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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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Rocky Dawuni Holds “Beats Of Zion” Concert On March 23 At +233 Jazz Bar & Grill

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+233 Jazz Bar & Grill is the place to come Saturday, March 23, 2019.

Rocky Dawuni, Ghana’s 1st Grammy Nominee who’s released his 7th studio album “Beats Of Zion” will be hosting an intimate concert for the album this coming weekend at the popular +233 Jazz Bar & Grill.

For a long time, the Living Legend (Rocky Dawuni) hasn’t played a show in Ghana. This intimate album Concert is one that you don’t want to miss for anything. Some surprises are up for the night but Rocky Dawuni would keep that information off the press until audience comes to feel the unforgettable experience.

Tickets are going for only GHC 60 flat rate and gate opens at 7:00 pm. Tickets will be on sale at the gate. But for special reservations, fans can book ahead of time via Local Management (Africa 1 Media) contact 0243161294 (Sena Dzansi) or 0266633090 (Elorm Beenie).

“Beats Of Zion” Album was released on March 8, 2019, on digital platforms worldwide. It is also available on Ghanaian local music stores, Aftown and Play Africa.

Rocky Dawuni recently signed on to Africa 1 Media. Africa 1 Media is a Ghanaian-based Company that provides business advisory and talent management services to the creative arts sector. Africa 1 Media’s clientele includes Samini, Sarkodie, Reggie Rockstone, just to name a few.

Buy & Stream “Beats of Zion” Album here on all global stores:  https://rockydawuni.lnk.to/beatsalbum

In Ghana and Africa, you can also Buy & Stream “Beats Of Zion” on Play Africa and Aftown. The album featured Stonebwoy, Wiyaala, Sarkodie (all 3 from Ghana) and Alika from Argentina.

Watch Wickedest Sound official video by Rocky Dawui ft. Stonebwoy here on Youtube, directed by Slingshot HD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiDtpnlHVXk

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Legon Students Reportedly Forced Shatta Wale Off Stage For Bad Performance

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Controversial Dancehall musician Shatta Wale has reportedly been made to walk off the stage at an event held at the University of Ghana, Legon.

His action was as a result of the students protesting his performance on the stage.

Shatta Wale was the headline artiste for the 2019 Legon Hall Week Artiste night, but to the student, his performance on the night was not what they bargained for.

He was said to be lip-syncing on stage when the students had expected him to perform live as agreed by both teams.

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However, Shatta Wale failed to do so, making the students so angry because they felt he did not respect them enough to honor his part of the agreement.

The angry students were said to have some quarrels with his bodyguard, while others put off the light causing Shatta Wale to walk off the stage, bringing the show to a sudden end.

By walking off the stage, Shatta Wale did the wisest thing because it was possible that he could be harmed by the aggrieved students who have managed to plunge the whole venue into darkness.

Meanwhile, Shatta Wale has been in the news recently revealing his new lover after breaking up with his long-time girlfriend Michy.

According to him, this new lover, Kisa Gbekle, who is also an actress was “pretty, obedient, and soo good” making him love her more.

Gbekle, on her part, responded by calling Shatta Wale her king and promising to love him more.

Also, Shatta Wale surprised many people when he revealed that he allowed Michy to sleep with other men to raise money for him.

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2019 iHeartRadio Awards: Full List Of Winners

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Song of the Year
“Better Now” – Post Malone
“Girls Like You” – Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
“God’s Plan” – Drake
“Perfect” – Ed Sheeran
“The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey – WINNER

Female Artist of the Year:
Ariana Grande – WINNER
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Dua Lipa
Halsey

Male Artist of the Year: 
Drake – WINNER
Ed Sheeran
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone
Shawn Mendes

Best Duo/Group of the Year:
5 Seconds Of Summer – WINNER
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Panic! At The Disco
twenty one pilots

Best Collaboration:
“Finesse (Remix)” Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B – WINNER
“Girls Like You” – Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
“I Like It” – Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin
“Meant To Be” – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
“The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

2019 iHeartRadio award: See full list of winners

Best New Pop Artist: 
Bazzi
Lauv
Marshmello – WINNER
MAX
NF

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:
“Africa” – Weezer
“Broken” – lovelytheband
“Happier” – Marshmello featuring Bastille
“High Hopes” – Panic! At the Disco – WINNER
“Natural” – Imagine Dragons

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:
Imagine Dragons – WINNER
lovelytheband
Panic! At The Disco
Portugal. The Man
Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:
AJR
Badflower
Billie Eilish
lovelytheband – WINNER
Two Feet

Rock Song of the Year:
“Are You Ready” – Disturbed
“Bulletproof” – Godsmack
“Devil” – Shinedown
“Safari Song” – Greta Van Fleet – WINNER
“Zombie” – Bad Wolves

Rock Artist of the Year:
Five Finger Death Punch
Godsmack
Greta Van Fleet
Shinedown
Three Days Grace – WINNER

Country Song of the Year:
“Heaven” – Kane Brown
“Meant To Be” – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – WINNER
“Most People Are Good” – Luke Bryan
“Rich” – Maren Morris
“Tequila” – Dan + Shay

Country Artist of the Year
Carrie Underwood
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Luke Combs – WINNER
Thomas Rhett

Best New Country Artist:
Carly Pearce
Dylan Scott
Jordan Davis – WINNER
LANCO
Russell Dickerson

Dance Song of the Year:
“Friends” – Marshmello and Anne-Marie
“Happier” – Marshmello featuring Bastille
“One Kiss” – Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa
“Remind Me To Forget” – Kygo featuring Miguel
“The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey – WINNER

Dance Artist of the Year:
Calvin Harris
Kygo
Marshmello – WINNER
The Chainsmokers
Zedd

Hip-Hop Song of the Year:
“God’s Plan” – Drake – WINNER
“I Like It” Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin
“In My Feelings” – Drake
“Nice For What” – Drake
“Psycho” – Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:
Cardi B – WINNER
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone
Travis Scott

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:
BlocBoy JB – WINNER
Juice WRLD
Lil Baby
Lil Pump
XXXTENTACION

R&B Song of the Year:
“Boo’d Up” – Ella Mai – WINNER
“Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B
“Medicine” – Queen Naija
“Sky Walker” – Miguel featuring Travis Scott
“When We” – Tank

R&B Artist of the Year:
Daniel Caesar
Ella Mai – WINNER
H.E.R.
Miguel
SZA

Best New R&B Artist:
Brent Faiyaz
Ella Mai – WINNER
H.E.R.
Queen Naija
TK Kravitz

Latin Song of the Year:
“Clandestino” – Shakira featuring Maluma
“Dura” – Daddy Yankee
“Échame La Culpa” – Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato
“Me Niego” – Reik featuring Ozuna and Wisin
“X” – Nicky Jam and J Balvin – WINNER

Latin Artist of the Year:
Bad Bunny – WINNER
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Maluma
Ozuna

Best New Latin Artist:
Lele Pons
Manuel Turizo – WINNER
Mau y Ricky
Nio Garcia
Raymix

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:
“Entre Beso y Beso” – La Arrolladora Banda El Limón
“Me Dejé Llevar” – Christian Nodal
“Mejor Me Alejo” – Banda MS
“Mi Sorpresa Fuiste Tú” – Calibre 50 – WINNER
“Mitad Y Mitad” – Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:
Banda Carnaval
Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50 – WINNER
Christian Nodal
Gerardo Ortiz

Producer of the Year:
David Garcia
Frank Dukes
Louis Bell – WINNER
Marshmello
Noah “40” Shebib

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category
“Consequences” – Camila Cabello – WINNER
“Girls Like You” – Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
“God’s Plan” – Drake
“In My Blood” – Shawn Mendes
“thank u, next” – Ariana Grande
“Without Me” – Halsey

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category
“A Million Dreams” – P!nk and Willow Sage Hart
“Africa” – Weezer
“Crying in the Club” – Niall Horan
“Fast Car” – Khalid
“In My Blood” – Charlie Puth
“Lucid Dreams” – Halsey
“Me, Myself & I” – Zayn
“Natural Woman” – Ariana Grande
“Rewrite the Stars” – Anne-Marie and James Arthur
“You’re Still The One” – Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves – WINNER
“Under Pressure” – Shawn Mendes and Teddy Geiger
“Your Song” – Lady Gaga

Best Music Video: *Socially Voted Category
“Delicate” – Taylor Swift – WINNER
“Dura” – Daddy Yankee
“Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B
“Freaky Friday” – Lil Dicky and Chris Brown
“Girls Like You” – Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
“God’s Plan” – Drake
“I Like It” – Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny
“One Kiss” – Calvin Harris featuring Dua Lipa
“Psycho” – Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign
“Taki Taki” – DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B
“thank u, next” – Ariana Grande
“This Is America” – Childish Gambino

Social Star Award: *Socially Voted Category
Agnez Mo – WINNER
Bhad Bhabie
Dylan Minnette
Joji
Lele Pons
Loren Gray
Mason Ramsey
Queen Naija
Tana Mongeau
Trixie Mattel

Cutest Musician’s Pet: *Socially Voted Category
Asia – Lady Gaga
Edgar – Brett Eldredge
Goodwin – Sabrina Carpenter
Gracie – Lauren Jauregui – WINNER
Hatchi – Perrie Edwards
Mooshu – Alex Pall from The Chainsmokers
Piggy Smallz – Ariana Grande

Best Solo Breakout: *Socially Voted Category
Ally Brooke
Dinah Jane
Lauren Jauregui
Normani
Tiffany Young – WINNER

Song That Left Us Shook: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category
“Here Comes The Change” – Kesha
“I’ll Never Love Again” – Lady Gaga – WINNER
“One Day” – Logic featuring Ryan Tedder
“thank u, next” – Ariana Grande
“This Is America” – Childish Gambino
“Youth” – Shawn Mendes and Khalid

Favorite Tour Photographer: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category
Andy DeLuca (5SOS)
Christian Tierney (Niall Horan)
Helene Pambrun (Harry Styles) – WINNER
Josiah Van Dien (Shawn Mendes)
Pixie Levinson (Dua Lipa)
Rahul B (Camila Cabello)
Ravie B (Beyoncé)
Zack Caspary (Why Don’t We)

 

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