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Entertainment Here’s How to Watch the Tribute Honoring Uptown Records’ Andre Harrell

22:26  24 may  2020
22:26  24 may  2020 Source:   billboard.com

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The music community is coming together to pay tribute to Uptown Records founder Andre Harrell, who died in early May at age 59.

The two-hour special will air live on Sunday (May 24) at 7 p.m. ET on BET, BET Jams, BET Soul and REVOLT TV, where Harrell served as vice chairman.

The commercial-free tribute — titled Mr. Champagne and Bubbles, a nickname of Harrell’s — will feature appearances by Mariah Carey, Babyface, Chris Rock, Russell Simmons, Lee Daniels, Jamie Foxx, Kimora Lee Simmons, Robin Thicke, Naomi Campbell, Clarance Avant and more.

“Tonight we celebrate the incredible life and times of Andre Harrell. His legacy and spirit have no expiration date! That smile, that laugh, that brilliance, that style, that foresight as a trendsetter, that FRIEND!!” Epic Records chair and CEO Sylvia Rhone posted on Instagram Sunday.

Andre Harrell, Uptown Records Founder and Sean Combs' Mentor, Dies at 59

  Andre Harrell, Uptown Records Founder and Sean Combs' Mentor, Dies at 59 Andre Harrell, the longtime music executive who founded the hip-hop label Uptown Records and mentored Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, died Friday at age 59, DJ D-Nice announced on his Instagram Live. The cause of death was not immediately known. In addition to his work with Uptown, he later served as CEO of Motown Records and vice chairman of Combs' multiplatform music network Revolt. The Bronx native got his start as an artist, teaming with Alonzo Brown for the hip-hop duo Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that charted with the 1982 song "Genius Rap." After meeting with Russell Simmons, he moved into the executive ranks of Def Jam before launching his own label, Uptown Records.

The tribute is being executive produced by Harrell’s 25-year-old son, Gianni Credle-Harrell; the music exec’s ex-wife, Wendy Credle; and Rikki Hughes.

Harrell, who died May 7 from heart failure, is credited for launching Uptown Records and helping launch the careers of superstars like Sean “Diddy” Combs and Mary J. Blige.

Watch the live tribute to Harrell below.

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Tonight we celebrate the incredible life and times of Andre Harrell. His legacy and spirit have no expiration date! That smile, that laugh, that brilliance, that style, that foresight as a trendsetter, that FRIEND!! Before I Let Go ❤️❤️❤️ A post shared by iamsylviarhone (@iamsylviarhone) on May 24, 2020 at 8:48am PDT

The 7 Best Moments From ‘A Tribute to Andre Harrell: Mr. Champagne & Bubbles’ .
The worlds of music and entertainment came together on May 24 to celebrate the life of one of the culture’s architects in Andre Harrell with a virtual tribute broadcast.Whether it was his signature infectious smile, eye for talent or sheer wisdom, a plethora of artists’ careers have been positively impacted by Harrell during his near four decades in the music business. The Uptown Records founder is lauded for helping launch the careers of music luminaries Mary J. Blige and P. Diddy.

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