How you gonna score major points with your lady love when you can't be with her on Valentine's Day? Simple -- just get her favorite singer to surprise her with a private concert.
Of course, it helps if you're Sean "Puffy" Combs. Combs and his gal, Jennifer Lopez, won't be spending Valentine's Day together, but that didn't stop Combs from arranging a special pre-Valentine's gift for the chart-topping singer/actress.
A source close to the hip-hop impresario confirmed that Combs had set up the private show, which featured Vandross, who recently signed to Clive Davis' J Records imprint, backed by a full band. Combs apparently was not on hand to witness Lopez's reaction, although the paper reported that she was "absolutely astonished" by the gift.
Publicists for Vandross and Lopez have not returned calls regarding the matter, while Combs' reps declined to comment on the gift, which they called "very personal and very private."
Combs and Lopez won't be together Valentine's Day, as Lopez's promotional schedule for her current film, "The Wedding Planner," will take her to Canada next week, followed by stops in Hong Kong and Australia. Combs won't be able to join her, as he is on trial for weapons charges in New York.