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Kelly Rowland among most anticipated performers at BET Awards

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: If Twitter is any indication, the most anticipated performance in this evening’s BET Awards belongs to Kelly Rowland. Formerly of girl group Destiny’s Child, Rowland fell into obscurity for several years before staging a comeback that earned her two Grammys for her solo work. She has stepped even farther into the public view this summer through her role as a judge on Simon Cowell’s singing competition, “The X Factor,” in the U.K.

Yet, how big is Rowland’s comeback? And, more importantly, will she always be held up next to former group mate Beyoncé Knowles? It was widely reported that it was Knowles’ decision to leave Destiny’s Child, and rumored that the lead singer viewed her band mates as less talented liabilities who would hold her back.

It may be that very snub that’s kept comparisons between the two alive. Even Entertainment Weekly’s Brad Wete asked in his live blog of tonight’s awards, “Will Kelly Rowland outshine her Destiny’s Child bestie?”

But, the data is clear: according to the IMDB Star Meter (which has charted celebrity and entertainment world buzz on an individual basis since 2001), Rowland has a long way to go. Sitting at #9,505 (the lowest ranking she has seen since 2001), she is far away from her 2003 career high of #221. Beyoncé, on the other hand has never fallen below #5,600, and has a career high of #4. Her current standing, at #1,228, still shows her holding strong.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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  • June 26, 2011 | Permalink |

    What is the point of this article???…You are clearly a Beyonce stan so please shut up!…Kelly outshone Beyonce tonight #night

  • June 27, 2011 | Permalink |

    Author’s Note: Thanks for your comment, but I will respectfully disagree. The point of the article was to contrast my observation of Kelly Rowland’s growing star power with the fact that, for some reason, Star Meter still isn’t picking up increasing buzz about her. It also asks the question of whether she will ever stop being compared to Beyonce while quoting the largest entertainment magazine doing just that. If you must know, I wrote this article to try to generate some more buzz about Rowland. I believe she is talented and truly deserves it!

    Also, if you noticed, Rowland beat Beyonce by a landslide in last night’s BET viewer’s choice OMG moment, a fact that supports the premise of my article. Thanks for reading!

  • July 4, 2011 | Permalink |

    In my opinion Kelly Rowland will not be successfull. if she will not use her voice strongly. I meet with Kelly in ” when love takes over” ft. david guetta. and I thought it was beautiful because kelly showed her strong voice with big range. Then I listened her solo performances and I thought this is a different person. It is definitely not interesting if you sing a song with 1 or 2 mid- notes. With the continuation of her previous albums, Kelly Rowland will not be successfull but if she use her strong vibratic voice more she may have more fans and I would be one of them.:D:D

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