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Lizzo (left) and Ciara Wilson (not pictured) gave emotional speeches in honor of their good and dear friend, music producer Missy Elliot (right) at her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on Monday, Nov. 8.

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Missy, 50, is a popular rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known for her hit singles, "Get Ur Freak On", "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)," "Lose Control", and "Work It."

She has produced hits for Janet Jackson, Aaliyah, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Destiny's Child, Ariane Grande, TLC, and more.

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Lizzo tearfully told the well-heeled crowd that Missy inspired her to be the superstar she is today.

"I watched you my entire life and I saw a superstar in you, but I also saw myself and I'd never seen myself before," Lizzo told Missy. "You live so boldly and so beautifully and so unapologetically and so out loud. You have no idea what you have done for so many Black girls."

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Holding back tears, Lizzo continued:

"We don't deserve you. We don't deserve Missy Elliott and still you continue to give to us. You've given and given and given with your heart, your genius ... I want to thank you so much for helping me and my career ... thank you for making my dreams come true, Missy. You have no idea what you mean to all of us. We love you, we celebrate you, god bless you."

Missy's close pal, Ciara, also held back tears as she shared her love and respect for Missy. Musicians Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae and LL Cool J sent video tributes to Missy.

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On Tuesday, BET announced three-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Maxwell will receive the Legend award at the 2021 Soul Train Awards.

Award-winning and multi-platinum singer/songwriter Ashanti will be the recipient of the Lady of Soul honor.

"It's an honor to be presented with the Legend award by a community that's been growing with me throughout my career," said Maxwell. “I'm so grateful to be sharing this moment with everyone and returning to the Apollo for an evening of excellence."

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"I'm honored to be recognized as this year's 'Lady of Soul' honoree," said Ashanti.

"This is a full circle moment for me because I received the 'Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year' Award at the Lady of Soul Awards in 2002. As we commemorate 50 years of Soul Train, I'm proud to be a part of this legacy and to return to the Apollo to celebrate."

 

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Singer/songwriter H.E.R. leads the 2021 Soul Train Awards nominations with eight nods.

The Oscar winner will compete with six-times nominated Jazmine Sullivan and WizKid for Best Song, Best Album and Video of the Year honors.

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Tichina Arnold (left) and Tisha Campbell (right) are co-hosting for a fourth consecutive year. The show will honor the 50th anniversary of Soul Train, which made its debut in October, 1971.

The Soul Train Awards will take place at the iconic Apollo theater in Harlem, New York on Saturday, November 20 and will air on Sunday, November 28 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her.

The complete list of nominees for the 2021 Soul Train Awards include:

Song of the Year:

Blxst feat. Ty Dolla $Ign & Tyga – Chosen

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic) – Leave the Door Open

H.E.R. – Damage

Jazmine Sullivan – Pick Up Your Feelings

Wizkid feat. Tems – Essence

Yung Bleu feat. Drake – You’re Mines Still

Album of the Year:

Blxst – No Love Lost

Doja Cat - Planet Her

Giveon - When It’s All Said and Done… Take Time

H.E.R. - Back of My Mind

Jazmine Sullivan - Heaux Tales

Wizkid - Made in Lagos

Video of the Year:

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic) – Leave the Door Open

Chris Brown, Young Thug feat. Future, Lil Durk, Latto – Go Crazy (Remix)

H.E.R. – Damage

Jazmine Sullivan – Pick Up Your Feelings

Normani feat. Cardi B – Wild Side

Wizkid feat. Tems – Essence

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist:

Alicia Keys

Doja Cat

H.E.R.

Jazmine Sullivan

Jhené Aiko

SZA

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist:

Blxst

Chris Brown

Giveon

Lucky Daye

Tank

Usher

Best Collaboration:

Chris Brown, Young Thug feat. Future, Lil Durk, Latto – Go Crazy (Remix)

Doja Cat feat. SZA – Kiss Me More

H.E.R. feat. Chris Brown – Come Through

Jazmine Sullivan feat. H.E.R. – Girl Like Me

Wizkid feat. Tems – Essence

Yung Bleu feat. Drake – You’re Mines Still

Best New Artist:

Blxst

Capella Grey

Morray

Tems

Tone Stith

Yung Bleu

Certified Soul Award:

Anthony Hamilton

Ashanti

Charlie Wilson

The Isley Brothers

Jam & Lewis

T-Pain

Best Dance Performance:

Chloe X Halle – Ungodly Hour

Chris Brown, Young Thug – City Girls

Lizzo Feat. Cardi B – Rumors

Normani Feat. Cardi B - Wild Side

Usher – Bad Habits

Best Gospel/Inspirational Award:

Brian Courtney Wilson

James Fortune

Kelly Price

Kirk Franklin

Maverick City Music

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter's Award:

Can't Let It Show - written by: Kate Bush, Durrell Babbs (Tank)

Come Through - written by: Carl Mccormick, Chris Brown, H.E.R., Kelvin Wooten, Michael L. Williams Ii, Tiara Thomas (H.E.R. Feat. Chris Brown)

Damage - written by: Anthony Clemons Jr., Carl Mccormick, H.E.R., James Harris, Jeff Gitelman, Terry Lewis, Tiara Thomas (H.E.R.)

Essence - written by: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, Oniko Eddie Uzezi, Oniko Evawero, Richard Isong, Temilade Openiyi (Wizkid Feat. Tems)

Leave the Door Open - written by: Bruno Mars, Brandon Anderson, Dernst Emile Ii, Christopher Brody Brown (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic)

Pick Up Your Feelings - written by: Blue June, Chi, Audra Mae Butts, Jazmine Sullivan, Kyle Coleman, Michael Holmes (Jazmine Sullivan)

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Kevin "Coach K" Lee (right) and Ambassador Andrew J. Young were honored at National Black Arts Festival (NBAF)'s Annual Benefit and Horizon Award event on Saturday, Oct. 30.

NBAF hosted their 2021 Annual Benefit and Horizon Awards event in Atlanta, GA. Themed ASCEND, the NBAF honored Ambassador Andrew J. Young with the 2021 Luminary Award and Kevin "Coach K" Lee (Lil Baby, City Girls, Migos, Lil Yachty) of Quality Control Music with the 2021 Trailblazer Award.

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Both men have harnessed their artistic expression to capture the heart of NBAF's story and have contributed tremendously to uplifting emerging talent. The 2021 Horizon Award winners included Jamie Harris (visual art), Victor Jackson (music), and Nakia Stephens (film).

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This year, the awards event took place at the beautiful Guardian Works and was hosted by Lori Wilson of WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News and co-chaired by Beverly Ferguson, Sr. Director of Community Affairs at Georgia Pacific, Carolyn Young, Vice Chair of Andrew J. Young Foundation, and Henrietta Antoinin, Retired SVP of Atlanta Life Financial Group.

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The evening began with guests experiencing a silent auction and cocktail hour hosted by CIROC/Deleon. Immediately following, guests were moved to the main area for dinner and the evenings program.

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Lori Wilson welcomed guests and Executive Director Stephanie Owens and Board Chair Tracey Lloyd provided remarks before the award presentations by NBAF Artistic Director Tiffany Latrice and co-chairs, Beverly Ferguson and Henrietta Antoinin. Guests also enjoyed entertainment from Orchestra Noir, aerialist Christina Ward, the Mad Violinist Ashanti Floyd and Quinn and the Jukebox Band.

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Special guests in attendance included Camille Love (Executive Director, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs), Derek J (Public Figure, Haircare Professional and TV Host) Natalie Hall (Vice Chair of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners at Fulton Country Government), Kwanza Hall (Former United States Representative), Khadijah Abdur-Rahman (Board of Commissioners of Fulton County), Zak Wallace (Local Green Atlanta), Curley Dossman (President of Georgia Pacific Foundation), Andrea Young (Executive Director, ACLU), Steve Skipper (Visual Artist), Chandra Stephens-Albright (Managing Director, True Colors Theatre), Wanda Rodwell (Director of Global Community Affairs, Coca-Cola), Charmaine Ward-Millner (Georgia Power, NBAF Advisory Board), September Grey (September Grey Gallery), and Blythe Robinson (Executive Director, Sheltering Arms)

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ABOUT NBAF:

Founded in Atlanta in 1987 by the Fulton County Arts Council under the guidance of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, NBAF is recognized as the oldest multidisciplinary arts organization in the United States focused exclusively on the arts and artists of African descent. NBAF realizes its mission through partnerships with cultural and educational organizations, governments, individuals, corporate and private funders – partnerships that enable us, in part, to create pathways for success in the arts and in society, especially for those in under-resourced communities with disadvantaged circumstances. The United States Congress honored NBAF as a national treasure in 2008, and in 2018 NBAF received the Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities in Georgia.

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Atlanta's own Lil Nas X returned home this week to celebrate his critically acclaimed album Montero.

Lil was X received special recognition by the Atlanta City Council that honored him by proclaiming October 20 as Lil Nas X Day.

LNX, who was born Montero Hill in Lithia Springs, Ga., was presented with the proclamation by Atlanta City councilman and mayoral candidate Antonio Brown for shaping the city and world with his "artistic influence and transformative music."

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BMI hosted an intimate dinner at The Gathering Spot prior to the event and presented Lil Nas X with two BMI R&B/Hip-Hop awards for his mega-hit "Old Town Road (Remix)" and the catchy single "Panini," a BMI Pop Award for "Old Town Road (Remix)" and a "Million-Air" certificate in recognition of "Old Town Road (Remix)" reaching over one million broadcast performances.

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Invited guests included Chloe Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Catherine Brewton (VP of Creative at BMI), Emil Wilbekin (Founder of Native Son), Shanti Das, Miss Lawrence, Mardrequs Harris of The Southern AIDS Coalition, and more.

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"This is amazing," said LNX, pictured with his father Robert Stafford.

"I would have not have imagined I would be here four years ago when I was in my sister's room on the floor. What else can I say? This is incredible, man. Life just keeps getting better."

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Lil Nas X will perform at State Farm Arena during opening night for the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 22. State Farm Arena was one of the first places to show hometown love while "Old Town Road" was just beginning to explode across the country.

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Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X and Justin Bieber were the big winners at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, Sept. 12.

Lil Nas X took home the night's biggest honor at the MTV Music Awards, held at the Barclays Center in New York City.

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The openly ghey rapper won Video of the Year for "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)", which also landed the Best Visual Effects trophy.

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Bieber won Song of the Year and Artist of the Year. Wearing a black hoodie and oversized double breasted jacket, Bieber said:

"As we all know, there's a lot going on in the world. With COVID, we are living in unprecedented times. Music is a fantastic way to bring people together. We’re all here at the same time."

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Olivia Rodrigo was a triple winner, collecting trophies for Song of the Year and Best New Artist, while Bieber picked up Artist of the Year and Best Pop.

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Other winners include Machine Gun Kelly (pictured with girlfriend, Megan Fox), Global Icon Award winners Foo Fighters, ceremony host Doja Cat, Busta Rhymes, and Twenty One Pilots.

BTS were also among the multiple winners, picking up awards for Best Group, Best K-Pop and Song of the Summer ("Butter"), and Billie Eilish, who shared the Best Latin honor with her "Lo Vas A Olvidar" collaborator Rosalia and the Video For Good prize for "Your Power."

Full list of MTV VMA winners:

GLOBAL ICON AWARD

Foo Fighters

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Justin Bieber

SONG OF THE YEAR

Olivia Rodrigo - Drivers License

SONG OF THE SUMMER

BTS - Butter

BEST NEW ARTIST

Olivia Rodrigo

BEST GROUP

BTS

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Olivia Rodrigo - Drivers License

BEST COLLABORATION

Doja Cat featuring SZA - Kiss Me More

BEST POP

Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon - Peaches

BEST HIP-HOP

Travis Scott featuring Young Thug & M.I.A. - FRANCHISE

BEST ROCK

John Mayer - Last Train Home

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Machine Gun Kelly featuring blackbear - my ex's best friend

BEST LATIN

Billie Eilish & ROSALIA - Lo Vas A Olvidar

BEST R&B

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic - Leave The Door Open

BEST K-POP

BTS - Butter

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Billie Eilish - Your Power

BEST DIRECTION

Lil Nas X, MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) - directed by Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Beyonce, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid, BROWN SKIN GIRL - cinematography by Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammed Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Harry Styles, Treat People With Kindness - choreography by Paul Roberts

BEST ART DIRECTION

Saweetie featuring Doja Cat - Best Friend

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)

BEST EDITING

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic - Leave The Door Open

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Black Twitter imploded after Lil Nas X passionately tongue kissed a man onstage at the BET Awards.

Lil Nas X stunned BET Awards viewers on Sunday night by making out with one of his male dancers after performing "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)".

The openly homosexual rapper closed out his set at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles by playing tonsil hockey with his dancer as the audience cheered.

Not everyone was supportive of Nas X's celebration of Pride Month. Many on social media say Nas X was inappropriate in front of minors viewing at home.

One Twitter user wrote: "Black ppl wouldn't have supported Old Town Road if we knew it was gonna turn into this."

Another user wrote: "It's good that these folks are standing up to this foolishness."

Another user tweeted: "I agree Hundred points symbol percent. You don't have to throw away all your moral compass for 'love is love' ... protecting children is a must r regardless of your lifestyle. I'm glad they are speaking out. It just shows how they expect everyone to go along with the garbage public behavior."

Even members of the LGBT+ community ripped Nas X for the kiss on national television.

The 22-year-old Georgia native clapped back at his critics, saying, "Y'all really like to pretend homosexuality didn't exist in African culture."

Nas X is best known for a remix to his country-trap single, "Old Town Road," featuring country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus, 59.
 

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Megan Thee Stallion (pictured) and mom-to-be Cardi B were among the big winners at the 2021 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Megan picked up four trophies, including Best Female Hip Hop Artist and the Viewer's Choice Award for her Beyonce collaboration "Savage," while both stars won Best Collaboration and Best Video for "WAP."

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Megan was joined on the red carpet by her significant other, rap producer Pardison "Pardi" Fontaine.

But Cardi grabbed the spotlight by revealing she was expecting her second child during a surprise set with her husband Offset's group Migos.

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It was also a big night for singer Jazmine Sullivan, right, who took home the Album of the Year prize for "Heaux Tales." Jazmine posed with rapper Coi LeRay before the show.

Singer H.E.R. was named Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, and Bruno Mars, took home two awards for Video Director and Best Group for his magical collaboration with Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic.

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The awards show, hosted by Taraji P. Henson (pictured), featured a record 18 show-stopping performances from the likes of Sullivan, Lil Baby, H.E.R., DJ Khaled, and Lil Nas X, as well as tributes to Lifetime Achievement recipient Queen Latifah and the late DMX.

Queen Latifah was overcome with emotion as she collected her latest honor and accolade.

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Holding back tears, the rap pioneer and actress took the stage after Lil' Kim, Rapsody, MC Lyte and Monie Love delivered a stirring tribute, and had to compose herself before accepting the honor (see video blow).

"I'm so extremely moved I don't even know what to... I want to thank BET for creating an outlet for beautiful blackness to thrive, to shine. When we couldn't get played on the radio and other places, we couldn't get our videos played in other places, there was BET that allowed us to be in our fullness."

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Latifah, a closeted lesbian, also thanked God, her father, Lancelot Owens, Sr., who joined her onstage, and her late mother, stating, "I've always celebrated the woman because I was raised by a strong Black woman, and raised by a father who loves women."
 

The full list of winners are:

Album of the Year:

Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist:

H.E.R.

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist:

Chris Brown

Best Group:

Silk Sonic

Best Collaboration:

WAP - Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion

Best Male Hip Hop Artist:

Lil Baby

Best Female Hip Hop Artist:

Megan Thee Stallion

Video of the Year:

WAP by Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion

Video Director of the Year:

Bruno Mars & Florent Dechard

Best New Artist:

Giveon

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award:

Strong God by Kirk Franklin

BET Her Award:

Good Days by Sza

Best International Act:

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Viewer's Choice Award:

Savage (Remix) - Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyonce

Best Movie:

Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Actress:

Andra Day

Best Actor:

Chadwick Boseman

Youngstars Award:

Marsai Martin

Sportswoman of the Year Award:

Naomi Osaka

Sportsman of the Year Award:

Lebron James

Viewer's Choice: Best New International Act:

Bree Runway (United Kingdom)

Global Good Award:

Djamila Ribeiro

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Queen Latifah
 

 

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Jaden Smith will be honored by the University of California, Los Angeles for his environmental activism.

The 22-year-old son of A-list actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith will be named Environmental Champion on October 13 by UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

"The climate challenges we face are too big to leave any ideas unexplored. Supporting the very bright minds at the school tackling the toughest problems with intellect and action is the true honor for me and my nonprofit 501CTHREE," Smith told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that he's "humbled and grateful" to receive the award.

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In 2012, the young rapper/actor co-founded the brand Just Water, which uses plant-based packaging and sustainably sourced water. Through his 501CTHREE nonprofit, he has made mobile water-filtration systems available to lower-income minority communities in the U.S, including Flint, Michigan, which has long struggled with lead contamination in its water supply.

In 2019, Jaden Smith opened a vegan food truck to feed healthy, nutritious meals to the homeless in Los Angeles.

Previous recipients of the award include former American Vice President Al Gore and Barbra Streisand.

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Drake will receive Artist of the Decade honors at the "2021 Billboard Music Awards" (BBMAs), dick clark productions and NBC announced on Tuesday.

The record-breaking music superstar holds the title for most Billboard Music Awards with 27. He set the mark after taking home 12 awards in 2019.

Hosted by Nick Jonas, the BBMAs will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC.

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Billboard's Artists of the Decade category ranks the best-performing artists based on activity on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and the Billboard 200 albums tally, as well as social media data and touring revenue from Billboard Boxscore, from Dec. 5, 2009, through Sept. 28, 2019.

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Artist of the Decade Drake By-The-Numbers:

2010 to 2020:

* Nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart - the most of the decade of any artist
* 33 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart - the most of the decade of any artist
* Six No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
* 18 No. 1s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart - the most of the decade of any artist
* 69 top 10s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart - the most of the decade of any artist
* 10 No. 1 albums on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart

Career Chart Records:

* Only solo male with more than 50 career weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
* A record 232 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
* A record 45 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
* A record 22 No. 1 titles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart
* A record 84 top 10s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart
* A record 120 top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

Notable Chart Stats:

* Eight No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
* Nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart
* 11 No. 1 albums on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart

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Oscar winner Chloe Zhao and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris have been saluted among the 100 Most Impactful Asians of 2021.

The non-profit organization Gold House unveiled their annual A100 list of the top Asians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) who have been working to increase representation of their race and heritage in the public eye.

Honorees include K-pop stars Blackpink, H.E.R., Olivia Rodrigo, Gemma Chan, Kelly Marie Tran, and Simu Liu.

"Our leaders can no longer just be great - they must be good," said Bing Chen, president and co-founder of Gold House. "They can't just represent us in celebration - they must also elevate us when we're in pain.

"That's why this year's Gold House A100 List spotlights leaders who were excellent in achievement and eminent in activism. This is, in so many ways, the fight for our lives - and we need fighters who see that."

Those selected for the A100 were picked by a panel of judges, including George Takei, Daniel Dae Kim, Michelle Yeoh, Lea Salonga, Bob Iger, and Michael B. Jordan.

Also making the A100 list for 2021 are: rappers Anderson .Paak and Saweetie, actress Auli'i Cravalho, comedian Ronny Chieng, writer/director Lee Isaac Chung, tennis champ Naomi Osaka, TV personality Padma Lakshmi, and YouTube influencer Patrick Starr.