Behind the Scenes


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Drake turned into an angel recently, granting the wish of a teenage girl named Kennedy Brown. Battling brain cancer, 15-year-old Kennedy’s one and only wish was to meet the Canadian superstar. With the help of friends and family, the social media #DrakeForKen started, and caught the attention of October’s Very Own.

Over the weekend, Drake flew from Los Angeles to Brown’s home of Houston, Texas to meet his biggest fan. “All these beautiful people #drakeforken turned into #kenfordrake I am so happy,” posted Drake on his Instagram account with various pictures from the surprise meeting.

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Beyoncé and Jay Z headed to Indio, California this past weekend to soak in the sights and sounds of Coachella. Bey made a surprise appearance during her sister Solange’s set on Saturday, while her hubby did the same for Nas hours later. On Sunday the couple were spotted bright and early moving around the Empire Polo Club grounds, catching some of the early acts.

Always with a camera handy, Beyoncé and photographer Robin Harper snapped plenty of great photos from the fun weekend including some moments with Tina Knowles, and Rita Ora.

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Another show is in the books as the 2014 MTV Movie Awards broadcasted live on Sunday night. Hosted by Conan O’Brien, the show had a few highlights including presenter Rita Ora stripping down actor Zac Efron, who won “Best Shirtless Performance.” Starring in the upcoming film The Other Woman (Apr. 22), Cameron Diaz, Nicki Minaj, Kate Upton, and Leslie Mann aroused all the male viewers with their dirty talk as they presented “Best Male Performance” to Josh Hutcherson for his role in Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The night featured a tribute to the late Paul Walker, and honored Channing Tatum and Mark Wahlberg with the “Trailblazer Award” and “MTV Generation Award” respectively. “Best Movie” was awarded to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but the biggest moment no televised on-air involved Rihanna. Following her fiery performance of “The Monster” with Eminem, the pop star was spotted backstage with Drake, who quietly appeared to support RiRi before later heading to Coachella.

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The Kentucky Wildcats will face the Connecticut Huskies in the NCAA Championship Game on Monday night at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. To get to the final, the No. 8 seed Kentucky beat No. 2 seed Wisconsin in a nail-biter on Saturday afternoon. Among the celebrities in attendance was Drake, who in recent years has championed the U of K program led by coach John Calipari. Following the big win this weekend, the rapper visited the locker room to congratulate the team and offer some words.

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With the help of a new friend, Nicki Minaj made a little girl’s wish come true. Three weeks ago, NBA All-Star John Wall posted a video on Instagram of 5-year-old cancer patient Miyah. Her one wish? To meet Nicki Minaj and receive one of the rapper’s famous pink wigs. Through social media with the hashtags #HelpMiyahMeetNicki #PinkWig4Miyah, Miyah’s wish was granted on Sunday, as she flew with her mother to meet Queen Barbz.

Nicki spent time with Miyah, who wore the pink wig and posed for photos which were later posted on Instagram. “Looks like operation #helpMiyahMeetNicki was a success! #PinkWig4Miyah ~ Thank you @john_wall ;) she’s perfect!,” posted Minaj, who received an autographed jersey from John Wall as a token of his appreciation.

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Lil’ Wayne returns this week with episode five of “Weezy Wednesdays.” In the new vlog, Tunechi recaps his busy week during SXSW in Austin, Texas earlier this month. The behind-the-scenes access includes appearances at the mtvU Woodie Awards, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a backstage meetup with Willie Nelson, and a run-in with Odd Future.

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Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams and Kendrick Lamar film a music video for 'It's On Again' for the "Amazing Spider-Man 2" soundtrack

Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar all gathered in Los Angeles to film the video for their upcoming collab “It’s On Again.” Co-produced by Hans Zimmer and Pharrell, the song will appear on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack hitting retailers on April 22.

Back on set, it was all smiles and an overall great vibe as Keys wore a long sleek black dress covered in a stylish dark green coat. Wearing a Billionaire Boys Club varsity jacket, Pharrell led the trio as they were backed by a live orchestra with Alicia seated at the piano. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 film is set to hit theatres nationwide on May 2.

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50 Cent gives an official recap of his SXSW experience earlier this week, performing “The Funeral” for the first-time and debuted “Hold On.” While backstage with Machine Gun Kelly, DJ Whoo Kid, and Kidd Kidd, 50 took a moment to reveal some new information about his Animal Ambition LP.

50 says to expect appearances from Jadakiss (“Irregular Heartbeat”), Prodigy and Styles P (“Chasin’ Paper”), and Kidd Kidd on his June 3 release. Fans can also expect the Dr. Dre and Dawaun Parker-produced “Smoke” featuring Trey Songz. Click below for a 30-second snippet of “Don’t Worry ‘Bout It” with Yo Gotti, before it drops on Tuesday.

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Lil’ Wayne has said it before, and reassures plans to retire from solo projects after Tha Carter V arrives later this year. Speaking with MTV News, Weezy talks about Tha Carter V being his last solo album, but will still have a presence in music through features and collaborative albums.

“I personally plan on this being my final solo album, yes and it’s definitely the final Carter album. It’s the final Carter album. It’s stopping at five.

I plan on it being my final solo album. Whenever I have to pitch in for a Young Money album, a Like Father, Like Son album and something like that and maybe something out the blue.”

Watch the interview, plus episode four of “Weezy Wednesdays” below.

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Complex grants us a brief inside look at the making of Cam’ron and A-Trak’s upcoming Federal Reserve EP. The clip features the pair cooking up (in more ways than one) in the lab, with a quick cameo from Dame Dash. If you read their cover story in Complex, you’ll know food was an essential ingredient for Killa Cam and A-Trak when recording the project. Federal Reserve will be ready to serve later this Spring.

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