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Cardi B To Lead Girl Power Charge At Grammy Awards

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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).

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Beyonce Delivers Emotional Rendition Of “XO” And “Halo” At Kobe Bryant And Gigi’s Farewell Ceremony | WATCH

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Beyonce delivered an emotional rendition of “XO” and “Halo” at Kobe Bryant and Gigi’s farewell ceremony.

Kobe Bryant and Gigi’s farewell ceremony is currently taking place at the Staples Center and Beyonce took to the stage to open the memorial event.

Wearing a marigold-colored pant suit, the singer delivered a moving rendition of her hit song XO after giving a short speech saying the song was Kobe’s favorite.

“I’m here because I love Kobe, and this was one of his favorite songs,” she said after singing the first line, before beginning again. “So I want to start that over, but I want us to do it all together. I want us to sing it so loud that we hear the love.”

The singer then transitioned into “Halo.”

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Thousands Of Kobe And Gianna Bryant Mourners Attend Their Memorial Service At Staples Center | PHOTOS

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The memorial service for Kobe Brayant and his daughter Gianna is currently holding at Staples Center with thousands of people in attendance including famous celebrities.

The NBA legend, 41, with his 13-year-old daughter tragically died along with seven others when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed near Calabasas, California on Sunday, Jan. 26th.

They were on their way to basketball practice when the helicopter they were in crashed, killing everyone on board.

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 Thousands of Kobe and Gianna Bryant mourners attend their memorial service at Staples Center (Photos)

 Thousands of Kobe and Gianna Bryant mourners attend their memorial service at Staples Center (Photos)

 Thousands of Kobe and Gianna Bryant mourners attend their memorial service at Staples Center (Photos)

 Thousands of Kobe and Gianna Bryant mourners attend their memorial service at Staples Center (Photos)

 Thousands of Kobe and Gianna Bryant mourners attend their memorial service at Staples Center (Photos)

 Thousands of Kobe and Gianna Bryant mourners attend their memorial service at Staples Center (Photos)

 Thousands of Kobe and Gianna Bryant mourners attend their memorial service at Staples Center (Photos)

 Thousands of Kobe and Gianna Bryant mourners attend their memorial service at Staples Center (Photos)

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D-Black Billed For Afrobeats In Jamaica Festival With Davido, Ashanti, Spice, Konshens & More May 21st

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D-Black billed for Afrobeats in Jamaica Festival with Davido, Ashanti, Spice, Konshens & more May 21st

Multiple award winning Ghanaian rap act / entrepreneur D-Black has just been announced as the only Ghanaian act at the world renowned Afrobeats in Jamaica Festival slated for the 21st – 26th of May in Montego Bay, Jamaica alongside Nigeria’s Davido, Ashanti from the Usa , Spice & Konshens from Jamaica and many more yet to be announced.

The Afrobeats In Festival has hit many countries & cities around the world in recent times from Dubai to London, Miami, Paris, Portugal, Amsterdam and seen some of the continent’s A list acts perform including Wizkid, Burna Boy , Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage as well as Meek Mill, Trey Songz, Rody Ricch touching the Afrobeats In stage In Amsterdam and Paris last year.

Get tickets and flight packages for the 2020 Edition of Afrobeats in Jamaica with D-Black, Davido , Ashanti and more at www.afrobeatsin.com.

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