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Lizzo, Lil Nas X Lead 2020 Grammy Nominations

Lizzo, Lil Nas X, and Billie Eilish lead the nominees for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards.

Lizzo is the most nominated artist with eight, including Album of the Year (Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)), Record of the Year (“Truth Hurts”), Song of the Year (“Truth Hurts”), and Best New Artist. Additionally, she received nods for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best R&B Performance for “Exactly How I Feel” featuring Gucci Mane and Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Jerome.”

Taking to social media, a grateful Lizzo reacted to her first Grammy nominations. “THANK YOU,” she tweeted. “THIS HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE YEAR FOR MUSIC AND IM JUST SO THANKFUL TO EVEN BE PART OF IT.”

Lil Nas X and Eilish follow with six nominations each. Nas is this year’s leading male nominee, earning nods for Record of the Year (“Old Town Road”), Best New Artist, Best Rap/Sung Performance (“Panini”), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (“Old Town Road”), Music Video/Film (“Old Town Road”), and Album of the Year for his debut EP 7.

Eilish set a record as the youngest nominee in Grammy history to receive nominations for Record of the Year (“Bad Guy”), Album of the Year (When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?), Song of the Year (“Bad Guy”), and Best New Artist.

Ariana Grande earned five Grammy noms, including Album of the Year for Thank U, Next and Record of the Year for “7 Rings.” Two-time winner H.E.R. landed five noms, including Album of the Year for I Used to Know Her and Song and Record of the Year for “Hard Place.”

In the Best Rap Album category, the nominees include Dreamville’s Revenge of the Dreamers III, Meek Mill’s Championships, 21 Savage’s i am > i was, Tyler, the Creator’s IGOR, and YBN Cordae’s The Lost Boy.

The late Nipsey Hussle, who was nominated for Best Rap Album last year, received three nominations including Best Rap Performance (“Racks in the Middle”), Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (“Higher”), and Best Rap Song (“Racks in the Middle”).

To be eligible, recordings must have been released between Oct. 1, 2018 and Aug. 31, 2019. Hosted by Alicia Keys, the 62nd annual Grammy Awards will air live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, on CBS.

62nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominations

“Hey, Ma” – Bon Iver
“Bad Guy” – Billie Eilish
“7 Rings” – Ariana Grande
“Hard Place” – H.E.R.
“Talk” – Khalid
“Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
“Truth Hurts” – Lizzo
“Sunflower” – Post Malone & Swae Lee

I, I – Bon Iver
Norman F-ing Rockwell! – Lana Del Rey
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish
Thank U, Next – Ariana Grande
I Used To Know Her – H.E.R.
7 – Lil Nas X
Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) – Lizzo
Father of the Bride – Vampire Weekend

“Always Remember Us This Way” – Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
“Bad Guy” – Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
“Bring My Flowers Now” – Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)
“Hard Place” – Ruby Amanfu, Sam Ashworth, D. Arcelious Harris. H.E.R. & Rodney Jerkins, songwriters (H.E.R.)
“Lover” – Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
“Norman F-ing Rockwell” – Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)
“Someone You Loved” – Tom Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Pere Kelleher, Benjamin Kohn & Sam Roman, songwriters (Lewis Capaldi)
“Truth Hurts” – Steven Cheung, Eric Frederic, Melissa Jefferson & Jesse Saint John, songwriters (Lizzo)

Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Maggie Rogers
Tank and the Bangas

“Spirit” – Beyoncé
“Bad Guy” – Billie Eilish
“7 Rings” – Ariana Grande
“Truth Hurts” – Lizzo
“You Need To Calm Down” – Taylor Swift

“Boyfriend” – Ariana Grande & Social House
“Sucker” – Jonas Brothers
“Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus
“Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

The Lion King: The Gift – Beyoncé
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go – Billie Eilish
Thank U, Next – Ariana Grande
No. 6 Collaborations Project – Ed Sheeran
Lover – Taylor Swift

“Pretty Waste” – Bones UK
“This Land” – Gary Clark Jr.
“History Repeats” – Brittany Howard
“Woman” – Karen O & Danger Mouse
“Too Bad” – Rival Sons

“Love Again” – Daniel Caesar & Brandy
“Could’ve Been” – H.E.R. & Bryson Tiller
“Exactly How I Feel” – Lizzo & Gucci Mane
“Roll Some Mo” – Lucky Daye
“Come Home” – Anderson .Paak & André 3000

“Time Today” – BJ The Chicago Kid
“Steady Love” – India.Arie
“Jerome” – Lizzo
“Real Games” – Lucky Daye
“Built For Love” – PJ Morton & Jazmine Sullivan

“Could’ve Been” – Dernst Emile Ii, David “Swagg R’celious” Harris, H.E.R. & Hue “Soundzfire” Strother, Songwriters (H.E.R. Ft. Bryson Tiller)
“Look At Me Now” – Emily King & Jeremy Most, Songwriters (Emily King)
“No Guidance” – Chris Brown, Tyler James Bryant, Nija Charles, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Michee Patrick Lebrun, Joshua Lewis, Noah Shebib & Teddy Walton, Songwriters (Chris Brown Ft. Drake)
“Roll Some Mo” – David Brown, Dernst Emile Ii & Peter Lee Johnson, Songwriters (Lucky Daye)
“Say So” – Pj Morton, Songwriter (Pj Morton Ft. Jojo)

Apollo XXI – Steve Lacy
Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) – Lizzo
Overload – Georgia Anne Muldrow
Saturn – Nao
Being Human In Public – Jessie Reyez

1123 – BJ The Chicago Kid
Painted – Lucky Daye
Ella Mai – Ella Mai
Paul – PJ Morton
Ventura – Anderson .Paak

“Middle Child” – J.Cole
“Suge” – DaBaby
“Down Bad” – Dreamville ft. J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, Earthgang & Young Nudy
“Racks In The Middle” – Nipsey Hussle ft. Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy
“Clout” – Offset ft. Cardi B

“Higher” – DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend
“Drip Too Hard” – Lil Baby & Gunna
“Panini” – Lil Nas X
“Ballin” – Mustard ft. Roddy Ricch
“The London” – Young Thug ft. J. Cole & Travis Scott

“Bad Idea” – Chancelor Bennett, Cordae Dunston, Uforo Ebong & Daniel Hackett, songwriters (YBN Cordae ft. Chance The Rapper)
“Gold Roses” – Noel Cadastre, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Khristopher Riddick-tynes, William Leonard Roberts Ii, Joshua Quinton Scruggs, Leon Thomas Iii & Ozan Yildirim, songwriters (Rick Ross ft. Drake)
“A Lot” – Jermaine Cole, Dacoury Natche, 21 Savage & Anthony White, songwriters (21 Savage ft. J. Cole)
“Racks In The Middle” – Ermias Asghedom, Dustin James Corbett, Greg Allen Davis, Chauncey Hollis, Jr. & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Nipsey Hussle ft. Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy)
“Suge” – DaBaby, Jetsonmade & Pooh Beatz, songwriters (DaBaby)

Revenge Of The Dreamers III – Dreamville
Championships – Meek Mill
i am > i was – 21 Savage
IGOR – Tyler, The Creator
The Lost Boy – YBN Cordae

The Lion King: The Songs – (Various Artists)
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – (Various Artists)
Rocketman – Taron Egerton
Spider-man: Into The Spider-Verse – (Various Artists)
A Star Is Born – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

“The Ballad Of The Lonesome Cowboy” – Randy Newman, songwriter (Chris Stapleton); Track from: “Toy Story 4”
“Girl In The Movies” – Dolly Parton & Linda Perry, songwriters (Dolly Parton); Track from: “Dumplin’”
“I’ll Never Love Again (Film Version)” – Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey & Aaron Raitiere, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper); Track from: A Star Is Born
“Spirit” – Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Timothy McKenzie & Ilya Salmanzadeh, songwriters (Beyoncé); Track from: “The Lion King”
“Suspirium” – Thom Yorke, songwriter (Thom Yorke); Track from: “Suspiria”

Jack Antonoff
Dan Auerbach
John Hill
Ricky Reed

“We’ve Got To Try” – The Chemical Brothers, Ellie Fry, video director; Ninian Doff, video producer
“This Land” – Gary Clark Jr., Savanah Leaf, video director; Alicia Martinez, video producer
“Cellophane” – FKA twigs, Andrew Thomas Huang, video director; Alex Chamberlain, video producer
“Old Town Road (Official Movie)” – Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus, Calmatic, video director; Candice Dragonas, Melissa Larsen & Saul Levitz, video producers
“Glad He’s Gone” – Tove Lo, Vania Heymann & Gal Muggia, video directors; Natan Schottenfels, video producer


Carmelo Speaks on Returning to the NBA Following Blazers Debut: 'I Belong Here'

Carmelo Anthony was the butt of many jokes following his stints in Oklahoma City and Houston. But after not getting an opportunity to play like many thought he deserved, Melo became a sort of sympathetic figure with fans across the league calling for a team to sign him.

New Video: Denzel Curry “SPEEDBOAT”

More power.

Denzel is caught up in the fast life in his album ZUU‘s new motion picture.

Directed by Jaimie Sanchez, the visual begins with Denzel, a Florida crime boss, sitting motionlessly while being robbed at his mansion. As the drama story unfolds, the clip flashes back to car chases, shootouts, drugs being sold, nights of partying, and a final scene where a young Curry is introduced to the life of crime while working at a corner store. Life comes at you fast.

Source: Rap radar

A$AP Rocky Designs Swedish Prison Uniforms

A$AP Rocky will return to Sweden next month for the first time since his Swedish assault case.

Speaking publicly at the Summit LA19 conference earlier this month, the rapper reflected on the month he spent behind bars in a Swedish prison during which he connected with some of the inmates, many of whom were fans of hip-hop.

“When I was going through my whole situation, the whole time I used to look on television and see Swedish fans showing me so much love and I want to give it back,” said Rocky (via Forbes).

The “Babushka Boi” is scheduled to return to Stockholm on Dec. 11 for a show at the Ericsson Globe that will include other Swedish artists. He plans to donate most of the proceeds from his performance to inmates and prison reform. Additionally, Rocky has designed new wardrobe and uniforms for the Swedish detention center he was in.

“I’m trying to do what I can with what I can, I just want to keep creating and encouraging whoever is after me to do it better,” he said.

On July 2, Rocky was taken into custody over his involvement in a Stockholm street brawl. He was released a month later following a high-profile trial that captured worldwide attention. A Swedish court found Rocky guilty of assault. He was handed a suspended sentence and ordered to pay damages to the victim despite video showing the 19-year-old man antagonizing his crew.

Rocky is now working on All Smiles, his first album since 2018’s Testing. In August, he debuted his latest single “Babushka Boi” along with its Dick Tracy-inspired video.


Ari Lennox Says She Quits After Losing at Soul Train Awards

Ari Lennox is over it.

The Dreamville songstress says she’s done with music after losing at this weekend’s BET Soul Train Awards. Lennox was nominated for three awards including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Best Collaboration Performance, and Album/Mixtape of the Year for her critically-acclaimed debut Shea Butter Baby, but lost in all three categories.

After the “hard loss,” she took to Twitter to reflect. “I made a soul album for black people. I made my album for black people lol,” tweeted Lennox. “I just don’t understand. At all actually. But cool.”

Some took her comments as shade at Lizzo, who won Album/Mixtape of the Year for her album Cuz I Love You.

Lennox later explained why the loss was so hurtful. “It’s not just an award. It wasn’t any award show. It was the soul train awards. As you can see I’m big fan of soul music and huge fan of soul trains history.”

She added, “Being snubbed was something I always expected and was definitely prepared for just not by them.”

Lennox received backlash for her tweets, but she clarified that she was not trying to disrespect Lizzo. “My intent was to never shade other nominees. I’m hurt and I don’t expect soulless haters to understand that,” she explained. “Everytime I wrap my mind around it I just can’t accept it. It feels like a break up. I made a soulful album. I never ran from who I am. I just expected that one platform to understand that.”

Her frustrations have made her reconsider a career in music. “I’m not selling out. So I quit,” said Lennox, who said she’s going to join the army.

“Tired of being annoying tired of being annoyed. I just ain’t built like the rest of them. This shit ain’t for me,” she added. “It’s clear I’m not ‘cool’ enough. Not trendy enough and I don’t care to be. I don’t strive for that. I’m not going to chase this shit ever again. No more fake shit on my part.”

Read some of her tweets below.


Keyshia Cole Shares First Photos of Son Tobias

Meet Tobias Khale.

Keyshia Cole is sharing the first photos of her baby boy with the world. Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, the R&B songstress posted four adorable images of her 3-month-old son on his newly-launched Instagram account @TobiasKhale.

Tobias was born Aug. 1 and made his television debut on Keyshia’s BET series “My New Life” on Monday night.

“@tobiaskhale is the sweetest baby, OMG. He’s such a little blessing, and I’m completely in love with him!” gushed Keyshia. “The smiles he gives EVERY SINGLE Time you smile at him, Brightens the worst of days. So happy @daniel_gibsonjr has a baby brother now.”

The baby’s father, Niko Khale, also posted the photos of his first child. “Never knew a love like this My first born,” he wrote. “My reason. My sonshine. ☀ I love you with every part of my existence baby boy.”

This is the first child for Khale and second for Cole, who shares a 9-year-old son, Daniel Gibson Jr., with former NBA player Daniel Gibson. The couple announced that they were expecting their first child together in May.

Cole is already back to work. She recently launched her new talk show “One on One with Keyshia Cole” on Fox Soul.