Awards

Nov
8
Chris Brown Wins Big, Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott, & Da Brat Reunite at Soul Train Awards 2014

Trey Songz, Sevyn Streeter, and Chris Brown

The Soul Train Awards 2014 rolled through Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena on Friday night. Hosted by Wendy Williams, the show celebrated R&B’s past and present stars with show-stopping medleys, reunions, and some all-star tributes.

Chris Brown, who led with seven nominations, kicked off the show with a dance-heavy medley of his hits including “Yo (Excuse Me Miss),” “New Flame,” and “Loyal.” The R&B superstar also went home with the awards for Best Collaboration and Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year for “Loyal.”

’90s R&B icons Jodeci reunited for the first time in years to perform a nostalgic medley of fan favorites including “Freek’n You,” “Come & Talk to Me,” “Stay,” and “Forever My Lady.” The North Carolina quartet also debuted its new single “Nobody Wins” with help from B.o.B.

Kool & the Gang was honored with the Legend Award and received a star-studded tribute from Tamar Braxton, Joe, Elle Varner, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Tank, and Ma$e, who performed his Kool & The Gang-sampled hit “Feels So Good” with Total’s Kima Raynor and Pamela Long.

Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott, and Da Brat had the crowd on its feet as they closed out the evening with a performance of their 1996 platinum single “Not Tonight (Remix)” in tribute to Kool & the Gang.

Other performers included Tinashe, who served up her hit “2 On,” and Nico & Vinz, who went home with Best New Artist. Tamar Braxton hosted the red carpet pre-show.

The Soul Train Awards will air on Centric and BET on November 30 at 8 p.m.

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Nov
7
Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim, & Da Brat Rehearse for Soul Train Awards

Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim, and Da Brat

The stage is set for ladies night. Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim, and Da Brat landed in Las Vegas to rehearse for tonight’s Soul Train Awards 2014. The rap trio hit the stage for the first time in 17 years to perform their 1996 platinum single, “Not Tonight (Remix).” The last and only time they performed the song was at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards.

“I’m just happy to see my friends again,” Kim told Hip Hollywood. “Missy Elliott is my sister. She’s a longterm friend and she’s someone that I love dearly.”

The performance is part of a tribute to Kool & the Gang, whose 1979 song “Ladies’ Night” they sampled. The track off the soundtrack to Nothing to Lose also features the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Angie Martinez, who will not be joining the trio.

The Soul Train Awards, which are also set to feature performances from Chris Brown, Jodeci, Ma$e, and Tamar Braxton, tape tonight and will air on Centric and BET on November 30 at 8 p.m.

Watch the ladies reunite in the rehearsal footage below.

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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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