and I could saddown as I please.


Celine Dion! – Yes. Celine. I bet you’re shocked. Don’t be. That French Canadienne can SANG. Fight me if you want but I’d pay to see her in concert because Celine’s voice box was polished by the angels before she was born. I ain’t lying. I LOVE her voice. Plus, this won’t be the concert where you worry about people blocking your view the entire time or folks spilling drinks on you. I imagine a Celine evening to be classy. With arena seats. I am with it.

Celine Dion All the Way

“All the Way” is still one of my favorite albums! Yes, it’s a compilation. I can cheat. Sharrap.

So yes!!! Two people guessed Celine (Jamila Stewart and Shydel James) so they win. A dozen cake pops is going to BOTH of them for knowing my life. The Brandy/Sade people woulda won if no one guessed Celine.

I have the musical taste of a 40 year old white woman who had Black friends growing up. I’m ok with it. I know I’m youngold, as my friend Kellee says.

THANK YOU to Tiffany Austin of Austin Avenue Cakes! You rock, ma’am! And congrats to Jamila and Shydel! Email me at Luvvieblog at gmail dot com to find out how you can order your cake pops!

It’s not too late to get in on the giveaways action. I still have 5 more to go! Join my Facebook fan page because giveaway #6 kicks off in the morning.

Edit: OMG! I forgot to include Adele! I’d DEFINITELY pay to see her in concert. Yall know ‘DELE IS MY BOO!!! Aw man. Iunno how I could forget her. SHAME on me!

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  1. February 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Sade…yes, I understand. I have paid to see her in concert.
    But Brandy? I rebuke thee.

    • February 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Yes, Brandy! don’t hate lol

      • Be On It
        February 6, 2013 at 3:13 pm

        I lub Brandy, gawd knows I do. But I would not pay to see her in concert. And Baby Whitney? Nawl.

  2. February 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I went to my first concert when I was about 8. Whitney Houston. SLAIN.

    I don’t know who in their right mind is paying to see Lauryn Hill show up 5 hours late. I’d pay to see Prince. Yes, I would go crazy over a midget in a doily AND Y’ALL CAN’T TELL ME NOTHIN!!!

    • February 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      You know Whitney would be the answer. If only… *deep sighs*

  3. LV (Resident Goon)
    February 4, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Aww man Reesie don’t count 2013 L Boogie out just yet. I saw her in concert last summer and man let me tell you. Not only did she only wear a single dress, but she look coherent and beautiful. She was stunning and her presence was ill. L Boogie ripped through her hits and her vocals were coated in the hopes of the slaves and Simply Orange juice. Lauryn still got it. She rapped and singed for bout 2 hours straight. Props.

    • February 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      LMAO at her wearing a single dress. Really??? I need receipts of this. Every time I see Lauryn, she’s a 5 sweater, 4 coats and 3 hats.

      • February 6, 2013 at 11:19 am

        You are nutz! Why she gotta grab everything out the closet when getting ready? I used to be a fan but sadly, she’s not consistent with her performances.

  4. KDot
    February 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Get outta my head lol! I live for Celine! I will forever love her rendition of “If You Asked Me To.” And Ms. Brandy honey, yes def underrated. Her voice is everything! I stumbled across an unreleased track of her “Sweet Nothings,” and it’s been on replay since!

  5. Keisha J.
    February 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    THIS -> “Janet Jackson – Janet’s fierce and dope but I would not pay to see Janet in concert. By her third whisper-sing song, I’d be REST to go. Love her, but nawl.” You sho’ll know what to say!! Janet? Sweetie? You’ve been through a lot. Esp. looking at JD’s special-ness… but I digress. Imma need you to sing from your #DIE_A_FRAM!!

  6. February 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    girl. i LOVES Celine – Celine in Vegas, 2013?? Let’s do this!!!!

  7. Colette
    February 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Ain’t never posted before.. but child, I’m there for ya! Celine is the Best, I would of voted her for 90’s music because her lyrics and melody where RIGHT IN THERE! Ain’t mad at cha!

  8. dc84
    February 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Now I love you but Brandy as one of the best vocalists makes me wanna bwahahaaaa all over my floor. Her voice is so thin and whiny. Im going to pull her up on Spotify and try again. I almost threw my son into the wall when I read that. And who called her baby Whitney? That’s like calling Avant baby Stevie. Now Monica has pipes but I never cared for her songs. My husband and I are sorting this out.

    • Keisha
      February 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      I concur!

    • pk
      February 4, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      Monica has more power & belts more than Brandy but Brandy emphasizes other attributes of her vocals.

      She’s a great vocalist from her runs &tone. She was whinier as a kid on record but YouTube her doing “Eyes of the Sparrow” before her show last yr & “Scared of Beautiful” live. Pure emotion & technique

  9. CityGirl81
    February 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    All this post is missing is Toni Childs from Girlfriends waving her lighter in the air when she went to see Celine in Vegas!

  10. February 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    The first concert I attended was Janet Jackson in 1990 during her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour. It was for my 10th birthday and I was dressed exactly like Janet from the “Come Back To Me” video. Couldn’t tell me NUFFIN! lol!

    The second concert I attended was Beyonce in 2009…I was HIGH in the nosebleed section in the $25 dollar seats. Want to know how high I was? The lighting technician dude was 10 steps to my left and I could have gave him some dap. I was high up in the stratosphere and I got my life!

    Don’t kill me Luvvie but … ::clears throat:: I umm… (whew chile) paid $400.00 for 3 tickets to see Prince in 2011. I took my mom and my cousin. My mom is the BIGGEST Prince fan and she acted like a teenager that night lol. And I had the TIME OF MY LIFE!! Prince had an all gold glittering outfit with gold heels on with his gold guitar looking like an Oscar!! I had great seats & at one point I felt like running onto the stage, throwing lil’ Prince over my shoulder & running for the exit. That show was WORTH IT! He performed ALL OF THE HITS and even crawled on stage. The arena was sold out and they had the lights on as he performed “1999” during the 2nd (yes 2nd!) encore. I wanted to pinch myself because I couldn’t believe he 100 feet away from me performing. When he sang “Purple Rain” I was looking for the communion wafers and wine… but there was none ::shrugs::

    I am planning on seeing Beyonce again on her upcoming tour. I enjoy her – I am not a stan, a fan and the people in there know how to act. The stans stay home, they don’t have jobs. I looked at Ticketmaster but umm, I aint paying $300… not for 1 person. She slays but even I wouldn’t pay $300 to see Michael Jackson (lies..I would).

  11. pk
    February 4, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Celine Dion is what I imagine Beyonce to be if she didn’t dance/strut, great songs , class, & a little hard to “feel” to some but too technically powerful to deny.

    Luvie, Janet…..lol. Janet is really good live. She isnt that whispery in person. Brandy is great in person, & I’d love to see Sade too

  12. Eva
    February 4, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I already love you for making me laugh and you love Scandal like I do but now I find out you’re a Celine Dion fan? She’s a PERFECT singer! I have all her albums, I love the french ones especially!

  13. Scorpiona
    February 4, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I can go with you down the musical road, Luvvie … that is, until you forgot the most incredibly awesome master of all things musical, the man who was (and still is, by my account)waaaay ahead of the curve. The one. The only. PRINCE aka The Purple One. I am not ashamed to say that I have everything he ever made (including a rare copy of The Black Album) and have seen him in concert 5 times. And yeah, he can still get it – in as many variations of six as he could handle.

  14. Carolyn
    February 4, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Brandy?!? Wow! I like brandy but would never pay to see her sing live. I would pay for Rihanna before Brandy. But I feel you on Sade. I saw her in concert last year and she was amazing. She didn’t have to pu%%y pop across the stage to look sexy. She did it with just a flick of her wrist. Having said that, I will be paying $200 to see Beyonce in this summer. 🙂

  15. jbug
    February 5, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Yes, yes, yes Celine is FABULOUS in concert worth every penny. I saw her in Las Vegas and it was amazingly intimate.

  16. February 5, 2013 at 7:06 am

    NOW I know we’re secret sisters! I LOVE Celine Dion, I’m a proud Beyonce stan for life but Celine is my ultimate, my number 1. Her voice evokes all sorts of feelings in me, love love LOVE her.


    All those caps got me tired out.

  17. February 5, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Got to see Sade was she in LA for $20 on a groupon deal! Best show ever!

  18. Taj Mahal
    February 5, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I don’t think I’d pay to see any of these people in concert.

    Celine has an awesome voice.

    Lauren makes me sad, but I love her voice and she’s a legend.

    Janet, I would have paid top dollar to attend the Velvet Rope.

    Brandy is underated. I’m still going through her material to get a better understanding.

    Prince is an adorable ball of energy and genius. Actually, I might pay to see him even though I don’t know all his songs.

    Sade is not mortal. Whatever magic ritual she performs on her audience to make them pay $500 a seat, I’m afraid I would be unable to ward off. Dare I say she’s a beautiful African goddess off folklore?

    Beyonce -no thanks! I can’t stand her brand of hollering and p-poppin’ on a mic stand.

  19. M
    February 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

    If you think people sit still at a Sade or a Celine concert its probably best if you just stay home. Even in VIP when the singer is sanging and music is moving well you’re going to get up and move! My older cousin shouts like she is in First Baptist Pentecostal when in the presence of Celine and since she hasn’t been banned yet you may very well end up next to her or someone that is worst.

    You can’t say you wasn’t warned.

    Don’t sleep on Janet she still gives a good concert. Its not American Idol she’s there to entertain and she does a fine job with the family business.

  20. Owen
    February 5, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I’ve been reading you for hours today, just found you online somehow and I loled so loud my students are staring at me like i’m a freak. I would totally see Celine Dion in concert! Totally!

  21. Valerie
    February 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I am there with you on Celine! I will never forget the first time I heard her. It was on the Arsenio Hall Show (yeah, I’m going way back for this) and she was doing her duet with Peabo Bryson from the Aladdin soundtrack. I was out of the room so I heard the voice first and thought it was Patti LaBelle until I saw her grace the screen. Needless to say I was too suprised, pleasantly so.

    • Valerie
      February 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Correction, it was the duet off the Beaty and the Beast soundtrack, but either way she SANG DAT!!!

  22. Kimber
    February 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Last night I listened to that entire album and started looking for upcoming concerts. Lawd I love me some Celine, I AM HERE FOR HER! People give me the side eye all the time when I start sanging her songs like my life depended on it, but I don’t care one bit.Celine is the TRUTH! LMAO @ Lauryn…”Ain’t nobody got time for that”

  23. lnedykstra
    February 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    That gif has me rolling! “No!”

  24. marge
    February 5, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    talk about a GREATEST hits album?! “All The Way” is full of the goods. I’m not mad at you, Luvie. I used to sing “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” on the school bus. lol (to myself, no one heard it. because unlike Celine, my vocal cords were not polished by angels – more like sandpapered.)

  25. Kourtney
    February 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    OK. I realize that NOBODY will believe me (given Lauryn’s record) but I have to go on record as saying the following: I saw Lauryn a few months ago here in DC and she wasn’t NEARLY as tragic as past reports. She only had on about 2 layers of clothes and her voice was a LOT stronger than I expected. She didn’t do any original arrangements but did ALL her classics. I think everyone there was pleasantly surprised.

  26. February 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I saw Sade in concert. Talk about feeling UBER grown yo. She every bit of 675 years old..and looking not a day over 25. Sh*t aint fair. There is magic in her pony tail.

    I tried to go see Janet in her catsuits for my birthday. It was sold out in 5 minutes. I was crushed.

    I also will pay all my rent and student loan cash to see Maxwell. I am telling you all..he is wirth all the dough in the world…

    I agree with you. I’d LOVE LOVE to see Celine. I bet her Vegas show was KILLER!

  27. February 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I love love love me some Celine. As a Haitian, I was programmed to adore her. Celine is the greatest gift Canada has ever given to my peoples…forget foreign aid and what not.

    The Lauryn shade makes me sad. I saw her live in November…sure, she had on about 4 outfits. But she was on time, and she sang beautifully for longer than I paid for. She gave life unto me that night.

  28. MimiLuvs
    February 6, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I don’t usually toot my horn, but here we go…
    Luvvie, I have been lucky enough to see both Adele and Celine in concert.
    For the Celine concert, it was memorable for me because it was the first “adult-like activity” that I’ve done (I was thirteen years old at the time… did after-school yard work for the money to buy the ticket. The tickets were not quite in the nose bleed seats, but it was far away from the stage.
    For the Adele concert, the concert’s setting was small and intimate. The downside was the lack of seats. But it was a great concert. Plus, she performed on her birthday, so it was special for her. Adele (besides Sade and Celine)sounds better live than on her recorded albums, in my opinion.

    • MimiLuvs
      February 6, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      And in regards to attending a Sade concert, I don’t have any children, so I cannot sacrifice my first-born son in order to receive the tickets, like everybody else.
      (kicks a stone) Stupid need for being financially secure before I procreate.

  29. Melissa
    February 6, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    i’m here to tell you, spend the money the next time sade rolls through. from the moment she stepped on the stage to the 15 minutes after she left she had us all. i left out there with a girl crush and a serious urge to step up my fitness game if over 50 can look like that. hell, i got the concert dvd/cd as gifts when it came out and the cd stays in my car. i’mma have to pass on brandy though, but you have fun.

  30. February 7, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Not to brag or anything but I got to see Celine perform live at Jamaica Jazz Fest 2012 … for free. Actually, I was paid to do it – and all I had to do was live tweet it. Talk about fun times! But yes, that was on my bucket list – I agree with everything you said, she is a great performer. Plus she changed outfits like 4 times, how does one do that in 45 minutes?

  31. Laurie
    March 19, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Céline is ALL THAT! I’ve seen 4 shows in L.A., 3 in Vegas and went to Monteal for her Y2K show which was 90% French, but beautiful singing is beautiful singing. Not many of my friends feel her like I do, so I’ve had to go by myself sometime. I did take a Beyoncé stan to Vegas to see Celine and her mouth hung open in awe.