Mariah Carey, Tyler Perry, Nick Cannon, Star Jones are just some of the huge celebrity names who helped Russell Simmons raise more than $2 million for his Art For Life charity.
The Def Jam founder hosted the 13th annual Art For Life benefit last night at his East Hampton estate where he successfully raised an incredible amount of money for youths with proceeds going to Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.
Soledad O'Brien took on hosting duties for the night while honorees Mariah and Nick praised Russell and his Art For Life co-founders and brothers, Rev Run and Danny, for the tremendous work they do to help improve the lives of underprivileged youths.
Auctioneer Star Jones managed to rile the crowd up and get them to part with $2 million collectively. Some of the top donators included the richest man in entertainment, Tyler Perry, who dropped $100,000, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Patrice Motsepe who generously gave $150,000.
Celebrities who did their part and kept the party in full swing were Melanie Fiona who performed, former BET 106 & Park host Rocsi Diaz, Tamia and Grant Hill, Babyface, L.A. Reid and the whole Simmons clan, Angela, Diggy and Vanessa.
Sounds like an incredible night!
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When she's not busy threatening to steal Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera's judging spotlight with her new gig as an "American Idol" judge, Mariah Carey's got everyone buzzing about her brand new video, "Triumphant (Get 'Em)." Now, after posting a photo from the set of "Triumphant," Mariah's also got everyone talking about her amazing legs. But that'd probably happen anyway, wouldn't it?
For "Triumphant", Mariah is teaming with Meek Mill and the Teflon Don himself, Rick Ross. For the video however, she is teaming with a stunning coral robe and a body that does NOT look like it bore two children.
Mariah excitedly tweeted the photo from the set:
"On the set of the TRIUMPHANT (Get 'Em) video shoot. Get ready for a triumphant week, we have surprises every day!"
We're totally revved for a "Triumphant" week, though it looks like yours is already off to a super victorious start, Mariah. And yes, that was our veiled attempt at referring to your amazing stems, yet again.
For those of you who haven't yet recovered from the excitement of last week's big Mariah Carey news, get ready - the singer has just released the cover art for her new single "Triumphant (Get 'Em)" featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill as well as a photo of herself on the set of the song's music video.
The endlessly entertaining star took to Twitter with a visual teaser of her upcoming track, announcing to fans, "On the set of the Triumphant (Get 'Em) video shoot. Get ready for a triumphant week, we have surprises every day!" Accompanying the tweet was a photo of Mariah lounging on a couch in true diva fashion. She followed up with a picture of the single's cover and the message, "Here's the cover of my new single Triumphant. World premiere this Thursday, August 2. Get 'em."
Speaking of triumphant weeks, the singer inked a deal last Monday to replace Jennifer Lopez as a judge on the next season of "American Idol". Based on our knowledge of what happens when Mariah Carey is combined with live television, we're pretty sure this season will be a must-see.
The singer recently explained the song's origins via Twitter, posting, "I wrote Triumphant when I was going through a difficult time and it helped me get through it. When you hear it, pay attention to the lyrics." With the single set for an early-August release, we can't wait to see what other triumphs lay in store for the inordinately talented and unpredictably amusing diva.
Mariah Carey has topped the list of the richest R&B singers ever with an incredible estimated fortune of $500 million.
The five-time Grammy Award winner has enjoyed a successful career spanning two decades, and has seen the diva score six number one albums and endless chart-topping singles. R&B magazine reveals Mariah has an estimated fortune of around $500 million, while Beyonce trails not too far behind with $350 million.
'I Believe I Can Fly' crooner R. Kelly takes third place walmost tying with Usher who has raked in $140,000 million. Rihanna trails behind in fifth place with earning $75 million across her six-year career, while the late Whitney Houston surprisingly come in eighth place with $20 million.
One surprising entry is Keri Hilson, who rounds off the top 10 with $10 million, the majority of which is most likely in royalties from her songwriting credits.