As you know, Pharrell Williams has graced us with his presence by taking over Big Morning Buzz Live all week long! With more than 15 years in the music game, we can’t possibly rattle off all of the hits the spectacular producer has given us. But one thing is indisputable — the man is clearly a musical genius.
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Picture this: you’ve just put in four long years at a college, studying hard and sleeping maybe twice a week. Now the all-nighters and exams are finally behind you, because it’s GRADUATION DAY, BABY! But before you can clutch that super expensive piece of paper called a diploma, the Dean hands one out to an A-lister who’s been making bank and living like a rock star while you’ve spent the last few years eating Ramen and popcorn 24/7! Do you get a little annoyed, or are you pumped to hang with the likes of Diddy, John Legend, Jill Scott, or other famous faces? It’s probably a mix of both!
Colleges and universities are never shy about handing out honorary degrees to some of your favorite celebs, adding a little Hollywood glam to their graduation processions. This past May, a few more were added to the list!
When hip hop music emerged from the South Bronx in the late 1970s it was the indisputable voice of the inner-city African-American and Latino experience. Musically it nodded to the hardest of R&B and funk rhythms and lyrically it reflected the often hardscrabble existence its practitioners and proponents lived. Like other musical forms that deal in real life and death struggles, such as heavy metal and hardcore punk, authenticity was paramount. As its popularity grew however, it escaped the cities narrow streets and the narrow definition of what could be considered authentic hip hop. Though sometimes problematic in a genre so implicitly connected to its original audience and roots, by the mid ’80s hip hop had begun to build a sizable suburban audience and the first white MCs began daring to get on the mic and appear on wax.
The lovely Iggy Azalea has been setting both the charts and our hearts on fire with her brand new album, The New Classic. She’s double trouble on the Billboard Top Ten with her Ariana Grande duet, “Problem,” and also her solo single “Fancy,” which features an awesome Clueless-inspired music vid! Despite her crazy life, she found time to swing by VH1 headquarters in NYC to answer questions and show off her fab fashion.
The four brothers of KONGOS (Danny, Johnny, Dylan and Jesse), may be among the most crush-worthy VH1 You Oughta Know artists, but let’s not forget that these guys know how to ROCK. Just listen to their brand new single, “Sex On The Radio,” for all the proof you need. The guys came all the way from South Africa to rock us in New York City with their unique blend of African rhythms and amp’d up guitars, and we had an expert photo crew on hand to document a day in the life of a world famous group.
-By Georgette Pierre
Last night’s Billboard Music Awards took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, land of fanny packs and sequin jumpsuits. In addition to a Michael Jackson hologram and Robin Thicke desperately trying to get his wife back, there were some incredibly poor fashion choices on the red carpet and beyond.
Everyone knows that flower crowns are the official headwear of music festivals. Something about the warm weather coupled with the sound of music inspires people to commune with nature and weave daisy stems through their immaculately coiffed hair. This weekend at Hangout Fest 2014, we invited folks to tweet photos of themselves with their finest floral headbands. Only five were chosen to be shown on the main stage jumbotron, but there were many more who totally rocked the roses. So we’ve decided to give them all a little shine!
You came, you played, you uploaded your music to Instagram. And then there were 60. VH1 has partnered with Universal Music Group’s Republic Records to create Make a Band Famous, a talent search unlike any other. After two weeks of submissions, we’re ready to move on to the next phase. Who’s coming with us?
Speculation has swirled around the Carter-Knowles family in the wake of surveillance video showing a physical altercation between Jay Z and his sister-in-law, Solange Knowles. Now, amid rumors and ridicule (just take a look at the gallery above), Jay, Solange, and Beyonce have released a statement to the Associated Press.