Posts By Mark Graham

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Nicki Minaj Pushes The Nudity Envelope Further Than Ever Before On Instagram

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Nicki Minaj is not the kind of woman who lacks self-confidence about her looks. Understatement of the year, right? Anyone who follows her racy music videos or even racier Instagram account is well aware that Nicki has no qualms about putting her considerable assets on display for the world to drool over.

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MUSIC SEEN: Janelle Monae Puts Her Fashion A-Game On Display At VH1 Headquarters (PHOTOS)

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One name that you’re going to see a lot of on year-end Top 10 lists once December rolls around is Janelle Monáe, whose The Electric Lady: Suites IV And V is far and away one of the most rewarding listens of the year. In addition to her unquestioned musical prowess, Monáe is also one of the most stylish artists in the game, as you’ll see in the latest installment of VH1′s ongoing Music Seen series. Our ace photog Lauren Weissler spent a recent day trailing the Q.U.E.E.N. as she made the rounds at VH1 headquarters, including a visit with VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer. Enjoy!

[Photo Credit: VH1/Lauren Weissler]

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The 10 Worst Dressed Stars At The 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards

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The 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards aired last night and, as always, the show was very entertaining (particularly those cyphers!). It’s refreshing to watch an awards show where penguin suit-wearing attendees aren’t uptight and nervous, but some of the people at the show—we’re looking in your general direction, Joseline Hernandez, Bambi, French Montana and others!—look like they might have gotten dressed after getting a bit tipsy on Ace of Spades. Take a spin through our gallery and let us know if you agree if these hip hop superstars need to step it up next time!

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Which Of The HAIM Sisters Has The Coolest Nickname?

Earlier this week, we got to know the three sisters that make up HAIMEste, Alana, and Danielle—during the latest installment of Sibling Superlatives. The band is VH1′s latest You Oughta Know artist, and is scheduled to play the inaugural You Oughta Know In Concert special that will air on VH1 on November 21 at 10PM/9C. Before that, though, let’s get to know these ladies a little bit better, shall we?

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Are Back And They Want You To “Retreat”

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are one of the most dynamic live acts that you’ll EVER see perform, which is just one of the many reasons that they were selected to be one of VH1′s You Oughta Know artists back in 2011. It’s been a minute since their last album release, but in January of 2014, they’ll be back with their new LP, Give The People What They Want. The album’s completion was delayed by a few months to allow lead singer Sharon Jones time to deal with a recent cancer diagnosis, but her recovery efforts are going amazingly enough that the band just released a new video for “Retreat” (which you can watch above) AND an upcoming concert.

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10 Videos From The ’90s With Special Effects That Blew Our Minds

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It’s Day Two of TLC Week here at VH1, which means that there are only six more days left until CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story premieres on October 21 at 9PM/8C. As we all know, TLC is widely recognized as being a dominant force in the genre of R&B, but one area where TLC doesn’t generally get the credit they deserve is in helping to pioneer some of the most memorable special effects moments in the history of music videos. In particular, their collaboration with director F. Gary Gray on “Waterfalls” in 1995 blew our (then) young minds when three water creatures morphed into T-Boz, Chilli and Left Eye.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Delta Rae, “If I Loved You”

In the entire history of the You Oughta Know franchise, Delta Rae have emerged as one of our favorite alums. Their debut LP, Carry The Fire, dropped in June of 2012 and we’re still spinning it on the reg. Their chief strength as a group is their versatility, as evidenced by their brand new video for “If I Loved You,” which showcases the powerhouse vocals of Elizabeth Hopkins.

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Get To Know The HAIM Sisters With This Round Of Sibling Superlatives

HAIM is VH1′s You Oughta Know artist for the month of October, and the promising new act just released their debut LP, Days Are Gone (which debuted at #6 on last week’s album charts). If you’re wondering how they chose their band name, well, Haim is also the last name of the three sisters who make up the group: Este, Danielle and Alana. In order to help get to know these hilarious ladies, we asked them to play a little game of Sibling Superlatives with us.

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So How Much Did Britney’s “Work Bitch” Video Cost, Anyway? Three Music Video Directors Weigh In

When Britney Spears‘ video for “Work Bitch” dropped last week, the thing that caught the most attention about it was its reported $6.5 million price tag. That budget, if it were accurate, would make it the second most expensive music video of all-time, behind “Scream” by Michael and Janet Jackson. We say “if it were accurate” because, almost immediately, people began questioning the veracity of the $6.5 million budget, and director Ben Mor was forced to admit to MTV that “it’s not even a fraction of that. It’s 200 percent absolutely false and it’s almost embarrassing to say. The video absolutely did not cost that much.” So, how much DID it cost?

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