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Aug
23
Ludacris, Chris Brown Honored at 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

Ludacris

The stars came out to salute Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Friday. The rapper-actor-mogul was honored with the BMI President’s Award for his achievement in songwriting and his global influence on culture and the entertainment industry.

Following video tributes from Usher, Lil Jon, and Tom Cruise, Luda thanked his mother, girlfriend Eudoxie, and his team.

“Nobody could do it by themselves,” said a humbled Luda. “It’s really the people that’s behind you and the strong foundation that you have is extremely important.”

He then loosened his bow tie and hit the stage for a medley of his greatest hits including “What’s Your Fantasy,” “Yeah,” “How Low,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Area Codes,” and “Move Bitch” with special guest Mystikal.

The star-studded event also celebrated the songwriters, producers, and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year, with performances from TeeFlii (“24 Hours”) and Tamar Braxton (“Love and War”).

Zendaya won the BMI Social Star Award and Detail, J-Roc, and DJ Mustard were honored as Producers of the Year. The West Coast hitmaker brought out YG to perform “My Hitta” and “Who Do You Love.”

Chris Brown was also in the house and received a Special Citation of Achievement recognizing over 1 million broadcast performances of his hit “Forever.”

“I just appreciate all the singers and the songwriters who helped me get to this point making all this great music,” said Breezy. “I didn’t do it by myself. The fans really jumpstarted it.”

Future accepted multiple awards including one for his ex Ciara’s “Body Party,” which he co-wrote and produced.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis earned Song of the Year for “Can’t Hold Us” and Lil Wayne was crowned Songwriter of the Year.

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Aug
22
Chris Brown and Rihanna Come Together at Charity Basketball Game

Rihanna and Chris Brown

Chris Brown and Rihanna reunited for a good cause. The former couple was just feet away from each other at CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano’s Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday night.

Team Sabathia took on Team Cano during the competitive match-up, which featured celebrity players including Ne-Yo, Fabolous, DJ Khaled, and DJ Clue.

But the real MVP was Breezy, who scored 18 points, while his ex RiRi sipped D’USSE courtside and watched with her girlfriends including Skylar Diggins, Melissa Forde, and Cara Delevingne.

Sabathia and Cano had some help coaching on the sidelines from NBA and MLB pros including Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and more.

The event was a huge success, raising over $1 million for Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation and Cano’s RC22 Foundation.

See more pics from the all-star affair below.

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Aug
21
Who’s Seated Where at the 2014 VMAs

Lil Wayne and Beyoncé

The VMAs are just days away, but MTV is keeping the performances under wraps. However, we can tell you where some of your favorite stars will be sitting at L.A.’s Forum come Sunday.

Before being honored with the Video Vanguard Award, Queen Bey will take her throne in the front row, just seats away from Lil Wayne.

The “Krazy” rapper will watch the festivities alongside his Young Money sister Nicki Minaj, who’s seated next to pop princesses Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry.

After he hits the stage with Nicki, Usher will rub elbows with fellow performer Jessie J, while Tyga and his YMCMB labelmate Austin Mahone are in the row behind.

When Bey takes the stage, her Destiny’s Child bandmates Michelle Williams and the pregnant Kelly Rowland will be cheering her on from the audience.

Seven-time nominee Iggy Azalea will perform “Black Widow” with Rita Ora and take a seat next to her “Problem” pal Ariana Grande.

While there’s no sign of Rihanna, her ex Chris Brown will be seated alongside British crooner Sam Smith, whose hit “Stay With Me” Breezy recently covered on Instagram.

Check out some of the seating arrangements below.

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Aug
21
Jessie J Announces Third Album ‘Sweet Talker’

Sweet Talker

Fresh off the success of “Bang Bang,” Jessie J has announced a title and release date for her third album.

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Aug
18
Nicki Minaj Gives Drake a Lap Dance in ‘Anaconda’ Video

Drake and Nicki Minaj

Praise Onika. Nicki Minaj is getting freaky with Drake in some behind-the-scenes photos from her “Anaconda” video. Wearing skintight leggings, a pink bra, and Louboutin stiletto boots, the voluptuous vixen squats down and gives her Young Money brother a lap dance while he sits in a chair and takes it all in.

Nicki changes into Jordans and puts her famous booty in Drizzy’s face in the intimate scenes, which she teased on Instagram.

“I was probably thanking the higher ups for that very moment,” tweeted Drake. “Def the best invite to a video shoot EVER. #ViewsFromMyChair #MyAnacondaWasWayUp.”

This is not Drizzy’s first lap dance from Nicki. She previously serenaded him onstage during her tour with Britney Spears in 2011.

The Colin Tilley-directed video for “Anaconda” will premiere Wednesday on VEVO. Last week, Nicki shared a vlog from the set.

Check out more photos of Lap Dance Nika below.

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Aug
17
Don’t Shoot: Chris Brown, Nelly, & Trey Songz Protest Michael Brown Shooting

Wale, Chris Brown, Nelly, Lil Mama, and Bow Wow

The stars took the field for a good cause. Following last month’s kickball game, Chris Brown and Quincy teamed up to host a charity flag football game at Jack Kemp Stadium at Occidental College in L.A. on Saturday.

Team Breezy, which included Game, Wale, Tyga, Trey Songz, Bow Wow, and Omarion, defeated Team Quincy 42-21.

There was plenty of action off the field as well. Despite reports that they broke up, Chris was seen cozying up to his old flame Karrueche, who was all smiles as Chris put his arms around her. He later posted an Instagram photo of them together in the car.

At the end of the game, Missouri native Nelly got on the mic and asked everyone to put their hands up and say “Don’t Shoot” in protest of the police shooting that left African-American teenager Michael Brown dead in Ferguson, Miss. Chris, Bow Wow, Trey, Lil Mama, Wale, and the rest of the stadium stood in solidarity with their hands up.

“If anybody can sympathize with what my city is going through, it’s this city of L.A. right now on so many levels,” said Nelly, who was wearing a #MikeBrown tank top. “So for that respect alone, I’m asking you, I’m begging you, and I’m pleading for you to just raise your hands for a second.”

Watch footage from the powerful moment below.

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Aug
16
Tinashe Gets ‘2 On’ at TAO

Tinashe

With her single “2 On” rising up the charts, Tinashe celebrated with a trip to Las Vegas on Thursday. The L.A. singer took over the grand cabana at TAO Beach for a daytime pool party with her pals. Later in the evening, she changed into a yellow dress and camouflage jacket before dining on wasabi-crusted filet mignon at TAO Asian Bistro.

While on the red carpet, she revealed that her debut album Aquarius will be dropping in October featuring A$AP Rocky and Future.

Following dinner, she made her way upstairs to TAO Nightclub where she hosted “Worship Thursdays” and hit the stage to perform “2 On,” which is currently No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. After dancing the night away in VIP, she joined DJ Five in the booth at 2 a.m. for an impromptu encore performance.

“Vegas!! Celebrating my 4th consecutive week #1 at rhythm radio,” tweeted Tinashe.

Check out more photos from her Vegas takeover below.

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