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The lead up to music’s biggest night began on Friday, as nominations for the 57th annual GRAMMY Awards were announced. Leading this year’s nominees are Sam Smith and Beyoncé, both earning six nominations each. Iggy Azalea, Usher, Sia, Jack White, and Miranda Lambert follow right behind with four nods each, while Pharrell, Eminem and Drake each earned three nods.

In the category for “Record of the Year,” Azalea will face-off against Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, and Sia. Beyoncé’s self-titled LP faces a tough battle against Jhené Aiko, Pharrell Williams, and Chris Brown for “Best Urban Contemporary Album,” while Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 will matchup against Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic, Common’s Nobody’s Smiling, and Wiz Khalifa’s Blacc Hollywood for “Best Rap Album.”

ILOVEMAKONNEN, ScHoolboy Q, Luke James, and Lecrae join Jhené Aiko and first-time nominees, while Kendrick Lamar’s inspirational single “i” is nominated twice for “Best Rap Song” and “Best Rap Performance.” It all leads up to the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, airing live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 on CBS at 8 p.m. EST.

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Love, peace, and soul was high at the 2014 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taped last month at the Orleans Arena, the 27th annual hosted by Wendy Williams, debuted on BET and Centric on Sunday night. Opening this year’s show was R&B superstar Chris Brown, who took viewers down memory lane with a medley of past hits of “Yo (Excuse Me Miss),” “Take You Down” and “Say Goodbye” before heading into radio-smashes from this year, “New Flame” and “Loyal.”

Other performers from the night included Ma$e and R&B newcomer Justine Skye, Tinashe, legendary R&B group Jodeci, who performed together for the first-time since 2006, debuting their new single “Nobody Wins” with by B.o.B, plus Nico and Vinz, Tank, Machel Montano, “Nae Nae” group We Are Toonz, and the ladies night reunion of Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim, and Da Brat performing their “Not Tonight (Remix).”

Catch all the performances below.

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With Lil’ Wayne and Christina Milian displaying passion with their “Start a Fire” performance at the AMAs, Nicki Minaj followed with the bad side. Dressed in all-white, the Queen Barbz was joined by Skylar Grey behind the piano, with their first full performance of The Pinkprint single “Bed of Lies.”

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It was the Young Money takeover at the 2014 American Music Awards in L.A. on Sunday night. Two of the label’s biggest stars joined together for one gigantic set, displaying two different sides of love and relationships. The moment was lead off by Lil’ Wayne, who debuted the new song “Start a Fire” with rumored-to-be girlfriend Christina Milian off his upcoming The Carter V album.

From passionate love, to break-ups, Nicki Minaj stepped up to the stage next. With Skylar Grey behind the piano, the Queen Barbz gave the first full performance of The Pinkprint single “Bed of Lies.”

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The 2014 American Music Awards took place on Sunday night, live on ABC from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Hosted by Pitbull, the 42nd annual show featured performances from Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons, Garth Brooks, One Direction, Sam Smith and A$AP Rocky, Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, Ariana Grande and The Weeknd, Lil’ Wayne and Christina Milian, Nicki Minaj and Skylar Grey, Pitbull and Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige, the “Bang Bang” girls of Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, and the final bootylicious performance from J.Lo and Iggy Azalea.

Watch the full performances below.

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Music’s biggest stars have made their way to the City of Angels on Sunday night for the 2014 American Music Awards. Taking place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, the 42nd annual show is lead this year by Iggy Azalea, holding top spot with six nominations including Artist of the Year, Best New Artist, and Favorite Female Artist (Pop/Rock). Hosted by Pitbull, the star-studded night will feature performances from Nicki Minaj, J. Lo and Iggy Azalea, Fergie, Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige, Jessie J, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, and Lil’ Wayne, who will debut his new Tha Carter V song “Set on Fire” with singer and rumored-to-be girlfriend Christina Milian.

Before the live telecast on ABC at 8 p.m. EST, the stars showed off their individual style during red carpet arrivals. Check out Jhené Aiko, Fergie, Jordin Sparks, and more arrivals below.

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The 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards celebrated its 20-year-anniversary on Sunday at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Hosting this year’s event was none other than Nicki Minaj, who did double-duty also serving as a performer. After grabbing an award for “Best Hip-Hop,” Minaj hit the stage to perform the songs “Super Bass” and “Anaconda.” Also during her set, Minaj surprised many by debuting a new song for the first-time. With Skylar Grey assisting Nicki by playing the piano, the two gave viewers a preview of their new collaboration called “Bed of Lies.”

Put you in the crib and you ain’t never pay a bill in it/ I was killing it, now you got me popping pills in it,” raps the Queen Barbz. The emotional cut, where Nicki bares everything and pours her heart out, is set to appear on her new album The Pinkprint, due December 15.

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Spreading love, peace, and soul was the focus at the 2014 Soul Train Awards on Friday night. Taped at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, the 27th annual show was hosted by Wendy Williams, Tamar Braxton and Tank co-hosted the red carpet pre-show.

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The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards made their network television debut on Monday night. Taped back in September, the ninth annual show was hosted by Snoop Dogg at Atlanta’s Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. A night that celebrates hip-hop culture by paying respect to the past while shining the light on current and future stars, opened with a performance by rap sensation Rae Sremmurd, who performed their summer anthem “No Flex Zone.”

Other performers included Common with Vince Staples and Jay Electronica, Rich Gang featuring Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan and Birdman, Migos, DJ Mustard with Lil’ Boosie, Ty Dolla $ign and YG, Brandy taking viewers down memory lane with MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, T.I., and closing the night Bobby Shmurda.

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The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards made their television network debut on Tuesday night. Hosted by Snoop Dogg, one of the highlights of the ninth show as with every year were the rap cyphers. The six cyphers this year featured the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, David Banner, Troy Ave, Ty Dolla $ign, G-Eazy, Kevin Gates, Lil’ Mama, Loaded Lux, Remy Ma and Papoose, Logic, and Murda Mook, who stole the show including a lyrical shot at Drake.

“King of battle rap, comfortable in first place/ Here, finish line is all mine, heard Drake?/ How you flashbackin’ to actin’, it’s real here/ Cripple your career, put it back in a wheelchair/ Get killed here/ Ain’t no chill here/ My demeanor/ Don’t play the field here/ De-gras-si, it ain’t greener.”

Watch all the cyphers from the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards below, and click here for the two digital cyphers featuring SMACK, Emilio Rojas, Goodz, Dreezy, T-Rex, & more.

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