Will.i.am is hoping for more time with Faith Hill.
The Black Eyed Peas singer told us last night he’s itching to hit the studio with the country-music queen after she performed his "America's Song" on Oprah just days before Prez Barack Obama's inauguration.
“I would love to write a song with Faith Hill,” will.i.am said before he and the Peas performed at their Peapod Foundation benefit at the Conga Room in downtown L.A. “I really hope we get a chance to do that.”
Also in the house was Peas bandmate apl.de.ap, who didn't back out of last night's show despite his recent horrible family tragedy. His half-brother Joven Pineda Deala was murdered on Tuesday in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Fergie’s hubby, Josh Duhamel, was spotted jamming in the wings when his new wife hit the stage.
Not only did Fergie take a solo turn on stage with “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” but she also had the audience singing and dancing when the Peas performed “Hey, Mama” and “Let’s Get It Started.”
“When I say are you ready to pump it, you make some motherf--kin’ noise,” Fergie shouted before the Peas broke into “Pump It.”
Enthusiastic audience members included Rihanna, Fantasia Barrino, Jennifer Morrison, Joey Fatone and blast-from-the-past MC Hammer.
The group must have done something right. The Peapod Foundation received a $1 million donation from Adobe Youth Voices last night to help build after-school academies for at-risk kids to create music and art.
—Additional reporting by Dahvi Shira