Rap-Up TV: TDE’s SZA and Isaiah Rashad Talk Music, Kendrick, & Grammys

TDE’s newest signees SZA and Isaiah Rashad have been thrust into the spotlight since signing to the hip-hop label last year. Rap-Up TV caught up with the rising stars at “REVOLT Live” in Hollywood, where they shared details about their upcoming projects.

On Tuesday, Isaiah will drop his highly-anticipated album Cilvia Demo. “It’s pretty tight,” said the Chattanooga MC, while SZA was less modest.

“His project is amazing,” she said. “It’s probably one of the most inspiring pieces of work I’ve ever heard.”

The 14 tracks include collaborations with TDE’s own ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and two with SZA herself.

The New Jersey-raised songstress has her own project on the way. “This is probably the hardest I’ve ever worked on anything in my entire life,” she shared. “This might be the first thing I’ve ever been proud of—ever.”

They will be supporting their labelmate Kendrick Lamar at Sunday’s Grammys, where he has seven nominations.

So what can we expect from his performance with Imagine Dragons? “It’s amazing. It’s gonna be crazy, crazy,” said SZA.

Madonna to Perform ‘Same Love’ with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Grammys

Macklemore and Madonna

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ year keeps getting better. If being nominated for seven Grammys wasn’t enough, the hip-hop duo will hit the stage with a pop icon at Sunday’s show.

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Eminem, Dr. Dre, Diddy, & Nas Bring Hip-Hop Playlist to Life at Beats Music Launch

Eminem and Dr. Dre

The decade’s biggest hip-hop stars gathered under one roof as Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine hosted the launch of Beats Music during Grammy weekend on Friday night. For over an hour, L.A.’s Belasco Theater was transformed into a hip-hop head’s dream as a ’90s rap playlist was brought to life curated by Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg.

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Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Miguel, & Ciara Honor Carole King at MusiCares Gala


Some of today’s biggest stars helped celebrate a music icon at the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year Gala at the L.A. Convention Center on Friday night. Legendary singer-songwriter Carole King was honored with musical tributes from Alicia Keys, P!nk, Lady Gaga,, and more during the pre-Grammy event.

Dressed in white, Lady Gaga earned a standing ovation with her rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend.” The pop star also auctioned off her vintage Rolls-Royce to benefit the foundation.

Seated at the piano, Alicia Keys belted out a cover of King’s ladies anthem “Natural Woman.”

“Just performed Natural Woman n tribute 2 1 of my music heroes & friends Carole King! What a way 2 bring n my bday!!” tweeted Alicia, who turns 34 today.

Miguel dueted with country singer Kacey Musgraves on “Crying in the Rain” and shared the stage with Irish singer-songwriter Leah McFall for “Loves Makes the World.”

While Ciara didn’t perform, the pregnant diva did wow on the red carpet in a Lanvin menswear pinstripe suit.

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Grammy Pre-Party Roundup: T.I., Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Solange, Kelly Rowland, Miguel, & Macklemore

Iggy Azalea, T.I., and Rita Ora

In celebration of Music’s Biggest Night, the stars partied it up at Grammy celebrations around town on Thursday.

Solange kicked off Grammy weekend by DJing Spotify and Troy Carter’s Pre-Grammy Music + Tech Party at Atom Factory in Culver City. Her pal Kelly Rowland stopped by to show her support, and Miguel toasted with his model girlfriend Nazanin Mandi and new manager Carter.

The King of the South, T.I., held court with Iggy Azalea at the Friends ‘N’ Family 17 Grammy VIP dinner. Fellow blonde bombshell Rita Ora joined them at the swanky event at Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills.

“Outchea wasted wit my sober but beautiful homie @thenewclassic… Here’s to da future…. May it be bigger&brighter than da past!!!!” tweeted Tip.

Ahead of their performance at Sunday’s Grammys, seven-time nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed for their fans and famous friends at a concert for T-Mobile at the Belasco Theater in downtown L.A.

Grammy darling Lorde jetted in from New Zealand to Soho House in West Hollywood for the Delta party, where she performed for an A-list crowd including Christina Aguilera and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Over in Hollywood, hosted his annual TRANS4M Benefit Concert with performances from music icons Busta Rhymes, Bell Biv DeVoe, Slick Rick, and Chaka Khan.

Ariana Grande joined buzzed-about singer-songwriter Tori Kelly for a surprise performance at MTV’s 2014 “Artist to Watch” event at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.

See more pics from the kickoff to Grammy weekend below.

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Musical Chairs: Who’s Seated Where at the 2014 Grammys

Grammy Seating Chart 2014

In just a few days, music’s biggest stars will descend upon the Staples Center for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. In addition to the superstar performers, the audience will be filled with famous faces. Access Hollywood has snapped photos of where the celebs will be seated on Music’s Biggest Night.

Power couple Jay Z and Beyoncé will reportedly hit the stage to perform “Drunk in Love” and then take in the rest of the show from the front row.

Their Canadian pal Drake won’t be far behind them, with Miguel, Daft Punk, and Timbaland filling out the rows behind him.

Pop queen Madonna, who is rumored to perform with one of this year’s nominees, will take her throne behind Katy Perry, who will perform her Juicy J-assisted single “Dark Horse.”

Beatles legends and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be directly in front of performers P!nk and Nate Ruess. Alicia Keys will present and grab a seat in the aisle.

Other performers include Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons, Daft Punk with Pharrell and Stevie Wonder, Robin Thicke with Chicago, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Gary Clark Jr., Lorde, John Legend, and more.

LL Cool J will host, while Bruno Mars, Miguel, Jamie Foxx, and Ariana Grande present live during the ceremony on Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.

See more seating arrangements below.

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Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, Miguel, & Ariana Grande to Present at Grammys

Alicia Keys and Miguel

With just days to go, the Grammys are adding more big names to Sunday’s lineup. Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, Miguel, and Ariana Grande are among the presenters for Music’s Biggest Night.

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