CeeLo Green’s Alter Ego, Gnarly Davidson, wants you to know he has a crush on “Jay-Z’s Girl”.

We all know that Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z’s girl is his wife, mega superstar, Beyoncé, which makes for a comical song and visual that pokes fun at Beyoncé’s adoring fans. “Jay-Z’s Girl” is a spin from Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl”. The John Colombo-directed video stars CeeLo’s stand-in, “Little Fun” as Beyoncé’s admirer.

Check out the hilarious visual below!

Music’s biggest night was last night as The 59th Annual Grammy Awards took place at LA’s Staples Center. From Cee-Lo’s peculiar “outfit” to Beyonce’s stunning performance, The star-studded event is the most talked about event during award season, and probably will be for months to come!

Late night talk show host, James Corden, took over hosting duties. While he did an okay job, I can’t help but wonder if LL Cool J turned down the offer or simply wasn’t asked. LL was a Grammy host for the past 5 years.

Of course, the red carpet is where it’s at when the stars arrive at a huge event like The Grammys. We always look forward to the fashions, so we can have something to talk about besides the performances. One artist that has EVERYONE talkin’ is Gnarly “Cee-Lo Green” Davidson!

My dude said if he doesn’t win a Grammy, he’ll at least look like one!

 

Thank God everyone else kept the dress code traditional, and they looked great!

 

Although Beyoncé led the pack with the most nominations this year, it was Adele who was the big winner with a Grammy for Album of the Year for ’25’,  Record of the Year for “Hello”, and Song of the Year for “Hello”. However, it was her acceptance speech about Beyoncé that had us all in the feels.

Beyonce’s acceptance speech after picking up a Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album for ‘Lemonade’ was powerful, as well as thought-provoking.

 

Solange also won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance, “Cranes in the Sky”.

Solange’s big sister WOWED fans with a breath-taking performance of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” from ‘Lemonade.’

Watch Bruno Mars and legendary band, The Time, pay tribute to the Late Great Prince. I must say, I totally underestimated Bruno. He totally slayed “Let’s Go Crazy”. Prince definitely would have been proud!


Bruno did a fantastic and energetic performance of his own hit single, “That’s What I Like” from his album, ’24K Magic’.

How ’bout that kick-ass performance of “We The People” by A Tribe Called Quest?

In case you’ve missed it, click here to watch The 59th Annual Grammys in its entirety.

Here are the full list of winners

Album of the Year

Adele, 25

Record of the Year

Adele, “Hello”

Song of the Year

Adele, “Hello”

Best New Artist

Chance The Rapper

Best R&B Performance

Solange, “Cranes In The Sky”

Best Rap Performance

Chance The Rapper, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, “No Problem”

Best Rap/Sung Performance

Drake, “Hotline Bling”

Best R&B Album

Lalah Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway Live

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Beyoncé, Lemonade

Best Rap Song

Drake, “Hotline Bling”

Best Rap Album

Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book

Best R&B Song

Maxwell, “Lake By The Ocean”

Best Pop Vocal Album

Adele, 25

Best Pop Solo Performance

Adele, “Hello”

Best Rock Song

David Bowie, “Blackstar”

Best Musical Theater Album

The Color Purple

Best Country Solo Performance

Maren Morris, “My Church”

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Miles Davis and various artists, Steve Berkowitz, Don Cheadle & Robert Glasper, compilation producers, Miles Ahead

Best Recording Package

David Bowie, Blackstar

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

David Bowie, Blackstar

Best Gospel Album

Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion

Best Gospel Performance/Song

Tamela Mann, Kirk Franklin, “God Provides”

Best Music Video

Beyoncé, “Formation”

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Flume, Skin

Best Country Album

Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Best Rock Performance

David Bowie, “Blackstar”

Best Alternative Music Album

David Bowie, Blackstar

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”

The 59th annual Grammy Awards airs live Sunday, February 12th at 8/7c on CBS.

Below, is the full list of nominees! Did your fave make the list?

 

 Album of the year:

“25” — Adele
“Lemonade” — Beyoncé
“Purpose” — Justin Bieber
“Views” — Drake
“A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” — Sturgill Simpson

Record of the year:

“Hello” — Adele
“Formation” — Beyoncé
“7 Years” — Lukas Graham
“Work” — Rihanna featuring Drake
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Song of the year:

“Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
“I Took a Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
“7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

New artist:

Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance the Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson Paak

Pop vocal album:

“25” — Adele
“Purpose” — Justin Bieber
“Dangerous Woman” — Ariana Grande
“Confident” — Demi Lovato
“This Is Acting” — Sia

Dance/electronic album:

“Skin” — Flume
“Electronica 1: The Time Machine” — Jean-Michel Jarre
“Epoch” — Tycho
“Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future” — Underworld
“Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII” — Louie Vega

Rock album:

“California” — Blink-182
“Tell Me I’m Pretty” — Cage the Elephant
“Magma” — Gojira
“Death of a Bachelor” — Panic! at the Disco
“Weezer” — Weezer

Alternative music album:

“22, a Million” — Bon Iver
“Blackstar” — David Bowie
“The Hope Six Demolition Project” — PJ Harvey
“Post Pop Depression” — Iggy Pop
“A Moon Shaped Pool” — Radiohead

Urban contemporary album:

“Lemonade” — Beyoncé
“Ology” — Gallant
“We Are King” — King
“Malibu” — Anderson Paak
“Anti” — Rihanna

Rap performance:

“No Problem” — Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
“Panda” — Desiigner
“Pop Style” — Drake Featuring the Throne
“All the Way Up” — Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared
“That Part” — Schoolboy Q featuring Kanye West

Country solo performance:

“Love Can Go to Hell” — Brandy Clark
“Vice” — Miranda Lambert
“My Church” — Maren Morris
“Church Bells” — Carrie Underwood
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Keith Urban

Jazz vocal album:

“Sound of Red” — René Marie
“Upward Spiral” — Branford Marsalis Quartet With Special Guest Kurt Elling
“Take Me to the Alley” — Gregory Porter
“Harlem On My Mind” — Catherine Russell
“The Sting Variations” — The Tierney Sutton Band

Gospel album:

“Listen” —Tim Bowman Jr.
“Fill This House” — Shirley Caesar
“A Worshipper’s Heart [Live]” — Todd Dulaney
“Losing My Religion” — Kirk Franklin
“Demonstrate [Live]” — William Murphy

Contemporary Christian music album:

“Poets & Saints” — All Sons & Daughters
“American Prodigal” — Crowder
“Be One” — Natalie Grant
“Youth Revival [Live]” — Hillsong Young & Free
“Love Remains” — Hillary Scott & the Scott Family

Latin pop album:

“Un Besito Mas” — Jesse & Joy
“Ilusión” — Gaby Moreno
“Similares” — Laura Pausini
“Seguir Latiendo” — Sanalejo
“Buena Vida” — Diego Torres

American roots performance:

“Ain’t No Man” — The Avett Brothers
“Mother’s Children Have a Hard Time” — Blind Boys of Alabama
“Factory Girl” — Rhiannon Giddens
“House of Mercy” — Sarah Jarosz
“Wreck You” — Lori McKenna
“The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo” — Amy Schumer
“In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In the Sandbox” — Carol Burnett
“M Train” — Patti Smith
“Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History Of L.A. Punk (John Doe With Tom DeSavia)” — (Various Artists)
“Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink” — Elvis Costello

Song written for visual media:

“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” — Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar). Track from: “Trolls”
“Heathens” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots). Track from: “Suicide Squad”
“Just Like Fire” — Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback, songwriters (P!nk). Track from: “Alice Through the Looking Glass”
“Purple Lamborghini” — Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts, songwriters (Skrillex & Rick Ross). Track from: “Suicide Squad”
“Try Everything” — Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor Erik Hermansen, songwriters (Shakira). Track from: “Zootopia”
“The Veil” — Peter Gabriel, songwriter (Peter Gabriel). Track from: “Snowden”

Music video:

“Formation” — Beyoncé
“River” — Leon Bridges
“Up & Up” — Coldplay
“Gosh” — Jamie XX
“Upside Down & Inside Out” — OK Go

Producer of the year, non-classical:

Benny Blanco
Greg Kurstin
Max Martin
Nineteen85
Ricky Reed

Pop duo/group performance

“Closer” — The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
“7 Years” — Lukas Graham
“Work” — Rihanna featuring Drake
“Cheap Thrills” — Sia Featuring Sean Paul
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots
“Culcha Vulcha” — Snarky Puppy

Rock performance

“Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)” — Alabama Shakes
“Don’t Hurt Yourself” — Beyoncé featuring Jack White
“Blackstar” — David Bowie
“The Sound of Silence (Live On Conan)” — Disturbed
“Heathens” — Twenty One Pilots

Metal performance

“Shock Me” — Baroness
“Silvera” — Gojira | Interview
“Rotting In Vain” — Korn
“Dystopia” — Megadeth
“The Price Is Wrong” — Periphery

Rock song

“Blackstar” — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)
“Burn the Witch” — Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead)
“Hardwired” — James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica)
“Heathens” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
“My Name Is Human” — Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)

Rock album

“California” — Blink-182
“Tell Me I’m Pretty” — Cage the Elephant
“Magma” — Gojira | Interview
“Death of a Bachelor” — Panic! at the Disco
“Weezer” — Weezer | Interview

Alternative music album

“22, a Million” — Bon Iver
“Blackstar” — David Bowie
“The Hope Six Demolition Project” — PJ Harvey
“Post Pop Depression” — Iggy Pop
“A Moon Shaped Pool” — Radiohead

R&B performance

“Turnin’ Me Up” — BJ the Chicago Kid
“Permission” — Ro James
“I Do” — Musiq Soulchild
“Needed Me” — Rihanna
“Cranes In the Sky” — Solange

Traditional R&B performance

“The Three Of Me” — William Bell
“Woman’s World” — BJ the Chicago Kid
“Sleeping With the One I Love” — Fantasia
“Angel” — Lalah Hathaway
“Can’t Wait” — Jill Scott

R&B song

“Come See Me” — J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor featuring Drake)
“Exchange” — Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
“Kiss It Better” — Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
“Lake by the Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
“Luv” — Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

Urban contemporary album

“Lemonade” — Beyoncé
“Ology” — Gallant
“We Are King” — King
“Malibu” — Anderson Paak
“Anti” — Rihanna

R&B album

“In My Mind” — BJ the Chicago Kid
“Lalah Hathaway Live” — Lalah Hathaway
“Velvet Portraits” — Terrace Martin
“Healing Season” — Mint Condition
“Smoove Jones” — Mya

Rap performance

“No Problem” — Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
“Panda” — Desiigner
“Pop Style” — Drake featuring the Throne
“All the Way Up” — Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared
“That Part” — Schoolboy Q featuring Kanye West

Rap/song performance

“Freedom” — Beyoncé featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Hotline Bling” — Drake
“Broccoli” — D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty
“Ultralight Beam” — Kanye West featuring Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & the-Dream
“Famous” — Kanye West featuring Rihanna

Rap song

“All the Way Up” — Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared)
“Famous” — Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West featuring Rihanna)
“Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
“No Problem” — Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
“Ultralight Beam” — Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West featuring Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & the-Dream)

Rap album

“Coloring Book” — Chance the Rapper
“And the Anonymous Nobody” — De La Soul
“Major Key” — DJ Khaled
“Views” — Drake | Review
“Blank Face LP” — Schoolboy Q
“The Life of Pablo” — Kanye West | Review

Country solo performance

“Love Can Go to Hell” — Brandy Clark
“Vice” — Miranda Lambert
“My Church” — Maren Morris
“Church Bells” — Carrie Underwood
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Keith Urban

Country duo/group performance

“Different For Girls” — Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King
“21 Summer” — Brothers Osborne
“Setting the World On Fire” — Kenny Chesney & P!nk
“Jolene” — Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton
“Think of You” — Chris Young With Cassadee Pope

Country song

“Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)
“Die a Happy Man” — Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
“Humble and Kind” — Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)
“My Church” — busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)
“Vice” — Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Country album

“Big Day In a Small Town” — Brandy Clark
“Full Circle” — Loretta Lynn
“Hero” — Maren Morris
“A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” — Sturgill Simpson
“Ripcord” — Keith Urban

New Age album

“Orogen” — John Burke
“Dark Sky Island” — Enya
“Inner Passion” — Peter Kater & Tina Guo
“Rosetta” — Vangelis
“White Sun II” – White Sun

Improvised jazz solo

“Countdown” — Joey Alexander, soloist
“In Movement” — Ravi Coltrane, soloist
“We See” — Fred Hersch, soloist
“I Concentrate On You” — Brad Mehldau, soloist
“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” — John Scofield, soloist

Jazz vocal album

“Sound of Red” — René Marie
“Upward Spiral” — Branford Marsalis Quartet With Special Guest Kurt Elling
“Take Me to the Alley” — Gregory Porter
“Harlem On My Mind” — Catherine Russell
“The Sting Variations” — The Tierney Sutton Band

Jazz instrumental album

“Book of Intuition” — Kenny Barron Trio
“Dr. Um” — Peter Erskine
“Sunday Night at the Vanguard” — The Fred Hersch Trio
“Nearness” — Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau
“Country For Old Men” — John Scofield

Large jazz ensemble album

“Real Enemies” — Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
“Presents Monk’estra, Vol. 1” — John Beasley
“Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles” — John Daversa
“All L.A. Band” — Bob Mintzer
“Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom” — Ted Nash Big Band

Latin jazz album

“Entre Colegas” — Andy González
“Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Perspective on the Music of Woody Shaw” — Brian Lynch & Various Artists
“Canto América” — Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace La Orquesta Sinfonietta
“30” — Trio Da Paz
“Tribute to Irakere: Live In Marciac” — Chucho Valdés

Gospel performance/song

“It’s Alright, It’s OK” — Shirley Caesar featuring Anthony Hamilton
“You’re Bigger [Live]” — Jekalyn Carr
“Made A Way [Live]” — Travis Greene
“God Provides” — Tamela Mann
“Better” — Hezekiah Walker

Contemporary Christian music performance/song

“Trust In You” — Lauren Daigle
“Priceless” — For King & Country
“King of the World” — Natalie Grant
“Thy Will” — Hillary Scott & the Scott Family
“Chain Breaker” — Zach Williams

Gospel album

“Listen” — Tim Bowman Jr.
“Fill This House” — Shirley Caesar
“A Worshipper’s Heart [Live]” — Todd Dulaney
“Losing My Religion” — Kirk Franklin
“Demonstrate [Live]” — William Murphy

Contemporary Christian music album

“Poets & Saints” — All Sons & Daughters
“American Prodigal” — Crowder
“Be One” — Natalie Grant
“Youth Revival [Live]” — Hillsong Young & Free
“Love Remains” — Hillary Scott & the Scott Family

Roots gospel album

“Better Together” — Gaither Vocal Band
“Nature’s Symphony In 432” — The Isaacs
“Hymns” — Joey+Rory
“Hymns and Songs of Inspiration” — Gordon Mote
“God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson” — (Various Artists)

Latin pop album

“Un Besito Mas” — Jesse & Joy
“Ilusión” — Gaby Moreno
“Similares” — Laura Pausini
“Seguir Latiendo” — Sanalejo
“Buena Vida” — Diego Torres

Latin rock, urban or alternative album

“ilevitable” — ile
“L.H.O.N. (La Humanidad O Nosotros)” — Illya Kuryaki & the Valderamas
“Buenaventura” — La Santa Cecilia
“Los Rakas” — Los Rakas
“Amor Supremo” — Carla Morrison

Regional Mexican music album (including Tejano)

“Raíces” — Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
“Hecho A Mano” — Joss Favela
“Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo)” — Vicente Fernández
“Generación Maquinaria Est. 2006.” — La Maquinaria Norteña
“Tributo A Joan Sebastian Y Rigoberto Alfaro” — Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea

Tropical Latin album

“Conexión” — Fonseca
“La Fantasia Homenaje A Juan Formell” — Formell Y Los Van Van
“35 Aniversario” — Grupo Niche
“La Sonora Santanera En Su 60 Aniversario” — La Sonora Santanera
“Donde Están?” — Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo

American roots performance

“Ain’t No Man” — The Avett Brothers
“Mother’s Children Have a Hard Time” — Blind Boys of Alabama
“Factory Girl” — Rhiannon Giddens
“House of Mercy” — Sarah Jarosz
“Wreck You” — Lori McKenna

American roots music

“Alabama at Night” — Robbie Fulks
“City Lights” — Jack White
“Gulfstream” — Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars
“Kid Sister” — The Time Jumpers
“Wreck You” — Lori McKenna

Americana album

“True Sadness” — The Avett Brothers
“This Is Where I Live” — William Bell
“The Cedar Creek Sessions” — Kris Kristofferson
“The Bird & the Rifle” — Lori McKenna
“Kid Sister” — The Time Jumpers

Bluegrass album

“Original Traditional” — Blue Highway
“Burden Bearer” — Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
“The Hazel and Alice Sessions” — Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
“North By South” — Claire Lynch
“Coming Home” — O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor

Traditional blues album

“Can’t Shake This Feeling” — Lurrie Bell
“Live at the Greek Theatre” — Joe Bonamassa
“Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook: Volumes I & II)” — Luther Dickinson
“The Soul of Jimmie Rodgers” — Vasti Jackson
“Porcupine Meat” — Bobby Rush

Contemporary blues album

“The Last Days of Oakland” — Fantastic Negrito
“Love Wins Again” — Janiva Magness
“Bloodline” — Kenny Neal
“Give It Back to You” — The Record Company
“Everybody Wants a Piece” — Joe Louis Walker

Folk album

“Silver Skies Blue” — Judy Collins & Ari Hest
“Upland Stories” — Robbie Fulks
“Factory Girl” — Rhiannon Giddens
“Weighted Mind” — Sierra Hull
“Undercurrent” — Sarah Jarosz

Regional roots music album

“Broken Promised Land” — Barry Jean Ancelet & Sam Broussard
“It’s a Cree Thing” — Northern Cree
“E Walea” — Kalani Pe’a
“Gulfstream” — Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars
“I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In the Evangeline Country” — (Various Artists)

Reggae album

“Sly & Robbie Presents … Reggae For Her” — Devin Di Dakta & J.L
“Rose Petals” — J Boog
“Ziggy Marley” — Ziggy Marley
“Everlasting” — Raging Fyah
“Falling Into Place” — Rebelution
“SOJA: Live In Virginia” — SOJA

World music album

“Destiny” — Celtic Woman
“Walking In the Footsteps Of Our Fathers” — Ladysmith Black Mambazo
“Sing Me Home” — Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble
“Land Of Gold” — Anoushka Shankar
“Dois Amigos, Um Século De Música: Multishow Live” — Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil

Children’s album

“Explorer Of the World” — Frances England
“Infinity Plus One” — Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
“Novelties” — Recess Monkey
“Press Play” — Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could
“Saddle Up” — The Okee Dokee Brothers

Comedy album

“… America … Great …” — David Cross
“American Myth” — Margaret Cho
“Boyish Girl Interrupted” — Tig Notaro
“Live at the Apollo” — Amy Schumer
“Talking For Clapping” — Patton Oswalt

Musical theater album

“Bright Star”
“The Color Purple”
“Fiddler On the Roof”
“Kinky Boots”
“Waitress”

Compilation soundtrack for visual media

“Amy” (Various Artists)
“Miles Ahead” (Miles Davis & Various Artists)
“Straight Outta Compton” (Various Artists)
“Suicide Squad” (Collector’s Edition) (Various Artists)
“Vinyl: The Essentials Season 1″ (Various Artists)

Score soundtrack for visual media

“Bridge of Spies” — Thomas Newman, composer
“Quentin Tarantino’s the Hateful Eight” — Ennio Morricone, composer
“The Revenant” — Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, composers
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — John Williams, composer
“Stranger Things Volume 1″ — Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers
“Stranger Things Volume 2” — Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers

Song written for visual media

“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” — Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar)
“Heathens” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
“Just Like Fire” — Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback, songwriters (P!nk)
“Purple Lamborghini” — Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts, songwriters (Skrillex & Rick Ross)
“Try Everything” — Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor Erik Hermansen, songwriters (Shakira)
“The Veil” — Peter Gabriel, songwriter (Peter Gabriel)

Instrumental composition

“Bridge of Spies (End Title)” — Thomas Newman, composer
“The Expensive Train Set (An Epic Sarahnade For Double Big Band)” — Tim Davies, composer
“Flow” — Alan Ferber, composer
“L’Ultima Diligenza Di Red Rock” Versione Integrale — Ennio Morricone, composer
“Spoken at Midnight” — Ted Nash, composer

Arrangement, instrumental or a cappella

“Ask Me Now” — John Beasley, arranger
“Good Swing Wenceslas” — Sammy Nestico, arranger
“Linus & Lucy” — Christian Jacob, arranger
“Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds” — John Daversa, arranger
“We Three Kings” — Ted Nash, arranger
“You And I” — Jacob Collier, arrange

Arrangement, instruments, and vocals

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” — Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Featuring Take 6)
“Do You Want To Know a Secret” — John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa Featuring Renee Olstead)
“Flintstones” — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)
“I’m a Fool to Want You” — Alan Broadbent, arranger (Kristin Chenoweth)
“Somewhere (Dirty Blvd)” (Extended Version) — Billy Childs & Larry Klein, arrangers (Lang Lang Featuring Lisa Fischer & Jeffrey Wright)

Recording package

“Anti” (Deluxe Edition) — Ciarra Pardo & Robyn Fenty, art directors (Rihanna)
“Blackstar” — Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie)
“Human Performance” — Andrew Savage, art director (Parquet Courts)
“Sunset Motel” — Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
“22, A Million” — Eric Timothy Carlson, art director (Bon Iver)

Boxed or special limited edition package

“Edith Piaf 1915-2015” — Gérard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf)
“401 Days” — Jonathan Dagan & Mathias Høst Normark, art directors (J.Views)
“I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It” (Box Set) — Samuel Burgess-Johnson & Matthew Healy, art directors (The 1975)
“Paper Wheels” (Deluxe Limited Edition) — Matt Taylor, art director (Trey Anastasio)
“Tug of War” (Deluxe Edition) — Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney)

Album notes

“The Complete Monument & Columbia Albums Collection” — Mikal Gilmore, album notes writer (Kris Kristofferson)
“The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp” — Ted Olson & Tony Russell, album notes writers (Various Artists)
“Ork Records: New York, New York” — Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, album notes writers (Various Artists)
“Sissle and Blake Sing Shuffle Along” — Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle)
“Waxing the Gospel: Mass Evangelism & the Phonograph, 1890-1900” — Richard Martin, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Historical album

“The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12” (Collector’s Edition) (Bob Dylan)
“Music Of Morocco From the Library of Congress: Recorded By Paul Bowles, 1959” (Various Artists)
“Ork Records: New York, New York” (Various Artists)
“Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings 1966-1983” (Vladimir Horowitz)
“Waxing the Gospel: Mass Evangelism & the Phonograph, 1890-1900” (Various Artists)

Engineered album, non-classical

“Are You Serious” — Tchad Blake & David Boucher, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Andrew Bird)
“Blackstar” — David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen & Tony Visconti, engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer (David Bowie)
“Dig In Deep” — Ryan Freeland, engineer; Kim Rosen, mastering engineer (Bonnie Raitt)
“Hit N Run Phase Two” — Booker T., Dylan Dresdow, Chris James, Prince & Justin Stanley, engineers; Dylan Dresdow, mastering engineer (Prince)
“Undercurrent” — Shani Gandhi & Gary Paczosa, engineers; Paul Blakemore, mastering engineer (Sarah Jarosz)

Producer of the year, non-classical

Benny Blanco
Greg Kurstin
Max Martin
Nineteen85
Ricky Reed

Remixed recording

“Cali Coast” (Psionics Remix) — Josh Williams, remixer (Soul Pacific)
“Heavy Star Movin’” (staRo Remix) — staRo, remixer (The Silver Lake Chorus)
“Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Five” (Timo Maas & James Teej Remix) — Timo Maas & James Teej, remixers (Paul McCartney & Wings)
“Only” (Kaskade x Lipless Remix) — Ryan Raddon, remixer (Ry X)
“Tearing Me Up” (RAC Remix) — André Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses)
“Wide Open” (Joe Goddard Remix) — Joe Goddard, remixer (The Chemical Brothers)

Surround sound album

“Dutilleux: Sur Le Même Accord; Les Citations; Mystère De L’instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement” — Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, surround mix engineers; Dmitriy Lipay, surround mastering engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, surround producer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
“Johnson: Considering Matthew Shepard” — Brad Michel, surround mix engineer; Brad Michel, surround mastering engineer; Robina G. Young, surround producer (Craig Hella Johnson & Conspirare)
“Maja S.K. Ratkje: And Sing …” — Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Maja S.K. Ratkje, Cikada & Oslo Sinfonietta)
“Primus & the Chocolate Factory” (5.1 Surround Sound Edition) — Les Claypool, surround mix engineer; Stephen Marcussen, surround mastering engineer; Les Claypool, surround producer (Primus)
“Reflections” — Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Øyvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene)

Engineered album, classical

“Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles” — Mark Donahue & Fred Vogler, engineers (James Conlon, Guanqun Yu, Joshua Guerrero, Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, Lucy Schaufer, Lucas Meachem, LA Opera Chorus & Orchestra)
“Dutilleux: Sur Le Même Accord; Les Citations; Mystère De L’Instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement” — Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, engineers (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
“Reflections” — Morten Lindberg, engineer (Øyvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene)
“Shadow of Sirius” — Silas Brown & David Frost, engineers; Silas Brown, mastering engineer (Jerry F. Junkin & the University Of Texas Wind Ensemble)
“Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9” — Shawn Murphy & Nick Squire, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Andris Nelsons & Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Producer of the year, classical

Blanton Alspaugh
David Frost
Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin
Judith Sherman
Robina G. Young

Orchestral performance

“Bates: Works for Orchestra” — Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)
“Ibert: Orchestral Works” — Neeme Järvi, conductor (Orchestre De La Suisse Romande)
“Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 In B-Flat Major, Op. 100” — Mariss Jansons, conductor (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
“Rouse: Odna Zhizn; Symphonies 3 & 4; Prospero’s Rooms” — Alan Gilbert, conductor (New York Philharmonic)
“Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9” — Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Opera recording

“Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles” — James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus)
“Handel: Giulio Cesare” — Giovanni Antonini, conductor; Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, Andreas Scholl & Anne-Sofie von Otter; Samuel Theis, producer (Il Giardino Armonico)
“Higdon: Cold Mountain” — Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor; Emily Fons, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard & Jay Hunter Morris; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer (The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra; Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Singers)
“Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro” — Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Thomas Hampson, Christiane Karg, Luca Pisaroni & Sonya Yoncheva; Daniel Zalay, producer (Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Vocalensemble Rastatt)
“Szymanowski: Król Roger” — Antonio Pappano, conductor; Georgia Jarman, Mariusz Kwiecień & Saimir Pirgu; Jonathan Allen, producer (Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Royal Opera Chorus)

Choral performance

“Himmelrand” — Elisabeth Holte, conductor (Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen, Ragnfrid Lie & Matilda Sterby; Inger-Lise Ulsrud; Uranienborg Vokalensemble)
“Janáček: Glagolitic Mass” — Edward Gardner, conductor; Håkon Matti Skrede, chorus master (Susan Bickley, Gábor Bretz, Sara Jakubiak & Stuart Skelton; Thomas Trotter; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Bergen Cathedral Choir, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Choir of Collegium Musicum & Edvard Grieg Kor)
“Lloyd: Bonhoeffer” — Donald Nally, conductor (Malavika Godbole, John Grecia, Rebecca Harris & Thomas Mesa; the Crossing)
“Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1” — Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir)
“Steinberg: Passion Week” — Steven Fox, conductor (The Clarion Choir)

Chamber music/small ensemble performance

“Fitelberg: Chamber Works” — ARC Ensemble
“Reflections” — Øyvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene
“Serious Business” — Spektral Quartet
“Steve Reich” — Third Coast Percussion
“Trios From Our Homelands” — Lincoln Trio

Classical instrumental solo

“Adams, J.: Scheherazade.2” — Leila Josefowicz; David Robertson, conductor (Chester Englander; St. Louis Symphony)
“Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway” — Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony)
“Dvořák: Violin Concerto & Romance; Suk: Fantasy” — Christian Tetzlaff; John Storgårds, conductor (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)
“Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vols. 8 & 9” – Kristian Bezuidenhout
“1930’s Violin Concertos, Vol. 2” – Gil Shaham; Stéphane Denève, conductor (The Knights & Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra)

Classical solo vocal album

“Monteverdi” — Magdalena Kožená; Andrea Marcon, conductor (David Feldman, Michael Feyfar, Jakob Pilgram & Luca Tittoto; La Cetra Barockorchester Basel)
“Mozart: The Weber Sisters” — Sabine Devieilhe; Raphaël Pichon, conductor (Pygmalion)
“Schumann & Berg” — Dorothea Röschmann; Mitsuko Uchida, accompanist
“Shakespeare Songs” — Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker)
“Verismo” — Anna Netrebko; Antonio Pappano, conductor (Yusif Eyvazov; Coro Dell’Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia; Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia)

Classical compendium

“Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle” — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer
“Gesualdo” — Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor; Manfred Eicher, producer
“Vaughan Williams: Discoveries” — Martyn Brabbins, conductor; Andrew Walton, producer
“Wolfgang: Passing Through” — Judith Farmer & Gernot Wolfgang, producers; (Various Artists)
“Zappa: 200 Motels – The Suites” — Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Frank Filipetti & Gail Zappa, producers

Contemporary classical composition

“Bates: Anthology of Fantastic Zoology” — Mason Bates, composer (Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
“Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway” — Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)
“Higdon: Cold Mountain” — Jennifer Higdon, composer; Gene Scheer, librettist (Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Jay Hunter Morris, Emily Fons, Isabel Leonard, Nathan Gunn & the Santa Fe Opera)
“Theofanidis: Bassoon Concerto” — Christopher Theofanidis, composer (Martin Kuuskmann, Barry Jekowsky & Northwest Sinfonia)
“Winger: Conversations With Nijinsky” — C. F. Kip Winger, composer (Martin West & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)

Music video

“Formation” — (Beyoncé) Melina Matsoukas, video director; Nathan Scherrer, video producer
“River” — (Leon Bridges) Miles Jay, video director; Dennis Beier, Allison Kunzman & Saul Levitz, video producers
“Up & Up” — (Coldplay) Vania Heymann & Gal Muggia, video directors; Juliette Larthe & Natan Schottenfels, video producers
“Gosh” — (Jamie XX) Romain Gavras, video director; Iconoclast, video producers
“Upside Down & Inside Out” — (OK Go) Damian Kulash Jr. & Trish Sie, video directors; Melissa Murphy & John O’Grady, video producers

Music film

“I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: Steve Aoki” — Justin Krook, video director; Brent Almond, Matt Colon, David Gelb, Ryan Kavanaugh, Happy Walters & Matthew Weaver, video producers
“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week the Touring Years” — Ron Howard, video director; Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Scott Pascucci & Nigel Sinclair, video producers
“Lemonade” — Beyoncé Knowles Carter & Kahlil Joseph, video directors; Beyoncé Knowles Carter, video producer
“The Music of Strangers” — Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble Morgan Neville, video director; Caitrin Rogers, video producer
“American Saturday Night: Live From the Grand Ole Opry” — George J. Flanigen IV, video director; John Burke & Lindsey Clark, video producers

What do you get when you mix house with Opera?
You get Septimius The Great!

This Baltimore native proves that you can turn your dreams into fruition with dedication and the courage to be different.

Although this former model doesn’t have much of a musical background, Septimius had a vision to create unique dance music that would break barriers and have everyone on their feet. Now, Septimius is a musical innovator with global recognition and ready to take on any critics that said it couldn’t be done!

What is that, you ask?

Incorporating opera with house music!

With the help of opera singer, Carmelita Bartholomew, Septimius The Great is making a permanent and well-deserved presence in the music industry! By blending rap with opera over incorporated music styles like house, dance, electronica, and pop, this duo has proven that thinking outside the box can benefit you in many ways.

Septimius’s Debut CD ‘To Be Emperor’ has been well-received both domestically and internationally, and it has also landed the duo Grammy nominations in 4 categories, including Best New Artist.

If you want to know more about this amazing artist, check out his website. In the meantime, check out his Pre-Grammy send-off event/performance, covered by Out & About with Lakia & Aneesah!

For the past ten years, I have noticed a decline in groups. When I say groups, I mean those 4, 5, and 6 member groups that effortlessly snatched our souls single after single. Those groups that give us a recollection of memories today, bringing us back to the days when music had substance and the radio was LIFE! I miss those days when our R&B groups used to sang their ASSES AWFFF, while either doing a choreographic routine or gyrating their hips on somebody’s stage!

TODAY….it’s like R&B groups have become a thing of the past. While I can appreciate the solo artists out there doing their thing (namely Ne-yo, Monica, and Jill Scott…just to name a few), I’m convinced that nothing gets your five senses jumpin’ like a good solid soulful R&B group!

 

 

 

 

 

  Groups were heavy duty in the nineties! From The Whispers to BoyzIIMen, my generation was definitely blessed to grow up as young adults during a time where music was created to transform you; lift you up, make you smile like your first love, and make you feel good like Saturday mornings. That’s what groups did for us!

Our girl groups sang lyrics that girls in love could only dream about saying and our boy groups were our perfect boyfriends in our heads. Groups gave us options to choose “our favorite”. Groups gave us an inside look at how a song can be created so beautifully with unified voices. Groups made us confident with singing their songs out loud with our friends without caring if we sounded terrible.

The vocal groups that dominated the nineties has left a tremendous impression on us. So much so, that we see how the vocal group phenomenon have all died down by the domination of pop and hip hop. Groups are indeed a thing of the past and I’m sad about all of it!

Today, the music that stay on rotation at our local radio stations  is music birthed by computers, as opposed to five part harmony. The demise of vocal groups took place when the popularity of R&B music left. It hurts my heart to see that the music industry struggles to keep it alive. There’s a much need for groups today, considering the fact that the industry is saturated with solo artists who prefers to either work by themselves or throw in a “featured artist” on a couple of singles.

It’s like groups have faded away into a distant memory. We miss the harmony, the matching outfits, the charisma, the package of talent displaying the individuality of each member collectively, and the overall feeling they gave us when singing our favorite tracks.

There’s a saying when you begin to miss an old lover.

I want that old thang back

R&B music and the groups that sang them made me feel all giddy.

I remember the days when I couldn’t WAIT to rip open that new CD I had purchased, just to hear that 3,4,5 part harmony blasting from my stereo’s speakers. I can’t even remember the last time I experienced that.

Where have R&B groups gone?

Will they ever come back?

 

Singer/actress, Letoya Luckett, is back on the music scene with brand new music and a brand new look to match!

The former member of Destiny Child, who rocked a shoulder-length wrap with a bang for many years, is now rocking a cute pixie cut and showing it off in her newest visual.

“Bak 2 Life” is the latest single from the forthcoming album,  ‘Until Then’. The Michael Vaughn Hernandez-directed visual to Luckett’s hot new single is an 8-minute movie that tells the story of a couple at odds. In one scene, Letoya’s character meets Cynthia, her man’s “best friend”, for the first time. The meeting turns into an uneasy moment for Letoya, as she watches the two inappropriately embrace. The plot thickens when Letoya suspects that her man is a little too friendly with his female best friend. The video ends with a heated argument between LeToya and her man, resulting in her leaving the relationship.

The scene with the girlfriend meeting the best friend has circulated throughout the internet, having fans asking themselves what they would do if they were in that situation.  The treatment conceptualized behind this thought-provoking visual provides a cautionary tale for those who are dealing with someone who has a best friend of the opposite sex.

Press play below!

What would YOU do if you were Letoya’s character?

I was watching a web series by Issa Rae Presents when I caught a tune accompanying one of the scenes. I fell immediately in love with the charming tune so hard, I had to purchase music by the artist who’s been on the independent scene for some time.

Her name is Alex Isley and I am forever a fan!

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Alex Isley discovered her love of music and passion for performing at an early age. She takes great pride in the influence and legacy of her family’s music; her father, Ernie Isley, and her uncles are collectively the Isley Brothers. From living room shows to elementary school talent shows, she began to cultivate her passion into a career as a musician.

She started classical vocal training at the age of 12 and later went on to attend the LA County High School for the Arts, where she discovered her love for not only listening to, but for performing jazz as well.

Singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Kurt Elling made an immense impression on her and her approach to performing, which she incorporated in her performances as a Jazz Studies major at UCLA. During her college years, Alex began songwriting, drawing from her own life experiences as well as those of friends and family. She wrote most of what would later become her first self-written and produced debut EP, “The Love/Art Memoirs,” which she released in Spring, 2012. The EP’s single, “Set In Stone,” was featured in the film “The Last Fall,” which debuted on BET and is currently airing on Netflix.

In August 2013, she released her second self-written and produced project, “DreamsInAnalog,”, which has been well-received around the world. Aside from her own music, she has more recently collaborated with those of different sound aesthetics including:Brandon Williams and Moonchild (On Williams’ “Leave Love Be”), Scarface (“Mental Exorcism”), and Kendrick Lamar’s 2016 Grammy Award-Winning, “These Walls”.

Alex’s third and most-recent self-written & produced collective,
L U X U R Y, is now available on Bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon. She is currently working on several visuals as well as planning to take to the stage nationwide and beyond.

 

I have ‘L U X U R Y’, her latest project on repeat! Catch snippets of Luxury below!

 

 

This is her hit from her ‘Dreams In Analog’ project.

Click here for more music by Alex Isley.

 

I remember how us black folks used to say “(s)he sound black!” when we were introduced to a Caucasian singer with a soulful voice. We never realized how absolutely ignorant that was to say but in some of our defense, it was only natural for us to react in such a way because we were pleasantly surprised that a non-black person could belt notes so soulful and with so much feeling.
According to Wikipedia, Rhythm & Blues (R&B) is a genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African-Americans, at a time when “urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat” was becoming more popular.

 

 

 

Today, R&B’s popularity has reached its’ highest peak with the help by some of today’s biggest entertainers, and guess what….NONE of them are black. I think it’s safe to say that R&B is no longer a “black thing”. In fact, our talented white entertainers are proving that soul has no color.

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I  want to dedicate this post to the late great Teena Marie. I was a kid when I discovered that she was white when my mother brought home her classic album Robbery. I was truly amazed because her music exudes a passionate soul that I thought only a black woman could vocalize. Her singing skills were impeccable, to say the least. I loved how her African-American fans embraced her & “adopted” her as their blue-eyed sister of soul. Since my discovery of Teena, I hold on to that memory when I’m introduced to a Caucasian R&B singer. At this day in age, when urban culture is becoming widely popular & accepted, the development of R&B singers goes far & beyond the kid from the projects now. The love of urban culture & the birth of R&B singers are also developed in predominantly white neighborhoods.

 

 

How do you feel about white artists labeled as R&B singers?

I saw 6lack (pronounced Black) as a music suggestion on Facebook, and I’m so glad I took it!

Because of 6lack’s soul-snatching debut studio album, ‘FREE6LACK’, he’s been named by Rolling Stone last year, as one of the 10 new artists to watch for.

The first single, “PRBLMS”, has put this rising Atlanta artist at the top, thanks to his bangin’ beats and unique sound. Since the official release of “PRBLMS”, the 23-year-old racked up thousands of streams on Soundcloud and earned a spot on the top five on iTunes R&B and soul charts!

Honestly…the entire album is worth your money. The 11-track project is full of bold lyrics accompanied with grimy, but sensual melodies.

This dude will be around for a while, so get used to his name.

 

Pastor and Gospel artist, Kim Burrell was supposed to perform her single with Pharrell, “I See a Victory” off the ‘Hidden Figures’ soundtrack, but since a video circulated of her giving a homophobic sermon, Ellen Cancelled Kim Burrell’s appearance. As a result, Pharrell performed alone and sat with Ellen to discuss the controversial message in Burrell’s sermon about the LGBT community.

 

We have to talk about this before we go. You were supposed to do a different song, and you were supposed to perform it with a singer that, I actually didn’t know her; her name is Kim Burrell. And she made a statement. She was doing a Facebook Live, and she said some very not nice things about homosexuals, so I didn’t feel like that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she’s saying things about me,” Ellen said before giving the floor to Pharrell.

“Well, there’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on. Like, there’s no room. I… she’s a fantastic singer, and I love her, just like I love everybody else, and we all got to get used to that. We all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world, and it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way,” responded Pharrell.

Different group…same situation.

 

Four years after gaining mega success from their win on X Factor USA,  Fifth Harmony now becomes Fourth Harmony. The group recently announced on Twitter that Camila Cabellos is parting ways with the popular girl group.

Read their statement below