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December 23, 2020 GMT

R. KELLY TRIAL DELAYED

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has again delayed R. Kelly’s trial in Chicago on child pornography and other charges because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

The case has been postponed until next year.

The 53-year-old R&B star has been behind bars since his arrest in July 2019 and two trial dates this year, for April and October, were earlier postponed. The new trial date is Sept. 13, 2021.

The Grammy Award-winner has pleaded not guilty federal charges in Chicago accusing him of filming himself having sex with underage girls and of paying off potential witnesses at his 2008 trial to get them to change their stories.

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JHENE’ AIKO — GRAMMY HOPEFUL

NEW YORK (AP) — Jhené Aiko (jeh-NAY’ EYE’-koh) is rapping on the phone.

When the R&B star recalls the first song she ever wrote — a rap when she was about 5 or 6 — she spits out the lyrics like it’s her latest hit.

“It’s the J, the really funky one. I could wrap you up in every single way/Can I play? Yes I can, you could see me like every single day/Come on, don’t you want to play? If you be like me, you would be.”

At the time, the early ’90s, Aiko was obsessed with the debut rap single from Raven-Symoné, “That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of,” which was written and produced by Missy Elliott.

“I wasn’t old enough to know how to spell things correctly,” 32-year-old Aiko recalled, saying she also drew inspiration from Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. “My mom helped me write it down.”

Aiko hit new heights with “Chilombo,” her gold-selling third album that’s launched four platinum hits. The album, one of the rare R&B projects to stream extremely well during a time where young rappers have dominated the scene, scored three Grammy nominations, including the coveted prize — album of the year, pitting Aiko against acts like Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Post Malone.