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Cardi B, Beyonce, Jay-Z lead 2018 MTV VMA nominations (Full List)

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Cardi B, Beyonce, and Jay-Z lead the nominees for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, which were announced on Monday.

Cardi received 10 nominations; which are gender-neutral including video, song, and artist of the year, while Beyonce and Jay Z received eight, including video of the year, best collaboration and best hip-hop for their eye-popping clip for “Apesh–,” released last month, reports Variety.

Other top contenders include Childish Gambino and Drake (with seven nominations each), Bruno Mars (six), Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello (five), and Ed Sheeran, Khalid and Young Thug (four). See the complete list below.

The “VMAs” will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20.

“It has already been a monumental year in music, and this year’s ‘VMAs’ will take things to a whole new level,” said Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom. “The extraordinary group of nominees have amazed us with their talent and inspired us with their creativity – and when you get them together for one night, anything is possible.”

MTV collaborated with Instagram to reveal the nominees on IGTV, marking the first time an awards show has used the new platform in this capacity.

See complete list of nominees below:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records
Drake – “God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ariana Grande – Republic Records
Bruno Mars – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello – Syco Music/Epic Records
Cardi B – Atlantic Records
Drake – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
Post Malone – Republic Records

SONG OF THE YEAR
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records
Drake – “God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
Dua Lipa – “New Rules” – Warner Bros. Records
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar” – Republic Records

BEST NEW ARTIST
Bazzi – iamcosmic/Atlantic Records
Cardi B – Atlantic Records
Chloe x Halle – Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records
Hayley Kiyoko – Atlantic Records
Lil Pump – Warner Bros. Records
Lil Uzi Vert – Atlantic Records

BEST COLLABORATION
Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be” – Warner Bros. Records
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment
Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” – Epic Records/Nuyorican Productions
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255” – Def Jam Recordings
N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” – i am OTHER/Columbia Records

PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
JULY 2018 – Chloe x Halle – Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records
JUNE 2018 – Sigrid – Island Records
MAY 2018 – Lil Xan – Columbia Records
APRIL 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko – Atlantic Records
MARCH 2018 – Jessie Reyez – Island Records
FEBRUARY 2018 – Tee Grizzley – 300 Entertainment
JANUARY 2018 – Bishop Briggs – Island Records
DECEMBER 2017 – Grace VanderWaal – Syco Music/Columbia Records
NOVEMBER 2017 – Why Don’t We – Atlantic Records
OCTOBER 2017 – PRETTYMUCH – Syco Music/Columbia Records
SEPTEMBER 2017 – SZA – TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records
AUGUST 2017 – Kacy Hill – Def Jam Recordings
JULY 2017 – Khalid – RCA Records
JUNE 2017 – Kyle – Atlantic Records
MAY 2017 – Noah Cyrus – Republic Records

BEST POP
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry” – Island Records
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records
P!nk – “What About Us” – RCA Records
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Island Records

BEST HIP HOP
Cardi B ft. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi” – KSR/Atlantic Records
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment
Drake – “God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Record
J. Cole – “ATM” – Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope Records
Migos ft. Drake – “Walk It Talk It” – Quality Control/Capitol Records
Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li” – Young Money/Cash Money Records

BEST LATIN
Daddy Yankee – “Dura” – El Cartel Records/UMLE
J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente” – UMLE/Republic Records
Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” – Epic Records/Nuyorican Productions
Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa” – UMLE/Republic/Island/Universal Music Latino
Maluma – “Felices los 4” – Sony Music Entertainment US Latin
Shakira ft. Maluma – “Chantaje” – Sony Music Entertainment US Latin

BEST DANCE
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” – Geffen Records
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss” – Columbia Records
The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me” – Disruptor Records/Columbia Records
David Guetta & Sia – “Flames” – Atlantic Records
Marshmello ft. Khalid – “Silence” – RCA Records/Ultra Records
Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)” – Interscope Records

BEST ROCK
Fall Out Boy – “Champion” – Island Records
Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” – RCA Records
Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes” – KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records
Linkin Park – “One More Light” – Warner Bros. Records
Panic! At The Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” – Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water” – Interscope Records

VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records
Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – “Liberated” – Columbia Records
Drake – ‘God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
Janelle Monáe – “PYNK” – Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records
Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper” – Island Records
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255” – Def Jam Recordings

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains” –  Def Jam Recordings – Cinematography by Pau Castejón
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” –  Republic Records – Cinematography by Scott Cunningham
The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Cinematography by Benoit Debie
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Cinematography by Larkin Seiple
Eminem ft. Ed Sheeran – “River” – Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Cinematography by Frank Mobilio & Patrick Meller
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Island Records – Cinematography by Jonathan Sela

BEST DIRECTION
The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Directed by Ricky Saix
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Directed by Hiro Murai
Drake – “God’s Plan” –  YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records – Directed by Karena Evans
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” –  Atlantic Records – Directed by Jason Koenig
Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton – “Say Something” –  RCA Records – Directed by Arturo Perez Jr.
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Island Records – Directed by Jay Martin

BEST ART DIRECTION
The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Art Direction by Jan Houlevigue
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Art Direction by Jason Kisvarday
J. Cole – “ATM” –  Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope Records – Art Direction by Miles Mullin
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” –  Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records – Art Direction by Pepper Nguyen
SZA – “The Weekend” –  TDE/RCA Records – Art Direction by SZA and Solange
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” –  Big Machine Records – Art Direction by Brett Hess

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” –  Republic Records – Visual Effects by Vidal and Loris Paillier for Buf
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” –  Geffen Records – Visual Effects by KPP
Eminem ft. Beyoncé – “Walk On Water” –  Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Visual Effects Supervisor Rich Lee for Drive Studios
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars” –  TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier for BUF Paris
Maroon 5 – “Wait” –  222/Interscope Records – Visual Effects by TIMBER
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Big Machine Records – Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” –  Atlantic Records – Choreography by Phil Tayag & Bruno Mars
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” –  Syco Music/Epic Records – Choreography by Calvit Hodge and Sara Bivens
The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Jaquel Knight
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Choreography by Sherrie Silver
Dua Lipa – “IDGAF” –  Warner Bros. Records – Choreography by Marion Motin
Justin Timberlake – “Filthy” –  RCA Records – Choreography by Marty Kudelka, AJ Harpold, Tracy Phillips, and Ivan Koumaev

BEST EDITING
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” –  Atlantic Records – Editing by Jacquelyn London
The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Taylor Ward and Sam Ostrove
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Editing by Ernie Gilbert
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” – Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records – Editing by Deji Laray
N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” –  i am OTHER/Columbia Records – Editing by Taylor Ward
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” –  Big Machine Records – Editing by Chancler Haynes for Cosm0

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V Books: JAY-Z & Beyonce’s “Black Effect” Lyrics And 8 Books That Coincide With Them

V Books: JAY-Z & Beyonce’s “Black Effect” Lyrics And 8 Books That Coincide With Them

Over the weekend, JAY-Z and Beyoncé–The Carters–briefly stopped the world with the surprise release of their long-awaited joint album, Everything is Love. The nine-song opus was well worth the wait, too. Filling their roles as credible and reliable voices of black culture, Hov and Queen Bey took listeners on an exciting shotgun ride through historical and black political moments.

In recent years, the power couple has been quietly acting as activists by donating more than $1 million to the Black Lives Matter organization, and bailing Ferguson and Baltimore protesters and fathers, on Father’s Day, out of jail. They have even shed light on the tragic stories of Kalief Browder and the forthcoming series on Trayvon Martin. Of course, all of the above comes out in their music.

One song from their collaborative album, in particular, is the soul-stirring “Black Effect.” With Cool and Dre perfecting the song’s production, The Carters offer pride and confidence to black folks far and wide. Together, they run the historical gamut by covering topics such as Egypt, Sarah Baartman, Crips and Bloods, and culture appropriation.

In the midst of Hov and Bey interrupting our regularly scheduled program, VIBE put together a “Black Effect” syllabus, a list of books that coincide with lyrics from the prideful song.

Course: The Carter’s ‘Black Effect’[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]101:

1. Lyrics: See my vision with a Tec, bi**h, I’m Malcolm X (JAY-Z)
Objective: Understanding the complex life of Malcolm X
Book: Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable

Lecture: Of course JAY-Z is referring to the famous picture of Malcolm X holding a rifle while peering out of a window, taken by the late Don Hogan Charles. But there’s much more to Malcolm X than this iconic photo, and his widely-read The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Other books based on the Muslim minister’s life include Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History. Penned by the late Marable, A Life of Reinvention asserts that Malcolm may have exaggerated his early criminal life and engaged in homosexuality. Despite Malcolm’s gifted intellect, Marable also paints him as a man with flaws and insecurities, which goes against what we’ve been taught about Brother Malcolm as well as what we’ve read in his autobiography.

2. Lyrics: Get your hands up high like a false arrest (JAY-Z and Beyoncé)
Objective: Examine police brutality in American cities.
Books: They Can’t Kill Us All (Wesley Lowery), Invisible No More: Police Violence against Women and Women of Color (Andrea Ritchie), Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint, and Beyond (Marc Lamont Hill)

Lecture: The Carter’s have a hushed history of supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and this is a great example for aspiring rappers and R&B singers to follow. For those interested in digging deeper into false arrests or police brutality, Marc Lamont Hill’s Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint, and Beyond, is a great place to start. Here, Hill shows how race, class and vulnerability are some of the main ingredients for police brutality and false arrests.

3. Lyrics: Got slowed down by the weight of my necklace, parked the Lexus in the projects, I’m reckless (JAY-Z)
Objective: To gain a better understanding of the culture of the poor and working class.
Book: Race Rebels: Culture, Politics and the Black Working Class by Robin D.G. Kelley

Lecture: Resistance isn’t limited to marches and fighting legislation. Professor Kelley’s Race Rebels examines unconventional ways in which poor and working-class blacks challenged authority. Kelley explores vast forms of resistance such as slaves hiding and destroying tools, McDonald’s workers wearing their hat backwards and cracking jokes during their work shift, and as Jay’s lyrics suggest, owning material possessions can be seen as a form of rebellion.

4. Lyrics: They even biting cornrows, put your scarecrows up (JAY-Z)

 

Objective: Gaining new perspectives on cultural appropriation.
Book: Soul Thieves: The Appropriation and Misrepresentation of African American Popular Culture edited by Tamara Lizette Brown and Baruti N. Kopano

Lecture: From Soul Thieves, readers are blessed with a collection of essays from scholars who trace both the historical and contemporary birthing of commercialized forms of black culture. Scholars study the impact of hip-hop, television, film, dance, fashion, and sports. Soul Thieves also shows how historically, blacks have always been at the forefront of creating popular culture.

5. Lyrics: I pull up like the Freedom Riders, hop out on Rodeo (Beyoncé)
Objective: A comprehensive history of the 1961 Freedom Riders.
Book: Freedom Riders:[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Raymond Arsenault

Lecture: In 1961, a group of students who dubbed themselves Freedom Riders challenged oppression by riding segregated buses through the Deep South. Despite federal law saying it was unconstitutional to segregate buses, Freedom Riders were met with resistance. Historian Raymond Arsenault documents their journey from personal stories, to the legal action taken, as well as the the organizing of Freedom Rides

 

 

6. Lyrics: Stunt with your curls, your lips, Sarah Baartman hips (Beyoncé)
Objective: Examine the life of Sarah Baartman, and colonial exploitation and racism.
Book: Sarah Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography by Clifton Crais

Lecture: According to Clifton Crais, Baartman was advertised as the “perfect specimen” in European exhibits as the Hottentot Venus. Europeans believed that Baartman was ancient, yet they admired her beauty by exploiting her features in Freak Shows.

Crais also explores South Africa’s genocide, slave trade, Industrial and French revolutions, Napoleonic Wars and racial science in an effort to understand who Baartman was and the impact she had on the ideas of women. It was rumored that Beyoncé would play Baartman in a movie, however, Bey’s reps quickly shut down those rumors.

7. Lyrics: I made my own waves now they anti-Tidal (JAY-Z)
Objective: Examine black men defying the odds in the corporate world.
Book: Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire by Shane White

Lecture: Prominent historian Shane White tells a vivid story of a black man named Jeremiah Hamilton, and how he wily maneuvered through the white world to become Wall Street’s first black millionaire.

Also read Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the making of Black Millionaire, and Richard Potter: America’s First Black Celebrity by Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Hines, and John A. Hodgson, respectively.

8. Lyrics: Hop on the Jet with my Ebony chick (JAY-Z)
Objective: Explore global fight for black freedom
Book: Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom by Keisha N. Blain

Lecture: Yes, Jay’s wordplay is a play on Jet and Ebony magazines, but lets dig deeper. A Brooklyn hip-hop artist hopping on a jet to travel–presumably to another country–shows the global influence of rap music. With that, the fight for black freedom is also a global struggle. Professor Keisha N. Blain, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, in her recent publication, Set the World on Fire, examines ways that black nationalist women fought in national and global politics.

Blain writes:[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“The women chronicled in this book employed multiple protest strategies and tactics. They combined numerous religious and political ideologies such as Garveyism, Ethiopianism, Pan-Africanism, and Islam.”

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Did JAY-Z Address Kanye West Again On ‘Everything Is Love’?

 

Did JAY-Z Address Kanye West Again On ‘Everything Is Love’?

JAY-Z and Beyonce just surprised fans with their new joint album, Everything Is Love on June 16. While the album seems to be an exploration of black love and creativity, Hov may have reserved some time to discuss his past feud and broken relationship with Kanye West. Many fans believe two of the singles off of the latest project address the subject.

The first bars possibly targeted towards Kanye come on the sixth track, entitled “Friends.” Some people believe Jay is subtly explaining why he was a no-show to Kanye’s 2014 wedding with Kim Kardashian.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“I ain’t going to nobody for nothing when me and my wife beefing / I don’t care if the house on fire, I’m dying, nigga, I ain’t leaving / Ty Ty take care of my kids, after he done grieving / If ya’ll don’t understand that, we ain’t meant to be friends,” he raps, alluding to problems within his own marriage.

Many think JAY-Z also addressed Kanye in the song “Boss,” particularly criticizing Ye’s business sense.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“Hundred million crib, three million watch, all facts / No cap, false nigga you not a boss, you got a boss / Niggas getting jerk, that shit hurts, I take it personally / Niggas rather work for the man than to work with me /Just so they can pretend they on my level, that shit is irkin’ to me / Pride always goeth before the fall, almost certainly,” he raps.

While the subjects of these singles have not been confirmed, it would not be too surprising if Jay was speaking to Kanye. The rapper has previously talked about his relationship on a number of different outlets, including The Rap Radar Podcast. He also spoke on the situation in his solo album,[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]4:44. Additionally, Kanye recently spoke on JAY-Z during his interview with Charlamagne Tha God in Apr.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]2018, so this could be a response to that.

 

Everything Is Love is is currently streaming on Tidal.

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June 17, 2018 Watch JAY-Z & Beyonce’s New “Ape Sh*t” Music Video

Watch JAY-Z & Beyonce’s New “Ape Sh*t” Music Video

Watch JAY-Z & Beyonce’s New “Ape Sh*t” Music Video

After causing an uproar with the release of their surprise album, Everything is Love, The Carters also offered the project’s first video for “APESH*T.”

In the video, directed by Ricky Saiz at The Louvre in Paris, Hov and Queen Bey hit up the historic art gallery with their performance before iconic art. With dancers lining the Augustinian-inspired hallways of The Louvre, the Carters remind corporate America just how thorough they are as they address NFL and Grammy’s.

“I said no to the Superbowl/You need me, I don’t need you/Every night we in the end zone/Tell the NFL we in stadiums too/Last night was a fucking zoo/Stagediving in a pool of people/Ran through Liverpool like a fucking Beatle/Smoke gorilla glue like it’s fucking legal/Tell the Grammy’s fuck that 0 for 8 shit,” raps Jay Z.

The Carters are currently on their ‘OTR II tour.’ The tour will run through Europe and North America as well as make pitstops in the U.S. Beyonce recently headlined the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, in April with a show-stopping set that fans branded “Beychella.”

Watch the video below.