At the height of her late-'90s and early-2000s exile from the weird world of popular music, there were rumors (and even media reports) about ex-Fugees frontwoman and queen diva Ms. Lauryn Hill living out of a massive Miami hotel room with her hubby, Rowan Marley (yes, a son of Bob), and their ever-balooning brood of babies.
The location was top secret and it was supposedly protected by an entire team of Buffalo Soldiers. But we here at Crossfade wonder whether Lauryn might've hiding from fame (and Wyclef Jean?) in the Shelborne Beach Resort's penthouse suite?
This will be Ms. Hill's fourth Miami gig in the last 13 months. And that's crazy, especially considering the reclusive decade that she spent dodging massive celebrity and superstar pop success after her one and only solo album, 1998's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, became an unlikely chart-killer, Grammy winner, and star-maker.
Of course, Hill finally reemerged a couple of years ago with the Rock the Bells tour before scheduling sporadic shows around the US, like November 2010's University of Miami's homecoming party and last March's Jazz in the Gardens fest -- not to mention the Moving Target Intimate Playdate Series, a quick club tour that hit mainland Miami with a last-minute stop at Grand Central.
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And now, the queen diva's back in the MIA again, dropping the ball on 2011 with a live performance (according the hotel's event planning team, Hill will be playing "a few songs" between sets by DJs David Berrie, Drek Martinez, and DJ DL) at the Shelborne.
So yeah, damn ... Four nights with Ms. Lauryn Hill in 396 days. It really makes us wonder: Are we sure she ain't still living out of that massive Miami hotel room?
Lauryn Hill as part of the Shelborne's New Year's Eve 2012 with . Saturday, December 31. Shelbourne South Beach, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The party starts at 9 p.m. and tickets cost $200 to $5000 plus fees via shelborne.snaptickets.com. Call 305-531-1271 or visit shelborne.com.