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2016 MTV VMA Nominations Announced
2016 MTV VMA Nominations Announced Jul 26, 2016 at 02:22pm
MTV has announced the nominees for the 2016 Video Music Awards. Beyonce earned a whopping 11 nominations. The artist with the second most nominations is Adele, who earned eight, seven of which are for "Hello." Ariana Grande (5), Drake (4), and Rihanna (4) could also be lined up for a big night. Other nominees of note include Chance the Rapper, The Weeknd, Bryson Tiller, 2 Chainz, & Desiigner, 
Rihanna, Diddy, & The Weeknd Among Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrities Of 2016
Rihanna, Diddy, & The Weeknd Among Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrities Of 2016 Jul 12, 2016 at 09:55am
Forbes has released its Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2016 list, comprised of the 100 celebrities who earned the most money between June 2015 and June 2016 to crack the Top 100. Taylor Swift took the #1 spot with a whopping $170 million earned. A few hip hop & luminaries made the cut as well:
Top Tracks: June 13 - June 19
Top Tracks: June 13 - June 19 Jun 20, 2016 at 04:35pm
For ten out of the 24 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, Drake has held the top spot in our Top 100 tracks list. Similar to the streak VIEWS is currently enjoying at the top of the Billboard charts, Drizzy's dominance in our metric of streaming-and-viewing success is pretty astounding, especially considering the mixed reaction his new album received.
The Weeknd & Belly Cancel "Jimmy Kimmel" Appearance In Trump Protest
The Weeknd & Belly Cancel "Jimmy Kimmel" Appearance In Trump Protest May 26, 2016 at 09:30am
The Weeknd and his XO cohort Belly were scheduled to perform "Might Not" last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The AP reports that they opted to cancel their performance at the last minute because they didn't want to appear in the same episode as Donald Trump, who appeared as a guest on the show last night.
Meek Mill Wins Top Rap Album At Billboard Music Awards, Drake Is Top Rap Artist
Meek Mill Wins Top Rap Album At Billboard Music Awards, Drake Is Top Rap Artist May 23, 2016 at 12:01am
Another week, another award show. Tonight it was the 2016 Billboard Music Awards in Vegas, and of course, the majority of the nominations went to major artists who have spent a good deal of time in the Hot 100 singles chart and/or the Billboard 200 albums chart over the past year. Though a relatively small group of hip-hop artists were represented at this year's show, there were still a few surprise award-winners. The most unexpected result came in the category of Top Rap Album, as the award was given to Meek Mill's Dreams Worth More Than Money. 
BET Awards Announce 2016 Nominees
BET Awards Announce 2016 Nominees May 20, 2016 at 10:58am
The nominations for the 2016 BET Awards are in! Drake secured nine nominations, miles ahead of any other artist. Beyonce and Rihanna earned five each; Future and Bryson Tiller earned four apiece. Adele received her first BET nomination in the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist category.
35 Artists To Follow On Snapchat
35 Artists To Follow On Snapchat May 11, 2016 at 06:19pm
Snapchat is bigger than ever, and if you haven't been keeping up with it, you may not know just how many artists have hopped on board and created accounts. Of course, not everyone is as much of a natural as DJ Khaled, but there is a wide selection of musicians now active on Snap, and since they're still not that easily searchable within the app, we've decided to round up a few of the people we've been following.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (May 7)
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (May 7) May 7, 2016 at 10:47am
The Met Gala took place on Monday, and there seemed to be more rap and R&B artists in attendance than ever, even despite Rihanna's notable absence. Of course, both Future and Ciara were in attendance (but seemingly were able to avoid one another), while Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd and Kanye West all came through with memorable looks (Ye decided to go all out with the contacts).
Review: Beyoncé's "Lemonade"
Review: Beyoncé's "Lemonade" Apr 30, 2016 at 11:48am
The credits on Beyoncé's new album Lemonade read like an oddly-selected history of pop, R&B, and rock music, with modern indie names like Ezra Koenig and Animal Collective sitting alongside titanic legends like OutKast, Led Zeppelin, and Isaac Hayes.
#TBT: The Weeknd
#TBT: The Weeknd Apr 21, 2016 at 04:08pm
It's been just over five years since Abel Tesfaye released his debut mixtape House of Balloons. The influential release didn't just set the stage for the career of one of pop's most iconic modern voices. It altered the landscape of modern music, period. Ever since HoB there have been a number of artists who borrow something from The Weeknd's style, and it's a case of "often imitated, never duplicated," as the Toronto singer remains at the top of the game he created.
Kanye West, Jay Z, & Kendrick Lamar Attended Kobe Bryant's Final Game
Kanye West, Jay Z, & Kendrick Lamar Attended Kobe Bryant's Final Game Apr 14, 2016 at 10:15am
Rappers and hip hop moguls shelled out as much as 40 grand to witness Kobe Bryant's final game in person. And it was worth it. Kobe dropped 60 points, including the Lakers last 15 points of the game, and hit the game-winning jumper with 31 seconds to play.
14 Artists That Drake Co-Signed
14 Artists That Drake Co-Signed Apr 12, 2016 at 01:39pm
A Drake co-sign will put you on the map, straight up. It's happened for many artists over the past half-decade or so. The Weeknd was only brought into the mainstream spotlight when Drake appeared on his sophomore mixtape Thursday. Migos stock skyrocketed after Drizzy jumped on "Versace." Even the likes of dancehall star Popcaan has been able to crossover into the American mainstream after garnering attention from Drake.
The Weeknd, Drake & Fetty Wap Lead Billboard Music Award Nominations
The Weeknd, Drake & Fetty Wap Lead Billboard Music Award Nominations Apr 11, 2016 at 10:57am
The Billboard Music Awards take place next month in Las Vegas, but ahead of the big event, we get to find out this year's nominees. Ciara and Ludacris, who will be hosting the award show this year as we reported on last week, made their way to Good Morning America today to announce this year's nominations in some of the BMA's most notable categories. They were joined by Ice Cube and Common, who happened to be on the show promoting the new "Barbershop" film.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (April 9)
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (April 9) Apr 9, 2016 at 02:03pm
Once again, there was a lot going on on Instagram this week. After telling Ellen that she didn't like to put herself in "relationship" categories, Nicki Minaj still kept it real with Meek Mill, who is till under house arrest, by posting up a selfie with the rapper she's been "hanging out" with a lot lately, while Ellen photoshopped herself into one of Minaj's more memorable IG posts from the last little while.
Charts Don't Lie: April 6
Charts Don't Lie: April 6 Apr 6, 2016 at 02:16pm
It's April 6th, and time for another edition of our Charts Don't Lie series. This week, we see a couple new records begin to chart, in the form of K. Michelle's More Issues Than Vogue and Young Thug's Slime Season 3. The two releases land at #2 and #7 respectfully. It's worth noting that Zayn's solo debut Mind of Mine snagged the #1 spot for its debut on the Billboard 200.
Top Tracks: March 28 - April 3
Top Tracks: March 28 - April 3 Apr 4, 2016 at 02:48pm
Although they haven't rapped on a track with each other since 2009's "Forever," Drake and Kanye West are usually placed side-by-side in the upper echelon of hip hop's current stars, the ones who have the potential to "break the internet" when they drop surprise material.
Staff Picks Playlist (April 1)
Staff Picks Playlist (April 1) Apr 1, 2016 at 04:25pm
This week has proved to be pretty eventful when it comes to song releases. There was actually a lot to choose from when it came time to compile our weekly Staff Picks playlist, and we're expecting the commenters to call us out on any and all oversights. There were Drake leaks. There was a Weeknd remix of Bryson Tiller. There was a G-Eazy remix. There was a 50 Cent remix. There was a Lil Wayne remix. There was a Wavy Wednesday cut. There was a Lupe Fiasco freestyle. That's just the tip of the iceberg.