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Will Nicki Minaj’s 7 Year Winning Streak Break at this Year’s BET Awards?

In the past, the BET Awards have had predictable winners in the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, and Best Female Hip Hop Artist categories. This year’s nominations include some tough competition for past champions Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, and Drake. Beyoncé is nominated for 7 awards including Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Video, and Best Album. She’ll be competing against sister Solange who garnered 4 nominations for her unique and potent album, A Seat at the Table with accompany visuals to Cranes in the Sky. This year brings some stiff competition in the Male R&B/Pop category with both the Weeknd and Bruno Mars’ stellar year of chart topping singles. With a combination of viral memes and shout-outs, Rae Sremmurd’s, Black Beetles and Migos, Bad and Bougie are tough choices in the Best Collaboration category. The Best Male Hip Hop category has always included the biggest and best mainstream male rappers like J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Drake so it should be up in the air on who takes the award.

The most interesting category will be the Best Female Hip Hop Artist winner. Nicki Minaj has been the reigning champ for the past 7 years with last year being the first time she was not present at the awards. At one point, I felt the category should have been replaced with Best Hip Hop Artist and just include female and male rappers until a bigger pool of female M.C.s charted. This year, Minaj will be up against some talented rappers for the first time in years including Remy Ma, who most deemed the winner in their very public beef, newcomer Young M.A., legendary M.C. Missy Elliott and popular reality star, Cardi B. I’m thinking it’s between Minaj, Remy and Young M.A. Both Remy and Young M.A. had at least a couple of hits last year over Minaj but Nicki dropped at least 3 singles in March of 2017. Missy’s awaited comeback was a little underwhelming while Cardi B gained some surprising support for her music compared to other members of the Love & Hip Hop cast. With Remy Ma and Fat Joe’s hit, All the Way Up mixed in with her diss record, shETHER, I think Remy will finally break Nicki’s winning streak this year.

Below are the rest of the nominees including the Film, International and the Gospel/Inspirational categories. The awards will take place on 25 June at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
BEYONCÉ
KEHLANI
MARY J. BLIGE
RIHANNA
SOLANGE

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
BRUNO MARS
CHRIS BROWN
THE WEEKND
TREY SONGZ
USHER

Best Group
2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
FAT JOE & REMY MA
MIGOS
RAE SREMMURD

Best Collaboration
BEYONCÉ FT. KENDRICK LAMAR – FREEDOM
CHANCE THE RAPPER FT. 2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE – NO PROBLEM
CHRIS BROWN FT. GUCCI MANE & USHER – PARTY
DJ KHALED FT. BEYONCÉ & JAY Z – SHINING
MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT – BAD AND BOUJEE
RAE SREMMURD FT. GUCCI MANE – BLACK BEATLES

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
BIG SEAN
CHANCE THE RAPPER
DRAKE
FUTURE
J. COLE
KENDRICK LAMAR

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
CARDI B
MISSY ELLIOTT
NICKI MINAJ
REMY MA
YOUNG M.A.

Video of the Year
BEYONCÉ – SORRY
BIG SEAN – BOUNCE BACK
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT – BAD AND BOUJEE
SOLANGE – CRANES IN THE SKY

Video Director of the Year
BENNY BOOM – KEHLANI “CRZY”
BRUNO MARS & JONATHAN LIA – BRUNO MARS “THAT’S WHAT I LIKE”
DIRECTOR X – ZAYN MALIK “LIKE I WOULD”
HYPE WILLIAMS – TYGA “GUCCI SNAKES FT. DESIIGNER”
KAHLIL JOSEPH & BEYONCÉ KNOWLES-CARTER – BEYONCÉ “SORRY”

Best New Artist
21 SAVAGE
CARDI B
CHANCE THE RAPPER
KHALID
YOUNG M.A.

Album of the Year
24K MAGIC – BRUNO MARS
4 YOUR EYEZ ONLY – J. COLE
A SEAT AT THE TABLE – SOLANGE
COLORING BOOK – CHANCE THE RAPPER
LEMONADE – BEYONCÉ

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
CECE WINANS – NEVER HAVE TO BE ALONE
FANTASIA FT. TYE TRIBBETT – I MADE IT
KIRK FRANKLIN FT. SARAH REEVES, TASHA COBBS & TAMELA MANN – MY WORLD NEEDS YOU
LECRAE – CAN’T STOP ME NOW (DESTINATION)
TAMELA MANN – GOD PROVIDES

Best Actress
GABRIELLE UNION
ISSA RAE
JANELLE MONÁE
TARAJI P. HENSON
VIOLA DAVIS

Best Actor
BRYSHERE Y. GRAY
DENZEL WASHINGTON
DONALD GLOVER
MAHERSHALA ALI
OMARI HARDWICK

YoungStars Award
ACE HUNTER
CALEB MCLAUGHLIN
JADEN SMITH
MARSAI MARTIN
YARA SHAHIDI

Best Movie
FENCES
GET OUT
HIDDEN FIGURES
MOONLIGHT
THE BIRTH OF A NATION

Sportswoman of the Year Award
GABBY DOUGLAS
SERENA WILLIAMS
SIMONE BILES
SKYLAR DIGGINS
VENUS WILLIAMS

Sportsman of the Year Award
CAM NEWTON
LEBRON JAMES
ODELL BECKHAM JR.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK
STEPHEN CURRY

Centric Award
FANTASIA – SLEEPING WITH THE ONE I LOVE
KEHLANI – DISTRACTION
MARY J. BLIGE – THICK OF IT
SOLANGE – CRANES IN THE SKY
SYD – ALL ABOUT ME
YUNA – CRUSH FT. USHER

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
BEYONCÉ – SORRY
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
DRAKE – FAKE LOVE
MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT – BAD AND BOUJEE
RAE SREMMURD FT. GUCCI MANE – BLACK BEATLES
THE WEEKND FT. DAFT PUNK – STARBOY

Best International Act: Europe
BOOBA (France)
MHD (France)
CRAIG DAVID (UK)
EMELI SANDÉ (UK)
GIGGS (UK)
SKEPTA (UK)
STORMZY (UK)
WILEY (UK)

Best International Act: Africa
AKA (South Africa)
BABES WODUMO (South Africa)
DAVIDO (Nigeria)
NASTY C (South Africa)
STONEBWOY (Ghana)
TEKNO (Nigeria)
WIZKID (Nigeria)
MR EAZI (Nigeria)

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SZA, Kaytranada, Soul II Soul, and more announced in the 2017 AfroPunk lineup

The 2017 lineup for AfroPunk has been released. The unique and unapologetic festival will be held on August 26th-27th in its annual location of Fort Greene’s Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, New York. So far, the fest will include SZA, Sampha, Willow Smith, Thundercat, Gary Clark Jr., Dizzee Rascal, and more along with veteran artist like Macy Gray and Soul II Soul. Rising producer and DJ, Kaytranada will have his own stage, “Kaytranada and Friends”, which will include performances from Sango, Nao, and Jrocc & Karriem Riggins.

The festivals theme for this year will be, “WE THE PEOPLE”, which includes the following words from the fest:

WE THE PEOPLE:

We, the people built this land. Our flesh and blood is present in its buildings, its roads and its bridges. Our souls are its spiritual cornerstone. Our culture is its foundation. Our being nourishes this land — as our ancestors’ beings nourished it before us — yet the land has not always reimbursed us. We, the people recognize the bullshit of the powerful. The injustices they committed in the past have never disappeared from view. The inequalities they perpetrate are there for all but the blind. The inadequacies they’ve paid forward to a future age are appearing over the horizon. Unless…

We, the people have a code:

  • No Sexism
  • No Racism
  • No Ableism
  • No Ageism
  • No Homophobia
  • No Fatphobia
  • No Transphobia

We, the people commit ourselves to uphold and fight for the rights enshrined in our code. Let us honour those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, and hold accountable those who curtail our liberties. Let us walk in the footsteps of warriors who came before us, and strive to create a society based on fundamental human rights. Let us rewrite the universal laws and educate the errant minds. We, the people have the will to heal the divisions that threaten to reduce our dreams to ashes. We believe in resurrecting the creative power of our diversity. We open our hearts and minds, and dance to the rhythm of a brand-new future. Together. Brave and compassionate. And beautiful. May the Goddess protect we, the people.

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Check out the rest of the lineup below and visit www.afropunkfest.com for more info:

AFROPUNK BROOKLYN LINEUP (MORE HEADLINERS TBA)

ST HERON STAGE

FEAT SPECIAL GUEST

SAMPHA

THUNDERCAT

SINKANE

KING

& more

 

KAYTRANADA & FRIENDS STAGE

KAYTRANADA

NAO

SANGO

J ROCC & KARRIEM RIGGINS (LIVE)

& more

GARY CLARK JR

MACY GRAY

MICHAEL KIWANUKA

SOUL II SOUL

SZA

WILLOW SMITH

DIZZEE RASCAL

LITTLE SIMZ

BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR

THE COOL KIDS

PRINCESS NOKIA

PROTOJE

LEIKELI47

THE COOL KIDS

THE SKINS

KEVIN ABSTRACT

SERPENTWITHFEET

SAM DEW

SHABAKA AND THE ANCESTORS

SON LITTLE

PURE DISGUST

QUIÑ

LOUDER THAN QUIET

& more

The 5th annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival starts today!

The annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, created by artist Tyler the Creator, will begin today in L.A. The event is filled with rides, music, food, and exclusive golf wang merchandise. The music line up includes Tyler, Erykah Badu, School Boy Q, Toro Y Moi, Joey Bada$$, Kamasi Washington, Yuna, Action Bronson, The Internet, and more. 


Photo:@theseanryan

This will be Tyler’s 5th year in a row hosting the successful carnival. See the final set times below.

Alicia Keys releases short film, “The Gospel”, directed by A.V. Rockwell

Alicia Keys releases short film, The Gospel, featuring music from her new album, Here. The visuals were directed by A.V. Rockwell. The film explores police brutality, young love, and womanhood in the inner cities of New York. Check it out below.

Wax Poetics Back Issue Sale!!!

The dope music magazine Wax Poetics is having a huge sale on their back issues featuring covers from Al Green, Betty Davis, Ice Cube, The Ohio Players, Barry White, War, Daft Punk, Daryl Hall, Master P, Janelle Monae, Bishop Nehru, Gary Clark Jr. and the current issue featuring A Tribe Called Quest.

Wax Poetics was founded by Andre Torres, an avid crate digger, in 2001. Torres wanted to provide a publication for classic, underrated, independent and current funk, r&b, jazz, hip hop, disco, house, reggae, Latin and rock artist. The magazine highlights classic bands such as Sly and the Family Stone to 90’s rap groups like The Pharcyde to current artist like Janelle Monae.

The first issue was released on December 1st, 2001. Since then, 65 issues have been released with spreads including Prince and the Revolution, Michael Jackson and Frank Ocean. The company has also created books, apparel, films, and their own record label.

Check out the website here to learn more about the magazine.

The 2016 BET Awards: Entertainment, Soul and Politics

Bet came through with a very entertaining and political show Sunday night. The event presented a great mix of current artists, old school musicians, upcoming stars, humor and a spotlight on positive leaders in the black community. The night had too many amazing moments to count.

Beyoncé’s performance of her powerful song Freedom was one of the best BET Award intros ever. The stage design, dancers, and of course King Kendrick were all amazing. Glad she was able to stop by the awards on her busy tour schedule.

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Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar (Paras Griffin/BET/Getty Images)

 

Bryson Tiller winning Best R&B Male artist was a surprise and a great accomplishment; I thought The Weeknd had that in the bag. Tillers whole look and demeanor is very attractive; simple yet fashionable. The performance was okay, based on the fact that songs, Don’t and Exchange are soothing but the vocals were a little struggly.

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Bryson Tiller (BET)

 Desiigner was so energetic and entertaining. His performance was exciting but a little on the psychotic side at times. The memes have already started circulating especially after rapper Fabolous’s hilarious reaction lol.

One of the best moments was the speech from Humanitarian Award recipient, Jesse Williams. If you follow Williams on Twitter then you know of his activism. It was refreshing to hear his unapologetic, call for action against white supremacy, materialism, and his support for black women. Chairman and CEO of BET, Debra Lee, actress Taraji P. Henson, and Samuel L. Jackson also had words about the importance of voting.

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Jesse Williams (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

I didn’t really have an issue with Future’s performance after William’s speech. I understand the problematic transition but I like the song too so sue me. Future needs to work on his stage presence a bit; I know the lyrics are hard to understand on the record but the live performance was even worst.

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Future (Kevin Winter/BET/Getty Images)

Usher was lacking a little in the vocals but the dancing was amazing. He looked like someone’s Uncle doing the latest viral dance crazes but he still has amazing skills. He donned a much needed shirt that read “Don’t Trump America” on the back.

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 Usher (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Can we also talk about the come up for these Vine and Instagram stars at the awards? Viral stars Blameitonkway and Jay’La Milan aka lalasizahands89 were in the audience and dancer Leon Akida Burns aka Kida the Great and the Hit Dem Folks squad were part of Usher’s performance.

(Blameitonkway and Lalasizahands89 / Usher with Kida the Great)

The Prince celebration, as BET put it, was everything a legendary artist deserves. Janelle Monae, Maxwell, Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Erykah Badu, Sheila E, the Roots, the background musicians, and Bilal all did an astounding job. Let’s talk about Bilal! I heard of him over the years and got a taste of his vocals on Kendrick Lamar’s album, To Pimp a Butterfly, so I knew he could sing but his performance was stellar!

Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae (Kevin Winter/BET/Getty Images)

Bilal, Sheila E, Liv Warfield, Elisa Fiorillo, Jerome Benton, and Mayte Garcia (Kevin Winter/BET/Getty Images)

The Music Matters stage was also entertaining with artist Bibi Bourelly and Anderson Paak who showed off his electrifying drum skills. The Bailey sister’s, Chole X Halle, had a stage all to themselves for an awesome performance of their single, Drop.

Anderson Paak and Chole X Halle (BET)

This year, the Best Female Hip Hop Artist was not televised. Of course, like the last 5 years or so, Nicki Minaj won. She wasn’t in attendance so that may be the reason why it wasn’t aired. There was no Gospel performance for the second year in a row, though, the award for Best Gospel Artist was aired; Kirk Franklin won.

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Kirk Franklin (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Samuel L Jackson was also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented by legendary filmmaker, Spike Lee. Laila Ali also spoke on behalf of her late father, boxing legend, Muhammad Ali.

Samuel L Jackson and Laila Ali (BET)

Every year, BET honors leaders who contribute to the black community with the Shine A Light award. This year’s honoree’s were First Lieutenant Kenyattae H. Ruffin and Marcus Duke.

First Lieutenant Kenyattae H. Ruffin and Marcus Duke (BET)

Bet also showcased their new lineup of programs including, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Being Mary Jane, reality shows, Music Moguls and F in Fabulous, a Nelson Mandela film, a crime-drama entitled Rebel and a New Edition bio series.

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Below is the full list of winners:

Video of the Year: Beyoncé – Formation

Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Awards: Beyoncé – Formation

Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyonce

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Bryson Tiller

Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Drake

Best Group: Drake & Future

Best Collaboration: Rihanna featuring Drake – “Work”

Best New Artist: Bryson Tiller

Best Gospel Artist: Kirk Franklin

Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson

Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan

YoungStars Award: Amandla Stenberg

Best Movie: Straight Outta Compton

Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams

Sportsman of the Year: Stephen Curry

Best International Act (Africa): Black Coffee

Best International Act (UK): Skepta

FANdemonium Award: Beyoncé