50 Cent

Hip-hopping at the BET Hip-Hop Awards

Rick Ross

It was a wild night at the taping of BET’s 2012 Hip-Hop awards (scheduled to air on October 9th) in Atlanta on Saturday night as Rick Ross and Young Jeezy got into quite the scuffle backstage. But wait! That’s not all.

There was another “scuffle” between Gunplay and 50 cent!

WTF?

I remember when awards shows were all about going out and having a good time as the fans were able to watch their favorite performers gather up their awards, or pout, as the case may be.

Seriously guys! You have some young fans out there that look up to you and emulate everything you do.

Get a clue!

Having said all that, we should put this in perspective and make it clear that these were scuffles and not full on brawls as was initially reported by website TMZ and others. However, Gunplay and 50 Cent’s was pretty damn close to being a full on brawl.

Initial reports were brawls breaking out with shots fired causing quite a stir. Because of this the “Brawls” are taking center stage and may undermine the awards show airing on October 9th.

So for all you testosterone laden artists out there – You’re not only hurting yourselves, you’re also hurting the genre, the culture, you’re sponsors, and more importantly your fans.

Next time you’re facing your enemy and you want to push, shove, and blow their house down. Stop! Think about everyone else around you and how many people that are relying on, and looking up to, you as an artist, not a gangsta.

Pandora goes to the Grammys

Pandora, Pepsi and The Recording Academy® Provide Music Fans with Inside Look at Best New Artist GRAMMY® Nominees, via Video Series and Genre Stations

Pandora, PepsiCo Inc. and The Recording Academy announced an original content video series showcasing the 54th GRAMMY Best New Artist nominees.

The video series can be found at www.pandora.com/pepsigrammyvideoand the GRAMMY genre stations are accessible at http://pandora.com/genres/grammys.

The Best New Artist video series includes exclusive interviews with the Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, and Skrillex. During the interviews, the artists discuss the evolution of their careers, share their excitement surrounding their Best New Artist nomination and describe their anticipation for the awards show.

“To commemorate the excitement for Music’s Biggest Night with the launch of a dozen GRAMMY genre stations and the first-ever Best New Artist video series is exciting,” said Evan Greene, Chief Marketing Officer, The Recording Academy. “We were pleased to extend this innovative program to Pandora users through our partnership with Pepsi.”

The partnership also offers music fans a GRAMMY mixtape, which can be found at www.pandora.com/pepsigrammymusicand includes songs from nominees and newcomers in various 54th GRAMMY Awards categories.

Pandora GRAMMY genre stations (see below) have been created in conjunction with the series, designed to help music fans celebrate and capture the excitement around the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

The GRAMMY genre stations are based on official GRAMMY categories, ranging from country to comedy, and spotlight current and past GRAMMY-nominated artists. The new GRAMMY genre stations include:

GRAMMY(®) Country: featuring artists such as Lady Antebellum, Toby
Keith, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood.

GRAMMY(®) Pop and Dance: featuring artists such as Adele, Black Eyed
Peas, Coldplay, and Maroon 5.

GRAMMY(®) Rock and Alternative: featuring artists such as the Black
Keys, Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

GRAMMY(®) Rap: featuring artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, Kanye
West, and 50 Cent.

GRAMMY(®) R&B: featuring artists such as Beyonce, Chris Brown, Jennifer
Hudson, and John Legend.

GRAMMY(®) Gospel and Contemporary Christian Music: featuring artists
such as Kirk Franklin, Brandon Heath, Mary Mary, and Matthew West.

GRAMMY(®) Latin: featuring artists such as Calle 13, Intocable, Los
Tigres Del Norte, and Wisin Y Yandel.

GRAMMY(®) Jazz: featuring artists such as Karrin Allyson, Herbie
Hancock, Sonny Rollins, and Yellowjackets.

GRAMMY(®) World and Reggae: featuring artists such as Gilberto Gil,
Femi Kuti, Ziggy Marley, and Shaggy.

GRAMMY(®) American Roots Music: featuring artists such as the Civil
Wars, Emmylou Harris, Keb’ Mo’, and Ricky Skaggs.

GRAMMY(®) Classical: featuring artists such as those from the London
Philharmonic Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera, Paul Ruders, and Yo-Yo
Ma.

GRAMMY(®) Comedy: featuring artists such as Lewis Black, Louis C.K.,
Flight Of The Conchords, and “Weird Al” Yankovic.

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