It’s only June and the number of albums released this year have been genius and anticipated and some I didn’t care for or listen to. Breaking it down Month by Month, here’s the album releases up until June:
Migos- Culture 2
Dave East- Paranoia 2
Kendrick Lamar- Black Panther Soundtrack
Money Bagg Yo- Heartless 2
Nipsey Hussle- Victory Lap
Tory Lanez: Memories Don’t Die
Jeremih- The Chocolate Box
The Weeknd: My Dear Melancholy
XXXTentacion : ?
Cardi B- Invasion of Privacy
J. Cole- KOD
Janelle Monae- Dirty Computer
Rae Sremmurd- SR3MMlife 3
Wale- Self Promotion EP
ASAP ROCKY- Testing
Pusha T- Daytona
Kanye West: Ye
Kids See Ghosts- Kids See Ghosts (Kanye & Kid Cudi)
Coachella was the talk of social media this past weekend ESPECIALLY Beyonce. She stole the show for the WHOLE WEEKEND, with her HBCU band, her reunion with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams from Destinys Child and bringing her sister Solange on stage to kill it with her. Beyonce has the whole Beehive wanting to pledge Beta Delta Kappa, which is the sweatshirt she wore in the second picture. Fans drew the conclusion that Beyonce was a sorority and they wanted to pledge. The letters B-A-K were on her sweatshirt and it could mean B-Beyonce, A-symbolizing Delta, but could also be related to the Roc Nation sign, and the K-for Knowles.
*the above images are from Beyonce’s instagram*
Our fav Cardi B performed “Best Life” with Chance the Rapper, “She Bad” with YG, “Bartier Cardi” with 21 Savage, “Ring” with Kehlani and even “No Limit” with G Eazy. Her attire with full blown Left Eye vines with the all white and even the ponytails.
Bae SZA took stage and performed “Drew Barrymore” then she brought out K-Dot (Kendrick Lamar) for “Doves in the Wind” “All the Stars”.
Migos even took the stage and performed some of their old hits like “Fight Night”
Of course there were more performance, but these were just the highlights. Make sure you check out my next post about the Coachella Fashion looks over the weekend.
This year was a great year for music. I’ve been more in tune with music than any other years It’s like, the albums that people had been waiting for were released this year, such as Jay Z, Kendrick and J.Cole. Here is the break down of the Hip Hop albums were released this year.
DAMN by Kendrick Lamar
More Life by Drake
I Decided by Big Sean
Pretty Girls Like Trap Music by 2Chainz
(I seen him in concert back in August and commend him for performing while sitting in a wheelchair because he tore his ACL. That’s commitment.)
4:44 by Jay-Z
ISSA Album by 21 Savage
Rather You Than Me by Rick Ross
Droptopwop by Gucci Mane
Culture by Migos
Gotti Made It by Yo Gotti
Plato O Plomo by Remy Ma and Fat Joe
The Autobiography by Vic Mensa
and last by not least Pressure by Young Jeezy, that was release Friday December 15
Personally, I didn’t listen to the whole list but 70% I did and my favorites were Pressure, Culture, I Decided, More Life, 2Chainz, Gotti, Remy & Fat Joe and even catch a snippet of Vic’s album, which wasn’t bad.
Now, the R&B albums this year were so LIT! I was more in tune with these albums than anything else. I actually did listen to all of them, minus Keyshia Cole’s 11:11 Reset
CTRL by SZA
(I seen this pretty lady in concert just a few days ago, Dec 19, and she was awesome!!!)
SweetSexySavage by Kehlani
Tremaine by Trey Songz
(Seen Trey in convert back in April and he literally sung every song who put out, no money was wasted on his ticket)
Heartbreak on a Full Moon by Chris Brown
War & Leisure by Miguel
Trip by Jhene Aiko
True to Self by Bryson Tiller
Beach House 3 by Ty Dolla $ign
Girl Interrupted by Sevyn
H.E.R. Vol 1 by H.E.R
Morning After by DVSN
Freudian by Daniel Caesar
11:11 Reset by Keyshia Cole
(I haven’t had a chance to listen to her, but I’ve always loved her and Imma give her her credit)
For me, it’s been a great year to listen to music and I’m excited to see what’s coming next year. I heard Cardi B should be coming with an album, Nicki Minaj, I wouldn’t be surprised if Drake came out with something.
Check out my next post on the artists that you may have slept on this year who may start shining bright next year!
If I missed anyone, call me out on it but more than likely if I didn’t list them then I don’t listen to their music orrrr I haven’t listened to it yet.
The show opened up with Taylor Swift performing a new song in a bedazzled out jump suit. LL COOL J began hosting reminiscing about past performers like Adele, Kendrick Lamar, and Lady Gaga. Kendrick Lamar won the first award of the night taking home Best Rap Album. The Weeknd graced the stage performing “Can’t feel My Face” & “In The Night”
One performance I really enjoyed was Ella Goulding and Andra Day. Andra’s voice is AMAZING. A collection of artists paid homage to Lionel Richie. John Legend performed “Sunday Morning”, Demi Lavato performed “I love It”. Meghan Trainor performed “You are the sun, you are the way”, Tyrese performed “Brick House”and closing it out, the man himself, Lionel Richie performed “All Night Long”
Ed Sheeran beat out Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and Wiz Khalifa for song of the year for his hit “Thinking Out Loud.” I honestly love that song and I am glad he won. HE has a beautiful voice!
Kendrick Lamar, had an outstanding performance. He walked out with chains on his ankles and wrists, with the setting being in a jail, performing “Alright.” Some performers dressed like inmates and the others dressed in African attire. Miquel showed his face by singing Michael Jackson’s song “She’s Out of My Life.” Adele who hasn’t performed at the Grammys in four years, performed a new song for us. Meghan Trainor took home her first Grammy award for Best New Artist, and she made me cry with her accepting her award in tears. (I’m a big baby). Now Lady Gaga was the only performer to pay a tribute to David Bowie, and she did amazing as usual.
So the show didn’t show all the wins, mainly a lot of performances but I did some research and here is what I found out:
Kendrick Lamar: Best Rap Album; Best Rap Song “Alright”; Best Rap/Sung Collaboration “These Walls” featuring Bilal, Anna Wise, and Thundercat; Best Rap Performance; Best Music Video with Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”
The Weeknd: Best R&B Performance for “Earned It”; Best Urban Contemporary Album,
Taylor Swift: Album of the Year; Best Pop Vocal Album; Best Music Video “Bad Blood”,
Ed Sheeran: Best Solo Pop Performance; Song of the Year
It really irked me that they did not show all the winners. It was a lot of performances and honestly only cared for about 40% of them.
Kendrick had a powerful performances that dealt with today’s society of black men and his song “Alright” in general speaks about that. i am surprised that CBS, or the Grammy’s in general let him perform it that way but I AM PROUD that he did. Someone with that much power and attention should speak about real life issues.
Well that’s all I have for ya. Let me know your thoughts about the show.
WOW! This year’s BET Awards was one of the best that the network has had in a while. From bringing out Bad Boy to doing the Smokey Robinson tribute AND a tribute to Janet Jackson.
Kendrick Lamar opened up the stage with the American flag waving while he performed on a graffiti filled police car. His performance related to what’s actually going on in the real world with police brutality and the confederate flag issue. K-Dot, his new nickname, set the stage on fire performing his new single “Alright.” The hosts of the show Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross made their appearance in leotards, singing “Conqueror” by Estelle and Jussie Smollet, while Ms. Tracee was swinging from a harness. Entertaining to say the least.
Actresses Laverne Cox and Gabrielle Union presented the first awards wearing the same chic white dress. They announced that Terence Howard won the best actor award for his work in the FOX show “Empire”, so you know my girl Taraji P Henson had to win the Best Actress Award. Janelle Monae tore the stage up switching her style to sexy and seductive, singing her new song “Yoga” then new artist Jidenna came out singing “Classic Man”, and his attire matched his song title.
OF COURSE Nicki Minaj took the award for Best Female Hip Hop artist,who else would EVEN come close to winning that award in that category…NO ONE! K-Dot took the award for Best Hip Hop artist in a tough category with J.Cole, Drake, Common, Big Sean and Wale. The lovely Sam Smith won the award for Best New Artist, but he was not there to accept….because he is white and he didn’t think he would win LOL, says the comedian Anthony Anderson who accepted the award on his behalf. CB (Chris Brown) took home the award for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist AND The Fandemonium Award, as well as the Viewer’s Choice Award for the song “Only” alongside with Nicki Minaj, Drake and Wayne. Ms. Bey won the award for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist and Video of the year for her video “7/11″ and she was in those categories with some great artists……..who were actually at the awards. How many years has it been since she was at the awards??? ANYWHO, the group Rae Sremmurd won the Best Group Award for their songs ” No Flex Zone” and “Throw Some Mo”. The Best Collaboration category, was a competitive one with Chris Brown featuring Tyga and Lil Wayne, Big Sean & E-40, August Alsina (BAE) & Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown AGAIN featuring Usher & Rick Ross, Common & John Legend, and lastly Mark Ronso & Bruno Mars but the song “Glory” by Common & John Legend took home the win, which was on the Selma soundtrack. The film won the Best Movie Award as well.
OMG, the performances though…AMAZING!!! As I said before Kendrick hit the stage, then of course BET has their Music Matters singers that they showcase; Andra Day and Avery Wilson “sang” their hearts out. The Weeknd performed his new single “The Hills” and “Earned It” with Alicia Keys helping him on the piano. One of the BEST performances of the night was the Bad Boy Reunion. Diddy came out rapping “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” then of course he had to bring MA$E out to help him sing the anthem “Bad Boy.” THEN 112 came out singing “Peaches & Cream” THROWBIKE *Plies Voice*. The stunning Faith Evan sang “Love Like This.” Jadakiss came out with the crew to rap “All About Benjamins”…thennnnn Diddy fell, but he bounced back real quick, then Lil Kim popped up…literally to spit her verse. The song then shifted to the crew rapping “Mo Money Mo problems” and ending the song with Biggie’s verse. The reunion performance ended with Pharrell and Diddy singing “Fenna Get Loose” and with back up dancers killing a soul train line.
The other BEST performance of the night, was the Smokey Robinson Tribute. Tori Kelly sang the Jackson 5 hit “Who’s Loving You.” When I say that girl killed that performance, she did just that! She’s got some people asking “Who is this gorgeous white girl with the lovely voice?” Well Tori Kelly started making YouTube videos of her singing covers of songs at age 14. She is a former American Idol contestant of Season 9 but unfortunately didn’t make it to the top 24 contestants; but that didn’t stop her. She started working independently writing and producing her own music, until she got noticed by Capitol Records, and got signed to them last year. More recently, she debuted her first album “Unbreakable Smile” this past June. Robin Thicke also performed in the tribute singing the 1965 classic “Ooo Baby Baby”. Ne-Yo hit the stage singing “The Tears of a Clown.” Then Mr. Smokey himself had to shut it down singing “The Tracks of My Tears” and “Cruisin.” Then all four artist ended the tribute singing “My Girl.” He also accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The last great performance was the Janet Jackson tribute. Singers Tinashe, Ciara and Jason Derulo paid homage to the Ultimate Icon. The humble Janet Jackson accepted her award being so soft spoken and grateful for her award.
Other great performances of the night was Big Sean rapping “IDFWU”, “Blessed” and ” One Man Can Change the world”, then Meek Mills, Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj their new hit “All Eyes on You.” Of course it was adorable since Meek and Nicki are dating.
Tom Joyner took home the award Humanitarian of the Year for donating over $65 Million to HBCUs. Lastly Fetty Wap closed out the Awards singing the well-known hit “Trap Queen.” BET did their thang with this year’s award show. I’m definitely looking forward to next year.