Kanye West Honors Kobe Bryant at Sunday Service

Kanye West pays tribute to Kobe Bryant.

In the wake of his tragic death on Sunday, Kanye honored the NBA legend during a special midnight Sunday Service in L.A. According to Billboard, guests included Kirk Franklin, who delivered a moving spoken word, while Chance the Rapper performed his verse on “Ultralight Beam.”

At one point, Kanye freestyled a verse in honor of the former Los Angeles Laker. “When I was driving home, they was pinning your jersey on the freeway and I just broke down,” he sang.

“If Kobe was here, he’d maybe grab the mic / If Kobe was here, he here tonight,” said a somber Kanye.

Ye also paid tribute to him on Twitter. “Kobe, We love you brother,” West wrote alongside a photo from a 2010 studio session with Bryant. “We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspiration you gave.”

His wife Kim Kardashian West also penned a heartfelt note. “My heart is so heavy,” she wrote. “No one should ever experience what the families involved are going through. This has affected us all so much but I cannot begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and her baby girl. I cry just thinking about it. I am praying for the Bryant family, the Altobelli family and the families of all who perished in this unthinkable tragedy. Rest In Peace Legend.”

Kanye was in attendance at Kobe’s final game for the L.A. Lakers in 2016 and honored him on his last day on the court with a line of Mamba Day-themed merch that read “I Feel Like Kobe” on the front and “Greatest of All Time” on the back.

Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, Calif. His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, also died in the crash, along with seven others.

Other celebrities including Drake, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Bruno Mars, and Barack Obama have also penned tributes to Bryant on social media.

Offset Uses Eerie Kobe Bryant Speech For Morning Motivation

Kobe Bryant conducted business with a Mamba Mentality, believing in himself and his ability to be great on a daily basis. Much that strength came from within. Bryant’s confidence was unmatched. Watching him run up and down the court with ease, facing f against the toughest defenders and sinking the most impossible shots made it a joy to witness Kobe Bryant as a player. Then, he transitioned to life f the court and showed the world that he’s also a loving, caring, and devoted husband and father. Spending tons time with his family, Kobe would use helicopters to bypass the busy Los Angeles traffic. As you surely know by now, he has been named as one the fatalities in a tragic crash in Calabasas over the weekend, which also took the life his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. When he wasn’t talking trash on the hardwood, Bean would be spitting motivational facts to anybody who needed to hear it and, this morning, Offset was in need some Mamba energy. 

Offset Uses Eerie Kobe Bryant Speech For Morning Motivation
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“WORDS FROM THE GOAT,” wrote Migos rapper Offset on a video Bryant speaking directly to our souls, reminding us why it’s so important to have passion. “Hello everyone, I’m so sorry I can’t be with you tonight,” says the heroic basketball star in an eerie manner. “However, I couldn’t completely miss the chance to take a moment to share some thoughts with all you.”

Bryant goes on to explain why we all need to believe in ourselves, detailing how a guidance counselor once told him he didn’t have a future in basketball. He kept pushing toward his goal and, eventually, became one the game’s greatest minds all time.

Rest in peace, Kobe Bryant. Revisit his wisdom below.

Tory Lanez Grinds On Megan Thee Stallion’s Booty & Realizes They’re "Evil Twins"

Toronto native Tory Lanez and Houtson-bred rapper Megan Thee Stallion both have the ability to spit absolute bars when they feel like it. As he continues to grow as an artist, Tory has been giving us flashes his old self, foregoing the melody magic and coming through with some quick-paced lyricism during his feud with Joyner Lucas and in select instances afterwards. Just starting out as a major label highlight, Megan Thee Stallion is making her mark on the industry with her grit, using her hard influences to craft a unique sound that was untouched in female rap. The two were in attendance at the star-studded Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch and they decided to get a little silly with their photos, uploading them to social media.

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“At this moment, me and @theestallion realized we were evil twins,” wrote Tory Lanez on a photo both musicians laughing maniacally. Earlier in the day, he had posted a similar shot him going wild with DJ Khaled. The second shot has Lanez placed behind Meg, grinding up on her frame and just being a general goball. Kehlani was a fan that one, commenting, “the second pic is SENDING. ME.”

Artists continue sharing moments from the Roc Nation Brunch, which we’re absolutely living for right now. Take a look at the photos below. 

Chrissy Lampkin Watches 2011 VH1 Clip Where She Proposes To Jim Jones: "That Was A Lot"

Fifteen years together and Chrissy Lampkin is still hopelessly in love with rapper Jim Jones. The couple was the catalyst for Love & Hip Hop which, in turn, has become a global reality television phenomenon with multiple spin-f series. However, Jim and Chrissy decided to leave the show early on after filming became too much for Jim to handle.

Chrissy Lampkin Watches 2011 VH1 Clip Where She Proposes To Jim Jones: "That Was A Lot"
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In a move that stunned fans, after seven years living their lives away from cameras, Jim and Chrissy returned to Love & Hip Hop New York to not only share their intimate moments with viewers but to clean up some unfinished business. Their relationship has been the subject scrutiny over the years as both Chrissy and Jim have proposed to one another, yet they’ve never walked down the aisle. They even had their own series Jim & Chrissy: Vow or Never, but somehow the exchange “I dos” never occurred.

In early December 2019, Chrissy told the ladies  The Real that tying the knot isn’t a priority for her anymore as she’s in a good place with Jim. VH1 decided to spice things up on Monday by sharing a reaction clip that shows a present-day Chrissy watching herself propose to her man on the show back in 2011. In the clip, she planned to do a burlesque dance before popping the question but decided to scrap the y moves at the last minute.

“You know, I never watched this,” Chrissy said. “Yo, you see his mother’s face? My little hands were shaking.” She also said that there were “so many guys” that “cursed me out about this scene.” Apparently, their girlfriends bought them rings, as well, because their ladies decided not to wait on proposals. 

“That was a lot,” she said after watching the clip. “I felt the love. I felt the nerves. I saw his mother’s behavior. Um, it as weird and I’m not in that space anymore. But that’s okay, I still love him. The love is still there. The importance marriage, I think I’ve put on the back burner because I think people need to be whole as individuals before they come together for a union.” Check out her clip below.

Bumpa, Popular Dancehall Dancer, Dies While Performing Stunt On Her Head

In dancehall, dancers ten use stunts to captivate their audiences. Unfortunately, it’s reported that well-known dancer Roxanne “Bumpa” Evans lost her life while performing a stunt with one her Gladiator Dance partners named Momo. A video the tragedy was shared on Facebook showing the moment Bumpa reportedly lost her life.

In the video, Bumpa can be seen on her head with her legs in the air. She’s dancing upside down as she twerks and moves her legs in various positions. Urban Islandz News reports that Momo was supposed to leap over Bumpa in an acrobatic type move, but instead, Momo landed on top her fellow dancer. The weight caused the popular dancehall dancer to break her neck. 

Some reports stated that Bumpa was still alive immediately following the incident and would later lose her life at a hospital. The video shows a non-responsive Bumpa lying face down as a panicked audience tried to revive her. “I’ve seen other dancers attempt it and land on their hands, back and head and seriously injure themselves,” dancehall choreographer Stacy Xpressionz told the Jamaica Observer. “As you know, one dancer would go on their head and the other one would ‘chuck tru’ their legs and land. But what some people try to do is flick (flip) instead ’cause it’s easier. The thing is, it looks easy, but when you’re about to attempt it, you will see that it’s not really easy. You need to know the right techniques and you need a lot space before you jump. The truth is, me and Shelly (Callum, the other co-creator) have never seen anybody execute the move properly.”

Bumpa leaves behind two sons. Out respect for her loved ones, we aren’t going to share the video here. We hope you understand.

FKA Twigs Opens Up About Prince Tribute At The GRAMMYs: "Of Course I Wanted To Sing"

While Usher‘s tribute to Prince at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards last night (Jan 26) was more a miss than a hit amongst many fans, no one could deny that FKA Twigs killed it as the lead dancer throughout the performance. However, lots viewers felt like the “Cellophane” singer was, well, not treated as a singer when she rightfully should’ve been. Surprisingly enough, Twigs had something to say on the subject in her own words.

“Of course i wanted to sing at the grammys,” Twigs wrote to her over 376,000 Twitter followers (seen above) in regards to the slight singing snub, following up by writing, “I wasn’t asked this time but hopefully in the future. none the less what an honour. congratulations to all winners x.” Lots people watching the annually televised music event thought that her presence, especially due her entering the stage by sliding down a pole, didn’t exactly represent her eclectic artistry in the best light. One fan replied by saying “You deserve better. The Grammys is a big joke,” meanwhile others echoed the same sentiment but also said she killed it nonetheless and that Price would be proud himself. The Recording Academy replied as well from the ficial @RecordingAcad handle, writing, “We loved having you. See you on the GRAMMY stage again soon!” Yeah, we’ll see!

Watch the full Prince tribute performance by Usher, FKA Twigs and Sheila E. below, and let us know what you think over in the comments:

Here’s Why Dave Chappelle Didn’t Accept His 2020 Grammy Award Despite Attending

Los Angeles, CA – Dave Chappelle had a simple reason for not accepting his Best Comedy Album award at the 2020 Grammys on Sunday night (January 26). The Mark Twain Prize winner wasn’t avoiding an acceptance speech or skipping the ceremony — he just couldn’t make it to the Staples Center in time.

In response to questions regarding his whereabouts from Page Six and Vulture, a representative for the comedian revealed he was merely running late due to traffic.

“Wish I had a better answer, but it was nothing more than #LATraffic,” the rep noted.

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Presenters Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker accepted the award on Chappelle’s behalf since he wasn’t in the audience when the Best Comedy Album winner was announced. Yet some viewers were puzzled by his absence when they noticed him in the crowd later that night.

At one point, Chappelle was even sitting with the aforementioned Carlile (as seen in the above photo). But as it turns out, the former Comedy Central star was nothing more than fashionably late.

Chappelle won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album for his Netflix standup special Sticks & Stones. The win marked his third consecutive victory in the category.

Check out the other 2020 Grammy winners here.

Dave Chappelle’s Reason For Missing Grammy Award Acceptance Revealed

When it was shouted into the microphone that Dave Chappelle’s “Sticks & Stones” had won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album, many viewers probably got excited that he would appear onstage to give a humorous acceptance speech. Instead, they got one those awkward moments when the presenters – in this case, Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker – wait for the applause to die down for them to inform the audience that the winner is not there to receive the award. 

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Considering how marred the Grammys have been by controversy, every absence from the ceremony tends to be interpreted as an act boycotting. This may explain why Taylor Swift was not in attendance at this year’s show. However, there’s a more simple reason for why Dave Chappelle wasn’t there to accept his golden gramophone: traffic. 

A representative for the comedian told Page Six that “It was nothing more than #LATraffic.” While this could suggest that Chappelle’s absence was beyond his control, he probably would have made sure to head to the Staples Center earlier if the Grammys were a top priority for him. He did eventually make it there, though. Photos show him mingling with Ellen DeGeneres backstage. 

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Ariana Grande Debuts New Butterfly Tattoo At Grammy Awards

Ariana Grande attended last night’s Grammy Awards and had all eyes on her on the red carpet. The 26-year-old singer graced the event in a grey gown that had Ariana written all over it, with its bold and feminine ways. True Ariana fans were quick to notice something new about the singer that came in the form a delicate butterfly tattoo placed on the back her left arm. 

Ariana Grande Debuts New Butterfly Tattoo At Grammy Awards
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Ariana has updated fans many times in the past when it came to her new ink, but this one was a surprise that was loved by her fans. 

It was around this time last year when Ariana got a hand tattoo that was supposed to have an enlightening meaning in Japanese but instead it just read “Japanese BBQ grill.” After getting roasted by fans and comics online, Ariana followed up with a message admitting her mistake. “I’d like it to be respectful and more correct bruh what’s wrong w that 🖤 tryna learn heeere,” she wrote. “Everything i do is out love n appreciation. down for all the corrections and guidance. thank u.”

She’s safe with this new ink.

Chris Brown & Royalty Are The Cutest Father-Daughter Combo At The Grammys

Chris Brown attended last night’s Grammy’s with his favorite lady as his date – his 5-year-old daughter Royalty. The Heartbreak On A Fullmoon singer was nominated for Best R&B Song for his single “No Guidance” featuring Drake. While he didn’t pull in a win (since PJ Morton’s “Say So” featuring JoJo got the award) Chris was all smiles next to his camera excited daughter. 

Chris Brown & Royalty Are The Cutest Father-Daughter Combo At The Grammys
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Sooner than later Chris will be accompanied on red carpets by two his children since he recently welcomed his second child Aeko Brown with his ex-girlfriend Ammika Harris. Chris has been nothing but proud his mini-me since sharing all kinds updates on social media his adorable little man. After Ammika gave birth, reports started circulating that she and Chris were engaged and she alluded that it may be true when she posted quotes about marriage to Instagram.

“Marriage doesn’t guarantee you will be together forever. It takes love, respect, trust, understanding, friendship, and faith in your relationship to make it last,” she shared

“Chris is the proudest dad you’ve ever seen, he loves to talk about his kids,” a source said the new dad two. “He still gets so emotional talking about his son being born. He was there in the delivery room which was a first for him and he was blown away by that.”

Vine Successor Byte Is Launching ⁠— With Plans to Compensate Creators

One of the original co-creators of Vine is working on a successor, dubbed Byte. TikTok dominates the short-form video social media landscape currently.

Dom Hofmann is developing Byte for iOS and Android. He says he has worked on the app on and off over the years after quitting Vine. Vine introduced the short-form video format that has now invaded other social media platforms.

Vine’s early start as a niche app soon attracted the attention of the social media giants. Twitter’s acquisition of Vine in 2012 spawned an entirely new social media culture. Vine’s Twitter acquisition spelled doom for the nascent app, though – Twitter shut it down in 2016, just four years later.

Musical.ly emerged as a replacement and was quickly acquired by a Chinese-owned company, ByteDance. The acquisition of Musical.ly ⁠— the fastest-growing social media app in the world. It’s also spawned its own culture of memes and riffs on other content ⁠— much the way Vine did five years ago.

Now, after TikTok has dominated the landscape with meteoric growth, a competitor emerges. Hofmann hopes to set Byte apart by offering a revenue-sharing model with creators.

“We’ll be starting with a revenue share supplementing with our own funds. We’ll have more details about exactly how the pilot program will work soon,” Hofmann told TechCrunch. The official Byte Twitter account reiterated that point in a series of tweets.

“Compensating creators is one important way we can support creativity and the community,” one tweet reads. Byte is currently available to download on iOS and Android.

Users can upload from their camera or use the app itself to capture new footage. You don’t have to be a content creator to participate either; Byte makes it easy to see what everyone else is viewing.

There’s a lot of overlap in features between Byte and TikTok, will users switch from one to the other? Who knows. ByteDance is serious about making TikTok a social media competitor in the US, though – it recently opened its .

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 Honors Kobe Bryant At Sunday Service

It’s no secret that Kanye West was a big fan Kobe Bryant. The two have connected on multiple occasions over the years, and ‘Ye was even in the building for Kobe’s last game back in 2016. Following the tragic news Kobe’s death yesterday, Kanye took to twitter to voice his condolences and love for the Laker great.

“Kobe, We love you brother,” Kanye tweeted. “We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspiration you gave” while sharing a picture from the studio.

Later, Kanye went on to host a post-Grammys Sunday Service in Burbank California at midnight last night, where he also took time out to honor Kobe again with a little mention him in a freestyle.

“When I was driving home, they was pinning your jersey on the freeway and I just broke down” Kanye freestyles. “If Kobe was here, he’d maybe grab the mic / If Kobe was here, he here tonight,” said Kanye.

In addition, Kirk Franklin was in attendance delivering a moving spoken word, while Chance The Rapper also popped up to perform his verse on “Ultralight Beam.” See footage and snippets from the Sunday Service (below)

Kim Kardashian was also in attendance along with her sister Kourtney. “My heart is so heavy,” Kim K wrote on IG. “No one should ever experience what the families involved are going through. This has affected us all so much but I cannot begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and her baby girl. I cry just thinking about it. I am praying for the Bryant family, the Altobelli family and the families all who perished in this unthinkable tragedy. Rest In Peace Legend.”

Ari Fletcher Accused Of Subtweeting Megan Thee Stallion

Things seem to be going great between Moneybagg Yo and his new boo, Ari Fletcher, but she might still be fixated on his exes. Grammy weekend was kicked f with the prestigious Roc Nation brunch on Saturday and biggest names in music were in attendance. The event always brings together industry elites and buzzing artists, so it comes as no surprise that Moneybagg Yo and Megan Thee Stallion both made it onto the guest list – two rappers who broke out in 2019 and show a lot promise for 2020. Things had the potential to get uncomfortable between them at the brunch, as they briefly dated last year and Moneybagg was accompanied by Ari.

While no drama was reported, a tweet sent out by Ari during the affair is being interpreted as shade toward Meg. “MFs catfish,” she wrote, potentially referencing how she was not that impressed by the Houston Hottie in-person. Many people who were convinced that Ari was coming for Meg called her out in the replies. “I know who you talking about,” one tweeter confidently claimed. Someone else hypothesized: “She prolly talking abt Megan cus in her own pics she looked good but in everybody else pics/videos it was a different story.”

The Roc Nation brunch was filled with celebs, so there’s a whole list people that Ari could have been subtweeting for not as being as glamorous as advertised. But leave it to Twitter to imagine the most messy scenario. 

Tyler, The Creator, DaBaby & More Make Our 2020 Grammys Best Dressed Picks

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards took place on Sunday night (Jan. 26). The event was tinged with sadness as the passing Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash was announced just a few hours before airtime. This loss weighed down even harder on those in attendance, as they sat in the Staples Center, which the evening’s host, Alicia Keys, aptly described as the “house that Kobe built”. However, everyone tried to transpose their sadness into a celebration life and one its greatest joys: music. 

Billie Eilish had a record-breaking night, being the youngest artist to win in all four the Grammy’s major categories. Tyler, The Creator, J. Cole and 21 Savage all took home their first prizes from the Recording Academy. YG sidestepped a questionable arrest on Friday to partake in a tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle alongside Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, John Legend, Kirk Franklin and DJ Khaled. Overall, the affair was filled with highlights, another which were the outfits that the stars rocked on the red carpet. Here’s a roundup some our favorite looks.  

Lil Nas X

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Big Freedia

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YBN Cordae

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Swae Lee

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DaBaby

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YG

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Saweetie

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Guapdad 4000

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Tyler, The Creator

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FKA twigs

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H.E.R.

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EARTHGANG

 

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