Beyoncé and Bruno Mars Lead 2017 BET Awards Nominations

BET has announced the nominees for its 2017 BET Awards. At no surprise, Beyoncé leads the pack with seven nominations including Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration (“Freedom” featuring Kendrick Lamar) and Album of the Year (Lemonade).

Meanwhile, Bruno Mars comes in with five nominations including Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, Video of the Year (“24K Magic”) and Album of the Year (24K Magic).

Solange isn’t far behind with four nominations, along with Chance the Rapper and Migos.

The 2017 BET Awards will air live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angles, Calif. on Sunday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET

See nominations below.

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Beyoncé
Kehlani
Mary J. Blige
Rihanna
Solange

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Bruno Mars
Chris Brown
The Weeknd
Trey Songz
Usher

Best Group

2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
A Tribe Called Quest
Fat Joe & Remy Ma
Migos
Rae Sremmurd

Best Collaboration

Beyoncé Ft. Kendrick Lamar — “Freedom”
Chance The Rapper Ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne — “No Problem”
Chris Brown Ft. Gucci Mane & Usher — “Party”
Dj Khaled Ft. Beyoncé & Jay Z — “Shining”
Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert — “Bad and Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Ft. Gucci Mane — “Black Beatles”

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Big Sean
Chance The Rapper
Drake
Future
Cole
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

Cardi B
Missy Elliott
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma
Young M.A.

Video of the Year

Beyoncé — “Sorry”
Big Sean — “Bounce Back”
Bruno Mars — “24k Magic”
Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert — “Bad And Boujee”
Solange — “Cranes in the Sky”

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom — Kehlani. “Crzy”
Bruno Mars & Jonathan Lia — Bruno Mars. “That’s What I Like”
Director X — Zayn Malik. “Like I Would”
Hype Williams — Tyga. “Gucci Snakes Ft. Desiigner”
Kahlil Joseph & Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. — Beyoncé “Sorry”

Best New Artist

21 Savage
Cardi B
Chance The Rapper
Khalid
Young M.A.

Album of the Year

24k Magic — Bruno Mars
4 Your Eyez Only — J. Cole
A Seat at the Table — Solange
Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
Lemonade — Beyoncé

Centric Award

Fantasia — “Sleeping with the One I Love”
Kehlani — “Distraction”
Mary J. Blige — “Thick of It”
Solange — “Cranes in the Sky”
Syd — “All About Me”
Yuna — “Crush Ft. Usher”

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

Beyoncé — “Sorry”
Bruno Mars — “24k Magic”
Drake — “Fake Love”
Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert — “Bad And Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Ft. Gucci Mane –” Black Beatles”
The Weeknd Ft. Daft Punk — “Starboy”

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

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Anita Baker to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 2018 BET Awards

After more than 30 years of music service, Anita Baker will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 BET Awards.

Since releasing her debut album The Songstress in 1983, Baker’s music journey has been incredible to watch. Every time she sings, her warm presence is felt in heartfelt songs like “Angel,” “Body & Soul,” “I Apologize” and “Giving You The Best That I Got.” It’s that same voice that has earned her eight Grammy Awards, multi-platinum success, a string of hits and other much-deserved accolades.

While many previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients have performed at the ceremony, Baker will not grace the stage due to an upper respiratory infection. Instead, she plans to “simply sit and accept” her honor from BET.

The big question at hand is, who will be performing during the tribute for Ms. Baker?

Hosted by Jamie Fox, the BET Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles this Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET on BET.

Janet Jackson Covers Essence Magazine’s Happiness Issue

Janet covers July/August 2018 issue of Essence Magazine

Janet Jackson is all about positivity. The music icon graces the cover of Essence’s July/August issue, which is all about happiness.

Instead of doing a traditional interview as a cover story, Jackson decided to pen a heartfelt essay to black women titled “Letter From My Heart.” In the transparent letter, she reveals herself like never before. She talks about lessons she learned from her childhood to adulthood, including her early struggles with depression, low self-esteem and failed relationships to her eventual growth as an artist, discovery of peace and learning to “fully embrace God’s love.”

Here are excerpts from the letter:

In Her Childhood: “I was happy when my brothers came home from performing on the road. I was happy when my mother lavished me with love. But I wasn’t happy with the way I looked…”

In Her Teens: “Happiness came when people asked me to perform…but I was happiest when I was pleasing others and not myself. An older and wiser Janet might have said, ‘True happiness is knowing you’re doing the best you can…’”

Photo Credit: Essence

In Her Thirties: “These were difficult years, when I struggled with depression. The struggle was intense. I could analyze the source of my depression forever. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way way through it…”

Today, at 52: “Now the height of happiness is holding my baby son in my arms and hearing him coo, or when I look into his smiling eyes and watch him respond to my tenderness. When I kiss him. When I sing him softly to sleep. During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere. Happiness is in gratitude to God…”

The July/August issue is now on newsstands. Next up, Jackson will headline the 2018 Essence Festival on Sunday, July 8 in New Orleans.

Mary J. Blige Lands Leading Role in Horror Thriller ‘Body Cam’

Mary J. Blige plans to take Hollywood by storm in a leading role. The R&B legend will star in Body Cam, a horror thriller slated to be issued by Paramount’s Paramount Players division.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film, which stars Blige as an LAPD police officer, captures several officers being tormented by a malevolent spirit that is connected to the murder of a black youth at the hands of two white cops, all of which are caught on a body cam video that was destroyed in a cover-up. Blige, who is rattled by the nightmares, investigates the cover-up.

Directed by Malik Vitthal and produced by Matt Kaplan, Body Cam is described as a combination of films Get Out and End of Watch. The spec script was written by Richmond Riedel, and rewritten by Nicholas McCarthy and John Ridley.

Aside from preparing for her first major acting part, Blige is filming Netflix’s comic adaptation series The Umbrella Academy.

In March, Blige starred in Sherlock Gnomes as Irene Adler. She received several prestigious accolades and recognition including two Oscar nominations for her role and contribution to Dee Rees’ film adaptation of Mudbound.

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