Trevor Nelson's Divas

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2021042420210423 (R2)Trevor Nelson opens his interview archive to share the stories of our greatest divas.
2021050120210430 (R2)Trevor Nelson opens his interview archive to share the stories of our greatest divas.
Beyonce9 - The Diva Who Doesn't Behave Like A Diva20210327Trevor has literally watched Beyoncé grow up, from Destiny's Child to being half the ultimate power couple with Jay-Z. For her it's all about the performance and she always gives 100% - polite, generous and fun - she never behaved like a Diva except when she performed and now when she uses mystery as a promotional tool, rather than giving interviews. Global superstar Beyoncé also uses her influence on important issues, like her friends the Obamas, for example galvanising people in America to vote.

Trevor celebrates Beyoncé Knowles and you'll hear them together at the Notting Hill Carnival, where her father agreed that Destiny's Child would cancel a gig in Philadelphia to play for free on Trevor's stage, plus her bringing Crazy In Love to the studio for the first time and Trevor introducing Beyoncé on stage and chatting at a Television Centre concert where she imitates his accent in an affectionate way and laughs about playing a car park.

Trevor has watched Beyonc\u00e9 grow up from Destiny's Child to being the ultimate power couple

Trevor Nelson opens his interview archive to share the stories of our greatest divas.

James Brown - Without Him No Hip Hop!2021041020210409 (R2)First there was Beethoven, then there was Bach and then there was Brown - that's what James Brown - Mr Brown to Trevor - said before they started an interview in a hotel, just a few days before he also recorded a special intimate concert for Trevor and the BBC.

James Brown has the most monikers in music - Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, the Hardest Working Man In Showbiz - but would he live up to his status as both Diva and Hero for Trevor. He was charming, after throwing the first question straight back with a wise and witty quip, but Trevor had the feeling that he could turn at any moment and the results would not have been pretty.

Key tracks, his childhood in poverty, stage tricks, theatrics, his first visits to british television studios and the fact that he was the most sampled (and least financially compensated) artist on the planet all come up in their fascinating and thrilling conversation.

He was of course a huge figure - even at the age of 70 - sharp, sassy, cocky, complicated and provocative all at once. James Brown simply didn't care what people thought of his politics, behaviour and horrendous private life, but, without him, no Hip Hop and no great stage performances from the likes of Prince and Michael Jackson. One hundred percent true Diva.

James Brown has the most monickers in music and he's one hundred percent Diva good and bad

Trevor Nelson opens his interview archive to share the stories of our greatest divas.

Mariah Carey - It's All About The Voice For Someone Who Embodies The Word Diva20210403When Trevor just says ‘Mariah' you immediately know who he's talking about and you probably think Diva too… The stories are legendary… She likes to live the diva lifestyle with an entourage, planes standing by, puppy filled riders that would make anyone else blush… As Trevor finds out, she has a presence in both the smallest dressing room or the largest arena, with a five octave Diva vocal performance on stage and when she's upset, looks could kill…

BUT she really knows the business and the music scene – everyone wants to work with her and she has an incredible track record.
Above all Mariah and Trevor have a great relationship, as you'll hear, with intimate answers, revealing moments and riotous experiences, all taken from the BBC radio and TV interviews and meetings they've enjoyed over many years.

Mariah Carey is honest about all the rumours and the crazy press stories – she breaks all her own rules and lets Trevor talk to her back stage, just moments before going on stage and Trevor dances with her at one of the best after show parties in history. Trevor thinks he really annoyed her by keeping her waiting but then they made up on her private jet and he asks if she can drop him off in Hackney, on her way to her next gig in Moscow.

When Trevor just says \u2018Mariah' you immediately know who he's talking about.

Trevor Nelson opens his interview archive to share the stories of our greatest divas.

P.diddy2021041220210416 (R2)Music mogul and entrepreneur P.Diddy studied the art of hustling from a young age and is now one of the most instrumental figures in the hip hop industry.
For Diddy being a diva is just a means to an end – it's all about the business, as his lyrics told us – ‘Don't worry if I write rhymes, I write checks'. He's always the loudest in the room and even his most ardent critics followed his business and marketing plans.

In this episode Trevor explores his encounters with Diddy over the years and relives some memories from his BBC documentary from 1999, when he followed Diddy around Harlem in New York for four days.

You'll hear about Diddy's personal struggles with Biggie's death, how his determination for success began at a young age whilst doing his paper round, how he tried to justify his ghetto fabulousness as escapism, and the many ways he influenced the hip hop industry from his image to his successful clothing brands and businesses.

Plus Trevor looks back at the day Diddy tipped him off about one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time, he also shares the details about the day they were stopped by the NYPD whilst driving around Harlem in Diddy's Bentley.

The diva who studied the art of hustling from a young age & hasn't stopped striving since!

Trevor Nelson opens his interview archive to share the stories of our greatest divas.

P.Diddy2021041720210416 (R2)Music mogul and entrepreneur P.Diddy studied the art of hustling from a young age and is now one of the most instrumental figures in the hip hop industry.
For Diddy being a diva is just a means to an end – it's all about the business, as his lyrics told us – ‘Don't worry if I write rhymes, I write checks'. He's always the loudest in the room and even his most ardent critics followed his business and marketing plans.

In this episode Trevor explores his encounters with Diddy over the years and relives some memories from his BBC documentary from 1999, when he followed Diddy around Harlem in New York for four days.

You'll hear about Diddy's personal struggles with Biggie's death, how his determination for success began at a young age whilst doing his paper round, how he tried to justify his ghetto fabulousness as escapism, and the many ways he influenced the hip hop industry from his image to his successful clothing brands and businesses.

Plus Trevor looks back at the day Diddy tipped him off about one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time, he also shares the details about the day they were stopped by the NYPD whilst driving around Harlem in Diddy's Bentley.

The diva who studied the art of hustling from a young age & hasn\u2019t stopped striving since!

Trevor Nelson opens his interview archive to share the stories of our greatest divas.