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LISTEN to #UPFRONT with ‘Superfly’ cast + André Leon Talley (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out this past weekend’s edition of my arts and entertainment radio program, UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. It features my exclusive black carpet interviews from the Atlanta premiere of Superfly.

The film is a remake of the 1972 classic and stars Trevor Jackson as Priest, a drug dealer who decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. The film also stars veteran actors Esai Morales and Michael K. Williams along with newcomers Jason MitchellLex Scott Davis, Terayle Hill and Allen Maldonado. The film is produced by Future and directed by hip hip music video icon Director X.

Closing out the show is my one-on-one with fashion icon and former VOGUE Magazine editor-at-large André Leon Talley. He opens up about his new documentary, The Gospel According to Andre’. He also chats about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Andy Warhol and dancing with Diana Ross at NYC’s famed Studio 54. I also feature music from the original Super Fly soundtrack with Curtis Mayfield all throughout the show.

UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on Atlanta’s Jazz station, Jazz 91.9 WCLK and WCLK.com.

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Watch Official Trailer for ‘Superfly’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The official trailer for the remake of Super Fly is here and it is fiyah!

The film stars Trevor JacksonJason Mitchell, Esai Morales, Michael K. Williams, Lex Scott Davis and Allen Maldonado.

Superfly follows Priest, a drug dealer who decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. Working with his reluctant friend, Eddie, Priest devises a scheme that will allow him to make a big deal and then retire.

Also look for appearances by hip hop stars Big BoiRick Ross and Big Bank Black.

Superfly is produced by Future and directed by Director X.

Photo Credit: YouTube.com/Superfly

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Watch Teaser Trailer for ‘Superfly’ by Director X (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

It’s all about money, women and cars in this new teaser trailer for the upcoming remake of Superfly. The film stars Grown-ish actor Trevor Jackson, The Chi’s Jason Mitchell and veteran actor Esai Morales.

As previously mentioned, Superfly follows Priest, a drug dealer who decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. Working with his reluctant friend, Eddie, Priest devises a scheme that will allow him to make a big deal and then retire.

Rounding out the cast is Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent as Fat Freddy, Allen Maldonado as Litty and Michael K. Williams as Scatter.

It also looks like there are appearances Big BoiRick Ross and Big Bank Black. I also see that CAU alumni Terayle Hill is appearing in the film as Dee.  Way to go T!!

Hip hop stars 21 Savage and KiaShine are also attached to the film + Future and Zaytoven are curator’s of the soundtrack.

Superfly is remake of the 1972 blaxploitation film, Super Fly.

Check out teaser trailer below:

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LISTEN UP ~ DJ Khaled feat. Jay Z, Beyoncé and Future – ‘Top Off’ (AUDIO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out new music from DJ Khaled featuring Jay Z, Beyoncé and Future titled “Top Off.” He dropped the single this morning at 6 a.m. and it’s available everywhere.

“Put my trust in the most high and my prayers are so consistent. Who would of thought, it would be like this today? Nothing beats prayers, Thank you God,” said Khaled on his Instagram page.

Tell us what you think…

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UPDATE: ‘Superfly’ adds Micheal K. Williams and more to cast

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

DEADLINE is reporting that “Bessie” actor Michael K. Smith is joining the cast of “Superfly.” The versatile TV and film star will portray Scatter in the project that includes “Grown-ish” star Trevor Jackson and “The Chi” actor Jason Mitchell.  In addition, veteran actor Esai Morales will also star in the film as Adalberto.

As previously reported, “Superfly” follows Priest, a New York City drug dealer who decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. Working with his reluctant friend, Eddie, Priest devises a scheme that will allow him make a big deal and then retire. Jackson will portray Priest and Mitchell will star as Eddie.

Rounding out the cast is Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent as Fat Freddy and Allen Maldonado as Litty.

Hip hop stars 21 Savage and KiaShine are also attached to the film + Future and Zaytoven are curator’s of the soundtrack. Director X is on board as the film’s director.

Stay tuned…

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Jason Mitchell to join Trevor Jackson in ‘Superfly’ remake

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

DEADLINE is reporting that The Chi‘s Jason Mitchell is set to appear alongside Trevor Jackson in a remake of the classic 70s blaxploitation film “Superfly.” Director X will serve as the project’s director.

“Superfly” follows Priest, a New York City drug dealer who decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. Working with his reluctant friend, Eddie, Priest devises a scheme that will allow him make a big deal and then retire. Jackson will portray Priest and Mitchell will star as Eddie. Rounding out the cast is Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent as Fat Freddy, and Omar Chapparo as Adalberto. 21 Savage and KiaShine are also attached to the film.

“When I went back and watched the original, I was struck by how relevant the themes are,” said Director X. “The pursuit of the American Dream is eternal – everyone’s always on the hustle, because you’ve got to be… and Superfly is about pulling off the ultimate hustle to get out of the game. Our goal is to make it modern – to make a movie where the style, the art direction, the camera movements are all part of what makes the movie Superfly. With this film, my goal is to honor the lineage of an iconic title that the community has loved for decades.”

Hip hop star Future is on board to curate the film’s soundtrack along with rap producer Zaytoven. The late Curtis Mayfield produced the original film’s soundtrack.

Alex Tse will write the script and the film is executive produced by Future along with Joel Silver, Steven R. Shore, Matthew Hirsch, Hal Sadoff and Aaron Auch.

Stay tuned…

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Future Hosts ATL Screening of ‘Ferdinand’ (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Award-winning hip-hop star Future recently hosted a preview of the upcoming animated film, “Ferdinand.” The advanced screening took place at the Regal Atlantic Station and was presented by FreeWishes Foundation.

“Ferdinand” is a young bull who escapes from a training camp in rural Spain after his father never returns from a showdown with a matador. Adopted by a girl who lives on a farm, Ferdinand’s peaceful existence comes crashing down when the authorities return him to his former captors. With help from a wisecracking goat and three hedgehogs, the giant but gentle bovine must find a way to break free before he squares off against El Primero, the famous bullfighter who never loses. The film features the voices of Anthony Anderson, Gina Rodriguez, John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Daveed Diggs and Boris Kodjoe.

Atlanta notables in attendance included Arin Jackson, DJ Fadelf, Egypt Sherrod, Andrea Hamilton and more. ‘Ferdinand” has also been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture – Animated and Best Original Song – Motion Picture. #WHOOHOO

Check out more photos below + the Ferdinand trailer:

“Ferdinand” opens in theaters December 15

Photo Credits: Paras Griffin for Getty Images

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BMI salutes Patti LaBelle at ‘BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

I had the pleasure of attending and covering the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Thursday evening for my radio show #UPFRONT. The VIP event took place at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall (Woodruff Art Center) and featured an all-star salute to music icon and Grammy-winning singer, song-writer, actress, author and philanthropist—Patti LaBelle.

Prior to the show was a dazzling red carpet where I interviewed some of the evening’s songwriters, producer and publishers of the year’s most performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs. I also talked to some of the singers who were performing during Miss Patti’s Tribute including BeBe Winans, Avery*Sunshine, Kierra Sheard and Tasha Cobbs-Leonard.

The awards ceremony began with Atlanta’s own Big Boi, who performed songs from his new album, “Boomiverse” as well as some of his classics. Jazze Pha‘s new duo—Ayo and Teo—performed their hit single, “Rolex.” Other performances included Jacquees and his R&B single, “B.E.D” and Maybach Music’s Rick Ross, who performed all of his hits including “Hustlin,’” “Trap, Trap, Trap” and “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast).”

Big winners this year included Metro Boomin, who took home the Producer of the Year award as well as hitmakers Future, DJ Khaled and Rihanna, who tied for Songwriter of the Year.

The second part of the show featured the all-star tribute to Miss LaBelle, whose career spans over five decades.  BeBe Winans opened the set with his rendition of her hit duet with Michael McDonald, “On My Own.”  R&B songstress Avery Sunshine gave a moving version of “Love, Need and Want You.” Gospel music star Kierra Sheard wowed us with her powerful performance of “When You’ve Been Blessed,” followed by Tasha Cobbs-Leonard singing the classic hit, “You Are My Friend.”

“I was feeling like a queen since I’ve heard I was being honored with the Icon Award. When you hear of other people getting certain awards, you say ‘I want that.’ So evidently I grew up old enough that they gave it me. (LOL) I always say when you get it it’s right on time,” said Miss LaBelle during her red carpet interview.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ledisi gave an energetic performance of the massive classic hit, “Lady Marmalade” before calling Ms. LaBelle to the stage where she gave an impromptu performance of “Over the Rainbow” and thanked those who paid tribute to her throughout the evening.

The evening was hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton with Lifestyle Specialist Kenny Burns as co-host.

Check out all the photos below:

BEBE WINANS 

KEKE PALMER

MISS PATTI LABELLE + LUDACRIS 

BIG BOI

RICK ROSS

FUTURE

AVERY*SUNSHINE

KIERRA SHEARD 

TASHA COBBS-LEONARD

LEDISI

Photo Credits: Getty Images/Paras Griffin for BMI

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‘BET Awards’ announces first round of presenters + performers

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Bruno Mars, Future, Migos, Trey Songz and Tamar Braxton are just a few of the big named stars set to perform at this year’s “BET Awards.” The show airs live on Sunday, June 25 at 8 p.m. EST from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA.  According to the press release, the above mentioned names are just the first round of performers and more acts are to be announced in the coming weeks.

The evening will also feature a number of television, film, sports, comedy and music stars who will serve as presenters including “black-ish” star Yara Shahidi, Cardi B, Issa Rae, Jamie Foxx, La La Anthony, the cast of Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip” (Regina Hall, Tiffany HaddishJada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah), Trevor Noah, Robin Thede, Cari Champion and “All Eyez on Me” star—Demetrius Shipp Jr.

Previously announced nominees this year include Mars and Migos plus Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper and many more. This year’s show is also hosted by comedienne and actress Leslie Jones.

Click here to see the rest of the nominees!

Hey RC fans! Whose performance are you looking forward to seeing the most?

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Usher, Future, Tyrese Gibson, Young Jeezy and more attend Mayor’s Masked Ball [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Usher, Tyrese Gibson, Future and Young Jeezy were just a few of the A-List celebrities who came out for Saturday night’s UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Atlanta. The VIP gala was held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and was attended by a who’s who of celebrities, city officials, dignitaries, tastemakers and influencers.

Dr. Michael Lomax presenting the HBCU Presidents

Yours truly, RayCornelius.com was in the mix and captured some pretty amazing shots of everyone in their black tie and ballroom garb. The UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball is held annually by the city’s mayor and is a huge fundraiser for students attending historically black colleges and universities. The Mayor’s Masked Ball was created in 1983 by Billye S. Aaron (Hank Aaron’s wife) and Ambassador Andrew Young with the hopes of providing scholarships for underserved youth with dreams of attending college. The event is one of several “Masked Balls” that are presented by UNCF chapters around the country.

Tyrese Gibson helping out during the fundraising portion of the evening

Last night’s ball raised well over one million dollars due to the high demand of tickets  and a little help from “Fast and Furious” star and musician Tyrese Gibson. He literally took over the fundraising portion of the program and was able to galvanize an additional $1oo,ooo from the audience which included three hefty donations from Usher, Young Jeezy and Future. Other celebrities who contributed to the cause included “R&B Diva” Angie Stone, soul singer Avery*Sunshine,HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod and BMI executive Catherine Brewton.

Avery*Sunshine, Q Parker and Angie Stone

A number of other Atlanta notables were in attendance including Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell, Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, RHOA star Phaedra Parks, “Married to Medicine” stars Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Dr. Jackie Walters and Dr. and Genise SheltonQ. Parker from 112, celebrity interior designer Michel Boyd, TV and stage actress Danielle Deadwyler, actor Al Thompson, filmmaker Roger M. Bobb, “Greenleaf” star Lamman Rucker, 11 Alive Atlanta news anchor Shiba Russell, acclaimed author and playwright Pearl Cleage, reality star Stevie Baggs, Jr., gospel singer VaShawn Mitchell, hip hop artist Kore $tacks, Dr. Yamma Brown (James Brown’s daughter), gospel singer and radio personality Darlene McCoy, UPSCALE Magazine’s Satchel Jester, “Saints and Sinners” actress Reece Odum and more.

Sheila E.

This year’s entertainment was provided by the one and only—Sheila E. The award winning entertainer and beloved music icon opened her show with a nod to her late mentor and friend Prince with “Erotic City.” She later jammed the night away with hits of her own including “Love Bazaar” and “Glamorous Life.”

The Mayor’s Masked Ball was hosted by comedian and actor J. Anthony Brown along with UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax and UNCF Regional Development Director Justine Norman Boyd.

See more exciting pictures below and click here to donate:

Al Thompson and Shiba Russell

Pearl Cleage and her daughter Deignan

Avery*Sunshine and Dana Johnson

Danielle Deadwyler, Jakeem Smith and Kore $tacks

Dr. Yamma Brown 

Atlanta radio personality SiMan Baby with his guest

Usher

Stevie Baggs Jr. with his date

Kwanza and Natalie Hall

Reece Odum and her guest

Young Jeezy with Phaedra Parks 

Dr. and Mrs. Shelton

Egypt Sherrod and Avery*Sunshine

Actor Lamman Rucker chatting with Billye S. Aaron 

Angie Stone and Gwendolyn Chisolm aka “Blondie”

Q Parker, Tyrese Gibson, Elle Duncan and her husband

Future with his sister and mother

Satchel Jester with Michel Boyd

Darlene McCoy

J. Anthony Brown and Myra J

Roger M. Bobb and Carolyn Young (Ambassador Andrew Young’s wife)

Dana Johnson, Avery*Sunshine, Ceaser C. Mitchell (Atlanta City Council President), Rev. Raphael G. Warnock (senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church) and his wife Ouleye Ndoye    

Tyrese Gibson

Usher

Tyrese Gibson and Ambassador Andrew Young sharing a laugh

Dr. Michael Lomax ~ UNCF President and CEO

Usher laughing out loud at J. Anthony Brown‘s shenanigans

Mayor Kasim Reed and First Lady Sarah-Elizabeth Reed

UNCF Regional Development Director Justine Norman Boyd

handing flowers to Billye S. Aaron

Lamman Rucker with Morehouse College President John Wilson

J. Anthony Brown sharing a laugh with Atlanta business icon Richard Dent 

SHEILA E.

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Miss Mulatto, Nia K and others help raise 500 Bikes for ATL’s Hosea Feed the Hungry [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Some of entertainment’s brightest young stars came out over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to participate in the “Young Trendsetters Take the Stage: Celebrity Kid Fashion and Talent Showcase.” The event was held at the Villages of Carver Family YMCA and was used to help raise 500 bicycles for underprivileged Atlanta youth. The fundraising event was presented by Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless along with community partners Hot 107.9, Universal Realty Source, Young Stars 360 and Enchanted Branding & Public Relations.

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Dessy with Miss Mulatto from Jermaine Dupri’s “The Rap Game”

The afternoon event featured an array of young fashion designers including Future‘s son Prince and his “Prince & Pepper Collection” as well as the “Official Rich Boys Brand, Inc.” There was also a special appearance from Jermaine Dupri‘s “Rap Game” Season 1 winner Miss Mulatto as well as a lit performance from Season 2 contestant Nia K. “Barbershop 3” actor and entertainer Torian Sellers also rocked the stage while Hosea Feed the Hungry’s Afemo Omilami thanked the audience for their continued support of the iconic organization.

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Prince with Marley T. Taylor of “Almost Christmas”

NBA star Derrick Rose‘s son P.J. Rose also made an appearance along with the twin daughters of rapper and reality star Young Joc plus R. and Drea Kelly‘s children. “Almost Christmas” actress Marley T. Taylor served as the event’s host and was the perfect addition to the lineup of child stars. I also have to give a special shout out to my blog partner in crime, Xavier Bryant of Ice Cream Conversations. Her daughter “Dessy” was also able to walk the runway for the first time and was absolutely adorable. Look for her new children’s blog to come out in 2017!

Check out more photos below and click here to donate to Hosea Feed the Hungry!

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Prince of “Prince & Pepper”

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Young Joc‘s Twin Daughters

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Afemo Omilami

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Marley T. Taylor 

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Dessy “rippin the runway”

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Official Rich Boys Brand, Inc. 

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Torian Sellers 

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Drea Kelly and her offspring

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“The Dutchess of Chicago” killing the stage

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Prince and his crew watching Nia K. perform

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Dessy with Kass and Christal of Enchanted PR

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“Prince & Pepper Collection”

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TAKE A LOOK ~ Usher featuring Future ‘Rivals’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Watch Usher as he enjoys the last days of summer in this new video for the single, “Rival.” It features the Grammy winning singer along with hip hop star Future as well as some amazing views of Atlanta.  In addition to the new video, the multi-talented entertainer also received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame today. The dedication took place this afternoon at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard.

“Usher is one of the most successful artists of our modern music world. We are proud to welcome him to the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Famer ceremonies.

CONGRATS!

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BET Announces Nominees for 2016 Hip Hop Awards

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

BET announced the nominees for this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards and Drake dominates for the third year in a row. The Canadian-born rapper received 14 impressive nominations including ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ and ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style).’

Future scores the second-most nominations with 10 nods, including ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style),’ ‘Best Mixtape,’ and ‘Best Collabo, Duo, or Group.’

DJ Khaled follows closely with 9 nominations, including ‘DJ of the Year,’ ‘Best Hip-Hop Video,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Track of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘People’s Champ Award,’ and two nods for ‘Best Collabo, Duo or Group;’ and Kanye West grabs 8 nods for ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Best Hip-Hop Video,’ ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘Video Director of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ and ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)’ at the BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2016.

Additionally, ‘Best New Hip-Hop Artist’ Award includes newcomers Chance the Rapper, Desiigner, Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanez and Anderson .Paak.

The BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2016 will be taped on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at its new venue, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, and will premiere on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

See the complete list of BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” ’16 Official Nominees below:

Best Hip-Hop Video

2 Chainz – Watch Out

Desiigner – Panda

DJ Khaled F/ Jay Z & Future – I Got the Keys

Drake – Hotline Bling

Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared – All the Way Up

Kanye West F/ Rihanna – Famous

Best Collabo, Duo or Group

DJ Khaled F/ Drake – For Free

DJ Khaled F/ Jay Z & Future – I Got the Keys

Drake & Future – Jumpman

Drake F/ Wizkid & Kyla – One Dance

Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared – All the Way Up

Best Live Performer

Drake

Future

J. Cole

Kanye West

Kendrick Lamar

Lyricist of the Year

Chance the Rapper

Drake

J. Cole

Kanye West

Kendrick Lamar

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

Colin Tilley

Director X

Hype Williams

Kanye West

DJ of the Year

DJ Drama

DJ Envy

DJ Esco

DJ Khaled

DJ Mustard

Producer of the Year

DJ Mustard

Dr. Dre

Metro Boomin

Mike WiLL Made-It

Pharrell Williams

MVP of the Year

DJ Khaled

Drake

Future

Kanye West

Kendrick Lamar

Track of the Year

All the Way Up – Produced By Cool & Dre and Edsclusive (Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared)

Controlla – Produced By BOI-1DA (Drake)

Hotline Bling – Produced By Nineteen85 (Drake)

I Got the Keys – Produced By Southside (DJ Khaled F/ Jay Z & Future)

Panda – Produced By Menace (Desiigner)

Album of the Year

DJ Khaled – I Changed A Lot

Dr. Dre – Compton

Drake – Views

Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap

Future -DS2

Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

Best New Hip-Hop Artist

Anderson .Paak

Bryson Tiller

Chance the Rapper

Desiigner

Tory Lanez

Hustler of the Year

DJ Khaled

Drake

Future

Jay Z

Kanye West

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

A$AP Rocky

Drake

Future

Kanye West

Nicki Minaj

Best Hip Hop Online Site/App

Allhiphop.Com

Complex.Com

Hotnewhiphop.Com

Worldstarhiphop.Com

XXLMag.Com

Best Mixtape

Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book

French Montana – Wave Gods (Hosted By Max B)

Future – Purple Reign

Lil Uzi Vert – Lil Uzi Vert VS. The World

Young Thug – Slime Season 3

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

2 Chainz – No Problem (Chance the Rapper F/ Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)

Drake – Work (Rihanna F/ Drake)

Kendrick Lamar – Freedom (Beyoncé F/ Kendrick Lamar)

Kodak Black – Lockjaw (French Montana F/ Kodak Black)

Nicki Minaj – Down In the DM – Remix (Yo Gotti F/ Nicki Minaj)

Impact Track

J. Cole – Love Yourz

Jay Z – Spiritual

Jidenna – Long Live The Chief

Raury F/ Key – Trap Tears

Sir The Baptist F/ ChuchPeople – Raise Hell

People’s Champ Award

Desiigner – Panda

DJ Khaled F/ Drake – For Free

Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared – All the Way Up

O.T. Genasis F/ Young Dolph – Cut It

Travis Scott – Antidote

Young Thug – Best Friend

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BET Awards Announce 2016 Nominees; airs June 26 at 8 p.m.

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

BET has announced nominations for the 2016 “BET Awards,” and Drake leads the pack with nine nods including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ for his hit “Where Ya At” with fellow hip hop artist Future.

Pop divas Beyoncé and Rihanna follow with five nods including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist and ‘Best Collaboration.”

Other nominees include newcomer Bryson Tiller who is up for four awards including ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.’ Chris Brown is nominated for the same number including ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist’ and ‘Video Director of the Year.’  Future could also walk away with four awards including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist’ and the ‘Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award.’

My new music crush Andra Day is also nominated for three awards including ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Centric Award.’

“Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson will go toe-to-toe with Tracee Ellis Ross, Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union and Kerry Washington for ‘Best Actress.’

“These nominees represent depth and diversity in achievement over the past year and we look forward to recognizing them next month,” said Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Programming. “This show will be innovative and special; in addition to celebrating the best in entertainment, we’ll also spend time throughout the show remembering Prince as only BET can. You can count on memorable performances and moments in honor of a true legend.”

The complete list of nominees for the 2016 “BET Awards” are:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
ADELE
ANDRA DAY
BEYONCÉ
K. MICHELLE
RIHANNA

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
BRYSON TILLER
CHRIS BROWN
JEREMIH
THE WEEKND
TYRESE

Best Group
2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE
DRAKE & FUTURE
PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY
RAE SREMMURD
THE INTERNET

Best Collaboration
BIG SEAN FT. CHRIS BROWN & TY DOLLA $IGN – PLAY NO GAMES
BIG SEAN FT. KANYE WEST & JOHN LEGEND – ONE MAN CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
FUTURE FT. DRAKE – WHERE YA AT
NICKI MINAJ FT. BEYONCÉ – FEELING MYSELF
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE – WORK

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
DRAKE
FETTY WAP
FUTURE
J. COLE
KANYE WEST
KENDRICK LAMAR

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
DEJ LOAF
LIL KIM
MISSY ELLIOTT
NICKI MINAJ
REMY MA

Video of the Year
BEYONCÉ – FORMATION
BRYSON TILLER – DON’T
DRAKE – HOTLINE BLING
KENDRICK LAMAR – ALRIGHT
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE  – WORK

Video Director of the Year
BENNY BOOM
CHRIS BROWN
COLIN TILLEY & THE LITTLE HOMIES
DIRECTOR X
HYPE WILLIAMS

Best New Artist
ALESSIA CARA
ANDRA DAY
BRYSON TILLER
KEHLANI
TORY LANEZ

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY
ERICA CAMPBELL
KIRK FRANKLIN
LECRAE
TAMELA MANN
TASHA COBBS

Best Actress
GABRIELLE UNION
KERRY WASHINGTON
TARAJI P. HENSON
TRACEE ELLIS ROSS
VIOLA DAVIS

Best Actor
ANTHONY ANDERSON
COURTNEY B. VANCE
IDRIS ELBA
MICHAEL B. JORDAN
O’SHEA JACKSON JR.

YoungStars Award
AMANDLA STENBERG
QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS
SILENTÓ
WILLOW SMITH
YARA SHAHIDI

Best Movie
BEASTS OF NO NATION
CONCUSSION
CREED
DOPE
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

Sportswoman of the Year
CHEYENNE WOODS
GABRIELLE DOUGLAS
SERENA WILLIAMS
SKYLAR DIGGINS
VENUS WILLIAMS

Sportsman of the Year
CAM NEWTON
KOBE BRYANT
LEBRON JAMES
ODELL BECKHAM JR.
STEPHEN CURRY

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
BEYONCÉ – FORMATION
BRYSON TILLER – DON’T
CHRIS BROWN – BACK TO SLEEP
DRAKE – HOTLINE BLING
FUTURE FT. DRAKE – WHERE YA AT
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE – WORK

Centric Award
ANDRA DAY – RISE UP
BEYONCÉ – FORMATION
K. MICHELLE – NOT A LITTLE BIT
RIHANNA – BBHMM
THE INTERNET – UNDER CONTROL

Best International Act Africa
AKA (SOUTH AFRICA)
BLACK COFFEE (SOUTH AFRICA)
CASSPER NYOVEST (SOUTH AFRICA)
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TANZANIA)
MZVEE (Ghana)
SERGE BEYNAUD (COTE D’IVOIRE)
WIZKID (NIGERIA)
YEMI ALADE (NIGERIA)

Best International Act UK
KANO
KREPT & KONAN
LIANNE LA HAVAS
SKEPTA
STORMZY
TINIE TEMPAH

The 2016 “BET Awards” will air live on Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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