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London-born singer NAO is back with her third album ‘And Then Life Was Beautiful,’ the follow-up to her 2018 Grammy-nominated LP Saturn. Last year NAO kicked off her album with the release of her singles Woman and Antidote featuring Adekunle Gold. Those singles were then followed up by Messy Love and the album’s title track. In the 13 track LP, Nao covers all genres such as R&B, soul, gospel, funk, Afrobeats, and her scholastic roots in jazz, with guest appearances from Lucky Daye, Adekunle Gold, serpentwithfeet, and Lianne La Havas.

Check out the new album below.

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Just two days after dropping her first solo single “Have Mercy” Chlöe made her debut performance at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. Following an introduction from her sister Halle, Chlöe hit the stage to give the people what they wanted.

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As her forthcoming EP “Sis, He Wasn’t the One”. arrives October 1st, singer/songwriter Kirby is back with her new single “Coconut Oil.” The electrifying “Coconut Oil” is a funk-infused shot to the veins, an empowering and joyous celebration of black womanhood, with KIRBY’s vocals gliding across the elastic bassline and muscular groove. Breathtaking and exhilarating in equal measure, it is an utterly addictive future-soul classic.

KIRBY delves into the meaning behind the song: “If black girl magic needed a national anthem I would want it to be ‘Coconut Oil’. When black women put this song on I want them to feel like I’m their own personal hype woman! Every lyric is an extension of ‘YASSSS SISS’ energy. These aren’t just lyrics to me, these are affirmations! Celebrating what it means to be black and a woman.”

“Coconut Oil” follows the recently released “Break Her Heart For Me” and “Boyz II Men”, and further showcases the breadth and scope across the 10 tracks on the forthcoming “Sis, He Wasn’t the One” EP, which also features a collaboration with BJ The Chicago Kid.

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Vevo, the world’s leading music video network, announces the release of Ariana Grande’s Official Live Performance of “safety net” featuring Ty Dolla $ign from her album Positions. Vevo’s Official Live Performances are the result of close creative collaboration with artists and their teams, resulting in a series of very special exclusive performances.

Ariana’s “safety net” Official Live Performance is rooted in the concept of duality, with the superstar serenading viewers under a single spotlight and purple tint while walking through a field of flowers.

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Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Asiahn has been building up her fan base with her EP’s The Love Train 1& 2 and her most recently released EP The Interlude, the five-track EP was well-received by listeners and critics the EP even earned Asiahn a spot on Billboard‘s Emerging Artist Spotlight.

Today Asiahn shares her latest single OMW. On the record, Asiahn confidently sings about life’s ups and downs, giving listeners a glimpse into her world. Check out the new song below.

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BET is getting ready to air its annual award show this summer. 3x Grammy award-winning rapper Megan Thee Stallion and Dababy lead the awards this year with 7 nominations each. Drake and Cardi B are right behind them with 5 nominations.  Sister duo CholexHalle, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Anderson .Paak, and Chloe x Halle are the third most-nominated acts with four nods each. After going virtual last year, the BET Awards will return with a live vaccinated audience from L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 27, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Check out the full list of nominees below.

 

2021 BET Awards Nominations

Album of the Year
After Hours – The Weeknd
Blame It on Baby – DaBaby
Good News – Megan Thee Stallion
Heaux Tales – Jazmine Sullivan
King’s Disease – Nas
Ungodly Hour – Chloe X Halle

Best Collaboration
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch – “Rockstar”
DJ Khaled ft. Drake – “Popstar”
Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne – “Whats Poppin (Remix)”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. DaBaby – “Cry Baby”
Pop Smoke ft. Lil Baby & DaBaby – “For the Night”

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyoncé
H.E.R.
Jazmine Sullivan
Jhené Aiko
Summer Walker
SZA

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
6LACK
Anderson .Paak
Chris Brown
Giveon
Tank
The Weeknd

Best New Artist
Coi Leray
Flo Milli
Giveon
Jack Harlow
Latto
Pooh Shiesty

Best Group
21 Savage & Metro Boomin
Chloe X Halle
Chris Brown & Young Thug
City Girls
Migos
Silk Sonic

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Cardi B
Coi Leray
Doja Cat
Megan Thee Stallion
Latto
Saweetie

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
DaBaby
Drake
J. Cole
Jack Harlow
Lil Baby
Pop Smoke

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/inspirational Award
Bebe Winans – “In Jesus Name”
Cece Winans – “Never Lost”
H.E.R. – “Hold Us Together”
Kirk Franklin – “Strong God”
Marvin Sapp – “Thank You For It All”
Tamela Mann – “Touch From You”

BET Her Award
Alicia Keys ft. Khalid – “So Done”
Brandy ft. Chance The Rapper – “Baby Mama”
Bri Steves – “Anti Queen”
Chloe X Halle – “Baby Girl”
Ciara ft. Ester Dean – “Rooted”
SZA – “Good Days”

Best International Act
Aya Nakamura (France)
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Emicida (Brazil)
Headie One (Uk)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Young T & Bugsey (Uk)
Youssoupha (France)

Viewer’s Choice Award
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”
Chris Brown & Young Thug – “Go Crazy”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch – “Rockstar”
DJ Khaled ft. Drake – “Popstar”
Drake ft. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now Cry Later”
Lil Baby – “The Bigger Picture”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé – “Savage (Remix)”
Silk Sonic – “Leave the Door Open”

Video of the Year
Cardi B – “Up”
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”
Chloe X Halle – “Do It”
Chris Brown & Young Thug – “Go Crazy”
Drake ft. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now Cry Later”
Silk Sonic – “Leave the Door Open”

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Bruno Mars and Florent Déchard
Cole Bennett
Colin Tilley
Dave Meyers
Hype Williams

Best Movie
Coming 2 America
Judas And The Black Messiah
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
One Night In Miami…
Soul
The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Best Actress
Andra Day
Angela Bassett
Issa Rae
Jurnee Smollett
Viola Davis
Zendaya

Best Actor
Aldis Hodge
Chadwick Boseman
Damson Idris
Daniel Kaluuya
Eddie Murphy
Lakeith Stanfield

Youngstars Award
Alex R. Hibbert
Ethan Hutchison
Lonnie Chavis
Marsai Martin
Michael Epps
Storm Reid

Sportswoman of the Year Award
A’ja Wilson
Candace Parker
Claressa Shields
Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams
Skylar Diggins-smith

Sportsman of the Year Award
Kyrie Irving
Lebron James
Patrick Mahomes
Russell Westbrook
Russell Wilson
Stephen Curry

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Toni Braxton has earned her 9th #1 single with “Do It” on the Billboard Adult R&B Chart. Braxton released “Do It” earlier this year and was the #1 most added song at Adult R&B radio after release, marking her highest debut at the format.

“Do It,” which Braxton co-wrote with longtime collaborator and friend Babyface as well as Antonio Dixon and Percy Brady, is the first single she released from her highly anticipated 10th studio album, ‘Spell My Name,’ out August 28th via Island Records. In June, Braxton teamed up with the legendary Missy Elliott for a remix of the single and in July, Braxton released “Dance,” a “shimmery slice of nu-disco” which Braxton wrote and produced with Antonio Dixon as well.

Spell My Name’ is Braxton’s follow up to her multi-GRAMMY® nominated album ‘Sex & Cigarettes.’ Released in 2018, the album features hit single “Long As I Live” which shot to #1 on the Billboard Adult R&B chart and top 10 on the R&B charts. Last year.

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Chloe and Halle are bringing the heat once again! This time the sister unleashes their new track titled Do It, the latest track that will appear on the duo’s second studio album ‘Ungodly Hour,’ due out June 5th via Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia.

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Tyler The Creator made his GRAMMY debut performance tonight as he brought his IGOR hits to life. Starting his set off with the help of Charlie Wilson and Boyz II Men with “EARFQUAKE” around a campfire while donning his signature blonde wig. Tyler then switched things up when he performed “NEW MAGIC WAND” while joined by several Tyler ook-alikes.

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Up for 5 Grammy nominations, Arina Grande made her return to the GRAMMY awards. Starting things off with her single Imagine, before turning things up and Pink with her Rodgers and Hammerstein sampled track “7 rings.” She then ended the performance with “thank u, next”