T-Pain’s status as urban music’s most frequent collaborator helped him nab a leading five BET Award nominations.
Kanye West and Keyshia Cole received three nominations, while Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and newcomer Flo Rida received a pair each. The nominations were to be announced later Thursday.
While T-Pain has his own hits, including the chart-topper “Buy U a Drank,” the singer and his electronically manipulated voice are often found on other people’s songs. He received nominations for best collaboration for his work with Chris Brown (“Kiss Kiss”), West (“Good Life”) and Flo Rida (“Low”), while he was also nominated twice in the video of the year category.
“T-Pain is everywhere,” BET Executive Vice President Stephen Hill told The Associated Press. “He’s got five nominations, none of them for his own work.”
“He’s had a great year; he’s introduced a new element,” Hill said, referring to T-Pain’s vocoder-assisted vocals that have been replicated by other artists such as Snoop Dogg.
While the nominees include many hitmakers, Hill said the awards also celebrate those who aren’t yet in the mainstream, such as R&B singers Estelle and Raheeem DeVaughn, who each received a nomination.
“Our voting panel picked not just the hits but folks who are really talented who are just now getting a shot,” he said. [source]
Remember children, this is BET we are talking about. At the end of the day . . . let me quit while I’m ahead. I’m not messing up my ad revenue dollars over this.
A Def Jam employee tells ShameLessHype.Com Willona Woods and Jay-Z partied super hard during their time in Las Vegas on Saturday night and were too hung over to perform the next night in Oakland.
What’s good, i’m a employee on the Jay-Z/Mary J. Blige tour and im also a native of Oakland. As you may had heard, the show was postponed due to some ol bullsh*t excuse of technical difficulties, but I know for a fact that nothing was wrong other than the fact that Jay and MJB were in no rush to get to Oakland, because they were too busy getting drunk in Vegas and wasnt trippin off performing in front of a non-sellout crowd in Oakland. I am sending you this because you guys are repping the bay and I was make sure that my town knew the real reason behind this. Please do not release my email address, because a brotha still needs this job with the show. Peace!
Ty Ty should’ve maced their asses and made them go on.
There’s always the Ozone Awards.
The “hippest trip in America” has pulled the plug on its annual award show. Reuters Life is reporting that the Soul Train Music Awards has been cancelled without explanation. The brainchild of former Chicago DJ Don Cornelius, “Soul Train” was due to celebrate its 22nd award show this year, but a spokeswoman for the program said the show would not go ahead as planned.
At last year’s event in Pasadena, many of the winners did not bother to attend, including such A-listers as Beyonce Knowles, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Gnarls Barkley. [source]
I knew the Soul Train Awards were on its last legs in 2004 when Arsenio Hall showed up looking like he asked Bubbs from The Wire for a couple of fashion tips and then turned around and co-hosted the show along with King Latifah the following year. Now how you love that?
Here are a few flashback flicks from last year’s show. Enjoy!
Bust It Creole rocked a pair of fingerless gloves [and some Spanx - - I'm not mad though!] in New York City on Tuesday afternoon. Ha, she’s always a step ahead of us. *crickets* What a gift from Virgo! While she tried to conceal her wedding ring in front of the paps, she allegedly showed off her rock while watching her man perform later that night.
Beyoncé happily flashed a whopping hunk of diamond on her left-hand ring finger Tuesday night at her new husband’s concert with Mary J. Blige at Atlanta’s Phillips Arena.
Wearing a short black dress and big hoop earrings, the newlywed singer sat in a VIP area with buddy Usher. The two leapt to their feet to groove hard when Jay-Z launched into his hit “PSA,” with its lyrics, “I got the hottest chick in the game wearing my chain.”
Usher threw up the diamond Roc sign, while Beyoncé showed off a telltale diamond rock of her own and waved her arms to the beat.
During the show, Beyoncé also relaxed backstage on a plush red couch, sporting shades and singing along to Blige’s songs as Jay-Z made last-minute costume changes. [source]
Now back to our regularly scheduled crunking.
Keyshia Cole’s video was heaven sent from Mary J. Blige [Smoke Signals]
Somebody snatch the mic out of this woman’s hand already [Lenzism.com]
Sister Toldja, I feel you girl [Me, Myself An Eye]
Ain’t nothing like the real thing, Eric [Straight From The A]
Chris Brown = Prince of Pop? Um. . . [Think2wice]
Peep Kanye’s video experience for “Barry Bonds” [KanYe University]
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Beyonce’nem at Jay-Z + Mary J. Blige’s concert in Miami
This entire situation is just a mess! I don’t know where to begin. Bust It Creole’s composure like a mother meerkat in the wild is nothing short of amazing though.
What is the old woman from the clip of the day doing really doing at this concert, trying to cop a brick of the finest yayo M.I.A. has to offer? Jesus be a fence around my soul. On a much more pleasant note, Cousin Angie B.’s lipgloss is really poppin! Mama Tina would be proud.
[See more flicks at StyleRazzi]
Star Tracks: Mary J. Blige In New York City
I know I am still living in the past but I would love to see Mary J. Blige and K-Ci hook up for old time sakes. It would make for a lovely VH-1 reality show, no? I’m just saying, these pictures would have been far more interesting if Mr. Hailey was posted up in the back.