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Mary J Blige: Keyshia Cole Cannot Sing A Tribute To Me!

YBF sources (who also work on BET's production team) tell us that Mary J. Blige and her MANager Kendu relieve Keyshia Cole of her tribute duties recently.  The BET Honors Event was taping here in DC during Inauguration weekend. And Mrs. Blige received an award for her accomplishments and contributions to the world. But here's what went down: Both Anita Baker and Keyshia Cole were tapped by BET to sing a tribute to Mary. But when Kendu found out, we're told he shut that down real quick. He was overheard telling BET staffers days before the taping that Keyshia can't sing to Mary. He went on to say there's already too many comparisons between the two and they don't need any of that for this event. Damn. Ms. Baker sang her tribute to Mary, and Monica was asked to take Keyshia's place. We're told the audience was "treated" to a Keyshia Cole performance via satellite (since she didn't even make it to D.C.) during the taping and no one understood the point of it. No word on if that part will air or not on February 22nd. Womp.

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Anonymous's picture

And another thing...Keyshia

And another thing...Keyshia is my girl...I think she would have sung Mary's song better than Mary...and maybe that's why she was pushed aside.
Lynn's picture

Wow!! If that is true, it's

Wow!! If that is true, it's too bad that mary would say that, givin the fact that she and Keyshia have simular backgrounds. I'm sorry I know this may cause an up roar...but truth be told...it's Mary that can't sing...everyone know's there was a time when Mary couldn't hold a note...don't act like you don't know.
Lynn's picture

kc cant hold a candle to

kc cant hold a candle to mary. she couldn't hold a note if you put it in her hand.
angel411's picture

Wow that is so true, cause

Wow that is so true, cause Mary do not like to be reminded of her past at all. Especailly when she was going thur that rough road. But, she made it thur so she needs to be thankful and when see looks at that she should be able to say thats the past. Thank you lord for helping me thur instead of taken it out on poor Keyshia. Mary needs to get it together before people starts saying she is a Keyshia Cole hater. And that will not look good. I love her, but things like that make you look at someone differently.
Pebbles's picture

To tell you the truth they

To tell you the truth they both sound the same. I think it's a shame that Mary is acting just like everyone thinks a black women should carry on. Being jealous of each other Mary needs to rethink her acts. Do she really want to be know as a Keyshia Cole hater...LOL.. I love them both it's not going to make me no like Keyshia Cole less cause Mary doesn't like her. But, it will make me look at Mary and say what's up with you are a grown as women get it together.
Pebbles's picture

LOL...That's exactly what I

LOL...That's exactly what I was thinkin. Mary should have been singing to Anita Baker. And poor Anita she just looked mess.
Pebbles's picture

I love keyshia cole and Mary,

I love keyshia cole and Mary, and Mary has come from the same background if not worse then keyshia. I think it's a dame shame for her to feel that way about keyshia it's enough money for everyone. Out of everyone Mary should better relate to keyshia and not act like everyone expects black women to act towards one another. It's not very becoming of Mary J.B. To leave the industry with that as one of the things people remember she didn't like keyshia cole... UGH... Nasty
Pebbles's picture

Typing to fast remember who

Typing to fast remember who made themselves a hit with other people songs and who used creativity.
James Tyler's picture

for all you harters; Keshia

for all you harters; Keshia Cole is hip- hops new lady. Not taking anything from mary but she gives it to the people too. But remember who made themselves a hit and who did it on their creativity.
James Tyler's picture

LMFAO...ghetto likes

LMFAO...ghetto likes ghettos...To put MJ and Keyshia in the same boat would be just to acknowledge their similiar tastes for ghettoness..it's a joke people..get over yourselves bumqueshas.
Joy Love's picture

I THINK MARY IS A BETTER

I THINK MARY IS A BETTER SINGER THAN K.C. KC REALLY....MY OPINION CANNOT SING.MARY IS MORE TALENTED.
nettie's picture

Can he sit down somewhere

Can he sit down somewhere pleeeeese ! Keisha has a raspy voice like Mary and I think should would have did her song perfectly.
SEXY SLIM's picture

i think mary j and her fat

i think mary j and her fat nose ugly mooch husband need to sit down somewhere.. keyshia has never tried to take anything away from mary she needs to grow up.. shes 39 yrs old not 37 like she claims to be .. i think shes insecure and looks at keyshia and remembers herself at that age back in the days.. mary j has a very nasty attitude at times she needs to check herself.. back in the day she was coke snorting classless rude nasty gutter rat.non of the photographers or magazine editors liked her because she was so stank acting.. her and kc was the worst he would use mary j for a punching bag hes the one that gave mary j that nasty looking deep gash next to her eye.. those 2 were a mess.. she should allow keyshia to sing for her ..keyshia would remember it for the rest of her life.. fantasia monica and anita baker can sing mary under the table with little to no effort.. she needs to grow up.. keyshia might not have the strongest voice but nor does mary.. she sounds good in the studio with million$$ equipment but live she cant hold a note to save her life..it took her a long to reach this point in her life -and thats not being a wild woman in the street shes a little more reserved because shes older and was finally able to get a husband.. i dont think keyshia is anything like mary there 2 totally different sounding artist..they may sing the same kind of music but there very different..
nelly's picture

i can see how people relate

i can see how people relate the two, but they are definitely different...That is kind of cold of her...I personally like Key and you have to remember that Mary was not as good as she is now, when she started she sounded the same way!!! not hating on Mary, b/c i heart her! :)
ha's picture

I read this article but I

I read this article but I first heard about it from a friend and I just knew this was not what happened. This is so JUNIOR HIGH! I love Mary with all my heart and have been singing her songs since I've been old enough to rememeber them. I also really like K. Cole, I do not feel she's trying to be ANYTHING like MJB just their back grounds are similar but isn't that why WE love them both? We can relate. K. Cole I'm quite sure loves MJB who doesn't unless ur a hater that is. Real talk becuase who can't find songs that MJB sings and can't relate? Grow UP People!
Reginna (Detroit)'s picture

I like Mary J. Blige. I

I like Mary J. Blige. I really do, but has she reached the level in her career where she's being honored??!?!? Ah, no. And then to be paid a tribute by someone who's been in the game longer--Anita Baker??? Really? That doesn't make sense, but hey that's what BET does--crap that doesn't make sense! BET is horrible!
TheDiv's picture

I like Mary J. Blige. I

I like Mary J. Blige. I really do, but has she reached the level in her career where she's being honored??!?!? Ah, no. And then to be paid a tribute by someone who's been in the game longer--Anita Baker??? Really? That doesn't make sense, but hey that's what BET does--crap that doesn't make sense! BET is horrible!
TheDiv's picture

I like Mary J. Blige. I

I like Mary J. Blige. I really do, but has she reached the level in her career where she's being honored??!?!? Ah, no. And then to be paid a tribute by someone who's been in the game longer--Anita Baker??? Really? That doesn't make sense, but hey that's what BET does--crap that doesn't make sense! BET is horrible!
TheDiv's picture

WOW ARE YAWL SERIOUS? KEYSHIA

WOW ARE YAWL SERIOUS? KEYSHIA IS TIGHT, MARY IS THE ONE THAT CAN'T SING..I'VE NEVER LIKKED MARY AND I THINK KEYSHIA IS BETTER THAN MARY EVER WAS..........I THINK IT'S MESSED UP THEY EVEN COMPARE KEYSHIA TO MARY JUST BECAUSE OF THE BLOND HAIR AND TATTOO. MARY'S NO QUEEN SHE CAN GET THAT BS OUT HER HEAD NOW...MARIAH OR WHITNEY HAS THAT THROWN FOR HER ERA
pinkgirly's picture

Harlem, I definitely feel

Harlem, I definitely feel you. Keyisha has a better voice, but Mary and Kendu need to cut that triflin shit out. That's why we can't get nowhere, always backbitin' each other.
MOTHERSHIP's picture

[quote

[quote comment="404131"]Personally, I see not comparison between Mary and Keyshia. I take Mary any day of the week. Plus, the manager said no not Mary.[/quote] The manager is her husband, Kendu Issacs. I HIGHLY doubt he did that without Mary knowing all about or it being her idea to begin with.
Southern Queen Dee *THE FUTURE MRS. ANDERSON*'s picture

Loves YBF!!! I am very

Loves YBF!!! I am very disappointed that the comparison of Mary and Keisha would create separation! so much that they can't not sing together! REALLY?..If anything I would like to see them together so we can prove there is more distinctions in their voices then the spirit of soul they evoke in their voices! come on Man ain't nobody gonna trade one for the other MONEY GOES Round spenders no owners. DON't allow seperation embrace one another and make that paper! YBF!!Besides KC shows respect, And Mary seems to have value experience to give...dang darn DAMN
Vic's picture

Personally, I see not

Personally, I see not comparison between Mary and Keyshia. I take Mary any day of the week. Plus, the manager said no not Mary.
JustSaying's picture

I say let the tribute

I say let the tribute go.....hail the QUEEN!!! and sing to me NOW! I say let it role, keyshia has to be a fan of Mary we all see it. Mary let her sing to you...Queen let it be seen. Keyshia will have someone sing to her one day that she influenced, but right now it is YOUR TURN.
carmen's picture

PS;;FANTASIA TORE IT UP THE

PS;;FANTASIA TORE IT UP THE OTHER NIGHT, TO HER TRIBUTE TO PATTI..DAMN!! PATTI ALMOST GOT THE HOLY GHOST..
A FAN's picture

OK WE KNOW KEYSIA CAN

OK WE KNOW KEYSIA CAN SOMETIME BE ALIL OFF NOTE, BUT HELL SO WAS MARY BACK IN THE DAY, AND STILL 2 THIS DAY.. OF COURSE MARY HAS GOTTEN ALOT BETTER. AND WE LOVE HER..BUT DAMN! DON'T SLAM A SISTER. FOR WANTING TO BE OR SOUND LIKE SOMEONE THAT MAY HAVE ADDED TO HER INPIRATION FOR SINGING IN THE 1ST PLACE..SEE HOW FOLKS WILL DO YOU.. 2). WHY IN THE HECK IS SOMEONE OF ANITA BACKER STATURE SINGING A TRIBUTE TO MARY J BLIGE.. COME ON..IT SHOULD BE THE YUNGINS SINGING UP TO THEIR IDOL MARY.. NOT HE OTHER WAY AROUND..PS ANITA CAN STAND TO LOSE A FEW..BUT WE LUV ANITA..
A FAN's picture

[quote

[quote comment="402912"][quote comment="402905"][quote comment="402898"]I wouldn't want that non singing, cat stuck in a too tight collar, sounding Keylo-lo singing nothing to me either......[/quote] LMFAO You took it to KEY LO LO!! DEAD.[/quote] And let's not forget....she has a funky ass attitude.....[/quote] I agree she has a bad ass attitude. She walks around like she some kind of DIVA(yea right)People are so blind and it's funny how they try to make it seem like she does so much for her family honey that shit was for TV and to sell records. A real artist would not have to do reality TV the talent would speek for it self. READ BETWEEN THE LINES PEOPLE!! she's a fake wanna be BIT*** she try to down talk people and Neffe even made that statement. Then she walking around making comments about Young J out of the blue what a STALKER. Oh lets not forget your dear KEY KEY bought her some brand new TEETH and a BOOTY LMAO she reminds me of DONKEY from Shrek!!
me me's picture

First of all Mary is too old

First of all Mary is too old for this. Mary is like how old now??? She should have great Grandkids. How many People was at Mary First Concert. OMG Mary didn't have a voice at all back then. Mary Should not forget where she came from, or how far she has come since her first and second concert. I Love Mary and all, But she need to step aside and let people grow as she had to at one point in her life when she could not ever hold a note much less a TUNE,
Kerrkaters4u's picture

[quote comment="402955"]I

[quote comment="402955"]I love both ladies and frankly I think Mary should stop blocking on Keyshia... Mary was once in her role, remaking ppl's songs that they didn't want to be remade...for example, Chaka Khan wasn't too happy with Mary doing her songs over... When Chaka was being honored at an award show I remember Luther Vandross introduced her by saying "often imitated but never duplicated..." I can imagine Keyshia feels the way Mary felt that night. What's wrong with singing to the person you admire and inspired you to do this???? STOP THE MADNESS...PLEASE[/quote] Yup!! You are sooo right cause I was just about to type that. When What's the 411 dropped everyone (all the "Legends") was like Mary's album is a bunch a remakes and samples and she'll never make it in the business. Chaka treated her like shit and was very vocal about being unpleased w/ Mary's rendition of Sweet Thang. So I have no idea why Mary is actin the way she's actin now. She's been in the exact situation that Keyshia is. I guess she figures I had to go thru it and so will she. Damn shame though.
Chris Styles's picture

OH WELL Keyshia sounds like

OH WELL Keyshia sounds like crap live but her albums are so wonderful. I prefer monica anyday....
stillstanding's picture

She'd better stop that!

She'd better stop that! Keyshia may need to step her live performance game up, but she's getting hot now and I think Mary sees her and other younger singers as competition because her own star is fading.
Southern Queen Dee *THE FUTURE MRS. ANDERSON*'s picture

That ain't even right.

That ain't even right. Keishia Cole would do a better job. Why everyone hateing on her anyways. I love Mary no doubt, but that was bulshit. They are alike. This is how Mary sounded when she first came out. Now she acting like she better than everyone else. She should of embraced Keishia instead of punking her off like that. Mary mad cuzz she finally got some reeeeaaal play and she don't want anything like her past to be compared to her.
Nakeish Juvan \prince's picture

I'm glad Mary and Kendu wasnt

I'm glad Mary and Kendu wasnt going for Keyshia sing because Keyshia voice is not whats hot. They need to call my girl Fantasia to sing!! Anita Baker is older than Mary so I dont feel she should get the job either!!
Irasheh25's picture

I think they both are

I think they both are snobbish to each other...does anyone remember when K C 1st came out& she said she met MJB b4 her break & told her she sings too. But she said MJB blew her off & I think she was bitter bout that.
A/Y's picture

I think an important part was

I think an important part was left out. They are on the same record label--Geffen Records, so they are still in competition with each other. I guess Mary thinks that she's the originator, but even if this is the case, it's not like she's performing a tribute to Keisha, so this is still appropriate. But I think there are other issues going on behind the scenes...
camilla's picture

i dont care what NOBODY

i dont care what NOBODY SAY Keyshia sounds waaaaay better than Mary and that's why they didn't want her to sing. point blank. period.
spelmanite's picture

If I was Mary I would've let

If I was Mary I would've let her sing, once she did any type of comparisons would've been over! LOL
Lisa's picture

I like Mary J. Blige

I like Mary J. Blige sometimes and Keyshia Cole why is Mary upset that some people think Keyshia reminds them of a younger Mary got over it girl and you could have put it a nicer way then you did. god bless u both Honeybee I love the name that's what my man call me
Mrs.King aka honeybee629's picture

I ment to say singer, my bad

I ment to say singer, my bad
pooka's picture

First off, yall got chapters

First off, yall got chapters going on up in here, second, why not keyshia, she is a singer and mary is a sing, WHAT !!!
pooka's picture

[quote

[quote comment="403096"]Didn't Keyshia have beef with someone or was told her attitude needed to be adjusted on the radio way back... Maybe that was with Monica, but they friends now. Either they don't think Keyshia can sing or they had a run in. Two hoods chick can clash, lol..especially unhumble ones[/quote] um yeah that was on youtube she went in the studio with much attitude and the guy asked her why was she so mad and angry cuz she had fans out there that wanted to hear from her and there were asking her questions and she would answer with one word answers and she seemed real short and impatient so the guy asked her why was she so angry and short and that she was invited to the station so her fans (whoever that is) can get an insight on her and her music, yes she did come across irritated and bitter and angry it wasnt him thinking that, that's the way she was talking...
miss t's picture

I actually attended the BET

I actually attended the BET Honors...and was confused about Keyshia's performance. They introduced it as a tribute to black love (i.e. Prez and First Lady Obama)...but it is the one part of the show that they could have eliminated. As far as the Mary tribute, Anita is one of Mary's favorite artists and one of the artists that she lists as her biggest inspirations...and in fact, her demo tape when she was discovered was of her covering Anita. So, as a surprise to Mary, they brought out Anita who did her own version of One, and also Caught Up in the Rapture. And, all I have to say is that Anita shut the house down! Killed it! In between Anita's performances, Monica (who credits Mary as being one of her inspirations) came out and did Not Gon Cry. Overall, it was a great set!
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nba961 "Computer Says NO!"'s picture

I hope Mary didn't allow

I hope Mary didn't allow Kendu to act petty like that...thatz what's wrong with ppl today, let pettiness control their emotions. I think it would've been really nice for her to sing for Mary. Don't cause tension if it aint none b/w them.
Yums29's picture

Awwh.. That's bogus. Why does

Awwh.. That's bogus. Why does it seem like Mary is intimidated by Keisha. I mean, what's really going on. I know that prolly initially hurt Keisha's feeling because, everybody loves Mary. She should be the bigger person. Brotherly love should always continue. The only thing we owe each other is love and it don;t cost a thing. I am thankful that I love easy ..Not with men, of course my love doesn't come easy but, I love life and people. I don't trip, I am very secure in knowing no one can beat me being me. So I be the best me I can be. Besides, Keisha is on another level, and in another era.
LOVE365's picture

Mary really needs to get over

Mary really needs to get over it, she is way too old for this drama...she should be secure and competent in what she has accomplished and realize Keyshia is no competition...I love Keyshia, but MJB is a legend...
COSMO CHIC's picture

[quote comment="403087"]Anita

[quote comment="403087"]Anita has been out since forever, and I have yet to see a tribute for her. I get real irratated when these shows try to give people like Mary and Destiny's Child's tributes when theres legends who still need to be appreciated. I'm insulted that Anita is on that stage singing Mary's songs, when it should be the other way around![/quote] true
Joja86's picture

Didn't Keyshia have beef with

Didn't Keyshia have beef with someone or was told her attitude needed to be adjusted on the radio way back... Maybe that was with Monica, but they friends now. Either they don't think Keyshia can sing or they had a run in. Two hoods chick can clash, lol..especially unhumble ones
Joja86's picture

[quote

[quote comment="402909"][quote comment="402891"]Mary is insecure and losing her edge. Keyshia Cole is fresh faced and new talent that is desperately needed in the game. Get over yourself Mary. Embrace your sister and let her show you some love. Isn't that what you said you wanted anyway? lmfaooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Keyshia>Mary Rihanna>BoreYonce NeYo>Usher Leona>Mariah Jennifer>Fantasia[/quote] Are you nuckin futs? wrong wrong wrong wrong and wrong[/quote] I'd have to say she's kinda right... sad but true
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