#BestoftheWeb: Toni Braxton, Gigi Hadid and Janet Jackson

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It’s easy to spot true artists. They’re mesmerizing, without trying too hard. They have the wisdom to spotlight their talent, yet ambitious enough to expand their skill-set. These women inspire us to become excellent in our craft – our passion, our life’s work. There’s something special about each one of their careers. They’re not just producing art that’s looks and sounds good (trust me, it does); they’re brave enough to put their heart and soul on display… to truly feel and soar to new heights. Here are the inspiring female artists that you must know about this week:

  1.  5 Life Lessons from ‘Unbreak My Heart’ Toni Braxton Biopic – Madame Noire

Toni Braxton shows us that there’s so much more to a great career than just talent. You have to fight for what you believe is right; anything wonderful and worth having doesn’t always come easy. The seven-time Grammy Award-winning R&B icon has been fairly low key over the past years due to her and her son’s health challenges. Since Lifetime network first aired her biopic on January 23, 2016, Toni’s now able to share her inspiring story with the world. The authorized biopic is produced and narrated by Toni Braxton, so there’s a lot of cred to the story’s presentation.

According to ‘Essence,’ “The two-hour film detailing Braxton’s life was the most-tweeted about TV program on Saturday and the network’s most-watched movie in a year.” On social media, many hail it as the “best biopic” Lifetime network has ever created.

Toni Braxton’s story inspires you to seize your opportunities (even if many things are holding you back), speak up for yourself, and “keep fighting for your dream,” according to e-publication ‘Madame Noire.’

If you missed the Toni Braxton biopic or you want to see it again, you’re in luck! ‘Unbreak My Heart’ re-airs on Sunday, February 14th at 8pm and Monday, February 15th at 12am (ET).

  1.  A Definitive List of Every Music Video Gigi Hadid Has Been In – Sugar Scape

Gigi Hadid’s a naturally talented model who thinks outside of the box. She’s been modeling since age two, so it’s no surprise that she’s accomplished so much by the age of 20. She’s already slayed every type of modeling that exists, from runway and editorial to ad campaigns and becoming the face of international brands.

Her recent appearance in Zayn Malik’s ‘Pillowtalk’ and Calvin Harris and Disciples’ ‘How Deep is Your Love’ music videos got us wondering exactly how many music videos she’s been in. Her music video appearances play to her strengths and seem to evolve in tandem with her modeling career.  

Gigi debuted as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue ‘rookie’ in February 2014. Soon after, she made her first music video with Cody Simpson for ‘Surfboard,’ clad in swimwear. The following May, R&B singer Miguel invited her to portray his love interest in his ‘Simplethings’ music vid.

Gigi’s modeling career blew up in 2015 with big contracts and walking catwalks for top designers. She also briefly appeared at the beginning of Cody Simpson’s ‘Flower’ music video and then portrayed ‘Slay-Z’ as one of the 18-member ‘Bad Blood’ squad in Taylor Swift’s video. After Gigi starred in ‘How Deep is Your Love,’ in October, she codirected ‘Cake by the Ocean’ music video by Joe Jonas’ band DNCE.

Gigi’s supermodel status peaked with an invite to walk in December 2015’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. And then in January 2016, she made a surprise appearance in Zayn’s ‘Pillowtalk’ music video – his very important, first song as a solo artist since breaking away from ‘One Direction.’ By the way, mad props to Zayn for not objectifying women while demonstrating the subject matter of sex. In the most tasteful way, Zayn compares women to art and flowers in this trippy, psychedelic, dreamlike video. Looking toward the future, the internet is buzzing that Gigi may appear in an upcoming Backstreet Boys video.

‘How Deep is Your Love’ was nominated for a BRIT award for Best Video and ‘Bad Blood’ won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year. Since we cannot get enough of the badass girl power in Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ music video, keep your eyes peeled for Gigi’s appearance at 1:30:

  1.  Janet Jackson Reschedules Unbreakable World Tour Dates – Entertainment Tonight

“Janet Jackson fans, rejoice! The “No Sleeep” singer has officially rescheduled her Unbreakable World Tour dates. The Grammy-winner was forced to postpone her tour in December after receiving word that she had to undergo surgery. She broke the news to fans on social media in late-December, tweeting to fans, “It breaks my heart to tell you that I am forced to postpone the Unbreakable Tour until the spring. Every date will be rescheduled. Please hold on to your ticket. They will be honored in a special way when the new schedule is announced.”

Once Janet dropped her new album’s single ‘No Sleeep’ on June 22, 2015, pre-orders for her ‘Unbreakable’ album and subsequent ‘Unbreakable World Tour’ concert tickets followed. The album marks her 11th studio album and her first album since the untimely death of her brother Michael Jackson seven years ago. Fans were eager to snatch up concert tickets and go see Janet in her element.

The singer kicked off her sold-out tour in Vancouver back in August 2015. The tour passed through several Canadian cities, a dozen American cities, and then over to Japan – before Janet announced her need to reschedule the rest of the tour. Janet’s new concert dates will resume on March 30, 2016 in Birmingham, United Kingdom and the rest of cities throughout the European leg of the tour and then back through the U.S., for a total of 70+ rescheduled dates.

  1.   Watch Vanessa Hudgens’ Powerful Performance of Grease: Live’s Most Emotional Song – Vanity Fair

Vanessa Hudgens gave new meaning to “the show must go on” in Fox’s musical ‘Grease: Live,’ adaptation of the infamous 1971 movie musical ‘Grease.’ “One day after her father’s death, Hudgens sings about putting on a brave face. One day before Vanessa Hudgens was slated to tackle Betty Rizzo – one of the most beloved characters from the musical Grease – the High School Musical alum’s father passed away.”

Vanessa bravely sang Rizzo’s iconic solo “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” in Act II of ‘Grease: Live.’ News of her father’s death and that she would proceed with the live, three hour musical “in his honor” was released to the press one hour prior to curtain call. She performed with confidence and poise, even as the lyrics progressed to the emotional phrase “but to cry in front of you.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway musical ‘Hamilton,’ gave a shout out Tweet to Vanessa just after her performance, “Hudgens. Unbelievable. Imagine you had Vanessa Hudgens’ day, and doing that. What a superhero. In total awe.”

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