At the 60th annual Grammy Awards, pop/R&B singer Bruno Mars took home an astonishing seven Grammy trophies, including the final award of the night, Album of The Year.
In his speech, Bruno named Babyface, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Teddy Riley as his "teachers" - those who inspired him to make the 24K Magic album. Is it a coincidence that Njs4ever.com has promoted these producers as the driving forces behind the New Jack Era since our first incarnation in 2002? We think not.
Bruno went on to describe the music (New Jack Swing) as follows:
"And with those songs, I remember seeing it...I remember seeing it firsthand people dancing that had never met each other from two sides of the globe, dancing with each other, toasting with each other, celebrating together. All I wanted to do with this album was that. Those songs were written with nothing but joy and for one reason and one reason only and that’s love. That’s all I wanted to bring with this album…. I’d like to dedicate this award to them. They are my heroes. They are my teachers. They laid the foundation. This album wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for these guys.”
Below: Screenshot from the original version of Njs4ever.com (2002-2003)
Again, some of us here at Njs4ever.com believe it's quite possible that a young Bruno Mars encountered the NJS4E website and got some of his education here - especially since he named the very three production forces listed from this screenshot from the very first "Angelfire" edition of Njs4ever.com. Between the years 2003 and 2009, NJS4E rose in popularity on a global scale, uniting fans of New Jack Swing online at our message board/forum (especially between 2004 and 2008), and at our NJS4E dance parties that took place primarily in London, our 2006 worldwide meetup in Amsterdam, and our 2007 New Jack Swing 20th anniversary parties in London and New York - the latter of which featured the late Johnny Kemp (best known for the 1988 hit "Just Got Paid" - also covered by N'Sync) in performance.
Since 2009, NJS4E has been mostly dormant - however, our online presence remains strong and thriving via our very active Facebook group that is nearly 7,000 active members strong and remains growing day by day. Head on over to our Facebook group to meet like-minded New Jack Swing fans, interact with the artists, musicians, and producers that made it happen, and stay tuned because we still have a few tricks up our sleeve yet!
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