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Beyoncé’s message, epic performances stand out at BET Awards

Jun. 29, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyoncé used her platform Sunday while accepting the BET humanitarian award to relay a direct appeal to viewers: Go vote. “Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain,” said the superstar singer at the...

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, rapper DaBaby performs

BET Awards highlight Black voices as artists turn political

Jun. 28, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The BET Awards served as an extension of the voices of Black people protesting in the streets about the inequalities Black people face daily, as artists used their performances to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights and the lives of those lost because of police officers,...

This combination of photos shows country singer Rissi Palmer, from left, Chuck Harmony, left, and Claude Kelly of Louis York and country rapper Breland. Black artists say the country music industry still needs to do the hard work of addressing the systematic racial barriers that have been entrenched in country music for decades. The genre has historically been marketed to white audiences and reinforced white male artist stereotypes. (Chris Charles via AP, left, Jeremy Ryan via AP, center and Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP)

Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future

Jun. 26, 2020 6:28 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When country singer Rissi Palmer was working on her debut album, she wanted a song like Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman,” a song that would introduce her and tell her story to fans. On her 2007 debut single, “Country Girl,” she celebrated her...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018 file photo, the Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. Though Black Out Tuesday was originally organized by the music community, the social media world went dark on Tuesday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the many killings of black people around the world that has caused outrage and protests. Instagram accounts, from top record label to everyday people, was full of black squares posted in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Social media, music world go dark for Black Out Tuesday

Jun. 2, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Though Black Out Tuesday was originally organized by the music community, the social media world also went dark in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, joining voices around the world outraged by the killings of black people in the U.S. Instagram and Twitter accounts, from top record...

FILE - In this April 28, 2018, file photo, Jay-Z and Beyonce watch Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans in Oakland, Calif. Several top record labels organized Black Out Tuesday on June 2, 2020 as riots erupted around the world sparked by Floyd’s death as well as the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Musicians including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X, Demi Lovato, Post Malone and Harry Styles have spoken out following Floyd’s death and the worldwide riots. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Music industry calls for Black Out Tuesday amid unrest

Jun. 1, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The music industry is planning to turn off the music and hold a day to reflect and implement change in response to the death of George Floyd and the killings of other black people. Several top record labels organized Black Out Tuesday as violent protests erupted around the world sparked by...

FILE - This March 17, 2019 file photo shows Nav performing at the Juno Awards in London, Ontario, in Canada. Nav's latest “Good Intentions” project debuted this week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Nav on back-to-back No. 1s and learning from The Weeknd

May. 22, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Canadian-Indian rapper Nav has no problem being signed to one of the biggest artists in the world. In fact, he says The Weeknd doesn’t overshadow him, but pushes him to the forefront. “It’s a real family over here. He has so much success. I don’t think he really...

FILE - In a Saturday, July 13, 2019 file photo, cast member Idris Elba, center, arrives with his wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba, left, and Isan Elba, right, at the Los Angeles premiere of

Idris Elba lends his voice to a song helping relief efforts

May. 8, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Idris Elba, who battled the coronavirus this year, has lent his voice to a new song about black men and mental health that will benefit pandemic relief efforts. Elba is featured on the song “Kings” by Kosine, a singer-songwriter-producer best known for crafting hits for Big...