Cardi B faces off with Offset in 2018 Grammys

Our current fav, Belcalis Almanzar, professionally known as Cardi B is going head-to-head with fiancé Kiari ‘Offset’ Cephus at next year’s Grammys.

Niggas Iffy huh?

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Cards B is not here to play games, she’s really coming for everything everybody told her she couldn’t have — because, you know, she was a stripper and therefore, doesn’t deserve the best things in life.

But she don’t got to dance no more she’s making money moves. She recently made history by becoming the first woman rapper to simultaneously chart three debut entries on Billboard lists.

Her ‘Bodak Yellow’ climbed to the number one spot on Billboard Hot 100 chart and settled there for more than five consecutive weeks. It’s now holding the No. 6 spot on the top 100 chart and No.2 on the R&B/Hip Hop digital song sales chart .

She debuted at No. 5 with ‘Motorsport,’ a collaboration with Migos and Nicki Minaj.

She is also the first woman rapper to be nominated in Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song categories without any feature.

‘Bodak Yellow’ is the same song that’s making the newly-engaged couple go head-to-head in the Best Rap Performance category, in which Migos’ ‘Bad and Boujee’ is nominated.

Granted, it’s not really a one-on-one situation considering that Migos is a whole group consisting of three people, however, it will be hella interesting to find out how they react leading up to the awards and to the actual results on the day of the awards.

Also because Cardi B has been receiving a whole lot of backlash since her nominations. People have been stamping on the rumour that Kodak Black wrote the song and not her.

The Bronx native shut it all down (in a since deleted post) by pointing out her name in the credits and reminding them that the song is titled ‘Bodak Yellow’ for a reason.

You’re reaching guys, Cardi B is currently killin’ the rap game, let her flourish in peace — we sure are enjoying watching her grow from strength to strength.

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Bruno Mars grabbed all the trophies at American Music Awards

This year’s American Music Awards could’ve easily been named Bruno Mars Awards, BMAs, has a nice ring to it don’t it?

You’re looking at the most nominated artist at the 2017 #AMAs. Congratulations, @BrunoMars, on your 8 NOMINATIONS!

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The pop/rock artist, who was the only artist with the most nominations, bagged seven awards out of eight he was nominated for. He may not have created or pioneered the culture but he owns it, it’s his, well.. even Michael Jackson would be proud of him.

The singer-songwriter has been working pretty hard in the past few years to give us the best pop-rock hits such as ‘Just The Way You Are’, ‘Grenade’, ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’, ‘Uptown Funk’ and the recent ‘That’s What I like’ from his latest album 24K Magic.

All hits (apart from ‘That’s What I Like’) he’s won Grammy Awards for. The 32-year-old seems to be on top of his game.

But he’s not the only one, Luis Fonsi is also reaping from his hard work. Hot on the heels of Latin Grammy Awards, where he scooped four awards including Song of the Year — he grabbed two trophies at the AMAs for his and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ remix featuring Justin Beiber.

Canadian rising star Shawn Mendes, who recently cleaned out at MTV EMAs a little over a week ago also took home an award. Rap god, Kendrick Lamar and Drake also grabbed one each. Eminem’s latest collaborator, queen Beyoncé walked away with one in the R&B category.

Music legend, Diana Ross, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here’s a full list of winners:

Lifetime Achievement Award
Diana Ross

Artist of the Year
Bruno Mars

New Artist of the Year
Niall Horan

Collaboration of the Year
Luis Fons and Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber- ‘Despacito’

Tour of the Year
Coldplay

Video of the Year
Bruno Mars – ‘That’s What I Like’

Favourite Male Artist – Pop Rock
Bruno Mars

Favourite Female Artist- Pop/Rock
Lady Gaga

Favourite Duo or Group- Pop/Rock
Imagine Dragons

Favourite Album- Pop/Rock
Bruno Mars- 24K Magic

Favourite Song – Pop/Rock
Luis Fons and Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber- ‘Despacito’

Favourite Male Artist – Country
Keith Urban

Favourite Female Artist – Country
Carrie Underwood

Favourite Duo or Group – Country
Little Big Town

Favourite Album – Country
Keith Urban – Ripcord

Favourite Song – Country
Keith Urban – ‘Blue Ain’t Your Colour’

Favourite Artist- Rap/Hip-Hop
Drake

Favourite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Favourite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop
DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne ‘I’m the One’

Favourite Male Artist- Soul/R&B
Bruno Mars

Favourite Female Artist- Soul/R&B
Beyoncé

Favourite Album – Soul/R&B
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic

Favourite Song – Soul/R&B
Bruno Mars – ‘That’s What I Like’

Favourite Artist – Alternative Rock
Linkin’ Park

Favourite Artist – Adult Contemporary
Shawn Mendes

Favourite Artist- Latin
Shakira

Favourite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
Lauren Daigle

Favourite Artist – Electronic Dance Music
The Chainsmokers

Top Soundtrack
Moana

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Shawn Mendes cleans out awards at the 2017 MTV EMAs

Canadian pop singer, Shawn Mendes cleaned out gongs at the MTV European Music Awards that took place in Wembley, London this past weekend.

British actress and singer, Rita Ora hosted these highly esteemed annual awards at the SSE Arena in Wembley.

While her natural presenting skills were bomb diggity, it was Mendes who stretched the heart strings of many when he walked away with four trophies. He scooped the ‘Biggest Fans’, ‘Best Song’, ‘Best Artist’ and ‘Best Canadian Act’ awards.

The 19-year-old also took to stage to serenade the audience with his winning hit single, ‘There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back’ from his Illuminate album. 

 

Former Fifth Harmony member, Camila Cabello, also performed the hell out of her new single ‘Havana’. She also grabbed herself a ‘Best Pop’ award, her first award after going solo.

 

Our all-time fav and rising fashion icon, Zayn Malik took away ‘Best Look’ award, deservedly so.

Hip-Hop legend, Eminem and rap god, Kendrick Lamar did one for the rap gang, taking ‘Best Hip Hop’ and ‘Best Video’ awards, respectively.

Afro-beat prince and ‘If’ singer, Davido was awarded as the ‘Best African Act’ in the ‘Worldwide Act’ category.

 

Here’s a full list of winners from the epic night:

Best Song

Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back

Best Artist

Shawn Mendes

Best Look

Zayn

Best New

Dua Lipa

Best Pop

Camila Cabello

Best Video

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.

Best Live

Ed Sheeran

Best Electronic

David Guetta

Best Rock

Coldplay

Best Hip Hop

Eminem

Best Alternative

Thirty Seconds To Mars

Biggest Fans

Shawn Mendes

Best Push

Hailee Steinfeld

Best World Stage

The Chainsmokers – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017

Best US Act

Fifth Harmony

Best Canadian Act

Shawn Mendes

Worldwide Act

Lil’ Kleine – The Netherlands

C. Tangana – Spain

Babymetal – Japan

Alma – Finland

Davido – Nigeria

Stormzy – UK & Ireland

Lali – Argentina

 

The awards will repeat tonight on DSTV Channel 130, leading with the red carpet show at 20:30 CAT.

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Our favourite moments from the Billboard Music Awards

This year’s BBMAs, held at the T-Mobile Arena on 21 May in Las Vegas, were a smash hit, with classic stars like Cher and Celine Dion joining the lineup with the likes of Drake, Lorde, Miley Cyrus and more. Here’s a round-up of our favourite moments from this year’s show:

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1 Celine Dion dressed as a swan/soft serve ice cream

Celine Dion sang ‘My heart will go on’, which was a bit of a cheap shot. She knows we can’t resist Jack and Rose (there was room on that door). Nevertheless, it was an emotional powerhouse of a performance that tugged at the heartstrings of BBMA watchers across the globe, and made us all ready to re-watch Titanic twenty years after its initial release.

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2 Nicki Minaj’s nine-minute montage opens the BBMAs

Nine minutes of Nicki? Nine? Although it may have seemed like too much, the crowd loved it. Or perhaps they were just transfixed by her butt (and her backup dancers). With dozens of dancers to support her, as well as Lil Wayne, David Guetta and Jason Derulo, there was no way it wasn’t going to be a hit.

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3 Drake won the BBMAs. He won the whole thing.

Drake performed ‘Gyalchester’ and wowed crowds by performing in the middle of exploding fire and water and doing his thang inside the famous Bellagio fountain. (Yes, an actual fountain.)

Hear hear.

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4 Cher, full stop.

At 71 years old, Cher won the well-deserved Icon Award. She performed ‘Believe’ and ‘If I could turn back time’, the two biggest hits of her career. She gave a humorous and charismatic speech and proved to all those watching the BBMAs that true style is timeless.

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5 Miley reinvented herself. Again.

Gone are the days of Miley riding a wrecking ball naked and grinding worlds-perviest-man Robin Thicke. Once again, Hannah Montana donned a new disguise, bringing squeaky-clean Miley Cyrus back from hiatus. She sang her new single, ‘Malibu’ after her sister Noah introduced her with the line, “for the first time in years with pants on, my big sister Miley Cyrus!” (*groan*). Nevertheless, it’s great to have her back.

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6 What was up with Halsey’s bra?

It’s like the photos you look at with regret after your Matric farewell, when you decided to strip and forgot that you were wearing a badly-fitting beige Woolies granny bra. Not the best outfit at the BBMAs by far.

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7 Lorde sang Karaoke

Isn’t the whole point of karaoke that you’re really bad at singing, and it’s funny for the audience? Lorde didn’t seem to care and performed ‘Green light’ to the wild approval of fans.

8 Zayn doesn’t pitch

“Can’t make it to the #BBMAs tonight and know I’ve been away for a bit,” he wrote. “Finishing up these new songs for you. Be back soon.”

You call that an excuse? Please.

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9 Twitter destroys the Chainsmokers

When ‘Closer’ comes on in the club, you go so wild your own mother would disown you. Despite this, the duo have a reputation for giving terrible performances and last night’s BBMAs were no exception. Better luck next time, I guess? They performed a song entitled ‘It’s hard when you’re young’. The entire world knows that, though, because it seems like that’s the only lyric.

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10 Camilla Cabello, ex-Fifth Harmony singer, performs ‘Crying in the Club’

While she performed to general acclaim, Twitter followers were not as happy.

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12 Vanessa Hudgens hosts the BBMAs

In the words of GLAMOUR’s art director, “I thought we left her in 2007?”. Apparently, Vanessa Hudgens is not dead or retired, but is readying for a comeback. She proved herself last night by being ready for anything that came her way, including a bit of rapping and some wild dancing when Cher took the stage. She even managed to impersonate every single artist. Hats off to her!

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Adele wins big at Grammy Awards

 

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards were broadcasted live on CBS from Los Angeles on Sunday night and Adele has been the talk of town after being honoured five times for her latest album. We look at some of the highlights of the event:

Nabbing the Album of the Year category, Adele paid tribute to her idol, Beyoncé Knowles. She broke her award into two and gave Bey a piece and said: “This Lemonade album was just so monumental”. Talk about being modest.

Beyoncé was rocking a red sparkling dress looking peri peri hot with her baby bump, following her pregnancy announcement last week. The Sorry hit maker performed on stage while cradling her stomach. She also accepted the Best Urban Contemporary Album award for Lemonade on stage.

 

Meanwhile, Chance The Rapper, bagged the awards for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance. The beau also performed the song How Great? All We Go.

The event was jam-packed with performances, tributes, speeches and collaborations from the cream of the music world.