Last week the rodeo unveiled its lineup and announced Jason Derulo as the headliner for BHN.
My social media accounts have been buzzing with people who say Derulo is not a marquis artist and should not have been chosen the one night African Americans are given during the rodeo.
We’ve talked with some Black Heritage Committee members who are also upset about the act chosen for the night of their major fundraiser.
Those intimately involved in the rodeo say they have no say in picking the acts and they’re just as angry.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo issued this statement backing the rodeo’s choice to hire Derulo as the BHN act:
The following statement is attributable to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials:
“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is excited to have Jason Derulo as part of the 2016 concert lineup. He’s sold over 50 million singles as a solo artist, and has earned 11 platinum singles. His tremendous success, which includes five platinum singles just from his latest album, and more than 2 billion views on Youtube and 1 billion plays on Spotify, make him the type of artist to help the Show reach even more of our city’s diverse community. And although Black Heritage Day includes the evening rodeo and concert in NRG Stadium, the real heart of the celebration is the amazing array of local groups who participate on the grounds during the day, which in 2015 included marching bands, dance groups, Buffalo Soldiers and African-American quilters.”
Here are is additional background on Jason Derulo.
· sold over 50 million singles
· has 11 career platinum singles
· over 2 billion views on YouTube
· over 1 billion plays on Spotify
· 11 of his songs reached the Top 10 on the Top 40 Charts, including four No. 1’s
· over 20 million social media fans and followers.
· one of only seven recording artists (other are Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Drake) to score five platinum singles from one album
o 2014’s “Talk Dirty”
· five-time winner at the BMI Pop Awards
o Honored as songwriter of the year in 2011
· 3 Teen Choice awards
· Array of international awards nominations including:
o MTV Video Music
o MTV Europe Music
o Billboard Latin Music
o American Music
o NAACP Image & MOBO awards
· fourth studio album released June 2015 – “Everything is 4”
o “Want to Want Me” became the most-added track in the history of Top 40 radio.
* added by 156 monitored pop stations, making it the biggest Top 40 US radio launch ever
· served as season 12 judge on TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”
· associated with the following charities:
o Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center
o Ryan Seacrest Foundation
o Shriners Hospitals for Children