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Missy Elliott Gives Emotional Speech, Thanks Lil Kim & Da Brat For Being Her Sisters

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TV One’s Urban Honors awards was a room filled with incredible artists in Washington, D.C. During the ceremony, Missy Elliott was presented with the Music Innovation Award by her good friend Lil Kim. She opened up her speech singing the rapper’s praises for being more than a friend to her throughout their decades-long relationship because, in the entertainment industry, it’s difficult to find people who stand with you when the cameras are off.

“First, I want to thank Lil Kim cause… It’s hard to find people in the industry that become like family,” Missy began. “We’re beyond cameras, you know, getting in front of cameras and pretending that we are family. We are truly family. She’s been my sister for so long and I always have looked up to her because when I first seen her, you know, I always been a big girl. Kim had on the little swimsuits on and I was like, ‘Oh, nah, I ain’t finna do that.’ Internet ain’t out but I’ll shut it down in the future if I pull that stunt.” The audience laughed as she continued, “But, you are a trailblazer and an innovator yourself and I want you to know that.”

Elsewhere during her speech, Missy spoke about a time when she believed her career was over while she was battling an illness. “When I look back over my life,” Missy said before taking a long pause as she became choked up. “I was sick. I couldn’t even hold a pen to write. And it was so much to say give up. But as I stand here with all of you, I thank you ’cause it’s so much talent in this room.”

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Joaquin Phoenix Calls Out Film Industry For Lack Of Representation During BAFTA Speech

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Actor Joaquin Phoenix’s used his celebratory moment at the 73rd annual British Academy Film Awards to call out the industry for the “system of oppression.”

The Joker star took home the award for Best Leading Actor and while he felt “honored” by the recognition by BAFTA, he made it clear that many entertainers of color haven’t been awarded the same opportunities.  “I feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don’t have that same privilege,” Phoenix said. “I think that we send a very clear message to people of color that you’re not welcome here. I think that’s the message that we’re sending to people that have contributed so much to our medium and our industry and in ways that we benefit from.”

“I don’t think anybody wants a handout or preferential treatment, although that’s what we give ourselves every year,” Phoenix added. “I think people want to be appreciated and respected for their work.” When he concluded his speech, the actor walked off, forgetting his award on the podium. Watch his speech below.

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Grammy Awards 2020 Winners List (Updating Live)

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The 62nd annual Grammy Awards are underway with news of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Marie’s death fresh in everyone’s mind. The five people who died in the helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday, January 26 received a moment of silence during the award ceremony before the industry continued to honor those in the nominated.

Listed are all categories and nominees. Winners are marked in italics. I will be updating as new information is received, so continue to check back.

Record Of The Year
Bon Iver – “Hey Ma”
Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
Ariana Grande – “7 rings”
H.E.R. – “Hard Place”
Khalid – “Talk”
Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road” (Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)
Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”
Post Malone & Swae Lee – “Sunflower”

Album Of The Year
Bon Iver – i,i
Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Ariana Grande – thank u, next
H.E.R. – I Used To Know Her
Lil Nas X – 7
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
Vampire Weekend – Father Of The Bride

Song Of The Year
Lady Gaga – “Always Remember Us This Way”
Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
Tanya Tucker – “Bring My Flowers Now”
H.E.R. – “Hard Place”
Taylor Swift – “Lover”
Lana Del Rey – “Norman Fucking Rockwell”
Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”
Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”

Best New Artist
Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Maggie Rogers
Rosalía
Tank And The Bangas
Yola

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Ariana Grande & Social House – “Boyfriend”
The Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road” (Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)
Post Malone & Swae Lee – “Sunflower”
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Andrea Bocelli – Sì
Michael Bublé – Love (Deluxe Edition)
Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Look Now
John Legend – A Legendary Christmas
Barba Streisand – Walls

Best Pop Vocal Album
Beyoncé – The Lion King: The Gift
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Ariana Grande – thank u, next
Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project
Taylor Swift – Lover

Best Pop Solo Performance
Beyoncé – “Spirit”
Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
Ariana Grande – “7 rings”
Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”
Taylor Swift – “You Need To Calm Down”

Best Dance Recording
Bonobo – “Linked”
The Chemical Brothers – “Got To Keep On”
Meduza – “Piece Of Your Heart” (Feat. Goodboys)
Rüfüs Du Sol – “Underwater”
Skrillex, Boys Noize, & Ty Dolla $ign – “Midnight Hour”

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Apparat – LP5
The Chemical Brothers – No Geography
Flume – Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape)
Rüfüs Du Sol – Solace
Tycho – Weather

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – Ancestral Recall
Theo Croker – Star People Nation
Mark Guiliana – Beat Music! Beat Music! Beat Music!
Lettuce – Elevate
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Mettavolution

Best Rock Performance
Bones UK – “Pretty Waste”
Gary Clark, Jr. – “This Land”
Brittany Howard – “History Repeats”
Karen O & Danger Mouse – “Woman”
Rival Sons – “Too Bad”

Best Metal Performance
Candlemass – “Astorolus – The Great Octopus” (Feat. Tony Iommi)
Death Angel – “Humanicide”
I Prevail – “Bow Down”
Killswitch Engage – “Unleashed”
Tool – “7empest”

Best Rock Song
Tool – “Fear Inoculum”
The 1975 – “Give Yourself A Try”
Vampire Weekend – “Harmony Hall”
Brittany Howard – “History Repeats”
Gary Clark, Jr. – “This Land”

Best Rock Album
Bring Me The Horizon – Amo
Cage The Elephant – Social Cues
The Cranberries – In The End
I Prevail – Trauma
Rival Sons – Feral Roots

Best Alternative Music Album
Big Thief – U.F.O.F.
James Blake – Assume Form
Bon Iver – i,i
Vampire Weekend – Father Of The Bride
Thom Yorke – Anima

Best R&B Performance
Daniel Caesar & Brandy – “Love Again”
H.E.R. & Bryson Tiller – “Could’ve Been”
Lizzo & Gucci Mane – “Exactly How I Feel”
Lucky Daye – “Roll Some Mo”
Anderson .Paak & André 3000 – “Come Home”

Best Traditional R&B Performance
BJ The Chicago Kid – “Time Today”
India.Arie – “Steady Love”
Lizzo – “Jerome”
Lucky Daye – “Real Games”
PJ Morton – “Built For Love” (Feat. Jazmine Sullivan)

Best R&B Song
H.E.R. – “Could’ve Been” (Feat. Bryson Tiller)
Emily King – “Look At Me Now”
Chris Brown – “No Guidance” (Feat. Drake)
Lucky Daye – “Roll Some Mo”
PJ Morton – “Say So” (Feat. Jojo)

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Steve Lacy – Apollo XXI
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)
Georgia Anne Muldrow – Overload
Nao – Saturn
Jessie Reyez – Being Human In Public

Best R&B Album
BJ The Chicago Kid – 1123
Lucky Daye – Painted
Ella Mai – Ella Mai
PJ Morton – Paul
Anderson .Paak – Ventura

Best Rap Performance
J. Cole – “Middle Child”
DaBaby – “Suge”
Dreamville – “Down Bad” (Feat. J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, Earthgang, & Young Nudy)
Nipsey Hussle – “Racks In The Middle” (Feat. Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy)
Offset – “Clout” (Feat. Cardi B)

Best Rap/Sung Performance
DJ Khaled – “Higher” (Feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend)
Lil Baby & Gunna – “Drip Too Hard”
Lil Nas X – “Panini”
Mustard – “Ballin” (Feat. Roddy Ricch)
Young Thug – “The London” (Feat. J. Cole & Travis Scott)

Best Rap Song
YBN Cordae – “Bad Idea” (Feat. Chance The Rapper)
Rick Ross – “Gold Roses” (Feat. Drake)
21 Savage – “A Lot” — (Feat. J. Cole)
Nipsey Hussle – “Racks In The Middle” (Feat. Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy)
DaBaby – “Suge”

Best Rap Album
Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers III
Meek Mill – Championships
21 Savage – I Am > I Was
Tyler, the Creator – IGOR
YBN Cordae – The Lost Boy

Best Country Solo Performance
Tyler Childers – “All Your’n”
Ashley McBryde – “Girl Goin’ Nowhere”
Willie Nelson – “Ride Me Back Home”
Blake Shelton – “God’s Country”
Tanya Tucker – “Bring My Flowers Now”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Brooks & Dunn With Luke Combs – “Brand New Man”
Brothers Osborne – “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)”
Dan + Shay – “Speechless”
Little Big Town – “The Daughters”
Maren Morris – “Common” (Feat. Brandi Carlile)

Best Country Song
Tanya Tucker – “Bring My Flowers Now”
Ashley McBryde – “Girl Goin’ Nowhere”
Miranda Lambert – “It All Comes Out In The Wash”
Eric Church – “Some Of It”
Dan + Shay – “Speechless”

Best Country Album
Eric Church – Desperate Man
Reba McEntire – Stronger Than The Truth
Pistol Annies – Interstate Gospel
Thomas Rhett – Center Point Road
Tanya Tucker – While I’m Livin’

Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album
Bad Bunny – X 100PRE
J Balvin & Bad Bunny – Oasis
Flor De Toloache – Indestructible
iLe – Almadura
Rosalía – El Mal Querer

Best American Roots Performance
Sara Bareilles – “Saint Honesty”
Calexico And Iron & Wine – “Father Mountain”
Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi – “I’m On My Way”
I’m With Her – “Call My Name”
Yola – “Faraway Look”

Best American Roots Song
Our Native Daughters – “Black Myself”
I’m With Her – “Call My Name”
Rosanne Cash – “Crossing To Jerusalem”
Yola – “Faraway Look”
Vince Gill – “I Don’t Wanna Ride The Rails No More”

Best Americana Album
Calexico And Iron & Wine – Years To Burn
Madison Cunningham – Who Are You Now
Keb’ Mo’ – Oklahoma
J.S. Ondara – Tales Of America
Yola – Walk Through Fire

Best Folk Album
Andrew Bird – My Finest Work Yet
Che Apalache – Rearrange My Heart
Patty Griffin – Patty Griffin
Gregory Alan Isakov – “Evening Machines”
Joy Williams – “Front Porch”

Best Reggae Album
Koffee –  Rapture
Julian Marley – As I Am
Sly & Robbie & Roots Radics – The Final Battle: Sly & Robbie Vs. Roots Radics
Steel Pulse – Mass Manipulation
Third World – More Work To Be Done

Best World Music Album
Altin Gün – Gece
Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley – What Heat
Burna Boy – African Giant
Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet – Fanm D’Ayiti
Angelique Kidjo – Celia

Best Spoken Word Album
Various Artists – Beastie Boys Book
Michelle Obama – Becoming
Eric Alexandrakis – I.V. Catatonia: 20 Years As A Two-Time Cancer Survivor
John Waters – Mr. Know-It-All
Sekou Andrews (& The String Theory) – Sekou Andrews & The String Theory

Best Comedy Album
Jim Gaffigan – Quality Time
Ellen Degeneres – Relatable
Aziz Ansari – Right Now
Trevor Noah – Son Of Patricia
Dave Chappelle – Sticks & Stones

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
The Lion King: The Songs
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
Rocketman
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
A Star Is Born

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Alan Silvestri – Avengers: Endgame
Hildur Guðnadóttir – Chernobyl
Ramin Djawadi – Game Of Thrones Season 8
Hans Zimmer – The Lion King
Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Chris Stapleton – “The Ballad Of The Lonesome Cowboy”
Dolly Parton – “Girl In The Movies”
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “I’ll Never Love Again (Film Version)”
Beyoncé – “Spirit”
Thom Yorke – “Suspirium”

Best Instrumental Composition
Fred Hersch & The WDR Big Band Conducted By Vince Mendoza – “Begin Again”
Brian Lynch Big Band – “Crucible For Crisis”
Vince Mendoza, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts & Temple University Studio Orchestra – “Love, A Beautiful Force”
John Williams – “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite”
Christian McBride – “Walkin’ Funny”

Best Recording Package
Voces del Bullerengue – Anónimas & Resilientes
Chris Cornell – Chris Cornell
The Muddy Basin Ramblers – Hold That Tiger
Bon Iver – i,i
Intellexual – Intellexual

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
Thom Yorke – Anima
David Gray – Gold In A Brass Age
John Coltrane – 1963: New Directions
Wilhelm Furtwängler & Berliner Philharmoniker – The Radio Recordings 1939-1945
Various Artists – Woodstock: Back To The Garden — The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Thomas Dybdahl – All These Things
Ella Mai – Ella Mai
The Teskey Brothers – Run Home Slow
Emily King – Scenery
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Best Music Film
HOMECOMING – Beyoncé
Remember My Name
Birth Of The Cool
Shangri-La
Anima

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Jack Antonoff
Dan Auerbach
John Hill
Finneas
Ricky Reed

Best Music Video
The Chemical Brothers – “We’ve Got To Try”
Gary Clark, Jr. – “This Land”
FKA twigs – “Cellophane”
Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Official Movie)”
Tove Lo – “Glad He’s Gone”

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Grammys: Roc Nation Brunch Instagram Round-Up

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Roc Nation

Every year, a handful of the music industry’s elite players—executives and artists alike—gather together for the annual Roc Nation Brunch. The coveted event took place on Saturday (January 25) with Jay Z and Beyoncé acting as hosts to guests including Diddy, DJ Khaled, Megan Thee Stallion, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Miguel, Meek Mill, Winnie Harlow, Ella Mai, Usher, Kelly Rowland, June Ambrose, Robert Kraft, Mike Rubin, G-Eazy, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Rel Howery, La La Anthony, and more.

Check out a few highlights I rounded up on social media of the exciting pre-Grammy event below.

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#LaLaAnthony #RocNationBrunch

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#Rihanna snaps it up with #TI at the #RocNationBrunch

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#TheBrunch 📸: @danamo

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Caught him! Ha! #Beyonce #RocNationBrunch

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#TheBrunch 📸: @kevinmazur

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Black Excellence #TheBrunch

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From Buffalo to Bel Air #TheBrunch

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When the fam link up! #rocnationbrunch

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#ROCNATIONBRUNCH BLESS UP @meekmill

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#TheBrunch 📸: @writetoliv2

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Jhene x Sean 🤝 #rocnationbrunch

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#TheBrunch via @diddy

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#ROCNATIONBRUNCH @rocnation Swipe for moments

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The older cooler kids 💙

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