2015 BET Awards Highlights

Another award show has come and gone and as much as I convinced myself that I wouldn’t be watching this years BET Awards, I ended up watching. The show was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson with a whole bunch of fluff and mediocre performances in between.
I won’t touch base on every performance, but let’s get into my favorites.

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2015 Grammy Nominees

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It’s been quite the year for music, album sales might not show it, but there’s been a lot of newcomers and the usuals that have topped the charts. The 2015 Grammy nominees were announced by Pharrell and Ed Sheeran LIVE on CBS today (Friday,12/5). Album of the Year will be announced on an hour long special , “A VERY Grammy Christmas” on CBS 9 ET/ 10 PT.

Here’s some of the nominees (from my fav categories):

RECORD OF THE YEAR

  • Iggy Azalea x Charlie XCX, ‘Fancy’
  • Sia, ‘Chandelier’
  • Sam Smith, ‘Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)’
  • Taylor Swift, ‘Shake It Off’
  • Meghan Trainor, ‘All About That Bass’

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • ‘All About That Bass’
  • ‘Chandelier’
  • ‘Shake It Off’
  • ‘Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)’
  • ‘Take Me to Church’

BEST NEW ARTIST

  • Iggy Azalea
  • Bastille
  • Brandy Clark
  • Haim
  • Sam Smith

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

  • Coldplay, Ghost Stories
  • Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
  • Ariana Grande, My Everything
  • Katy Perry, Prism
  • Ed Sheeran, X
  • Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour 

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

  • Jhene Aiko, Sail Out
  • Beyoncé, Beyoncé
  • Chris Brown, X
  • Mali Music, Mali Is…
  • Pharrell Williams, Girl

BEST RAP ALBUM

  • Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
  • Childish Gambino, Because The Internet 
  • Common, Nobody’s Smiling
  • Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP2
  • Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron 
  • Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood 

 

The 57th Annual Grammy’s will air LIVE on Sunday, February 8, 2015. Check out the full list of nominees HERE.

Stay tuned for a post later featuring the Album of the Year nominees.

 

This Week In Music [V.18] — Video Overload #2

Welcome to another edition of THIS WEEK IN MUSIC! (Insert thunderous applause and screams.) In this edition this is another video overload. I’ll have more of these in the future. Check out my first video overload in #TWIMV4. As always be sure to click the links, which I have bolded for convenience. Thanks in advance. Let’s get to it.

Before I get into the reviews be sure to check out my posts from this week:

Now on to the videos. As I mentioned already there’s been a lot of videos released this week and although it’d be great for me to review THEM ALL, I’ll highlight some as well as include some new music at the end.

2 Chainz channels Michael Jackson’s, ‘Thriller’ (yes, you read correctly) in his new video for ‘Freebase’ off his latest project, Freebase-EP. He did give a disclaimer in the beginning of the video.

“This video is for entertainment purposes only and dedicated to one of my favorite artists. In no kind of way is it our intent to disrespect the legacy of the greatest entertainer of all time.”

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The video stays true the concept of ‘Thriller’ and I get why he would go with a concept as such being as what freebase can do to people. Despite that, nothing else in the video added up. I mean it wasn’t a horrible video, but it only semi-made sense when it got to freebase. Great visual if you take out the rapping. I couldn’t stop laughing. Points to 2 Chainz for experimenting, but the video was off lyrically. Check it out below:

2 Chainz isn’t the only one experimenting with the visuals. Future took it to another level with his video, ‘Coupe’. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and watched it anyway not expecting much from it. Glad my bar wasn’t set high. This video is boring, the song is boring, and Future could and has done better. If interested, check it out below:

Common has released the visual for his Big Sean assisted track, ‘Diamonds’ from his latest album Nobody’s Smiling. The video is really nothing special as their silhouettes are merging over skylines in a black and white setting. I do like the song though. Common has announced his departure from G.O.O.D. Music as well. Take a look at the video below:

Daley has released a cliche video for his single ‘Look Up’ off his debut album, Days & Nights. He goes through the whole whirlwind of being on tour, how it’s a dream come true, the love from fans, etc. There’s nothing really exciting about it, but his voice is so amazing. Check it out below:

Until next time…

 

 

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY – Common, Tyga, Kanye & MORE

So there’s not MUCH new music out right now being that its the first ‘full’ week of January.

Let’s hit the Hip Hop headlines.

Common had been in the studio working and is set to be releasing a new album with No I.D. titled, Nobody’s Smiling. Check out the video below to hear what Common has to say about his upcoming album and his new track, ‘War.’

Well Common is NOT the only rapper in the studio at the top of the year. Tyga and Kanye were photo’d in the studio over the weekend. Who knows where that could go.

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I could hear Tyga rapping over a dope Ye beat. If there’s one thing Tyga is good for, in my eyes at least, it’s his punch lines. Can’t go wrong with punch lines & a dope beat.

READ MORE to see who else is back in the studio & new music on the way.

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