First Fan Encounter: H.E.R.
Mary J. Blige, NAS, Pharrell on tap for 2019 Essence Fest
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The 2019 Essence Festival will feature headlining performances by Mary J. Blige and rappers NAS, Pharrell, Jermaine Dupri and Missy Elliott as Essence Magazine's "party with a...
H.E.R. is hitting her goals
Bebe Rexha calls out audience for jaded response to her song
NEW YORK (AP) — R&B singer H.E.R. gave a next-level performance, sister duo Chloe x Halle matched the greatness of their recent Super Bowl performance and pop singer Bebe Rexha went off on the crowd when they didn't sing along to her monster hit song.
The female acts, nominated for best new artist at the Grammys, performed Thursday night at Spotify's pre-Grammy event honoring rising newcomers.
Carlile and H.E.R. reflect on Grammy nominations
He said, she said: AP writers predict 2019 Grammy winners
NEW YORK (AP) — When the Grammys decided to extend the nominees in the top four categories from five to eight, they didn't consider how much harder it would make our lives as credible prediction experts.
So we have to dig even deeper than we've done in the past as we ponder, think (and guess) who will walk away as winners at the 2019 Grammys, airing live Sunday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Grammys performers: Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae
NEW YORK (AP) — Album of the year nominees Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae and Post Malone will perform at next month's Grammy Awards.
The Recording Academy announced Thursday that Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Dan + Shay will also hit the stage at the Feb. 10 event. The Grammys will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Alicia Keys to host Grammy Awards next month
NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys usually attends the Grammys, but this year she'll be there as a host.
The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that the R&B star will host the Feb. 10 show for the first time. The Grammys will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Aretha Franklin to be honored with tribute show next month
NEW YORK (AP) — The Queen of Soul will get a royal tribute from Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Kelly Clarkson and more next month.
The Recording Academy and music mogul Clive Davis will put on the special concert — "Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul" — on Jan. 13 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The event will broadcast later in 2019 on CBS.
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Rise up: Female voices take center stage at Grammys
NEW YORK (AP) — After being nearly muted at this year's ceremony, the 2019 Grammys are shaping up to be the year of the woman, with powerful female voices representing the majority in two of the top categories.
Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R. and Janelle Monae, performers who play instruments, write or co-write all of their songs and are also listed as producers on their projects, earned nominations for the coveted album of the year.
H.E.R., Ella Mai, Mendes and more react to the Grammy noms
LOS ANGELES (AP) — How some of the nominees reacted when they heard they were up for Grammy Awards, which will be handed out Feb. 10 in Los Angeles:
Lamar leads Grammy noms, where women make a comeback
NEW YORK (AP) — The music of "Black Panther," with Kendrick Lamar in its starring role, officially owns the 2019 Grammy Awards, where women are heavily represented in the major four categories following a year where their presence was barely felt.
2019 Grammy Awards: List of nominees in top categories
A list of nominees in the top categories at the 61th annual Grammy Awards, announced Friday by The Recording Academy.
— Album of the year: "Invasion of Privacy," Cardi B; "By the Way, I Forgive You," Brandi Carlile; "Scorpion," Drake; "H.E.R.,"H.E.R.; "Beerbongs & Bentleys," Post Malone; "Dirty Computer," Janelle Monae; "Golden Hour," Kacey Musgraves; "Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By," Kendrick Lamar.
The Latest: Kendrick Lamar leads all Grammy nominees with 8
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the announcement of nominees for the 61st annual Grammy Awards (all times local):
Kendrick Lamar is the king of the Grammys: He's the lead nominee with eight.
Thanks to curating the soundtrack to "Black Panther," Lamar earned nominations that include album, song and record of the year.
Doing it H.E.R. way: singer rises as focus remains on music
NEW YORK (AP) — When Gabi Wilson is H.E.R. — her R&B singer stage name — she is usually rocking big hair and big sunglasses, rarely showing her full face to her fans.
The point is to give the public one simple thing to focus on: the music.
But other days, her hair is pulled into a ponytail or a bun and her face is clear, like the time she was being driven in an Uber with a friend and "Best Part," her Top 5 R&B hit, came on the radio.
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Top music artists to perform at ninth annual ONE Musicfest
ATLANTA (AP) — Music artists Nas, T.I., 2 Chainz and Miguel will take the stage at the ninth annual ONE Musicfest in Atlanta.
The festival expands for the first time to a two day event, kicking off on Saturday in the city's downtown area in Central Park. The lineup also includes Big Boi, Big Sean, Jeezy, Rapsody, H.E.R., Robert Glasper, Kelis, Monica, Teedra Moses along with George Clinton & Parliament.