The stream, which took place Monday at 5pm PST, 8pm EST, set the record for the most people tuning into an instagram live feed with 500k viewers! The original record was held by Drake and Tory Lanez which had 310k.
This music battle was unrehearsed, unscripted and RAW, the perfect ingredients for an audience that loves R&B music. As a result the viewing audience got behind the scenes stories of various celebrities from Michael Jackson to Madonna to Halle Berry. Along with the best R&B music on the planet, the audience also got an impromptu live performance from R&B legend Babyface as he sang his classic hit single “When can I see you again? “
The viewers also got to spend time with some of their favorite celebrities like Pharell, Mariah Carey and Gabrielle Union essentially in the same club, at the same time, side-by-side sharing the same experience. The beauty in this is while we all are in the middle of a global pandemic feeling isolated at times, those with only $5 to their name we’re getting the same experience as the millionaires. It felt like it was a modern day virtual Woodstock and how ironic it took place on 4/20…
If that wasn’t enough, one of the bigger stories of the night was once again technical issues but not in the way most people would think, the streams would no longer connect.
This occurred out of the blue with no warning. Over 500,000 people were suddenly forced to choose Teddy Riley’s page or Babyface’s page; and no, that wasn’t part of the voting process. For some reason they both kept receiving the same message, “unable to connect”.
As many were jokingly shading Teddy Riley for technical issues once again (he went viral because of technical issues on Saturday,) he discovered exactly what happened…”We broke the Internet”.
Regardless of the reason one thing is certain history was made Monday night! Over 1 million people united with something in common, to celebrate and appreciate black culture. With music, love and laughter leading the charge making HISTORY in another way. That by itself is the biggest story of the night, and it speaks volumes. #neverforget
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Tyler Tyson is an AfterBuzz TV Host, Black Hollywood Live Host, Journalist, and Radio Personality.
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