2022 MTV Video Music Awards: Jack Harlow, Nicki Minaj make mark
Rapper Jack Harlow took flight to open the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, while Johnny Depp made a surprise float above the audience as the Moon Man. “This one is for the champions,” said Lil Nas X before Harlow thanked him for the collaboration on the chart-topping single. Styles won album of the year for “Harry’s House.” He was unable to attend the awards due to his show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Harlow is pulling double duty, joining LL Cool J and Nicki Minaj as the show’s emcees. During her acceptance speech, Minaj paid tribute to other music icons such as Jackson, Whitney Houston, Lil Wayne and Kanye West.mlive.com
Kendrick Lamar rewrites the rules of the rap show
By his own account, Kendrick Lamar was “goin’ through somethin’ ” for one-thousand eight-hundred and fifty-five days — the time between his last two albums — trying to figure that out. Morale & the Big Steppers,” the answer was introspection and vulnerability. As with his albums, onstage, Lamar continued his conversation with the musical titans that preceded him. To paraphrase Jay-Z, if you want Lamar’s old stuff, buy his old albums. Morale & the Big Steppers” — with agonizing questions (“If I told you who I am, would you use it against me?”) and bittersweet realizations (“I choose me, I’m sorry").washingtonpost.com
Dr. Dre & friends prove hip hop belongs at the Super Bowl
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- For the first time in the history of the Super Bowl, hip hop took center stage. The Super Bowl LVI halftime show was billed as Dr. Dre and friends. Dr. Dre could be seen in the background, serving as the maestro of the evening. Everyone delivered, making the case that the NFL’s partnership with Jay-Z on organizing its Super Bowl halftime show has paid off. B) Hip hop belongs at the Super Bowl halftime show.mlive.com
Eminem Defies NFL and Kneels During Super Bowl Halftime Show
PepsiDuring Super Bowl LVI’s halftime show extravaganza, featuring the likes of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent, rapper Eminem took a knee in solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.Kanye West Targets Pete Davidson, Kid Cudi, Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift With Childish Instagram MemesThe move by Eminem came after he performed “Lose Yourself” in front of the sold-out crowd at the LA Rams’ SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. If you recall,news.yahoo.com
Super Bowl 2022 halftime show details: Who is performing, what songs will they play?
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- This year’s Super Bowl halftime show comes with some massive hip-hop flavor. What time does the Super Bowl halftime show start? With five major performers set for Super Bowl LVI, approximately 15 minutes seems like a solid bet. Snoop Dogg - “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang”The Super Bowl halftime show will undoubtedly go old-school at various points. Kendrick Lamar - “Humble”There are several songs Kendrick Lamar could perform on Sunday, but his 2017 hit “Humble” has been featured heavily in promos for the Super Bowl halftime performance.mlive.com
Deaf Detroit rapper to perform during halftime of Super Bowl 56
We are getting closer to the biggest game of the year with the Los Angeles Rams, and the Cincinnati Bengals set to face off at Super Bowl LVI Sunday (Feb. 13) night right here on Local 4.For some, the halftime show is the bigger draw than the actual game. This year’s halftime performers include future Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer Eminem with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar and Deaf Detroit rapper Sean Forbes.
Epic Super Bowl Halftime Show trailer gathers Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar
Super Bowl LVI is less than a month away and if the halftime show is anything like the just released trailer, it’s going to be epic. The trailer shows Dr. Dre making “the call” to bring together Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar, who will perform at halftime of the big game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Sunday, February 13. He then gets what appears to be a text from Dr. Dre asking him to be a part of the Super Bowl halftime show. Super Bowl LVI Pepsi Halftime show is seen on the stadium’s roof as we now await the big game and the big show. The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is the most-watched musical performance of the year, with nearly 100 million viewers watching last year.mlive.com
‘Hello, Cancel Culture Please’: Kendrick Lamar Gets Blasted on Social Media for Producing Upcoming Live-Action Comedy About a Slave Intern
Artists have often diversified their portfolios by transitioning to other sectors of Hollywood, as seen in examples such as Ice Cube and Jay-Z. Both emcees […]news.yahoo.com
Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar to perform during Super Bowl halftime
The Detroit Lions have yet to make a Super Bowl appearance. Pepsi, the NFL and Roc Nation partnered to assemble the lineup, which also includes Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar. The Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show marks the first time the five multi-award-winning artists will perform together on stage. This is the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is the most-watched musical performance of the year, with nearly 100 million viewers tuning in to last year’s show.mlive.com
Ladies night: Beyoncé, Swift make history as others win big
Four women won the top four prizes Sunday, including Swift, who became the first female performer to win album of the year three times. Beyoncé — with her 28th win — became the most decorated woman in Grammy history. And 9-year-old Blue Ivy Carter — who won best music video alongside her mother — became the second youngest act to win a Grammy in the show’s 63-year history. Megan Thee Stallion, who won three honors, also made history and became the first female rapper to win best rap song. She's also the fifth rap-based act to win best new artist.
George Floyd kin joins protest anthem album project
Terrence Floyd, brother of George Floyd, plays the drums with other artists during a recording session for an album of protest songs with the Rev. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK – Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. Surely, he said, it had not happened since his brother, George Floyd, died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last May, sparking a global reckoning over systemic racism and police brutality. Kevin McCall, a civil rights activist who said he believes an album of street-inspired protest anthems does not yet exist. AdSome historians cite Billie Holiday’s musical rendition of the Abel Meeropol poem, “Strange Fruit,” in 1939 as one of the sparks of the civil rights movement.
Viral and vital, college gymnasts finding their voice
The social justice movement in college athletics has popped up in most unusual place: gymnastics. From UCLA to Pittsburgh, Black gymnasts and the programs they represent are using their platform to empower and uplift. Her experience at Arkansas was simply reflective of the culture at large in the sport at the time. From Pittsburgh to California, female gymnasts are using their platform to empower, educate and bring light to causes they believe in. “Personally I would say (gymnastics) is a predominantly white sport,” Ward said.
Virus scuttles Glastonbury Festival for second straight year
FILE - In this Friday, June 24, 2011 file photo, the crowd at Glastonbury Music Festival clap their hands above their heads as they watch Chipmunk on stage, Glastonbury, England. Britains Glastonbury music festival has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic for the second year in a row, organizers Michael Eavis and Emily Eavis said Thursday Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)LONDON – Britain’s Glastonbury music festival has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic for the second year in a row. They said everyone who had put down a deposit on tickets for the 2020 festival, which also was canceled, would be able to attend in 2022. The festival has been held almost annually since 1970, drawing up to 150,000 people to the Eavis’ Worthy Farm in southwest England.
Dr. Dre back home after reported brain aneurysm treatment
Peter Paterno, an attorney for the rapper and producer, said Dre was home but offered no other details in an email exchange Saturday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES – Dr. Dre was back at home Saturday after being treated at a Los Angeles hospital for a reported brain aneurysm. Peter Paterno, an attorney for the music mogul, said Dre was home but offered no other details in an email exchange Saturday. On Friday, actor and rapper Ice T posted that he had connected with Dre on FaceTime and that he had “just made it home. Dre founded Beats Electronics in 2008 with Jimmy Iovine, and six years later they launched a streaming subscription service, Beats Music.
Billboard: Interscope Geffen A&M named No. 1 label of 2020
Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA), the home to Eilish, Lady Gaga and Lamar, has been named the No. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – Interscope Geffen A&M — the home to Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga — has been named the No. Billboard announced Thursday that the label, which is also known as IGA, tops its year-end chart for the first time since 2013. IGA is also the top Billboard 200 label with 68 albums released during the tracking period, 25 of which hit the Top 10. Warner Music Group’s Atlantic Records was 2019’s top Billboard 200 label.
And the Grammy nomination goes to ... Megan? Harry? Weeknd?
Others who may earn nominations include Lewis Capaldi, Summer Walker, Morgan Wallen, Doja Cat, BLACKPINK, Ingrid Andress, Snoh Aalegra, Skip Marley, Mickey Guyton and CNCO. Ricch should also earn nominations for his guest appearance on DaBaby’s international hit “Rock Star,” helping him become the show’s overall top nominee. ________FOLKS LOVE FOLKLORETaylor Swift’s last two albums, “Lover” and “reputation,” didn’t earn nominations for album of the year. The seven-member group’s hit “Dynamite” could snag a nomination for best pop duo/group performance, and their latest album could compete for best global music album. 3 on pop charts, should earn a nomination for best country performance and best country song.
Rihanna on new album: 'I just want to have fun with music'
FILE - Singer and fashion designer Rihanna attends the "Rihanna" book launch event in New York on Oct. 11, 2019. It's been four years since Rihanna released an album but the singer is working hard on recording new music. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – It's been four years since Rihanna released an album but the singer is working hard on recording new music. And with the music, I’m using that as my outlet." But I love challenges so, you know, I’m gonna get it done.”______AP Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu contributed to this report.
SPOTLIGHT: It’s her year, Clintondale’s Traniece Gayden wins in 4Frenzy
This fire has earned her a winning place for Yearbook in the Clubs and Organizations category of the 4Frenzy Fall Fan Choice Awards! Even with a busy schedule full of extracurricular activities, school, and sports, she still finds time for herself. She has played basketball from a young age and plans to continue to play for fun. After Traniece graduates from Clintondale, she plans to attend an HBCU and major in Criminal Justice to become a future defense attorney for the City of Detroit. Good luck, Traniece, and congratulations on your 4Frenzy win!
Kamasi Washington teams up with jazz great Herbie Hancock for Detroit performance
click to enlarge AG RojasKamasi Washington. Cut from the same cloth 40 years apart, Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington are a match made in jazz heaven. The 79-year-old 14-time Grammy Award-winning jazz virtuoso and NEA Jazz Master Hancock (who has 40 studio records under his belt, mind you) will join Washington a rising jazz star, tenor sax player, American Music Prize-winner, and disciple of Hancocks genre-bending artistry. Washington who released his sophomore LP, Heaven and Earth, and a follow-up EP, The Choice, last year has most notably collaborated with Run the Jewels, Chaka Khan, and Kendrick Lamar. Despite the age and experience difference, both Hancock and Washington represent the new phase of jazz, which has everything to do with sonic audacity, flexibility, and their willingness to shake up the confines of traditions.metrotimes.com