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UPDATE: Tracee Ellis Ross to host AMAS + Diana Ross to perform

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

CONGRATS to Golden Globe Award winning actress Tracee Ellis Ross! She will be hosting this Sunday’s live telecast of the “2017 American Music Awards.” The “Black-ish” star will take the stage to preside over an evening of non-stop musical magic, where Ross’ own mother, DIANA ROSS, will receive the “American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.” The film, fashion and music icon is also scheduled to perform and will receive her award from her other daughter—Rhonda Ross Kendrick.

“I am thrilled to host this special night which honors some of the greatest musical talents in our industry,” said Tracee Ellis Ross. “And I’m especially thrilled to host this year when my mother is receiving the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.”

In addition to Ross’ performance, music fans will also get to see Christina Aguilera perform a tribute to Whitney Houston and music from “The Bodyguard.” The classic film turns 25-years-old on Saturday, November 25. (Can you believe it’s been 25 years? WOW!!)

Other performers include Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez, Niall Horan, Imagine Dragons & Khalid, Demi Lovato and P!NK.

Will you be watching?

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Anthony Anderson to host the “49th NAACP Image Awards”

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

He’s Baaack!

“Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson will return as the host of the “49th  NAACP Image Awards.” The exciting news was announcement on Thursday morning.

As previously reported, the two-hour special will air live on TV One Monday, January 15, 2018, the federal holiday honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The telecast will also include a live pre-show from the star-studded red carpet.

In addition, voting is still open to the public for the NAACP “Entertainer of the Year,” the winner will be revealed during the two-hour telecast. The six nominees are: Chadwick Boseman, Ava DuVernay, Bruno Mars, Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, and Jay-Z. Fans have until Friday, November 17 to cast their votes. Click here to make your selection. 

Stay close to RC as the nominees will be announced on Monday, November 13.

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Tamar Braxton, SWV, Tank, Kirk Franklin + more to perform at ‘Soul Train Awards’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

BET recently tweeted that the “hippest trip in America” aka “The Soul Train Awards” will be hosted by multi-award winning vocalist Erykah Badu. She’ll be returning for the third consecutive year as the “hostess with the mostest.”

Confirmed performers include Don Cornelius Living Legend Award honoree Toni Braxton, Lady of Soul honorees SWV as well as Tank, Kirk Franklin, Tamar Braxton and 112.

As previously reported, Solange is in the lead with seven nominations followed by Bruno Mars with six including Song of the Year and Album/Mixtape of the Year. Other nominees include DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson TillerChris BrownUsher, Childish Gambino, Lalah Hathaway, Beyoncé and a host of others.

The “Soul Train Awards” recognizes the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from legends to the next generation. The show will be filmed on November 5 at the Orleans Arena and will air on November 26 at 8 p.m. on BET and BET HER.

Stay close as more performers and presenters will be announced!

Will you be watching this year?

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Comedic actress Leslie Jones to host ‘The BET Awards’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Comedienne and actress Leslie Jones has been tapped to host this year’s highly anticipated #BETAwards. The network made the announcement on Wednesday (5/24) that the SNL writer and star will be making her debut as the host of a major award show and will join a long list of stand-up comics who have hosted the ceremony in the past including Chris Rock, Mo’Nique, Kevin Hart and Chris Tucker.

“I am so excited to be hosting The BET Awards this year,” said Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones, “BET was the first network and place where I was on TV – I am looking to turn this whole experience into a joyful homecoming.”

Previously announced nominees include Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Chance the Rapper and Migos. Click here to see the rest of the nods and watch the BET Awards LIVE on Sunday, June 25 at 8 pm ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

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Taraji P. Henson is back as host of BET’s ‘Celebration of Gospel’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Multi-talented entertainer Taraji P. Henson returns as host of BET’s highly rated Celebration of Gospel. The Empire star is back for another year of foot stomping, toe-tapping, and hand clapping music as the best of gospel, R&B and hip-hop collide for one explosive night of television.

“I am thrilled to return to BET’s Celebration of Gospel. It is truly a celebration of the best in music with love and hope. A celebration of what brings us all together and reminds us of what is important,” said Taraji P. Henson.

This year’s telecast will feature soul-stirring performances by Pastor Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan, and Gladys Knight along with contemporary artists Yolanda Adams, Eric Campbell, Tamela Mann, Tasha Cobbs and Preachers of Atlanta and Sunday Best alum Le’Andria Johnson.

There will also be appearances by Chrisette Michele, Tank, Kirk Franklin, Bebe Winans, Ty Tribbett, Donald Lawrence, Kurt Carr, Donnie McClurkin and Anthony Brown & Group Therapy. Closing out the show is Dr. Bobby Jones with a salute to the late Andraé Crouch.

BET’s Celebration of Gospel will tape on Saturday, January 9 and will premiere on Sunday, January 31 at 8 p.m. EST.

Stay tuned…

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Erykah Badu to host the ‘Soul Train Awards’ + 2015 Nominee List

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congrats to soul sistah #1 Erykah Badu aka “DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown.” She has been tapped by CENTRIC to host this year’s Soul Train Awards. The show will be taped on November 6 in Las Vegas with an air date of November 29 at 8PM EST.

CENTRIC also announced that R&B crooner and award winning-songwriter, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds will receive the “Legend Award” for his longstanding presence in the industry and influence on the world of music past and present. Edmonds has won 11 Grammy Awards and written and produced 26 No. 1 R&B hits. He has also worked with the biggest names in music history such as Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Boyz II MenToni Braxton, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton and many, many more. Edmonds will also perform during the three-day awards weekend alongside R. Kelly and Common

Also being recognized as a torchbearer for R&B music is the one and only, Jill Scott. She will receive the first-ever “Lady of Soul” Award.  Scott has been a staple on the soul music scene and is also an accomplished actress and poet.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

Best New Artist
ALESSIA CARA
DEJ LOAF
JIDENNA
JUSSIE SMOLLETT
TINASHE

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
CHRIS BROWN
D’ANGELO
THE WEEKND
TREY SONGZ
TYRESE

Centric Certified Award
AVANT
CHRISETTE MICHELE
THE INTERNET
TYRESE
VIVIAN GREEN

Video of the Year
BEYONCÉ – 7/11
JIDENNA FT. ROMAN GIANARTHUR – CLASSIC MAN
KENDRICK LAMAR – ALRIGHT
MARK RONSON FT. BRUNO MARS – UPTOWN FUNK
THE WEEKND – EARNED IT (FROM THE “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY” SOUNDTRACK)

Best Gospel and/or Inspirational Song
ERICA CAMPBELL – MORE LOVE
FRED HAMMOND FT. BREEANN HAMMOND – I WILL TRUST
KIRK FRANKLIN – WANNA BE HAPPY?
LECRAE – ALL I NEED IS YOU
MARVIN SAPP – YES YOU CAN

Album of the Year
CHRIS BROWN – X
D’ANGELO AND THE VANGUARD – BLACK MESSIAH
JILL SCOTT – WOMAN
THE WEEKND – BEAUTY BEHIND THE MADNESS
TYRESE – BLACK ROSE

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
BIG SEAN FT. DRAKE & KANYE WEST – BLESSINGS
BIG SEAN FT. E-40 – IDFWU
FETTY WAP – TRAP QUEEN
KENDRICK LAMAR – ALRIGHT
NICKI MINAJ FT. DRAKE & LIL WAYNE – TRUFFLE BUTTER

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
BEYONCÉ
JANELLE MONÁE
JANET JACKSON
JILL SCOTT
TAMAR BRAXTON

Song of the Year
COMMON & JOHN LEGEND – GLORY (FROM THE MOTION PICTURE “SELMA”)
JIDENNA FT. ROMAN GIANARTHUR – CLASSIC MAN
MARK RONSON FT. BRUNO MARS – UPTOWN FUNK
RIHANNA – B***H BETTER HAVE MY MONEY
THE WEEKND – EARNED IT (FROM THE “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY” SOUNDTRACK)

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
GLORY (FROM THE MOTION PICTURE “SELMA”) – WRITTEN BY: LONNIE RASHID LYNN, JOHN ROGER STEPHENS AND CHE SMITH (COMMON & JOHN LEGEND)
APPARENTLY – WRITTEN BY: JERMAINE L. COLE, DAMON COLEMAN, FILIPPO TRECCA (J.COLE)
UPTOWN FUNK – WRITTEN BY: MARK RONSON, RUDOLPH TAYLOR, LONNIE SIMMONS, PHILIP MARTIN LAWRENCE II, PETER GENE HERNANDEZ, JEFFREY NATH BHASKER, NICHOLAUS JOSEPH WILLIAMS, DEVON CHRISTOPHER GALLASPY, ROBERT LYNN WILSON, CHARLES K. WILSON, RONNIE WILSON (MARK RONSON FT. BRUNO MARS)
EARNED IT (FROM THE “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY” SOUNDTRACK) – WRITTEN BY: ABEL “THE WEEKND” TESFAYE, AHMAD “BELLY” BALSHE, JASON QUENNEVILLE, STEPHAN MOCCIO (THE WEEKND)
SHAME – WRITTEN BY: WARRYN S. CAMPBELL II, SAM DEES, TYRESE DARNELL GIBSON, RON KERSEY, DE WAYNE JULIUS ROGERS (TYRESE)

Best Dance Performance
BEYONCÉ – 7/11
CHRIS BROWN X TYGA – AYO
JANELLE MONÁE & JIDENNA – YOGA
MARK RONSON FT. BRUNO MARS – UPTOWN FUNK
SILENTO – WATCH ME (WHIP/ NAE NAE)

Best Collaboration
BIG SEAN FT. DRAKE & KANYE WEST – BLESSINGS
COMMON & JOHN LEGEND – GLORY (FROM THE MOTION PICTURE “SELMA”)
MARK RONSON FT. BRUNO MARS – UPTOWN FUNK
NICKI MINAJ FT. BEYONCÉ – FEELING MYSELF
OMARION FT. CHRIS BROWN & JHENÉ AIKO – POST TO BE

CONGRATS!

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Wendy Williams to host 2014 Soul Train Awards

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

CENTRIC announced Monday that media mogul Wendy Williams will host SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014, celebrating and honoring R&B legends and soul music’s brightest new stars. The show will be held on November 7, 2014 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas with tickets on sale to the public. The show promises to engage fans with unforgettable performances, iconic tributes and special appearances by today’s leading musicians. SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 will air on CENTRIC and BET on November 30, 2014 at 8PM ET/PT.

“Last year Wendy Williams did an amazing job hosting our red carpet show, so this year, we’re excited to have the queen of daytime talk host SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014, as we celebrate some of the most-promising new artists as well as the industry’s greatest legends,” said Paxton Baker, General Manager and Executive Vice President, CENTRIC. “We’re back at the Orleans Arena, one of the nicest production spaces in town, where we’ll be hosting a weekend full of timeless entertainment and we’re inviting fans all over the country to join us for the most soulful 3-day party to ever hit Vegas!”

This year’s show promises to be one for the books as best-selling author, entrepreneur and audience favorite Wendy Williams is set to take over the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 stage as host. No stranger to entertaining, Williams brings her signature charm and quick wit to the Orleans Arena where she will make her awards show hosting debut. She is currently in production on the sixth season of the hit daytime talk show, The Wendy Williams Show,  headlining her second Lipshtick  comedy series in Las Vegas on Halloween, and is also producing the Lifetime Original Movie, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.

“As a longtime lover of R&B and Hip Hop, I am beyond excited to host this year’s Soul Train Awards on CENTRIC,”  said Wendy. “It is an honor to be a part of the biggest night in music and highlight the achievements of both legends and rising talent. Vegas, how you doin’?”

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Posted by | Ray Cornelius

With only 90 days left until the New Year, now would be the time to order your 2015 Calendars. What better way to kick off the new season than with the queen herself, Beyoncé?  The “XO” singer has released her signature calendar for all of her “BeyHivers” featuring 12 glossy images along with a special centerfold image. According to her website, the photos were taken by noted photographers Yosra El-Essawy, Santiago & Mauricio, Nick Farrell, Robin Harper, and Mason Poole. [BEYONCE.COM]

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Hip-Hop’s reining queen, Nicki Minaj has been tapped to host the MTV EMAs. The “Anaconda” rapper announced the news via Instagram this week along with an image of her sitting on a throne with her crown and MTV award in hand. Minaj is also slated to perform on the show that is taking place November 9 in Glasgow, Scotland. Congrats Nicki! [JEZBEL]

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Jay Z is teaming up with Fusion for series of specials titled, Jay Z’s Life + Times Presents.  The half-hour show will cover a number of topics including art, sports, music, fashion and culture. “Jay Z’s Life+Times content is a natural fit for Fusion’s millennial audience,”  said Fusion CEO Isaac Lee in a prepared statement. “This series will give our viewers intimate access to the cultural tastemakers that reflect this generation’s diverse interests and passions.”  Jigga will also serve as curator of the series that is collaboration between RocNation and IconicTV. [VARIETY]

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Drake to host the 2014 ESPYs

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

One of sport’s biggest nights will be hosted by one of music’s biggest acts. Hip-hop titan Drake is gearing up to emcee the 2014 ESPYs. The multi-talented rapper, singer and actor shared the news this week via Twitter that he would host the annual live broadcast on July 16 at the Nokia Theater L. A.

“Drake is an unbelievably talented entertainer who truly has a passion for sports. We are thrilled to have him to host this year’s show,” said Connor Schell, vice president, ESPN Films and Original Entertainment, in a statement.

The 27-year-old entertainer has always had an affinity for sports. Last year, we reported that he had team up with his home town Toronto Raptors as the league’s new ‘Global Ambassador.’  In preparation of the city presenting the 2016 All-Star Game, Drake was chosen to help re-brand the team’s image. According to Rolling Stone, he has already help launch the Raptor’s clothing line, redesigned the team’s look and appeared in commercials with the players.

Drake has also served as celebrity host for Saturday Night Live  and the 2011 Juno Awards.  “This is an incredible opportunity for me to combine two of my biggest passions—sports and performing,” said the rapper in a statement.

The ESPYs, raises more than $1 million a year for cancer research and was established in 1993.

Congrats Drake!

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‘SNL’: Kerry Washington & Jay Pharoah parody ‘What Does The Fox Say?’ (video)

Posted by | Cyrena Rose

Scandal star Kerry Washington made her first appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”

Washington host Saturday night’s live taping of the hit show and it was a major moment for all African Americans because she is the first black woman to host the show since former SNL star Maya Rudolph left the show in 2012.

The show is currently under fire for not having a black woman on the cast, so many feel it’s a good look for NBC to invite one of the leading black actresses on the show as a host.

In a comedic departure from her Scandal alter ego, Washington and Jay Pharoah spoofed the Norwegian dance song What Does The Fox Say.

In the spoof, Pharoah gets an eternal headache from his girlfriend played by Kerry, forcing him to pose the question: “What does my girl say?”  Washington offered up several answers, including but not limited to: “Who that, who that, who that b–h,” “I got you, got you, got you pow” and “you done, you done messed up” (all to the tune of the viral hit, of course).  Take a look:


 

Click here to watch Ylvis – The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) official music video.

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Vivica A. Fox to host new reality show, ‘Prank My Mom’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Television and film actress Vivica A. Fox is gearing up to host a new reality series for Lifetime entitled, “Prank My Mom.”

According to THR, the series will feature sons and daughters targeting their mothers with pranks including setting up a blind date from hell and more. The network has already ordered 10 episodes with two previews ahead of its October 9 premiere.

Fox is no stranger to reality programming. She hosted one season of the VH1’s fashion stylist competition, Glam God in 2008 and appeared on season three of Dancing with the Stars in 2006.

Prank My Mom will preview on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 at 10:30p.m. following Project Runway.