On Tuesday, Dec. 6. 2016, Meghan Trainor announced the nominees for the top four categories of the 59th annual Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year.
Beyoncé and Adele are both nominated in three of the top four categories: Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year. The Lemonade artist earned the most nominations this year with nine nods, followed by Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West, who received eight nominations … read more

In a statement that was released Monday (Nov. 28, 2016), the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) said that 2016 has been the best year for the black community in terms of their on-screen visibility in cinema.
“The studios and major film distributors really gave it to us this year,” said Gil Robertson, AAFCA co-founder/president, in the statement. “By any measurement, it’s been an exceptional year for Blacks in film. From comedies to high-quality dramas and documentaries, 2016 … read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda somehow managed to not only one-up the original Drunk History retelling of the Alexander Hamilton/Aaron Burr duel, but did so while keeping things connected to one of the goofiest TV series out there.
Back when Drunk History first became a thing in 2007, the very first clip was anchored on this same revolutionary event, except that time around, Michael Cera (in his Superbad prime) played the ill-fated Federalist, and he used a flip phone to call his beloved before the pistols were … read more

Manchester by the Sea was named the best film of the year by the National Board of Review on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea tells the story of a janitor, portrayed by Casey Affleck, who is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. Affleck was given the best actor award for his performance while the triumph of the film itself is a comeback for Lonergan after his last film, Margaret, sparked several lawsuits. Manchester … read more

Frank Ocean said skipping the 2017 Grammy Awards will be his Colin Kaepernick moment. Last month, Kanye West threatened to boycott the Grammys after the singer did not receive any nominations. However, it turns out it was Ocean’s decision not to participate since he deliberately missed the deadline to submit his two new albums, Blonde and Endless, for Grammy consideration.
Despite winning two Grammys in 2013, he explained that he wants to make a statement against the awards show, which he believe … read more

Kid Cudi has some heated words for Drake.
The “Make Her Say” rapper hit back after the Canadian emcee made fun of him for seeking treatment for depression and suicidal thoughts on a new track. Sharing his thoughts about “Two Birds, One Stone,” Cudi tweeted from rehab, “Say it to face, pussy. You think it’s a game. I wanna see you say it to my face. I’ll be out soon. Promise.” As previously reported, Drake called out Cudi on the diss track, which was dropped just weeks after his … read more

In the spring of 2014, the surviving members of Nirvana took the stage in New York’s Barclays Center. The band had just been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and were about to perform four songs. But the obvious absence of their late frontman, Kurt Cobain, raised questions that initially seemed insuperable: Who would sing? Who could sing with Nirvana? Who could replace him? There’s an immense difficulty implicit in covering any famous artist’s works, as covers spur comparisons … read more

Taraji P. Henson brought out Cookie Lyons’ signature sass when 50 Cent attempted to come for her TV show, Empire. When the rapper, who is also a producer on Starz’s Power, tried to suggest that the rivaling Fox series had dropped in ratings, Henson clapped back. Hard.
“Well look at the bright side at least. You can eat your trophies,” 50 Cent initially wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post of a headline about Empire’s ratings. “I was talking to old girl but you felt like you had to … read more

Last year, Billboard Magazine listed the 50 Greatest Album Covers of All Time. Number seven on that list was Nirvana’s Nevermind. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the album’s release. For Saturday’s anniversary, as he did for the 15th anniversary, the baby in the photograph, Spencer Elden, recreated the famous photo for the same photographer, John Chapelle, and the same $200 his parents received in 1991. The cover of a naked baby underwater chasing a dollar bill on a fish hook (superimposed … read more

In 1991, when Nevermind rattled loudly into the world, I was too young to know music as anything other than a vast collection of sounds, some of which made the people around me very happy. In a basement, or perhaps the back of a car, or any insignificant space with speakers, I first heard the now-iconic guitar’s collision with the now-iconic drums at the start of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and there was no revelation. I cannot claim to have remembered the faces of whoever was around, hearing … read more

The VMAs are all about celebrating talent, about highlighting the best work that artists bring to the screen. But let’s be real: They’re about drama, too.
Over the years, bands have beefed with bands, brothers have beefed with brothers, and rappers have beefed with unsuspecting techno artists. There’s no shortage of juicy VMA beef to be found in the archive. We ranked the show’s 17 wildest spats.
Bette Midler Hosts, Cyndi Lauper Shines, Mannequins Are Set On Fire: Liveblogging The ’84 VMAs Russell … read more

From 1991 to 1998, the VMAs awarded Moonmen for Best Alternative Video — but that doesn’t mean the #alt #vibes stopped flowing after the ’90s. During America’s most flannel-loving decade and beyond, our favorite alternative artists have operated on the outskirts of the mainstream, not just in music, but in fashion, too. Because what better stage to prove your alt-ness than at the VMAs, in front of millions of viewers, while all those pop stars parade around in sparkly dresses and frosted tips? … read more

The MTV Video Music Awards stage has turned into a battleground of shade time and time again. As we wait in anticipation of the drama that may unfold this Sunday at the 2016 awards, we’re looking back at some of the wildest moments in VMAs beef history, from fist-throwing rockers to unabashedly outspoken rappers. Nicki Minaj vs. Miley Cyrus, 2015 It all started when Minaj and Taylor Swift exchanged heated comments after the rapper tweeted, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you … read more

I’m transmitting (barely) live from a crumb-encrusted, makeshift desk setup somewhere in a virtual swing state jammed with post-Stuxnet deathcode, patriotic internment facilities, weaponized disenfranchisement, mortgage-lending SWAT teams, mosquito militias, cargo-shorts consumer hordes, and virtually no summer songs that don’t feature Drake or one of his cynical minions. So, yes, there is a heightened state of anxiety out here! We’re taking fire from all sides. We can’t see where it’s … read more

Jeffree Star is insisting that he is not a thief. Just a day after being accused by longtime friend Kat Von D for allegedly ripping off a logo designed by artist B.J. Betts for his cult favorite makeup brand, the beauty guru is hitting back and giving his side of the story.
In a lengthy 23-minute video titled “Dear Kat Von D, It’s Easier to Tell the Truth,” Star says Von D wrongfully stepped into his business when she decided to publicly accuse him of theft. According to Star, he was initially … read more