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Rae Sremmurd

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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Iggy Azalea continues her incredible run in 2014, leading the nominations for this year’s American Music Awards. The Australian rapper holds top spot with six nominations including: Artist of the Year, Best New Artist, Favorite Female Artist (Pop/Rock), Favorite Artist (Rap/Hip-Hop), and Favorite Rap Album for her debut album The New Classic.

In the biggest category of the night, Azalea will go against Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, One Direction, Katy Perry, and Pharrell Williams for Artist of the Year. For the first-time ever, that one particular category features ten finalist, an increase from the previous five. John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams are next with four nominations each, while Beyonce, Eminem, One Direction, Imagine Dragons, and One Republic receive three nods.

This year fans can vote online here, as mominees are chosen based on factors such as radio airplay, number of albums and digital singles sold, and social media activity tracked by Billboard. The 2014 American Music Awards airs live from Los Angeles on November 23 at 8 p.m. EST.

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It has been well-known for years that hip-hop isn’t given its just due by the GRAMMYs. Drake decided to take things into his own hands early Sunday morning with the first-ever “Hood Grammys.” Awarded via his Instagram account, the Toronto rapper gave ‘hood trophies in five categories: Best Vocal Performance of the Year, Best Performance by a Duo or Group, Best All Around Turn Up, Best Latin Club Anthem, and Mixtape of the Year.

Check out the winners for this year’s “Hood Grammys,” awarded by Drake, who won his first Grammy back in 2013 for Best Rap Album (Take Care).

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Nicki Minaj has teased fans the past 24 hours about a big announcement. A little after midnight west coast time on Tuesday, the Young Money rapper announced that she will be the host of this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards.

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The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards are fast approaching, and today the network has announced the lineup for this year’s round of cyphers. Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Ty Dolla $ign will all be getting on the mic (for a special Taylor Gang cypher no doubt), but this year’s group is looking a little light weight, don’t you agree? We can only hope BET has a few tricks up its sleeve.

The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards take place at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on September 20, followed by the network premiere on October 14 at 8pm EST.

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Beyoncé closed out the 2014 MTV VMAs in style last month, and today she takes us behind the scenes of her spectacular performance. The four-minute video follows Mrs. Carter and her team’s vigorous rehearsals, as well as the moments before she hit the stage to accept the 2014 MTV Video Vanguard Award. After shutting down The Forum, Bey shares a touching family moment with hubby Jay Z and their adorable daughter Blue Ivy.

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The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards are upon us, and today the network has shared the full list of nominations. To absolutely nobody’s surprise, Drake leads the way with a total of eight nods — including Album of the Year, Lyricist of the Year and MVP of the Year — while Jay Z, Pharrell and Future follow with six nominations a piece. Stay tuned for the performance and cyphers lineups to be announced soon.

Hosted by Snoop Dogg, the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards go down at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on September 20. The awards premiere on BET on October 14 at 8pm EST.

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The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are over, but while all eyes were on the main show and artists such as Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Usher, there were a few moments backstage that had social media buzzing. Right before going into a commercial break, cameras backstage caught Ariana Grande and Big Sean holding hands walking down a hallway. Leading up to Sunday night, rumors have been swirling about the G.O.O.D. Music rapper and pop singer being an item.

Another moment that had viewers talking happened after during the after show. As Nicki Minaj was being interviewed by MTV News’ Rob Markman, Iggy Azalea came over to congratulate Nicki on her performances. “You did great,” Azalea said to the Queen Barbz, as Minaj smiled and replied “Thank you baby.”

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The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards closed with a performance for the ages. Recipient of the 2014 MTV Video Vanguard Award, Beyoncé electrified The Forum in Los Angeles by performing her now platinum-selling self-titled visual album in its entirety. With husband Jay Z, daughter Blue Ivy, and Kelly Rowland watching from their seats, Queen Bey showcased why she’s one of the best entertainers of our time, going through songs such as “Mine,” “Drunk In Love,” “Partition,” and of course, “Blue.”

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