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2013 Soul Train Awards Nominations

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And the nominees are…

Anthony Anderson and  Wendy Williams  announced some of the 2013 Soul Train Awards on Williams’ show yesterday. The rest of the nominees were then revealed later on that day. Robin Thicke and Justin Timbelake both snagged five nods each.  Other nominees include Jay-Z,  Tamar Braxton, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Rihanna and TGT.

Check out the complete list below.

Anderson is set to host the awards show.

Best New Artist
Bridget Kelly
K. Michelle
Kendrick Lamar
Tamar Braxton
TGT

Centric Certified Award
Joss Stone
Luke James
Lyfe Jennings
Solange
Stacy Barthe
Talib Kweli

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance
Break Every Chain – Tasha Cobbs
Confessions- Lecrae
Every Praise – Hezekiah Walker
God Will Make Away – Shirley Caesar
If He Did It Before…Same God – Tye Tribbett
Life & Favor – John P. Kee & New Life

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
Bad – Wale feat. Tiara Thomas
High School – Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Wayne
Holy Grail – Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Power Trip – J. Cole feat. Miguel
Started From the Bottom – Drake

The Chaka Khan Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
Alicia Keys
Chrisette Michele
Fantasia
Janelle Monáe
Kelly Rowland
Tamar Braxton

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
Bruno Mars
Charlie Wilson
Chris Brown
John Legend
Miguel
Robin Thicke

Album of the Year
The 20/20 Experience, The – Justin Timberlake
Good Kid, m.A.A.d City – Kendrick Lamar
Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel
Magna Carta… Holy Grail – Jay Z
The Side Effects of You – Fantasia
Unapologetic – Rihanna

Song of the Year
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I.
Diamonds -Rihanna
Fine China – Chris Brown
Love and War – Tamar Braxton
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award
Crooked Smile – J.Cole (Jermaine Cole, Meleni Smith)
Fire We Make – Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (Gary Clark Jr., Warren Felder, Alicia Keys, Andrew Wansel)
Lose to Win – Fantasia (Francine Golde, Dennis Lambert, Andrea Martin, Walter Orange, Harmony Samuels)
Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper Jr., LaShawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick)
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake (James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake)
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Roman GianArthur Irvin , Dr. Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Janelle Monáe Robinson, Kellis Parker Jr.)

Best Dance Performance
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
Body Party – Ciara
Fine China – Chris Brown
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z
Treasure – Bruno Mars

Video of the Year
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. (Diane Martel)
Fine China – Chris Brown (Chris Brown, Sylvain White)
Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Walid Azami)
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake (The Lil Homie, Dave Free, and Dangeroo Kipawaa)
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Alan Ferguson)
Started from the Bottom – Drake (Director X)

Best Collaboration
Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell – Fire We Make
Brandy feat. Chris Brown – Put It Down
J.Cole feat. Miguel – Power Trip
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N.
Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar – How Many Drinks
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. – Blurred Lines
Wale feat. Sam Dew – LoveHate Thing

Best Traditional Jazz Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
George Benson feat. Wynton Marsalis – Unforgettable
Jeffrey Osborne feat. Chaka Khan – Baby it’s Cold Outside
Tony Bennett feat. Marc Anthony – For Once In My Life
Nicole Henry – Waiting In Vain
Terence Blanchard – Pet Step Sister’s Theme Song

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
Jose James – Trouble
Boney James feat. Rick Braun – Batucada (The Beat)
Michael Bublé – It’s A Beautiful Day
Dave Koz – Got To Get You Into My Life
George Duke – Missing You

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
Ashanti – Never Should Have
Brian McKnight – Sweeter
Kenny Lattimore – Find A Way
Maysa – Love Me Good
Raheem DeVaughn – Love Connection
Ronald Isley – Dinner And A Movie

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Chris Brown Helps Make Dream Come True for Virginia Teen

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Chris Brown joined forces with the Kids Wish Network & The Symphonic Love Foundation to make a dream come true, for a teen from his home state of Virginia.

Mohamed Elherazy, who suffers from a severe physical disability, got the opportunity to meet Brown  while he performed at the 2013  Hot 97 Summer Jam Concert.

“There are few things that are more satisfying than being able to put a smile on the face of a child struggling with a life-altering illness. With the generous support of partners like Chris Brown and The Symphonic Love Foundation, we are able to make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of children every year,” said Anna Lanzatella, Executive Director of the Kids Wish Network. “We will continue to work to provide opportunities to children in need through our wish granting programs.”

When Mohamed Elherazy, 17, was asked what he wanted for his wish, he said, “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. I am not afraid to fail, because I understand that life is a process of trials and tribulations. We are at our weakest when we forget to believe in ourselves, and our dreams…but I learned from Chris Brown that your dreams are never too big, and when you fall get right back up, and try again; my wish is to meet Chris Brown.”

To make his wish come true, Kids Wish Network arranged an all expenses paid trip to Rutherford, New Jersey so Elherazy could meet Chris Brown during his performance at Summer Jam. During the meeting, Chris told Mohamed to follow his dreams no matter what obstacles he faces, and that is exactly what Mohamed intends to do.

Earlier this week, Chris wished Mo a happy 18th birthday “Happy Bday and every day @MoHerezy! Keep inspiring positivity brother”.

“This was the first time in my life that I have seen my son happy, I felt like they had known each other forever” said Naglaa Eid, Elherazy’s mother.

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for making Mohamed’s dream become a reality: Chris Brown and The Symphonic Love Foundation, Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel, Top of the Rock Observation Deck, Heartland Brewery and Volare’s Italian Restaurant.

For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit kidswishnetwork.org or facebook.com/kidswishnetwork.

Check out Brown and Elherazy below.

 

 

Info – Melissa Schwartz for Bromwichgroup.com

Drake for GQ Magazine [July]

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Drake is all-smiles on the cover of the July issue of GQ magazine.

In an article titled “How to Drake It In America,” rapper Drake chats with GQ magazine about his career, family, what keeps him motivated and the simple things in life. The “Thank Me Later’ emcee even reveals his thoughts  on that infamous feud with Chris Brown.

On his haters:

“You notice they don’t criticize the music itself, though,” says Drake about his detractors. “I’m okay with that.”

 On feeling like a boxer before a main event:
“You know the way fighters don’t fuck before the fight?” he says. “Sometimes I feel like I’m so focused on training my body and getting my mind right to create this album that sex isn’t one of my main priorities. If someone is around that I know and trust, I’m down. But I’m not going to end up with some stranger at this party.”
On his reservations about playing big venues:
“I fully accept I’m an arena-touring act,” says Drake. “When I’m writing, I’m thinking about how the songs are going to play live. Fifty bars of rap don’t translate onstage. No matter how potent the music, you lose the crowd. They want a hook; they want to sing your stuff back to you. That’s why on this album I’ve been trying to condense my thoughts to sixteen-bar verses. There’s something to be said for spacing out the lines, to infiltrate people’s minds.”

 On mending his broken relationship with his dad:
It’s an emotional process,” Drake says. “My father is an incredible man—charming, talented, and stylish—and I’m sort of living the dream he had for himself. But his actions served as that reverse role model for me. There are a lot of things that I don’t ever want to do. I don’t want to miss years of my child’s life. I don’t want to put a woman on a roller-coaster ride.”

 On the Chris Brown feud:
“I hear he has everything he could want now,” Drake says. “I don’t want my name to be synonymous with that guy’s name. I really don’t. I wish we could sit down, just like you and me are right now, and talk it out man-to-man. But that’s not going to happen. I’m not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I’m not going to back down.”He continues, “It’s embarrassing, the amount of media coverage,” he says. “Two rappers fighting over the woman. He’s not even a rapper, but still, it’s the last way you want your name out there. It distracts from the music. But he’s made me the enemy, and that’s the way it’s gonna stay, I guess.”

Jessica White’s Fourth Annual Angel Wings Foundation Fundraiser, May 26

2013 BET Awards Nominations

Chris Brown Dishes on Upcoming Album, “X”

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Chris Brown is returning to his roots.

After releasing a wave of pop and dance songs, Brown’s upcoming studio album, X,  will mainly consist of R&B with a little bit of Hip Hop mixed in.

MTV sat down with the “Turn The Music Up” singer to discuss his upcoming album and why he’s opted to go back to his roots.

On letting his music speak for itself instead of going social media rants:

“I think it’s smarter as an entertainer and as a leader,” he said, in regards to not engage in social media rants and arguments.   “I have to think logically. When I’m too attainable, it makes me too down. Now I express it through my music and through my paintings as well. What I want to talk about comes out, and the beat fills in the rest. All of it coexists with my reality now. I’m an open book. I think the way my life is, people want to know all the time, so I have to let them know through my music.”

On critics:

“I’m saying, ‘You can start a fight, but why? I came to party. Why trip off the bullsh– when I’m on the good sh–?’ ”

On what fans can expect from this new album:

“For the first single, I wanted to go more nostalgic, bring Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke to it, but also bring a new sound to what my audience and fans are listening to,” he said. “For this album, I wanted to have the same mentality as I did with the first album — me being green, me not thinking I know what’s hot and what’s next, me just being Chris Brown. I think this will show my vocal ability a lot more. I’ve developed a falsetto, I can sing at a higher register, and I can elaborate more on my skill.”

On naming the album, X:

“The song and the album title ‘X’ has a couple different meanings,” he explained. “It can refer to an ex-girlfriend, in terms of you always look forward to moving forward from. It’s also about being a reject in a sense. In me being myself, being able to grow up, me not always hanging around the right crowd or doing the right thing all the time — it’s me saying, ‘I’m over it. I’m past the bullsh– now.’ ”

Source – MTV

New Music Video: Chris Brown -“She Ain’t You”

She Ain’t You”  from Chris Brown‘s fourth studio album, F.A.M.E.. The song was written by Brown,Ryan Buendia, Kevin McCall, Jean Baptiste,  and Jason Boyd. The song samples  Michael Jackson‘s hit songHuman Nature”  and the remix of “Right Here” by SWV.

Brown also dedicated the video/song to MJ, who was one of his biggest inspirations.

Check out the official music video for the song below and let me know your thoughts.

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