Tongues are wagging that Beyoncé was paid $24 million to perform an hour-long concert in Dubai on Jan. 21 at the invitation-only opening ceremony of Atlantis The Royal, dubbed Dubai’s hottest destination, according to GQ. The luxurious hotel on the water is located in the heart of Palm Jumeirah. This was Beyoncés first full-length concert in four years. People magazine and various other outlets report that at one point during the show, the 24-time Grammy-award winner was joined on the stage by her 11-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter for a duet of their song “Brown Skin Girl,” which comes off of Beyoncés 2019 “The Lion King” companion album. At the end of the number, Blue Ivy hugged her mom and walked up the stage’s steps, where she then struck a pose and blew kisses to the audience. The evening included dinner at one of the hotel’s restaurants, with Heston Blumenthal, Milos by Costas Spiliadis and Ariana’s Persia Kitchen. Beyoncés husband, Jay-Z; their other two children, Rumi and Sir Carter; mother Tina Knowles Lawson; father Mathew Knowles; and many celebrities were also in attendance … 

Although Drake performed at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Jan. 21 and 22, the rapper hurt his ankle before hitting the New York City stage and was treated at Atria, reports Page Six. However, the injury didn’t slow the Toronto rapper down one bit. According to the outlet, he was spotted all over the Big Apple during the week at Zero Bond, Socialista and eating at Cucina Alba, and was invited to a birthday party on Jan. 18 at the Whisper Room, the new hip hop room at the Musica nightclub. Variety reports that at the Apollo, Drake was joined onstage by 21 Savage and Harlem legends the Diplomats, who included Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Jules Santana and Freeky Zekey. Before Cami and the crew left the stage, Drake presented each of them with a custom OVOX Dipset bracelet. Everyone at the concert received a free commemorative T-shirt and complimentary drinks. The show will also air on Drake’s exclusive Sirius XM Channel Sound 42 …

Contemporary flute-playing and jazz phenomenon Ragan Whiteside has been nominated for a 2023 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album (Instrumental) for her sixth career album, “Thrill Ride.” This year’s NAACP Image Awards Ceremony is set to take place on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, California, and will air live at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on BET. Longtime collaborators Dennis Johnson and Bob Baldwin produced the album “Thrill Ride,” along with producer Chris “Big Dog” Davis and James Lloyd of the veteran group Pieces of a Dream …

We hear three -time Olympic Gold medalist, track and field star Sanya Richards-Ross, who is currently on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” dashed into New York City recently to appear on the “Sherri” show. After her appearance on the chat fest, which has been nominated for a 2023 NAACP Image Award, Richards-Ross enjoyed an early dinner at the popular Hunt & Fish Club in midtown Manhattan, where she dined with a small entourage and was lovely to the staff whom sources say she tipped well …

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