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The Recording Academy recently announced new changes to the voting process for the Grammy Awards, changes to the criteria for artists to receive nominations for Album of the Year, and the creation of a review committee for the rap/hip-hop category. Beginning this year, voting members of the Grammy committee will be able to vote online.…

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Dyana Williams is a Black woman power player who has had a powerful impact and incredible career in the music industry. Williams has been a radio and music industry professional, journalist, community activist, and documentarian. She’s also the co-founder of the International Association of African American Music Foundation, a Pennsylvania-based, non-profit advocacy organization. She is…

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When you first meet Black roots music sensation Fantastic Negrito, you are struck by his demeanor and eclectic look. Hailing from Oakland, California, the artist told rolling out his tale of cultural displacement, triumph over tragedy, weed farming, and success in the music industry. Negrito, real name Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, moved to Oakland when he…

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In the world of true blues music, you call a person who plays harmonica a ‘harp’ player and few were greater than harp legend James Cotton. He was called ‘Mr. Superharp’ and has played with music legends such as Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, B.B King, Carlos Santana, and many others. Cotton died on Thursday in…

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History was made last night as living legend Bobby Rush won his first Grammy at the age of 83. Rush had been nominated for Grammys three times in the past and his win this year has blues fans relieved and happy that he received the long overdue recognition. Rush has been called the “Dean of…

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There was a time in America that music was divided into popular and race music. But at the very start of the Grammys, the role of Black artists could not be denied. In 1958 the iconic singer Ella Fitzgerald was the first Black artist to win a Grammy. Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917, …

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The Grammy Awards were full of fashion statements and rapper/singer CeeLo Green made a golden one. In his new persona as Gnarly Davidson for his upcoming album, he appeared in a golden costume complete with a robotic face mask, making him look like angry, gold Oompa-Loompa. But as rapper André 3000 said in 1996 when…

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  The 59th Annual Grammy Awards took place last night in Los Angeles. Every year proves to be star-studded, as music’s biggest acts congregate for the sake of a coveted gold gramophone. This year, hip-hop showed up in a major way during the awards ceremony. Here are the five best hip-hop moments of the Grammy…

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On the other side of the Trump inauguration performance drama, gospel artist Travis Greene is moving forward. He’s nominated for a Grammy and Stellar Award for his single “Intentional” and album The Hill, respectively. And, he recently debuted the official video for his No. 1 hit song “Made A Way.” Reflecting on recent turbulent times in…

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Kendrick Lamar shocked the nation with his powerful performance at the 58th Grammy Awards. The Compton-raised rapper took viewers on a journey which detailed the issues of how racism continues to effect Black lives. Lamar entered the stage chained to other men before rapping the opening verse of “The Blacker the Berry.” He transitioned to…

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Kendrick Lamar provided one of the most powerful performances in the history of the Grammy Awards. The Compton-bred rapper used impactful imagery to tell a story of how racism affects the lives of Blacks in America. He opened in a prison uniform and shackled to other men while performing “Blacker the Berry,” he performed “Alright”…

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Hip-hop’s turbulent relationship with the Grammys may have been singlehandedly rectified during the 58th Grammys by Kendrick Lamar’s explosive performance. While previous conversation hinged on the difference between commercial hip-hop versus popular hip-hop or the ever-present Black versus White debate regarding artists such as Macklemore and even Eminem receiving preferential treatment over more deserving emcees, all was nullified with Lamar’s unapologetic performance. Both hardcore hip-hop enthusiasts…

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On Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, music executive Kawan “KP” Prather celebrated his Grammy nominations for Kendrick Lamar’s album and chart-topping single “Alright” in Atlanta, GA. Prather cut his teeth in the music industry years ago in Atlantaworking for artists like Usher and OutKast in their early years. Twenty-five of Prather’s closest friends and family were invited for a private Great…

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