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VMAS 2016 Highlights

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The MTV Video Music Awards held Sunday nights, certain moments at the awards still resonate with us the fans, one of the which, was watching Beyonce, Queen B herself dominate the VMAs taking home 8 out of the 11 awards she was nominated for, including Video Of The Year for her controversial song “Formation”.

“Formation,” the first single off her intertwined film and album “Lemonade,” was shot in New Orleans and inspired by the city’s Creole culture, its bounce hip-hop scene and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Beyonce dedicating her award to the people of New Orleans

Beyonce dedicating her award to the people of New Orleans

“I dedicate this award to the people of New Orleans. God bless you guys,” Beyonce told the gala at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Beyonce stole the spotlight by performing for more than 16 minutes songs from “Lemonade,” managing even to change outfits in a set that culminated in the stage erupting in fire.

In one of the most striking moments, a series of gun-shots rang out as her dancers, in angelic white dresses, each dropped to the ground in a red fog.

The video for “Formation,” directed by Melina Matsoukas, had offered solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality with officers portrayed raising their hands as if under arrest.

Beyonce invited to the show, broadcast to more than 120 countries, the mothers of four young African American men whose deaths have galvanized the United States — Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin.

Martin, 17, was killed in 2012 by a white neighborhood guard, a catalyst moment for Black Lives Matter. Brown, Garner and Grant were all killed by law enforcement.

Singer Alicia Keys offered another of the night’s powerful moments as she recited a poem inspired by civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr. who delivered his landmark “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington 53 years ago Sunday.

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

In a year marred by global conflict and a bitter US presidential race, Keys, moving seamlessly from spoken word to a cappella, said: “If war is holy and sex is obscene, then we got it twisted in this lucid dream.”

“Maybe we can love somebody / instead of polishing the bombs of holy war.”

At eight awards, Beyonce tied her contemporary Lady Gaga and Norway’s a-ha — a sensation in MTV’s early years — for the second biggest win in a single night.

Peter Gabriel retains the record, set in 1987 after his animation-driven “Sledgehammer.”

In one of the night’s most anticipated moments, rap superstar Kanye West — who last year used the occasion to declare his intention to run for president in 2020 — delivered a nearly stream-of-consciousness speech about empowerment.

As the audience chanted his stage-name Yeezy, West likened his creative talent to that of Apple founder Steve Jobs and entertainment pioneer Walt Disney, and said that unnamed wealthy white people had warned him not to make the comparison.

Kanye talking Kanye

Kanye talking Kanye

He defended his “Famous,” also up for Video of the Year, which depicted clean-cut pop star Taylor Swift naked in bed with him despite her complaints about the song.

Also seen naked with West in the video are Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, known for his hardline anti-immigration stance, and fashion editor Anna Wintour.

“We came over in the same boat. Now we all in the same bed,” West said, before clarifying that the on-screen lovers arrived on “maybe different boats.”

West then presented a racy new video for his song “Fade” featuring actress and singer Teyana Taylor, who moved her body sensually in a gym before a steamy shower scene.

The video marked a theme in the evening, if accidental, of sexualized exercise.

Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj received roars of crowd approval for a sensual take on a workout, with the pop singer and rapper dancing together in a stage transformed into a gym full of highly physical young men.

Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj performing on a stage

Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj performing on  stage

Drake won in the rap category for “Hotline Bling,” one of the most popular songs of the year.

But Drake did not appear to accept the award. According to the presenter, rap icon Puff Daddy, the Toronto star got stuck in New York traffic.

Drake however did show up to present the Video Vanguard Award — named after late King of Pop Michael Jackson — to Rihanna, in recognition to her contributions to pop culture.

Drake gushed that Rihanna was “someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22.”

The 28-year-old Rihanna put on four medleys of her songs throughout the show in outfits that began with a snug white T-shirt.

In an acceptance speech, Rihanna pledged never to forget her native Barbados.

Rihanna accepting The Vanguard Award, showing love to her hometown Barbados

Rihanna accepting The Vanguard Award, showing love for her hometown Barbados

Singer Brittany Spears slayed on the stage as she performed her new single Make Me with rapper G-Eazy.

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Burna Boy, Asake, Ayra Starr, Seyi Vibez, Tems Nominated For 2024 BET Awards

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It’s a banner year for Nigerian music at the 2024 BET Awards. The nominations list is brimming with talented Nigerian artists. Leading the pack is rising star Ayra Starr. She racked up three nominations, running for Best New Artist, Best African Act, and Best HER for her smash hit “Comma.”

Burna Boy grabbed nominations in both the Best R&B/Pop Act and Best Hip Hop Act categories. Tems, another powerhouse vocalist, is a double nominee as well. Thanks to her work as a director for “Best Video Director” and her gospel-infused track “Me & U” in the “Best Gospel/Inspirational Song” category.

Also, collaborations are also being celebrated. Davido and Lojay earned a joint nomination for the Viewers Choice Award for their appearance on Chris Brown’s song “Sensational.” Fresh faces are getting their due too. Asake landed a nomination for Best International Act. Seyi Vibez got the nod for Viewers Choice Best International New Act.

This abundance of Nigerian nominees is a proof to the global impact of the country’s music industry. Be sure to tune in to the 2024 BET Awards to see who takes home the coveted trophies!

See full list of 2024 BET Awards nominations below:

  • Chris Brown – ’11:11′
  • Gunna – ‘A Gift & A Curse’
  • 21 Savage – ‘American Dream’
  • Usher – ‘Coming Home’
  • Drake – ‘For All the Dogs (Scary Hours Edition)’
  • Victoria Monét – ‘Jaguar II’          
  • Killer Mike – ‘Michael’
  • Nicki Minaj – ‘Pink Friday 2’
  • Beyoncé
  • Coco Jones
  • Doja Cat
  • H.E.R.
  • Muni Long
  • SZA
  • Tyla
  • Victoria Monét
  • Brent Faiyaz
  • Bryson Tiller
  • Burna Boy
  • Chris Brown
  • Drake
  • Fridayy
  • October London
  • Usher
  • ¥$, Ye, Ty Dolla $ign
  • 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
  • 41
  • Blxst & Bino Rideaux
  • City Girls
  • Flo
  • Maverick City Music
  • Wanmor

  • Lil Durk feat. J. Cole – ‘All My Life’
  • Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar, – ‘America Has a Problem (Remix)’
  • Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice (With Aqua) – ‘Barbie World’
  • Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Bongos’
  •  ¥$, Ye, Ty Dolla $ign feat. Rich The Kid, Playboi Carti – ‘Carnival’
  • Lola Brooke feat. Latto & Yung Miami – ‘Don’t Play With It (Remix)’
  • Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Uzi Vert – ‘Everybody’
  • Usher, Summer Walker & 21 Savage – ‘Good Good’
  • Drake feat. Sexyy Red & SZA – ‘Rich Baby Daddy’
  • Cardi B
  • Doja Cat
  • GloRilla
  • Ice Spice
  • Latto
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Sexyy Red

  • 21 Savage
  • Burna Boy
  • Drake
  • Future
  • Gunna
  • J. Cole
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Lil Wayne
  • 41
  • 4Batz
  • Ayra Starr
  • Bossman Dlow
  • Fridayy
  • October London
  • Sexyy Red
  • Tyla
  • Doja Cat – ‘Agora Hills’
  • Lil Durk feat J. Cole – ‘All My Life’
  • Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice (With Aqua) – ‘Barbie World’
  • Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Bongos’
  • Drake feat. J. Cole – ‘First Person Shooter’
  • Usher, Summer Walker & 21 Savage – ‘Good Good’
  • Victoria Monét – ‘On My Mama’
  • Drake feat. Sexyy Red & SZA – ‘Rich Baby Daddy’
  • Benny Boom
  • Child.
  • Cole Bennett
  • Dave Meyers
  • Janelle Monáe & Alan Ferguson
  • Offset
  • Tems
  • Tyler, The Creator
  • Shirley Caesar – ‘Award All of the Glory’
  • Kirk Franklin – ‘All Things’
  • Halle Bailey – ‘Angel’
  • CeCe Winans – ‘Come Jesus Come’
  • Erica Campbell – ‘Do You Believe in Love?’
  • Maverick City Music, Naomi Raine & Chandler Moore – ‘God Problems’
  • Tems – ‘Me & U’
  • Kirk Franklin – ‘Try Love’
  • Doja Cat – ‘Agora Hills’   
  • Lil Durk feat. J. Cole – ‘All My Life’
  • Gunna – ‘Fukumean’        
  • Jack Harlow – ‘Lovin on Me’
  • Muni Long – ‘Made for Me’          
  • Victoria Monét – ‘On My Mama’        
  • Drake feat. Sexyy Red & SZA – ‘Rich Baby Daddy’
  • Chris Brown feat. Davido & Lojay – ‘Sensational’  
  • Beyoncé – ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’   
  • Tyla – ‘Water’
  • Asake (Africa)
  • Aya Nakamura (France)
  • Ayra Starr (Africa)
  • Bk’ (Brazil)
  • Cleo Sol (UK)
  • Focalistic (Africa)
  • Karol Conká (Brazil)
  • Raye (UK)
  • Tiakola (France)
  • Tyla (Africa)
  • Bellah (UK)
  • Cristale (UK)
  • Duquesa (Brazil)
  • Holly G (France)
  • Jungeli (France)
  • Makhadzi (Africa)
  • Oruam (Brazil)
  • Seyi Vibez (Africa)
  • Tyler Icu (Africa)
  • Beyoncé – ’16 Carriages’
  • Nicki Minaj feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard – ‘Blessings’
  • Ayra Starr – ‘Commas’
  • Flo feat. Missy Elliott  ‘Fly Girl’
  • Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Hiss’
  • Victoria Monét – ‘On My Mama’
  • SZA – ‘Saturn’
  • GloRilla – ‘Yeah Glo!’
  • American Fiction
  • Bob Marley: One Love
  • Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  • The Book of Clarence
  • The Color Purple
  • The Equalizer 3
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Colman Domingo
  • Damson Idris
  • Denzel Washington
  • Donald Glover
  • Idris Elba
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Lakeith Stanfield
  • Angela Bassett
  • Ayo Edebiri
  • Coco Jones
  • Danielle Brooks
  • Fantasia
  • Halle Bailey
  • Issa Rae
  • Regina King
  • Akira Akbar
  • Blue Ivy Carter
  • Demi Singleton
  • Heiress Diana Harris
  • Jabria McCullum
  • Jalyn Hall
  • Leah Jeffries
  • Van Van
  • A’ja Wilson
  • Angel Reese
  • Coco Gauff
  • Flau’jae Johnson
  • Juju Watkins
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Sha’carri Richardson
  • Simone Biles
  • Anthony Edwards
  • Gervonta Davis
  • Jalen Brunson
  • Jalen Hurts
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Lebron James
  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Stephen Curry

Check out more updates here.

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Davido Says He Didn’t Sack His Long-Time Lawyer Over Embezzlement

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Davido says he didn't sack Bobo over embezzlement | Fab.ng

Afrobeat music star Davido shut down rumours online that he fired his longtime lawyer, Bobo Ajudua, over missing money.

Davido himself took to his Instagram story on Thursday, May 16th, 2024, to clear the air. He confirmed that he and Ajudua are no longer working together but insisted there was no embezzlement involved. He urged people to ignore the rumours.

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“I’ll Pick Any Marvel Series” – Ruby Akubueze

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Ruby Akubueze, a Nollywood actress, aspires to be part of any Marvel Studios project under Disney Entertainment. She gained recognition for her role as Frances in the television series MTV Shuga. It explores the experiences of young individuals dealing with love, desire, and the complexities of maturing.

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