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Posted November 22, 2013


Edmonds Talks About His Upcoming Duets Album with Toni Braxton and The Stories Behind His Biggest Hits

Oprah Winfrey with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds
(Photo Credit: © Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns)

Los Angeles, CA – Oprah Winfrey sits down with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds on an all-new episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” airing this Sunday, November 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. 

EXCERPT: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds on “Instant Stardom”

OPRAH: Do you think that the American Idol culture, and I don't mean just that show. But I mean the culture of --


OPRAH:  -- instant stardom.  Now you're famous.  You come on.  You do a couple of songs. The audience votes.  Do you think that that is the antithesis of what is needed for actually building long-time and long-lasting stars?

BABYFACE:  They're a crash course.  And so there's no way in that crash course with most people that they can -- they're gonna survive it.

OPRAH:  Why?

BABYFACE:  Because you've got to -- you have to do it in front of everyone.  You have to do it in front of the world.  And our pop culture today is so wishy-washy.  I'm into you. Now I'm not.  And it's hard to -- you get beat up a lot quicker and a lot harder. And everybody's not strong enough to go through that.

OPRAH: American Idol kids and those kinds of shows, they don't get the chance to really -- really work their craft.

EXCERPT: How Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds Feels About His Ex-Wife's Boyfriend Deion Sanders

BABYFACE:  Deion's a good guy. Tracy's a good girl. She's the mother of my children and we have a great relationship and we live to make sure our children are happy. Deion did one thing for me that I thought was the classiest thing in the world. Now I've always I talked to Tracey about her relationships.

OPRAH:  Uh-huh.

BABYFACE:  Who she might be dating. I kinda said, well maybe I don’t know, and I'd given her my opinion on certain things through the past and then she told me she was dating Deion. And I knew that Deion, Mr. Prime Time, you know, he seemed like a nice guy.  But he became a classy guy when he called me and said he didn't want to meet my children until he sat down and had lunch or breakfast with me, so he knew me before he met my children.

OPRAH:  Oh. That's amazing.

EXCERPT: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds on Making Music Superstars

OPRAH:  When they called you and said that, you know, we want to give you the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -- and then you think about all of those other people who have walked that walk and lived that life and now you are one of those people, what did you think?

BABYFACE:  It took me a while to even kind of totally accept it.  Because I don't walk around thinking of myself as a star.

OPRAH:  But do you think of yourself as a star maker?

BABYFACE:  Yeah.  I've been part of that.

OPRAH:  Yeah.

BABYFACE:  I've definitely been part of that.

OPRAH:  You can accept being a star maker. You can accept making other people stars.

BABYFACE:  Yeah.  I can stand behind that.

OPRAH:  You lit up when you said that.  You can stand behind that.

BABYFACE:  I can stand behind that. But being a star is -- you know, what I'm learning to do is embrace that, you know, because I've been so long, you know, being humble and that's not - it's too shiny for me.  I don't want to shine like that.

OPRAH:  Yeah.

BABYFACE:  But I think I need to shine.  I need to be -- be proud of something.

OPRAH:  At least embrace it.

About Oprah’s Next Chapter:

“Oprah’s Next Chapter” is the award-winning primetime series featuring Oprah Winfrey as she steps outside of the studio for riveting, enlightening and in-depth conversations with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and real-life families. “Oprah’s Next Chapter” is produced by Harpo Studios.  Join the conversation on Twitter using #NextChapter.



In the episode, Oprah visits the R&B powerhouse at his home in Los Angeles to discuss his upcoming album, Love, Marriage & Divorce, a duets album with Toni Braxton, and the stories behind his biggest hits.  The 10-time Grammy Award-winner also talks about his process for creating music, the current state of the industry as well as his fiancé.  He also talks about his very public divorce and the affect it had on his children.




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