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While millions of Americans rang in their holiday weekend stuck in traffic jams, getting frisked at airports or beefing with their in-laws, the Black Eyed Peas set off their Thanksgiving in style with a huge Miami concert — their last before the group's much-ballyhooed indefinite hiatus.
"Tonight is our graduation. It's a very special night for all of us," Fergie declared onstage. "We're so thankful to be sharing this night together." And share it they did — the show featured several appearances from the Peas's talented friends, including T-Pain, Sean Kingston, Cee Lo Green, Jason DeRulo and Queen Latifah.
After millions of records sold and a headlining slot at the Super Bowl halftime show in February, it's not like the Peas didn't earn their break. After months of rumors, the group made their hiatus official with an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday. Will.i.am said that the Peas "always have two cycles of records and then we take a break," explaining that they've managed to stay together this long because they take time off to work on solo projects and have personal time before reuniting to "make beautiful music."
However, even the group's hiatus will be pretty action-packed. Will.i.am just dropped "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)," the new single from his upcoming solo album, #willpower, featuring Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger. Taboo is promoting his book, Falling Up, while apl.de.ap is an education ambassador in the Philippines. Fergie, meanwhile, will reportedly record more solo material.
Good luck, Peas.
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