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Missy Elliot To Become First Female Rapper To Receive MTV’s Video Vanguard Award

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American rap icon, Missy Elliott will receive MTV’s Video Vanguard Award to become the first female rapper to do so.

MTV made the announcement on Monday (Aug. 12). In addition to receiving the prestigious honor, the groundbreaking rapper, producer, and songwriter will return to the VMA stage for her first performance in 16 years.

The moment has been a long time coming for Missy and her fans, who have petitioned MTV for years. “I am Humbly Grateful to be receiving the MichaelJacksonVideoVanguard Award. I Thank my FANS ‘Supafriends’ who fought diligently to see this day come,” tweeted Missy, while thanking some of her supporters by name. “I am crying happy tears Thank you God.”

Missy joins past Video Vanguard honorees including Micheal Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihana, Justin Timberlake, and Jennifer Lopez who received the award last year.

“Missy’s impact on the music landscape is indelible,” said Bruce Gillmer, MTV International co-brand head and Viacom music and music talent head. “Her creative vision across production, performance, and songwriting is unmatched.”

With a career that spans three decades, the 48-year-old icon has sold over 30 million records worldwide and is the only female rapper to have six studio albums certified platinum. She is a five-time Grammy winner and the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The VMAs will air live from Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Monday, Aug. 26.

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Joe Mettle Hints On Collaboration With Sarkodie And Shatta Wale

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Collaborations between gospel and secular artists are often considered a taboo by Christians.

Although some gospel musicians like Lady Prempeh and Philipa Baafi have broken the norm, that has not changed the notion that light and darkness have nothing in common.

Award-winning gospel musician, Joe Mettle has also hinted he’s willing to collaborate with Shatta Wale and Sarkodie.

Speaking on Peace FM entertainment review with sit-in host Kwame Adjetia, Joe Mettle said this collaboration will only materialize if he’s led by the spirit (Holy Spirit).

“Oh yeah, I will only have a song with them (Shatta wale and Sarkodie) if I am led by the spirit” he said.

Joe Mettle was in the studio to promote his new album ” Wind of Revival”.

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Over 65,000 Fans Sign Petition For DJ Arafat’s Funeral To Be Held Inside Ivory Coast’s Biggest Stadium

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Thousands of heartbroken fans of late Ivory Coast musician, DJ Arafat, have signed an online petition asking the country’s Ministry of Culture to use their biggest stadium to hold his funeral service.

Over 65,000 people have signed the petition on change.org asking for the Félix Houphouet Boigny Stadium to be used for the funeral, according to a BBC report.

The 33-year-old artist died on Monday morning after a motorbike accident in Abidjan, the country’s capital.

Originally known as Ange Didier Huon, DJ Arafat was famous for his energetic dance steps and scintillating brand of coupé-décalé sound that left fans begging for more.

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Kevin Hart Tops Forbes List Of Highest-Earning Stand-Up Comedian Of 2019

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Kevin Hart is the highest-earning stand-up comedian of 2019, according to Forbes.

The 40-year-old actor and comedian earned $59 million between June 1, 2018 and June 1 of this year. He previously topped the Forbes list of highest-paid comedians in 2016. Hart who holds lucrative sponsorships with Mountain Dew, Chase and other brands, completed a world tour in January, and released a new Netflix special, Irresponsible, in April.

Jerry Seinfeld earned the No. 2 spot with $41 million. Seinfeld has an upcoming residency show at the Beacon Theatre in New York and continues to receive payments from Hulu for Seinfeld streaming rights.

Kevin Hart tops?Forbes list of highest-earning stand-up comedian of 2019

Hart and Seinfeld were followed by Jim Gaffigan at $30 million, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah at $28 million and Sebastian Maniscalo at $26 million.

Gabriel Iglesias, Amy Schumer, Terry Fator, Jeff Dunham and Aziz Ansari rounded out the top 10. Schumer, who last appeared in the top 10 in 2017, was the only woman to make the list.

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