Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z Pay Tribute To Nipsey Hussle

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Kendrick LamarA public memorial service for rapper Nipsey Hussle is being held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center today. Along with performances from Marsha Ambrosius and Jhené Aiko, the event featured the reading of a letter from former president Barack Obama honoring Hussle, who was shot and killed late last month. More »

Stream 2 Chainz’s New Album Rap Or Go To The League Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, & More

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2 Chainz2 Chainz first announced his new album Rap Or Go To The League, the follow-up to 2017’s Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, over a year ago. He did it in grand 2 Chainz fashion, by riding around in a giant blimp with the album title painted on it. Since then, he … More »

Kendrick Lamar & SZA Won’t Perform “All The Stars” At The Oscars

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SZA & Kendrick LamarThe Best Original Song performances have been the source of a lot of drama for this year’s Oscars. Typically, all of the songs nominated are performed at the ceremony, but last month, multiple sources reported that most of the performances were being cut for time. Only Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star … More »

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino all passed on Grammy performance offers

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Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino all reportedly turned down offers to perform at the Grammys this year, according to the The New York Times.

The show’s veteran producer Ken Ehrlich purportedly reached out to the triad of industry crème de la crème, two of which are nominated for Album of the Year, to offer performance slots. All three declined. The artists’ representatives also opted not to comment on whether or not Drake, Lamar, or Gambino would even attend this year’s ceremony.

“The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world,” Ehrlich told TNYT. “When they don’t take home the big prize, the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad.”

Ehrlich did acknowledge, however, that the Grammys have a tendency to alienate the hip-hop community.

With news from Thursday that Ariana Grande, who just dropped her sure-to-be Billboard-chart-topping thank you, next album, won’t be attending the Grammys because of creative disagreements with Ehrlich, the pedestal-ed award ceremony continues to take shots for exclusivity and circuitous power grabs.

Ehrlich also told reporters it was “too late for her [Ariana Grande] to pull something together,” which she quickly denied on social media and asserted it was because they wouldn’t let her perform “7 Rings.”

H/t: The New York Times

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino Turned Down Grammy Performances

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Drake-and-Childish-GambinoThe Grammys are coming up in a few nights, but it’s looking more and more like music’s biggest night will be missing some of music’s biggest night. In the recent past, the show has alienated a number of big stars, and it’s failed to reward landmark works from extremely popular artists. And so now we’re … More »

Predicting The 2019 Grammy Winners

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Post MaloneIt’s that time of year again: the time when we as a culture must reckon with the insane/mundane prestige-populist fever dream that is Grammy logic. More »

Oscars Agree To Have All 5 Best Song Nominees Performed, But Only 90 Seconds Each

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Last week, we learned that only two of the five nominations for Best Original Song would be performed at the 2019 Oscars— Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born hit “Shallow” and Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s Black Panther soundtrack single “All The Stars.” The plan received enough backlash that the Motion Picture Academy changed … More »

Oscars Will Cut Most Song Performances From This Year’s Ceremony

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Lady GagaLady Gaga’s A Star Is Born smash “Shallow,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s Black Panther soundtrack hit “All The Stars,” “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns, RBG’s “I’ll Fight,” and “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings,” which Gillian Welch and David Rawlings wrote for the Coen Brothers’ Netflix … More »

A Star Is Born Gets 8 Oscar Nominations Including Best Picture, Actress, & Song

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Lady-GagaThis morning the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled its nominations for the biggest annual awards show, the Oscars. And in this year’s slate of nominees, music-themed movies did very well. Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born and the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody are both up for Best Picture. More »

The 2019 State Of Pop Address

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Ariana GrandePop is dead; meet the new pop. More »