Awards

Oct
27
Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim, & Da Brat to Reunite at Soul Train Awards

Lil' Kim, Missy Elliott, and Da Brat

It will be ladies’ night at the Soul Train Awards 2014. Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott, and Da Brat will reunite for a special performance at next month’s show.

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Oct
24
Nicki Minaj Rules the World in MTV EMA Promo

Nicki Minaj

Now that she’s conquered hip-hop, Nicki Minaj is ready to take over the world. The rap queen carries out her plan for global domination in the epic promo for the 2014 MTV EMA, which offers a glimpse into a future filled with all things Nicki.

The one-minute spot shows what happens after the “Anaconda” rapper hosts the 20th anniversary show. Money has Nicki’s face on it, emojis are inspired by Nicki (E-Minajs), hamburgers are shaped like Nicki’s booty, and she receives the keys…to the world!

If that wasn’t enough, MTV gets renamed NTV (Nicki Television) and she hosts her own late-night show called “Nicki at Night.”

Watch the EMA-zing promo below and tune in to see Her Minajesty preside over the MTV EMA, airing live from Glasgow, Scotland, on November 9.

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Oct
21
Chris Brown, Jodeci to Perform at Soul Train Awards

Chris Brown

There will be peace, love, and Breezy at the Soul Train Awards. Chris Brown is set to open this year’s show with a thrilling performance.

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Oct
15
BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014 Cyphers

Taylor Gang Cypher

The BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014 aired last night, and the highlight was once again the cyphers. Established and up-and-coming MCs all stepped to the mic hoping to earn a spot alongside Kendrick Lamar, Mos Def, Eminem, and Royce Da 5’9″ in the cypher hall of fame.

Taylor Gang’s Tuki Carter, Berner, Chevy Woods, Ty Dolla $ign, Juicy J, and Wiz Khalifa joined forces and repped for their clique.

Lil Mama, Detroit Che, and Snow Tha Product held it down for the ladies, while Troy Ave, Vic Mensa, Kevin Gates, and Jarren Benton proved why they earned a spot on XXL‘s Freshman Class list.

Hip-hop couple Remy Ma and Papoose celebrated black love with their cypher, name checking other famous couples including Beyoncé and Jay Z and Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz.

With DJ Premier on the turntables, Arsonal, Couture, Calicoe, and Murda Mook all participated in a live cypher, but it was Mook who stole the show at the expense of Drake.

Who had the best cypher? Watch and weigh in below.

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Oct
14
Brandy, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, & Yo-Yo Reunite at BET Hip-Hop Awards

MC Lyte, Brandy, Queen Latifah, and Yo-Yo

Brandy celebrated the 20th anniversary of her debut single with a white-hot performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014, which aired on Tuesday night.

Against an all-white set, the R&B diva reunited with Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Yo-Yo to perform the hip-hop remix of “I Wanna Be Down.”

With her brother Ray J looking on, Brandy kicked things off followed by Lyte, Yo-Yo, and Latifah, who earned the largest applause.

Watch the ladies shut it down.

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Oct
14
Common and Jay Electronica Pay Tribute to Mike Brown at BET Hip-Hop Awards

Vince Staples, Jay Electronica, Mike Brown's parents, and Common

The most powerful moment of the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014 came courtesy of Common. The Chicago lyricist was joined by Jay Electronica, Vince Staples, and a choir while performing the remix to his Nobody’s Smiling single “Kingdom.”

“We do this for the people, black people all around this country that go through the struggle,” said Common. “We do this for our lost soldiers, our fallen soldiers.”

At the end of the performance, he brought out the parents of Mike Brown. The crowd put their hands in the air and there was a moment of silence in remembrance of the unarmed black teen who was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson.

Common’s peers praised his stirring set on social media. “Powerful moment on BET just now,” tweeted Trey Songz, while Estelle added, “Shouts to @common for powerful moment @ the bet hiphop awards. #MikeBrownlaw.”

Jay Electronica will join Common on his “Nobody’s Smiling” tour, which kicks off November 21 in Las Vegas.

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Oct
13
Chris Brown, Beyoncé, & Pharrell Lead Soul Train Awards Nominations

Chris Brown

Breezy is on top. Chris Brown leads the pack with seven nominations at the Soul Train Awards 2014.

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