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...
Super Bowl week to feature Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Migos
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Travis Scott to Jermaine Dupri are among the music artists who have been criticized for taking part in Super Bowl-related events, but their shows — and many others — will still go on. That's despite a political firestorm over whether social justice needs to be addressed at the NFL's marquee event.
Entertainers address social injustice issues at Super Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) — Some entertainers believe social injustice needs to be addressed during the Super Bowl and are ensuring the topic that ignited a political firestorm, engulfing the NFL, will be in the spotlight.
They passionately disagree on how. Some will perform in Super Bowl-related events while others will be noticeably absent.
2019 Songwriters Hall class: Missy, Cat Stevens, John Prine
NEW YORK (AP) — Missy Elliott is making history as the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, whose 2019 class also includes legendary British singer Cat Stevens and country-folk icon John Prine.
APNewsBreak: Elliott, Hynde and Gill up for Songwriters Hall
NEW YORK (AP) — Missy Elliott, one of rap's greatest voices and also a songwriter and producer who has crafted songs for Beyonce and Whitney Houston, is one of the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Elliott is the first female rapper nominated for the prestigious prize and could also become the third rapper to enter the organization following recent inductees Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri.
Bebe Rexha: ‘I want to help other artists’
ATLANTA (AP) — Rap mogul Jermaine Dupri will celebrate his groundbreaking record label So So Def with a multi-city anniversary concert tour.
Dupri told The Associated Press on Monday that The So So Def 25th Anniversary Cultural Curren$y tour will feature himself, Xscape, Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Bow Wow, Anthony Hamilton, Bone Crusher, Youngbloodz, Dem Franchize Boyz and J-Kwon.
Diamond shines at Songwriters Hall of Fame
Usher celebrates Dupri friendship
NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Diamond may have retired from touring due to Parkinson's disease, but the singer didn't let that stop him from giving a cheery and memorable performance at the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony.
Diamond, who was officially inducted into the Hall in 1984, earned the Johnny Mercer Award on Thursday and closed the multi-hour event in New York City with a rousing rendition of "Sweet Caroline."
NEW YORK (AP) — When Jermaine Dupri gets inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he will be only the second hip-hop creator honored after Jay-Z. It's not something he takes lightly.
"No matter what you want to say about my records that I created, no matter what you want to say about the artists that I've put out, I'm going into the Hall of Fame, and you can't do nothing about it," Dupri said.
Songwriters Hall nod makes Jermaine Dupri feel ‘accomplished’
NEW YORK (AP) — The Weeknd, Jason Mraz, Fantasia and Tony winner Brandon Victor Dixon will appear at the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony this month.
The organization announced Friday that Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, Leon Bridges, Stephen Dorff, Chad Elliott, Bob Gaudio, Nora Guthrie, Keith Stegall and Steve Wariner will also attend the June 14 event in New York City. The newly announced attendees will either perform or present an award.
APNewsBreak: Mellencamp, Dupri heading to Songwriters Hall
NEW YORK (AP) — The 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame class will include John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang and Jermaine Dupri, who will become the second hip-hop act inducted into the prestigious organization.
Jay-Z opens up about why he boycotted the Grammys in 1999
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z said though he boycotted the Grammys almost two decades ago, he's better served helping the Recording Academy grow instead of abandoning it.
Janet Jackson isn't in a "position to date" again following her split from Wissam Al Mana.
The 51-year-old singer and the businessman, with whom she has eight-month-old son Eissa Al Mana, went their separate ways earlier this year following five years of marriage and, although speculation about her love life has been rife ever since, she doesn't feel ready to meet anyone new at the moment and just wants to focus on motherhood and her career.