Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake may lead the nominations, but Sunday’s Grammy Awards looks set to be a showcase for girl power.
Outspoken rapper Cardi B, whose music and personal life has dominated pop culture for the past two years, leads the charge on music’s biggest night with a live performance and five Grammy nominations, including for album and record of the year.
R&B singer Alicia Keys will host the Grammys for the first time, while Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monae, Camila Cabello and Kacey Musgraves are also among the performers at the Los Angeles ceremony.
Adding to the star power, Motown legend Diana Ross will take the stage to mark her 75th birthday in March, and hopes are high that Lady Gaga will perform her Grammy and Oscar-nominated song “Shallow” from the movie “A Star is Born.”
Yet Cardi B is likely to grab most of the attention. The 26 year-old New York artist is one of only a handful of female rappers and has captured attention with her message of female empowerment, on and off marriage to rapper Offset, and a string of hit records and collaborations, including “I Like It,” “Girls Like You” and “Taki Taki.”
“Cardi B is a very strong woman who is in control of her career. She is really talented and has something to say and she is just fun. She is like a breath of fresh air,” said Melinda Newman, West Coast editor for Billboard magazine.
“Between Alicia Keys and all the female nominees, I think we will have a very female-leading show. That’s not necessarily by design, that’s just how it’s shaking out this year,” Newman added.
It is a far cry from 2018, when the dearth of female nominees and performers caused a media uproar and prompted the Recording Academy, whose members choose the Grammy winners, to expand the number of nominees in the top four categories to eight from five.
This year five of the eight nominees for the coveted album of the year award are women – Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy,” Janelle Monae’s “Dirty Computer”, folk singer Brandi Carlile’s “By the Way, I Forgive You,” country artist Kacey Musgraves’ “Golden Hour” and R&B newcomer H.E.R.’s self-titled “H.E.R.”
Six of the eight musicians competing for best new artist are also women, including “New Rules” British singer Dua Lipa, Chloe & Halle, Bebe Rexha and H.E.R.
While the show may give the impression that girls run the world, there is no guarantee how many will take home a Grammy.
Lamar leads with eight nods, many of them for writing most of the “Black Panther” movie soundtrack album, which is up for album of the year. Drake, the most commercially successful artist of 2018, follows with seven nominations, including for his album “Scorpion” and single “God’s Plan.”
It is not yet known whether either of the rappers will perform on Sunday.
The Grammy Awards take place in Los Angeles on Feb. 10 and will be broadcast live on CBS television at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT (0100 GMT).
#VGMA20: See The Moment Amakye Dede Crowned Kuami Eugene As The New King Of Highlife Music In Ghana | WATCH
Highlife legend, Abrantie Amakye Dede on the night of the chaos VGMA’s endorsed and crowned Lynx Entertainment signee, Kuami Eugene as the New King of Highlife music in Ghana.
This was after both of them had performed on stage at the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) at the Dome of the Accra International Conference Center on Saturday.
Before they left the stage, Amakye Dede called Kuami Eugene and asked him to kneel before him. He then put the crown on Kuami Eugene’s head and endorsed him as the New King of Highlife.
According to Amakye Dede, Kuami Eugene as the only highlife musician now who can carry on with the highlife music genre that they (the legends) started.
“I thought Highlife was dead but Kuami Eugene has proven that Highlife is still alive. He’s exceptionally good so support him,” Amakye Dede said.
Watch the video below:
Eugene won three awards which included; Highlife Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Music Producer of the Year, at the awards ceremony.
Kwame Gyan Wins At Kingdom Honours 2019
Kwame Gyan Nkansah, team leader and president of Kwame Gyan ministries on May 11, 2019, was honored as ‘Most Patronized Event of the Year’ with his annual worship event dubbed ‘SIFAFEST.’
The awards scheme which was held at the Perez Dome and organized by Kingdom Biz Gh, geared to support and to encourage the next Gospel Musicians.
‘SIFAFEST’ is an annual worship service that seeks to gather over 600+ PEOPLE in one auditorium to give God undiluted worship and praise. The event has had the likes of Efe Grace, Kweku Teye, Harry King and a few other spirit-filled gospel ministers.
Speaking to Kwame Gyan, he was in the category with other 7 other contestants and he dedicates the award to God Almighty and appreciates all members of Kwame Gyan Ministries and impact Grooves, All participants of SIFAFEST and the general public for the votes.
According to Kwame Gyan ‘SIFAFEST 19’ is set to happen on July 14, 2019, at the KPCC Auditorium, 3 PM and is free to the general public to attend.
Matthew Mensah To Speak At 2019 Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit
Multiple award-winning Ghanaian philanthropists, PR Strategist, and businessman, Matthew Mensah has been invited as a speaker for the 3rd edition of the Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit which will be hosted in Johannesburg.
As the founder of Health PR, Ambassador of Tourism Ghana and GQ’S Best Dressed Man in Africa, Matthew will join other speakers from across Africa for the pan-African annual conference for youth leaders from across the continent which will be hosted from 23 – 24 May 2019.
The Summit, hosted under the theme ‘Reclaim Africa’ – is described by organizers as a call to action for young people to work towards an Africa they desire to be a part of. The three-day gathering will encourage youth participation in governance, social change, and the economy through topics that impart knowledge, engage thought and inspire action. Delegates of the Summit range from young leaders from diverse backgrounds such as media, politics, academia, and business – with the aim of driving inter-country relations and collaborations.
“Since its inception two years ago the Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth summit has hosted over 200 young leaders representing 18 African countries. This has created a web of collaborations and partnerships across various sectors, movements and communities.
As a platform the summit presents an opportunity for young people to connect, learn and create in concert around pertinent areas of leadership, development and how we can right the future of the kind of Africa we want to exist in.” says Founder Paul Modjadji.
The organizers announced in March that this year’s Summit would be the last one to be hosted in South Africa. This would mean that the next Summit, to be hosted in 2020, would be hosted in another African country. The Summit, which not only brings young people together, also celebrates Africa day and month – by engaging in conversations which are led by and serve young people.
The Breaking Down Borders Africa Initiative is a multi-platform initiative that includes education, empowerment drives as well as the conference. Founded by The Leaders Who Dare To Dream Foundation and led by a collective of youth social entrepreneurs, the initiative undertakes efforts to connect African youth through dialogue and conferencing, workshops and arts programs.
Through various partnerships with global NGO’s, government and the private sector, the Conference has driven robust conversation, given a platform for youth thought leadership and the building of networks among African youth in social and commercial entrepreneurship.
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