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Beyoncé, Pop Smoke, Kanye West and Megan Thee Stallion Among List of 2021 Grammy Nominees

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The Recording Academy announced the 2021 nominees on Tuesday and the Rap and R&B categories saw some new faces this year. The announcement came virtually on Grammy.com and was announced by CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King.

Jhené Aiko received 3 nominations for her work on the 2020 album Chilombo in the categories Best Progressive R&B album, Best R&B Performance and Album of the Year.

Beyoncé received 9 nominations for Best R&B Performance, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Music Film, Best Music Video, Best R&B Song, Song of the Year and Record of the Year where she is nominated twice for “Black Parade” and “Savage” with Megan Thee Stallion.

In addition to the Record of the Year, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Performance Nominations, Megan Thee Stallion who also was a presenter during the announcement livestream was nominated for Best New Artist competing against “Say So” performer Doja Cat.

Doja Cat’s single crossed over into the pop realm and earned the 25-year-old first time nominee a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance and Record of the Year.

Nipsey Hussle and Pop Smoke have been posthumously nominated for Best Rap Performance. This was Pop Smoke’s only nomination for his single “Dior.” Nipsey was nominated via Big Sean’s single “Deep Reverence” from his Detroit 2 LP. Sean and Nip will compete against Da Baby’s “Bop,” Jack Harlow’s “What’s Poppin” Lil Baby’s “The Bigger Picture and ” Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage.”

Other nominees include Drake who was nominated for Best Melodic Rap Performance and Best Rap Song with “Laugh Now Cry Later” and Best Music Video for “Life is Good” with Future.

Kanye West also received his first Grammy nomination in the Gospel music category for Best Contemporary Christian Album with Jesus is King.

The ceremony airs January 31, 2021 on CBS and will be hosted by Comedian Trevor Noah.

See the complete list of nominees here. See the R&B and Rap Nominees below:

Record of the Year

Beyonce – Black Parade

Da Baby – Rockstar feat. Roddy Ricch

Doja Cat – Say So

Post Malone – Circles

Megan Thee Stallion x Beyonce – Savage Remix

Album of the Year

Jhene AIko – Chilombo

Post Malone -Hollywood’s Bleeding

Song of the Year

Beyonce – Black Parade

Roddy Ricch – The Box

Post Malone – Circles

H.E.R. – I Can’t Breathe

Best New Artist

Doja Cat

Megan Thee Stallion

D Smoke

Best Rap Album

Jay Electronica – A Written Testimony

Royce Da 5’9 – The Allegory

Nas – King’s Disease

Freddie Gibbs – Alfredo

D Smoke – Black habits

Best Rap Song

Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture

Roddy Ricch – The Box

Drake – Laugh Now Cry Later feat. Lil Durk

Da Baby – Rockstar feat. Roddy Ricch

Megan Thee Stallion – Savage feat. Beyonce

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Travis Scott – Highest in the Room

Anderson Paak – Lockdown

Roddy Ricch – The Box

Drake – Laugh Now Cry Later feat. Lil Durk

Da Baby – Rockstar feat. Roddy Ricch

Best Rap Performance

Pop Smoke – Dior

Big Sean – Deep Reverance feat. Nipsey Hussle

Da Baby- Bop

Jack Harlow – What’s Poppin

Megan Thee Stallion – Savage

Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture

Best R&B Performance

Jhene Aiko – Lightning & Thunder feat. John Legend

Beyonce – Black Parade

Jacob Collier – All I need feat. Ty Dolla Sign & Mahalia

Brittany Howard – Goat Head

Emily King – See Me

Best Traditional R&B Performance

The Baylor Project Featuring Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor – Sit on Down

Chloe x Halle – Wonder What She Thinks of Me

Mykal Kilgore – Let Me Go

Ledisi – Anything For You

Yebba – Distance

 Best R&B Song

Robert Glasper – Better Than I Imagine feat. H.E.R.

Beyonce – Black Parade

Tiana Major9 – Collide feat. Earthgang

Chloe x Halle – Do It

Skip Marley – Slow Down feat. H.E.R.

Best R&B Album

Ant Clemons – Happy 2 Be Here

Giveon – Take Time

Luke James – To Feel Love/D

John Legend – Bigger Love

Gregory Porter – All Rise

Best Progressive R&B Album

Jhene Aiko – Chilombo

Chloe x Halle- Ungodly Hour

Free Nationals – Free Nationals

Robert Glasper -F*** Yo Feelings

Thundercat – It is What it Is

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Journalist Who Appeared On Pop Smoke’s Album Sues Record Label

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Ever since Brooklyn rap sensation Pop Smoke was tragically murdered, his Shoot For the Stars, Aim For The Moon debut album has taken over the radio waves and topped charts unlike any other artist of the era. On the album, a journalist’s interview made the album’s cut, but it was used without her permission and she is now suing the label for damages.

Victoria Inoyo, the journalist’s interview that appeared on the outro of Pop Smoke’s LP, is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages, a percentage of the album’s royalties and her writer’s credit on the album. The label reportedly offered Inoyo $1 compensation to use her interview on the album, but she declined and an agreement was never reached. Her voice made the album anyway and now, the lawsuit is pending.

Inoyo’s lawyer gave a statement saying, “The label knew that it did not have Ms. Inoyo’s permission to use the interview; yet, rather than negotiate with Ms. Inoyo in good-faith in order to obtain her permission to use the interview, the label inexcusably and unjustifiably used the interview and released the album and the song for commercial distribution in violation of, among other things, Ms. Inoyo’s copyrights and her intellectual property.”

TheSource.com will bring more updates to this story as it develops.

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Kanye West To Be Featured On New Playboi Carti Album ‘Whole Lotta Red’

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Playboi Carti is slowly but surely gaining momentum for his forthcoming 3rd studio album, Whole Lotta Red. While the album has been teased a number of times throughout the year, there still has yet to be a confirmed release date. He did take to his Instagram to let fans know that he has turned his album in.

Back in April, he dropped the suggested lead single from the project entitled, “@ Meh.” In addition, he was featured on Drake’s surprise mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes in May.

As the year winds down, Playboi Carti is previewing new music from the album. His most recent snippet features Kanye West. Carti plays the sneering production by Atlanta producer Wheezy along with Ye’s vocals as well as his own. He thanks Vlone clothing creator, ASAP Bari in the caption.

“OK YE @kanyewest THANK @younglord.”

He also took to IG Live to share some more snippets as well. Now that the album is officially turned in, we await a release date.

On Monday, Carti become a trending topic on Monday after posting a video debuting his latest hairstyle to match the Whole Lotta Red theme.

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Alfonso Ribiero Explains Why He Was Absent for Janet Hubert Reunion

Alfonso Ribiero Explains Why He Was Absent for Janet Hubert Reunion

HBO Max’s Fresh Prince reunion was one of the most talked about, tear-jerking content delivered to us recently.

We saw Janet Hubert and Daphne Maxwell Reid, who replaced Hubert as Aunt Viv in the third season, meet for the first time. Hubert and Will Smith also ended their infamous 27-year feud.

It was good seeing the old gang get back together but Alfonso Ribiero, who portrayed Carlton Banks, was missing from the photo opps.

Apparently, he had prior obligations for his hosting gig for America’s Funniest Home Videos.

“Unfortunately I had to go shoot that day. All of the social media content and the photographs were taken without me,” Ribeiro said, as per Entertainment Tonight Canada. “I literally did my own photoshoot on the couch so they could put me in the group photo. The actual special was filmed in one day, but all the other stuff was done on the other days.”

This isn’t the first time the pair failed to reunited with the rest of the cast. In 2017, the cast got back together and Hubert said in an interview that she had no hope for a proper reunion. “There will never be a true reunion of Fresh Prince. I have no interest in seeing any of these people on that kind of level,” Hubert said.

It’s good to see Janet Hubert and Will Smith put their differences aside. Maybe we’ll get to see a career revival from Hubert in the near future.

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Kevin Hart Under Fire for ‘Zero F*cks Given’ Onesie on Baby

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Kevin Hart may be under fire following a recent photo of his baby girl that was posted to his social media account. It’s not the picture of the baby girl that’s the issue, fans found more of an issue with what Kaori Mari, his newborn was dressed in.

Hart posted the beautiful newborn in an onesie that read, “Zero F*cks Given.” The saying on the onesie comes from Hart’s recent stand-up special on Netflix that he is promoting titled, ‘Zeo F*cks Given.” A lot of fans were concerned and upset that the comedian would dress a newborn baby in a profanity-laced outfit. Judging by the title of the stand-up special… you can imagine Kevin Hart’s response to the critics.

“Y’all motha fcka’s need to grow up and get a hobby. What’s happening out here…once again I could give ‘Zero Fcks’……Now go watch my special on NETFLIX ‘Zero Fcks Given’ …..Stupidity at the highest level. #ComedicRockStarSht …..This is why my mindset is what it is in my comedy special ….as said in ‘Zero F*cks Given’ y’all are THE FEDS.”

You can tune into Kevin Hart’s “Zero F*cks Given” comedy special on Netflix.

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Trevor Noah Will Host 63rd Annual Grammy Awards

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The Recording Academy has announced that host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, Trevor Noah, will host the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. The Tuesday announcement comes hours before the 2021 nominees are announced via livestream on Grammy.com at 12 p.m. EST.

The South Africa born comedian has hosted The Daily Show since 2015 and has been nominated for 9 Emmy awards including one win for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series in 2017. Noah issued a statement on being tapped for the Grammys hosting gig.

“Despite the fact that I am extremely disappointed that the GRAMMYs have refused to have me sing or be nominated for best pop album, I am thrilled to be hosting this auspicious event,” Noah said in a statement. “I think as a one-time GRAMMY nominee, I am the best person to provide a shoulder to all the amazing artists who do not win on the night because I too know the pain of not winning the award! (This is a metaphorical shoulder, I’m not trying to catch Corona). See you at the 63rd GRAMMYs!”

This year’s award ceremony will air on CBS on January 31, 2021.

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R. Kelly New York Trial Date Set for April, Attorney Says Singer’s Mental Health is Impacted by Incareration

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The R. Kelly trial appears to soon get underway. Billboard reports the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York has set jury questionnaires to be distributed between March 15 and March 25, 2021, jury selection begins April 6 and the trial kicks off on April 7.

In the state of New York Kelly is facing racketeering, coercion of a minor, transportation of a minor, and coercion to engage in illegal sexual activity relating to six different victims in crimes that spans two decades.

Donnelly requests the jury is partially sequestered for the duration of the trial. “He is charged with leading a criminal enterprise that paid out large sums over the past two decades to bribe witnesses and cover up his misconduct, and he faces a significant prison term if convicted,” wrote Donnelly of the conditions.

Michael I. Leonard, attorney for Kelly, spoke to Billboard and called the precautions taken “bizarre” and “inappropriate.” Leonard would go on to detail Kelly’s incarceration has affected his mental health.

“In terms of his mental well-being, I think he’s suffering under these COVID conditions because they had an enormous outbreak previously,” Leonard says. “It’s not a good environment to be in.”

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Tory Lanez Spends 15k on Groceries for Less Fortunate Families

Tory Lanez Music Streams Decline 40% After Being Called Out By Megan Thee Stallion

As Thanksgiving approaches, Tory Lanez promised his fans to release a series of capsules, but the rapper may need to renege that promise after finding something more important to invest his time in this holiday season.

“So today I spent like 15K and Got turkeys and extra groceries For families in less fortunate places and situations,” Tory wrote in his Instagram caption. As the singer explained that he will be pushing the capsules back to the following week after Thanksgiving so he can help families who are less fortunate.

“UMBRELLA UPDATE !!!!!! CAPSULES THE FOLLOWING WEEK …. YALL MIGHT NOT UNDERSTAND … BUT ITS SUPER IMPORTANT TO ME TO USE MY PLATFORM TO HELP PEOPLE LESS FORTUNATE …. HOPE YALL UNDERSTAND,” he wrote on Instagram.

To continue his reason, the singer added how Thanksgiving wasn’t really something he looked forward to over the years.  “I used to be homeless and I hated thanksgiving cuz I wasn’t able to afford shit or cook sh*t.. S/O my nigga Soul B & Johnny Cash (WE DID THIS BY OURSELF NO COOPERATION OR COMPANY HELP … … this is my way of helping what ever kid might be going through the same thing I was ! LOVE FROM THE UMBRELLAS ☂ HAPPY THANKSGIVING,” he penned.

Could Tory possibly be getting himself out of the hot seat with this holiday spirit?

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Today in Hip-Hop History: The Pharcyde Drops Their Debut LP ‘Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde’ 28 Years Ago

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On this date in 1992, J-Swift, Fatlip, Imani, Bootie Brown, and Slimkid3 took the world on a ride on the “Pharcyde” with their first LP, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde. Released on the Cali based Delicious Vinyl label and produced by former group member J-Swift, Bizarre Ride introduced Hip Hop fans to an alternative to the gangsta rap that was so prevalent and expected from the West Coast.

The 16-track album produced tracks that their core followers may be familiar with, however, none of the songs were as popular as the kaleidoscopic “Passin Me By”. All three emcees brought their own tragic comedies of “the one that got away”; love lives gone awry. The eccentric classic was so popular, it appeared on the soundtrack to the 1999 Adam Sandler silver screen gem Big Daddy.

This certified gold classic broke many boundaries for the West Coast and Hip Hop in general as we all were shaken from the stereotype of the type of music that was bred on the “left” coast. Salute to the entire Pharcyde crew for bringing Hip Hop this timeless masterpiece!

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Today in Hip-Hop History: RZA Released His Debut Solo LP ‘Bobby Digital In Stereo’ 22 Years Ago

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On this day in Hip Hop history in 1998, the leader of the world-renowned Wu-Tang Clan released his first solo album Bobby Digital In Stereo.

This project came late in RZA’s career after the success of the Wu-Tang Clan had been plentiful. Serving as a soundtrack to an unreleased blaxploitation martial arts film by RZA titled Bobby Digital: The Digital Bullet, the project featured a new experimental sound that was not like the usual edgy street vibe that Wu-Tang solidified in the game.

The album went gold, selling 500,000 copies by 1999, and received mixed reviews from music critics. For this album, RZA utilized a different production and vocal style. Instead of the sample-heavy beats that made his production popular throughout the 90s on fellow Wu-Tang Clan members’ projects, this project was composed of mostly keyboard-driven sounds which Bob Digi eloquently called the “Digital Orchestra”.

The inspiration for this album came from RZA’s love for comic books and yearning to live out his childhood dream of becoming a superhero in the projects. The lyrics of the project follow a loose storyline of RZA’s endeavors as Bobby Digital. His goal as Bobby Digital was to enlighten the people of the project to the poisons of the hood that surrounded them every day.

He created Bobby Digital to personify his wild and crazy life before his musical success because, during the growth of the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA became a musical hermit and spent the majority of his time perfecting his craft and not out enjoying the spoils of his lifestyle. Bobby Digital served as a sort of cathartic alter ego through whom RZA could unleash a side of himself that had laid dormant during his rise to fame and search for enlightenment.

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