BET Awards 2014: Red Carpet

Pharrell Williams

The stars were shining bright at the BET Awards 2014 at Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE on Sunday. Before the main event, hip-hop and R&B’s biggest names showed out on the red carpet. From the glamour girls to the dapper dudes, there were plenty of big fashion moments.

T.I. was casual and cool in Maison Martin Margiela with his “swag essential,” a sweater tied around his shoulders. Ashanti was white-hot in a cleavage-baring Michael Costello gown, Zendaya channeled Aaliyah in Emmanuel Ungaro, and Best New Artist winner August Alsina rocked a blue suit and Balenciaga shoes.

See all the sexy, sophisticated, and scandalous red carpet moments below.

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Ariana Grande Announces New Album ‘My Everything’

My Everything

Ariana Grande is ready to share My Everything with the world. The pop diva has unveiled the cover art and announced an August 25 release date for her sophomore album.

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Rihanna Wows on the Cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia


After gracing the cover of countless fashion magazines in the U.S. and Europe, Rihanna brings her beauty to the July/August issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. The fashionista covers up, but still looks gorgeous and glamorous in the photos shot by Ruven Afanador.

RiRi rocks a mesh veil and Cartier jewels on the stunning cover, which includes the tagline, “Rihanna of Arabia: The new modesty, cover up in style.”

She puts a modern twist on traditional Middle Eastern garb including head scarfs and veils, and also wows in a hooded dress and sparkly black catsuit.

RiRi was pleased with how the shoot turned out, tweeting, “@BazaarArabia shot by my new fave photographer, Ruven.”

See more photos from her exotic spread below.

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Common Recruits Lil Herb, King Louie for ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ Cover Art

Nobody's Smiling

Common is putting on for his city with the artwork for his 10th album Nobody’s Smiling. The Chicago rapper spotlights some of Chi-town’s rising rap stars including Lil Herb, King Louie, Dreezy, and Lil Bibby on the multiple covers. Common himself appears on one cover, posing against a black background.

“It means a lot to me,” Dreezy said of her inclusion. “Common was and still is a legend and it just makes me feel like I’m the new face of hip-hop.”

Executive produced by No I.D., Nobody’s Smiling arrives July 22 featuring the Vince Staples-assisted single “Kingdom.”

The concept-driven project was inspired by the tragedies in Chicago. “We came up with this concept Nobody’s Smiling [and it] was really a thought that came about because of all the violence that was going on in Chicago,” said Common of the follow-up to 2011′s The Dreamer/The Believer.

Go behind the scenes of the cover shoot below.

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Iggy Azalea and Nick Young Cozy Up at Calvin Klein Show

Nick Young and Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea and her boyfriend Nick Young stepped out to the Calvin Klein show during Milan Fashion Week over the weekend. The blonde rap sensation rocked blue heels to match her Lakers beau while checking out the spring/summer 2015 menswear collection alongside Super Bowl champ Victor Cruz.

The stylish couple was later seen kissing at an intimate dinner hosted by Calvin Klein Creative Director Italo Zucchelli.

The day before, Iggy performed with Charli XCX at the Capital Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium in London.

Her single “Fancy” remains No. 1 for the fourth week on the Billboard Hot 100, while “Black Widow” featuring Rita Ora is going for adds at radio.

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Kanye and Kim Throw ‘Kidchella’ Bash for North West’s 1st Birthday

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and North West

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian spared no expense, throwing an over-the-top bash to celebrate their daughter North West’s 1st birthday. The newlywed parents turned Kourtney Kardashian’s Calabasas backyard into a mini Coachella festival dubbed “Kidchella”—complete with a Ferris wheel, teepees, and carnival goodies.

In addition to the Kardashian clan, Kim and Kanye’s friends including Ciara and her new baby Future, Tyga’s girlfriend Blac Chyna and their son King Cairo, and La La Anthony and her son Kiyan were among those in attendance.

Guests were decked out in their festival finest and received tie-dyed wristbands before roaming the grounds. Booths were set up as teepees with activities including hair-braiding and face-painting.

There was even a stage for performances. Kylie and Kendall Jenner got on the mic to sing karaoke with some help from Jaden Smith.

“#KIDCHELLA rivaled Coachella,” said Kanye’s longtime pal Virgil Abloh.

After snacking on churros and cotton candy, guests went home with their very own Yeezus T-shirts.

Check out more pics from the North’s birthday bash below.

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Robin Thicke Reveals ‘Paula’ Album Cover, Tracklisting


With two weeks to go, Robin Thicke has unveiled the cover and tracklisting for his seventh album Paula. The dark artwork shows the pensive singer with his head down and washed in red, yellow, and green.

The follow-up to last year’s chart-topper Blurred Lines is dedicated to his estranged wife Paula Patton. The couple, who’s been married for nine years and have a four-year-old son together, announced their separation in February, and Thicke has been trying for months to mend their relationship.

All 14 tracks were written and produced by Thicke with titles inspired by his wife including “You’re My Fantasy,” “Forever Love,” and the lead single “Get Her Back.”

“We got a lot to talk about on that subject,” Thicke told Steve Harvey. “I gotta impress her somehow. The truth shall set you free.”

See the tracklisting below.

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