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Jeezy poses for a portrait on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 in Atlanta. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP)

Jeezy evolves from 'Trap or Die' mantra to empowerment

Nov. 27, 2020 1:57 PM EST

Self-improvement can be a difficult journey. It’s often an arduous process that takes time to work through and move toward. But Jeezy, who burst onto the national music scene in meteoric fashion 15 years ago with his accounts of street life and drug dealing, is relaying a new message on his latest album:...

This combination photo shows from left, Mickey Guyton, Beyonce Knowles and H.E.R., whose songs about the Black experience all landed Grammy nominations Tuesday.  (AP Photo)

Amid racial reckoning, Grammys honor the Black experience

Nov. 25, 2020 12:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — With police brutality continuing to devastate Black families and the coronavirus ravishing Black America disproportionately, the world was driven to the significance of this year’s Juneteenth more than ever before. And Beyoncé knew she wanted to release a song on that momentous...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Beyonce poses in the press room at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The pop star scored multiple Grammy nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine nominations. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

A 'Black Parade' Grammys: Beyoncé leads with 9 nominations

Nov. 24, 2020 8:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Beyoncé is bringing her Black parade to the Grammys: The pop star’s anthem about Black pride scored multiple nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine. Beyoncé picked up song and record of the year bids with “Black Parade,” which she...

FILE - The Weeknd performs on day three at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug 4, 2018. The Weeknd, who was nominated for eight American Music Awards, was completely shut out of the Grammys, earning zero nominations despite having a No. 1 album. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)

12 Grammy facts: BTS and Dr. Luke in, The Weeknd out

Nov. 24, 2020 5:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Twelve things worth noting about Tuesday's nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards, from snubbed singers to posthumous nominees to famous folks competing for awards. ___ SNUBBED SINGERS The Weeknd sings about being a “star boy" but the Grammys' response to his latest album? Bye boy....

This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, left, and Dua Lipa at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch each earned six Grammy nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (AP Photo)

2021 Grammy Awards: List of nominees in top categories

Nov. 24, 2020 2:58 PM EST

A list of nominees in the top categories at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, announced Tuesday by The Recording Academy. — Album of the year: “Chilombo,” Jhené Aiko; “Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition),” Black Pumas; “Everyday Life,” Coldplay; “Djesse Vol....

This combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Nov. 29-Dec. 5 shows Diego Boneta, from left, Chrissy Teigen, Janelle Monae, Britney Spears, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges and Margaret Cho. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 5

Nov. 23, 2020 8:25 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 5: Nov. 29: Blues musician John Mayall is 87. Actor Diane Ladd is 85. Musician Chuck Mangione is 80. Country singer Jody Miller is 79. Singer-keyboardist Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals is 78. Actor Jeff Fahey (“Lost,” “The Marshal”) is...

In this screen shot provided by ABC on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, Taylor Swift accepts the award for artist of the year at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (ABC via AP)

Swift wins top prize at AMAs, says she's re-recording music

Nov. 22, 2020 11:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift won her third consecutive artist of the year prize at the American Music Awards, but she missed the show for a good reason: She said she's busy re-recording her early music after her catalog was sold. In a video that aired during Sunday's awards show, the pop star said...

The Weeknd accepts the award for favorite soul R&B song for

List of winners at the 2020 American Music Awards

Nov. 22, 2020 11:32 PM EST

A list of the winners at the 2020 American Music Awards, held Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. — Artist of the year: Taylor Swift — New artist of the year: Doja Cat — Collaboration of the year: Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours" — Favorite pop/rock...

Sheriff: Florida rapper made music, then fatally shot 2 men

Nov. 22, 2020 12:17 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida rapper spent an evening recording music in a makeshift studio and then fatally shot two men who were with him, authorities say. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a news release that Billy Bennett Adams III, 23, was arrested Saturday on two counts of...

This combination photo shows Natalia Lafourcade, left, and Rosalia. A year after Rosalia made history by becoming the first solo female performer in 13 years to win the top prize at the Latin Grammys, Natalia Lafourcade followed in her footsteps with a big win at the 2020 show, taking home the album of the year honor on Nov. 19, 2020, for

Ladies' night at Latin Grammys: Lafourcade, Rosalía win big

Nov. 20, 2020 9:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A year after Rosalía made history by becoming the first solo female performer in 13 years to win the top prize at the Latin Grammys, Natalia Lafourcade followed in her footsteps with a big win at the 2020 show. The Mexican singer won album of the year — a category dominated by...