Nicki Minaj’s Brother Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for Child Rape

Nicki Minaj’s brother will serve 25 years to life in prison for child rape.

A judge sentenced Jelani Maraj in a Long Island courtroom on Monday, several months after a bid to set aside a verdict due to jury misconduct.

The sentence comes over two years after a jury found Maraj guilty of predatory ual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child. He was accused of raping his then-11-year-old stepdaughter while he was married to her mother. During the trial, which lasted less than three weeks, the defense claimed the allegations were fabricated to extort $25 million from Maraj’s famous sister.

In 2015, Nicki paid for her brother’s $100,000 bond. She visited him while he was locked up in 2017, but she reportedly only went to support her mother Carol and hasn’t been close to Jelani since he was charged with the crime.

Nicki has rapped about her older brother in the past, including on 2014’s “All Things Go.” “I know Jelani will always love me, and I’ll always love him,” she raps. “And I’m just his little sister, not Nicki Minaj when I’m around him.”

She never testified during the trial despite claims made by her brother’s defense team that she would.

#DXCLUSIVE: V Don Recruits 38 Spesh & ElCamino For ‘Since 16’ Single

HipHopDX Premeire – As V Don preps his forthcoming album Black Mass, the Harlem-based producer has shared a sliver of the project in the form of “Since 16” featuring ElCamino and 38 Spesh.

Black Mass is entirely produced by V Don and — in addition to ElCamino and 38 Spesh — boasts appearances from Dave East, Eto, Smoke DZA, Willie The Kid, Rigz and Dark Lo. “Since 16” serves as the project’s second single, following the title track that was released earlier this week.

The 12-track effort is expected to arrive on February 7. Check out “Since 16′ above and the album details below.

#DXCLUSIVE: V Don Recruits 38 Spesh & ElCamino For 'Since 16' Single
  1. Judas f. Adonis
  2. Forefathers f. Dark Lo
  3. Engraved f. Rigz
  4. Boomerang f. Smoke DZA
  5. Black Mass f. Eto
  6. Asolos f. Sauce Heist
  7. Get Back f. Dave East
  8. Weather Of March f. D. Polo
  9. Since 16 f. ElCamino & 38 Spesh
  10. Whitey Bulge f. Da$h
  11. Baked Alaska f. Willie The Kid
  12. Borrowed Time f. Kadeem

Tyler, The Creator Shows Just How "Petty" He Is By Retweeting Hater From 2011

It was a big night for Tyler, The Creator on Sunday (January 26) as the three-time Grammy-nominated artist took home his first win for Best Rap Album for Igor. Although he was favorited to win, he was up against noteworthy talents including Dreamville (Revenge the Dreamers III), Meek Mill (Championships), 21 Savage (i am > i was), and YBN Cordae (The Lost Boy). He later tweeted, “YALL GON STOP COUNTING ME OUT!”

Tyler, The Creator Shows Just How "Petty" He Is By Retweeting Hater From 2011
Amanda Edwards / Stringer / Getty s

The 28-year-old artist also made sure to show just how petty he could be by revisiting a tweet that’s nearly a decade old. Back in 2011, a Twitter user named Mark shaded Tyler by telling he was undeserving a Grammy. “@fucktyler dont b too excited. u wont get one…..,” the person wrote. Tyler retweeted the old jab with a new message his own.

“I FAVORITED THIS 9 YEARS AGO JUST FOR THE MOMENT TO TELL YOU I GOT ONE,” Tyler tweeted. “YES IM PETTY AS F*CK, GOOD DAY MARK.” Noticing Tyler’s response to the 2011 tweet, Mark replied, “Congrats 👏.” He also wrote, “So this is how celebrity Twitter mentions feel like? Lmao” and “Thank God I got a new phone or my Twitter would’ve crashed.” 

Juice WRLD Wasn't Even Mentioned at the 2020 Grammy Awards

Juice WRLD was almost entirely ignored the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, partly due to the shocking death of Kobe Bryant. But the rapper wasn’t nominated for any awards, despite a stellar 2019.

Despite his immense contribution to the world of music in 2019, rapper Juice WRLD wasn’t even mentioned during Sunday night’s 62nd Grammy Awards telecast.  Juice WRLD, aka Jarad Higgins, died from an on the early morning of December 8th, 2019, on the tarmac of Chicago’s Midway Airport.

Of course, Juice WRLD’s December death was heavily overshadowed by Kobe Bryant, who died just hours before the Grammys started. Bryant and eight other individuals died on Sunday morning when their Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed into a Calabasas mountainside in heavy fog.

The shocking death prompted several tributes and mentions at the awards.  Still, deceased artists Nipsey Hussle and Prince also received tributes, despite the overwhelming attention paid to Bryant’s passing.

Even without the Kobe situation, it’s unclear if Juice WRLD was originally slated to receive any remembrances at the Grammys. But Higgins wasn’t even nominated for Best New Artist or any other categories, despite having a strong 2019 and a string of chart-topping songs and other accolades.

Prior to his death, Juice WRLD also performed with numerous high-profile artists, including Halsey and BTS.

Actually, there was one brief mention of Juice WRLD at the end, during the Grammy’s ‘In Memoriam’ segment.

But that probably added insult to injury: the quick slide for Juice WRLD accidentally included an image of a female singer, likely due to a last-minute editing error.  The sloppy ‘In Memoriam’ segment also misspelled the name of Cars frontman and guitarist Ric Ocasek, who died last year.

Additionally, Geto Boys rapper Bushwick Bill was omitted entirely, despite his pivotal role in the Houston rap group.

Just hours after news of Bryant’s death spread, mourning fans swarmed to the Staples Center. The downtown Los Angeles arena is where Bryant played twenty years with the Los Angeles Lakers, with five NBA championships earned. The Staples Center is widely regarded as Kobe’s house, and a makeshift vigil and memorial soon created a crowd-control problem for the Grammys and its pre-game red carpet ceremony.

#GRAMMYS: Tyler, The Creator Says ‘Urban’ Is Just Another Way To Say The N-Word’

Los Angeles, CA – Tyler, The Creator won his first Grammy Award on Sunday night (January 26) for IGOR, which earned a trophy in the Best Rap Album category. Despite his victory, the Odd Future mastermind was still outspoken about his mixed feelings toward the Recording Academy.

During a Grammys press conference, Tyler was asked if the recent controversy surrounding the show’s voting process has changed his views. He admitted he was torn.

“I’m half and half on it,” Tyler began. “Um on one side, I’m grateful that what I can make can just be acknowledged in a world like this but also it sucks that, whenever we, and I mean guys that look like me, do anything that’s genre-bending or that’s anything, they always put it in a rap or urban category, which is … and I don’t like that ‘urban’ word. It’s just the politically correct way to say the N-Word to me. So when I hear that I’m just like ‘Why can’t we just be in pop?’”

Tyler continued, “So I felt like half of me feels like the rap nomination was a backhanded compliment. Like ‘Oh my little cousin wants to play the game. Let’s give him the unplugged controller so he can shut up and feel good about it.’ That’s what it felt like a bit.

“But another half of me is very grateful that the art that I made can be acknowledged on a level like this when I don’t do the radio stuff. I’m not playing in Target. I’m in a whole different world than what a lot of people here listen to so I’m grateful and like ehh.”

Tyler’s sentiments echoed Diddy’s speech during the Clive Davis and the Recording Academy’s Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday (January 25).

“I say this with love to the Grammys because you really need to know this,” he said. “Every year y’all be killing us, man. Man, you talk about the pain. I’m speaking for all the artists and executives. The amount of time that it takes to make these records, to pour your heart out into it and you just want an even playing field.

“In the great words of Erykah Badu, we are artists and we are sensitive about our shit. Truth be told, Hip Hop has never been respected by the Grammys. Black music has never been respected by the Grammys to the point that it should be.”

YG & Kehlani Get Back Together At Meek Mill’s Grammys After-Party: Watch

After a short-lived cheating scandal that saw YG kissing another woman during his relationship with Kehlani, the two appear to be back together after calling things f at the end last year. At least, that’s what it looks like after peeping this video the two dancing at Meek Mill‘s Grammy Awards after-party.

YG was part the tribute to Nipsey Hussle’s life and legacy last night, joining Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled, Roddy Ricch, and others on stage. The moment was beautiful and, with Hussle’s family in attendance, it must have been a sweet moment to watch the late legend get his flowers. While the majority headlines were created during the ceremony, some waited until afterwards to make their mark on the evening. YG and Kehlani were both spotted at Meek Mill’s after-party where they got extraordinarily close while dancing, basically confirming the fact that they’ve gotten back together.

In a video posted by Casanova, the rapper and his girlfriend dance aggressively while YG and Kehlani chop it up in the background, seemingly competing to see who can get more raunchy. Cas captioned the video: “WHY @yg & @kehlani THOUGHT THEY COULD FUCK WITH ME AND  @swaggy.jazzy_2x?”

Are you happy to see YG and Lani back together or do you see this ending like the last time?

Kanye West Tributes Kobe Bryant With Rare Throwback Studio Picture

We were all struck with immediate sadness upon hearing the news that Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant passed away at the young age 41-years-old after a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. The iconic player has been remembered by thousands his fans, hundreds former teammates, peers, and everybody in between. Our thoughts are with the Bryant family, who also lost 13-year-old Gianna Bryant, Kobe’s daughter. The news has caused some unusual suspects to resurface, showing their love for somebody that can be considered one the greatest basketball players to ever live. Kanye West was notably a big fan the heroic baller, even designing an “I Feel Like Kobe” tribute shirt and debuting it during one Bryant’s milestone games. Despite his rampant Twitter activity in the past, Kanye West rarely goes on social media these days but after hearing about the loss #24, he sent his love to his family the medium.

Kanye West Tributes Kobe Bryant With Rare Throwback Studio Picture
Kevin Mazur/Getty s

“Kobe, We love you brother,” wrote the Chicago legend, sharing a vintage photo the two in the studio. Kobe Bryant was also a rapper, releasing several songs and projects during his early days as an NBA player. “We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspiration you gave.”

The post has netted Kanye over 128K retweets, with many his fans also idolizing the late Kobe Bryant. Their careers have intertwined several times throughout the last two decades. Rest in power, Kobe and Gianna.

Tyler, The Creator, Lil Baby & More Brought Their Moms As Grammy Dates

While this headline could probably be read in the snarky tone an elementary school bully, I assure you it is not intended to be. There is nothing cooler than paying respect to the mothers the world. Especially in the lives artists, mothers can play a crucial role – supporting their children’s creative ambitions despite the whims and lack financial security they might entail. For that reason, when being honored at an event like the Grammys, it may not feel right for an artist to not be accompanied by someone who contributed so much to their success. Several rappers made sure to have their mommas by their sides at the award show on Sunday night.

Tyler, The Creator‘s creator shared the spotlight with her son as he accepted his award for Best Rap Album. She celebrated onstage, appearing just as ecstatic as she was when Tyler won Best New Artist at the 2011 VMA’s. Her boy has had his eyes set on this moment for a long time – despite his reservations about the Recording Academy – so it was special that she got to witness it in-person. 

Tyler, The Creator, Lil Baby & More Brought Their Moms As Grammy DatesKevin Winter/Getty s

21 Savage also brought his mom along to the ceremony, penning an Instagram caption about her that was just as effusive as his song dedicated to her. “Big 4L thank you mama for making me and thank the @recordingacademy who would ever thought…yessirskiiii!!!!!,” the rapper on a slideshow photos showing f their killer outfits and matching Richard Mille watches. 

Lil Baby is another Atlanta star who walked the red carpet with his mother on his arm. He summarized how special a moment that was when writing in an Instagram caption: “Getting Mom Dressed Up , An Its Not For A Trial Or A Funeral , You Won.” 

While YBN Cordae’s “ma dukes” didn’t get the chance to see her progeny take home the award for Best Rap Album last night, she must have been incredibly proud that he was recognized f the strength his debut, The Lost Boy

Gunna‘s mama wasn’t only at the Grammys to celebrate her son’s achievements, but her own birthday as well. The YSL artist shared heartwarming photos him gifting her with a necklace before the ceremony, ensuring that her deserved spotlight wasn’t stolen. 

Jonathan "Foodgod" Cheban In Midst Of Shady Burger Restaurant Scam

He may only answer to the name “Foodgod,” but Jonathan Cheban, the Russian-born TV personality and entrepreneur-turned-foodie, is having a not-so-heavenly experience as the face the popular burger joint Burgerim. The company has gone belly-up, its Israeli owner has fled the country, employees haven’t been paid in months and thousands investors have lost tens thousands dollars.

Best known for his close relationship with the Kardashian family and appearances on Keeping up with the Kardashians, Foodgod became the ficial spokesperson Burgerim last year, posting rave reviews the patties on social media.  

Jonathan "Foodgod" Cheban In Midst Of Shady Burger Restaurant Scam

Jamie McCarthy/Getty s

“HOLY BURGERS! I love this spot @ficialburgerim,” he tweeted. As part his advertising campaign, the foodie fanatic even took Kim Kardashian to the chain’s Woodland Hills, Calif., location, which drew a rapturous review from the mega star. 

However, as this week, Burgerim, whose catchphrase is, “the fastest growing burger chain in the U.S.,” may well prove to be the fastest declining burger chain in the U.S. after reports surfaced that the chain had been overly aggressive in its franchising efforts. According to a report in Restaurant Business, Burgerim solicited some 1,200 people “inexperienced in restaurants or franchising—teachers, cooks, accountants, police ficers, engineers, war veterans and real estate pressionals, many whom drained savings accounts and retirement accounts to pay their fee, all hoping for a piece the American dream.” The article also cites that the company went from owning one location in 2016 to over 200 by 2019 and launched a social media campaign to find investors. On Facebook, a post appeared on their page, which stated, in all caps “NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY” and that those interested needed only $50,000 to open a restaurant. 

Foodgod has ficially cut ties with Burgerim and slapped the burger joint with a legal suit looking to reclaim funds owed to him and requesting that it ceases to use his image for advertising purposes. 

Kobe Bryant & Daughter Gianna Among Nine Fatalities In Helicopter Crash

The world is undoubtedly heavier following news the sudden passing Kobe Bryant’s early Sunday morning in Los Angeles. In the swarm news and reports following the icon’s passing, it’s been a task to sift through the facts surrounding the helicopter crash that took his life.

Since then, it has been confirmed that Bryant was traveling with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant who also tragically passed away in the crash as the duo was traveling to Thousand Oaks for a match at Bryant’s Mamba Academy. Per CNN, the other passengers who perished in the crash included 56-year-old Orange Coast College (OCC) baseball coach John Altobelli, his daughter Alyssa Altobelli, and wife Keri Altobelli. 

According to OCC assistant baseball coach Ron La Ruffa, Gianna and Alyssa were teammates at the Mamba Academy.

“It was something John routinely did, flying up with Kobe to attend games with his daughter,” La Ruffa revealed.

Per the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department, the aircraft’s manifest indicates that there were nine total people aboard the helicopter, not the initial tally 5 that was reported at first. Sheriff Alen Villanueva confirmed that these nine included the pilot and eight others. He has maintained that they will await a coroner’s ficial report before revealing the remaining victims’ identities out respect for their loved ones.

Earlier, rumors that Bryant’s former teammate and actor Rick Fox was aboard the aircraft. However, this report has since been debunked with several sources, including Fox’s family confirming that he was not on the helicopter Sunday morning.

This story is still updating.

 

2020 Grammy Awards: Complete List Of Winners

“Music’s biggest night” is here. The industry’s finest have all gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate what the Recording Academy has deemed to be the best the past year. Among nominees, Lizzo leads the pack with eight nods, followed behind by Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X who have six nominations each. 

Per the Hollywood Reporter, the non-televised portion the awards show has already settled on the grim news the death Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna early Sunday evening, honoring their memories with a moment silence. 

Alicia Keys is set to host the full ceremony as the evening’s stars move forward to collect their awards throughout the night. Keep up below with the night’s winners:

 

Album the Year
I, I – Bon Iver
Norman Fucking Rockwell! – Lana Del Rey
WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? – Billie Eilish
thank u, next – Ariana Grande
I Used to Know Her – H.E.R.
7 – Lil Nas X
Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) – Lizzo
Father the Bride – Vampire Weekend

Record the Year
“Hey, Ma” – Bon Iver
“bad guy” – Billie Eilish
“7 Rings” – Ariana Grande
“Hard Place” – H.E.R.
“Talk” – Khalid
“Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X f/ Billy Ray Cyrus
“Truth Hurts” – Lizzo
“Sunflower” – Post Malone & Swae Lee

Song the Year
“Always Remember Us This Way” – Lady Gaga
“bad guy” – Billie Eilish
“Bring My Flowers Now” – Tanya Tucker
“Hard Place” – H.E.R.
“Lover” – Taylor Swift
“Norman Fucking Rockwell” – Lana Del Rey
“Someone You Loved” – Lewis Capaldi
“Truth Hurts” – Lizzo

Best New Artist
Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Maggie Rogers
Rosalía
Tank and the Bangas
Yola

Best Rap Album
Revenge the Dreamers III – Dreamville
CHAMPIONSHIPS – Meek Mill
I Am > I Was – 21 Savage
IGOR – Tyler, the Creator
The Lost Boy – YBN Cordae

Best Rap Performance
“Middle Child” – J. Cole
“Suge” – DaBaby
“Down Bad” – Dreamville f/ JID, Bas, J. Cole, EarthGang & Young Nudy
“Racks in the Middle” – Nipsey Hussle f/ Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy
“Clout” – Offset f/ Cardi B

Best Rap/Sung Performance
“Higher” – DJ Khaled f/ Nipsey Hussle & John Legend
“Drip Too Hard” – Lil Baby & Gunna
“Panini” – Lil Nas X
“Ballin” – Mustard f/ Roddy Ricch
“The London” – Young Thug f/ J. Cole & Travis Scott

Best Rap Song
“Bad Idea” – YBN Cordae f/ Chance the Rapper
“Gold Roses” – Rick Ross f/ Drake
“A Lot” – 21 Savage f/ J. Cole
“Racks in the Middle” – Nipsey Hussle f/ Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy
“Suge” – DaBaby

Best R&B Performance
“Love Again” – Daniel Caesar & Brandy
“Could’ve Been” – H.E.R. f/ Bryson Tiller
“Exactly How I Feel” – Lizzo f/ Gucci Mane
“Roll Some Mo” – Lucky Daye
“Come Home” – Anderson .Paak f/ André 3000

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Time Today” – BJ the Chicago Kid
“Steady Love” – India.Arie
“Jerome” – Lizzo
“Real Games” – Lucky Daye
“Built for Love” – PJ Morton f/ Jazmine Sullivan

Best R&B Song
“Could’ve Been” – H.E.R. f/ Bryson Tiller
“Look at Me Now” – Emily King
“No Guidance” – Chris Brown f/ Drake
“Roll Some Mo” – Lucky Daye
“Say So” – PJ Morton f/ JoJo

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Apollo XXI – Steve Lacy
Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) – Lizzo
Overload – Georgia Anne Muldrow
Saturn – NAO
Being Human in Public – Jessie Reyez

Best R&B Album
1123 – BJ the Chicago Kid
Painted – Lucky Daye
Ella Mai – Ella Mai
Paul – PJ Morton
Ventura – Anderson .Paak

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Spirit” – Beyoncé
“bad guy” – Billie Eilish
“7 Rings” – Ariana Grande
“Truth Hurts” – Lizzo
“You Need to Calm Down” – Taylor Swift

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Boyfriend” – Ariana Grande and Social House
“Sucker” – Jonas Brothers
“Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X f/ Billy Ray Cyrus
“Sunflower” – Post Malone & Swae Lee
“Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Sì – Andrea Bocelli
Love (Deluxe Edition) – Michael Bublé
Look Now – Elvis Costello & The Imposters
A Legendary Christmas – John Legend
Walls – Barbra Streisand

Best Pop Vocal Album
The Lion King: The Gift – Beyoncé
WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? – Billie Eilish
thank u, next – Ariana Grande
No.6 Collaborations Project – Ed Sheeran
Lover – Taylor Swift

Producer the Year, Non-Classical
Jack Antonf
Dan Auerbach
John Hill
Finneas
Ricky Reed

Best Music Video
“We’ve Got to Try” – The Chemical Brothers (Ninian Df, video director)
“This Land” – Gary Clark Jr. (Savanah Leaf, video director)
“Cellophane” – FKA Twigs (Andrew Thomas Huang, video director)
“Old Town Road” (Official Movie) – Lil Nas X f/ Billy Ray Cyrus (Calmatic, video director) – WINNER
“Glad He’s Gone” – Tove Lo (Vania Heymann & Gal Muggia: video directors)

Best Music Film
Homecoming – Beyoncé (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Ed Burke, video directors) – WINNER
David Crosby: Remember My Name – David Crosby (A.J. Eaton, video director)
Birth the Cool – Miles Davis (Stanley Nelson, video director)
Shangri-La – Various artists (Morgan Neville, video director)
Anima – Thom Yorke (Paul Thomas Anderson, video director)

Best Dance Recording
“Linked” – Bonobo
“Got to Keep On” – The Chemical Brothers – WINNER
“Piece Your Heart” – Meduza f/ Goodboys
“Underwater” – Rüfüs Du Sol
“Midnight Hour” – Skrillex & Boys Noize f/ Ty Dolla Sign

Best Dance/Electronic Album
LP5 – Apparat
No Geography – The Chemical Brothers – WINNER
Hi This Is Flume – Flume
Solace – Rüfüs Du Sol
Weather – Tycho

Best Rock Performance
“Pretty Waste” – Bones UK
“This Land” – Gary Clark Jr.
“History Repeats” – Brittany Howard
“Woman” – Karen O & Danger Mouse
“Too Bad” – Rival Sons

Best Metal Performance
“Astorolus – The Great Octopus” – Candlemass f/ Tony Iommi
“Humanicide” – Death Angel
“Bow Down” – I Prevail
“Unleashed” – Killswitch Engage
“7empest” – Tool

Best Rock Song
“Fear Inoculum” – Tool
“Give Yourself a Try” – The 1975
“Harmony Hall” –Vampire Weekend
“History Repeats” – Brittany Howard
“This Land” – Gary Clark Jr.

Best Rock Album
Amo – Bring Me the Horizon
Social Cues – Cage the Elephant
In the End – The Cranberries
Trauma – I Prevail
Feral Roots – Rival Sons

Best Alternative Music Album
U.F.O.F. – Big Thief
Assume Form – James Blake
I, I – Bon Iver
Father the Bride – Vampire Weekend
Anima – Thom Yorke

Best Country Solo Performance
“All Your’n” – Tyler Childers
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” – Ashley McBryde
“Ride Me Back Home” – Willie Nelson
“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton
“Bring My Flowers Now” – Tanya Tucker

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Brand New Man” – Brooks & Dunn with Luke Combs
“I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)” – Brothers Osborne
“Speechless” – Dan + Shay
“The Daughters” – Little Big Town
“Common” – Maren Morris f/ Brandi Carlile

Best Country Song
“Bring My Flowers Now” – Tanya Tucker
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” – Ashley McBryde
“It All Comes Out in the Wash” – Miranda Lambert
“Some It” – Eric Church 
“Speechless” – Dan + Shay

Best Country Album
Desperate Man – Eric Church
Stronger Than the Truth – Reba McEntire
Interstate Gospel – Pistol Annies
Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett
While I’m Livin’ – Tanya Tucker

Best Latin Pop Album
Vida – Luis Fonsi
11:11 – Maluma
Montaner – Ricardo Montaner
El Disco – Alejandro Sanz
Fantasía – Sebastian Yatra

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
X 100Pre – Bad Bunny
Oasis – J Balvin & Bad Bunny
Indestructible – Flor de Toloache
Almadura – iLe
El Mal Querer – Rosalía

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Caminado – Joss Favela
Percepcion – Intocable
Poco a Poco – La Energía Norteña
20 aniversario – Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea
De Ayer Para siempre – Mariachi los Camperos

Best Tropical Latin Album
Opus – Marc Anthony
Tiempo al Tiempo – Luis Enrique + C4 Trio
Candela – Vicente García
Literal – Juan Luis Guerra 4.40
A Journey Through Cuban Music – Aymée Nuviola

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
Beastie Boys Book – Various artists
Becoming – Michelle Obama – WINNER
I.V. Catatonia: 20 Years as a Two-Time Cancer Survivor – Eric Alexandrakis
Mr. Know-It-All – John Waters
Sekou Andrews & The String Theory – Sekou Andrews & The String Theory

Best Comedy Album
Quality Time – Jim Gaffigan
Relatable – Ellen DeGeneres
Right Now – Aziz Ansari
Son Patricia – Trevor Noah
Sticks & Stones – Dave Chappelle

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
The Lion King: The Songs – Various Artists
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Various Artists
Rocketman – Taron Egerton
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Various Artists
A Star Is Born – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – WINNER

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Avengers: Endgame – Alan Silvestri
Chernobyl – Hildur Guðnadóttir – WINNER
Game Thrones: Season 8 – Ramin Djawadi
The Lion King – Hans Zimmer
Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman

Best Song Written for Visual Media
“The Ballad the Lonesome Cowboy” (from Toy Story 4) – Chris Stapleton
“Girl in the Movies” (from Dumplin’) – Dolly Parton
“I’ll Never Love Again (Film Version)” (from A Star Is Born) – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – WINNER
“Spirit” (from The Lion King) – Beyoncé
“Suspirium” (from Suspiria) – Thom Yorke

Best Recording Package
Anónimas & resilientes – Voces Del Bullerengue (Luisa María Arango, Carlos Dussan, Manuel García-Orozco & Juliana Jaramillo-Buenaventura, art directors)
Chris Cornell – Chris Cornell (Barry Ament, Jeff Ament, Jeff Fura & Joe Spix, art directors) – WINNER
Hold That Tiger – The Muddy Basin Ramblers (Andrew Wong & Fongming Yang, art directors)
I, I – Bon Iver (Aaron Anderson & Eric Timothy Carlson, art directors)
Intellexual – Intellexual (Irwan Awalludin, art director)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
All These Things – Thomas Dybdahl (Tchad Blake, Adam Greenspan & Roderick Shearer, engineers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer)
Ella Mai – Ella Mai (Chris “Shaggy” Ascher, Jaycen Joshua & David Pizzimenti, engineers; Chris Athens, mastering engineer)
Run Home Slow – The Teskey Brothers (Paul Butler & Sam Teskey, engineers; Joe Carra, mastering engineer)
Scenery – Emily King (Tom Elmhirst, Ben Kane & Jeremy Most, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer)
WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? – Billie Eilish (Rob Kinelski & Finneas O’Connell, engineers; John Greenham, mastering engineer) – WINNER

Travis Scott and Nav Preview New Music In The Club: Watch The Video

Despite coming f the biggest year in his career, Travis Scott has continued to stay in the studio pumping out new content and experimenting with new compositions. Coming f the heels  his new Cactus Jack Records collaborative musical fering, JackBoys (2019), and still thriving f the success his latest solo effort, Astroworld (2018), Travis Scott previewed a track he produced alongside XO rapper, Nav

At an undisclosed location, both Nav and Travis Scott sat behind a DJ booth with a laptop that contained the unreleased track. The red-tinted room filled with fortunate first-time listeners were able to receive the audio in the perfect environment. The two artists stood side by side, necks full  glistening jewelry, nodding in rhythm to the instrumentation the song. From the audible components the track, both Nav and Travis Scott utilized heavy amounts autotune while splitting their verses to short eight-bar increments. 

While Nav might have had an online spat with Akademiks recently, Nav has been able to produce a quality body work in the form his latest LP, Bad Habits (2019), which dropped early last year. With how much music Travis Scott is known to hoard, there’s no telling when this collaboration will be available for the masses to partake in. But for now, check out the clip Nav and Travis Scott previewing their joint song in the video provided below. 

Rihanna & Chrissy Lampkin Have Tense Exchange At Roc Nation Brunch: Watch

The annual Pre-Grammys Roc Nation Brunch was held on Saturday afternoon as per usual, and the event boasted some pretty huge stars and some pretty big surprises. One attendee fell into both those categories, as Ms. Rihanna herself decided to make an appearance at the lavish gathering, gracing the industry’s elite with her increasingly rare presence. As we know, Rih has become known more as a makeup and fashion mogul than a musician these days, so her sighting at one the music industry’s biggest events the year was a shock to many unknowing fans. While Rih smiled and posed happily with the likes T.I., Megan Thee Stallion, and DJ Khaled, the Bad Gal seemed less than thrilled to bump into one individual in particular: Jim Jones’ fiancée and Love & Hip Hop star, Chrissy Lampkin.

In the brief clip, Rih is seen with her arms firmly crossed, speaking firmly to Chrissy about…something. It’s difficult to tell what the two ladies are discussing, but based on Rih’s body language and pissed f expression, it doesn’t look good. It appears as though Rih is yelling “I don’t f*ck with that” near the end, but WHAT exactly does Rih not f*ck with? The Shade Room posted a still from the hostile conversation, asking observers to share their guesses on what exactly is going on here.

Many flooded the comments with jokes about Chrissy asking Rihanna where her long-awaited album is. Others took it a step further, adding that Rih had answered the question by indicating that the album will arrive once Chrissy and Jim actually tie the knot, as they’ve been engaged for practically an eternity. Whatever the case is, Rih definitely seems to be cussing Chrissy out for some kind misdeed, so she might want to consider sleeping with one eye open from now on.

What do you think these two ladies were beefing about?

Big Sean & Jhene Aiko Were The Cutest Dates At The Roc Nation Brunch

While it was known that Big Sean and Jhene Aiko stayed on good terms following their breakup, their closeness over the past few months has raised questions about whatever staying friends eventually transitioned into being partners again. These suspicions arose around the time Jhene Aiko released her single, “None Of Your Concern“, in November, which features an appearance from Big Sean. The song itself was pretty ually-charged, but it was the fact that they kept being spotted together – ten while they were getting touchy with one another – that convinced onlookers that they must be dating again. 

Big Sean & Jhene Aiko Were The Cutest Dates At The Roc Nation BrunchKevin Mazur/Getty s

The photos Sean and Jhene at the Roc Nation brunch on Saturday fuels this curiosity, but some might be tempted to accept this as evidence that they are ficially an item. Both the recording artists posted pictures on Instagram how they pulled up to the annual Grammy weekend event. Their outfits matched nicely, as Jhene wore a shiny royal blue suit and Sean wore a camel-toned one. They both had their chests exposed since Jhene rocked a leopard print bra beneath her coat and Sean only had a vest beneath his. In the captions for their uploads, Jhene declared “bros b4 hoes” and Sean referred to them as “the older cooler kids.” Neither these captions confirm whether they’re a couple or not, but we’re pretty convinced they are. You agree?

Read our predictions the 2020 Grammy winners in the hip-hop and R&B categories

Kanye West Asked This White Comedian To Play Him In A Movie About His Life

If there’s anything we can say about Kanye West, it’s that he’s always able to surprise us. The rapper has taken the world on a pretty wild ride these past few years as he’s gone through different phases his life. As controversial as he may be, he’s equally as entertaining, which is why a movie about Kanye is guaranteed to be one the most fascinating celebrity biopics ever. It’s uncertain whether such a film will ever happen, but a certain comedian has revealed that, at one point, the notorious superstar had definitely given the idea some thought. Danny McBride, known for his roles in comedies like The Pineapple ExpressThe Foot Fist Way, and This Is The End and currently starring in the series, The Righteous Gemstones, told The Guardian on Tuesday that, not only has Kanye definitely considered making a movie about his life, he also wanted Danny to portray him onscreen.

Kanye West Asked This White Comedian To Play Him In A Movie About His LifeDia Dipasupil/Getty s

“Kanye asked me to play him in a movie his life,” Danny revealed, laughing. “That was a pretty stunning phone call to get. I don’t know why he wanted me to do it. Maybe that sense ego I’m able to portray? I have no clue.” It’s definitely a valid question. While Danny may have the potential to embody the essence Ye, there is the minor issue that Danny is absolutely a white person. Either Ye would have Danny playing the role in blackface, which would be an exceptionally controversial choice, or he planned to have the white comedian portray him as a white man, taking a kind “colourblind” approach to his identity onscreen.

Kanye West Asked This White Comedian To Play Him In A Movie About His LifeRobin Marchant/Getty s for Ralph Lauren

Whatever Ye has in mind, Danny’s definitely down to give it a shot. He even shared a story about Kanye flying down to visit Danny and his family, which included spending time with his seven-year-old son while he played Fortnite. “That was a pretty incredible day,” Danny noted. “Maybe someday we’ll make the film. Who knows?”