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From Lizzo to H.E.R. To Lil Nas X, Young Artists Rule Grammys

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NEW YORK (AP) — Genre-mashing, bold and chart-topping new artists have caught the attention of the Recording Academy, as Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X lead in nominations at the 2020 Grammy Awards.

RELATED: Lizzo Is Top Nominee For 2020 Grammys

Lizzo is in first place, scoring eight bids Wednesday for her fun, positive rap-pop style that has made her not only the year’s top new act, but arguably the year’s most successful musician.

She and Eilish — who created her best-selling debut album with her brother Finneas at their home studio — each earned nominations in the top four categories: album, song and record of the year, along with best new artist. Lil Nas X, who burst onto music charts with the country-trap anthem “Old Town Road,” earned nominations for album, record and song of the year.

Yola, the British country-soul singer who scored four nominations, said she feels honored to be nominated for best new artist alongside Lizzo, Lil Nas X and Eilish.

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“You just couldn’t ignore the contribution that Lizzo’s brought, or Lil Nas, and the conversation he and I have been opening up about country music,” said Yola. “And obviously Billie, she’s killing it.

“I find it really hard to believe that I was awake — that it was a real thing. It’s such a hard category to get into,” she added.

Rounding out the nominees for best new artist are pop singer Maggie Rogers, Spanish artist Rosalía, New Orleans group Tank and the Bangas and Austin-based duo Black Pumas.

Yola, who spoke from Germany where she was performing Wednesday, said she couldn’t stop crying after getting the good news. Her other nominations include best American Roots performance and best American Roots song for “Faraway Look,” as well as best Americana album for “Walk Through Fire,” which was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.

“I’m an album-maker more than a person that focuses on singles, so that’s just really meaningful,” she said.

Creating an album instead of focusing on singles is also important to H.E.R., who is returning to the 2020 Grammys with her second nomination for album of the year.

H.E.R., who scored five nominations at last year’s Grammys, including a bid for best new artist, returns this year with five more nominations. She won two awards in the R&B categories earlier this year and said she’s not sure what advice to offer the new acts who are dominating in Grammy nominations.

 

 

“I don’t even know if I can give advice because everything felt so surreal to me. I was just thankful, and I know the nominations itself is just a stamp on all the hard work,” she said. “It solidifies that, like, ‘Wow, I really made it to even be named among these artists. It’s just a good feeling.””I can’t believe it honestly. It’s a big category. It’s like the biggest category,” H.E.R. said in a phone interview from London. “It feels like the first time again.”

She’s got some stiff competition for the show’s big award: Along with Lizzo’s “Cuz I Love You,” Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” and Lil Nas X’s “7,” H.E.R.’s “I Used to Know Her” will compete with Vampire Weekend’s “Father of the Bride,” Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next,” Bon Iver’s “I, I” and Lana Del Rey’s “Norman (Expletive) Rockwell!”

The R&B singer-songwriter-guitarist is also up for record and song of the year with “Hard Place.” In song of the year, women dominate with seven of the eight nominations, including Lady Gaga, Eilish, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Lana Del Rey and Tanya Tucker.

“It’s a beautiful thing,” she said of the women taking over. “Absolutely.”

H.E.R. said the key to her success has been staying true to herself and following whatever sound and style she wants to explore. Her goal, she said, is to be a genre-less artist.

“The fact of the matter is — I’m not just one thing. And I love all styles of music,” she said. “I listen to Led Zeppelin and I listen to Jimi Hendrix. And I also listen to a lot of Drake, and I also listen to a lot of hip-hop from today. The range, as far as what I love, is so wide that it’s only right for me to explore the things that I love.”

The 62nd annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26, 2020.

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Evelyn Lozada Gets Baptized, Re-Dedicates Life To God

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Evelyn Lozada of Basketball Wives fame has decided to re-dedicate her life to the Lord.

In an exclusive interview with Baller Alert, Lozada spoke upon how a recent moment in her life caused her to turn to the Lord and be closer with Him.

“I’m not living my life for Instagram, Facebook, I’m living my life for my family, my kids, and God,” she said.

She continued,  “Something was missing, it was on my heart, it was on my mind [to get baptized].”

Lozada originally dedicated her life to the Lord in 2013 following the end of her marriage to NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson. Her second rededication following her baptism on Monday has also come with a slew of lifestyle changes such as no longer having premarital sex.

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“I’m done with premarital sex,” Lozada said. She revealed that certain interactions and relationships drained her soul and spirit.

“I felt like… [in] those relationships I lost a piece of me, every time I had sex [out-of-wedlock]. Whether they’re interested in me or not with what my journey is, if they’re not with it ,then I feel like it kinda clears out the BS, so that’s what I want for my life.”

She also found a spiritual friend in Kanye West, who also is going through his own religious awakening.

“You know it’s so crazy,” she said. “I think people that don’t understand, say ‘Oh Kanye’s so crazy,’” but, “he makes a lot of sense,” she said, noting that outside of his sneakers and music, she didn’t really know where Kanye stood on things. “I’m proud of him and the journey that he’s on. It inspired me; I’m excited for him. I’m rooting for him from the side.”

Her ultimate goal with her journey? Inspiring other girls.

“I feel like I want to be able to be an example,” Lozada said. “I want to be able to speak to young girls from where I came from. I want to be able to inspire other people to, especially young girls, young women, to be able to just really love themselves and really honor themselves. You know your body is a temple.”

She added, “It takes time to get there mentally. I’m not saying I’m perfect because trust me; I’m not. I’m still working on cursing and stuff like that, which has been a way of life for many years. But you know, just really wanting to inspire the youth and young girls.”


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A Studio Exec Once Suggested Julia Roberts Should Play Harriet Tubman

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From Pretty Woman to Harriet?  Sounds a bit off to us but a movie executive thought that Julia Roberts would be perfect to play the once slave turned abolitionist in the movie ‘Harriet.’

RELATED: Despite Controversy, “Harriet” Is A Must-See

Rewind to 1994 to when screenwriter and producer of the film ‘Harriet’ Gregory Allen was shopping the film around to movie executives, yes it sounds crazy that a film sometimes takes this long to get picked up but hear us out.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, in a recent interview, Allen recalled that Hollywood was “very different” in the mid-90s.  So different that a suggestion was made to Allen about who the lading role of Harriet Tubman should be in his film, Julia Roberts!

 

 

“I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, ‘This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman,’” Allen explained. “When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn’t be Harriet, the executive responded, ‘It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.’”

Can you imagine?!  Thank God the film took twenty-five years to get picked up and Cynthia Erivo was chosen to play Harriet Tubman.

 

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“Orange Is The New Black” Star Danielle Brooks Welcomes Her First Child! [PHOTOS]

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Congrats are in order for Orange Is The New Black star Danielle Brooks!

The actress gave birth to her first bundle of joy, a baby girl on Saturday, Nov. 16.

She shared the good news on Monday with a black and white photo of her baby girl resting on her chest.

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Brooks did not reveal the baby’s name.

Earlier this summer, the lauded actress revealed her pregnancy and posted the image of her holding a digital pregnancy test that read positive.

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 Throughout the summer, Brooks has shown the world the progress of her pregnancy from the debut of her baby bump at 20 weeks and how she felt a mixed range of emotions before becoming a first-time mom.

“I’m excited to teach her how to be a woman in this world without worrying about judgment and give her the freedom to be the person that she wants to be,” Brooks told PEOPLE. “Then getting to see that person come to life and grow and change their opinions. I’m excited to see this little human!”

Congrats to the lovely family!


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Keyshia Cole Talks Falling In Love With Younger Niko Khale After Listening To His Music

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Keyshia Cole is dating a man 15 years her junior, and despite what the haters have to say about it… the R&B star is living her best life with her man and their new baby.

The 38-year-old opened up on her new talk show on Fox Soul, which debuted last week, about how she and Niko Khale first connected via Instagram.

The mother of two explained how she was feeling Niko after hearing his music and when he remixed one of her hit songs, per MadameNoire.

“I was on Instagram, and I saw this guy, who had done a kind of remix to my song, ‘Let it go.’ the lyrics, I was just like, I really be feeling like that, like I feel his lyrics, and then I just went to iTunes and checked him out, listened to some more of his lyrics and everything like that, and the more I listened the more I liked it. And at that time, at that very moment, I was going through a lot, you know what I’m saying, and just no good guys, just dogs, you know what I’m saying, like I jus couldn’t deal with it anymore, I was over it, and I was just like, I wonder if he really feel the way he say he feel in his lyrics, because if it is, I need to hurry up and get him before somebody else do.”

That online connection lead to love and a baby boy who was born back in August.

While being interviewed on Nick Cannon’s morning show recently, the songstress had to check the host when he called her Niko’s “elder.”

“To be in a relationship and to start a family with someone like this, I mean, I’ve been in that situation before where I stepped into royalty, to a elder, and she guided me,” Nick said to the star.

“I am not a f*cking elder,” Keyshia fired back. .

“You are his elder.” Cannon re-stated. “I am not his f*cking elder,” Keyshia repeated.

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Lizzo Hit With Defamation Lawsuit After Accusing Postmates Courier Of Stealing Her Food

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Lizzo has been slapped with a defamation lawsuit from the Postmates courier she falsely accused on Twitter of stealing her food.

In a since-deleted tweet posted in September, the singer wrote: “Hey @Postmates this girl Tiffany W. stole my food. she lucky I don’t fight no more.”

Her post included the driver’s first name and photo, and Lizzo’s fans wasted no time tracking down Tiffany Wells on social and harassing her. Now Wells is now suing the “Truth Hurts” singer for defamation.

According to the lawsuit obtained by Pitchfork, Wells claims she was forced to quit her Postmates job because of Lizzo, and she also received threats.

Per the lawsuit:

Because of Lizzo’s tweets and in light of Lizzo’s influence and popularity, Plaintiff became fearful that someone may recognize her if she continued to deliver for Postmates. Given that Plaintiff was already the recipient of direct threats of violence, Plaintiff also feared for her physical safety. Unsure as to what an individual or group of individuals may do to cause her harm if she were to be recognized in public, Plaintiff was scared to leave her house and as a result was forced to stop delivering as a courier altogether – directly affecting her ability to earn a living

A source told Rolling Stone Wells waited the allotted five minutes at the drop-off location but wasn’t able to reach the singer, so she left.

“In a further attempt to contact the customer and complete the delivery, Plaintiff spoke with the hotel’s front desk agents. She inquired if anyone with the customer’s name was staying at the hotel,” the lawsuit reads. “After she was informed that there was in fact no Bonnie V. staying at the hotel, Plaintiff went back outside where she lingered for five minutes before finally departing – as per Postmates policy.”

Lizzo was slammed by many fans for putting the courier on blast, so the “Juice” singer posted this apology shortly after her initial tweet:

I apologize for putting that girl on blast. I understand I have a large following and that there were so many variables that could’ve put her in danger. Imma really be more responsible with my use of social media and check my petty and my pride at the door.”

The damage is already done. Wells is suing the artist for libel, emotional distress, and invasion of privacy. She is seeking unspecified damages.

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will.i.am Claims Racism On Flight To Australia

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SYDNEY (AP) — Black Eyed Peas musician will.i.am has accused a flight attendant from Australia’s national carrier Qantas of being racist and rude to him on a flight.

The musician said he was met by police at Sydney Airport on Saturday after an incident with an “overly aggressive flight attendant” who he says was upset with him because he couldn’t hear her through his noise-cancelling headphones.

He tweeted a photo of a police officer and said: “This is how your greeted when you land from Brisbane to Sydney flying @qantas with a #RacistFlightattendant.” He then named the flight attendant.

Qantas said in a statement it rejected the allegation that the incident had anything to do with race and said it was a “misunderstanding.”

 

 

“There was a misunderstanding on board, which seems to have been exacerbated by will.i.am wearing noise cancelling headphones and not being able to hear instructions from crew,” the airline said in a statement. “We’ll be following up with will.i.am and wish him well for the rest of the tour.”

He and the Black Eyed Peas are in Australia to perform as part of a world tour.

He did, however, get criticized by some who felt it was inappropriate for him to publicly name the flight attendant on his Twitter account, which has 12.8 million followers.

 

 

“I don’t regret my actions,” he said, adding in another tweet that “today I FELT discrimination…and I spoke for all the other people who are voiceless.”

In other tweets, will.i.am said he wasn’t the only person on the flight to be “disrespected.” Some Twitter users who said they were passengers on the flight agreed with him.


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Niecy Nash Wants To Interview The Next Woman Her Ex-Husband Dates

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Weeks after announcing her split from her husband of eight years, Niecy Nash is opening up about her pending divorce with Jay Tucker.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the “Claws” star said she and her ex still have deep love for each other, MadameNoire reports.

“For us, it’s easy because we love each other. The love has just taken on a different form, but [he’s] always gonna be my friend.”

Nash and Tucker wed in June of 2011 and announced they were calling it quits in October on social media.

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“We believe in the beauty of truth. Always have,” the post reads. “Our truth is that in this season of our lives, we are better friends than partners in marriage. Our union was such a gorgeous ride. And as we go our separate ways now, we feel fortunate for the love we share — present tense.”

Niecy told interviewers that since announcing her divorce,  she’s just been focusing on herself.

“I’m just over here drinking my water and healing,” she said. “I ain’t ready to put all this back on the block. It’s too much too soon,” she explained. Nash would, however, like to interview the next women her ex settles down with.

“I would love to interview any girl who’s gonna be on his block,” she said. “I gotta make sure he’s taken care of.”

Nash has three children from her previous 15-year marriage to Don Nash, whom she divorced in 2007, per Us Weekly.

Sources exclusively revealed to DailyMail.com that Niecy’s relationship with Jay has been rocky for two years, and that they separated months ago. Nash has also listed their Bell Canyon, California home for sale for $1.2m in July.

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Tamar Braxton Claps Back At Fans Who Say She’s Homophobic

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Singer/reality star Tamar Braxton is speaking out after her comments she made concerning straight women dealing with gay men received backlash on social media.

Last week, the R&B crooner randomly took to Insta-stories with a PSA for the ladies.

“The truth is ladies that these dudes out here really do be gay!! It ain’t enough money, beauty, hair, babies in the world to keep them!! They want D—!! Periodt!!,” Braxton wrote in her Instagram story.

“It’s nothing wrong with you, but they will find EVERY reason in the world to make u not good enough!! If he lays with you for 3,4, 10 days and he don’t touch u, it’s NOT YOU!! HE WANT A MAN!! and that’s on my momma.”

The star was accused of being homophobic after her rant went viral. Braxton quickly shut down the criticism, explaining she’s been “a part of the LGBT community” for most of her life.

Addressing a headline via Twitter, the divorced mother of one explained, “This is what we are NOT going to do. I wasn’t FORCED to apologize for ANYTHING!! Let’s state FACTS!! I have OPENLY been apart of the lgbt community since the 4th grade!My ENTIRE staff is as well!!And I will continue 2support. But I will also make FACTUAL statements about MY LIfE.”

 

 

 

 

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Tyler Perry Gives a Private Tour of His New Studios [WATCH]

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Tyler Perry recently held a grand opening at his 330-acre studio lot in Georgia to celebrity fanfare!  Located on the grounds of the former Fort McPherson Military base that includes 12 sound stages, a historic district, countless sets, and even outdoor green space.

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 Perry has been developing Tyler Perry Studios for years all while shooting some of our favorite shows and movies like Black Panther, The Walking Dead, The Haves and the Have Nots, Acrimony, the Madea franchises and more!

RELATED: Black Hollywood Shows Up For Tyler Perry Studios Grand Opening Gala

But the burning question in everyone’s mind is can you tour Tyler Perry Studios?  Sadly not right now, but when I called the studios I was told to check back sometime in February of 2020 and hopefully tours will open up to the public.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t see past the gates of the new studios, Perry recently gave Architectural Digest a personal tour of the massive $250 million facilities.

Check out the tour where Perry shows off the various homes on the lot along with a hospital, church, hotel, courtrooms and much more!


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