BET AWARDS: WINNERS AND PERFORMANCES

While all types of entertainment were honored at the ceremony, music was a major part of the festivities. Host Jamie Foxx kicked off the ceremony by telling viewers he was there to celebrate. He brought "Black Panther" star Michael B. Jordan to the stage and asked him to recite a line from the film. Check out Michael's sexy GIF from the BET Awards because it REALLY needs your attention. Winners: Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award Drake Kendrick Lamar (WINNER) DJ Khaled JAY-Z J. Cole Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award Cardi B (WINNER) Nicki Minaj Remy Ma DeJ Loaf Rapsody Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Award Bruno Mars (WINNER) Chris Brown The Weeknd Khalid Daniel Caesar Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Award Beyoncé (WINNER) Kehlani H.E.R. Rihanna SZA Best Group Award Migos (WINNER) A Tribe Called Quest N.E.R.D Rae Sremmurd Chloe X Halle Best New Artist Award SZA (WINNER) H.E.R. Daniel Caesar GoldLink A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Best Collaboration Award Bruno Mars f. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” DJ Khaled f. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (WINNER) DJ Khaled f. JAY-Z, Future & Beyonce – “Top Off” Cardi B f. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi” French Montana f. Swae Lee – “Unforgettable” Kendrick Lamar f. Rihanna – “LOYALTY.” Video of the Year Award Drake – “God’s Plan” (WINNER) Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow” Bruno Mars f. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” DJ Khaled f. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” Migos f. Drake – “Walk It Talk It” Video Director of the Year Award Benny Boom Director X Ava Duvernay (WINNER) Chris Brown Dave Meyers Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award Lecrae f. Tori Kelly – “I’ll Find You” (WINNER) Snoop Dogg f. B. Slade – “Words Are Few” Ledisi & Kirk Franklin – “If You Don’t Mind” Marvin Sapp – “Close” Tasha Cobbs Leonard f. Nicki Minaj – “I’m Getting Ready” Album of the Year Award DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar (WINNER) CTRL – SZA 4:44 – JAY-Z Culture II – Migos Black Panther: The Album – Kendrick Lamar & Various Artists Grateful – DJ Khaled BET Her Award Janelle Monae – “Django Jane” Lizzo – “Water Me” Mary J. Blige – “Strength of a Woman” (WINNER) Remy Ma f. Chris Brown – “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)” Chloe X Halle – “The Kids Are Alright” Leikeli47 – “2nd Fiddle” Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award SZA featuring Travis Scott – “Love Galore” Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow” (WINNER) Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” Drake – “God’s Plan” Migos f. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj – “Motor Sport” DJ Khaled f. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” Throughout the broadcast, there were more performances than awards given. Meek Mill, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg were among the many performers to grace the stage. Snoop Dogg is one of the coolest cats ever to emerge in the hip-hop world, and the legendary rapper proved that fact with his lively performance at the 2018 BET Awards. The rapper, who fittingly closed out the show, began his set with an early '90s classic -- "Who Am I? (What's My Name?)" The iconic single, which appears on Snoop's 1993 debut album Doggystyle, was the perfect opener, as the LP celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. He kept the crowd on their feet by delivering yet another all-time party favorite, 2000's "The Next Episode." Meek Mill premieres new track and pays tribute to XXXTentacion & Jimmy Wopo. Meek Mill pays respect to xxxtentacion and Jimmy Wopo at the BET Awards. pic.twitter.com/3Yww1qGQEJ— DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) June 25, 2018 The Philadelphia rapper, who was released from prison in April, debuted his new single “Stay Woke”. Meek delivered some gripping bars about gun violence and mass incarceration. “We scream Black Lives Matter, but we still towing ladders,” he rapped on a stage depicting a street corner. All hail the Queen. Nicki Minaj took over the 2018 BET Awards with a medley of hits. Dressed in a red robe, she emerged to perform her top 10 hit “Chun-Li” with some kung-fu dancers. She then removed the robe to reveal a sexy red latex number for the first performance of the Lil Wayne-assisted “Rich Sex.” Looking dapper as usual in their bejeweled jackets and black skinny jeans, Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff hit the stage to perform their Culture II hit “Walk It Talk It.” Following “Kung Fu Fighting,” they launched into the Pharrell-produced “Stir Fry.” The Atlanta trio went on to win Best Group. During their acceptance speech, Offset thanked Cardi B, who is expecting their first child next month. “I thank my wife. You should thank yours,” he said. Watch their performance below: J. Cole made a surprise appearance at Sunday’s BET Awards. Following an introduction from host Jamie Foxx, the rapper delivered a powerful performance of “Friends” with Daniel Caesar. “I wrote this shit to talk about the word addiction,” raps Cole. “To my ni**a, I hope you listening / This is for the whole fucking Ville, I hope you’re listening.” “Friends” is a cut off Cole’s latest album KOD, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Listen closely or you might miss the message in @JColeNC's #BETAwards performance of 'Friends' with @DanielCaesar and @Wale! pic.twitter.com/NPmc0RFPxv— #BETAwards (@BETAwards) June 25, 2018 References: www.hiphopdx.com/news/id.47399/title.2018-bet-awards-winners www.https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8462442/snoop-dogg-gospel-medley-performance-bet-awards-2018?sessionid=pMn1TGHX1qccp17Pp8tAJZjNyVOB1njo_jN_qTJEF4g www.rap-up.com

CARDI B AND OFFSET POSE FOR ROLLING STONE COVER

The extremely, eight-months pregnant rapper gives us all a look at her luscious baby bump along with her fiancée, Offset. Cardi B posted the magazine’s upcoming cover to her social media on Friday. She poses semi-naked in an open ballgown, while Offset kisses her baby bump. Wearing a killer pair of heels, and an off-the-shoulder dress, which hangs completely open, the photoshoot is completely infused with her individual style, with the camera lingering on her peacock tattoo, which straddles her thigh. She took to Twitter to unveil the cover, billed as “a hip-hop love story". Tweeted Cardi B along with the image, “My daughter made it to the Rollin Stone cover.” I guess it was too much to ask to wait until the official July release of our @rollingston! Even tho it was leaked and suppose to be In gray fuck it !My daughter made it to the Rollin Stone cover Official release in Julyme ??ROCKSTARS @offsetyrn!You can’t break me ???????? pic.twitter.com/ZyHKM7D0eI— iamcardib (@iamcardib) June 16, 2018 Cardi B is currently designing her own line for Fashion Nova, which is due to be released in October 2018. Featuring over 80 different pieces, all designed by the rapper herself, the range will be Fashion Nova's first design collaboration. References: www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a21571537/cardi-b-rolling-stone-pregnancy-shoot-offset/

THE POWER COUPLE: BEYONCE & JAY-Z JUST DROPPED A JOINT ALBUM

The power couple surprised the world by releasing their joint album, “Everything is Love," a long-rumored collaboration that celebrates their marital passion. Though the two have collaborated for at least 15 years, this marks their first joint album, which they released under the name the Carters. A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Jun 16, 2018 at 2:29pm PDT The pop diva and hip-hop superstar announced the album on stage in London as they thanked their fans for coming to watch their global tour. She said: "Because we love you all so much we have something special for you." A video was then played on the screens which ended with a black slate with the message 'ALBUM OUT NOW'. The couple put out an elaborately choreographed six minute video that takes place inside the Louvre museum in Paris for a song off the album, "Apeshit." It finds the couple lounging, wandering and finally partying throughout the museum, alone save for a group of dancers in nude bodysuits. A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Jun 16, 2018 at 2:29pm PDT As the title of "Everything is Love" implies, their relationship is apparently swell. On the very first lyrics, Beyonce beckons to her husband, "Let's make love in the summertime." On the final track, "Lovehappy," the two acknowledge past pain but also their efforts to reconcile. "We're flawed / But we're still perfect for each other," Beyonce sings. The tracklist is as follows, with all songs performed by both Beyoncé and Jay-Z: 1. SUMMER 2. APESHIT 3. BOSS 4. NICE 5. 713 6. FRIENDS 7. HEARD ABOUT US 8. BLACK EFFECT 9. LOVEHAPPY The album was released exclusively on Jay-Z's music streaming service TIDAL, but there are a few ways fans can listen to the album if they do not have a subscription. References: www.her.ie/music/beyonce-jay-z-just-dropped-joint-album-fans-going-crazy-408743

POST MALONE ALREADY WORKING ON NEXT ALBUM

Post Malone shows no sign of slowing down. He's already hard at work on the follow-up! The "rockstar" rapper revealed on Tuesday morning (June 5) that he’s back in the studio just a month after dropping his chart-topping 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' album. "i am writing for the next album," he said. "thank u to everyone who is listening." i am writing for the next album. thank u to everyone who is listening. let's kick some dick. i love u. good morning— Beerbongs & Bentleys (@PostMalone) June 5, 2018 Malone’s sophomore LP beerbongs & bentleys was released in May and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 461,000 equivalent album units, earning the biggest overall week for an album this year. References: www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8459421/post-malone-tweets-new-album-eminem

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: 10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT NICKI MINAJ

Nicki Minaj is one of the most popular Rap artists whose journey is truly like a roller coaster ride. Here are few interesting facts about Nicki Minaj worth knowing: 1. Nicki Minaj's full name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She started off her rap career using the name "Nicki Maraj" and went from ‘Cookie’ to ‘Harajuku Barbie’ before later settling for the name Nicki Minaj. According to rumours, she didn't like the name "Minaj" as it had sexual connotations but later accepted the title. 2. Long before Nicky Minaj became the Rap Goddess, she worked as a waitress at Red Lobsters restaurant. 3. Nicky Minaj’s talent was first recognized by the famous rapper Lil Wayne who discovered her and made her sign a deal to his record label Young Money Entertainment, in the year 2009. 4. Nicki Minaj started her music career in a rap group called Hoodstars. There were three other members in the group – Lou$tar, Scagg Beezy and 7even Up. The extent of their success was recording the entrance song for WWE's Diva Victoria titled Don't Mess With in 2004. 5. Nicki Minaj released her own mobile game 'Nicki Minaj: The Empire' in December 2016. The Young Money rapper worked alongside gaming heavyweight Glu Mobile to create a rival to popular apps by Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears and Katy Perry. 6. Nicki Minaj's net worth: According to website Celebrity Net Worth, Nicki Minaj is currently worth over $70m! The rapper's successful music career is also completed by a variety of savvy business moves, including ventures into the tech and alcohol markets. via GIPHY 7. This Rapper sensation wanted to be an actress and had also studied acting at La Guardia High School. Well, she is following her love for acting by doing roles in movies like ‘The Other Woman.’ She also managed to bag herself a role in the Off-Broadway play “In Case You Forget” in 2001. 8. She was the first female singer to top Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs Chart since 2002. She hit a record in October 2010 when she made her 7 songs on the Billboard Top 100 simultaneously. With that, she became the first female solo artist to do so. 9. Nicky Minaj has just one tattoo on her arm which says ‘God is always with you’ in Chinese. 10. She is a strong believer in the Women Empowerment and considers herself as a feminist. She says that after seeing her mom go through troubles because of her abusive father, she wants every woman to be stronger and empowered. Nicki told Details magazine, “I’ve always had this female empowerment thing in the back of my mind because I wanted my mother to be stronger, and she couldn’t be. I thought, ‘If I’m successful, I can change her life.'” via GIPHY References: www.ohfact.com/interesting-facts-about-nicki-minaj/ www.www.capitalxtra.com/artists/nicki-minaj/lists/facts/

KENDRICK LAMAR ACCEPTED THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR MUSIC FOR HIS RECORD DAMN.

Kendrick Lamar has a Grammy for his certified-platinum album, DAMN., and now he has a Pulitzer Prize for Music. "It's an honor. I've been writing my whole life. To get this type of recognition. It's beautiful."—Kendrick Lamar after receiving his Pulitzer Prize First launching in 1943, the Pulitzer Prize annually honours “a distinguished musical composition of significant dimension by an American”. This year, it went to Lamar for his 2017 album ‘DAMN.’, which came out last April. It was the first win for a non-classical or jazz musician since the awards began including music some 75 years ago. In an introduction that echoed the Pulitzer board's original announcement, the presenter called DAMN., Lamar's fourth LP, as a "virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life." Host Dana Canedy seemed quietly delighted when making the announcement, and in an interview with the New York Times on Monday said, ““We are very proud of this selection. It means that the jury and the board judging system worked as it’s supposed to — the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way. This is a big moment for hip-hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers.” DAMN. touched on his origin story, themes of mental health, police brutality, Black pride, and literally so much more it's wild to think that one person wrote all of that with such searing, unflinching honesty, but Kendrick Lamar is truly great so there should be no questions about why or how he pulled it off. DAMN. also notably won the Grammy for Best Rap Album earlier this year. .@kendricklamar is in the building. “We’re both making history,” #Pulitzer Administrator @DanaCanedy told the Pulitzer music award-winner as he entered today’s prize luncheon. pic.twitter.com/Tg3cMQiLOH— The Pulitzer Prizes (@PulitzerPrizes) May 30, 2018 Award time! @kendricklamar #PulitzerKenny #Pulitzer pic.twitter.com/HN6sP9fGuS— The Pulitzer Prizes (@PulitzerPrizes) May 30, 2018 Pulitzer Kenny..... A post shared by gwadpot (@dangerookipawaa) on May 30, 2018 at 11:48am PDT To celebrate Lamar's major victory, relive the glory of "Humble," "DNA," "Love," and the Rihanna-assisted "Loyalty" below. References: www.variety.com/2018/music/news/watch-kendrick-lamar-accept-his-pulitzer-prize-video-1202825818/ www.www.papermag.com/kendrick-lamar-pulitzer-2573695944.html
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