Alicia Keys has been tapped to host the 61st Annual Grammy Awards,
Keys shared the news with an Instagram Story video that contained a behind-the-scenes look into how this opportunity came to pass. The video, which is now gone, opened with when Keys received the phone call offering her the gig. The video also shows Keys sharing the news with husband, Swizz Beats, and her two kids.
The video wraps up with Keys detailing her excitement about accepting the position. “I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I know what it feels like to be proud of the work that you’ve put in, and to be recognized for it,” Keys said. “I just feel grateful that I’m able to bring that light and that energy. This is a first – it’s a first, and it’s amazing, and I think it’s perfect timing. Honestly, I’m really excited, I feel really good about it, because I feel like it’s the perfect opportunity for me to give the light back, lift people up, especially all the young women that are nominated.”
Keys isn’t nominated for any Grammys this year, but she’s no novice to winning. To-date, she has won 15 Grammys. She won her last Grammy for Best R&B Album for Girl On Fire, in 2014
Set your reminders now, as the Grammys will air live on CBS February 10th at 8 p.m. ET.
The pair have been busy making music together, however, their recent instagram pic showed the two in a embrace you don’t see many friends doing.
Drake’s on-again-off-again love Rihanna didn’t seem happy with the photo, as both parties posted it on their respective Instagrams, and she unfollowed Lopez on Instagram.
The pair could simply be drumming up publicity for whatever projct they have in the works, or they really could be romancing the stone. Neither party have come forward to confirm or den the rumors.
Hot on the heels of the release of his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem covers Billboard magazine.
Though he’s been rapping and putting out albums for over a decade, Eminem is still not comfortable with fame. Check out some of his insight on fame, creating music and much more.
On not being comfortable with fame:
“I wanted the fame, but not the cover of Newsweek/Oh well, I guess beggars can’t be choosy,” he rhymes. “Wanted to receive attention for my music/Wanted to be left alone in public, excuse me.”
“I remember it felt like shit was just flying by me and nothing really seemed real.” He adds, “When I was making records, I would just take my frustrations out about that. I mean, fuck, here it is 2013 and I still don’t really have a total grasp on it yet and understand it.”
On fans liking his music:
“I kind of just make what I make and however people take to it is how they take to it, or don’t take to it,” he says. “I knew that it would have to match a certain intensity and vibe and feel in order to call it [The Marshall Mathers LP 2]. I want to say I’m confident that I’ve done that, but it’s up to the listener to decide.”
On bringing things back to old-school Hip-Hop with MMLP2:
“One of the things I thought might be cool to try to accomplish was to see if I could bring it back and remind people of the first time they ever heard me on a record. I wanted to try and recapture that nostalgic feeling.”
On his life now:
“Things are a little more calm for me now,” Eminem says. “There was a time when everything was kind of flying by the seat of my pants and I kind of didn’t know what was happening to my life. That certainly did get the best of me, with drugs and the pressure of all that shit. I’m at a different point now, but I still want to rap with the same energy and intensity and passion as before because, at the end of the day, this is what I love.”
Rasheeda from Love & Hip Hop ATL, has released the music video for her most controversial song yet.
Fans of the hit VH1 show saw the female emceee shooting the video for “Hit It From The Back” on last week’s episode. Rasheeda was sporting a gold outfit with a peplum top to hide her growing baby bump.
But despite the constructive criticism she received abut the video from Deb Antney, Rasheeda obviously still decided to shoot the rest of the video.
The song,” Hit It From The Back was recorded in 2012 and here is the music video.
Rick Ross is upset over losing his Reebok deal and feels the company owes him a second chance.
TMZ is reporting that Ross will lose between $3.5 million and $5 million. The rapper was getting a check every time he wore a pair of the company’s shoes.
Following the release of his controversial song, “U.O.E.N.O” Reebok severed ties with Ross. The song, which includes the lyric “Put Molly [Ecstasy] all in the champagne. She ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoy that. She ain’t even know it,” has been the topic of conversation since the lyric eludes to the act of rape.
Before being dropped, Ross issued a apology and pulled the song , which was only available on a mixtape.
According to TMZ, Ross feels the company should forgive him because he did so much for the brand by bringing classic Reeboks back in style in the hip-hop community.
Reebok has not changed its tune on the matter, saying, “We are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.”
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.”
“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
Allure magazine sat down with Nicki Minaj recently for a short interview. Nicki is the hottest selling female emcee currently, so everyone and their momma is featuring her. In this interview Nicki talks about how she started out in music, her alter egos, her beauty icons and much more. Some more picture might be surfacing in the next few days, and when/of they do you guys will see them. Check out the interview below.
Do your alter egos have their own style?
“They definitely do, Martha’s an older lady in her 60s or 50s. The nerdy look I did in my Saturday Night Live sketch was Dexter. I haven’t unveiled Roman yet. I can’t wait to show everyone what he looks like! I think that my more flamboyant stuff is definitely not Nicki – it’s basically Roman in drag.”
You went to La Guardia Arts High School of fame for acting, how did you end up in music?
“Because it was easier to do on me own terms. With acting auditions, you have to be mentally prepared for constant rejection. I don’t think I was mature enough [for that]. With music, it was like everyone around me was doing it, so that was an easy transition.”
Do you have any beauty icons?
“I love Cyndi Lauper’s style. I remember watching her as a kid and thinking, I don’t know who this is, but I want to hang out with her. Her style looked like a piece of art to me.”
You’ve been ranked as the new queen of hip-hop by Rolling Stone and your album Pink Friday, topped the charts. Pressure?
“A lot of people don’t treat me like a new artist, even though this is only my first album. It takes a lot out of me. But I would definitely rather people have high expectations than the opposite. Until maybe six months ago, I was underestimated my whole life.”