Today (July 31) it was revealed that Jennifer Lopez will be the recipient of the 2018 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard. A Bronx native, J.Lo made her musical debut in 1999 with On The 6, and hasn't looked back since then.
“It is amazing. Honestly, growing up on MTV and watching all my idols get this award, to be the recipient this year is like…I can’t even believe it. I’m so excited,” Lopez shared in an interview with MTV’s Sway Calloway.
This marks the first time a Latin artist has been on the receiving end of this award that was first introduced in 1984. The moment also marks 19 years since Lopez was nominated for Best New Artist in a Video at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
The “Dinero” singer, who has won two VMA trophies, follows the footsteps of Madonna, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Rihanna, her “All I Have” collaborator LL Cool J and most recently Pink.
The MTV VMAs airs on Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. EST.
In one of the most sweeping changes since the introduction of the Grammy Awards in 1959, the number of nominations in the record, song and album of the year, as well as the best new artist category, will expand from five to eight.
The changes will take place effective immediately for the 61st Grammy Awards set for 2019 in Los Angeles.
The move is intended to broaden the kinds of artists it recognizes and one that could result in more female, country and rock musicians up for high-profile prizes.
In other changes, music supervisors will be considered nominees in the Best Compilation Soundtrack Album category (although they will no longer be eligible for consideration as album producers, unless they produced at least 51 percent of the album in question), and nominations for the World Music Field will now be determined through its own Nominations Review Committee.
When you hear the slogan, “We got the streets, Y'all can have the rest”, you think of none other than the Blok Club DJs. From breaking artists records to educating members about the music business, the Blok Club DJs are a force to be reckoned with. On Sunday, February 25, 2018, the Blok Club DJs are thrilled to announce their 8th annual Meet & Greet and 10th-year-anniversary event at Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill located at 431 W. Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, IL. The event will be hosted by the Blok Club DJs and Power 92’s own Raw TV Radio will be in the building broadcasting live.
Blok Club DJs is an alliance of the hottest DJs from around the country whose passion and appreciation for the true artistry of DJ’ing have led them to join forces in order to reach their goals in a more unified and efficient manner. Blok Club DJs core principles include: breaking artists records, educating members about the music business, industry networking, providing professional development and training, helping up-and-coming DJs hone their craft and providing aspiring artists with an outlet to effectively promote their music.
Along with live performances and panel discussions, you are bound to run into every who’s who in the music industry at one of Blok Club DJs meet and greets. Managers, Producers, Engineers, Entertainment Lawyers, Graphic Designers, PR Agents, A & R Reps, Promoters and some of Chicago’s hottest Rappers, Singers and Poets are known to be in the building. If you are looking for an opportunity to build your network, attending a Blok Club DJ meet and greet is the way to go. Bring your flyers, business cards, and open mind and be prepared to learn from some of the best the industry has to offer. For more information or if you are interested in performing or being a sponsor please contact email@example.com.
The Recording Academy has announced Rihanna, DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller as additional performers for this month's Grammy Awards ceremony in New York. The show will be hosted by Late Late Show host James Corden and airs on CBS on January 28th.
I guess greatness just runs in the family. When it come's to accolades, Jay-Z has gotten plenty. Awards, music sales, and all that money. Add is equally as talented (and maybe more popular) wife Beyonce to the equation and greatness goes off the charts. While we are at it, let's not forget that Solange is out there making music history on her own and even little Blue Ivy is a star in the making. No another person related to Hov is ready to be in the spotlight, Gloria Carter, Jay-Z's mom.
Gloria Carter will be honored at the GLAAD Media Awards. This announcement was made Friday morning (Jan. 19), as the award show centered around the inclusiveness of the LGBTQ community revealed that the song “Smile” from JAY-Z’s 4:44 album will receive special recognition. The track, which features a sample of Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s in Need of Love Today,” details Gloria’s coming-out story from the perspective of her son. “Smile” also features an original poem by Gloria Carter, which is heard at the end.
Congrats Ms. Carter!
The 2018 NAACP Image Awards were handed out on Sunday (Jan. 14) and Monday (Jan. 15) night in a two-day ceremony in Pasadena, California. This marked the 49th annual presentation of the awards that aim to celebrate the achievements of people of color in music, film, television and literature.
This year, the big prize, The Entertainer of the Year Award, went to director Ava DuVernay. Best Picture went to Girls Trip, Best Television Comedy went to Black-ish, and Best Television Drama went to Power.
Daniel Kaluuya won best actor in a motion picture for Get Out and Octavia Spencer brought home best actress in a motion picture for Gifted. Black-ish’s Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross landed best actor and actress in a television comedy, respectively, while Power’s Omari Hardwick and Empire’s Taraji P. Henson were crowned best actor and actress in a drama series.
Here's A Full List Of 2018 NAACP Image Award Winners:
Entertainer of the Year: Ava DuVernay (Queen Sugar)
Outstanding Motion Picture - Girl's Trip (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Drama Series - Power (Starz)
Outstanding Comedy Series - black-ish (ABC)
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series - Omari Hardwick – Power (Starz)
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series - Tracee Ellis Ross – black-ish (ABC)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series - Taraji P. Henson – Empire (FOX)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series - Anthony Anderson – black-ish (ABC)
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture - Octavia Spencer – Gifted (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Jay Ellis – Insecure (HBO)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Marsai Martin – black-ish (ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Joe Morton – Scandal
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Naturi Naughton – Power (Starz)
Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special - The New Edition Story (BET)
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special - Idris Elba – Guerrilla (Showtime)
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special - Queen Latifah – Flint (Lifetime)
Outstanding News / Information – (Series or Special) - Unsung (TV One)
Outstanding Talk Series - The Real (Syndicated)
Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series - The Manns (TV One)
Outstanding Variety or Game Show (Series or Special) - Lip Sync Battle (Spike)
Outstanding Children’s Program - Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)
Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series) - Caleb McLaughlin – Stranger Things (Netflix)
Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble - Roland Martin – News One Now (TV One)
Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble - LL Cool J – Lip Sync Battle (Spike)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - Idris Elba – Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel Studios)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture - Detroit (Annapurna Pictures)
Outstanding Documentary – (Film) - STEP (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Outstanding Documentary – (Television) - The 44th President: In His Own Words
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series - Janine Barrois – Claws – “Batsh*t” (TNT)
Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series - Gina Prince-Bythewood – Shots Fired – “Hour One: Pilot” (FOX)
Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special - Abdul Williams – The New Edition Story – Night Two (BET)
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture - Jordan Peele – Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - Anton Cropper – black-ish – “Juneteenth” (ABC)
Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series - Carl Franklin – 13 Reasons Why – “Tape 5, Side B” (Netflix)
Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special - Allen Hughes – The Defiant Ones (HBO)
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture - Jordan Peele – Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance - Tiffany Haddish – Legends of Chamberlain Heights (Comedy Central)
Outstanding New Artist - SZA – Ctrl (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)
Outstanding Male Artist - Bruno Mars – “Versace On the Floor” (Atlantic Records)
Outstanding Female Artist - Mary J. Blige – “Strength of a Woman” (Capitol Records)
Outstanding Album - DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album - “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration - Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna – “LOYALTY.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Outstanding Song – Traditional - “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
Outstanding Song – Contemporary - “HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Outstanding Jazz Album - Petite Afrique – Somi (Sony Music/OKeh)
Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary) - Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2 – Greenleaf Soundtrack (RCA Inspiration)
Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction - The Annotated African American Folktales – Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Author), Maria Tatar (Author) (Liveright Publishing Corporation)
Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction - Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies – Dick Gregory (HarperCollins Publishers)
Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author - No One Is Coming to Save Us – Stephanie Powell Watts (HarperCollins Publishers)
Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography - Becoming Ms. Burton – From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women – Susan Burton (Author), Cari Lynn (Author), Michelle Alexander (Foreword By) (The New Press)
Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional - The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams – Dr. Tererai Trent (Author), Oprah Winfrey (Foreword By) (Simon and Schuster)
Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry - Incendiary Art: Poems – Patricia Smith (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)
Outstanding Literary Work – Children - Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History – Vashti Harrison (Hachette Book Group)
Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens - Clayton Byrd Goes Underground – Rita Williams-Garcia (Author), Frank Morrison (Illustrator (Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers)