Drake, Kanye West, & Justin Bieber Won’t Attend Grammys

Some of music’s biggest stars will be missing from Music’s Biggest Night. Drake, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, and Frank Ocean are reportedly skipping the Grammys this year.

Ocean, who released Blonde and Endless last year, failed to submit either for consideration by the award show. He’s since bashed it, saying “it just doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down.” He also called it “dated.”

“I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys,” he added, “than sit there in the audience.”

Kanye West has eight nominations and has earned 21 Grammys throughout his career, but he’s also boycotting the event. In October, he said, “If [Frank’s] album’s not nominated in no categories, I’m not showin’ up to the Grammys.”

Despite his own eight nods, Drake won’t be attending this year’s ceremony as he will be overseas on his “Boy Meets World Tour.” His fellow nominee Justin Bieber, who is up for Album of the Year, will also be a no-show. According to TMZ, the artists feel that the Grammys are “out of touch and arguably irrelevant.”

Nevertheless, the show will go on. The 59th Annual Grammy Awards is set to go down Feb. 12 with performances by Adele, Bruno Mars, and John Legend, among others.

Source: www.rap-up.com

Bruno Mars Opens Up About Race, Discrimination, & Loss of His Mother

Bruno Mars shines on the cover of Latina.

The multifaceted crooner dons his trademark XXIV cap, an aqua blazer, salmon-colored shirt, and gold chains for the magazine’s February issue.

Inside the mag, the 24K Magic star is photographed by John Russo. In some shots, he poses for portraits while in others, he is inside of a car with its windows rolled down.

The story itself is a window into Mars’ views on life and identity, allowing him to clear up misconceptions about his pride and about his race.

“I’d love to clear [this] up in Latina magazine,” he says at one point in the article. “I never once said I changed my last name to hide the fact that I’m Puerto Rican. Why would I fucking say that? Who are you fooling? And why would anyone say that? That’s so insulting to me, to my family. That’s ridiculous. My last name is Hernandez. My father’s name is Pedrito Hernandez, and he’s a Puerto Rican pimp. There’s no denying that.

“My dad nicknamed me Bruno since I was 2 years old,” he added. “The real story is: I was going to go by ‘Bruno,’ one name. Mars just kind of came joking around because that sounds bigger than life. That was it, simple as that. I see people that don’t know what I am, and it’s so weird that it gets them upset.”

Speaking of race, Mars also addressed the current conversations around discrimination. “I hate that we’re even having a conversation about injustice in America,” he said. “That we are having a conversation about this in 2017; the same conversation that’s been had decades and decades ago.”

See more highlights from the Latina cover story below.

On being multi-racial: “There are a lot of people who have this mixed background that are in this gray zone. A lot of people think, ‘This is awesome. You’re in this gray zone, so you can pass for whatever the hell you want.’ But it’s not like that at all. It’s actually the exact opposite. What we’re trying to do is educate people to know what that feels like so they’ll never make someone feel like that ever again. Which is a hard thing to do. Because no one can see what we see and no one can grow up with what we grew up with. I hope people of color can look at me, and they know that everything they’re going through, I went through. I promise you.”

On the music business: “It’s an oxymoron—the music business; like the art business. You’re making a business out of these songs that I’m writing. And how are you going to tell me that this song that I’m writing is only going to be catered to Puerto Ricans or to white people or only Asian people. How are you going to tell me that? My music is for anybody who wants to listen to it.”

On “black music”: “When you say ‘black music,’ understand that you are talking about rock, jazz, R&B, reggae, funk, doo-wop, hip-hop, and Motown. Black people created it all. Being Puerto Rican, even salsa music stems back to the Motherland [Africa]. So, in my world, black music means everything. It’s what gives America its swag. I’m a child raised in the ’90s. Pop music was heavily rooted in R&B from Whitney, Diddy, Dr. Dre, Boyz II Men, Aaliyah, TLC, Babyface, New Edition, Michael, and so much more. As kids this is what was playing on MTV and the radio. This is what we were dancing to at school functions and BBQs. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for these artists who inspired me. They have brought me so much joy and created the soundtrack to my life filled with memories that I’ll never forget. Most importantly, they were the superstars that set the bar for me and showed me what it takes to sing a song that can get the whole world dancing, or give a performance that people will talk about forever. Watching them made me feel like I had to be as great as they were in order to even stand a chance in this music business. You gotta sing as if Jodeci is performing after you and dance as if Bobby Brown is coming up next.”

On his father: “My whole sense of rhythm is because my dad was teaching me bongos as a kid. He’s an old-school working musician, so that’s where the pinky rings come from, the patent-leather shoes, the suits, and the pompadour. It all stems from watching my father. I remember at the time, me and my sisters would be a little embarrassed when he would take us to school in his big-ass Cadillac. No one had Cadillacs in Hawaii. But my dad would show up in some boat-looking Caddy wearing some silky shit, and we’d run out into the car as soon as possible. And here I am wearing the swap-meet gold, driving Cadillacs.”

On the loss of his mother: “My life has changed. She’s more than my music. If I could trade music to have her back, I would. I always hear her say, Keep going and keep doing it.’”

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Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello Perform ‘Bad Things’ on ‘Ellen’

After leaving Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello linked up with Machine Gun Kelly to perform their smash joint single “Bad Things” on “Ellen.”

This time, in matching black and white, Camila and Kellz reignited the fire-filled chemistry that’s allowed “Bad Things” to soar to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The duo began their performance with their backs to one another. From there, they floated on clouds of fog while rhyming and singing about a complicated relationship. “Okay, yeah, I’m insane,” they rap together. “But you the same.”

Backstage, MGK had a little too much fun and knocked down one of Ellen’s photos. “sorry i knocked ur picture down,” he wrote. “I just noticed that.”

Prior to their appearance on “Ellen,” the “Bad Things” collaborators performed the track on “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Late Show.”

Camila is now plotting her solo career with a debut album, while MGK plans the follow-up to 2015’s General Admission.

Watch Cabello and Kellz do “Bad Things” below.

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After Show: Working Mom

Wendy shows a photo from the night she got engaged and gives us a sneak peek at her HSN Collection.

Then, if you’re a new mom who just returned to work, can you tell your boss you want to cut back on your work travel?

Plus, what should you do if your husband doesn’t help out enough with the kids?

Source: Wendy

RHOA Recap: Let’s Go Glamping

By Joanne Rosa

After last week’s RHOA rooftop dinner went off the rails, the ladies have a lot to work out.

Despite the drama, the glamping trip must go on!

Kenya & Phaedra start shopping (more like gossiping) for the trip. Kenya believes that Porsha’s anger management is not working, and maybe the glamping trip isn’t the best place for her. Porsha retreated to her anger management coach, Dr. Matt Smith, who thinks Porsha was being bullied, and doesn’t have a real support system in the group. Porsha can’t decide if she’ll go glamping or not. If she does, she knows one thing for sure: she’s bringing a friend or two for emotional support.

Meanwhile, after Cynthia’s visit to Moore Manor, she takes it upon herself to talk with Kenya’s ex-boo, Matt Jordan. Kenya and Matt are supposed to be on a break, but things “seem to be getting worse,” according to Cynthia. She feels the two aren’t in a good place in their relationship, and wants to understand what’s going on.

Matt thinks the biggest issue is respect and communication in their relationship. When things don’t go as he expects them to, he becomes violent. Although Matt doesn’t know exactly what he wants out of his relationship with Kenya, he confessed that he’s still in love with her.

Later that evening, Kandi throws a surprise white engagement party for Shamea Mortan and Gerald Mwangi. Cynthia, Sheree, & Marlo missed the memo on the all white aspect of the party. Sheree said it was because she “got the invite last night.” Shamea arrives and is thrilled by the surprise party. After settling in, Shamea asked the group where Porsha was. Kandi played innocent at first, saying that she didn’t know, but then confessed that she will likely not come because of the events that went on at last night’s dinner. Shamea started crying, but the girls consoled her.

After a few drinks, the party moved up to the roof, where things got a little heated. Kandi begins to elaborate to Shamea about what happened at dinner the night before. Shamea was quick to defend Porsha, but Sheree was even quicker to throw Phaedra under the bus, and Shamea was the bus driver. Sheree explained, “Her exact words were, ‘Shamea f***ed everyone’s husband in Atlanta.’” Shamea responded, “If that was the case, I would have f***ed Apollo, because he made many passes… [and] the word was very heavy on the street about Ms. Parks.” Shamea motioned her hands to her face, making a clear reference to the old rumor of Phaedra’s past. Sheree made it clear that Porsha was around for this comment. Shamea was more surprised that Porsha didn’t defend her against Phaedra’s comments, than she was by the white engagement party. Shamea vows to hit Porsha up (with a phone call, not a fist) about what happened. Mmmmm Phaedra, you’re gonna get yourself in trouble.

Kenya goes to Cynthia’s unfurnished lake house for the first time. While basking in the view, Cynthia begins explaining to Kenya how Matt is experiencing the relationship. Kenya responded (or more like interrupted) by saying that Matt doesn’t sound like a sane person, and that he is no better than a child trying to defend his tantrum. Cynthia agrees, and continues to go over her encounter with Matt. She admits to Kenya that she told Matt “Kenya definitely can be a little dramatic.”

Kenya is immediately irritated that Cynthia wasn’t loyal to her. The conversation didn’t get much further after that. Refusing to always be depicted as the bad guy, Kenya twirled away with her fur babies.

Porsha and Shamea pop some champagne before they get into the fidelity of their friendship. Porsha explains her absence at the engagement party. Shamea hears her, but is more hurt by the fact that Porsha didn’t come to Shamea’s defense when Phaedra was dragging her reputation through the mud. Porsha can’t recall Phaedra saying anything about Shamea. Porsha did just get off of bed rest due to a lack of blood flow to her brain, so maybe she is telling the truth (no shade intended).

Shamea doesn’t want to dwell on what happened, but gives Porsha a fair warning about Phaedra. “Be careful. I’ve been friends with you for over a decade. I love you to the moon and back, but be careful with your new friend… Phaedra used to talk so much sh*t about you.”

If talking sh*t is a real scale for who to be careful around, then all the Atlanta ladies better keep their guard up.

Let the glamping begin!

Before the bus arrives, Cynthia and Kenya squash their differences at Moore Manor. Sheree & Marlo enjoy their mimosas outside, when a black SUV shows up with Porsha and her sister Lauren. No one was sure if Porsha would end up going or not, but she was welcome with open arms. Porsha brought Sheree aside, and it didn’t take long for the two to clear the air. They all hop on the bus, and the road trip begins.

Marlo announces that she will be adding “Ask Marlo” to the glamping itinerary, so the group can become more educated on fashion and men.

Maybe try asking Wendy instead??

Porsha whips out a note from her Anger Management coach, explaining that he suggests Porsha bring her sister Lauren for emotional support during the trip. Good thing she did, because the back and forth between Porsha, Kenya, and Kandi started within the first stretch of the trip.

The Atlanta ladies have a bumpy road ahead of them, and the glamping hasn’t even started yet.

Source: Wendy

Flashback: ODB Jr.: ODB Forced Me to Watch Him Get High Before Overdose

In April 2016, Ol Dirty Bastard Jr. remembered his father use drugs right before his untimely his death. “I used to smoke weed when I was younger, but this was different. My father was doing it in front of me and looking dead in my eye.” After that very moment, he says he went home and received a call that his father had died from an overdose: “It happened out of nowhere, it was so quick.”

Watch the full interview above.

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Mosque Shooting Leaves at Least Six People in Quebec Dead, 18 Injured

Six people have been killed and another 18 were injured last night at a mosque in Quebec City in what Canadian Prime minister is calling a terrorist attack. Witnesses said the attack was carried out by 3 men at the Islamic Culture Center shortly before 8 pm on January 29th. Armed with at least one AK-47, the attackers targeted indiscriminately, with victims ranging from 35 to 70. Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting, with the third suspect still at large. Only days after Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning. Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting, with the third suspect still at large.

While not directly connected, this attack comes only days after Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning Muslims from entering the United States. Support poured in from all over Canada and the world condemning the terrorist attacks.

Source: http://www.vladtv.com