BEYONCE LEADS THE VMA NOMINATIONS WITH 11!

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Beyonce can treat herself to a big glass of Lemonade after receiving 11 MTV Video Music Awards for her latest record-breaking album.

The 34-year-old leads the pack, while British powerhouse Adele follows with eight nods thanks mainly to her comeback hit single Hello, from her album 25.

Seven of her nominations, including Video of the Year, are for the track, which she released last year (15) after a three-year hiatus, while her eighth nomination is in the Best Visual Effects category.

The 28-year-old faces stiff competition in the top category, which also features Beyonce’s Formation, Drake’s Hotline Bling, Justin Bieber’s Sorry and Kanye West’s controversial Famous video.

Meanwhile, Beyonce’s Formation also picked up nods for Best Pop Video, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Choreography, with the superstar gaining a second entry in that category for her Sorry video.
Her track Hold Up also landed nods for Best Female Video and Best Art Direction, while her song Freedom, which features rapper Kendrick Lamar, scored a nomination in the Best Collaboration category.

Unsurprisingly, Lemonade, which the R&B superstar debuted in a TV special in April, also received a nod in the Breakthrough Long Form Video category.
Other stars to receive multiple nominations include Drake, with six, Ariana Grande, with five, and Rihanna, with four.
The contenders were unveiled via a Facebook Live broadcast from New York on Tuesday, and the ceremony is set to take place on 28 August at Madison Square Garden.
Fans can vote for Video of the Year, Best Male Video, Best Female Video and the new Best Long Form Video category at vma.mtv.com, while voting for Best New Artist will stay open through the VMAs pre-show, which will air live on 28 August.
The full list of nominees is:

Video of the Year:
Adele – Hello
Beyonce – Formation
Drake – Hotline Bling
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Kanye West – Famous

Best Female Video:
Adele – Hello
Beyonce – Hold Up
Sia – Cheap Thrills
Ariana Grande – Into You
Rihanna featuring Drake – Work (short version)

Best Male Video:
Drake – Hotline Bling
Bryson Tiller – Don’t
Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
Kanye West – Famous
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face

Best Collaboration:
Beyonce featuring Kendrick Lamar – Freedom
Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign – Work From Home
Ariana Grande featuring Lil Wayne – Let Me Love You
Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
Rihanna featuring Drake – Work (short version)

Best Hip Hop Video:
Drake – Hotline Bling
Desiigner – Panda
Bryson Tiller – Don’t
Chance The Rapper – Angels
2 Chainz – Watch Out

Best Pop Video:
Adele – Hello
Beyonce – Formation
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Alessia Cara – Wild Things
Ariana Grande – Into You

Best Rock Video:
All Time Low – Missing You
Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime
Fall Out Boy featuring Demi Lovato – Irresistible
twenty one pilots – Heathens
Panic! At The Disco – Victorious

Best Electronic Video:
Calvin Harris & Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love
99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child & Brandy – The Girl Is Mine
Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza
Afrojack – SummerThing!
The Chainsmokers featuring Daya – Don’t Let Me Down

Breakthrough Long Form Video:
Florence + The Machine – The Odyssey
Beyonce – Lemonade
Justin Bieber – PURPOSE: The Movement
Chris Brown – Royalty
Troye Sivan – Blue Neighborhood Trilogy

Best New Artist:
Bryson Tiller
Desiigner
Zara Larsson
Lukas Graham
DNCE

Best Art Direction:
Beyonce – Hold Up
Fergie – M.I.L.F. $
Drake – Hotline Bling
David Bowie – Blackstar
Adele – Hello

Best Choreography:
Beyonce – Formation
Missy Elliott featuring Pharrell – WTF (Where They From)
Beyonce – Sorry
FKA Twigs – M3LL155X
Florence + The Machine – Delilah

Best Direction:
Beyonce – Formation
Coldplay – Up&Up
Adele – Hello
David Bowie – Lazarus
Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better

Best Cinematography:
Beyonce – Formation
Adele – Hello
David Bowie – Lazarus
Alesso – I Wanna Know
Ariana Grande – Into You

Best Editing:
Beyonce – Formation
Adele – Hello
Fergie – M.I.L.F. $
David Bowie – Lazarus
Ariana Grande – Into You

Best Visual Effects:
Coldplay – Up&Up
FKA Twigs – M3LL155X
Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
Zayn – PILLOWTALK

 

 

MARK HUGHES WHO WAS INCORRECTLY IDENTIFY AS SHOOTER SPEAKS OUT!

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A Dallas man says he’s received death threats since being incorrectly identified as a suspect in the fatal shooting of police officers.

Mark Hughes had been attending a protest against recent acts of police brutality when snipers opened fire on officers there. The Dallas police department then tweeted this image:
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Hughes was later cleared without charges, but the tweet was still up hours later.

“We received a phone call that my face was there on a suspect and I immediately flagged down a police officers,” he told CBS Dallas. He said the news came as a shock because he had been “talking to police, laughing and joking with police officers” earlier that day.

At least five police officers were killed and several others were injured during the protest ? one of many that erupted across the U.S. after police officers shot to death two African American men in separate incidents this week.

Alton Sterling, 37, had been selling CDs outside of a Baton Rogue, Louisiana, convenience store early Tuesday. Video shows an officer firing shots while he is laying on the ground. Philandro Castile was pulled over during a traffic stop in St Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday. His girlfriend, whose young daughter was also in the car, broadcast the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook Live.

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Hughes said he was taken in for questioning and released after 30 minutes.

“Y’all have my faces on national news, are y’all gonna come out and say that this young man had nothing to do with it?” he asked of police. “We’ve been getting death threats.”

“It was persecution on me, unrightly,” he added.

Hughes was photographed with a gun, but his friends told CBS Dallas that it wasn’t loaded.

“100 percent it’s not him,” his brother Cory told CBS Dallas. “My brother was marching with us.”

“It’s B.S.,” said a friend identified, as David.

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WOMAN RECORDS SHOCKING EVENT OF BOYFRIEND BEING SHOT BY THE POLICE

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A black man was fatally shot by a cop during a minor traffic stop in Minnesota — and the bloody aftermath was widely shared in a video in which the man’s anguished girlfriend, sitting by his side, said: “Police shot him for no apparent reason.”

The man, identified by friends as Philando Castile, 32, a school cafeteria worker from St. Paul, Minn., could be seen lying in the driver’s seat with his T-shirt drenched in blood.

St. Anthony interim police chief Jon Mangseth said the incident began when an officer pulled over a car around 9 p.m. Wednesday in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb.

Castile’s uncle, Clarence Castile, who was at Hennepin County Medical Center with other relatives, said Philando died at 9:37 p.m., the Star Tribune of Minnesota reported.

The girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, who shot the horrifying 10-minute livestream with her phone, said they were pulled over at Larpenteur Avenue and Fry Street for a broken taillight.

The video was posted on a Facebook page belonging to Reynolds, but it was unclear if she sent the video to someone else to post.

A Facebook spokesman said the video was down briefly because of a technical glitch but was restored to the Lavish Reynolds page as soon as Facebook investigated.

The girlfriend said on the video that the cop “asked him for license and registration. He told him that it was in his wallet, but he had a pistol on him because he’s licensed to carry. The officer said, ‘Don’t move.’ As he was putting his hands back up, the officer shot him in the arm four or five times.”

The uniformed cop is seen holding a gun on the stricken man from outside the car, saying, “I told him not to reach for it. I told him to get his hand out.”

The woman tells the officer: “You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir.”

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The woman can be heard being ordered out of the car and handcuffed as the camera appears to be left on the ground.

A young girl, who can be seen moments later, is heard saying at one point, “I’m scared, Mommy.”

The woman describes being put in the back seat of the police car and says, “The police just shot my boyfriend for no apparent reason.”

“Please don’t tell me my boyfriend’s gone,” she pleads. “He don’t deserve this, please. He works for St. Paul public schools. He’s never been in jail, anything. He’s not a gang member, anything.”

Mangseth said the woman and the girl were taken to another police agency to be interviewed.

In a news release, St. Anthony police said, “A handgun was recovered from the scene.” It said the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will lead the investigation.

Clarence Castile said his nephew was “a good kid” who had worked in the J.J. Hill school cafeteria for 12 to 15 years, “cooking for the little kids,” the Star Tribune reported.

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He said Philando’s mother, Valerie Castile, 60, had “broken down” over the death of her only son.

“My nephew was killed by the police” without having done anything wrong, he said, the paper reported.

Valerie Castile and her daughter emerged from the hospital emergency room early Thursday.

“They killed my son,” Valerie Castile said, sobbing. “They took a good man, a hard-working man; he worked since he was 18 years old.”

Philando’s grief-stricken sister said, “They killed my brother. They held a gun on him while he was hurting, and did nothing to help him.”

Philando’s cousin, Antonio Johnson, 31, said Philando graduated with honors from St. Paul Central High School, where he was a straight-A student.

He was “a black individual driving in Falcon Heights who was immediately criminally profiled and he lost his life over it tonight,” Johnson said, the paper reported.

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Minnesota court records show only misdemeanors and petty misdemeanors on Philando Castile’s record.

The dead man’s family and friends held a prayer circle outside the hospital early Thursday.

Several relatives, including Valerie Castile, then walked to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office to see Philando’s body, but were not allowed inside, said Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis NAACP chapter, who accompanied them.

“The family has a number of concerns about what happened in this case,” Levy-Pounds said, the Star Tribune reported.

“They do not believe that the shooting was warranted in this case. Philando Castile was an upstanding citizen, according to all the reports that we’ve heard,” she said.

Levy-Pounds demanded that an independent agency be appointed to conduct the probe.

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“We’re demanding justice; we’re demanding accountability,” she said. “We’re demanding a change to our laws and policies that allow these types of things to happen. Too often officers are taught to shoot first and ask questions last, and that’s completely unacceptable.”

Levy-Pounds told a crowd she has no faith in the system in the wake of this and other police shootings of black men, including last year’s killing of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis.

Nearby resident Katherine Bleth said she was driving home when she saw the crime scene “right in front of me.”

“Cop cars were rushing past us; we knew something was wrong,” she said.

She videotaped a cop performing CPR on a man lying outside a car, then saw paramedics put him on a stretcher and load him into an ambulance.

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“What I see is all my neighbors standing outside, videotaping and very upset,” she said.

A 28-year-old nursing student said she was in a parking lot of a nearby apartment building when the confrontation unfolded.

“I just heard the officer say, ‘Put your hands up,’ and before he finished saying that there were four shots,” said the woman, who declined to be named.

Early Thursday, protesters arrived at the residence of Gov. Mark Dayton in St. Paul, chanting, “No justice, no peace!”

“I’m tired of the laws and policies on the books being used to justify murder,” Levy-Pounds told the crowd. “This is completely unacceptable. Somebody say, ‘Enough is enough.’”

THE WEEKND LEADS BILLBOARD NOMINATIONS

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R&B star The Weeknd looks set to dominate the 2016 Billboard Music Awards after earning 19 nominations in 16 categories.

The Canadian singer lands mentions in categories including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album and Top R&B Album for Beauty Behind the Madness.

He is also a triple nominee in the Top R&B song shortlist for Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey), The Hills and Can’t Feel My Face, and double nominee for Top Hot 100 Song for the latter two.

Justin Bieber follows behind with eleven mentions, then Drake and Fetty Wap with ten each. Justin and Drake are also Top Artist contenders, alongside Adele and Taylor Swift.

The Sorry singer also lands a mention for Top Male Artist, and will be competing against Drake, Ed Sheeran, and Fetty Wap, while Taylor will go up against her best friend Selena Gomez, Adele, Rihanna and Ariana Grande for Top Female Artist.

Other nominees in the Top Hot 100 Song category include Adele, for her smash hit Hello, Fetty Wap’s Trap Queen and See You Again by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth.

The Weeknd will face competition from Adele (25), Justin (Purpose), Ed Sheeran (X) and Taylor (1989) for Top Billboard 200 Album, and Justin, Taylor, Fetty Wap, and Drake for Top Hot 100 Artist.
The Top Duo/Group prize will be a fight between Maroon 5, One Direction, Twenty One Pilots, Rolling Stones and U2.
One Direction, who are currently on hiatus, also land a nomination for Top Touring Artist, but will have to fend off the likes of Madonna, the Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift and U2 for the trophy.
The first wave of nominations were announced by show hosts Ludacris and Ciara on TV program Good Morning America on Monday (11Apr16), while others were revealed on a special livestream and on social media.
The winners will be announced at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on 22 May (16).

KATT WILLIAMS ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT

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Embattled comedian Katt Williams has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a retail employee in Georgia.

The funnyman reportedly became engaged in a verbal altercation with a worker at a pool supply store in Gainesville on Monday, when the dispute turned violent. Williams stands accused of throwing an object at the clerk, who he then punched, according to TMZ.com.
Police were called to investigate and Williams, who has been in and out of jail in recent years, was supposedly found lying on the ground, with his hands behind his back, ready for cops to arrest him.

He is currently being held on $5,000 bail.
Williams, 42, is also due to stand trial for a felony count of robbery after allegedly teaming up with rap mogul Marion ‘Suge’ Knight to steal a camera from a photographer in Beverly Hills in 2014. The comedian faces seven years behind bars if convicted.

KENDRICK LAMAR LEADS 2016 GRAMMY WINNERS

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Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and Alabama Shakes were the big winners at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday night.
The rapper was an early triple winner, picking up Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for Alright and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for These Walls at the pre-awards prizegiving, and he then claimed Best Rap Album honors for To Pimp A Butterfly, while Brittany Howard’s acclaimed group landed the Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song gongs for Don’t Wanna Fight, and the Best Alternative Music Album award for Sound & Color.
The album was also named Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Meanwhile, Taylor picked up two early awards in the pre-Grammys ceremony and then had to wait until the end of the night to claim a third for Album of the Year, becoming the first woman to win the honor twice – a fact that was not lost on the singer, who said, “I want to say to all the young women out there, there are gonna be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame, but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment.”
All three acts stunned with performances at the Staples Center, but the 2016 Grammys will be remembered for its tributes to musicians who have passed away over the course of the year, as the Eagles and Jackson Browne remembered Glenn Frey; Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix teamed up at the last minute to honor Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White; Gary Clark, Jr, Bonnie Raitt and Chris Stapleton paid tribute to blues great B.B. King, and Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper’s supergroup The Hollywood Vampires saluted Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister.
But it was Lady Gaga who stole the show with a stunning tribute to David Bowie, performing a medley of the late rock icon’s hits, including Let’s Dance, Suffragette City and Heroes, while reminding fans of the Brit’s many-changing looks.
Hitting the Staples Center stage with red hair and a Bowie-esque outfit, she joined the rocker’s one-time collaborator Nile Rodgers for a high-energy salute.
Elsewhere, double winner The Weeknd was a highlight as he ran through a medley of his 2015 hits, and Gwen Stefani made history by shooting a video for her new track Make Me Like You, becoming the first artist to create a promo on live TV.
During the video, the No Doubt star rollerskated around the stage with dancers, posed with scooters, and performed in a makeshift hair salon.
The low point of the evening was Adele’s much-anticipated performance of All I Ask, which was blighted by technical difficulties, leaving the Brit looking a little exasperated and her fans calling for the Grammys’ sound engineer to be fired in a series of social media rants.
The 2016 ceremony ended with a performance from Pitbull, who won his first Grammy award hours earlier. The hitmaker teamed up with Aerosmith and The Hollywood Vampires star Joe Perry, drummer Travis Barker, Robin Thicke and Colombian actress Sofia Vergara, who danced for the Latin superstar.
The list of Grammy Awards winners is:

Album of the Year
1989 – Taylor Swift

Best New Artist
Meghan Trainor

Record of the Year
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

Song of the Year
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran (Written by Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge)

Best Pop Solo Performance
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern – Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap

Best Pop Vocal Album
1989 – Taylor Swift

Best Dance Recording
Where Are U Now – Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack U – Skrillex and Diplo

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Sylva – Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest

Best Rock Performance
Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes

Best Metal Performance
Cirice – Ghost

Best Rock Song
Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes (Written by Alabama Shakes)

Best Rock Album
Drones – Muse

Best Alternative Music Album
Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes

Best R&B Performance
Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Gray) – The Weeknd

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Little Ghetto Boy – Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song
Really Love – D’Angelo And The Vanguard (Written by D’Angelo & Kendra Foster)

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd

Best R&B Album
Black Messiah – D’Angelo And The Vanguard

Best Rap Performance
Alright – Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
These Walls – Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise, & Thundercat

Best Rap Song
Alright – Kendrick Lamar (Written by Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears, & Pharrell Williams)

Best Rap Album
To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

Best Country Solo Performance
Traveler – Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Girl Crush – Little Big Town

Best Country Song
Girl Crush – Little Big Town (Written by Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, & Liz Rose)

Best Country Album
Traveler – Chris Stapleton

Best New Age Album
Grace – Paul Avgerinos

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Cherokee – Christian McBride

Best Jazz Vocal Album
For One To Love – Cecile McLorin Savant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Past Present – John Scofield

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
The Thompson Fields – Maria Schneider Orchestra

Best Latin Jazz Album
Made In Brazil – Eliane Elias

Best Gospel Performance/Song
Wanna Be Happy? – Kirk Franklin (Written by Kirk Franklin)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Holy Spirit – Francesca Battistelli

Best Gospel Album
Covered: Alive In Asia (Live) (Deluxe) – Israel & NewBreed

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
This Is Not A Test – Tobymac

Best Roots Gospel Album
Still Rockin’ My Soul – The Fairfield Four

Best Latin Pop Album
A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition) – Ricky Martin

Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album
(TIE) Hasta La Raíz – Natalia Lafourcade & Dale – Pitbull

Best Regional Mexican Music Album
Realidades (Deluxe Edition) – Los Tigres Del Norte

Best Tropical Latin Album
Son De Panama – Ruben Blades with Roberto Delgado & Orchestra

Best American Roots Performance
See That My Grave Is Kept Clean – Marvin Staples

Best American Roots Song
24 Frames – Jason Isbell

Best Americana Album
Something More Than Free – Jason Isbell

Best Bluegrass Album
The Muscle Shoals Recordings – The Steeldrivers

Best Blues Album
Born To Play Guitar – Buddy Guy

Best Folk Album
Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn – Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Go Go Juice – Jon Cleary

Best Reggae Album
Strictly Roots – Morgan Heritage

Best World Music Album
Sings – Angelique Kidjo

Best Children’s Album
Home – Tim Kubart

Best Spoken Word Album
A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety – Jimmy Carter

Best Comedy Album
Live At Madison Square Garden – Louis C.K.

Best Musical Theater Album
Hamilton – Original Broadway Cast

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – Various Artists

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Birdman – Antonio Sanchez, composer

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Glory – Common & John Legend

Best Instrumental Composition
The Afro Latin Jazz Suite – Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra feat. Rudresh Mahanthappa (Composed by Arturo O’Farrill)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella
Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy – Pentatonix (Arranged by Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola)

Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) – David Bowie (Arranged by Maria Schneider)

Best Recording Package
Still The King: Celebrating The Music Of Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys – Asleep At The Wheel

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32) – Various Artists

Best Album Notes
Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced – Joni Mitchell (Album notes written by Joni Mitchell)

Best Historical Album
The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 – Bob Dylan And The Band

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Jeff Bhasker

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Uptown Funk (Dave Aude Remix) – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (Remixed by Dave Aude)

Best Surround Sound Album
Amused To Death – Roger Waters

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Ask Your Mama – George Manahan & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

Producer Of The Year, Classical
Judith Sherman

Best Orchestral Performance
Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow (Symphony No. 10) – Boston Symphony Orchestra

Best Opera Recording
Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortileges; Sheherazade – Saito Kinen Orchestra; SKF Matsumoto Chorus & SKF Matsumoto Children’s Chorus

Best Choral Performance
Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil – Paul Davidson, Frank Fleschner, Toby Vaughn Kidd, Bryan Pinkall, Julia Scozzafava, Bryan Taylor & Joseph Warner; Kansas City Chorale & Phoenix Chorale

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Filament – Eighth Blackbird

Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes – Seattle Symphony

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Joyce & Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall – Joyce DiDonato; Antonio Pappano, accompanist

Best Classical Compendium
Paulus: Three Places Of Enlightenment; Veil Of Tears & Grand Concerto – Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances – Eric Holtan, True Concord Voices & Orchestra (Composed by Stephen Paulus)

Best Music Video
Bad Blood – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar

Best Music Film
Amy – Amy Winehouse

Presidents Merit Award
Irving Azoff

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Run-D.M.C
Earth, Wind & Fire
Ruth Brown
Celia Cruz
Herbie Hancock
Jefferson Airplane
Linda Ronstadt

Trustees Award
John Cage
Fred Foster
Chris Strachwitz

MusiCares Person of the Year
Lionel Richie

BEYONCE HELPING FLINT WATER CRISIS VICTIMS

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Beyonce is supporting victims of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan with her latest charity initiative.

The Halo star has previously supported a number of good causes through her #BeyGOOD initiative, handing out school supplies to students and providing money to help a church charity mission in her native Houston, Texas.

She is now turning her attention to the residents of Flint, Michigan, who have been unable to use their water supplies since 2014 due to pollution in a local river, by providing assistance to the United Way of Genesee County organization and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, which are offering aid to residents.

A statement released by tour promoters Live Nation Entertainment, the company behind Beyonce’s newly-announced The Formation World Tour, reads, “True to her life’s work of always giving back, fans will be given the opportunity to participate in Beyonce’s #BeyGOOD initiative supporting local United Way programs and the continued work surrounding the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. United Way of Genesee County has been at the forefront of distributing thousands of filtration pitchers, faucet mount filters, replacement cartridges and truckloads of water to underserved (sic) populations to address immediate needs in Flint Michigan.

“They are also partnering with the Community Foundation of Greater Flint to create a fund that will address long-term developmental, education, nutrition and health needs of the children affected by the Flint Water Crisis.”
Beyonce is one of many celebrities offering aid to those affected by the water crisis – Madonna, Pearl Jam, and The Game have donated money, and Cher, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Mark Wahlberg, and Eminem are among those who have donated bottles of water.
Beyonce surprised fans by releasing new single Formation ahead of her appearance at the Super Bowl half-time show on Sunday, and after her performance, she announced dates for her 2016 world tour.

JASON DERULO HOSPITALIZED IN PARIS

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R&B star Jason Derulo was admitted to hospital in Paris, France after cutting his leg at a concert afterparty.

The Talk Dirty singer headed to the Le Loft Metropolis nightclub in the French capital to celebrate after his concert at the Zenith de Paris venue on Saturday, but he ended the night in the emergency room after hurting himself in a dance floor mishap.

Doctors at a nearby hospital treated the wound with 20 stitches, according to Britain’s The Sun newspaper.

Jason’s model girlfriend Daphne Joy posted a series of videos to Snapchat in the early hours of Sunday morning which showed Jason dancing in the club, and she told the camera, “So we ended the night in the ER… We have so many people catering to my baby.”

Further clips show Jason reclining on a bed while his injured leg is tended to, and when Daphne asks how he is feeling, he replies, “I’m feeling woozy.”

Jason also asks the medics if he can continue with his Everything Is 4 Tour and they reply “Yes” in French. The video series ends with Daphne showing off a medical kit and saying, “Dr. Daph to the rescue.”
Daphne, who is the mother to 50 Cent’s son, confirmed she her romance with Jason in December.
Jason is next scheduled to perform in Belgium on Monday.

STEVE HARVEY APOLOGIZES FOR MISS UNIVERSE GAFFE

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Comedian Steve Harvey has publicly apologized for crowning the wrong model Miss Universe during the live pageant on Sunday night.

Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo for Colombia and Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines stood next to each other on the stage as Harvey announced the winner, declaring Colombia Miss Universe.

However, he had to return moments later when Arevalo was already wearing the crown, to confess he had made a mistake, saying, “Folks I have to apologize…the first runner-up is Colombia. Miss Universe 2015 is Philippines.”
Video footage shows Wurtzbach looking confused and stunned as she returns to the front of the stage next to Miss Colombia, and Harvey goes off script to explain that he read his cue card wrong.

Showing the card to the camera, he says, “I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake, it was on the card… First runner-up is Colombia, it was my mistake. Still a great night, please don’t hold it against the ladies. We feel so badly but it’s still a great night. Thank you all!”

The crown is then removed from the head of Miss Colombia and placed on Miss Philippines.
Harvey took to Twitter.com after the Las Vegas show to say sorry once more, writing, “I’d like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible… Secondly, I’d like to apologize to the viewers at that I disappointed as well. Again it was an honest mistake… I don’t want to take away from this amazing night and pageant. As well as the wonderful contestants. They were all amazing.”

The pageant, held at the Planet Hollywood resort, is the first Miss Universe contest to take place since business tycoon and Presidential hopeful Donald Trump sold the Miss Universe Organization earlier this year following a backlash over comments he made about Mexicans living in the U.S.

THE WEEKND SCORES FIRST PRIZE AT AMAS

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The Weeknd was the crowned first winner at the 2015 American Music Awards on Sunday night, taking home the honor for Favorite Soul/R&B Album.

The Can’t Feel My Face star beat out the likes of D’Angelo and Chris Brown for the prize, in recognition of his chart-topping record, Beauty Behind the Madness.

He was handed his first-ever American Music Award by music icon Prince, who took the stage to present the trophy with a guitar strapped across his chest.

Jennifer Lopez, who is also serving as the ceremony’s host, kicked off the show at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater by singing her hit Waiting for Tonight, before going into a dance routine featuring the music of Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Rihanna, among others.

Other performers are set to include Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Coldplay, Gwen Stefani, One Direction, and Celine Dion.

Taylor Swift leads all nominations with six, just ahead of her pal Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd, who trail behind with five.