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Kelly Rowland visits Atlanta to receive award

ASCAP Presents

ASCAP Presents

As a former member of Destiny’s Child and a multi-platinum solo artist, Kelly Rowland has plenty of experience as a woman in the music industry.

On Wednesday, she flew in from Los Angeles to attend ASCAP’s “Women Behind the Music” event at LOFT at Castleberry Hill, where she was being honored along with Hannah Kang, general manager of Atlanta-based Grand Hustle Records (T.I.’s imprint), and Sandra Brown, a local entertainment attorney with a long history of label and artist representation.

Rowland, looking radiant in a short black dress and tasteful gold earrings, said she feels that her responsibility as a female in the often male-dominated music world is to forge a path to make it easier for others to follow.

“It’s about empowering more and more females to set it up for the next generation,” she said.

Last year, Rowland co-hosted the Bravo reality series, “The Fashion Show,” but is currently immersed in completing her third album.

She said the album doesn’t have a title or release date, but it will see daylight in 2011.

46 comments Add your comment


October 13th, 2010
8:58 am

“multi-platinum solo artist”, HUH? Kelly is not selling millions of records!!!! She cant sell lemonade without Beyonce.


October 13th, 2010
9:07 am

Whoa slow down there Orlando, Kelly has way more talent than that Blonde fake Beyonce.


October 13th, 2010
9:13 am

Not as a singer shoe doesn’t. I’m with Orlando. Did you hear that awful National Anthem last Sunday?

More please...

October 13th, 2010
9:22 am

This article has me wanting more – more information about Kelly Rowland – like what she’s been up to lately, how she’s evolved as an artist and will Destiny’s Child ever reunite?

It was almost like she gave brief comments while waiting for her ride.


October 13th, 2010
9:23 am

I don’t really know Kelly but why would you want to say such negative things, obviously somebody likes her and she must have a good PR firm working for she keeps getting these gigs. She not only does records she is a spokes person for serveral advertisers. So Orlando and G let’s not be so negative. I’m sure you are doing something in your life that you think you are good at but from the outside other people might think not that great, so be nice. “Smooches”


October 13th, 2010
9:34 am

Actually Kelly is doing quite well over in Europe. She may not be on every radio stations play list like Beyonce is here in the States but they LOVE her in Europe. And her records sell are doing well there.


October 13th, 2010
9:38 am

Congratulations Ms. Rowland, unfortunately sometimes in this life there are some perpetual losers who would find something negative to say regardless of what the circumstances are. My hopes and prayers are that your career and life continue to grow and prosper, and you remain humble and grounded in who you are as a person.


October 13th, 2010
9:50 am

Orlando and G …..I dont think Kelly is trying to a FAKE BEYONCE, U have to remember they grew up together and I dont think she is hating on the girl, All I know they were taught and Raised by the same ppl. So I think they have a sister bond and not hating, U ppl always want to see the bad in folks…it u dont have not good to say keep it to urself. My family in EUROPE and Kelly is doing well! GOOD Luck KELLY AND BEYONCE!


October 13th, 2010
9:51 am

Thanks G-money and CWILLI, all others, stop hating and give the girl her props!

Mark it right

October 13th, 2010
10:13 am

As others have said, Kelly is doing better than you might think. She has had multiple hit dance songs. Locally the on radio you can hear her on 105.7 The Groove. Her current song Commander is hot!

Eriki Aston Washington

October 13th, 2010
10:22 am

Congrads Kelly, on your award and another hit song. YOU ARE STILL A BIG STAR with or w/o your sisters . . .


October 13th, 2010
10:27 am

What some folks, here in the US (the negative haters), don’t realize is that there is a huge opportunity in the European music market for US R&B artists. Old school R&B acts, e.g., Earth Wind & Fire, Chaka Kahn, Maze, even funk-rock group Mother’s Finest (Love Changes) can go to Europe and perform before 10 to 15 thousand folks nightly doing concerts. So just because an artist is not getting airplay on the US radio stations and on BET doesn’t mean that they aren’t selling well in other international markets. There is a lot of money to be made outside of the US market and many artists, like Kelly, do quite well touring and promoting their music in other countries.

Some of you need to expand your knowledge base before making negative comments!!!!!

Daniel Burse

October 13th, 2010
10:38 am

Here is one entry from her Wikipedia Page and this is just one solo album:
Released stateside in October 2002 and internationally in 2003, Simply Deep peaked at number twelve on the Billboard 200 in the U.S., where it was eventually certified gold by the RIAA for more than 600,000 copies sold.[24] Released to even bigger success in international terrotories, the album topped the UK Albums Chart and became a gold-seller in Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and other countries, resulting into a worldwide sales total of 4 million copies.


October 13th, 2010
10:46 am

Let’s face it, the internet has given every Moron in the world a chance to gripe about whatever doesn’t make them happy. Even when they don’t have anything worth sharing to speak on. Most people are like crabs in a barrel anyway. Just because they are unhappy where they are – they feel better about themselves by attempting to drag others down into the muck with them. Congrats Kelly Rowland, and keep on doing positive things Baby Girl!


October 13th, 2010
10:48 am

Sorry folks

I know some of you love Kelly. But truth be told she is nothing more than todays Mary Wilson who will Forever be in the shadow of Diana Ross. As a matter of fact they have to add Former Destiny’s child member just as they add Former original Supreme to Mary Wilson name or either Mary Wilson formally of the Supremes or original Supreme. That ALONE tells you that the name will NOT stand alone.

The same rings true for Kelly Rowland. Sure kelly had a Song one hit whatever duet with Nelly but compared to Beyonce thats nothing but dust. Since your comparing. No one is hating on the girl shes just not that talented. I saw her on some show and she left a lot to be desired. As for Fake? Correct me but did Kelly Not have Boobs added(fake) Fake Hair as she sure as hell dont have hair down her back. Sure Beyonce had a boob job and fake hair but you Cant denie the talent. That woman works hard and moves like a demon on stage. as well as sing and write.

I saw BOTH Live in atlanta and Kelly is no more talented than some of the unknown contestants on American Idol. The reason I commented is when I saw the post Fake Beyonce then I had to Comment., why Tear down Beyonce to build Kelly?

That Shyt went on for years about Diana Ross being Fake and Mary Wilson and Flo Ballard Real..Oh give me a damn break. All those women Ross Wilson and Ballard wore Wigs hair pieces and both Mary and Diana had work done to their faces. Neither Flo Mary or Cindy worked as hard.

Thats WHAT folks Do when they Get Money and your azzes on here would too if you had the money these women do come across. Quit with the damn comparisons.

Kelly is Kelly Beyonce is Beyonce. Except ONE does have more showmanship and Talent and works harder than the other. This is true for Diana and Mary. Diana worked hard at her craft..didnt have shyt to do with her sleeping with Gordy because she Still became huge long after they stopped sleeping with each other and Still is a Huge name that Many later artists admired and even being tributed by great female artists such as Patti Labelle and Chaka Khan who would NEVER have done a tribute to her if they did not respect and admire the woman. But this is about Kelly Rowland.

Kelly has a LONG way to GO to attact the audience Beyonce commands. When I saw Beyonce in concert she had every race age and color on their feet..the same as Diana Still does and shes 66. If you dont like Beyonce thats your damn business as it doesnt stop other folks from buying or going to see her.
Kelly and Michelle both modern day Mary Wilson and Flo Ballard. Folks want to blame Beyonce jus as they still Do Diana. Let me see Kelly Rowland billed as KELLY former Destiny’s Child member. And she sure as hell aint sold millions of records. Stop trying to make the woman Larger than she is. Hell Fantasia would sing circles around Kelly. and shes only been in the business a few short years. and even Fantasia is not on the scope of Beyonce.

I know the hate blogs will come at me and I could care less. The truth always hurts. I wish Kelly good luck and to Keep Trying and WORK HARDER..but she will Always live in Beyonce shadow and be referred to as a Former Destiny’s Child member.

Last thought. I have noticed this for YEARS..Why do Black folks tear down one to build up another? I never hear this with white artists. Never.

Never hear Cher being torn down to build up Madonna, Barbra Striesand(spell chk) torn down to build up Liza Minelli..or even Britney Spears torn down to build up Miley Cyrus. I could give you countless other examples of white artists..that are never compared or torn down to build the others..but soul artists..Its been going on for years..Patti Labelle better than Diana Ross or Aretha Franklin better than Diana Ross..Who gives a rats azz! All of those women can hold their own. ONE is NOT better than the other as they have different singing styles. Get a damn grip My PEOPLE!
I love my black folk and love being Black but yall get on my damn Nerves with this Pitting our artists against each other. STOP IT! Just let our artist be themselves and stop pitting them against each other.


October 13th, 2010
10:58 am

Kelly is doing well HATERS. Some peoples need to realize that the US is not the end of the universe. Kelly is HUGE in Europe.


October 13th, 2010
11:25 am

Ok, Blkshpard, tell us how you really feel… LOL truth in your email though…. i dont blame B for leaving DC, she was the one people were coming to see, not Kelly and really not michelle. And…if she is so bog in Europe, blog about her there, this is the US, we set the musical trends for the world… Bump Europe, and their Euro trash.


October 13th, 2010
11:50 am

I did not agree with everything, but Blkspard made some valid points, especially with us tearing certain artists down to build others up. Despite what some may want to believe, there are other markets outside the US that are influential.

I cannot blame these artists for going overseas to perform for people who are more knowledgeable and have a greater appreciation for the artistry, not the just the same stuff promoted and played here. Plus they can make more money.


October 13th, 2010
11:58 am

Let God will be done thru this blog


October 13th, 2010
12:24 pm

One day soon beYAWNcy will fall, because greed and deception rises for a while, but it also dies in the sands of destruction.

Kelly is way more charisma, talent, articulatation, poised and admired than beYAWNcy will ever be. She’s not fake, made up, she’s real, something that beYAWNcy could and will never be.


October 13th, 2010
12:26 pm

Thank you Daniel. It is widely known that in Europe Kelly is a fan favorite. This article is about Kelly, not Beyonce. Come on people!


October 13th, 2010
12:35 pm

those commenting that Kelly is not successful are obviously oblivious to anything that doesn’t happen here in the US. She has sold over 4 million albums internationally, and has been huge in Europe for years- “Can’t Nobody”, the 2nd single of her first album, barely cracked the Top 100 here, but was a massive hit in the UK. “Like This”, “Work” and “Commander” from her upcoming album have all reached the UK Top 10.

so, while Americans have slept, Kelly is doing quite nicely.


October 13th, 2010
1:08 pm

Kelly not fake, made up, shes real…” I suppose those Breasts, added hair,(weave)and Make up is all natural..Shows how much I know. My bad. Kelly wears No Make up(Wow she looks Amazing with No Make up..the hair is hers..the boobs are hers..Well who is the chick in those videos with no boobs.. Say My Name Say My Name and Bills Bills Bills you know the chick with the short hair and Flat chest?..oh my badd..that wasent Kelly or either they just kind of grew over night. No make up? could have fooled the hell out of me..sure looks Like Make-up and fake boobs.
We Americans are Very Much may be asleep. If she sold 4 million or doing so well..there is no need to continue the tag. “former Destiny’s Child..” Kelly Rowland..should surfice and be enough with her four million sold.

The Standard

October 13th, 2010
1:11 pm

Kelly has been doing huge in Europe. I saw her in the Top 40 on a recent chart. Her solo stuff has leaned away from Pop/R&B to rock, club, etc. Say what you will, but most looking to break would kill for her solo success.

BTW, anyone know why Tina Knowles was making an appearance at the oh so ghet-twah Lithonia Walmart over the weekend? Are things are that bad or that greedy?


October 13th, 2010
1:56 pm

Let kelly be ‘kelly’ and beyonce be ‘beyonce’! DC3 fan for real here.ive my own reasons for choosing kelly over beyonce, bt stil i do appriciate beyonce’s talent cz i dnt believe in comparisons, bt gvin credit to who ever deserves it. So peace! And 1 more thng, dnt waste yor tym insultin each other just cz u hv diff opinions, ITS NOT NICE. Miss DC3!


October 13th, 2010
2:09 pm

I think Kelly is a bundle of talent! And no one can deny that she is articulate. Please stop comparing her to Beyonce. Every time Beyonce opens her mouth to speak I am sitting on the end of my seat scared to death that the bouncing ball with the words she is saying will start running across the screen. She always sounds like a moron. Please JayZ have this gal take speech and grammar lessons. To call this person someone to look up to is an absolute joke. Where did she go to school? Most of the rappers have better diction than her.

Also, as far as her voice and dance skills are concerned she rates an OK. She’s no Heather Headley, Sade, or Jennifer Hudson, and Ciara can dance her under a table.

Kelly is doing her own thing and seems to be having fun an success at the same time. Great for you girl; keep doing what you are doing.


October 13th, 2010
2:47 pm

Before you disrespect Flo Ballard you need to watch the TV One Unsung episode on her. She was the reason the Supremes and Diana Ross were discovered in the first place. Plus, Dreamgirls was not too far off the mark and guess who was Effie? It was proven Flo had the bigger voice than Diana. Even Mary Wilson said that.

Why can’t both women be talented? Why do we have to pick and choose or have one be better? Just like in sports, you can think more than one player is talented. Why can’t we feel the same about singers? I think they both are very talented in their own right.


October 13th, 2010
2:52 pm

I like Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Kelly has a foundation that focuses on young girls, she is VERY popular in Europe, her singing the national anthem doesn’t sound any worse than Ciara, Keri Hilson or Ashanti singing live. Kelly did a good job singing live for her vocal range w/o studio fixup stuff – way better than Keri, Ashanti or Ciara could do. Her being a part of Destiny’s Child is her accomplishment regardless how big Beyonce is, Kelly was a part of the team. Respect that. She’s doing more than any of us commenting on this AJC blog and making more more than us and traveled more parts of the world than us. She doesn’t have a sextape, she’s not on drugs or alcohol wildn’ out, she dresses appropriately, doesn’t use her T & A to get ahead nor is she chasing after high profile men like other women. She seems like a decent, God-fearing, respectful sister. Congratulations Kelly Rowland!


October 13th, 2010
3:04 pm

whoever said that Kelly Rowland does not sell records as a solo artist is very wrong…………She is big outside America and actually sold 3+ million copies of her last album.

give respect where it is due and stop the crab in the barrel mentality.


October 13th, 2010
3:04 pm

Hannah King should be Hannah Kang of Grand Hustle Records. Congrats Hannah! Well deserved.


October 13th, 2010
3:12 pm

Now exactly what is ASCAP honoring her for? In laymans terms please! I have never heard of her writing a song for anybody and she certainly doesn’t not have the singing skills(this is her 3rd album, who has any of the other two?) It’s obvious to anyone who’s not deaf that the other two members of DC cannot sing(Michelle Williams)..I take it this award is for the albums she sold as a member of DC? Please enlighten me….


October 13th, 2010
4:34 pm

I LOVE KELLY! She was always my favorite in Destiny’s Child! I had my doubt about her i nthe past but, she has proved especially with her new music that she is can make it without Destiny’s Child! Her new album is going to be HOT. I don’t understand why people want to bring down people who are CLEARLY doing better than they are. Kelly will always be more talented, beautiful and rich than the people here making negative comment about her, so… It really doesn’t matter what any of you have to say about her. You’re trying to tear her down while she’s receiving a song writing award. Who’s really the untalented one?

And to those who do not know what she won this for it was for her international hit When Love Takes Over.


October 13th, 2010
4:40 pm

Kelly is talented and has done well in Europe. There could not have been a DC group without Kelly and Michell. All three ladies had to come together to make the group work.

Was one nore talented .. yes IMO but the other two did their part also. It is just like flying a plane, you need everyone to do their part in order for it to work.

People always salute the pilot but guess what, without the flight attendant, mechanic, air traffic controller, etc the plane ain’t flying. Same as nurses, doctors get the glory but without his nurse by his side, ain’t gonna be an operation. If you did not have your little toe, the body would loose balance and you will fall down. Everyone serves a purpose!!!

People call kelly a back up singer in DC. So what? there is no shame in being a backup. You are paid money to sing and believe me Kelly was paid big money in DC. She made more money than a lot of solo singers.


October 13th, 2010
5:01 pm

PS: Instead of black people always competing against each other, try some COLLABORATION, working together for the same goal. No one is insignificant, we need everyone input to make it work.

The media likes to pit artist against each other, such as, east coast vs west cost mess. Each artist just wants to do their own thing. What may mean success to one person may be different to someone else.

Kelly has found success in Europe and is making money. So what if she never passes Beyonce in sells. She is doing her thing the way she wants to do it! I love B and Kelly, they are great in their own light!

We should be proud of them BOTH!


October 13th, 2010
5:14 pm

Congrats Kelly. And for those of you who wonder about her sales/hits…take a trip out of the states and see how she’s received in the rest of the world. She’s about to have her time here as well.


October 13th, 2010
5:38 pm

I heard Kelly will be back in Atlanta November 11th to perform at JEZEBEL Magazine’s 14th Anniversary Party.


October 13th, 2010
5:39 pm

KELLY is on her way up to the top, and for those coming with silly excuses that she doesn’t deserve it, she will prove you with this next album, The reason why these people are already honring her is because they know what is coming for KELLY. GO KELLY!!


October 13th, 2010
5:42 pm

As long as I have a face, Kelly has a place to sit. That goes double for Beyonce! Stll cannot believe Beyonce married Joe Camel.


October 13th, 2010
5:59 pm

kelly ??beyonce??they both are not the multi talented internationally known beautiful at 66 and the first lady of class and sophistication:MISS DIANA ROSS..yes black artist do very well in europe..i went to europe in august and a lot of black artist are superstars over thier(yes europe is years ahead of america)..but DIANA ROSS still is quite supreme over thier more so then humping pole dancing ghetto speaking beyonce or ghetto women please model yourself after Diana ross..yes good looking white males like me look at beautiful black women until they open thier mouth with that ghetto slang you feel like running as fast as you can..last but not least act like a lady and you will be treated like one


October 13th, 2010
6:13 pm

If you haven’t heard “Unity” by Kelly Rowland yet, you will very soon ! Already a Top 10 hit in Canada, this song is one of the most beautiful ballads recorded in years. Check it out on iTunes and YouTube ~ stunning vocal performance !

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

October 13th, 2010
7:03 pm

I have always preferred Kelly over Beyonce. They are both beautiful talented and good women. But I guess my preference stems from something in which I was indoctrinated from a child; “The Blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice.”

Go Falcons!!!

Wanda Sanlove

October 13th, 2010
7:53 pm

That’s why we have problems in the world,First off Kelly has been known to be
second to beyonce from her dancing to her voice(lose my breath) and kelly
has her own field of success as follow: Long member of destiny child,To
15 awards(self-win),32(self-nom),the international hit “Commander”, which
Entertainment Weekly named as the number-one summer jam of 2010,her
contribution on the French DJ David Guetta’s single “When Love Takes Over”,
which garnered Rowland her fifth Grammy Award(truly),Rowland has also branched
into acting (Girlfriends) and Rowland has branched into sitelocks.So Kelly has her
own field of success and beyonce has her own field of success But in the end both
girls are successful in there own way and that’s all that matters. And last Who died
and made the USA Boss of the world ?? the USA has music,fashion,etc influence but
that’s it just because britney,beyonce is hot in the usa does not mean that there hot
around the world as we all have different taste from music some people like pop others
may like rock,to fashion one person may like beyonce cute shoes while the other person
may choose lady gaga high heels over beyonce shoes-)


October 13th, 2010
8:32 pm

Orlando is telling the truth and I agree with him 110%


October 14th, 2010
7:11 am

Its Apparent that You and Many others on this blog was NOT even born or around when the Supremes came out and blew up. I Happened to not Only was around but was a Fan since 1963, When I first heard their first minor hit song. When the love light starts shining. My family Owned their first lp Meet the Supremes…where all three did leads..even as a 7yr old I could hear how distinct Diane(a) Ross’s voice and i didnt even know her from the other two.
I Saw Unsung. and it only as usual told Part of the story..showing the person of course in the Most favorable light. It dosent show their weakness..Did YOU see Spotlight: Diana Ross? well it did the show her only positive side..Not her agressiveness or pushiness. which worked in her favor. as thats what one is required sometimes You have to be agressive.
Florence as well as Mary had many years to prove themselves after Diana left.
Its Also Apparent You NEVER heard Florence’s solo songs and one Lp. It was by no way shape or form Good..and the Public rejected it.
GO to YOUTUBE and HEAR FLorence solos. and tell Me that was Great. or Unique. or Mary Wilson’s solo stuff. If Flo was SO great why didnt YOU fans support her and buy her Music instead of Talking about how good she was when you Know full well you didnt even buy the womans music. an STILL dont.. even though its available..You talk about how Good Mary Wilson is..Yet you dont turn out in droves to see her. sounds like contradiction to me.

Its NOT about big and Soulful or how loud your voice is. Every Song does NOt require a Big soulful voice. its about Marketing to the public ear.. Gordy wanted the Supremes to Appeal NOT just to the Black or Soul audience. THis is a concept he tried to do with ALL of the groups although Many were content to sing just soul (ie Marvelettes, Vandellas restricting them from the Wider audiences. The world is made up of All people. He wanted the supremes to have a Colorless sound. It worked as Diana ROss is loved by all races..and has Mass Appeal.
If Florence voice was as good as Aretha as it was Loud(it was not) she would have excelled on her own. without any group. Mary Wilson had the chance to lead and shine when diana left..No she instead chose to sing co or background while New woman came in and Lead(Jean). Mary has been at it over 35yrs plus..and Still has Not PRoven herself. All three girls could Sing. but as IN Every group there is always one that is Out standing…and takes the lead and its not about how Loud the voice is. its about Distinct and Unique. A few examples:
The Beatles: John and Paul..both lead and gave the beatles their unique sound..Ringo and George were NEVER outstanding although they could sing. Just did not have the unique sound of John nor Paul

The Jackson 5: Jermaine was the original Lead singer. and shared Lead with Michael. It was Michaels showmanship and Unique Voice that gave the Jackson Five their identity. although Jermaine had a great voice…It was Not distinctive Enough to set the group apart. SOOO Michael did Most and almost All the Leads.

I could go one and list countless groups THat had great singers in the background but it was The Lead voices that gave the group their Identity.
THe Temptations all could sing..BUt it was DAVID RUFFIN and EDDIE Kendricks and Dennis Edwards who gave the groups an identity. as well as the big Hits..yet you never heard Otis, Melvin Franklin complain. Never.
Question. IF as you say these folks in the background were Better than the respective come when the Lead singers Leave the groups fall apart? If they are so GOOD.they should be able to step right in the Leads positon and Take the group to Greater Heights. Again. I was there and around when The Supremes began. I heard ALL three girls Lead. and I was Not impressed with neither FLo or Mary’s voices although they could sing. And the Public not just myself..was not impressed either. IF they were. Flo and Mary would have been just as big as Diana..Both Had their chance to Prove themselves Long after Ross was gone. They Did NOT.

Back to Kelly
. Judging from the remarks on here against Beyonce. many of you just DONT like the woman. and thats your choice. its OK. AS far as Kelly Huge overseas..oh really? So your telling me she is at the top of the European charts..(No.1s..not just on the list) If thats the case it would be documented. as diana’s songs are documented(listed as UK. and shes had several No.1 or 2s Documented) I see NO such documents on Kelly.
I been around a LONG time. and have heard Music before some of you wasent even a thought. I have watched and Heard Many groups Black or White. And I can tell you VERY VERY few folks who sang back up ever did better than the lead singers and when the Lead Left. the groups died. I never said Kelly couldnt sing. I wish her the best. But she has a LOT of work to do. As I stated I have Seen her perform..and it was Like Simon Cowell would say..she was jus..ok. Nothing special. If Kelly went against some of the American Idol contestants..they would give her a run for her money. But time will tell. thats all I will say. Just as time Proved Mary Wilson is still in the shadow of Diana Ross. Kelly will always be behind Beyonce. I dont care what she does in Europe, UK. I wish her the best. but girlfriend needs to Work on her craft and Up her game.


October 14th, 2010
2:53 pm

people always tryin to compare. beyonce and kelly rowland are like sisters. so stop criticizing. anyway they both look good so.


October 18th, 2010
6:59 am

Oh please orlando and g! Kelly is a successful musician. Why are you comparing her to a “blonde” beyonce? Kelly has proven that she can make it without destiny’s child and without beyonce’s father as her manager. Kelly is true to herself and has her onw style of music. Go Kelly. People will always talk, but as long as you do your thing, you have FANS!!