Here are the nominations for the BET Hip Hop Awards: Drake leads with 12 nominations

Well it’s no surprise that Drake leads the nominees for the BET Hip-Hop Awards with 12 nominations. Big Sean follows with 10 nominations, while Nicki Minaj has nine nods. Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole earn eight nominations each.

See a full list of nominees below.

BET HIP-HOP AWARDS 2015 NOMINATIONS

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
Big Sean feat. Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign – “Play No Games”
Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West – “Blessings”
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Nicki Minaj feat. Beyoncé – “Feeling Myself”

BEST COLLABO, DUO OR GROUP
Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West – “Blessings”
Big Sean feat. E-40 – “IDFWU”
Fetty Wap feat. Monty – “My Way”
Nicki Minaj feat. Beyoncé – “Feeling Myself”
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake and Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter”

BEST LIVE PERFORMER
Drake
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

LYRICIST OF THE YEAR
Big Sean
Drake
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson/Lil Chris
Colin Tilley
Director X

DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Esco
DJ Khaled
DJ Mustard

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
DJ Mustard
J. Cole
Kanye West
Mike Will Made-It
Pharrell Williams
Timbaland

MVP OF THE YEAR
Big Sean
Drake
Future
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

TRACK OF THE YEAR
“Alright” – Produced by Pharrell Williams and Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar)
“Blessings” – Produced by Boi-1da and Vinylz (Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West)
“Commas” – Produced by DJ Spinz and Southside (Future)
“IDFWU” – Produced by Dj Dahi, Dj Mustard, Kanye West and Key Wane (Big Sean feat. E-40)
“Trap Queen” – Produced by Tony Fadd (Fetty Wap)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint
Wale – The Album About Nothing

WHO BLEW UP AWARD
Bobby Shmurda
DeJ Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd
Tink

HUSTLER OF THE YEAR
Dr. Dre
Drake
J. Cole
Jay Z
Nicki Minaj

MADE-YOU-LOOK AWARD (BEST HIP-HOP STYLE)
A$AP Rocky
DeJ Loaf
Drake
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj

BEST CLUB BANGER
Big Sean feat. E-40 – “IDFWU” (Produced by Dj Dahi, Dj Mustard, Kanye West and Key Wane)
Dej Loaf – “Try Me” (Produced by Dds)
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen” (Produced by Tony Fadd)
Future – “Commas” (Produced by DJ Spinz and Southside)
Rich Homie Quan – “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” (Produced by DJ Spinz and Nitti Beatz)

BEST MIXTAPE
Future – 56 Nights
Future – Beast Mode
Future – Monster
Lil Wayne – Sorry 4 The Wait 2
Travis Scott – Days Before Rodeo

SWEET 16: BEST FEATURED VERSE
Drake – “Blessings” (Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West)
Drake – “My Way (Remix)” (Fetty Wap feat. Drake)
E-40 – “IDFWU” (Big Sean feat. E-40)
Kendrick Lamar – “Classic Man (Remix)” (Jidenna feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter” (Nicki Minaj feat. Drake and Lil Wayne)

IMPACT TRACK
Big Sean feat. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change The World”
Common and John Legend – “Glory” (From The Motion Picture “Selma”)
J. Cole – “Apparently”
J. Cole – “Be Free”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

PEOPLE’S CHAMP AWARD
Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West – “Blessings”
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Future – “Commas”
Kendrick Lamar – “i”
Rae Sremmurd – “No Type”
Rich Homie Quan – “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)”

The show will be hosted by Snoop Dogg and taped Oct. 9 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, it will air on October 13th.

Please join us and attend the Second Annual SOURCE360 Festival & Experience in Brooklyn, September17-20th. SOURCE360 celebrates the innovation and creativity inspired by the positive use of Hip-Hop and represents NYC’s and Brooklyn’s diverse cultural tapestry! Last year’s SOURCE360 featured over twenty events and took place over a four-day period. It was a big success for the borough and attracted over 30,000 attendees. We hope to make this year’s event even better! For more information, be sure to check out our official press release and details here.

August Alsina Announces New Album on Instagram

Played my new album #ThisThingCalledLife for Khaled nem' .. Here's some of what they had to say [ pt.1 ]

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August Alsina posted these videos on his Instagram, where he previewed his sophomore album tentatively titled, This Thing Called Life for DJ Khaled. No word on a release date yet, but his highly-anticipated album could be set to drop this fall.

‘Welcome to Death Row’ Could Be the Sequel To ‘Straight Outta Compton’

The Welcome to Death Row movie is currently being shopped around, and is seriously being considered to be the sequel to F. Gary Gray’s masterpiece, after the box office success of Straight Outta Compton. According to the Hollywood Reporter:

In the wake of Straight Outta Compton‘s box-office success, APA is shopping Welcome to Death Row, which features many of the same figures from the Universal hit.

The agency has put together a package based on a book and documentary of the same name by S. Leigh Savidge, who received a story and co-executive producer credit on Compton.

While Compton chronicles the rise and breakup of seminal gangsta rap group N.W.A — a span that covers nearly a decade from the late 1980s to 1996 — and features the group’s members Ice CubeDr. Dre and the late Eazy-E as the film’s three main protagonists, Welcome to Death Row involves the years after N.W.A formed, one of the most explosive and controversial periods in music history. It’s an era when artists like Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur forged mega-solo careers and Death Row Records‘ Suge Knight reigned as the most powerful and feared hip-hop executive in the business.

 

 

BET Launches New Docu-Series about Nicki Minaj, Beyonce & More

BET has announced its new hour long docu-series following the careers of some of today’s greatest superstars. It will follow the careers of Beyonce, Trey Songz, Chris Brown and more. The show titled “THE BET LIFE OF…” premieres Tuesday, September 8th at 9 P.M. Watch the Trailer below:

https://youtu.be/938amy3kGiY

BET is so fortunate to have been there since the beginning with these amazing artists. It’s been fun looking back at the early years of these superstars; many of whom have their very first look on BET. Through this show you’ll get nostalgic, but also realize the work, dedication and growth to today of your favorite performers,” says Stephen G. Hill, BET President of Programming.

The full season of “THE BET LIFE OF…” will feature the following (Schedule subject to change):

Chris Brown (Tuesday, September 8th at 9pm)
Trey Songz (Tuesday, September 15th at 9pm)
Nicki Minaj (Tuesday, September 22nd at 9pm)
Janet Jackson (Tuesday, September 29th at 9pm)
Beyonce (Tuesday, October 6th at 9pm)

[via indiewire]

Listen to Alicia Keys’s New Song “28 Thousand Days”

Alicia Keys just released her brand new single “28 Thousand Days.” The title “28 Thousand Days” references the average life span of a person which is 76 years.  The song is all about living life to it’s fullest, and Seizing the day. Here’s a closer look at the lyrics:

“There’s only 28,000 days. Who would you love, where would you go, what would you celebrate. I’m tellin’ you that life’s too short to just throw it away. So have the time of your life,”

“I’ve been dyin’ to share this new music with you! And this is just the beginning believe me!!” she said. She’s been cooking something up in the studio with husband Swizz Beats, and Pharrell, hopefully we’ll get an album soon.

 

‘Empire’ Creator Lee Daniels Developing New Show Titled ‘Star’

Fresh off the success of Fox’s hit show Empire, the show’s co-creator and producer Lee Daniels is developing another show tentatively titled Star. The show will be musically themed and centered around a female girl group, which was brought by Fox with a pilot commitment. Daniels will write and executive produce the show, which is set in Atlanta.

Read more about the show below:

On Thursday, Fox bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman offered up details on the upcoming show, which explores the cutthroat music scene and asks the question, what do you do to rise to the top? Explaining that Daniels “talks a lot about everything from ‘Dreamgirls’ to modern-day girl groups that are manufactured, they are put together, they don’t have an organic reason to be together,” Walden said. “That setup lends to a great soap operatic storytelling machine.”

As for crossover episodes between “Star” and “Empire,” there is a strong possibility, though no plans are set. “It is modern-day music music in Atlanta and ‘Empire’ is modern-day music business in New York,” Walden said. “It’s not inconceivable that the two shows can cross.” via [variety]

Will you be watching?

 

 

The Nominees for The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards are…

Taylor Swift leads the pack with nine nominations followed by Ed Sheeran with six.  Beyonce and Mark Ronson both have five nominations and Kendrick Lamar has four.

The category for Best Hip-Hop Video is fiercely competitive this year, Kendrick Lamar‘s “Alright,”  Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth, and Big Sean’s “IDFWU” featuring E-40 are all worthy of the nomination. It will definitely be interesting to see who take home this award. Check out the rest of the nominees below:

2015 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé – “7/11″
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
The Weeknd – “Earned It”
Nick Jonas – “Chains”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Beyoncé – “7/11″
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Sia – “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Big Sean ft. E-40 – “IDFWU”

BEST POP VIDEO
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5 – “Sugar”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Hozier – “Take Me To Church”
Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”
Florence + the Machine – “Ship To Wreck”
Walk the Moon – “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

ARTIST TO WATCH PRESENTED BY TACO BELL®
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy – “Riptide”
George Ezra – “Budapest”
James Bay – “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs – “Pendulum”

BEST COLLABORATION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”

VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Jennifer Hudson – “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat – “Try”
Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”
Rihanna – “American Oxygen”
Wale – “The White Shoes”

BEST ART DIRECTION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Charles Infante)
Snoop Dogg – “So Many Pros” (Jason Fijal)
Jack White – “Would You Fight For My Love” (Jeff Peterson)
The Chemical Brothers – “Go” (Michel Gondry)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “7/11” (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
OK Go – “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Chet Faker – “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
Alt-J – “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

BEST DIRECTION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy)
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
Hozier – “Take Me To Church” (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)
Childish Gambino – “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

BEST EDITING
Beyoncé – “7/11” (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky – “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino – “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Tyler, The Creator – “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

 

The VMAs will be hosted by Miley Cyrus and will air Sunday, August 30, 2015

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K. Camp, Waka Flocka, Trina Bring the Southern Flavor to Grits & Biscuits Block Party

photos: Stephen Ewings

It was a sweltering saturday afternoon in New York city, and around 6,000 people showed up to the Grits & Biscuits 5th Year Anniversary Block Party. Attendees were given plenty of Vitamin Water to keep them hydrated, and “G&B Fans” to help them cope with the heat. In between socializing, dancing, and listening to the best music today’s Hip-Hop and Dance scene have to offer, there were food, merchandise, and alcohol vendors to help keep folks activated. Performers were not announced prior to the event, but special guest performances were expected.

The opening act was K. Camp, who opened with “U Did That,” then went straight into “Money Baby” and “Cut That B*tch Off.”

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Trina, “The Baddest Bitch,” held it down for the ladies and hit the stage 90 minutes later, performing her hits “The Baddest Bitch,” “Pull Over,” and “Single Again.”

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Photo: Stephen Ewings

Waka Flocka Flame closed the show with a high energy performance of “It’s a Party,” “No Hands,” “Hard in the paint,” and “Oh Let’s Do It,” pretty much turning the entire pier on its ear.

Overall it was a great day and experience, and if you missed out on the opportunity to attend Grits & Biscuits this year, you missed out on one of NYC’s great outdoor summer events. Great food, people, drinks + live hip-hop performances = an epic summer night in NYC.

For those of you unfamiliar with Grits & Biscuits, here’s a brief overview, and make sure you get your tickets for next year.

Founded in 2010 by E.Z.Mo Breezy, GRITS & BISCUITS is a premiere entertainment concept that celebrates the southern experience through urban music and cultural connections in a down home environment. The team celebrated their 5th Year Anniversary this past Saturday by throwing a larger than life block party in New York City.

 

Watch The Trailer E!’s Latest Reality Show “WAGS”

As if we couldn’t get enough of the other reality shows that followed the lives of athletes’ wives and girlfriends such as Basketball Wives (Miami, LA), Baseball Wives, and who could forget the horrible Hollywood and Atlanta Exes. The entertainment network E! is looking to cash in on another reality show, with the same premise as the other wives’ reality shows. However this reality is titled “WAGS’ (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars) and seems to focus more on the opulence and glamorous side of the wives’ and girlfriends’ lifestyle.

“WAGS which stands for Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars will focus on an elite group of sexy ladies who quickly show us that being a WAG isn’t all diamonds and mansions. Although, that part doesn’t hurt.”

Check out the trailer below.

WAGS premieres Tuesday, August 18th at 10pm on E!

-Victoria B. (@UnabashedlyTori)