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GRAMMY Award-winning, multi platinum singer, songwriter, producer and actor, Anthony Hamilton makes an important statement with his new single “Mercy” feat. Tamika D. Mallory. In a fiery, yet uplifting opening speech, activist, visionary, and generational voice Tamika D. Mallory declares, “You don’t want pity, but you damn sure deserve a little mercy!” Anthony responds with soulful verses over soft piano and a steady beat as he pleads, “Have a little mercy,” on the powerful and poetic refrain. Together, they deliver the perfect combination of art and activism on a timely and timeless anthem.

When speaking about his new single, he comments, “I wrote ‘Mercy’ almost a year ago. I wanted to use my ‘man voice.’ It sounds like a guy who is in an honest and vulnerable—but not weak—stance. Have a moment of mercy for the man telling the story, going through life, and facing these changes. It just so happened that with the pandemic and racial injustice, things started looking like the past. It was like the sixties were happening once more. We’re going into racial division. Black men are being killed. I’m asking, ‘Will we be an endangered species? Will we be attacked for the rest of our lives?’ Damn, we’ve been through enough already. At the end of the song, it mentions these days won’t last for long. There’s always a moment when it turns around for good. This is a song for every man—not just men of color—but any man who’s ever struggled, had the needs of his family on his back, and the pressure to make it happen day-to-day.”

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2020 is Megan Thee Stallion’s year and today last night she continued to show why as she performed at the Apple Music Awards. Performing in an empty Houston rodeo Megan performed her fan favorite tracks like “Realer,” “Girls in the Hood,” “Cash Sh*t,” “Don’t Stop,” “Savage,” and “Body.”

The rapper received the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the ceremony. “I am so excited to be the Breakthrough Artist of the Year. This is a really big accomplishment for me,” she said, per ET Canada. “Apple Music has been rocking with me for so long, even before making me an Up Next artist, and I am just very appreciative and very grateful. I will forever love ya’ll as much as ya’ll love me.”

Check out the full performance below.

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Last night the Billboard Women in Music event aired virtual yesterday hosted by Teyana Taylor. Sister’s Chole X Halle received the Rising Star Award presented to them by Beyonce. After getting the Rising Star award, Chole X Halle performed their single Baby girl.

Earlier this week, the sisters also appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, performing songs from their Grammy-nominated album Ungodly Hour. Check out the performances below.

NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Billboard Performance

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With Christmas creeping up slowly, Holiday Queen Mariah Carey connects with Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson for a new version of her 2010 Christmas song Oh Santa, which originally appeared on her 2010 album Merry Christmas II You.

The new clip is apart of “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special,” which is now streaming on Apple TV+. Along with her Apple TV+ special, The companion soundtrack to the show special, which features Mariah’s new version of “Sleigh Ride” and “Here Comes Santa Claus” with Snoop, is now available on Apple Music before hitting all streaming platforms on Dec. 11.

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Tiana Major9 grabbed the attention of music lovers when she appeared on the Queen and Slim soundtrack, since then the London born singer has unleashed her debut EP At Sixes And Sevens. Just recently Tiana has unleashed the official video for her fan favorite track Same Space.

In the clip, Tiana is trying to figure out if love is enough to stay in the relationship as the couple is trying their best to hold on to what they have.

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2020 has been a crazy year but when it came to the music everything was right, including the return of Philly’s own Jazmine Sullivan. After performing her current singles “Lost One” and “Pick Up Your Feelings,” at the 2020 Soul Train Music awards Jazmine took today to announce her new project titled Heaux Tales, due out on Jan. 8.

in the new clip which dropped today, Jazmine talked about the concept of her new album. “Heaux Tales is about my observation of today’s women standing in their power and owning who they are,” said Sullivan. “No longer is male patriarchy dictating what it means to be a ‘good girl.’ The truth is, women of all ages have been called a ‘heaux’ at some point in life, whether deserved or not, by some man trying to put us in our place; a place designed to keep us under control, out of the way and usually beneath them.”

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Last night Monica received the 2020 Lady of Soul award during the Soul Train award show. After giving her acceptance speech The lady of Soul recipient performed a medley of her hits including, ‘Before You Walk Out of My Life,’ ‘Angel of Mine,’ ‘So Gone’ and ‘Everything to Me.’ Monica then ended her set as she performed her new single Trenches.

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Last night the 2020 Soul Train Awards aired on BET. Hosted by Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold, this year’s show looked a little different due to covid, but the energy was still there. The night featured performances from Jazmine Sullivan, Brandy, and more. For the first time, Jazmine Sullivan performed her new singles ‘Lost Ones’ & ‘Pick Up Your Feelings,’ While Jazmine wasn’t live in the building she still gave a great pre-recorded music video performance. Check it out below.

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Kelly Rowland did not let the covid slow down the surprises she had in store for us in 2020. With dropping her mellow single Coffee, and her disco-inspired track Crazy, the Grammy award-winning singer has returned this time for the official video for her song Hitman, a song she released in partnership with the NFL.

“Hitman,” along with “Crazy,” will be featured on the singer’s upcoming EP K. The set is set for release on December 4th, Check out the new video below.

Music’s biggest night is set to air on January 31st live on CBS hosted by Trevor Noah but before the annual award ceremony airs the GRAMMY committee took today to announce the 2021 nominees.

Leading this year with 9 nominations is Beyonce, including Record and Song of the Year. Followed by trio Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch, and Taylor Swift who all bagged 6 nominations, and Megan the Stallion snagged two nominations for categories including Best New Artist and Record of the Year. Check out the full nominations below.

63rd Annual Grammy Awards Nominations

RECORD OF THE YEAR
“Black Parade” – Beyoncé
“Colors” – Black Pumas
“Rockstar” – DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch
“Say So” – Doja Cat
“Everything I Wanted” – Billie Eilish
“Don’t Start Now” – Dua Lipa
“Circles” – Post Malone
“Savage” – Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Chilombo – Jhené Aiko
Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) -Black Pumas
Everyday Life -Coldplay
Djesse Vol.3″ – Jacob Collier
Women in Music Pt. III – HAIM
Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa
Hollywood’s Bleeding – Post Malone
Folklore – Taylor Swift

SONG OF THE YEAR
“Black Parade” – Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk & Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“The Box” – Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
“Cardigan” – Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
“Circles” – Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)
“Don’t Start Now” – Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa & Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
“Everything I Wanted” – Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
“I Can’t Breathe” – Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
“If the World Was Ending” – Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe feat. Julia Michaels)
BEST NEW ARTIST
Ingrid Andress
Phoebe Bridgers
Chika
Noah Cyrus
D Smoke
Doja Cat
Kaytranada
Megan Thee Stallion

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
“Yummy” – Justin Bieber
“Say So” – Doja Cat
“Everything I Wanted” – Billie Eilish
“Don’t Start Now” – Dua Lipa
“Watermelon Sugar” – Harry Styles
“Cardigan” – Taylor Swift

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
“Un Dia (One Day)” – J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy
“Intentions” – Justin Bieber feat. Quavo
“Dynamite” – BTS
“Rain on Me” – Lady Gaga With Ariana Grande
“Exile” – Taylor Swift feat. Bon Iver

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
Changes – Justin Bieber
Chromatica – Lady Gaga
Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa
Fine Line – Harry Styles
Folklore – Taylor Swift

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE
“Lightning & Thunder” – Jhené Aiko feat. John Legend
“Black Parade” – Beyoncé
“All I Need” – Jacob Collier feat. Mahalia & Ty Dolla $Ign
“Goat Head” – Brittany Howard
“See Me” – Emily King

BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE
“Sit On Down” – The Baylor Project feat. Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor
“Wonder What She Thinks of Me” – Chloe X Halle
“Let Me Go” – Mykal Kilgore
“Anything For You” – Ledisi
“Distance” – Yebba

BEST R&B SONG
“Better Than I Imagine” – Robert Glasper feat. H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello
“Black Parade” – Beyoncé
“Collide” – Tiana Major9 & Earthgang
“Do It” – Chloe X Halle
“Slow Down” – Skip Marley & H.E.R.

BEST PROGRESSIVE R&B ALBUM
Chilombo – Jhené Aiko
Ungodly Hour – Chloe X Halle
Free Nationals – Free Nationals
F*** Yo Feelings – Robert Glasper
It Is What It Is – Thundercat
BEST R&B ALBUM
Happy 2 Be Here – Ant Clemons
Take Time – Giveon
To Feel Love/D – Luke James
Bigger Love – John Legend
All Rise – Gregory Porter

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE
“Deep Reverence” – Big Sean feat. Nipsey Hussle
“Bop” – DaBaby
“What’s Poppin” – Jack Harlow
“The Bigger Picture” – Lil Baby
“Savage” – Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé
“Dior” – Pop Smoke

BEST MELODIC RAP PERFORMANCE
“Rockstar” – DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch
“Laugh Now, Cry Later” – Drake feat. Lil Durk
“Lockdown” – Anderson .Paak
“The Box” – Roddy Ricch
“Highest in the Room” – Travis Scott

BEST RAP SONG
“The Bigger Picture” – Dominique Jones, Noah Pettigrew & Rai’shaun Williams, Songwriters (Lil Baby)
“The Box” – Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, Songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
“Laugh Now, Cry Later” – Durk Banks, Rogét Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Ron Latour & Ryan Martinez, Songwriters (Drake feat. Lil Durk)
“Rockstar” – Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, Ross Joseph Portaro Iv & Rodrick Moore, Songwriters (DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch)
“Savage” – Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe & Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé)

BEST RAP ALBUM
Black Habits – D Smoke
Alfredo – Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist
A Written Testimony – Jay Electronica
King’s Disease – Nas
The Allegory Royce – Da 5’9″

BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC ALBUM
Run To The Father – Cody Carnes
All Of My Best Friends – Hillsong Young & Free
Holy Water – We The Kingdom
Citizen Of Heaven – Tauren Wells
Jesus Is King – Kanye West

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL
Jack Antonoff
Dan Auerbach
Dave Cobb
Flying Lotus
Andrew Watt

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
“Brown Skin Girl” – Beyoncé
“Life Is Good” – Future feat. Drake
“Lockdown” – Anderson .Paak
“Adore You” – Harry Styles
“Goliath” – Woodkid