Jill Scott to join Usher as a mentor on ‘The Voice’

Usher and Jill ScottNBC’s “The Voice” is taking it to the next level, by inviting some of the music industries cream of the crop to mentor alongside they’re grade A coaches Latin sensation Shakira, R&B star Usher, rock star Adam Levine and country star Blake Shelton.

Just weeks after the announcement that Usher and Shakira will be returning (replacing Cee Lo and Christina Aguilera…again) Usher announced that when he returns, he’ll be doing it with a bang! Teaming up with Usher on the upcoming season of “The Voice,” is none other than Jill Scott.

EXTRA revealed that the show’s February 24th return will feature Scott as a mentor for team Usher.

Usher told “Extra’s” Renee Bargh, “That’s my secret weapon, incredible, as a writer, as a musician, as an actress, all those elements really help to prepare artists.”

Scott added, “When Usher calls, you take the call.”

Her advice to contestants? “Listen to your gut, follow your heart and it will lead you somewhere special.”

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Recap on Big Winners At 2012 American Music Awards

The big winners of the 40th American Music Awards on Sunday (November 18) where pop sensation Justin Bieber and his “Beauty and a Beat” collaborator Nicki Minaj.

Justin took home three awards, including Artist of the Year, while Nicki launched two trophies — including Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.

During her acceptance speech, not surprisingly, she dedicated the awards to her “Barbz”, aka her fans. “I love you so much, you are so passionate and so inspiring,” Nicki said. “Thank you so much for voting your little tiny fingers off. I could just eat you and kiss you and love you and hug you. Other winners included Beyoncé (Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist), Rihanna (Favorite Soul/R&B Album), and Usher (Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist).

Below is a full list of the evening’s winners:

Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber

New Artist of the Year: Carly Rae Jepsen

Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock: Justin Bieber

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock: Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo, or Group – Pop/Rock: Maroon 5

Favorite Album – Pop/Rock: Justin Bieber – Believe

Favorite Male Artist – Country: Luke Bryan

Favorite Female Artist – Country: Taylor Swift

Favorite Band, Duo, or Group – Country: Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album – Country: Carrie Underwood – Blown Away

Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop: Nicki Minaj

Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop: Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B: Usher

Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B: Beyoncé

Favorite Album – Soul/R&B: Rihanna – Talk That Talk

Favorite Album – Alternative Rock: Linkin Park

Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary: Adele

Favorite Artist – Latin: Shakira

Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational: Toby Mac

Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM): David Guetta