Kelis Kelis

American singer–songwriter Kelis Kelis

Kelis Rogers, better known mononymously as Kelis, is an American singer-songwriter and certified chef. She has won Brit Awards, Q Awards, and NME Awards, and was nominated for two Grammy Awards. Outside her native United States, she has had nine top ten singles in the United Kingdom alone. Kelis appeared on Moby's Area One Tour, supported U2 on the European leg of their Elevation Tour, Britney Spears' The Onyx Hotel Tour and headlined her own All Hearts Tour with Robyn.
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Singer Kelis dons chef's whites with London pop-up restaurant
Reuters.com - over 1 year
LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) - "Milkshake" singer Kelis has temporarily swapped her microphone for a chef's uniform to launch a pop-up restaurant in London. The 36-year-old American, who has a sauce...
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Turns Out Your Milkshake Is Better Than Kelis’ Because She Never Made One
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
The very bedrock of our great nation was built on a single truth: milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard. Oh, were you thinking it was something about liberty or justice? Try again.  But in a Trojan Horse-like twist, the author of the age old adage, R&B singer Kelis, who used the sweet promise of male attention and chocolatey goodness to reach No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, sits on a BED OF LIES.  In a recent interview with The Guardian about her new cookbook, which inexplicably does not include a milkshake recipe, Kelis admitted to never actually making a milkshake during her 36 years on planet earth.  "I don’t think I’ve ever made a milkshake," Kelis, who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, told The Guardian. "I made a smoothie the other day that was really good – protein powder, spinach, orange, and crushed ice with a little bit of honey and coconut water. I’ll make you a Kelis smoothie next time you come over." My protein po...
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Kelis: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever made a milkshake’
Guardian (UK) - almost 2 years
The Milkshake singer chats mud, deer and cooking pineapple with beef ahead of her British festival appearances this summer Hi, Kelis. You’re playing all sorts of UK festivals this year: I count seven. Any ideas which ones? To be totally honest with you, I’ve seen them on my schedule but I haven’t memorised them. I know I’m doing a lot … Continue reading...
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19 Songs That Beautifully Capture Motherhood
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Countless musicians have paid tribute to their moms with gorgeous, heartwarming and fun songs. But many artists who have their own kids also celebrate motherhood with lyrics from the parent's perspective.  In honor of Mother's Day, we put together a list of beautiful songs about motherhood, from famous musician moms. 1. "Sweetest Devotion" by Adele "The song is all about my kid," Adele told USA Today in an interview last year. "The way I've described it is that something much bigger has happened in my life. I love that my life is now about someone else." 2. "Speechless" by Alicia Keys (featuring Eve) Alicia Keys wrote "Speechless" after giving birth to her first child, a son named Egypt, in 2010. A tribute to her baby, the song's lyrics include, "When I wake up in the morning babe / Can't believe my eyes / Sweetest little part of destiny." 3. "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack This early-2000s chart topper wa...
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10 Songs By Grammy Winners That Don't Mean What You Think They Do
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Remember the days when people would sing a song about a milkshake, and they were actually talking about a milkshake? (Looking at you, Kelis.) Well, bad news, y'all. It turns out those days didn't exist. It's not that milkshakes don't deserve a song (because duh), but innuendo and alternative meanings have been in chart hits forever. In honor of the 2016 Grammys, here are 10 songs from previous winners and nominees that might not mean what you think they do: 1. The “bitch” Jay Z refers to in “99 Problems” is a dog. During a talk at the New York Public Library, Jay Z explained that the "bitch" he talks about in the second verse of "99 Problems" is actually the K9 unit that'd be looking for drugs in the car.  2. Judas Priest's "Raw Deal" is about a gay biker bar. Judas Priest lead singer Robert Halford came out as gay in 1998. During that time Halford revealed to MTV that there have been gay innuendos throughout his songs. After the fact, it...
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10 Songs By Grammy Winners That Don't Mean What You Think They Do
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Remember the days when people would sing a song about a milkshake, and they were actually talking about a milkshake? (Looking at you, Kelis.) Well, bad news, y'all. It turns out those days didn't exist. It's not that milkshakes don't deserve a song (because duh), but innuendo and alternative meanings have been in chart hits forever. In honor of the 2016 Grammys, here are 10 songs from previous winners and nominees that might not mean what you think they do: 1. The “bitch” Jay Z refers to in “99 Problems” is a dog. During a talk at the New York Public Library, Jay Z explained that the "bitch" he talks about in the second verse of "99 Problems" is actually the K9 unit that'd be looking for drugs in the car.  2. Judas Priest's "Raw Deal" is about a gay biker bar. Judas Priest lead singer Robert Halford came out as gay in 1998. During that time Halford revealed to MTV that there have been gay innuendos throughout his songs. After the fact, it...
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A Most Ingenious Paradox
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Many opera companies have experimented with updating works from the standard repertoire in order to make them more relevant to contemporary audiences. Why? Doing so has financial as well as artistic rewards (because the scores to many operas are now in the public domain, an impresario may not need to pay royalties in order to be granted production rights). In 1866, Gaetano Donizetti's 1832 opera, The Elixir of Love, became the subject of a musical parody written by none other than William S. Gilbert, entitled Dulcamara, or the Little Duck and the Great Quack. In the 1980s, James De Blasis used a new translation of Felice Romani's libretto for an updated version of Elixir of Love that was set in the Wild West and has occasionally been referred to as "Adina Get Your Gun." In 2012, tenor Rolando Villazòn sang the role of Nemorino and directed a new "Wild West" production of Donizetti's opera at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. The San Francisco Opera recently score...
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10 Things Black People MUST Know This Holiday Season
Huffington Post - over 2 years
As quick as Halloween ended was just as fast as the Christmas season seemed to have kicked into high gear. From the Starbucks holiday cup controversy to premature Christmas tree displays, this is where we are. And as some of us grinches reluctantly get dragged kicking and screaming into the holiday cheer, I was called upon to construct a list of the 10 Things Black People MUST Know This Holiday Season. And before you even ask "why Black people," well, that's because that's what I am. It's all in good fun. 10. Santa Is "Real" .... And he's "Black" Too!!! Maybe it's The Obama Effect. Or maybe it's just pandering and capitalism at play but little tykes don't only have to resort to sitting on the knee of an Alabaster St. Nick when visiting shopping centers with their money spending parents anymore. According to the Associated Press, a growing trend of ethnic Santa Clauses are getting underway across the country. There's one, quite popular, in Atlanta (of course!) who refers to himself ...
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A Visit to Kelis's Kitchen
Wall Street Journal - over 2 years
Singer and professional saucier Kelis reveals straight-from-mom kitchen truths and a cookie recipe that brings all the boys to the yard.
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Kelis ditches milkshakes in her new cookbook
CNN - over 2 years
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Why Do We Call Good Food 'Orgasmic'?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The following is an excerpt from The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu, in which author Dan Jurafsky analyzes user-generated restaurant reviews to draw conclusions about the language -- positive or negative -- that we use to talk about food: You can always get a good argument going in San Francisco by asking people for their favorite taqueria. I lean toward the carnitas at La Taqueria on Mission, but our friend Calvin can be pretty eloquent on the subject of the al pastor at Taqueria Vallarta on Twenty-Fourth. San Franciscans are similarly contentious about the best dim sum, and have been politely disagreeing about tamales since the 1880s, when the city was famous for the vendors plying the streets every evening with pails of hot chicken tamales. (Some things, of course, are simply not a matter of opinion, like the best place for roast duck -- it’s Cheung Hing out in the Sunset, but don’t tell anybody else, the line is already too long.) It’s not just San Francisco. You...
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Why Is There Still a 3 Song Limit at Concerts?
Chicago Times - over 3 years
(©2014 Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune)   The much adored Kelis was the first concert I have photographed in awhile, and the person at the Park West box office said I'd be able to photograph the whole concert. He was mistaken. I was escorted out shortly after the third song while concertgoers were still lifting up their cellphones, photographing the singer throughout the entire concert.   The experience left me scratching my head over the question, why is there still a 3 song limit?  I've asked a lot of people about it, I haven't heard an answer that makes a lot of sense (please leave one below to wisen me up).   I don't suppose that the quality of concertgoer images as a whole is that great, but with the right position, and the right phone, in the hands of the right person, it's possible to make some strong pictures from up front.     I imagine that there are bloggers and Instagrammers who, standing close, are likely making money from concert pictures.  I would a...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kelis
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 35
    Kelis gave birth to a son, Shepherd, in November 2015.
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    Her first cookbook, My Life on a Plate, was released on September 28, 2015; Kelis describes it as "an exploration of tastes and cultures, and my experience as a chef, musician, mother and wife".
    In 2015, Kelis featured on veteran disco producer Giorgio Moroder's album Déjà Vu, singing on the track "Back and Forth".
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  • 2014
    Age 34
    In 2014, the Cooking Channel aired a cooking TV series starring Kelis, Saucy and Sweet, and the same year she set up a food truck to cook for attendees of the American music festival SXSW.
  • 2013
    Age 33
    In 2013, Kelis debuted her sauce line, "Feast", at the Beverly Hills Food & Wine Festival.
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    In late 2013, it was announced that Kelis had signed to British independent label Ninja Tune for the release of the album, titled Food, in April 2014.
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    In 2013, following reports that Kelis had been working with producer Dave Sitek, it was announced that she had signed to Sitek's own record label Federal Prism and was going to release two albums.
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  • 2011
    Age 31
    In a 2011 interview, Kelis said that her sixth studio album would be finished "in the next few weeks".
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    Kelis collaborated with Scottish producer Calvin Harris on the 2011 single "Bounce", the lead single from Harris' third studio album, 18 Months. "Bounce" debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Kelis's tenth UK top ten single.
  • 2010
    Age 30
    Kelis appears on the Mark Ronson-produced track "The Man Who Stole a Leopard" from the 2010 Duran Duran release All You Need Is Now, and co-wrote the song "Waiting" for British pop singer Cheryl Cole's Messy Little Raindrops.
    During mid-2010, Kelis embarked on her first U.S. tour, titled All Hearts with Robyn, amid a selection of club, festival and solo dates that continued through 2011–these included Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Good Vibrations and Lovebox.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 29
    On July 22, 2009, Kelis gave birth to a son named Knight. The birth was announced by Nas via an online video. The same month, a judge in New York City ordered Nas to pay Kelis $55,000 per month in child and spousal support. The couple's divorce was finalized in May 2010.
    In April 2009 she filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
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    Coinciding with her change in musical direction, Kelis appeared on Basement Jaxx's 2009 album Scars on the title track, on Benassi's 2010 single "Spaceship" with apl.de.ap and Jean Baptiste, and on the Crookers single "No Security" from their debut album Tons of Friends.
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    In 2009, Kelis announced that she was finishing her fifth studio album, to be released in 2010 under Interscope Records via the will.i.am Music Group.
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  • 2008
    Age 28
    After Kelis left Jive, the label released a fourteen-track greatest hits album entitled The Hits in March 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 27
    According to Kelis, she received no support from Jive Records for Kelis Was Here, and the label dropped her in late 2007.
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    Ford chose Kelis to help advertise the 2007 Ford Edge, and she recorded a theme song for the commercial, entitled "Push It to the Edge", with help from producer Scott Storch.
    During mid 2007, Kelis toured in Europe, appearing in numerous festivals across the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, such as Wireless, Rise and Gurtenfestival.
    Kelis Was Here was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 2007 Grammy Awards.
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  • 2006
    Age 26
    Kelis's fourth studio album, Kelis Was Here, was released in August 2006, and debuted and peaked at number ten on the Billboard 200. Despite the career-high debut, the album has sold only 157,000 copies in the United States as of 2007, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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    She collaborated with Busta Rhymes and will.i.am on the track "I Love My Bitch", the second single from Rhymes's 2006 album The Big Bang.
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    Kelis contributed a track titled "80's Joint" to the soundtrack of the 2006 dance film Step Up.
  • 2005
    Age 25
    In 2005, she was featured on the soundtrack to the film Just Like Heaven with a cover version of The Pretenders' "Brass in Pocket" (1979),
  • 2004
    Age 24
    Also in 2004, Kelis collaborated with Björk on a remix of the latter's track "Oceania" (from Björk's album Medúlla), which appeared as a B-side to the Björk album's second single, "Who Is It".
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  • 2003
    Age 23
    "Not in Love", Kelis's collaboration with Enrique Iglesias from his 2003 album 7, was released as a single the following year, reaching the UK top five.
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    In 2003, Kelis achieved a second top ten hit in the UK as a featured artist on Richard X's "Finest Dreams", a reworking of the S.O.S. Band's 1986 single "The Finest".
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  • 2002
    Age 22
    Nasir Jones and Kelis met at an MTV Video Music Awards party in 2002; they dated for one year before becoming engaged in 2004, and marrying in January 2005.
    In 2002, Kelis recorded "So Be It" for the Red Hot Organization's Fela Kuti tribute CD, Red Hot and Riot, from which all proceeds were donated to AIDS awareness charities.
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  • 2001
    Age 21
    Kelis's second album, Wanderland, was released in 2001 in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, but did not receive a North American release.
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    In 2001, Kelis won the BRIT Award for International Breakthrough Act and the NME Award for Best R&B/Soul Act, before joining Moby and U2 on their Area:One and Elevation tours, respectively.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1999
    Age 19
    Kelis achieved moderate international success with her 1999 debut album, Kaleidoscope, but left her label Virgin Records after its follow-up, Wanderland (2001), received little sales attention and no U.S. release.
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  • 1998
    Age 18
    Kelis began recording her debut album, Kaleidoscope, in mid-1998 and was finished within a year.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Born
    Born on August 21, 1979.
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