58th GRAMMY Awards Nominations Dec 7th 2015 LA

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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

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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 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.

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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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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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PREMIERING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13TH AT 8:00 P.M.
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DRAKE LEADS THE BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2015 NOMINATIONS FOR A SECOND YEAR IN A ROW WITH TWELVE NOMINATIONS INCLUDING ALBUM OF THE YEAR; FOLLOWED BY BIG SEAN WITH TEN NOMINATIONS; NICKI MINAJ SCORES NINE NODS; KENDRICK LAMAR AND J. COLE TIE WITH EIGHT NODS
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FULL SHOW TAPING AT THE BOISFEUILLET JONES ATLANTA CIVIC CENTER IN ATLANTA, GA


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.

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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

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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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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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SPIKE LEE, DEBBIE REYNOLDS AND GENA ROWLANDS TO RECEIVE ACADEMY’S 2015 GOVERNORS AWARDS

SPIKE LEE, DEBBIE REYNOLDS AND GENA ROWLANDS TO RECEIVE ACADEMY’S 2015 GOVERNORS AWARDS

 

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds.

All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14th, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

“The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.”

Lee, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his NYU thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won a Student Academy Award® in 1983.

He proceeded to blaze a distinctive trail with such features as “She’s Gotta Have It,” “School Daze” and “Do the Right Thing,” which earned him a 1989 Oscar® nomination for Original Screenplay. His work as a director ranges from the Oscar-nominated documentary feature “4 Little Girls” to such mainstream successes as “Malcolm X” and “Inside Man.”

Lee’s other feature credits include “Mo’ Better Blues,” “Jungle Fever,” “Crooklyn,” “He Got Game,” “25th Hour,” “Miracle at St. Anna” and “Red Hook Summer.” He currently serves as the artistic director of the graduate film program at NYU.

Rowlands, an original talent whose devotion to her craft has earned her worldwide recognition as an independent film icon, received Academy Award nominations for her lead performances in “A Woman under the Influence” (1974) and “Gloria” (1980), both directed by her husband and frequent collaborator, John Cassavetes.

She got her start on the New York stage and in live television in the 1950s and has appeared in 40 feature films to date, from “The High Cost of Loving” in 1958 to “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” which she starred in earlier this year.

Her other notable films include “Lonely Are the Brave,” “Faces,” “Minnie and Moskowitz,” “Opening Night,” “Another Woman,” “Unhook the Stars,” “Hope Floats,” “Playing by Heart,” “The Notebook” and “Broken English.”

Reynolds, a Hollywood icon since she won hearts with her buoyant performance in “Singin’ in the Rain,” embarked on the role of a lifetime as a founding member of the Thalians, a charitable organization conceived and sustained by entertainers to promote awareness and treatment of mental health issues.

She served as the group’s president almost continuously from 1957 to 2011, adding numerous terms as board chair and frequently presiding over its annual fundraising gala. Her tireless efforts have enabled the Thalians to contribute millions to the Mental Health Center at Cedars-Sinai and to UCLA’s Operation Mend, which helps military veterans recover from the physical and psychological wounds of war.

Reynolds has appeared in more than 40 feature films, including “The Tender Trap,” “A Catered Affair” and “Mother,” and received a 1964 Oscar nomination for her lead performance in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

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A3C Music Festival 2015 Lineup Atlanta

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First of three line-up announcements including artists and speakers to participate at the 11th annual A3C Festival & Conference. The internationally recognized five-day festival and conference will feature hip-hop icons: De La Soul, Rakim, Cam’ron, Dame Dash, Just Blaze, Curren$y & Jet Life, Jean Grae, Cyhi the Prynce Pharoahe Monch, Soulection Executive Team, Kool Keith, PNB Rock & The Difference Machine.

A3C Music Festival 2015 Lineup Atlanta (1)

Second of three installments of A3C artists and speakers to participate at this years events, include: Taylor Gang & Wiz Khalifa, Pete Rock, Jungle Brothers, Beanie Sigel, Peter Rosenberg & Cipha Sounds, Joe Budden, Awful Records & Father, Marc Lamont Hill, Karen Civil, Combat Jack, Sonny Digital, Sha Money XL, Tha Alkaholiks, Scotty ATL, Johnny Cinco, Tsu Surf, Silkk The Shocker, Mike Zombie, DC Young Fly & Stic of Dead Prez.

2015 A3C will take place October 7th-11th, 2015, in Atlanta’s eclectic Old 4th Ward, along Edgewood Ave, and East Atlanta Village. A3C has moved the Conference Center to The Loudermilk Center, and the host hotel to the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.

The A3C Pro-Audio Conference Center will remain at the SAE Institute of Atlanta, and A3C has partnered with the Atlanta Streetcars to move A3C attendees around Atlanta for free.

A3C artist submissions are open through September 19th. Submissions are free through September 1st for artists with a Sonicbids account. To date YCDon, Buggs Tha Rocka, Shope’, Young Chizz, Triune and nearly a dozen other artists have been selected to perform at this years A3C Festival & Conference. Past Sonicbids selections include: Young Thug, Trinidad James, Rhymefest, Ca$h Out, Que, Black Sheep, Tanya Morgan, CJ Fly of Pro Era, & Propaganda.

Submit here: http://www.sonicbids.com/find-gigs/2015-a3c-hip-hop-festival

The A3C Festival features 500+ performances over 5 days, while the Hip-Hop community ascends on Atlanta to experience, celebrate and discover the most legendary, talented and promising artists from across the US, and abroad. Artists are continuously added to A3C Festival line-up and every night features surprise performances. In other words, the A3C Festival is an amazing Hip-Hop experience like no other.I love the team at A3C for giving artists a platform to be heard and build their craft!”, states Sean “Diddy” Combs.”

The A3C Conference is an incomparable platform for the Hip-Hop industry, academics, creatives, companies and organizations to connect, learn and build. A3C Conference includes keynote speakers, panels, workshops, demos, interviews, screenings, mixers and exhibits featuring over 150 Hip-Hop industry experts, academics and influencers “I really love what this conference represents. I love that most of the people that you see are business minded, it’s inspiring.” states Bun B.

2015 A3C Festival & Conference presenting partners currently include: MyMixtapez, Monster Energy, SAE Institute of Atlanta, Morehouse College, Mail Chimp, Tunecore and Sonicdbids.

A3C is very proud to announce the launch of The Formula: An Academic Symposium with Morehouse College at the 11th annual A3C Festival & Conference. The Formula will take place at the A3C Conference Center on Thursday, October 9th and is accessible with a VIP, All-Access, or Conference Pass.

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For more information about the A3C Festival & Conference, taking place in Atlanta on October 7th-11th, 2015, visit www.a3cfestival.com. Follow A3C on Facebook.com/A3Cfestival and Twitter – @A3C and Instagram – @A3CFestival and the hashtag is #A3C2015.

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Romeo Santos Tops Taylor Swift YouTube Views

Romeo Santos Tops Taylor Swift YouTube ViewsTaylor Swift may be the most famous singer living in New York City at the moment, but she can’t compete with native New Yorker Romeo Santos on YouTube.

The Latin music super star surpassed her in worldwide YouTube views with over 5 billion views to her 4.3 billion.

When you break down that figure by city, Santos’ 57 million views in New York City surpass Swift’s 32 million, despite the fact that Swift has been named the city’s “global welcome ambassador.”

While Swift is a pop music queen, Santos is the “King of Bachata,” a lively genre of Latin music. His biggest hit, “Propuesta Indecente,” has garnered around 700 million views on YouTube.

Last year, the Bronx-born singer sold out Yankee Stadium two nights in a row. Santos joined Paul McCartney and Madonna as one of a handful of artists who have sold out the stadium, which has a capacity of roughly 50,000.

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Romeo Santos Tops Taylor Swift YouTube Views Ref: http://money.cnn.com/2015/08/13/media/romeo-santos-five-billion-youtube/index.html

wikipedia.org/wiki/Romeo_Santos Anthony Santos (born July 21, 1981), known professionally as Romeo Santos, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, featured composer and former lead singer of the Bachata group Aventura. He became The King of Bachata, and while he was with Aventura, they were known as The Kings of Bachata. As a member of Aventura, Santos has been a key figure in popularizing Bachata, with hits reaching near the top of the Billboard Latin charts and the top of charts in Europe. In 2002

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Romeo Santos Tops Taylor Swift YouTube Vistas

Taylor Swift puede ser el más famoso cantante que vive en la ciudad de Nueva York en el momento, pero ella no puede competir con neoyorquino Romeo Santos en YouTube.

La super estrella de la música latina le superó en visitas internacionales de YouTube con más de 5000000000 vistas a su 4.3 mil millones.

Cuando usted analiza esa cifra por la ciudad, Santos 57 millones de visitas en la ciudad de Nueva York superan los 32 millones de Swift, a pesar de que Swift ha sido nombrada la ciudad de “embajador de bienvenida global”.

Mientras que Swift es una música reina del pop, Santos es el “Rey de la Bachata”, un género animado de la música latina. Su mayor éxito, “Propuesta Indecente”, ha ganado alrededor de 700 millones de visitas en YouTube.

El año pasado, la cantante nacida en el Bronx se agotó el Yankee Stadium dos noches seguidas. Santos se unió a Paul McCartney y Madonna como una de un puñado de artistas que han vendido el estadio, que tiene una capacidad de alrededor de 50.000.

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Romeo Santos Tops Taylor Swift YouTube Vistas Ref: http://money.cnn.com/2015/08/13/media/romeo-santos-five-billion-youtube/index.html

wikipedia.org/wiki/Romeo_Santos Anthony Santos (nacido el 21 de julio 1981), conocida profesionalmente como Romeo Santos, es una cantante, compositora, productora musical, actor, compositor ofrecido y el ex vocalista de la Bachata grupo Aventura . Se convirtió en el rey de la bachata , y mientras él estaba con Aventura, que eran conocidos como Los reyes de la bachata. Como miembro de Aventura, Santos ha sido una figura clave en la popularización de la bachata, con éxitos que alcanzan cerca de la cima de los Billboard latinos gráficos y la parte superior de las cartas en Europa. En 2002

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FACEBOOK CANNOT DEMAND REAL NAMES SAYS GERMAN COURT

Facebook Cannot Demand Real Names, Says German CourtAn arm of the German government has ruled that Facebook may not change users’ screen names to their real names. They may no longer demand identification of the users. This is in direct opposition to recent moves by the company to rid itself of non-real or non-confirmed identities. The company used to identify certain last names as fakes and force the users to identify themselves. This is now illegal in Germany.

German regulator orders Facebook to allow pseudonyms

Such a move could set a precedent by which users in other countries could create similar lawsuits. Simply defy Facebook’s directives that are in violation of the rules, and then sue them, and point to the ruling. A chain reaction may not be hard to imagine, but it is also not necessarily imminent.

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Facebook continues to maintain that its headquarters are in Ireland and that it should only have to abide by Irish law. Increasingly its monitoring and tracking of user activities could place it at odds with European civil rights and freedom advocates.

The German government has an issue with the website not allowing users to sign up with false credentials. It is a violation of privacy, they feel, for Facebook to demand real, identifiable people. The question will be whether Facebook will react by rescinding its policy in places where it will not be tolerated, or will other social networks

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VMA AWARDS 2015 Nominations Tickets WinnersTHE 2015 “MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” NOMINATIONS LIVE AF

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The 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” to Air LIVE on Sunday, August 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

2015 VMA Nominations: Get The Full List Now

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards nominations are here — so get voting!

The list for the show, airing Sunday, August 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT — and hosted by Miley Cyrus — is lead by Taylor Swift, who is up for nine Moonmen. Following Taylor, pal Ed Sheeran has six noms and is competing against her for the coveted Video of the Year category. We doubt there will be any bad blood, though.

The nominations were announced on Apple’s Beats 1 radio show today. Check out the full list below and start voting now.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé – “7/11″
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
The Weeknd – “Earned It”
Nick Jonas – “Chains”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Beyoncé – “7/11″
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Sia – “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Big Sean ft. E-40 – “I Don’t F–k With You”

BEST POP VIDEO
Beyoncé – “7/11″
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5 – “Sugar”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Hozier – “Take Me To Church”
Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”
Florence + the Machine – “Ship To Wreck”
Walk the Moon – “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

ARTIST TO WATCH
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy – “Riptide”
George Ezra – “Budapest”
James Bay – “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs – “Pendulum”

BEST COLLABORATION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”

VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Jennifer Hudson – “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat – “Try”
Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”
Rihanna – “American Oxygen”
Wale – “The White Shoes”

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES

BEST ART DIRECTION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Charles Infante)
Snoop Dogg – “So Many Pros” (Jason Fijal)
Jack White – “Would You Fight For My Love” (Jeff Peterson)
The Chemical Brothers – “Go” (Michel Gondry)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
OK Go – “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Chet Faker – “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
Alt-J – “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

BEST DIRECTION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars and Cameron Duddy)
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
Hozier – “Take Me To Church” (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)
Childish Gambino – “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

BEST EDITING
Beyoncé – “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky – “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino – “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)
Skrillex & Diplo “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Tyler, The Creator – “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

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POP STARS Using Dating Apps To Promote Their Music

Pop Stars Using Dating Apps To Promote Their MusicPop Stars Like Madonna, Zedd and Jason Derulo Now Using Tinder, Match And Other Dating Apps To Promote Their Music

Dating apps have become a popular outlet for artist promotion, Mariah Carey created a Match.com profile to premiere the music video for her single “Infinity,” and Zedd and Jason Derulo utilized Tinder’s swipe right function to promote an album and a video. With the influence of commercial radio on the decline and the Internet and mobile technology providing a myriad ways for listeners to listen to and discover new music, record labels and their artists are getting more creative in their efforts to promote their latest offerings. PlentyOfFish has taken a different approach to the trend by actually marketing the app itself by featuring it in various music videos. The dating service has shown up in videos by Britney Spears, Kesha, Lady Gaga and Flo Rida. The service also worked with Gaga in promoting her concert tour.

Nicki Minaj Is Using Grindr to Promote The Pinkprint Tour

The North American Pinkprint Tour runs from July 17 to Aug. 19, hitting 19 cities and featuring Meek Mill, Tinashe, Rae Sremmurd, and DeJ Loaf as supporting acts. Following the tour, Minaj plays at Billboard’s inaugural Hot 100 Music Fest at Jones Beach. Tickets are available at www.livenation.com. Head here to see the full lineup. Pop Stars Using Dating Apps To Promote Their Music organicbodycleanse.com

Hollywood Is Hooking Up With Tinder, Grindr for Movie, TV Projects

Earlier this month, Twentieth Century Fox hooked up with Tinder to market the comedy “Spy,” starring Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law, which opens later this week. Instead of a date, users were given the chance to “swipe right” (Tinder-speak for you’re interested) for free tickets to special screenings of the movie around the country. “It completely sold out in every market,” Fox Studios president of marketing Marc Weinstock told TheWrap. “Tinder was a perfect match for our audience. They’re very strong in the 17-34 [demographic]. What could be better for a first date than a hilarious comedy?” Film Makers, Labels & Artist….NEED APP PROMO@ RAWDOGGTV Viral Marketing | APP Promo Contact: ☎ 305-490-2182 gerald@rawdoggtv.com

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ROC NATION VIC MENSA TOUR DATES 2015

VIC MENSA ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO DATES ON TRAFFIC TOUR PART I

Vic Mensa is a 22-year-old artist and producer from Chicago and founding member of the Savemoney collective; is now signed with the Roc Nation family.

Vic Mensaextends his headlining Traffic Tour Part I performing at summer festivals nationwide. Check out exclusive video content from sold out shows in Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Ana and more.

All tickets will be available for purchase on Friday July 17th HERE. Show dates include:

Tuesday, August 11th DC** U Street Music Hall

Thursday, August 13th Boston Brighton Music Hall

Sunday, August 16th Toronto The Hoxton

Tuesday, August 18h Detroit Populux

Tuesday August 25th Seattle Neptune Theatre

Thursday August 27th Portland Wonder Ballroom

**Ticket sales for U Street Music Hall in Washington DC will be available for purchase Thursday July 16th In addition, catch Vic Mensa performing summer festivals nationwide including:

Saturday, July 18th Chicago, IL Pitchfork Festival

Saturday August 8th Brooklyn, NY
Mad Decent Block Party

Saturday, August 15th Montreal Illsonic Festival

September 5th & September 6th Philadelphia, PA
Made in America Festival

Sunday September 13th Miami, FL Fool’s Gold Presents Day Off

Saturday September 19th Asbury Park, NJ Shadow Of The City Festival

Sunday September 27th Tempe, AZ Summer Ends Festival

ROC NATION VIC MENSA TOUR DATES 2015

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BILLBOARD HOT 100 MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015 NY

Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber & More Headlining Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival

Announcing the First-Ever Billboard Hot 100 Festival! 40+ Artists, 3 main Stages, 2 Days, August 22nd-23rd, 2015 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 1000 Ocean Parkway Wantagh, New York 11793 | Showtime 3PM-11PM #hot100fest

BILLBOARD HOT 100 MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015 NY

BILLBOARD HOT 100 MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015 NY

The concert series, which is being produced in a joint partnership between Billboard and LiveNation, will feature three separate stages over the course of the jam-packed two days. Resale begins on July 13, and you can get your tickets right here Live Nation

“With this first-of-its-kind festival on the beach just outside New York City, Billboard is officially expanding its live event footprint,” Billboard president John Amato said in a statement. “The iconic Jones Beach will be fully transformed into a true festival experience with multiple stages and a festival village.”

Live Nation’s President and CEO Michael Rapino also commented on the festival, saying, “The Hot 100 Music Festival will be one of those truly memorable summer concert events. We are very excited to bring fans some of summer 2015’s chart toppers in a venue that will showcase the best these artists have to offer.”

Tickets for the festival go on sale to the general public on Live Nation on July 16th at 10AM EST.

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BET PLAYERS AWARDS 2015 LAS VEGAS

BET PLAYERS AWARDS 2015BET NETWORKS ANNOUNCES THE 1st ANNUAL “PLAYERS’ AWARDS” PREMIERE JULY 21st, 8:00 pm

BET NETWORKS ANNOUNCES THE 1ST ANNUAL “PLAYERS’ AWARDS” PREMIERE DATE TUESDAY, JULY 21ST AT 8:00 P.M.*

“THE PLAYERS’ AWARDS” WILL TAPE SUNDAY, JULY 19TH IN THE PENN & TELLER THEATER AT THE RIO LAS VEGAS HOTEL AND CASINO

NATIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION (NBPA) ANNOUNCES “TOP VOTED PLAYERS” AND NBA PLAYERS CONFIRMED TO ATTEND

MULTI-PLATINUM RECORDING ARTIST AND 4 TIME GRAMMY WINNER LIL WAYNE CONFIRMED TO PERFORM

BET Networks in partnership with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announces Tuesday, July 21st as the premiere date for the 1st Annual “Players’ Awards”. The first inaugural show will tape at the historic Penn & Teller Theater in the Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on Sunday, July 19th.

The star-studded event will feature appearances by top NBA players including members on the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Executive Committee – Chris Paul, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and Anthony Tolliver. Not only will the show have NBA star power, but will also feature performances by the hottest musical artists including renowned sports enthusiast and multi-platinum recording artist Lil Wayne.

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) decided to launch the 1st Annual “Players’ Awards” due to the overwhelming response from its members and all categories have been voted by the NBA’s active players.

BET PLAYERS AWARDS 2015 LAS VEGAS

The complete list of the “Top Voted Players” for the “Players’ Awards” are (names are listed in alphabetical order):
Best Rookie
Jordan Clarkson
Zach LaVine
Elfrid Payton
Andrew Wiggins

Best Defender
Tony Allen
Jimmy Butler
Anthony Davis
DeAndre Jordan

Global Impact Player
Pau Gasol
Kyrie Irving
Dirk Nowitzki
Tony Parker

Clutch Performer:
Stephen Curry
James Harden
LeBron James
Russell Westbrook

Coach You Most Want to Play For
Mike Budenholzer
Rick Carlisle
Steve Kerr
Greg Popovich

Hardest to Guard
Stephen Curry
James Harden
LeBron James
Russell Westbrook

Best Home Court Advantage
AT&T Center (San Antonio)
Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City)
Moda Center (Portland)
Oracle Arena (Golden State)

Player You Secretly Wish was On Your Team:
Stephen Curry
Anthony Davis
Tim Duncan
LeBron James

Most Valuable Player:
Stephen Curry
James Harden
LeBron James
Russell Westbrook

Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music and Specials, and Don Mischer Productions will serve as Executive Producers for the “Players’ Awards”. Serving as Executive Producers from the National Basketball Players Association are Chris Paul, NBPA President, Roger Mason Jr., NBPA Deputy Executive Director, and Jordan Schlachter, NBPA Chief Marketing Officer along with Prospect Park.Lose Weight Naturally

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BET Awards 2015 Experience Winners

NEARLY 12 MILLION VIEWERS TUNED FOR THE BET AWARDS 2015 LIVE PREMIERE

BET Awards 2015 will premiere around the world on BET’s international network on Tuesday, June 30th at 9:00pm BST / 10:00pm CAT and will air live on MTV Australia for the very first time (check local listings).

JANET JACKSON RECEIVES INAUGURAL ULTIMATE ICON: MUSIC DANCE VISUAL AWARD

EPIC EVENING FEATURED PERFORMANCES BY PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY, KENDRICK LAMAR, ALICIA KEYS, CHRIS BROWN, BIG SEAN,
MEEK MILL, NE-YO, NICKI MINAJ, THE WEEKND, TINASHE, TYGA AND MORE

BET NETWORKS ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL NOMINEES FOR THE BET AWARDS 2015JANET JACKSON and PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY to SMOKEY ROBINSON and KENDRICK LAMAR, it was a night full of electrifying performances, heartfelt speeches and unforgettable moments at the 15th annual “BET AWARDS” hosted by ANTHONY ANDERSON and TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, which aired live from the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. LIVE on Sunday, June 28th, 2015.

Hosts ANTHONY ANDERSON and TRACEE ELLIS ROSS surprised the audience with a hilarious original opening song complete with Tracee flying over the stage in a money suit. The two captivated the crowd the entire night, thanks to their riffs on a range of hot topics, from Rachel Dolezal to Tyler Perry and impersonating celebrities from Sam Smith to Cookie and Lucius from “Empire.”

KENDRICK LAMAR kicked off the show with an explosive performance of his latest single “Alright” and graced the stage again after winning Best Male Hip Hop Artist. BEYONCÉ and CHRIS BROWN tied with 3 awards, followed by Oscar-winning film “Selma” and FOX’s “Empire,” which each took home two awards.

One of the most attention-grabbing moments of the evening was JANET JACKSON taking the stage to receive the inaugural Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award, presented by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

The pop icon was honored with a tantalizing, high-energy dance tribute highlighting a mix of some of the most memorable and successful performances of her storied career, as told by a star-studded roster of a few of the hottest names in the 2015 class of pop music.

It included a pulsating rendition of “Pleasure Principle” by TINASHE, followed by “All for You” by JASON DERULO and CIARA’s hard-hitting delivery of “If.” All three stars joined forces for an unforgettable dance-off to “Rhythm Nation,” which had the entire crowd on their feet and cheering. A humbled Jackson shyly thanked God and her fans for her 25 plus year career, along with BET for the honor, all while smiling brightly and clutching her trophy in hand.

ALICIA KEYS made a surprise appearance joining THE WEEKND on the “BET AWARDS” stage for a stunning performance of “Earned It” that drew a standing ovation. The ultra-talented JANELLE MONAE delivered an incredible performance of Yoga,” which was amped up even more with an appearance by JIDENNA, who took over the stage to perform his own hit “Classic Man.”

NICKI MINAJ got the crowd popping when she joined MEEK MILL on stage with CHRIS BROWN to perform their brand new single “All Eyes on Us.” Then, today’s hottest rising stars, AVERY WILSON and ANDRA DAY both had impressive performances during the evening as a part of Music Matters presented by Nissan.

Earlier in the night CHRIS BROWN had the audience moving to his latest hit with TYGA “Ayo,” then the crowd got on their feet when OMARION joined the stage to jump on “Post To Be” for a hot dance routine with Brown.

YAZZ, JUSSIE SMOLLETT and SERAYAH from the cast of “Empire” had the entire room dancing to “No Apologies,” “You’re So Beautiful,” and “Drip Drop,” which JUICY J joined for on stage.

BIG SEAN got the crowd on its feet to “One Man Can Change the World,” “Blessings,” and “IDFWU” with special guest E-40.

Presenter LAVERNE COX got in on the night’s fun with co-presenter GABRIELLE UNION, who played a round of “hip-hop trivia” to determine who would have to change after wearing matching dresses.

One of the nights top highlights was a surprise reunion performance from PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY who brought out original members of Bad Boy Records including LIL’ KIM, MA$E, FAITH EVANS, THE LOX, 112 and a projection of NOTORIOUS B.I.G. as well as special guests FRENCH MONTANA and PHARRELL to perform classic records including “Peaches & Cream,””Feel So Good,” “Hypnotize,’” and “All About The Benjamins” as well as Diddy and Pharrell’s newest collaboration “Finna Get Loose.”

Following the performance, Diddy presented legendary recording artist and Motown executive SMOKEY ROBINSON with the Lifetime Achievement Award. TORI KELLY blew the audience away during the tribute performance for Robinson with her powerful vocals to a rendition of “Who’s Loving You,” followed by soulful performances from ROBIN THICKE and NE-YO, before Smokey himself took the stage to perform “Tracks of My Tears,” “Cruisin’,” and a crowd sing-along to “My Girl,” for which Kelly, Thicke and Ne-Yo returned to the stage.

PATTI LABELLE proved she hasn’t missed a beat joining TAMAR BRAXTON and K.MICHELLE who put their differences aside as they performed “If Only You Knew.”

FETTY WAP capped the epic night with smash hit “Trap Queen”, which delivered on its promise to be the hottest ticket in town. The “BET AWARDS” 2015 drew the biggest names in music, entertainment and sports, with appearances by Rihanna, Kevin Hart, Janet Jackson, Brandy, DeSean Jackson, Donald Glover, Gabrielle Union, Kelly Rowland, Laverne Cox, Michael B Jordan, Michael Ealy, Nicole Ari Parker, Sanaa Lathan, Terrence Howard, Tia Mowry-Hardict and Zendaya.

NICOLE ARI PARKER and BORIS KODJOE presented Bivian “Sonny” Lee lll (Founder and President of Son of a Saint) as a recipient of the 2015 Shine-A-Light. Michael B. Jordan also presented the honor to the #BLACKLIVESMATTER movement.

RIHANNA made an appearance to give BET the first look at her music video for “Bitch Better Have My Money” before its Thursday, July 2 release, which had the audience yelling “give her her money.”

In addition to all of these incredible moments, the complete list of “BET AWARDS” 2015 winners is:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyoncé

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Chris Brown

Best Group
Rae Sremmurd

Best Collaboration
Common & John Legend, “Glory” from the Motion Picture Selma

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj

Video of the Year
Beyoncé, “7/11”

Video Director of the Year
Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Todd Tourso

Best New Artist
Sam Smith

Best Gospel Artist
Lecrae

Best Actress
Taraji P. Henson, “No Good Deed/Think Like a Man Too/From the Rough”

Best Actor
Terrence Howard, “St. Vincent/Lullaby/Sabotage”

YoungStars Award
Mo’ne Davis

Best Movie
Selma

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Serena Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Stephen Curry

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Nicki Minaj ft. Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown “Only”

McDonald’s I’m Lovin’ It Award
Nicki Minaj

Fandemonium Award
Chris Brown

Centric Award
The Weeknd

Best International Act: Africa
Stonebwoy (Ghana)

Best International Act: UK
Stormzy

For performance clips of the “BET AWARDS” 2015, please visit:

For photos of the red carpet, backstage and performances go to the BET dedicated
BET.com/Awards is the official site for the “BET AWARDS” 2015, and features all the incredible content from this year’s show. Join the conversation on social media by following BET’s multiple social media platforms dedicated to the BET Awards:

  • On Twitter & Instagram: @BETAwards, Use hashtag: #BETAwards
  • On Facebook: facebook.com/TheBETAwards
  • On Tumblr: betawards.tumblr.com

The “BET Awards” 2015 will premiere around the world on BET’s international network on Tuesday, June 30 at 9:00pm BST / 10:00pm CAT and will air live on MTV Australia for the very first time (check local listings).

Encore viewings of the show will air on BET on:BET Networks
· Monday, June 29 at 8 p.m. EST*
· Tuesday, June 30 at 4 p.m. EST
· Sunday, July 5 at 7 p.m. EST

CENTRIC
· Wednesday, July 7 at p.m. EST
· Friday, July 10 at 6 p.m. EST

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BET AWARDS 2015 to honor Janet Jackson June 28th LA

JANET JACKSON TO RECEIVE INAUGURAL ULTIMATE ICON: MUSIC DANCE VISUAL AWARD AT THE BET AWARDS 2015

Janet Jackson is suddenly everywhere again, with a new single out, a new album due and now a new award.

TINASHE, JASON DERULO AND CIARA TO PERFORM SPECIAL DANCE TRIBUTE TO THE QUEEN OF POP AND “NO SLEEEP” ARTIST

HOSTED BY ANTHONY ANDERSON AND TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, BET AWARDS 2015 WILL AIR LIVE ON SUNDAY, JUNE 28th, 2015 ON BET FROM MICROSOFT THEATER IN LOS ANGELES.

BET Awards 2015 to honor Janet JacksonJanet Jackson, one of the world’s most influential entertainers, will be receiving the inaugural ULTIMATE ICON: Music Dance Visual award at the 15th annual “BET Awards” 2015 on Sunday, June 28, 2015, it was announced by Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming.

Ciara, Jason Derulo and Tinashe are slated to perform a special dance tribute to the iconic entertainer, which is set to include her just released single, “No Sleeep.” The entertainer sent her fans into social media frenzy when she recently announced her upcoming first studio album in seven years and the first leg of her highly anticipated UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR, a 37-date tour starting August 31st in Vancouver, BC.

“No Sleeep,” the first single from the yet untitled album, debuted on Ms. Jackson’s Twitter and website on Monday (June 22nd) and immediately reached the top spot on Billboard Trending 140. Currently, “No Sleeep” is trending at #1 and is one of the most highly requested singles on the radio.

BET is excited beyond belief to present Janet with our inaugural ULTIMATE ICON: Music Dance Visual award and we are thrilled that she chose the BET Awards as the first step on her new road,” said Mr. Hill. “An inspiration to many other artists, “Ms. Jackson” blends music, dance and visuals in unique and groundbreaking ways and we look forward to celebrating her storied history…as well as giving The BET Awards audience a peek into her Unbreakable future.”

Janet Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture. She is the first Urban American female artist to have hit singles in each of the last four decades. Her music has won her 6 GRAMMY® Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a nomination for an Academy Award along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards and Billboard Music Awards. She has received accolades as an actor as well, including the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award. Janet is a New York Times Number One Best Selling Author, choreographer, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist, and with sales of over 160 million records worldwide is one of biggest-selling artists in popular music history. Her music and artistry has opened doors through which other top artists have followed, while acknowledging her impact on their musical perceptions.

Hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, the “BET Awards” will also include previously announced performances by Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill. Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan, Laverne Cox, Michael B. Jordan and Zendaya, who were also previously announced as presenters for the 15th Anniversary of the year’s biggest night in music. In addition, Smokey Robinson has been announced to perform and receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and Tom Joyner the Humanitarian Award at this year’s ceremony. Additional names to be announced.

A full list of the BET Awards 2015 nominations is now available at http://www.bet.com/awards
. Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music and Specials, Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials, will serve as Executive Producers for the “BET Awards” along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

The “BET Awards” 2015 will air LIVE on Sunday, June 28, 2015 on BET and will premiere around the world on BET’s international network on Tuesday, June 30 at 9:00pm BST / 10:00pm CAT and will air live on MTV Australia for the very first time (check local listings).

BET Awards 2015 to honor Janet Jackson June 28th LA

The “BET Awards” will take place along with the BET Experience at L.A. Live in Los Angeles from June 25-28, 2015. BET.com/Awards is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year’s show. All information about the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® can be found at BETExperience.com. The BET Experience VIP Package offers the only way to purchase a “BET Awards” ticket, great seats to 3-nights of concerts at the Staples Center, and exclusive access to events at the free Fan Fest. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to BET.com/BETX.Follow the Experience on Twitter @betexperience.

BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA
BET Networks, an entertainment powerhouse, and AEG, one of the leading entertainment companies in the world and developer/ operator of L.A. LIVE, have teamed up once again to create the BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE (BETX), June 25 – 28, 2015 presented by Coca-Cola®. This three-day festival will be filled with music and comedy concerts taking place at Club Nokia and STAPLES Center; “106 & PARK”; FREE BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center including seminars, celebrity basketball games, celebrity meet & greets; and other special appearances. The weekend will be capped off with the “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at Microsoft Theater.

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Taylor Swift pulls 1989 album from Apples Music Streaming: Update

Taylor Swift pulls 1989 album from Apples Music Streaming UPDATESwift In an open letter to Apple, said she was withholding the record as she was unhappy with the Three-Month Free Trial offered to subscribers.

“We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

“I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months,” she wrote.

“These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much,” she continued.

“We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period – even if it is free for the fans trying it out.

“Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.”

This is not the first time Swift has spoken out against streaming music – she pulled her entire catalogue from Spotify last November and had refused to offer 1989 on streaming services, saying the business had “shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically”.

Taylor Swift pulls 1989 album from Apples Music Streaming UPDATE

1989 went on to become one of the biggest-selling albums of 2014 and has sold more than 4.9 million copies in the US alone. Ref: BBC http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-33216778

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UPDATE:

Taylor Swift appears to have prompted a policy change at Apple, after threatening to withhold her album “1989” from the company’s streaming music service over royalty payments.

Apple responded to Swift late Sunday night in a series of tweets from Eddy Cue, a key lieutenant of CEO Tim Cook.

#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period,” Cue tweeted, adding that “We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple.”

Swift quickly acknowledged the change. “I am elated and relieved,” she tweeted. “Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us.”

Swift said she’s been discussing the Apple policy with others: “These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call.”

Swift previously removed her albums from Spotify in a dispute over compensation for streaming music. She explained her decision about Apple in a Tumblr blog post on Sunday morning, several days after her music label confirmed that “1989” wouldn’t be available on the service at launch.

The blog post, “To Apple, Love Taylor,” was immediately shared tens of thousands of times, showing the power of the artist’s megaphone and potentially creating a publicity nightmare for Apple.

Apple announced its Apple Music streaming service earlier this month. The free trial period is seen as a crucial part of the company’s strategy to attract paying subscribers.

Ref: CNN MONEY http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/21/media/taylor-swift-1989-apple-music/

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