Those tuning in last night to the 2020 GRAMMYs may have been surprised to see Usher giving a grand tribute to music icon Prince, but unfortunately praise for his performance wasn't exactly universal. However, before we get into public opinions, check it out in its entirety below, featuring longtime Prince collaborator Sheila E. and a show-stealing pole performance by FKA Twigs:
According to The New York Post, who also bombed on Usher's Prince tribute, the whole thing went down as a way to promote an upcoming GRAMMYs tribute concert to Prince set to be taped tomorrow (January 28) and air on CBS later in the year. Comparing it to "a Vegas showman," the views by NY Post were surprisingly echoed by a lot of fans online, some suggesting other people in place of the Confessions hitmaker (i.e. Miguel, Beyoncé, Janelle Monáe), others upset Twigs was demoted to a pole dancer and some just simply trashing Usher's vocals and audacity altogether.
See some of the most harsh things people said about Usher's tribute performance to Prince at the 2020 GRAMMYs below, and let us know what you thought of the whole thing. Read 'em and weep:
Lil Kim Gets ‘Hard Core’ Again With Bra-Less ‘Fit For GRAMMYs 2020 Afterparty
Lil Kim reminding us all who the Queen Bee of sexy style is.
Lil Kim is one of the original sex symbols of Hip-Hop, laying down the blueprint for women like Megan Thee Stallion, Kash Doll, Cardi B and, yes Barbz, Nicki Minaj to show a little skin while spitting bars in the booth. For GRAMMYs 2020 weekend, the Queen Bee decided to step out for a little afterparty action to show us once again who started the “Hip-Hop vixen” trend.
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Showing to all off while heading to Tao in West Hollywood following the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony, Kim was decked out head to toe in a form-fitting black outfit. Actually, the only thing not matching her all-black-everything get-up was the equally fresh alligator skin handbag in blue that she rocked to accessorize it all. With a see-through skirt and a blazer that did little to cover what lied beneath, areola included, we couldn’t help but be reminded of Kim’s debut with her classic first album Hard Core where she hit the most infamous squat in a leopard bikini that the rap world has seen thus far. It’s a clear reminder that, while fame may come and go on a music tip, fly fashion is forever. Kim, as we can clearly see above, has no problems keeping up in the latter department.
Check out more fly examples of Lil Kim’s sex bomb fashion sense below:
Dave Chappelle’s Reason For Missing Grammy Award Acceptance Revealed
Chappelle’s “Sticks & Stones” won Best Comedy Album last night.
When it was shouted into the microphone that Dave Chappelle’s “Sticks & Stones” had won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album, many viewers probably got excited that he would appear onstage to give a humorous acceptance speech. Instead, they got one of those awkward moments when the presenters – in this case, Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker – wait for the applause to die down for them to inform the audience that the winner is not there to receive the award.
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Considering how marred the Grammys have been by controversy, every absence from the ceremony tends to be interpreted as an act of boycotting. This may explain why Taylor Swift was not in attendance at this year’s show. However, there’s a more simple reason for why Dave Chappelle wasn’t there to accept his golden gramophone: traffic.
A representative for the comedian told Page Six that “It was nothing more than #LATraffic.” While this could suggest that Chappelle’s absence was beyond his control, he probably would have made sure to head to the Staples Center earlier if the Grammys were a top priority for him. He did eventually make it there, though. Photos show him mingling with Ellen DeGeneres backstage.
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Ariana Grande Debuts New Butterfly Tattoo At Grammy Awards
Delicate and cute.
Ariana Grande attended last night's Grammy Awards and had all eyes on her on the red carpet. The 26-year-old singer graced the event in a grey gown that had Ariana written all over it, with its bold and feminine ways. True Ariana fans were quick to notice something new about the singer that came in the form of a delicate butterfly tattoo placed on the back of her left arm.
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Ariana has updated fans many times in the past when it came to her new ink, but this one was a surprise that was loved by her fans.
It was around this time last year when Ariana got a hand tattoo that was supposed to have an enlightening meaning in Japanese but instead it just read "Japanese BBQ grill." After getting roasted by fans and comics online, Ariana followed up with a message admitting her mistake. "I'd like it to be respectful and more correct bruh what’s wrong w that 🖤 tryna learn heeere," she wrote. "Everything i do is out of love n appreciation. down for all the corrections and guidance. thank u."
She's safe with this new ink.
Travis Scott, Post Malone & A$AP Rocky To Headline Rolling Loud Miami 2020
Another monstrous lineup from Rolling Loud.
Rolling Loud has been expanding its reach across the globe. The hip hop-centric music festival now takes place in Northern California, Southern California, New York, Japan, Hong Kong, and has its European debut set for July. With this many iterations, it feels like Rolling Loud is occurring on a monthly basis. If you're a fan of rap, you know when it's happening. Posts from artists and attendees flood your social media feeds, reminding you that you're missing out on a wild weekend. Luckily, you can always be reassured by the fact that, if you missed one Rolling Loud stop, there will be another one not too far in the future with just as epic of a lineup.
The next Rolling Loud will take place at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium from March 8 to March 10. Its lineup was revealed today and it's just as stacked as usual. A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott and Post Malone will serve as the weekend's headliners. Each day is filled with a bunch of established names and up-and-coming artists who are defining today's hip-hop landscape. While many of the acts on this poster are Rolling Loud veterans, Big Sean will be making his debut at this edition. Not to spoil any surprises, but Travis Scott, Pop Smoke, Don Toliver, Sheck Wes, Lil Baby and Young Thug all performing on Saturday raises the possibility of them bringing JACKBOYS to a live setting.
General admission and VIP passes for Rolling Loud Miami go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10 AM ET.
Chris Brown & Royalty Are The Cutest Father-Daughter Combo At The Grammys
Royalty Brown knows how to work a red carpet.
Chris Brown attended last night’s Grammy’s with his favorite lady as his date – his 5-year-old daughter Royalty. The Heartbreak On A Fullmoon singer was nominated for Best R&B Song for his single “No Guidance” featuring Drake. While he didn’t pull in a win (since PJ Morton’s “Say So” featuring JoJo got the award) Chris was all smiles next to his camera excited daughter.
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Sooner than later Chris will be accompanied on red carpets by two of his children since he recently welcomed his second child Aeko Brown with his ex-girlfriend Ammika Harris. Chris has been nothing but proud of his mini-me since sharing all kinds of updates on social media of his adorable little man. After Ammika gave birth, reports started circulating that she and Chris were engaged and she alluded that it may be true when she posted quotes about marriage to Instagram.
“Marriage doesn’t guarantee you will be together forever. It takes love, respect, trust, understanding, friendship, and faith in your relationship to make it last,” she shared.
“Chris is the proudest dad you’ve ever seen, he loves to talk about his kids,” a source said of the new dad of two. “He still gets so emotional talking about his son being born. He was there in the delivery room which was a first for him and he was blown away by that.”
The Game Parallels Kobe Bryant & Nipsey Hussle In Loving Tribute
Between the sudden losses of Nipsey Hussle and Kobe Bryant, who died yesterday in a fatal helicopter crash, Los Angeles has been rocked with high-profile cultural tragedies. Today, The Game took to Instagram to share his take on Bryant’s death and the impact it will have on both his surviving family and his community. “The term “Life Is Short” has a whole new meaning after witnessing the energy in this city surrounding the news of losing not only one of our basketball greats, but also an amazing human being,” begins Game, in today’s Marathon Monday.
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“It’s really like, one second you kinda have a grip on life & how to live it,” he continues. “Then the next second you’re totally lost as to what’s really going on here on earth…My only advice to anyone now is to let anyone you love know exactly how much you love them. & don’t wait… you might not have the time you think you do to put it off another second.”
He proceeds to draw a parallel between Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle, the man who inspired Marathon Monday to begin with. “In the picture above, I see two LEGENDS, two BROTHERS, two SONS, two FATHERS & two men I had the honor of calling FRIEND,” he writes. “Thank you both for your continuous efforts & all the contributions to not only Los Angeles but the entire world. Two names people are for sure to remember forever. Not even a full year after losing Nip… Kobe’s gone… I have endless love for you both & I will always honor your memories.”
Check out the emotional message in full below, courtesy of The Game’s Instagram page.
Roddy Ricch’s "The Box" Holds #1 On Billboard Hot 100 For Third Straight Week
Fresh off of a Grammy win, Roddy Ricch secures the top spot on the charts three weeks straight.
If there’s one newcomer that’s positioned for longevity, it’s Roddy Ricch. Since the release of Feed The Streets II, Roddy Ricch has made a strong case as to why he’s the next up. The release of Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial only solidified that with the single, “The Box” becoming his biggest song to date.
After shooting to the top of the charts two weeks ago, the rapper has now secured the #1 spot with “The Box” on the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week in a row. The song garnered 75M US streams, according to Billboard, in the week ending on Jan. 23rd. The rapper has yet to unleash a music video for the song, although reports claim that the visuals for the single have been completed.
The strength of “The Box” is clearly enough to block out three of the biggest rappers from hitting the top spot on the chart. Future and Drake‘s “Life Is Good” maintains the #2 spot for a second week in a row. Meanwhile, Eminem and Juice WRLD’S “Godzilla” debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Godzilla” previously topped the UK charts.
In related news, Roddy Ricch recently earned himself his first Grammy for Nipsey Hussle‘s “Racks In The Middle” alongside Hit-Boy. Additionally, he touched the stage with Meek Mill to perform their then-unreleased single, “Letter To Nipsey.”
Dreamville Dominates The Grammys Red Carpet In Style
Revenge of the Dreamers.
Though their reputation might not suggest it, Dreamville can flex with the best of them. Lest we forget that time EarthGang convinced J. Cole to join them for a debaucherous evening at the strip club, making it rain torrential downpours in the process. Since then, they've only become bolder in their flexing efforts, as evidenced by the squad's latest appearance at the 2020 Grammy Awards.
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Joined by Guapdad 4000 and his ten-foot durag, the Ville was represented in dapper fashion by J.I.D, Johnny "Olu" Venus and Doctur "Wowgr8" Dot of EarthGang, Cozz, and Ibrahim H. The boys made sure to post up for a badass picture, each one looking dapper for the occasion. Special shout out to Venus, who came through hard with the androgynous drip.
At some point, the Spillage Village crew even connected with Atlanta's mayor Keisha Bottoms, a testament to their growing pull in their home state. Elsewhere, The Ville was also represented by Bas, who held it down alongside his own associates. Check out some of the pics below, and sound off -- is Dreamville destined for a major campaign in 2020?