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H.E.R and Chris Brown Lead Nominee Lists For 2020 Soul Train Awards



Musicians, H.E.R and Chris Brown have a combined 15 nods with H.E.R leading by one nomination as she has been put up for 8 categories while Chris Brown comes in very close with 7 nominations, they share these nods among just 12 total categories slated for the 2020 Soul Train Awards show.

Other top celebrities nominated are: rappers and singers in Young Thug and Beyoncé – 6; Summer Walker & Usher and girls duo Chloe X Halle – 5; rapper, YG – 4 while PJ Morton and Brandy have 3 nominations each.

The 2020 Soul Train Awards will be broadcast by BET, hosted by Tichina Arnold and Trisha Campbell which will take place on November 29th, Sunday night.

The show will simulcast on BET VH1, BET Her BET Africa and MTV2 on November 29 and repeat broadcast to air on BET France on December 1, BET UK and BET South Korea on the 2nd of December.

The 12 categories with nomination list slated for the 2020 Soul Train Awards:

1. Song Of The Year:
Beyoncé – “Black Parade”
Chloe X Halle – “Do It”
Chris Brown & Young Thug – “Go Crazy”
H.E.R. Feat. YG – “Slide”
Summer Walker & Usher – “Come Thru”
Usher Feat. Ella Mai – “Don’t Waste My Time”

2. Album Of The Year:
Brandy – B7
Chloe X Halle – Ungodly Hour
Chris Brown & Young Thug – Slime & B
Jhené Aiko – Chilombo
Summer Walker – Over It
The Weeknd – After Hours

3. Video Of The Year:
Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Saint JHN & Wizkid – “Brown Skin Girl”
Chloe X Halle – “Do It”
Chris Brown – “Go Crazy” Feat. Young Thug
H.E.R. – “Slide” Feat. YG
Lizzo – “Good As Hell”
Skip Marley & H.E.R. – “Slow Down”

4. Best R&B/Soul Female Artist:
Alicia Keys
Jhené Aiko
Summer Walker

5. Best R&B/Soul Male Artist:
Anderson .Paak
Charlie Wilson
Chris Brown
PJ Morton
The Weeknd

6. Best Collaboration:
Chris Brown Feat. Young Thug – “Go Crazy”
H.E.R. Feat. YG – “Slide”
Ne-Yo Feat. Jeremih – “U 2 Luv”
Skip Marley & H.E.R. – “Slow Down”
Summer Walker & Usher – “Come Thru”
Usher Feat. Ella Mai – “Don’t Waste My Time”

7. Best New Artist:
Layton Greene
Saint JHN
Snoh Aalegra
Victoria Monét

8. Rhythm & Bars:
Cardi B Feat. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”
Dababy Feat. Roddy Ricch – “Rockstar”
DJ Khaled Feat. Drake – “Popstar”
Drake Feat. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now Cry Later”
Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”
Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

9. Best Dance Performance:
Beyoncé, Shatta Wale & Major Lazer – “Already”
Chloe X Halle – “Do It”
Chris Brown & Young Thug – “Go Crazy”
Danileigh Feat. Dababy – “Levi High”
Missy Elliott – “Why I Still Love You”
Teyana Taylor – “Bare Wit Me”

10. Best Gospel/Inspirational Award:
Bebe Winans
Kirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Marvin Sapp
PJ Morton
The Clark Sisters

11. Soul Train Certified Award:
Kelly Rowland
PJ Morton

12. The Ashford And Simpson Songwriter’s Award:
“Black Parade” – Written By: Akil King, Beyonce Knowles Carter, Brittany Coney, Denisia Andrews, Derek James Dixie, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk, Rickie Caso Tice, Shawn Carter, Stephen Bray (Beyoncé)

“Do It” – Written By: Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Scott Storch, Victoria Monet, Vincent Van Den Ende, Anton Kuhl (Chloe X Halle)

“Go Crazy” – Written By: Cameron Devaun Murphy, Christopher Brown, Dounia Aznou, Jeffrey Lamar Williams, Johnny Kelvin, Kaniel Castaneda, Omari Akinlolu, Orville Hall, Patrizio Pigliapoco, Phillip Price, Said Aznou, Soraya Benjelloun, Tre Samuels, Turrell Sims, Wayne Samuels, Zakaria Kharbouch (Chris Brown & Young Thug)

“I Can’t Breathe” – Written By: H.E.R. (H.E.R.)“Playing Games” – Written By: Summer Walker, Bryson Tiller, London Holmes, Kendall Roark Bailey, Cameron Griffin, Aubrey Robinson, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelendria Rowland, Letoya Luckett, Latavia Roberson, Lashawn Daniels, Fred Jerkins III, Rodney Jerkins (Summer Walker Feat. Bryson Tiller)

“Slide” – Written By: Charles Carter, Elijah Dias, H.E.R., Jermaine Dupri, Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, Roger Parker, Ron Latour, Shawn Carter, Steven Arrington, Tiara Thomas, Waung Hankerson (H.E.R. Feat. YG)

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Rage as Fela Kuti is not among the inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 class



Godfather of Afrobeat, Fela Anikulapo Kuti who received the posthumous honour to be among those vying to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 some few months back, sadly failed to secure a spot despite being top two on the voting polls.

Fela Kuti gets shunned from the inductees despite being top two.

Today, May 12, the committee announced the inductees by means of a 3-minute video through president and CEO, Gregg Harris. Fela was nominated in the Performers Category, amassing a total of 545,000+ votes, making him the second most voted act after Tina Turner (548,000+ votes) but to the surprise of the masses, Fela was not included in the list of inductees.

Shockingly included are performers like rap icon and mogul – JAY-Z and LL Cool J who failed to secure a top five spot on the poll, infact, they were the least voted acts when voting concluded.

Although, quite frankly there is a disclaimer on the website were the poll was conducted, stating that votes do not guarantee induction but for a Top 2 voted act in Fela Anikulapo Kuti, that should not even be the case and Nigerians have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment at the ‘rigging’, ‘clout chasing’ and inconsiderate conduct regarding how the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame committee unjustly treated the voting polls and Fela Kuti.

On what might have transpired regarding the voting stage and selection of inductees, Fela’s first son, Femi Kuti had this to say:

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Ruger releases visuals for “Bounce”



Ruger aka the eye-patch man (at least that is what I call him) scheduled release for new video Bounce finally gets to the big screen. The video is directed by Prior Gold.

Bounce, a certified fan favourite off of the “Pandemic” EP by Ruger is a fine mixture of Pop intertwined with Dancehall-type vocals and lyrics. The video has Ruger showing public display of affection (PDA) to his lover, appraising her for her big back side, using catchy melodies to call on her to come “wiggle that booty and whine” for him.

The simple but colourful aesthetic stands out in the video. My favourite scene has to be when a Rastafari looking fellow tried to steal the show from Ruger, by trying to woo Ruger’s chick but was bodied and put in a cooler while Ruger dances on it, controlling the crowd and the party continued like a murder did not just occur.

Watch the video yourself:

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Moelogo “I” EP to feature Adekunle Gold, Laycon, The Cavemen., krishane and a host of other artistes



London-based Nigerian singer cum producer, Moelogo is on track to release his fifth Extended Play (EP) which features a whole bunch of top artistes across genres. The EP has the title – I.

I continues the trend Moelogo embarked on in 2020 with the use of  the first person singular pronouns in “Myself” (June 2020) and “Me” (December 2020), with the soon-to-be released I not having a date of release yet.

Moelogo will feature rappers Laycon and Alpha Ojini while boasting a tonne of male vocalists from LAX to Adekunle Gold to Reekado Banks. Jamaican singer, Krishane will also be a guest act on the; Nigerian highlife duo – The Cavemen. has a secured spot too, not forgetting Mr. “Alagbe” himself, Qdot. Ria Sean is the only female artiste to be featured on the upcoming EP.

Moelogo unleashed the artistes roll via his Twitter account, keeping the information precise. Therefore, what songs and in what other these featured artistes will appear on I EP is still very much unknown.

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