MusiCares Tribute Concert To Honor Smokey Robinson

MusiCares Tribute Concert To Honor Smokey Robinson (2)12th ANNUAL MUSICARES MAP FUND TRIBUTE CONCERT TO HONOR GRAMMY WINNER SMOKEY ROBINSON

12TH ANNUAL MUSICARES MAP FUND® TRIBUTE CONCERT TO HONOR GRAMMY® WINNER
SMOKEY ROBINSON ON MAY 19 TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MUSICARES®‘ ADDICTION RECOVERY SERVICES

MusiCares Tribute Concert To Honor Smokey Robinson

Performers Include El DeBarge, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Cee Lo Green, And Kem
Cedric The Entertainer To Host Tribute Event

The 12th annual MusiCares MAP Fund® tribute concert will honor legendary GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson at the Novo (formally Club Nokia) in Los Angeles on May 19. Robinson will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund as well as his commitment to helping others with the addiction recovery process.

MusiCares Tribute Concert To Honor Smokey Robinson (4)All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation. Performers include GRAMMY-nominated artists El DeBarge and Kem, and multi-GRAMMY winners Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Cee Lo Green. Robinson will give a closing performance with his touring band. Actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer will host the event. Additional performers will be announced.

“During the course of his 60-year career, Smokey’s stellar repertoire of extraordinary songwriting combined with his unique voice and dynamic performances continues to thrill sold-out audiences and fans worldwide,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of MusiCares® and The Recording Academy®.

“He is also a passionate advocate for the MusiCares MAP Fund, and our work to help members of the music industry facing addiction. It is a genuine pleasure to honor a true musical icon and a courageous supporter of the recovery community.”

“I’ve been blessed to have a truly rewarding career in the music industry and I’ve worn many hats, from artist and songwriter to producer and executive,” said Robinson. “I also have experienced firsthand the ravages of addiction, and the role I’m most proud to be associated with is ‘sober.’ That’s why I’m so honored to receive this MusiCares MAP Fund tribute, because this charity saves lives day after day, all year long.”

“Smokey’s artistry and craft are known worldwide,” said MusiCares Chair Bill Silva. “Our annual MusiCares MAP Fund tribute will shine the light on his contributions as a standard-bearer for recovery.”

Celebrated producer, songwriter and founder of Motown Records Berry Gordy will serve as the Honorary Tribute Chair for the event. Noted entertainment attorney John Branca, who was recently appointed to serve as the MusiCares Honorary Board Chair, will be in attendance. Branca was Co-Chair of the Executive Committee for the MusiCares 20th Anniversary Campaign, which raised a total of $12.5 million.

MusiCares Tribute Concert To Honor Smokey Robinson (1)This special tribute dinner and concert offers Living Room Floor Sets that seat 10 for $12,500, Individual Floor Seats for $1,250 per person, Cabaret-Style Floor Seating with tables of four for $1,000, and Individual Cabaret Floor Seats for $250. Contact Wynnie Wynn for ticket information at 310.392.3777 or wynniew@grammy.com. VIP Balcony Seats for $95 per person and General Admission Balcony Seats for $65 per person are available exclusively through AXS via www.axs.com.

An acclaimed singer/songwriter, Robinson’s career spans more than six decades of hits. Born and raised in Detroit, he founded the Miracles while still in high school. The Miracles were Berry Gordy’s first vocal group, and Robinson was there from the very beginning as Gordy started the Motown Records dynasty.

Their single of Robinson’s “Shop Around,” which was co-written by Robinson and Gordy, became Motown’s first No. 1 hit on the R&B Singles chart. In the years following, Robinson continued to pen hits for the group, including “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks Of My Tears,” “Going To A Go-Go,” “More Love,” “The Tears Of A Clown” (co-written with Hank Crosby and Stevie Wonder), and “I Second That Emotion.”

The Miracles dominated the R&B scene throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. Robinson became vice president of Motown Records, serving as an in-house producer, talent scout and songwriter. In addition to writing hits for the Miracles, he wrote and produced hits for other Motown greats, including Marvin Gaye, Brenda Holloway, the Temptations, Mary Wells, and others.

Robinson has received numerous awards, including the GRAMMY Legend Award, The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, four recordings inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®, an honorary doctorate from Howard University, Kennedy Center Honors, and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States.

He has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He remained vice president of Motown Records until the sale of the company, shaping the label’s success with his friend and mentor Gordy. Following his tenure at Motown, Robinson has continued his impressive touring career and released several successful solo albums.

The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests and medical/dental screenings.

The MusiCares MAP Fund provides access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares offers Safe Harbor Room® support, sponsored in part by the Bohemian Foundation and RBC Capital Markets, to provide a network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events.

MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.

Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.

For more information, please visit www.musicares.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, please “like” MusiCares on Facebook, and follow @MusiCares on Twitter and Instagram.

The life and times of the late Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein represent an all too brief story of triumph, tragedy and inspiration. Thanks to the vision and generosity of his mother, Andrea Gross, and his family and colleagues, the MusiCares MAP Fund has over the years benefitted from a Memorial Fund created in Goldstein’s name. As a means to further his legacy, the documentary As I AM: The Life & Times Of DJ AM, was released worldwide in 2015, with a portion of the net proceeds from the film benefiting MusiCares.

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GRAMMYs 2016 FINAL Round Of Performers Announced

GRAMMYs 2016 FINAL Round Of Performers AnnouncedFINAL ROUND OF PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

GRAMMY WINNER AND CURRENT NOMINEE TAYLOR SWIFT
SET TO OPEN THE 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

CURRENT GRAMMY NOMINEES ALABAMA SHAKES,
JOEY ALEXANDER, AND MIGUEL ADDED
TO MUSIC’S BIGGEST NIGHT

The GRAMMYs® — Hosted By LL COOL J — Air Live On CBS, Feb. 15, 2016 SANTA MONICA, Calif

Cam, Stephen Colbert, Common, James Corden,
Kaley Cuoco, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande,

Ice Cube, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Anna Kendrick, Seth MacFarlane,
Ryan Seacrest, Ed Sheeran, And Sam Smith
Are Set To Present On The 58th GRAMMY Awards

EARTH, WIND & FIRE RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Recording Academy adds its final round of performers to the stellar lineup of more than 30 artists, set to perform at the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Seven-time nominee Taylor Swift will open the show with a song from her GRAMMY-nominated album, 1989. Four-time nominees Alabama Shakes, two-time nominee Joey Alexander, and two-time nominee Miguel are also set to take the stage on Music’s Biggest Night.

GRAMMYs 2016 FINAL Round Of Performers Announced

Previously announced performers include Adele; Travis Barker; James Bay; Justin Bieber; Jackson Browne; Luke Bryan; Gary Clark Jr.; Andra Day; Diplo; Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh of the Eagles; Ellie Goulding; the Broadway cast of “Hamilton“; Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry of The Hollywood Vampires; Sam Hunt; Tori Kelly; Lady Gaga; Kendrick Lamar; John Legend; Little Big Town; Demi Lovato; Pitbull; Bonnie Raitt; Rihanna; Skrillex; Chris Stapleton; Robin Thicke; Meghan Trainor; Carrie Underwood; and The Weeknd

Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J will host the GRAMMYs for the fifth consecutive year. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Current four-time nominees Alabama Shakes are up for Album Of The Year and Best Alternative Music Album (Sound & Color); and Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song (“Don’t Wanna Fight”).

Making his GRAMMY stage debut, Joey Alexander is nominated for two GRAMMYs: Best Improvised Jazz Solo (“Giant Steps”) and Best Jazz Instrumental Album (My Favorite Things).

GRAMMY winner Miguel has two nominations this year: Best Urban Contemporary Album (Wildheart) and Best R&B Song (“Coffee”) with Brook Davis.

Up for seven awards, including three in the General Field categories, seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift is one of this year’s top nominees. She is currently nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album (1989); Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance (“Blank Space”); and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video (“Bad Blood” featuring Kendrick Lamar). This will be Swift’s second time opening the GRAMMY Awards. Previously, she opened the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2013 performing “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.

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 GRAMMYs 2016 FINAL Round Of Performers Announced

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GRAMMYs 2016 FINAL Round Of Performers Announced

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BET HONORS 2016 Tickets Show Date March 14th

BET HONORS 2016 Show Date Performers Tickets March 14BET HONORS STORMS BACK WITH A FLURRY OF EXCELLENCE

TAPES MARCH 5th AT THE WARNER THEATRE, PREMIERES MARCH 14 AT 8PM*
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HOSTED BY COMEDIAN AND ACTOR ARSENIO HALL

BET Networks announced “THE BET HONORS” will tape on March 5th, 2016 at the historic Warner Theatre after being sidelined by winter storm Jonas. Hosted by comedian and actor Arsenio Hall, the star-studded evening celebrating black excellence will honor five distinguished Urban Americans performing at exceptional levels in the areas of art, music, theater, technology and business. “THE BET HONORS” will premiere on Monday, March 14TH, 2016 at 8:00 pm*.

This year’s honorees are Lee Daniels (Television and Film Award), Academy Award nominated filmmaker and creator of the hit television show “Empire;” Mellody Hobson (Corporate Citizen Award), President of Ariel Investments, one of the largest Urban American owned money management and mutual fund companies in the U.S. and current Chairman of the Board of Directors for Dreamworks Animation; Eric H. Holder, Jr. (Public Service Award), the first Urban American United States Attorney General and partner at Covington & Burling, LLP in Washington D.C.; Patti Labelle (Musical Arts Awards), the iconic Grammy Award winning singer whose powerhouse voice has sold over 50 million records worldwide and L.A. Reid (The Business of Entertainment Award), Chairman & CEO of Epic Records, a three-time Grammy Award winner and prolific music mogul who helped launch some of the biggest music careers and superstars of today.

BET HONORS 2016 Tickets Show Date March 14th

As part of BET’s commitment to the community, the Network has made a limited number of tickets to “THE BET HONORS” available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. Launched in 2015,

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance was created to help eliminate gaps in opportunity and achievement for Urban boys and young men.

Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Stephen Hill, Connie Orlando and Lynne Harris Taylor from BET; and Jesse Collins from Jesse Collins Entertainment.

BET HONORS 2016 Tickets Show Date March 14th

For more information on “THE BET HONORS” visit http://www.bet.com/bethonors. Join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETHonors; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BET.

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SUPER BOWL 50 Game Ad NFL Halftime Show Lineup 2016

SUPER BOWL 50 Game Ad NFL Halftime Show Lineup 2016

 SUPER BOWL 50 TV Game Ad NFL Halftime Show Lineup 2016Panthers vs. Broncos Super Bowl Trailer | NFL

Super Bowl halftime show 2016: Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars will all perform

The most anticipated non-football part of the entire Super Bowl extravaganza is the halftime show, which has become a hugely prestigious entertainment spectacle and almost bigger than the game itself.

Halftime Show, Prop Bets, Odds, Online Streaming

Coldplay will serve as headliner with a confirmed guest appearance from Beyoncé; Bruno Mars is reportedly slated to join the festivities as well, and Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem before kickoff.

Beyoncé was the performer of the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 and Bruno Mars was the headliner for Super Bowl XLVIII one year later in 2014. Coldplay has never before taken the stage at the Super Bowl.

The game itself will feature the Denver Broncos, in their eighth Super Bowl, and the Carolina Panthers, playing in their second Super Bowl.

During Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona, in 2015, Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz were the headliners and Perry rode a mechanical lion before dancing with sharks and beach balls.

SUPER BOWL 50 Game Ad NFL Halftime Show Lineup 2016

Super Bowl 50 will be celebrated throughout the Bay Area. The game itself will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on February 7, 2016, preceded by a weeklong series of public events held throughout the Bay Area. The Super Bowl City fan village, the NFL Experience and the Media Center will be hosted in San Francisco.
CBS is the official broadcast network for Super Bowl 50.

The Lombardi Trophy includes Arabic numerals instead of Roman numerals this season.

SUPER BOWL 50 Game Ad NFL Halftime Show Lineup 2016

The 2016 Super Bowl is available on online and on almost any device starting at 2 p.m. ET. Available platforms:

  • Apple TV
  • Roku
  • Chromecast
  • Xbox One
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android TV
  • iPads
  • Android tablets
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GRAMMY Awards 2016 Premiere Live

Grammy Awards 2016 Premiere LiveGRAMMY AWARDS PREMIERE CEREMONY WILL KICK OFF MUSIC’S BIGGEST NIGHT

GRAMMY AWARDS PREMIERE CEREMONY® TO BE STREAMED LIVE AT GRAMMY.COM ON Monday, FEB. 15,
STARTING AT 12:30 P.M. PT

Joey Alexander, The Fairfield Four And Tasha Cobbs, Highly Suspect, The Mavericks, And Takács Quartet To Perform At Prelude To Music’s Biggest Night® And Kick Off
The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®

Jay Mohr To Host The Star-Studded Ceremony

Jimmy Jam, Jidenna, Lianne La Havas, Keali’i Reichel, Maria Schneider, And Anoushka Shankar Will Present Awards In Approximately 70 Categories

The GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony® will take place at Microsoft Theater on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, from 12:30–3:30 p.m. PT and will be streamed live internationally at GRAMMY.com/live and CBS.com. Attended by nominees and industry VIPs, the star-studded ceremony will be hosted by comedian and current GRAMMY® nominee Jay Mohr.

Preceding the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast, the Premiere Ceremony will feature performances by current nominees Joey Alexander, the Fairfield Four and Tasha Cobbs, Highly Suspect, the Mavericks, and Takács Quartet. Presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the day in approximately 70 categories will be current nominees Jidenna, Lianne La Havas, Keali’i Reichel, Maria Schneider, and Anoushka Shankar as well as five-time GRAMMY-winning producer Jimmy Jam.

The live stream of the Premiere Ceremony will remain on GRAMMY.com as video on demand for 90 days following the event. The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live following the event on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/5–8:30 p.m. PT. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®‘s social networks on Facebook and Twitter.

Mohr is nominated for Best Comedy Album for Happy. And A Lot. This is his first GRAMMY nomination.

Tasha Cobbs, the Fairfield Four, the Mavericks, and Takács Quartet each have one nod: Cobbs for Best Gospel Album for One Place Live; the Fairfield Four for Best Roots Gospel Album for Still Rockin’ My Soul; the Mavericks for Best Americana Album for Mono; and Takács Quartet for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for “Shostakovich: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2” with Marc André Hamelin.

Alexander and Highly Suspect have two nominations each: Alexander for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “Giant Steps” and Best Jazz Instrumental Album for My Favorite Things; Highly Suspect for Best Rock Song for “Lydia” and Best Rock Album for Mister Asylum.

Grammy Awards 2016 Premiere Live

Schneider also has two nominations: Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for the Maria Schneider Orchestra’s The Thompson Fields and Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime).”

Jidenna, La Havas, Reichel and Shankar each have one nomination: Jidenna for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Classic Man” with Roman GianArthur; La Havas for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Blood; Reichel for Best Regional Roots Album for Kawaiokalena; and Shankar for Best World Music Album for Home.

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GRAMMY Awards 2016 Red Carpet Show Live CBS

GRAMMY Awards 2016 Red Carpet Show Live CBSGRAMMY Awards 2016 Red Carpet Show Live CBS

“GRAMMY® RED CARPET LIVE,”
A NEW ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL HOSTED BY
NANCY O’DELL, KEVIN FRAZIER, AND SHAD
MOSS, TO BE BROADCAST FEB. 15th ON CBS
The Special Marks The First Time CBS Will Air A Live Red Carpet Show Prior To The GRAMMY
For the first time, CBS will air a live red carpet show prior to the GRAMMY Awards® broadcast with the new special “GRAMMY® RED CARPET LIVE,” hosted by Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier (“Entertainment Tonight“) and Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, (“CSI: Cyber”), Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET (check local listings for other time zones) on the CBS Television Network.

Grammys: CBS to Air First Live Red Carpet Show Ahead of Awards

The GRAMMY Awards® action kicks off early when the hosts go behind the scenes at the STAPLES Center to see the coolest fashion trends, get the inside scoop, and talk to music’s biggest stars before they take the stage for Music’s Biggest Night®.

Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier serve as co-hosts of Entertainment Tonight, the number-one syndicated entertainment newsmagazine in the world. Multi-platinum recording artist Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, stars in “CSI: Cyber,” on the Network, and has been working for nearly 20 years in the film, television, and music industry.

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 15, 2916, 8:00-11:30 p.m. ET (check local listings for other time zones) on the CBS Television Network. Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award winner LL COOL J will host Music’s Biggest Night® for the fifth consecutive year.

Previously announced performers include Adele, James Bay, Andra Day, Ellie Goulding, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, and The Weeknd. In addition, a special tribute to 2016 MusiCares® Person of the Year Lionel Richie will highlight the GRAMMY winner’s wide-ranging career. Additional performers will be announced soon.

“GRAMMY RED CARPET LIVE” is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures. Rac Clark is the executive producer and Ron Basile is the producer.

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OSCAR AWARDS 2016 HISTORIC ACTION

ACADEMY TAKES HISTORIC ACTION TO INCREASE FILM DIVERSITY

Lifetime voting rights reframed; new governor seats added and committees restructured

 OSCAR AWARDS 2016 HISTORIC ACTION

Goal to double number of diverse members by 2020

In a unanimous vote Thursday night (1/21), the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved a sweeping series of substantive changes designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly more diverse. The Board’s goal is to commit to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.

“The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”

Beginning later this year, each new member’s voting status will last 10 years, and will be renewed if that new member has been active in motion pictures during that decade. In addition, members will receive lifetime voting rights after three ten-year terms; or if they have won or been nominated for an Academy Award. We will apply these same standards retroactively to current members.

In other words, if a current member has not been active in the last 10 years they can still qualify by meeting the other criteria. Those who do not qualify for active status will be moved to emeritus status. Emeritus members do not pay dues but enjoy all the privileges of membership, except voting. This will not affect voting for this year’s Oscars.

At the same time, the Academy will supplement the traditional process in which current members sponsor new members by launching an ambitious, global campaign to identify and recruit qualified new members who represent greater diversity.

In order to immediately increase diversity on the Board of Governors, the Academy will establish three new governor seats that will be nominated by the President for three-year terms and confirmed by the Board.

The Academy will also take immediate action to increase diversity by adding new members who are not Governors to its executive and board committees where key decisions about membership and governance are made. This will allow new members an opportunity to become more active in Academy decision-making and help the organization identify and nurture future leaders.

Along with Boone Isaacs, the Board’s Membership and Administration Committee, chaired by Academy Governor Phil Robinson, led the efforts to enact these initiatives.

OSCAR AWARDS 2016 HISTORIC ACTION

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REF: USA Today

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved a dramatic series of changes to alter its membership to increase diversity.

On Friday, the board listed what it called “historic” goals, committing to doubling the number of women and diverse academy members by 2020.

“The academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in a statement. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”

A 2012 report by the Los Angeles Times showed that Oscar voters were made up of 94% Caucasian and 77% male.

The diversity issue has dominated discussion after an all-white slate emerged in the acting categories for the second year in a row at the Academy Award nominations.

The ignominiously-dubbed #AllWhiteOscars has led to outcry as well as director Spike Lee, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband Will Smith to boycott the February 28th Oscars hosted by Chris Rock.

OSCAR AWARDS 2016 HISTORIC ACTION

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GRAMMY Awards 2016 First Show Performers Announced

First Show Performers Announced For 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards

GRAMMY Awards 2016 First Show Performers Announced

The first round of performers for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast has been announced and includes two-time GRAMMY® winner and current 11-time nominee Kendrick Lamar, GRAMMY winners and current two-time nominees Little Big Town, current seven-time nominee The Weeknd, and 10-time GRAMMY winner Adele.

A special tribute to 2016 MusiCares® Person of the Year Lionel Richie will highlight the GRAMMY winner’s wide-ranging career. Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J is set to host Music’s Biggest Night® for the fifth consecutive year. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

This year’s top GRAMMY nominee, Lamar is up for Album Of The Year (To Pimp A Butterfly), Song Of The Year (“Alright”), Best Rap Performance (“Alright”), Best Rap Song (“All Day” and “Alright”), Best Rap Album (To Pimp A Butterfly), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (with Taylor Swift for “Bad Blood”), Best Music Video (“Alright” and “Bad Blood”), Best Dance Recording (with Flying Lotus for “Never Catch Me”), and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (“These Walls”).

Nominated for two awards, Little Big Town will take the GRAMMY stage for the first time. The band is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“Girl Crush”) and Best Country Album (Pain Killer).

This year’s GRAMMY telecast will also mark The Weeknd’s debut GRAMMY performance. One of this year’s most nominated artists, The Weeknd received seven nominations: Record Of The Year (“Can’t Feel My Face”), Album Of The Year (Beauty Behind The Madness), Best Pop Solo Performance (“Can’t Feel My Face”), Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, Best Song Written For Visual Media (“Earned It [Fifty Shades of Grey]”), and Best Urban Contemporary Album (Beauty Behind The Madness).

Returning to the GRAMMY stage after four years, GRAMMY winner Adele will perform a track from her current blockbuster album, 25.

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.

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Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and recording professionals dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards® — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education, and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com

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GRAMMY Awards 2016 Show Date Feb 15th Live On CBS

LL COOL J Returns To Host The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Two-Time GRAMMY Winner Hosts Music’s Biggest Night
For The Fifth Time Live On CBS Feb. 15th, 2016

GRAMMY Awards 2016 Show Date Feb 5th on CBSGRAMMY Awards 2016 Show Date Feb 15th Live On CBS Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J is set to return as host of the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, marking his fifth consecutive year as master of ceremonies. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Music’s Biggest Night® will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

“We are delighted to welcome back the very talented LL COOL J as our host for the 58th GRAMMYs®,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “His unique expertise, both as a GRAMMY-winning recording artist and accomplished actor, allows him to connect with both his musical peers and the fans at home, and his dynamic personality and charismatic energy set the perfect tone for our show.”

GRAMMY Awards 2016 Show Date Feb 15th Live On CBS

“The performances and moments that take place on the GRAMMY stage are awesome in so many ways for the audience and artists alike,” said LL COOL J. “I’m honored once again to host Music’s Biggest Night as we celebrate the talented music creators of today. It’s going to be an incredible night and I’m excited to share this experience with the world.”

GRAMMY Awards 2016 Show Date Feb 5th Live On CBS

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy®. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.

GRAMMY AWARDS 2016 NOMINATIONS

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Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs.

The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube.

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GRAMMY Awards 2016 Nominations Show Date

GRAMMY Awards 2016 Nominations Show DateNominations Announced for the 58th GRAMMY Awards

KENDRICK LAMAR LEADS GRAMMY NOMINATIONS WITH 11;
TAYLOR SWIFT AND THE WEEKND EACH GARNER SEVEN

ALABAMA SHAKES, KENDRICK LAMAR, CHRIS STAPLETON,
TAYLOR SWIFT, AND THE WEEKND VIE FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR
AT THE 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®
FEB. 15th, 2016, LIVE ON CBS

The Recording Academy® announced nominations for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards in all 83 categories this morning. Reflecting a diverse blend of talented music makers, this year’s nominees were selected from more than 21,000 submissions entered. As the only peer-based music award, the GRAMMY Awards are voted on by The Academy’s membership body of creators across all disciplines of music, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, and engineers. Final-round GRAMMY® ballots will be mailed Dec. 16 and the preeminent award for excellence in music will be presented Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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This year, Kendrick Lamar leads nominations with 11, followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, who each earn seven. Additionally, music producer/songwriter Max Martin receives six nominations and mastering engineer Tom Coyne, rapper Drake, and engineers/mixers Serban Ghenea and John Hanes each earn five nominations.

“The diversity in the creative community is what makes music a universal language, and it’s gratifying to see the vibrancy of today’s artistic landscape reflected in this year’s nominations — a testament to The Academy’s voting members,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “Artists are pushing boundaries in exciting ways, making it an exceptionally strong year for music.”

The eclectic nature of this year’s nominations is perhaps best exemplified in the Album Of The Year category, where nominees range from the alternative and soulful rock of Alabama Shakes to Lamar’s thought-provoking jazz-infused rap, the classic country sounds of Chris Stapleton, the pop emergence of Swift, and the genre-bending R&B style of The Weeknd.

Following is a sampling of nominations from the GRAMMY Awards’ 30 Fields and 83 categories. For a complete nominations list, visit www.grammy.com. Congratulate nominees and catch exclusive videos and content on Facebook. Join @theGRAMMYs Twitter Moments conversation using #GRAMMYs.

GENERAL FIELD
Album Of The Year:
Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
Traveller — Chris Stapleton
1989 — Taylor Swift
Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd
Watch and share the Album Of The Year category roundup video

Record Of The Year:
“Really Love” — D’Angelo And The Vanguard
“Uptown Funk” — Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
“Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space” — Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face” — The Weeknd
Watch and share the Record Of The Year category roundup video

Song Of The Year:
“Alright” — Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
“Blank Space” — Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
“Girl Crush” — Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
“See You Again” — Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)
“Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)
Watch and share the Song Of The Year category roundup video

Best New Artist:
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor
Watch and share the Best New Artist category roundup video

POP FIELD
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Ship To Wreck” — Florence + The Machine
“Sugar” — Maroon 5
“Uptown Funk” — Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
“Bad Blood” — Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“See You Again” — Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth

DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC FIELD
Best Dance Recording:
“We’re All We Need” — Above & Beyond Featuring Zoë Johnston
“Go” — The Chemical Brothers
“Never Catch Me” — Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Runaway (U & I)” — Galantis
“Where Are Ü Now” — Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber

ROCK FIELD
Best Rock Performance:
“Don’t Wanna Fight” — Alabama Shakes
“What Kind Of Man” — Florence + The Machine
“Something From Nothing” — Foo Fighters
“Ex’s & Oh’s” — Elle King
“Moaning Lisa Smile” — Wolf Alice

ALTERNATIVE FIELD
Best Alternative Music Album:
Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
Vulnicura — Björk
The Waterfall — My Morning Jacket
Currents — Tame Impala
Star Wars — Wilco

R&B FIELD
Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Ego Death — The Internet
You Should Be Here — Kehlani
Blood — Lianne La Havas
Wildheart — Miguel
Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd

RAP FIELD
Best Rap Album:
2014 Forest Hills Drive — J. Cole
Compton — Dr. Dre
If Youre Reading This Its Too Late — Drake
To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
The Pinkprint — Nicki Minaj

COUNTRY FIELD
Best Country Album:
Montevallo — Sam Hunt
Pain Killer — Little Big Town
The Blade — Ashley Monroe
Pageant Material — Kacey Musgraves
Traveller — Chris Stapleton

JAZZ FIELD
Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
My Favorite Things — Joey Alexander
Breathless — Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective
Covered: Recorded Live At Capitol Studios — Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper Trio
Beautiful Life — Jimmy Greene
Past Present — John Scofield

GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC FIELD
Best Gospel Album:
Destined To Win (Live) — Karen Clark Sheard
Living It — Dorinda Clark-Cole
One Place Live — Tasha Cobbs
Covered: Alive Is Asia [Live] (Deluxe) — Israel & Newbreed
Life Music: Stage Two — Jonathan McReynolds

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
Whatever The Road — Jason Crabb
How Can It Be — Lauren Daigle
Saints And Sinners — Matt Maher
This Is Not A Test — Tobymac
Love Ran Red — Chris Tomlin

LATIN FIELD
Best Latin Pop Album:
Terral — Pablo Alborán
Healer — Alex Cuba
A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition) — Ricky Martin
Sirope — Alejandro Sanz
Algo Sucede — Julieta Venegas

AMERICAN ROOTS FIELD
Best Americana Album:
The Firewatcher’s Daughter — Brandi Carlile
The Traveling Kind — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Something More Than Free — Jason Isbell
Mono — The Mavericks
The Phosphorescent Blues — Punch Brothers

SPOKEN WORD FIELD
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):
Blood On Snow (Jo Nesbø) — Patti Smith
Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted Hijinks — Dick Cavett
A Full Life: Reflections At Ninety — Jimmy Carter
Patience And Sarah (Isabel Miller) — Janis Ian & Jean Smart
Yes Please — Amy Poehler (& Various Artists)

PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL FIELD
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:
Jeff Bhasker
Dave Cobb
Diplo
Larry Klein
Blake Mills

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM
Best Music Film:
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown — James Brown
Sonic Highways — Foo Fighters
What Happened, Miss Simone? — Nina Simone
The Wall — Roger Waters
Amy — Amy Winehouse

A complete list of nominees is available at www.grammy.com.

About The Recording Academy:
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube.

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GRAMMY AWARDS 2016 NOMINEES ALBUM

THE RECORDING ACADEMY AND REPUBLIC RECORDS TO RELEASE THE 2016 GRAMMY NOMINEES ALBUM

ALBUM PRE-ORDERS START DEC. 6th, OFFERING FANS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND THE 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

GRAMMY AWARDS 2016 NOMINEES ALBUM

The Recording Academy®‘s GRAMMY Recordings® and Republic Records have teamed to release the 2016 GRAMMY® Nominees album, available in stores and via digital retailers Jan. 22, 2016. The 22nd installment of the best-selling series features an array of hit songs across multiple genres by this year’s GRAMMY-nominated artists. A portion of album proceeds support the year-round work of the GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares Foundation,® — The Recording Academy’s charitable organizations focused on music education and critical assistance for music people in need.

Beginning Dec. 6, the night before GRAMMY nominations are announced and in conjunction with “Sinatra 100 – An All-Star GRAMMY Concert,” music fans can log on to GRAMMY.com/2016GRAMMYAlbum, 2016GRAMMYAlbum.com, or CBS.com to pre-order the album and enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.*

GRAMMY AWARDS 2016 NOMINEES ALBUM

“We’re proud to join forces with Republic Records to bring together an exciting mix of tracks in one album, highlighting today’s most talented musicians,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “We’re thrilled to give music fans the opportunity to experience Music’s Biggest Night® firsthand through our pre-order enter-to-win sweepstakes; all while supporting the important work MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation carry out yearround.”

“It’s an honor to celebrate and pay tribute to today’s most talented and inspiring artists,” said Avery Lipman, Founder/President of Republic Records. “We are proud to call ourselves partners with The Recording Academy whose care and support of the recording arts remains the foundation of our business.”

“Sinatra 100–An All-Star GRAMMY Concert” will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 9–11 p.m. ET/PT. The one-hour primetime entertainment special will celebrate the late icon’s 100th birthday and features a stellar lineup of entertainers performing songs made famous by the nine-time GRAMMY winner. http://www.grammy.com/sites/all/themes/zentra_grammycom/logo.png

GRAMMY AWARDS 2016 NOMINEES ALBUM

*No purchase necessary to enter or win. Visit GRAMMY.com/2016GRAMMYAlbum, 2016GRAMMYAlbum.com or CBS.com for details and eligibility requirements

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SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 WINNERS

BRUNO MARS AND MARK RONSON WIN BIG AT SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 WINNERSSOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 WINNERS Celebrated the greatest legends of soul music alongside today’s brightest new stars at the unforgettable show, which aired on CENTRIC and BET November 29th, 2015. The evening was the hippest trip led by the illest chick, Erykah Badu, who opened the night by performing a medley of her memorable hits including “Danger,” “On & On,” and “Love of My Life.”

The Weeknd led the pack of winners with Best R&B/Soul Male Artist and Album of the Year while Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars also took home two awards for Video of the Year and Song of the Year for “Uptown Funk.” Artists were honored in 12 different categories and additional winners included Jidenna (Best New Artist), Kendrick Lamar (Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year), Tyrese (Centric Certified Award), and more. The full list of winners is below.

During the star-studded broadcast L.A. Reid presented Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds with the Legend Award. After accepting the accolade, the celebrated producer and R&B legend performed some of his classics with Brandy, Fantasia, surprise guest Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men and Tevin Campbell.

Jill Scott was presented with the first-ever Lady of Soul Award with a special tribute video from industry’s top executives and artists such as Whoopi Goldberg, Usher and more speaking to Scott’s energy and creativity.

Scott blew the crowd away with a selection of her most beloved hits including “Back Together,” “Long Walk,” “It’s Love,” “Golden,” “Cross My Mind,” and “Whatever.” Additional singers that took the stage were Tyrese, Jeremih, Cameo, Lion Babe, Jazmine Sullivan, Erica Campbell, V. Bozeman, Tasha Cobbs and After 7.

R&B favorite R. Kelly closed out the show with some of his hottest tracks including “Your Body’s Callin’,” “When A Woman’s Fed Up,” “Ignition,” “Mind’s Tellin’ Me,” “Step In…” and his brand new single “Backyard Party,” throwing his own dance party on stage to celebrate.

Alongside all the amazing performances, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michele, K-Ci, Lalah Hathaway and Eddie Levert appeared in the first-ever Soul Train Soul Cypher.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 WINNERS

Best New Artist – Jidenna

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – The Weeknd

Centric Certified Award – Tyrese

Video of the Year – Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Best Gospel and/or Inspirational Song – Lecrae – “All I Need Is You”

Album of the Year – The Weeknd – “Beauty Behind the Madness”

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year – Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – Jill Scott

Song of the Year – Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award – “Glory” (From the Motion Picture “Selma”) – Written By: Lonnie Rashid Lynn, John Roger Stephens and Che Smith (Common & John Legend)

Best Dance Performance – Silento – Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)

Best Collaboration – Omarion Ft. Chris Brown & Jhené Aiko – “Post To Be”

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58th GRAMMY Awards Nominations Dec 7th 2015 LA

58th GRAMMY Awards Nominations Dec 7th 2015 LA58th GRAMMY Awards Nominations Dec 7th 2015

The Recording Academy® will kick off the announcement of the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® nominations Monday, Dec. 7th by revealing the nominees in the four General Field categories (Best New Artist, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Album Of The Year) live on “CBS This Morning.” Immediately following, at 8:30 a.m. ET, nominations across all 83 categories will be announced via press release and made available on GRAMMY.com.

Music’s Biggest Night scheduled for Monday, Feb. 15th, 2016, at Staples Center in Los Angeles

GRAMMY Week — a weeklong series of cultural events culminating with Music’s Biggest Night — will again feature celebrations of music, education and philanthropy, including the annual MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, Clive Davis’ and The Recording Academy’s Pre-GRAMMY Gala, the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception, the Producers & Engineers Wing event, and the Entertainment Law Initiative luncheon, among other events.

This edition of the Grammy Awards presentation will mark the first time the ceremony will be held on a Monday, after several years when the awards were presented on Sundays. The move is said to be temporary, as this edition will fall in an American holiday weekend (15 February will be President’s Day), and the Grammy organization opted for a ceremony to be held at the end, rather than in the middle of, this long holiday weekend. In addition, the move also avoids the ceremony facing stiff ratings competition from AMC’s hit horror series The Walking Dead.

The GRAMMY Awards telecast is one of television’s major broadcast events, ranking as one of the highest-rated and most-watched specials. This year’s 57th GRAMMYs drew 27 million viewers and generated 20.9 million show-related tweets globally. A combined viewership of more than 40 million in the U.S. alone tuned in for three GRAMMY-related shows during GRAMMY “season”: the 57th GRAMMY telecast, “A Very GRAMMY Christmas” and the star-studded “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute.”

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If you’re interested in becoming an Academy member and participating in the submission process, you can find information on membership here: https://www.grammypro.com/content/join-us. Also, you can learn more about the GRAMMY Awards process here: http://www.grammy.org/…/grammy-awards-voting-process

Follow The GRAMMYs on Facebook and Twitter, and use @theGRAMMYs or #GRAMMYs to join the conversation.

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About The Recording Academy

Celebrating music through the GRAMMY Awards for more than 50 years, The Recording Academy continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the recording arts and supporting the music community.

The Academy’s mission statement is simple, but represents the heart and soul of the organization’s efforts: to positively impact the lives of musicians, industry members and our society at large.

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Soul Train Awards 2015 Air Date Nov 29th at 8pm on Centric and BET

Soul Train Awards 2015 Show Air Date Nov. 29th On BETERYKAH BADU, BOYZ II MEN, BOBBY BROWN, R.KELLY, BRANDY, TYRESE, FANTASIA, JEREMIH AND MORE BRING SOUL TO THE STAGE WITH LARGER THAN LIFE PERFORMANCES AT SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015

Annual event hosted by Erykah Badu to air on Centric and BET November 29th at 8 p.m. ET

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 took place on Friday, November 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The hippest trip was led by the illest chick Erykah Badu and featured incredible performances by Jill Scott, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Fantasia, Bobby Brown, Tyrese, Jeremih, Brandy, Boyz II Men, R.Kelly, Jazmine Sullivan, V. Bozeman, Cameo, Erica Campbell and Tasha Cobbs. Jill Scott was honored with the first-ever Lady of Soul Award and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds was presented with the Legend Award.

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: Host and legendary musical artist Erykah Badu opened up the show with a medley of her memorable songs including “Danger,” “On & On,” and “Love Of My Life.” The Queen of Neo-Soul showed her spunky nature and had the audience in hysterics as she poked fun at her “influence” on some of hip-hop’s leading men, while proclaiming a ban on rap and “gold chains.”

Tyrese performed his Adult R&B Billboard chart-topping single “Shame,” and won over host Ms. Badu who flirted with the hitmaker following his sinful performance complimenting his “pretty smile.”

Jill Scott was presented with the first-ever Lady of Soul Award with a special tribute video from industry’s top executives and artists such as Whoopi Goldberg, Usher and more speaking to Scott’s energy, creativity, exceptional talent and inspiration. Honoree Jill Scott blew the crowd away with a selection of her most beloved hits including “Back Together,” “Long Walk,” “It’s Love,” “Golden,” “Cross My Mind,” and “Whatever.” She brought the crowd to their feet as they joined in with her including Janelle Monae mouthing along to every song.

L.A. Reid presented Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds with the night’s highly regarded Legend Award honoring R&B legend and record producer for his tremendous influence in soul culture and music. Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation and a roaring round of applause. He celebrated with R&B and soul superstars Brandy, Fantasia, surprise guest Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men and Tevin Campbell as they performed his legendary classics. Babyface closed out his performance with “Whip Appeal” with the entire crowd singing alone and dancing and brought the audience back to 1989.

Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michele, K-Ci, Lalah Hathaway and Eddie Levert appeared for the first-ever Soul Train Soul Cypher during the Soul Train Awards 2015.

R&B favorite R.Kelly closed out the show reminding the crowd of their favorite anthems including “Your Body’s Callin’,” “When A Woman’s Fed Up,” “Ignition,” “Mind’s Tellin’ Me,” “Step In…” and his brand new single “Backyard Party,” throwing his own dance party on stage to celebrate.

AIR DATE: Soul Train Awards 2015 will air on Centric and BET on November 29th from 8:00pm-10:30pm E.T.

Soul Train Awards 2015 Air Date Nov 29th at 8pm on Centric and BET

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 was produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Debra Lee, Stephen Hill, Connie Orlando and Lynne Harris Taylor from BET; and Jesse Collins from Jesse Collins Entertainment. Erykah Badu also served as Associate Producer.

Tune in 11/29 @ 8P|7C

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BET SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 TICKETS DATE LAS VEGAS

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SOUL TRAIN WEEKEND 2015 HOSTED IN LAS VEGAS NOVEMBER 5th-7th

Heading back to Orleans Arena, Soul Train Awards 2015 to feature soulful performances, tributes and special appearances by some of entertainment’s biggest stars

R.Kelly to Headline Soul Train Weekend Concert at Mandalay Bay Events Center with Special Guests Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Common

Heading back to Orleans Arena, Soul Train Awards 2015 to feature soulful performances, tributes and special appearances by some of entertainment’s biggest stars

R.Kelly to Headline Soul Train Weekend Concert at Mandalay Bay Events Center with Special Guests Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Common.

Soul Train Weekend 2015 will kick off on Thursday, November 5, 2015 and will include a ride on the hippest trip in America – the 2015 Soul Train Awards on Friday, November 6, 2015. This three day music celebration, taking place in Las Vegas, will celebrate soul and R&B music with special appearances & performances, a celebrity golf tournament, a Grammy Academy panel and more.

2015 Soul Train Awards 2015 will be aired on BET and Centric on Tuesday, November 10th at 8pm-10:30pm ET. All information and ticketing details for the 2015 Soul Train Weekend can be found at soultrainweekend.com.

Soul Train Weekend 2015. The weekend will feature both free and ticketed events such as the 2015 BET SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 TICKETS DATE VEGAS VIPSoul Train Awards; The official 2015 Soul Train Awards After – Party; The Soul Train Weekend Concert with R.Kelly with special guests Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Common; Soul Train Weekend Late Night Party; and the Soul Train Weekend Charity Golf Classic at Bali Hai Golf resort The hottest names in entertainment, including R.Kelly, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Common.

November 5 – 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV (Various Locations)

A schedule of the weekend’s activities can be found below. For additional information and ticketing visit soultrainweekend.com.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH
GRAMMY Foundation Entertainment Panel with industry professionals
Time: 1:45pm – 3:25pm
Location: Andre Agassi High School

2015 Soul Train Kickoff & Welcome Party
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Mandalay Bay

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH
VIP Red Carpet Photo Opportunities and VIP Hospitality Suite
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Orleans Arena

Centric Presents: Soul Train Awards 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Orleans Arena

Soul Train Weekend Late Night Party
Time: 10:00pm
Location: LIGHT Nightclub at Mandalay Bay

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH
Soul Train Weekend Charity Golf Classic at Bali Hai Golf Club
Time: 7:00am
Location: Bali Hai Golf Club

Soul Train Weekend Concert presents R. Kelly with special guests Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Common
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Mandalay Bay

CENTRIC ANNOUNCES “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS” 2015 NOMINEES

THE WEEKND, BRUNO MARS, AND MARK RONSON LEAD WITH FIVE NOMINATIONS, FOLLOWED BY BEYONCÉ, CHRIS BROWN, JIDENNA, AND TYRESE WITH FOUR NODS

“SOUL TRAIN AWARDS” TO ROCK LAS VEGAS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6

“SOUL TRAIN AWARDS” WILL AIR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 AT 8PM ET
ON CENTRIC AND BET

CENTRIC today announced the nominees for SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015, which will celebrate and honor R&B’s finest and most soulful artists on November 6, 2015 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. This year’s fete will take Vegas by storm with not-to-be missed moments including unforgettable performances, iconic tributes, and appearances by today’s leading musicians. SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 will air on Centric and BET Sunday, November 29th at 8PM ET.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 will honor artists in 12 different categories. The Weeknd leads the pack alongside duo Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars with five nominations, including nominations for Best R&B/Soul Male Artist for The Weeknd, Best Album of the Year for The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness, Best Dance Performance for Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk,” Best Collaboration for Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk,” and all three leaders receiving nods for Video of The Year, Song of the Year and The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award. Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Jidenna, and Tyrese follow with four nominations in categories including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist for Beyoncé, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist for Chris Brown and Tyrese, and Video of Year for Jidenna ft. Roman GianArthur’s “Classic Man,” to name a few.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 is part of Soul Train Weekend at The Orleans Hotel and Casino and Mandalay Bay. The weekend includes the following events:

  • Thursday, November 5: GRAMMY Foundation Entertainment Panel with industry professionals followed by 2015 Soul Train Kickoff & Welcome Party at Mandalay Bay Casino that evening
  • Friday, November 6: SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015, followed by Soul Train Weekend Late Night Party at LIGHT nightclub
  • Saturday, November 7: Soul Train Weekend Charity Golf Classic at Bali Hai Golf resort, followed by Soul Train Weekend Concert Featuring R.Kelly with special guest Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds

Packages are on sale now on Ticketmaster.com, starting at $800. Individual tickets can be purchased beginning Friday, October 16 at 10am for the Centric Presents Soul Train Awards at Orleans Arena (orleansarena.com) and the Soul Train Weekend Concert featuring R. Kelly with special guest Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (Ticketmaster.com). General admission tickets to the Soul Train Weekend Late Night Party at LIGHT nightclub will be available at a later date to be announced. Additional information and ticketing can be found at SoulTrainWeekend.com.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 is produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Debra Lee, Stephen Hill, Connie Orlando and Lynne Harris Taylor from BET; and Jesse Collins from Jesse Collins Entertainment.

For show information, please visit BET.com/SoulTrain, the official site for SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015. Join the conversation on social by using hashtag #SoulTrainAwards.
The complete list of nominees for the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 are:

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Best New Artist
ALESSIA CARA
DEJ LOAF
JIDENNA
JUSSIE SMOLLETT
TINASHE

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
CHRIS BROWN
D’ANGELO
THE WEEKND
TREY SONGZ
TYRESE

Centric Certified Award
AVANT
CHRISETTE MICHELE
THE INTERNET
TYRESE
VIVIAN GREEN

Video of the Year
BEYONCÉ – 7/11
JIDENNA FT. ROMAN GIANARTHUR – CLASSIC MAN
KENDRICK LAMAR – ALRIGHT
MARK RONSON FT. BRUNO MARS – UPTOWN FUNK
THE WEEKND – EARNED IT (FROM THE “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY” SOUNDTRACK)

Best Gospel and/or Inspirational Song
ERICA CAMPBELL – MORE LOVE
FRED HAMMOND FT. BREEANN HAMMOND – I WILL TRUST
KIRK FRANKLIN – WANNA BE HAPPY?
LECRAE – ALL I NEED IS YOU
MARVIN SAPP – YES YOU CAN

Album of the Year
CHRIS BROWN – X
D’ANGELO AND THE VANGUARD – BLACK MESSIAH
JILL SCOTT – WOMAN
THE WEEKND – BEAUTY BEHIND THE MADNESS
TYRESE – BLACK ROSE

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
BIG SEAN FT. DRAKE & KANYE WEST – BLESSINGS
BIG SEAN FT. E-40 – IDFWU
FETTY WAP – TRAP QUEEN
KENDRICK LAMAR – ALRIGHT
NICKI MINAJ FT. DRAKE & LIL WAYNE – TRUFFLE BUTTER

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
BEYONCÉ
JANELLE MONÁE
JANET JACKSON
JILL SCOTT
TAMAR BRAXTON

Song of the Year
COMMON & JOHN LEGEND – GLORY (FROM THE MOTION PICTURE “SELMA”)
JIDENNA FT. ROMAN GIANARTHUR – CLASSIC MAN
MARK RONSON FT. BRUNO MARS – UPTOWN FUNK
RIHANNA – B***H BETTER HAVE MY MONEY
THE WEEKND – EARNED IT (FROM THE “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY” SOUNDTRACK)

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
GLORY (FROM THE MOTION PICTURE “SELMA”) – WRITTEN BY: LONNIE RASHID LYNN, JOHN ROGER STEPHENS AND CHE SMITH (COMMON & JOHN LEGEND)
APPARENTLY – WRITTEN BY: JERMAINE L. COLE, DAMON COLEMAN, FILIPPO TRECCA (J.COLE)
UPTOWN FUNK – WRITTEN BY: MARK RONSON, RUDOLPH TAYLOR, LONNIE SIMMONS, PHILIP MARTIN LAWRENCE II, PETER GENE HERNANDEZ, JEFFREY NATH BHASKER, NICHOLAUS JOSEPH WILLIAMS, DEVON CHRISTOPHER GALLASPY, ROBERT LYNN WILSON, CHARLES K. WILSON, RONNIE WILSON (MARK RONSON FT. BRUNO MARS)
EARNED IT (FROM THE “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY” SOUNDTRACK) – WRITTEN BY: ABEL “THE WEEKND” TESFAYE, AHMAD “BELLY” BALSHE, JASON QUENNEVILLE, STEPHAN MOCCIO (THE WEEKND)
SHAME – WRITTEN BY: WARRYN S. CAMPBELL II, SAM DEES, TYRESE DARNELL GIBSON, RON KERSEY, DE WAYNE JULIUS ROGERS (TYRESE)

Best Dance Performance
BEYONCÉ – 7/11
CHRIS BROWN X TYGA – AYO
JANELLE MONÁE & JIDENNA – YOGA
MARK RONSON FT. BRUNO MARS – UPTOWN FUNK
SILENTO – WATCH ME (WHIP/ NAE NAE)

Best Collaboration
BIG SEAN FT. DRAKE & KANYE WEST – BLESSINGS
COMMON & JOHN LEGEND – GLORY (FROM THE MOTION PICTURE “SELMA”)
MARK RONSON FT. BRUNO MARS – UPTOWN FUNK
NICKI MINAJ FT. BEYONCÉ – FEELING MYSELF
OMARION FT. CHRIS BROWN & JHENÉ AIKO – POST TO BE

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UNCLE SNOOP RETURNS TO THE BIGGEST STAGE IN HIP HOP TO HOST THE BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2015 PREMIERING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13th at 8:00 P.M.

UNCLE SNOOP RETURNS TO THE BIGGEST STAGE IN HIP HOP TO HOST THE BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2015
PREMIERING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13TH AT 8:00 P.M.
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2015 BET Hip Hop Awards Nominees Announced

Best Hip Hop Video
Big Sean F/ Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign – Play No Games
Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West – Blessings
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Nicki Minaj F/ Beyoncé – Feeling Myself

Best Collabo, Duo or Group
Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West – Blessings
Big Sean F/ E-40 – IDFWU
Fetty Wap F/ Monty – My Way
Nicki Minaj F/ Beyoncé – Feeling Myself
Nicki Minaj F/ Drake & Lil Wayne – Truffle Butter

Best Live Performer
Drake
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Lyricist of the Year
Big Sean
Drake
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Video Director of the Year
Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson/Lil Chris
Colin Tilley
Director X

DJ of the Year
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Esco
DJ Khaled
DJ Mustard

Producer of the Year
DJ Mustard
J. Cole
Kanye West
Mike Will Made-It
Pharrell Williams
Timbaland

MVP of the Year
Big Sean
Drake
Future
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Track Of The Year
Alright – Produced By Pharrell Williams & Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar)
Blessings – Produced By Boi-1da & Vinylz (Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West)
Commas – Produced By DJ Spinz & Southside (Future)
IDFWU – Produced By DJ Dahi, DJ Mustard, Kanye West & Key Wane (Big Sean F/ E-40)
Trap Queen – Produced By Tony Fadd (Fetty Wap)

Album Of The Year
Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint
Wale – The Album About Nothing

Who Blew Up Award
Bobby Shmurda
Dej Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd
Tink

Hustler Of The Year
Dr. Dre
Drake
J. Cole
Jay Z
Nicki Minaj

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)
A$AP Rocky
Dej Loaf
Drake
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj

Best Hip Hop Online Site
Allhiphop.Com
Complex.Com
Hotnewhiphop.Com
Rapradar.Com
Worldstarhiphop.Com

Best Club Banger
Big Sean F/ E-40 – IDFWU (Produced By DJ Dahi, DJ Mustard, Kanye West & Key Wane)
Dej Loaf – Try Me (Produced By Dds)
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen (Produced By Tony Fadd)
Future – Commas (Produced By DJ Spinz & Southside)
Rich Homie Quan – Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh) (Produced By DJ Spinz & Nitti Beatz)

Best Mixtape
Future – 56 Nights
Future – Beast Mode
Future – Monster
Lil Wayne – Sorry 4 The Wait 2
Travis Scott – Days Before Rodeo

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Drake – Blessings (Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West)
Drake – My Way Remix (Fetty Wap F/ Drake)
E-40 – IDFWU (Big Sean F/ E-40)
Kendrick Lamar – Classic Man Remix (Jidenna F/ Kendrick Lamar)
Lil Wayne – Truffle Butter (Nicki Minaj F/ Drake & Lil Wayne)

Impact Track
Big Sean F/ Kanye West & John Legend – One Man Can Change The World
Common & John Legend – Glory (From The Motion Picture “Selma”)
J. Cole – Apparently
J. Cole – Be Free
Kendrick Lamar – Alright

People’s Champ Award
Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West – Blessings
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Future – Commas
Kendrick Lamar – i
Rae Sremmurd – No Type
Rich Homie Quan – Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)

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BET HIPHOP AWARDS 2015 TICKETS DATE CYPHER ATLANTAUNCLE SNOOP RETURNS TO THE BIGGEST STAGE IN HIP HOP TO HOST THE BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2015 PREMIERING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13th at 8:00 P.M.

UNCLE SNOOP RETURNS TO THE BIGGEST STAGE IN HIP HOP TO HOST THE BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2015
PREMIERING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13TH AT 8:00 P.M.
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Third time’s the charm as entertainment icon Snoop Dogg aka Uncle Snoop and BET Networks team up again for the biggest night of hip hop, electrifying cyphers, powerful performances and legendary tributes that encompass the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2015! Highly respected with more than 20 years in the industry, Uncle Snoop continues to set trends and pave the way for both new and established artists.

At last year’s “Hip Hop Awards,” Uncle Snoop wowed the audience with his hilarious monologue and skits as well as witty, OG banter throughout the show.

An entertainment icon, Snoop is affectionately known as Uncle Snoop in the music industry for the leadership and guidance he provides to both established and up and coming artists. With more than 20 years in the business, Uncle Snoop has become an international name for his work in music, film, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

“With the huge success of the first two shows, I’m excited to host my third BET ‘Hip Hop Awards’ this year,” said Uncle Snoop. “We’re gonna do it big with more surprises and more performances—you’re not gonna wanna miss this!”

For a second year in a row, Drake leads the BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2015 with twelve impressive nominations for ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)’ and as a featured artist for two ‘Sweet 16: Best Featured verses,’ ‘Best Hip Hop Video,’ two ‘Best Hip Collabo, Duo or Group’ and ‘People’s Champ Award’ nods. Followed by Big Sean with 10 nominations; Nicki Minaj with 9 nominations; Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole in a close tie with eight nods.

BET HIPHOP AWARDS 2015 SWEEPSTAKES

The awards will be taped on Friday, October 9, 2015 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, GA for the tenth year running, and will premiere on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Sprite® returns as a sponsor of the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2015, presenting in part the always noteworthy cyphers along with MetroPCS, as well as the “green” carpet. Also returning is the “I Am Hip Hop” Award, recognizing an individual who has made a profound imprint on hip hop music and culture throughout the years.

2015 BET Hip Hop Awards Nominees Announced

Best Hip Hop Video
Big Sean F/ Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign – Play No Games
Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West – Blessings
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Nicki Minaj F/ Beyoncé – Feeling Myself

Best Collabo, Duo or Group
Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West – Blessings
Big Sean F/ E-40 – IDFWU
Fetty Wap F/ Monty – My Way
Nicki Minaj F/ Beyoncé – Feeling Myself
Nicki Minaj F/ Drake & Lil Wayne – Truffle Butter

Best Live Performer
Drake
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Lyricist of the Year
Big Sean
Drake
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Video Director of the Year
Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson/Lil Chris
Colin Tilley
Director X

DJ of the Year
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Esco
DJ Khaled
DJ Mustard

Producer of the Year
DJ Mustard
J. Cole
Kanye West
Mike Will Made-It
Pharrell Williams
Timbaland

MVP of the Year
Big Sean
Drake
Future
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Track Of The Year
Alright – Produced By Pharrell Williams & Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar)
Blessings – Produced By Boi-1da & Vinylz (Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West)
Commas – Produced By DJ Spinz & Southside (Future)
IDFWU – Produced By DJ Dahi, DJ Mustard, Kanye West & Key Wane (Big Sean F/ E-40)
Trap Queen – Produced By Tony Fadd (Fetty Wap)

Album Of The Year
Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint
Wale – The Album About Nothing

Who Blew Up Award
Bobby Shmurda
Dej Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd
Tink

Hustler Of The Year
Dr. Dre
Drake
J. Cole
Jay Z
Nicki Minaj

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)
A$AP Rocky
Dej Loaf
Drake
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj

Best Hip Hop Online Site
Allhiphop.Com
Complex.Com
Hotnewhiphop.Com
Rapradar.Com
Worldstarhiphop.Com

Best Club Banger
Big Sean F/ E-40 – IDFWU (Produced By DJ Dahi, DJ Mustard, Kanye West & Key Wane)
Dej Loaf – Try Me (Produced By Dds)
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen (Produced By Tony Fadd)
Future – Commas (Produced By DJ Spinz & Southside)
Rich Homie Quan – Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh) (Produced By DJ Spinz & Nitti Beatz)

Best Mixtape
Future – 56 Nights
Future – Beast Mode
Future – Monster
Lil Wayne – Sorry 4 The Wait 2
Travis Scott – Days Before Rodeo

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Drake – Blessings (Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West)
Drake – My Way Remix (Fetty Wap F/ Drake)
E-40 – IDFWU (Big Sean F/ E-40)
Kendrick Lamar – Classic Man Remix (Jidenna F/ Kendrick Lamar)
Lil Wayne – Truffle Butter (Nicki Minaj F/ Drake & Lil Wayne)

Impact Track
Big Sean F/ Kanye West & John Legend – One Man Can Change The World
Common & John Legend – Glory (From The Motion Picture “Selma”)
J. Cole – Apparently
J. Cole – Be Free
Kendrick Lamar – Alright

People’s Champ Award
Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West – Blessings
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Future – Commas
Kendrick Lamar – i
Rae Sremmurd – No Type
Rich Homie Quan – Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)

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BET COMEDY SERIES Zoe Ever After Begins Shooting in AtlantaBET NETWORKS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON NEW SCRIPTED SERIES “ZOE EVER AFTER” IN ATLANTA, GA

Starring Brandy Norwood and Executive Produced by Debra Martin Chase, Danny Rose, Erica Montolfo-Bura, Scooter Braun; Co-Executive Produced by Norwood and Elaine Aronson ZOE EVER AFTER Is Slated to Premiere in January 2016

BET Networks announced that production on its new scripted series ZOE EVER AFTER, starring Grammy Award winning superstar Brandy Norwood, is underway in Atlanta, GA. ZOE EVER AFTER comes from executive producers Debra Martin Chase, Danny Rose, Scooter Braun, executive producer/writer Erica Montolfo-Bura and co-executive producers Brandy Norwood and Elaine Aronson. The BET Networks production is slated to premiere in January 2016.

ZOE EVER AFTER is a multi-camera romantic comedy about Zoe Moon (Brandy Norwood), a newly single mom stepping out of the shadow of her famous boxer ex-husband Gemini Moon (Dorian Missick) while trying to balance dating, motherhood, a complicated relationship with her ex and finally fulfilling her career dream of starting a cosmetics line.

Zoe is surrounded by a cast of colorful characters, including her smart and precocious eight year old son Xavier (Jaylon Gordon), her fashion-forward and fun assistant Valenté (Tory Devon Smith), company publicist and best friend Pearl (Haneefah Wood) and sexy contractor Miguel (Ignacio Serricchio).

ZOE EVER AFTER comes from executive producers Debra Martin Chase, Danny Rose, Scooter Braun, executive producer/writer Erica Montolfo-Bura and co-executive producers Brandy Norwood and Elaine Aronson.

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THE URBANWORLD FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY BET NETWORKS WITH FOUNDING SPONSOR HBO ANNOUNCES 2015 FESTIVAL SLATEFESTIVAL RUNS SEPTEMBER 23rd-27th IN NEW YORK

Urbanworld Film Festival to Open with Muhammad Ali, Close with Misty Copeland

Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ and Misty Copeland’s A Ballerina’s Tale to be featured

Urbanworld Film Festival to Open with Muhammad Ali, Close with Misty Copeland The 19th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival (http://www.urbanworld.org), presented by BET Networks (BET) with founding sponsor HBO, today announced all of the films that will be showcased. The nation’s largest competitive multicultural film festival will screen over 80 films and will take place September 23-27, 2015 at Manhattan’s AMC Empire 25 on 234 West 42nd Street.

BET’s Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ will serve as the opening night film at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23rd. The biographical tribute to the former heavyweight champion, directed and executive produced by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, will connect the fighter’s boxing prowess as well as his social media activism, to the millennial audience to reveal Ali’s meaning in the world today.

Premiering on BET Wednesday, September 23rd at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, the special features exclusive interviews with family, friends and admirers including Muhammad Ali’s daughter and niece Laila Ali and Shaya Ali, LL Cool J, Ludacris, T.I., Nas, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ray Lewis, Tyrese, Rosie Perez, David Banner, Michael Eric Dyson, Billie Jean King, Walt Frazier, Jim Brown, Ronnie Essett, Sway Calloway, Wood Harris, Jeffrey T. Sammons, Godfrey C. Danchimah, Richard Sherman, J. Ivy and Common. A Q&A with filmmakers will follow.

“BET is honored to return as presenting sponsor of the 2015 Urbanworld Film Festival, an important platform for diverse content makers and film lovers alike,” said Constance Orlando, Senior Vice President of Music, Specials and News for BET Networks. “We are also excited to launch BET’s original news documentary series with the film, “Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ,” during the festival’s opening night.

A Ballerina’s Tale will close the festival on Saturday, September 26 at 8:30pm. The film is an intimate look at a crucial period in the career of principal dancer Misty Copeland of American Ballet Theatre (ABT). It follows Misty from her triumphant lead performance in Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center through her painful injury and recovery that followed, to her return to ABT and subsequent pop cultural icon status.

The documentary, directed by Nelson George, also examines issues of race and body image in the elite ballet world. Sundance Selects will release the film theatrically and on VOD on October 14th. After the screening, there will be a Q&A with Copeland and George.

“With BET and HBO as our returning partners for the festival, we continue to highlight important stories that the world needs to see,” said Gabrielle Glore, Festival Director for Urbanworld Film Festival. “This year’s festival slate features a diverse collection of films representing culture from across the globe, allowing us to deliver Urbanworld’s most internationally curated content to date. We are proud that Urbanworld continues to be ‘THE’ destination for both filmmakers, studios and networks to connect with multicultural audiences.”

In addition to BET Networks and HBO, the festival proudly partners with brands who are committed to Urbanworld’s mission. Comcast NBC Universal Telemundo and Time Warner serve as Premiere sponsors. Industry Circle sponsors include Fox Audience Strategy, Fox Global Directors Initiative, Interactive One, VH1, UMC, The Swirl Group, MoviePass, The Directors Guild of America, and AMC. Uptown, Hello Beautiful, Global Grind, NewsOne, TheUrbanDaily and Power 105 are media sponsors.

For additional announcements in September, go to http://www.urbanworld.org

URBANWORLD 2015 FILM SLATE

OPENING NIGHT FILM
Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ – Directed by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons & Chike Ozah (USA) – Presented by BET Networks

CLOSING NIGHT FILM
A Ballerina’s Tale – Directed by Nelson George (USA) – Presented by Sundance Selects

SPOTLIGHT FILMS3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets – Directed by Marc Silver (USA) – Presented by HBO
Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives – Directed by Bobbito Garcia (USA)
The Man In 3B – Directed by Trey Haley (USA) – East Coast Premiere

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS

After School – Directed by Carlos Melendez & Mauricio Mendoza (USA) – New York Premiere
A Girl Like Grace – Directed by Ty Hodges (USA) – New York Premiere
Breaking Through – Directed by John Swetnam (USA) – US Premiere
Carmin Tropical – Directed by Rigoberto Perezcano (Mexico) – New York Premiere – Presented by NewFest in Partnership with Outfest
Chapter & Verse – Directed by Jamal Joseph (USA) – World Premiere
Flow – Directed by Fenar Ahmad (Denmark) – US Premiere
Honeytrap – Directed Rebecca Johnson (UK) – New York Premiere
Knucklehead – Directed by Ben Bowman (USA)
Last Night – Directed by Harold Jackson III (USA)
Pocha – Directed by Michael Dwyer (USA) – New York Premiere
Primero De Enero (January 1st) – Directed by Erika Bagnarello (Dominican Republic) – New York Premiere
Riding 79 – Directed by Karola Hawk Gonzalez (Puerto Rico) – New York Premiere
Somewhere In The Middle – Directed by Lanre Olabisi (USA) – New York Premiere
The Stockroom – Directed by Victor Cruz (USA) – World Premiere
The Two Of Us – Directed by Ernest Nkosi (South Africa) – New York Premiere

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS
Anatomy of a Dress – Directed by Flora Pérez-Garay (Puerto Rico) – New York Premiere
Can You Dig This – Directed by Delila Vallot (USA) – New York Premiere
Dramatic Escape – Directed by Nick Quested (USA) – World Premiere
Hate Crimes in the Heartland – Directed by Rachel Lyon (USA)
In Football We Trust – Co-Directed by Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn (USA) – New York Premiere
Romeo is Bleeding – Directed by Jason Zeldes (USA)
Tap World – Directed by Dean Hargrove (USA)
We Like It Like That – Directed by Mathew Ramirez Warren (USA) – New York Premiere

DOCUMENTARY SHORTSBy Jamal Joseph: A Life Transformed by the Arts – Directed by Mike De Caro (USA) – World Premiere
Looking at the Stars – Directed by Alexandre Peralta (Brazil) – New York Premiere
Quest for Cuba: Questlove Brings the Funk to Havana – Directed by Jauretsi & Daniel Petruzzi (USA) – Presented by Okayplayer Films & Jill Newman Productions

NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS
#American – Directed by Nate Parker (USA) – New York Premiere
1440 & Counting – Directed by Tony Gapastione (USA) – New York Premiere
2nd Life – Directed by Jake Alexander McAfee (USA) – New York Premiere
Ackee & Saltfish – Directed by Cecile Meke (UK)
About That… – Directed by Damien Smith (USA) – New York Premiere
Amishi – Directed by Malinda Kaur (UK)
Ana – Directed by Renee Marie Petropoulos (USA) – New York Premiere
Bad Hunter – Directed by Sahim Omar Kalifa (Belgium) – New York Premiere
Beyond The Passage – Directed by Terrence Jones (USA) – New York Premiere
Blackcard – Directed by Pete Chatmon (USA)
Boxed In – Directed by Tasha Smith (USA) – New York Premiere
Charlotte – Directed by Angel Kristi Williams (USA) – New York Premiere
Clean – Directed by Gabriel Wilson (USA) – World Premiere
Debt to Society – Directed by Tristan Daley (USA) – New York Premiere
Dream – Directed by Nijla Mu’min (USA) – New York Premiere
Dubois – Directed by Kaz Ové (Trinidad & Tobago) – New York Premiere
Fanta Face – Directed by Yaa Boaa Aning (USA) – World Premiere
Forgiving Chris Brown – Directed by Marquette Jones (USA) – World Premiere
Gang – Directed by Clayton Vomero (USA) – US Premiere
Human Behavior – Directed by Carey WIlliams – New York Premiere
In the Clouds – Directed by Marcelo Mitnik (Argentina) – New York Premiere
King of Guangzhou – Directed by Quester Hannah (China)
Late Expectations – Directed by Laurie Arakaki (USA) – World Premiere
Lia – Directed by Ethosheia Hylton (UK) – World Premiere
Love for Passion – Directed by Nathan Hale Williams (USA)
Mandala – Directed by Guan Xi (China) – New York Premiere
Marianne – Directed by Tomisin Adepeju (UK) – New York Premiere
Only Light – Directed by Evita Castine (USA)
Roubado – Directed by Erica A. Watson (USA) – New York Premiere
Since I Laid Eyes – Directed by Adel Morales
South Arcadia Street – Directed by Melanie D’Andrea (USA) – New York Premiere
Standing8 – Directed by Michael Molina Minard (USA)
Stanhope – Directed by Solvan Naim (USA) – New York Premiere
Stomach – Directed by Javier Kühn (UK/Spain) – World Premiere
Taking Chance – Directed by Jerry Lamothe (USA) – World Premiere
Tap Shoes & Violins – Directed by Dax Brooks (USA) – New York Premiere
The Call – Directed by Zamo Mkhwanazi (USA) – New York Premiere
The Cycle – Directed by Michael Marantz (USA) – New York Premiere
The Loyalist – Directed by Minji Kang (South Korea)
The Reunion – Directed by Carmen Elly Wilkerson (USA) – New York Premiere
The Trade – Directed by Michael A. Pinckney (USA) – World Premiere
The Trophy Thief – Directed by Dave Edwardz (USA) – New York Premiere
The Walk – Directed by Alonso Alvarez Barreda (Mexico) – New York Premiere
The Waltz – Directed by Trevor Zhou (USA) – World Premiere
Times of Competition – Directed by Toti Loureiro & Ruy Prado (Brazil) – New York Premiere
Tough – Directed by Alfonso Johnson (USA) – New York Premiere
Wait Till the Wolves Make Nice – Directed by Jess dela Merced (USA) – New York Premiere
Wayward – Directed by Kira Richards Hansen (Denmark) – New York Premiere
Welcoming Arms – Directed by Roseanne Ma (USA) – New York Premiere
When Fragile Things Break – Directed by Shanika Warren-Markland (USA) – New York Premiere

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