R&B SLAYAGE: Giveon’s Award Show Performance Debut Gave Us Chills & Silk Sonic Was EVERYTHING On The AMAs Stage

The R&B was giving what it needed to give last night at the AMAs.  Watch Silk Sonic and Giveon give us vocals and vibes inside.

That’s one way to open a show.  Bruno Mars & Anderson Paak threw on their red crushed velvet suits to channel their old school R&B vibes as Silk Sonic last night.  They performed "Smokin Out The Window" and did so to perfection.  Check it:



Giveon also kept the R&B vibes going with "Heartbreak Anniversary":


His first award show performance ever, so congrats to him.

Justine Skye’s ex got some love from BTS in the audience too:



tonight was special @AMAs pic.twitter.com/S568XDtMhY

— Giveon (@giveon) November 22, 2021


Were you feeling the performances?!


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AWARD SHOW MAYHEM: Drake Wins Billboard’s Artist Of The Decade + Usher Set To Host & Perform At iHeart + Golden Globes (& Their Racism) CANCELLED By NBC!

Awards season is shaking up! Drake is being crowned as the best artist of the decade by Billboard, Usher is set to host and perform at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, and NBC cancelled the Golden Globes due to their racism. OOP. Get it all inside…

This awards season was nothing ordinary as ceremonies were altered to comply with COVID-19 guidelines. Most were virtual, but the Oscars were able to host the bulk of their winners and nominees last month. The 2021 Billboard Music Awards are set to go down at the Microsoft Theater in L.A.

Hate him or love him: Drake is a record-breaking superstar. And he’s being recognized for the work he has put in.

Billboard announced Drake will receive the prestigious Artist of the Decade Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs). Drizzy holds the title for most Billboard Music Awards with 27, setting the mark after taking home 12 awards in 2019.

Billboard’s Artists of the Decade category ranks the best-performing artists based on activity on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and the Billboard 200 albums tally, as well as social media data and touring revenue from Billboard Boxscore, from Dec. 5, 2009, through Sept. 28, 2019.

The Young Money rapper has been killing the music charts over the last decade.

For 2010s: • Nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart – the most of the decade of any artist • 33 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart – the most of the decade of any artist • Six No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart • 18 No. 1s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart – the most of the decade of any artist • 69 top 10s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart – the most of the decade of any artist • 10 No. 1 albums on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart

Career Chart Records: • Only solo male with more than 50 career weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart • A record 232 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart • A record 45 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart • A record 22 No. 1 titles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart • A record 84 top 10s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart • A record 120 top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

Notable Chart Stats: • Eight No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart • Nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart • 11 No. 1 albums on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart

So yeah, these are the reasons why he’s copping the Artist of the Decade Award. Much deserved.

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23rd at 8pm EST/5pm PST on NBC.

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Before he turns up for his Las Vegas residency, Usher has been tapped to host and perform during the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards, set to air live on Thursday, May 27th on FOX.

In addition, the event will feature performances from The Weeknd with special guest Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic), Dan + Shay and Doja Cat, with more to be announced. Fans can expect appearances from Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and more. Lil Nas X and Chris Martin will present Elton John with The 2021 iHeartRadio Icon Award.

The 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards will air LIVE from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 27th (8:00-10:00 PM ET live / PT tape-delayed) on FOX. The event also will be heard on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app.

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NBC is not here for the Golden Globes lack of diversity, which some have called racist.

The network announced it will NOT air the Golden Globes telecast next year (2022) as folks continue to criticize the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for their lack of racial diversity among its voting members and various ethical concerns. It’s said the organization has no Black voting members.

The network released a statement that said:

"We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right," a spokesperson for NBC said in a statement.

"As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes," the spokesperson added. "Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023."

Back in March, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association vowed to diversify its membership and make other changes. It’s reported several big streaming companies like Netflix, Amazon Studios and WarnerMedia will no longer work with HFPA until more sweeping changes are made in the group’s demographic makeup and ethics rules.

Hmph. Not even mad at this.



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Drake , Saweetie, Bruno Mars, Tyler, The Creator Dominates New Music Friday

Since we kicked off 2021, this might be the biggest’ New Music Friday’ of the year thus far, and it’s not just because Drake announced a new project. The Toronto rapper’s highly anticipated sixth album is still at the forefront of people’s minds, but while he perfects that with the right finishes, he is offering up a trio of songs for fans to mull over in the meantime. Drake announced that his mini-EP Scary Hours would arrive at midnight on Friday, which means chances are you’ve already heard it. The title includes three tracks – two of which features Lil Baby and Rick Ross.

The star-studded list of new arrivals goes on to include the likes of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, who joined forces on an upcoming album that they say will have that 70s sound. Ahead of the drop, the duo, who together are known as Silk Sonic, released their lead single entitled “Leave The Door Open.”

This week we’re also gifted with new tracks from the likes of Tyler The Creator, Juice WRLD and Post Malone, Young Dolph and Key Glock, Saweetie, Doja Cat and Stefflon Don, G Herbo, and more.

Drake – “Scary Hours”

Drake’s Scary Hours comes after the rapper was spotted shooting a music video in his home base, Toronto. Fans suspected that the visuals would be for a track from Certified Lover Boy, which they have been waiting for almost a year for. However, Drizzy took to Instagram to announce the new short EP ahead of its release at midnight. While Scary Hours will not qualify for a spot on the Billboard 200 chart, it is expected to perform just as well as it would if it did make that debut.

Silk Sonic – “Leave The Door Open”

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak announced a new joint album, and it is already looking like the collaboration we never knew we needed. Today they dropped off the lead single for the project “Leave The Door Open,” which is indicative of an absolutely outstanding album afoot. Just as their name Silk Sonic implies, the singer and rapper combine to give fans a silky smooth array of bars and melodies.

Clever ft Juice Wrld & Post Malone – “Life’s A Mess”

Juice WRLD and Post Malone together on one song is most likely just as you’d imagine it. These souls were meant to be spilled out on the same track at least once, and thanks to rapper Clever and Juice’s everlasting catalog of unreleased recordings, the dream was made a reality with “Life’s A Mess.” After gelling his sound so extraordinarily well with that of the departed rapper, Posty only leaves fans wanting more with this track.

Saweetie ft Doja Cat & Stefflon Don – “Best Friends (Remix)”

Saweetie enlisted UK-based rapper Stefllon Don to assist the remix for “Best Friend,” a single she released with Billboard-topping artist Doja Cat in January. The official music video for the original track has already garnered over 82 million views and 1 million likes. The addition of Stefflon Don to the record should only serve to spice it up even more and help it to surge further up the charts. Stefflon has a very West Indian style which could be exactly what a remix like this needs.

Tyler, The Creator – “Tell Me How”

Tyler The Creator has been on a collaboration binge lately, but this week he released a solo effort titled “Tell Me How.” As usual, the Grammy Award-winning rapper is always improving, and so he did not come to disappoint. The excitement of his first solo joint in a minute and his thought-provoking lyrics only set the stage for a simply brilliant album to come.

Young Dolph & Key Glock – “Aspen”

Young Dolph and Key Glock also dropped off their new single “Aspen” today. These two seem to make a good team as together they’ve already released successful singles “Case Closed” and “Green Light” this year. Their latest effort is of a similar nature to their previous as they discuss their street-savvy ways on the track.

Taleban Dooda ft 42 Dugg – “Trappin Ain’t Dead”

Taleban Dooda features 42 Dugg on his latest track, “Trappin Ain’t Dead.” On this newly released Helluva-produced track, Dooda dabbles in a new style that he carries quite well, much to the delight of fans. 42 Dugg brings his signature Detroit sound to the track complementing Dooda’s sound in an effortless way.

G Herbo – “Break Yoself & Really Like That”

G Herbo released not one but two new singles this week, “Break Yoself” and “Really Like That.” These mark the first singles released by the Chi-Town rapper this year following his track “Statement,” which was released in December amid charges being brought against him for $1.5 million of federal fraud. The rapper reportedly used stolen credit cards to cover private jets and other expenses.

Chance The Rapper also released a new music video for his song “The Heart & The Tongue” at midnight, and be on the lookout for new releases from Sonny Digital, who drops off his song “Dance” today and pgLang’s Baby Keem who debuts his track “No Sense.”

Chris Brown Dismiss Rihanna & Beyonce Fans, Put Some Respect On My Name

Chris Brown wants fans of Rihanna and Beyonce to put some respect on his name.

The R&B singer sparked a heated debate among fans earlier this week when he says he would love to go on tour with Rihanna, Beyonce and Bruno Mars. While some fans and even myself think it would be dope to have a tour with these four artists, others think Chris Brown is not a big enough artist to want to tour with the other three acts.

“Chris your not big enough to want a tour with RiRi and Beyonce, your not even big enough like Bruno Mars so please sit your azz down and be humble, in my Kendrick Lamar voice,” one fan wrote while another added on Twitter, “I’m actually very tired of people who think Chris Brown is a better entertainer than Beyoncé. It’s embarrassing that you even think he is on her level. I’ve said this time without number, Beyoncé is the best entertainer of our era.”

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Chris Brown posted a video of one of his loyal fans defending his honor and I got to admit, the fan has a point. “What the f*** is wrong with people trying to tarnish this dude’s legacy like this dude is not elite, this is the same dude that controls a whole generation of R&B,” the fan said in his video rant. “So we going to sit here and act like Chris Brown is not the closest thing to Michael Jackson, like he don’t do everything. Are you f***ing kidding me, the dude has been elite since he was 15 years old. This is the same man that bodies every feature and turn a whack song into a hit. What is a song without a Chris Brown feature.”

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Breezy also shared his personal reaction to the chatters by reminding fans that his last album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon, is certified platinum. “SAY WHAT U WANT… really wouldn’t matter at this point. GREATNESS DEFENDS AND SPEAKS FOR ITSELF,” he tweeted.

SAY WHAT U WANT… really wouldn’t matter at this point. ???. GREATNESS DEFENDS AND SPEAKS FOR ITSELF pic.twitter.com/nCJfHwComY

— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) February 13, 2018

Bruno Mars Sued Over “Uptown Funk” Rap Group Claims Rip Off

Bruno Mars has a new lawsuit on his hands over “Uptown Funk.”

The pop singer and Mark Ronson scored a massive hit with their collaborative single “Uptown Funk.” The single was released in 2014 and went on to become one of the biggest song on the planet that year and is still in heavy rotation on radios to date. The retro music video for “Uptown Funk” has already clocked close to three billion views on YouTube. But after making millions off the single, here comes a new lawsuit from a rap group who claim that they rip off their song, TMZ reported.

The Sequence claimed that Bruno Mars and Ronson ripped off their 1970s classic “Funk You Up” which created history in 1979 when it became the first rap son to reach the top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In their suit, the female trio claim that “Uptown Funk” has “significant and substantially similar compositional elements.” They are asking for an unspecified sum in their suit.

This is the second lawsuit the two singers are facing in the last couple of months. Back in September of this year, Roger Troutman and Zapp filed legal docs claiming that Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson stole pieces of their song “More Bounce to the Ounce” which was released in 1980.

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Kendrick Lamar & JAY-Z Leads Grammy Nomination List 2018

Kendrick Lamar and JAY-Z lead the pack among the 2018 Grammy nominees.

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is just right around the corner and on Tuesday the Recording Academy announced the nominees and it came with some major surprises snubs. JAY-Z lead the nominees with eight nods including some coveted categories like Album of the Year for 4:44, Record of the Year for “The Story of O.J.” and Song of the Year for “4:44.” JAY-Z is one of the most decorated artists in the history of the Grammys with 21 wins and 74 nominations.

Kendrick Lamar came in right after Hov with seven nominations including Album of the Year for his critically-acclaimed album DAMN. and Record of the Year for “HUMBLE.” Over the space of his career, Kendrick Lamar has received 20 nominations and won 7. R&B singer Bruno Mars received six nominations including Album of the Year for 24K Magic and Song of the Year for “That’s What I Like.” His song “24K Magic” also received a nod for Record of the Year, a Grammy that he picked up back in 2015 for “Uptown Funk.”

Childish Gambino follows Mars with five nominations for his critically-acclaimed album Awaken, My Love!, and he is going up against the big guns in the Album of the Year category and Record of the Year for his single “Redbone.” Gambino also picked up a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

See full list of 2018 Grammy Awards Nominations.

“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
“The Story Of O.J.” – JAY-Z
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” – Bruno Mars

Awaken My Love! – Childish Gambino
4:44 – Jay-Z
Damn. – Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama – Lorde
24K Magic – Bruno Mars

“Despacito” – Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
“4:44” – Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson (JAY-Z)
“Issues” – Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter (Julia Michaels)
“1-800-273-8255” – Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson (Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)
“That’s What I Like” – Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip (Bruno Mars)

Alessia Cara
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels

“Love So Soft” – Kelly Clarkson
“Praying” – Kesha
“Million Reasons” – Lady Gaga
“What About Us” – P!nk
“Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran

“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
“Thunder” – Imagine Dragons
“Feel It Still” – Portugal. The Man
“Stay” – Zedd & Alessia Cara

Kaleidoscope EP -Coldplay
Lust For Life – Lana Del Rey
Evolve – Imagine Dragons
Rainbow – Kesha
Joanne – Lady Gaga
÷ (Divide) – Ed Sheeran

“Bambro Koyo Ganda” – Bonobo feat. Innov Gnawa
“Cola” – Camelphat & Elderbrook
“Andromeda” – Gorillaz feat. DRAM
“Tonite” – LCD Soundsystem
“Line Of Sight” – Odesza feat. WYNNE & Mansionair

Migration – Bonobo
3-D The Catalogue – Kraftwerk
Mura Masa – Mura Masa
A Moment Apart – Odesza
What Now – Sylvan Esso

“You Want It Darker” – Leonard Cohen
“The Promise” – Chris Cornell
“Run” – Foo Fighters
“No Good” – Kaleo
“Go To War” – Nothing More

“Get You” – Daniel Caesar feat. Kali Uchis
“Distraction” – Kehlani
“High” – Ledisi
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars
“The Weekend” – SZA

“Laugh And Move On” – The Baylor Project
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“What I’m Feelin’” – Anthony Hamilton Featuring The Hamiltones
“All The Way” – Ledisi
“Still” – Mali Music

“First Began” – PJ Morton
“Location” – Khalid
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“Supermodel” – SZA
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars

Free 6LACK – 6LACK
Awaken, My Love!” – Childish Gambino
American Teen – Khalid
Ctrl – SZA
Starboy – The Weeknd

Freudian – Daniel Caesar
Let Love Rule – Ledisi
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Gumbo – PJ Morton
Feel The Real – Musiq Soulchild

“Bounce Back” – Big Sean
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“4:44” – JAY-Z
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
“Bad And Boujee” – Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert

“Crew” – Goldlink feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
“Family Feud” – JAY-Z feat. Beyoncé
“LOYALTY.” – Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna
“Love Galore” – SZA feat. Travis Scott

“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“Chase Me” – Danger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels & Big Boi
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
“Sassy” – Rapsody
“The Story Of O.J.” – JAY-Z

4:44 – JAY-Z
DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
Culture – Migos
Laila’s Wisdom – Rapsody
Flower Boy – Tyler, The Creator

Baby Driver – (Various Artists)
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 – (Various Artists)
Hidden Figures: The Album – (Various Artists)
La La Land – (Various Artists)
Moana: The Songs – (Various Artists)

“City Of Stars” – Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone
“How Far I’ll Go” – Auli’i Cravalho
“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever – ZAYN & Taylor Swift
“Never Give Up” – Sia
“Stand Up For Something” – Andra Day feat. Common

Calvin Harris
Greg Kurstin
Blake Mills
No I.D.
The Stereotypes

“Up All Night” – Beck
“Makeba” – Jain
“The Story Of O.J.” – JAY-Z
“Humble.” – Kendrick Lamar
“1-800-273-8255” – Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid

You can see the full 2018 Grammy list here.

Bruno Mars – XXIV lyrics

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While we wait for the song to be released by Bruno Mars – so we can add the lyrics to the site – check out our daily updated blog or discover more great music through our own weekly new music playlist.