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  • BEYONCE SNAGS NINE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

  • Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:00:00 EST

    The social media streets are talking and it's because the 2017 Grammy Awards nominations have been revealed. Beyoncé made history as the most nominated female in Grammys history with nine nominations, including Album of the Year for Lemonade, as well as, Record and Song of the Year for "Formation." Adele didn't trail very far behind Bey, earning five nominations including nods for Album, Record and Song of the Year. Other nominees include Justin Bieber, Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West.

    According to Rap-Up.com, the 59th annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in L.A. on Sunday, February 12th at 8 p.m. on CBS.

    • Check out the nominees:

    RECORD OF THE YEAR
    "Hello" – Adele
    "Formation" – Beyoncé
    "7 Years" – Lukas Graham
    "Work" – Rihanna Featuring Drake
    "Stressed Out" – Twenty One Pilots

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR
    25 – Adele
    Lemonade – Beyoncé
    Purpose – Justin Bieber
    Views – Drake
    A Sailor’s Guide To EarthSturgill Simpson

    SONG OF THE YEAR
    "Formation" – Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
    "Hello" – Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
    "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" – Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
    "Love Yourself" – Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
    "7 Years" – Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

    BEST NEW ARTIST
    Kelsea Ballerini
    The Chainsmokers
    Chance The Rapper
    Maren Morris
    Anderson .Paak

    BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
    "Hello" – Adele
    "Hold Up" – Beyoncé
    "Love Yourself" – Justin Bieber
    "Piece by Piece (Idol Version)" – Kelly Clarkson
    "Dangerous Woman" – Ariana Grande

    BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
    "Closer" – The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
    "7 Years" – Lukas Graham
    "Work" – Rihanna Featuring Drake
    "Cheap Thrills" – Sia Featuring Sean Paul
    "Stressed Out" – Twenty One Pilots

    BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
    25 – Adele
    Purpose – Justin Bieber
    Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande
    ConfidentDemi Lovato
    This Is Acting – Sia

    BEST DANCE RECORDING
    "Tearing Me Up" – Bob Moses
    "Don’t Let Me Down" – The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
    "Never Be Like You" – Flume Featuring Kai
    "Rinse & Repeat" – Riton Featuring Kah-Lo
    "Drinkee" – Sofi Tukker

    BEST DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM
    Skin – Flume
    Electronica 1: The Time MachineJean-Michel Jarre
    EpochTycho
    Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining FutureUnderworld
    Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII Louie Vega

    BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE
    "Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)" – Alabama Shakes
    "Don’t Hurt Yourself" – Beyoncé Featuring Jack White
    "Blackstar" – David Bowie
    "The Sound Of Silence (Live On Conan)" – Disturbed
    "Heathens" – Twenty One Pilots

    BEST R&B PERFORMANCE
    "Turnin’ Me Up" – BJ The Chicago Kid
    "Permission" – Ro James
    "I Do" – Musiq Soulchild
    "Needed Me" – Rihanna
    "Cranes In The Sky" – Solange

    BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE
    "The Three Of Me" – William Bell
    "Woman’s World" – BJ The Chicago Kid
    "Sleeping With The One I Love" – Fantasia
    "Angel" – Lalah Hathaway
    "Can’t Wait" – Jill Scott

    BEST R&B SONG
    "Come See Me" – PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake
    "Exchange" – Bryson Tiller
    "Kiss It Better" – Rihanna
    "Lake By The Ocean" – Maxwell
    "Luv" – Tory Lanez

    BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
    Lemonade – Beyoncé
    OlogyGallant
    We Are KingKING
    MalibuAnderson .Paak
    Anti – Rihanna

    BEST R&B ALBUM
    In My Mind – BJ The Chicago Kid
    Lalah Hathaway Live – Lalah Hathaway
    Velvet Portraits Terrace Martin
    Healing Season Mint Condition
    Smoove JonesMya

    BEST RAP PERFORMANCE
    "No Problem" – Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
    "Panda" - Desiigner
    "Pop Style" – Drake Featuring The Throne
    "All The Way Up" – Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
    "That Part" – ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West

    BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
    "Freedom" – Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar
    "Hotline Bling" – Drake
    "Broccoli" – D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
    "Ultralight Beam" – Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
    "Famous" – Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

    BEST RAP SONG
    "All The Way Up" – Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
    "Famous" – Kanye West Featuring Rihanna
    "Hotline Bling" – Drake
    "No Problem" – Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
    "Ultralight Beam" – Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream

    BEST RAP ALBUM
    Coloring Book – Chance The Rapper
    And The Anonymous Nobody De La Soul
    Major Key DJ Khaled
    Views – Drake
    Blank Face LPScHoolboy Q
    The Life Of Pablo – Kanye West

    BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
    Amy – Various Artists
    Miles AheadMiles Davis & Various Artists
    Straight Outta Compton – Various Artists
    Suicide Squad (Collector’s Edition) – Various Artists
    Vinyl: The Essentials Season 1 – Various Artists

    BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
    "Can’t Stop The Feeling!" – Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar
    "Heathens" – Twenty One Pilots
    "Just Like Fire – P!nk
    "Purple Lamborghini" – Skrillex & Rick Ross
    "Try Everything" – Shakira
    "The Veil" – Peter Gabriel

    PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL
    Benny Blanco
    Greg Kurstin
    Max Martin
    Nineteen85
    Ricky Reed

    BEST MUSIC VIDEO
    "Formation" – Beyoncé
    "River" – Leon Bridges
    "Up & Up" – Coldplay
    "Gosh" – Jamie XX
    "Upside Down & Inside Out" – OK Go



  • 59TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS BREAK THE NET

  • Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:00:00 EST

    The nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards were revealed on Tuesday (December 6th) and broke the internet. Beyoncé made history as the most nominated female artist in Grammy history. Meanwhile, she was also nominated for Best Rock Performance, which didn't sit too well with rock lovers. On the other hand, many social media users questioned Drake's nod for Album of the Year for Views.

    Regardless of the predicted or unpredicted nods, celebs and fans both took to Twitter to react to the nominations.

    Celeb Reactions

    • @KelseaBallerini: "Oh my god. MOM IM GOING TO THE GRAMMYS."
    • @TheChainsmokers: "So honored and grateful! Thank you Grammys for these nominations this is the best news ever! Honestly can't believe it :)"
    • @ArianaGrande: "my heart is falling out of my a** . . . crying. what an absolute blessing to be recognized for dangerous woman this way ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ thank you for the nominations @RecordingAcad . . . I'm ........ so honored and moved and excited"
    • @ddlovato: "Woke up to the most amazing news EVER!!!!!!! Wow... thank you SO MUCH to @RecordingAcad!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still can't believe I've been NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY.... you guys have no idea how unbelievably grateful and happy I am.. wow... #pinchme"
    • @duttypaul: "RRR!!! NOMINATED 4 #GRAMMYs WID @Sia!!! CHEAP THRILLS BEST POP DUO!!! #GRAMMYNOMINATIONS @RecordingAcad!!! ALWAYS GIVE TNX & BLESS UP!!!"
    • @kelly_clarkson: "SO EXCITING!! Can't believe it?! So honored to be nominated with such a talented group of artists! #grammys2017"
    • @LifeOfDesiigner: "OHH SH*T OHHH SH*T!! #GRAMMYNOMINATED #BLESSED #HUMBLED #YOUDiiG #GRAMMYS HARD WORK PAYS OFF…"
    • @chancetherapper: "Glory be to God. I'm nominated for 7 #grammys. Thank you to everyone who worked on Coloring Book, I love you."

    Fan Reactions

    • @prince_turtogo: "BEYONCE LEADS GRAMMY NOMINATIONS (9 NOMS TOTAL) #Grammys2017 #GrammyNominations @Beyonce #Lemonade"
    • @Flatland_Diva: "If Beyoncé loses the album of the year Grammy to Adele, I swear to God I'm gonna get in the street and riot my damn self. #beyonce #grammys"
    • @DVMFE: "Kanye West is nominated for 8 Grammys, y'all better get ready for atleast one rant that night"
    • @sippzurp: "@Drake bout to get 8 grammys in this bihh"
    • @_choco_6: "Congrats Rihanna for your 8 Grammy nominations"
    • @RuthOhanu: "I said it before..views is not drake's best piece. Only a few good songs on there. Anti definitely deserves a nomination for AOTY over views."

    PRINCE, KANYE AND DAVID BOWIE SNUBBED

    Meanwhile, USA Today's Maeve McDermott pointed out that Prince, Kanye West and David Bowie were all missing from the major categories at the Grammys. Bowie released his last album Blackstar just before his death -- and scored four nominations including Best Rock Song and Best Alternative Music Album. Prince's last album, Hit n Run Phase Two, was only nominated in the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical category.

    And although Kanye racked up eight nods, his latest album, The Life of Pablo, was only nominated for rap categories at the awards show.

    • On another note, Rihanna liked an Instagram post that said she was snubbed for Grammy nominations because of Beyonce. Once the Beyhive caught wind of Rih liking the photo, they immediately attacked. Members of the hive filled Rihanna’s comments section with lemons and bee emojis.


  • CHILDHOOD PERFORMANCE FOOTAGE OF BEYONCE UP FOR SALE

  • Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:00:00 EST

    Video footage of Beyoncé as a child performer is up for auction. According to Perez Hilton via Ted Owen & Co, a two-and-a-half hour clip of a 10-year-old Beyonce from around 1992 is up for sale and the auction house is expecting offers to exceed $3.8 million. The clip is from when Bey was a member in Girl's Tyme.

    • Ted Owen & Co is accepting offers until January 10th.


  • NEW DETAILS ON PRINCE'S ESTATE'S LAWSUIT AGAINST JAY Z

  • Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:00:00 EST

    TMZ has reported that Prince's estate has filed new documents in its lawsuit against Jay Z. According to the site, the estate is suing Roc Nation for streaming the late singer's music on Tidal following his death in April. The lawsuit includes a PowerPoint, which discloses the company's assets including music, sports, movies and concerts.

    • The lawsuit also includes a letter from Roc Nation's CEO to the administrator of Prince's estate, which tried to persuade the estate to let Roc Nation manage Prince's musical catalog. The CEO wrote in the letter, "Prince confided in and entrusted Mr. Carter and Roc Nation with his most prized possession, his creative expression. They spoke not just as respected businessmen, but as artists aligned in mission."

    MORE JAY Z NEWS

    Meanwhile, according to Billboard, Roc Nation has announced that Roc Nation Latin has partnered up with Universal Music Publishing Group to manage Roc Nation Latin's publishing catalogue.

    In other news, AllHipHop.com has reported that Jay Z and Timbaland's lawyers have asked that the lawsuit regarding the record, "Big Pimpin'," be tossed. As previously reported, Eqyptian artist, Osama Ahmed Fahmy, claims that Jay and Timbaland illegally sampled his uncle's record, "Khosara Khosara." A judge ruled in favor of the rappers after they paid EMI over $100,000 to clear the sample. Fahmy, however, appealed the ruling. Timbaland and Jay then filed a motion to have the appeal dismissed, saying that Fahmy already signed away his rights to the record. The rappers' lawyers have since asked a judge to toss the lawsuit for good.

    • On another note, according to Complex.com, Jay’s Kalief Browder docuseries will premiere it’s first two episodes at the Sundance Film Festival next year. As previously reported, the six-part docuseries — which will be directed by Jenner Furst and executive produced by Jay Z, will tell the story of Kalief Browder who was falsely arrested on robbery charges at 16-years-old and was imprisoned for three years without conviction. Two years after Browder was released from jail, he took his own life. The 2017 Sundance Film Festival will take place in Park City, Utah from January 19th to January 29th.


  • REPORT: KANYE HAS RETURNED HOME WITH KIM KARDASHIAN AND THE KIDS

  • Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:00:00 EST

    Reports say that Kanye West has returned to the Bel Air mansion he shares with Kim Kardashian and their two kids. It was reported last week that the rapper was staying at a rental property outside of the family home out of concern for North and Saint.

    But now, according to X17 Online, Ye has returned home. So where was the rapper staying for the past week? Apparently, Kanye crashed at his sister-in-law Kendall Jenner's old high rise apartment on Wilshire Boulevard, across the street from UCLA Medical Center.

    • Kanye had a nurse on hand 24/7 and Kim stayed with him every night and most of the day, only leaving to visit her children - who were staying with her mom Kris Jenner. Kanye left the apartment around 4 am Sunday morning (December 4th) in order to avoid the paparazzi.


  • QUICKIES

  • Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:00:00 EST

    FIFTH HARMONY’S LAUREN JAUREGUI HINTS AT SOLO RECORD: Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui has hinted that she is working on a new solo record. The singer uploaded a photo of herself, alongside producer Jeremy Lloyd and vocalist Samantha Gongol. She captioned the picture, "Hope y'all are ready❤️ @marianhillmusic"

    MARIAH CAREY’S REALITY SHOW’S RATINGS SURFACE: Mariah Carey’s new reality show, Mariah’s World, had 0.63 million views the evening it premiered. Mariah’s World airs Sunday nights on E!