Awards


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Rihanna is invading the U.K. later this month. The pop superstar has been announced as a performer at the BRIT Awards 2016, taking place on Feb. 24. Fresh off the release of her long-awaited new album ANTI, the Bajan beauty joined a stacked lineup that already includes Adele, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Coldplay, and more.

The news was revealed by the BRIT Awards via Twitter on Tuesday night (Feb. 2). It will be Rihanna’s first-time appearing at the BRITS since 2012, where she won International Female Solo Artist and performed the smash-hit “We Found Love.” RiRi was to hit the stage at last year’s show, but pulled out for unknown reasons.

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The 2015 American Music Awards took place live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
The 43rd annual show was hosted by Jennifer Lopez, who opened the show with a slowed down rendtion of her hit-song “Waiting for Tonight.” Dressed in a skin-tight body suit, Lopez and her dance crew paid tribute to some of 2015’s biggest hits with a dance medley to songs by Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Fetty Wap, Drake, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and more.

The Weeknd, who was awarded “Best Soul/R&B Album” by Prince, performed his No. 1 smash-hit “The Hills.” Ariana Grande turned the main stage to a black-and-white affair, giving the first live-performance of her new single “Focus.” Backed by a gospel choir, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and singer Leon Bridges debuted their new single “Kevin,” a touching record revolved around addition in our society.

Fresh off earning his sixth No. 1 album with Purpose, Justin Bieber had the honor of closing the AMAs. Introduced by Ciara, the Canadian superstar opened his medley with a acoustic version of “What Do You Mean?” before rain came storming down during “Where Are U Now” and “Sorry.”

Check out the performances below.

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The 2015 American Music Awards took over the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Hosted by Jennifer Lopez, the 43rd annual event features a performance lineup that includes Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, Gwen Stefani, Coldplay, Ariana Grande and more.

Before the main show began, music’s biggest stars took to the red carpet to show off their stylish looks. Ciara, Wiz Khalifa, Justin Bieber, Tyga, Selena Gomez and more posed for the cameras, as hundreds of fans screamed during arrivals.

Taylor Swift leads this year’s AMAs with six nominations, while The Weeknd and Ed Sheeran follow behind with five nods each. Nicki Minaj, Sam Smith, and Meghan Trainor each earned four nominations, with Drake, Chris Brown, and Fetty Wap received three nods.

Check out photos from the red carpet arrivals below.

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The 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards took place on Sunday in Milan, Italy. Along with Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Justin Bieber took to the stage. Just days after releasing his new single “Sorry,” the Canadian pop star showed off his slick dance moves while performing the chart-topping “What Do You Mean?.”

Bieber also walked away with some hardware, winning 5 awards including Best Male and Best Look. Justin’s new album Purpose arrives on Nov. 13, featuring appearances from Ariana Grande, Nas, Travi$ Scott, Big Sean and Ed Sheeran.

Watch the performance below.

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The 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards were televised on Tuesday night, featuring performances from Future, Puff Daddy & The Family, T.I., Travi$ Scott and more. As with every year, many tune in to watch the various cyphers delivered each year. With DJ Premier and DJ Scratch holding down the turntables, artist like Vince Staples, Casey Veggies, Tink, Redman, Keith Murray, Erick Sermon, Charles Hamilton, and a Beat Box cypher lead by Doug E. Fresh all stepped up to the plate.

Watch all the cyphers from the 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards below.

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The 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards made their network debut on Tuesday night, hosted by Snoop Dogg. Taped last weekend at Atlanta’s Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, the 10th annual show opened with Future, who taped a pre-show performance of “Where Ya At?” and “March Madness” at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park last Wednesday night.

Puff Daddy & The Family with Lil’ Kim, Styles P, and King Los debuted the songs “Auction” and “Workin’,” while Grand Hustle’s Young Dro and T.I. brought “We In Da City” to the stage. DeJ Loaf and Kid Ink, Rich Homie Quan, O.T. Genasis, and Travi$ Scott also hit the stage, while winners included Big Sean and Fetty Wap. Scarface was honored with this year’s “I Am Hip-Hop Award,” receiving the accolade from ATLien Ludacris.

Watch the performances below and click here for photos from the show.

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The 2015 American Music Awards are one month away. Before the main show is televised, this year’s nominees were announced on Good Morning America and Snapchat on Tuesday morning. Leading the pack is Taylor Swift, who received six nominations, while The Weeknd and Ed Sheeran follow right behind with five nods each.

Nicki Minaj, Sam Smith, and Meghan Trainor each earned four nominations, with Drake, Chris Brown, and Fetty Wap received three nods. The Weeknd and Fetty Wap will face off for “New Artist of the Year,” while Nicki Minaj (The Pinkprint), Drake (If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late) and J. Cole (2014 Forest Hills Drive) will battle for “Favorite Rap/HipHop Album.”

Chris Brown, D’Angelo and The Weeknd will go head-to-head for “Favorite Album Soul/R&B,” while Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” with Charlie Puth gets nods for “Song of the Year” and “Collaboration of the Year.” Hosted by Jennifer Lopez, the 2015 AMAs takes place on November 22, live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Starting today, fans can vote in all categories over at amavote.com.

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The 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards were taped on Friday night at Atlanta’s Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. Hosted by Snoop Dogg for a third straight year, the 10th annual show featured performances by Puff Daddy with Lil’ Kim, Styles P and King Los (Puff debuted a new single “Workin'”), T.I., Travi$ Scott, Kid Ink and DeJ Loaf, Rich Homie Quan, DJ Mustard, and more. One of this year’s biggest artists, Future, did a taped pre-show performance on Wednesday night at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, performing several of his recent street smashes like “March Madness” and “Where Ya At.”

Ludacris was on hand to honor Scarface with this year’s “I Am Hip Hop” award, while several pre-recorded freestyle sessions featuring Eminem and Redman had the crowd cheering. The highlight of the evening was a beatbox session from Doug E. Fresh, Nicole Paris and Rahzel, which received a standing ovation from the packed crowd.

Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, 2 Chainz, Monica, and Big K.R.I.T. were some of the notable attendees at the award show, which airs on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. EST on BET. Absent from the show, Drake lead the 2015 Hip-Hop Awards with 12 nominations. Check out photos from the Hip-Hop Awards red carpet and show below.

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The 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards are a month away, and Drake is leading the way. The nominees for this year’s show are here and the Toronto rapper leads with 12 nominations. The OVO CEO, who released the platinum-selling If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late earlier this year, receives nods for Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Album of the Year, the People’s Champ Award, and more.

Right behind Drizzy is G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean, who lands 10 nominations. Nicki Minaj lands nine nods, while Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole each earn eight nominations. Returning to the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2015 will be taped on October 9, airing on October 13 at 8 p.m. EST. Snoop Dogg will serve as host at this year’s show once again.

Check out the full nominations list below.

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Kanye West stand up comedy debut

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And before you clock out of work today…here’s a youtube that turns Kanye West’s Video Music Awards Video Vanguard award acceptance speech (aka “YE Talk”) into Kanye’s stand up comedy debut.
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