Bruno Mars preps for Superbowl

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Everyone is in Bruno Mars’ ear about one thing when it comes to performing the Super Bowl halftime show: How will you deal with the freezing cold?

“Everyone’s putting the fear in god in me like there’s going to be a blizzard,” Mars said in a phone interview this month from Los Angeles, asking about the weather conditions in the New York-New Jersey area for his “research.”

“I’m going to wear a beekeeper suit, I don’t know,” he answered about how he will keep warm when he performs Feb. 2. “I’m not going to know until I get there … I’m not trying to hype myself up too much.

“I know it’s going to be cold and I just got to face it.”

The 28-year-old pop crooner will hit the stage for the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The singer, whose hits range from “Grenade” to “Locked Out of Heaven,” typically performs with a full band where he sings, dances and strums the guitar onstage. Mars’ performance follows Beyonce’s electrifying set earlier this year, where she danced tightly and sang powerfully, with the help of background dancers and Destiny’s Child at the big game in New Orleans.

Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, the general manager of Beyonce’s production house Parkwood Entertainment, said performing in cold weather creates many challenges.

“It makes it harder to sing. It certainly makes it harder on a woman for choosing wardrobe. It can be really cold out there,” she said. “But I think once you get on stage and your adrenaline gets pumping, it doesn’t matter. They get in the zone. Most artists get in the zone once they start their performance. And if you’re professional, you do what you need to do.”

Katy Perry echoed Callahan-Longo’s thoughts.

“The weather affects your vocal cords and if you’re playing guitar you can’t wear mittens, you know, and your fingers are hitting these strings that are cold as well,” she said. “I’ve been in some situations where it just like dries out your voice — the cold does. It’s not where you shine your best, but you do what you have to do.”

Much like his epic performance on “Saturday Night Live” that became the following week’s water cooler topic as well as a ratings success, Mars understands that his Super Bowl stint is massively high profile, and could boost the pop star — who has two platinum albums, a plethora of radio hits and sold out international tours — to new heights. The singer debuted on the music scene in 2010, costarring on B.o.B’s “Nothin on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” — multi-platinum hits Mars sang on, co-wrote and co-produced. He went on to release his debut single, “Just the Way You Are,” months after, topping the charts on his own and earning his first Grammy Award. Mars’ debut, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” launched back-to-back hits and reached near double platinum status, and last year’s “Unorthodox Jukebox” mirrored its success and is nominated for four Grammy Awards — including song and record of the year — to air a week before the Super Bowl.

“When we got that phone call, again, what do you say? ‘Nah.’ What do you say? ‘Absolutely. Let’s rock,'” he said excitedly. “It was something exciting for me and my (band). It wasn’t too long ago when we were performing in clubs and bars and pubs, and even when I put (my first) album out, (we were) opening acts for a bunch of different artists, living in a van and traveling around and kind of putting in the work and time. It might seem fast to the outsider looking in, but you know, it’s just another thing we can celebrate and I feel like as a group we all achieved it together.

“You know, performing on TV and stuff, whatever the NFL saw they dug it and that’s why we got the call.”

Mars won’t be the only one performing in the cold to round-out the NFL season: The Foo Fighters and Zac Brown Band will perform on a cruise ship docked at Pier 88 in Manhattan on the Hudson River a day before the big game. The Roots, Imagine Dragons, Run DMC and Fall Out Boy will also take the stage on the ship as part of the Super Bowl festivities.

The Red Hot Chilli Peppers will perform at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Super Bowl Eve, and a day before, Robin Thicke and Kendrick Lamar will headline ESPN’s party on Pier 36. Mary J. Blige, John Legend, and Marc Anthony will also sing at Cipriani’s for an event by Men’s Fitness and Shape magazines, and Patti LaBelle and Donnie McClurkin will perform at Madison Square Garden for the annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.

Mars, who was named Billboard’s top artist of the year, said while the crazy weather conditions somewhat frightens him

Kim Fields Talks ‘Holiday Love’ Special, Welcoming Baby No. 2

Kim Fields misses the days when holidays meant a Christmas variety show like the ones Dick Clark featured her on as a teenager.

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With that in mind, she created her own annual Christmas special. Holiday Love: The Rebirth Christmas is her fourth installment and features guest appearances like Tamela and David Mann, Donnie McClurkin, Micah Stampley and Lalah Hathaway. Fields spoke with ESSENCE.com about Holiday Love, and welcoming her son Quincy two weeks ago.

ESSENCE.com: You worked on this holiday special while you were pregnant with Quincy. Superwoman!
Kim Fields: [Laughs] Right. Directed, executive produced, starred in it. Yes Ma’am! Whenever people call me [superwoman] I defer to what my pastor says. He says God takes your natural and puts his super on it.

ESSENCE.com: You’ve got people like Donnie McClurkin, Lalah Hathaway and Karen Clark Sheard on this year’s special. How’d you get such a roster?
Fields: Girl, we just asked and folks said yes and we were like [Gasps] ‘They said yes!’ So, to God be the glory. Some of them are people that are friends of ours that have wanted to do Holiday Love for the last couple of years.

kim fields in her living single days

At this point, the rest are artists who reached out to us like ‘Hey y’all still got some room?’ That’s a blessing and I think its testament to the career that God has blessed me with.

ESSENCE.com: You’ve got Lalah Hathaway singing her father’s classic “This Christmas” for the first time on television.
Fields: Yes, it’s her first time performing it on a televised or web event. Lalah’s been a friend and a sister for decades now and it was one of those ‘Hey listen this is when we’re doing it and here’s what we would like you to do only if you’re ok with it’ moments.

JANET JACKSON WITH KIM FIELDS AND AL B SURE

ESSENCE.com: You welcomed your newborn son Quincy two weeks ago. How is it the second time around?
Fields: It’s interesting especially because of the age difference between the two boys [Fields’ older son Sebastian is 6].  You get into a groove with just having one child even when you’re trying to have another all these years later. It’s an adjustment because you have two children now.

You get used to saying ‘My child,’ and now it’s like ‘my children.’ But my husband Chris and I have been great with tag teaming so that we’re really a team.

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ESSENCE.com: Is this it? Are you planning for a third baby?
Fields: That would be the lord’s decision. It’s not like we’re saying, ‘we’re good’ but at the same time I recognize that I am 44 and things just may not be that easy.

flashback at some pics during her facts of life days