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It's officially ICY SEASON! On the heels of a global takeover at the EMAs and a stellar debut performance on SNL, multi-platinum star and BET Hip-Hop Awards "Hustler of The Year" Saweetie earned two Grammy® nominations for "Best New Artist" and "Best Rap Song."

The CBS broadcast of the 64th annual Grammy® Awards will air live from Los Angeles on Monday, January 31, 2022.

Saweetie excitedly shared:

"I'm speechless! I wish I had the words to express how I feel right now. I'm just so grateful! Being acknowledged for all of the hard work that me and my team have been doing feels AMAZING. Thank you to Team Icy for sticking with me through thick and thin! What an exciting morning! IKDR!!"

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Last week, Saweetie released a brand-new single entitled "Icy Chain" and slayed her debut performance of it on SNL. People magazine said "Saweetie rocked the Saturday Night Live stage," and Pop Sugar called her performance "electric!"

"Icy Chain" has received widespread critical acclaim. Right out of the gate, Vulture raved, "The extremely twerkable track relies on Saweetie being in the fro-zone – rapping for most of the just-under-two-minute song," and went on to add, "Only Mariah Carey is more on-brand this time of year."

Meanwhile, The FADER noted, "On 'Icy Chain,' she raps confidently." Watch the SNL performance HERE and listen to "Icy Chain" HERE She also recently contributed "Get It Girl" to Insecure: Music From The HBO Original Series Season 5. Plus, she delivers the aptly titled "Attitude" on Bruised (Soundtrack From and Inspired By The Netflix Film).

Saweetie's made an undeniable mark on pop culture. In addition to partnerships with McDonald's, MAC, Crocs, and more, Saweetie won a 2021 "Best New Artist" EMA, MTV VMA for Art Direction "Best Friend," 2021 BET Hip-Hop Award for "Hustler Of The Year" and received nominations for an American Music Award and a People’s Choice Award.

Watch what Saweetie does next. Pretty Bitch Music is coming soon!
 

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New Edition took on the New Kids On the Block for the Verzuz-style "Battle of Boston" during the 2021 AMAs last night.

If you missed it, watch the battle below.

NKOTB hit the stage first, performing "You Got It (The Right Stuff)." Their choreography was tight and they didn't miss a beat.

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Then New Edition dazzled the audience with their fancy footwork while singing their smash hit song "Candy Girl" performed by lead vocalist Ralph Tresvant.

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NKOTB held their own with "Step By Step" and "Hangin' Tough," but NE roared back performing "Can You Stand the Rain." Then Bobby Brown and Ricky Bell sang "Mr. Telephone Man."

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The two groups got together and performed NE's hit "Is This the End," before New Edition segued into "Can You Stand the Rain."

The two groups ended their first ever battle with hugs and kisses while the crowd cheered.

"It's a brotherhood from Boston," New Kids' Donnie Wahlberg told The Boston Globe. "That's how we see it."

Afterwards, the super groups didn't confirm rumors that they are going out tour together.

Question: Who do you think won the battle?
 

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Adele's fans aren't the only ones who weren't excited about her new single "Easy On Me" upon first listen.

Adele's closest friends also weren't fond of her new single when they first heard it.

The megastar made her long-awaited comeback last week with her lead single from her fourth studio album, 30, which shattered the Spotify record for most streams in a single day.

Her friends were the first to warn her that "Easy On Me" was not easy on their ears.

"I sent a snippet of me singing it as I was writing it to three of my closest friends here," Adele told Greg James on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, "One didn't like it, the other one was like, 'Well, yeah, maybe, keep trying though.'"

Adele said she wasn't discouraged by her friends' responses to the tune.

"That was the perfect response for me. I'm such a knee-jerk person. I'll be like, 'I don't like it, forget it!' I'm like that with my music. I'm like that with just things I want to do. I'm like that with my feelings and stuff and I think it was clear to them (her friends) in the lyrics that I've bided my time and I wasn't reacting to a reaction or anything like that.

"It was just a feeling that I had stirred on for a while."

Adele's long-awaited album 30 is set for release on November 19.
 

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After teasing fans with a snippet of her first single in six years, Adele dropped the full song and music video late Thursday.

The 33-year-old British singer released the lead single off her fourth studio album entitled 30, which drops next month.

Fans are eager to see her perform, however Adele is wary of hitting the road to tour during the pandemic, WENN.com reports.

She warned fans they may have to wait longer to see her live in concert while the Covid lockdowns continue around the world.

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She tells The Hits Radio Breakfast Show with Fleur East:

"I'd love to do a big proper tour again. I wouldn't do it quite as long as I did it last time, it was something like 130 odd shows in less than 18 months but, I would love to do that.

"But all the Covid rules are so different everywhere, and sort of like the rates of infection, the rates of vaccine whatever, it's just, it makes me nervous trying to plan a world tour globally when it feels like no-one's really on the same page."

Adele added: "The last thing I would ever want to do is cancel any shows again."

While details of the Rolling In The Deep singer's album are being kept under wraps, she's been vocal about her personal struggles.

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After a tumultuous marriage to Simon Konecki, Adele finalized her divorce in 2019. They share 8-year-old son Angelo.

She is currently dating Cleveland businessman Rich Paul, 39.

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Paul formed a sports agency after leaving Creative Artists Agency in 2012. His clients include NBA stars LeBron James, Eric Bledsoe, John Wall and Anthony Davis.
 

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Kelis released a music video for her new single "Midnight Snacks" - her first single since 2014.

The music video was directed by Adrienne Raquel (Travis Scott, Rihanna, Selena Gomez). The video premiered on Oct. 7 on BET Soul, BET Her and the Times Square Viacom billboard.

Somebody recently told Kelis that she always sings about food. "I was like, do I?" she laughed.

"I mean, obviously I do. It isn't intentional, but the idea is just that food is a very carnal thing. Everyone can relate to it. It's very human, it's sensual, it's something that you crave. And it's sexy."

According to Radio Facts,"Midnight Snacks" was recorded in a studio on a boat in London and produce by The FaNaTix (Nicki Minaj, Popcaan, Vybz Kartel).

Kelis said she was inspired to write "Midnight Snacks" after hearing the beat.

"I heard the beat, thought it was dope, and the first thing that came to mind was 'Midnight Snacks,'" said Kelis.

"The FaNaTix were like, what are you talking about? And I was like, it makes you feel like a midnight snack! And that was it," says Kelis, who added she may keep singing about food.

"It's funny to me, but I like the fact that you can take sex and food, and you can put these two things together, and they're totally interchangeable. I love that."

Kelis' husband, Mike Mora, 36, recently revealed his yearlong battle with stomach cancer.

Kelis has not commented on her husband's cancer diagnosis.
 

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Pop singers Kelis and Adele are trending after teasing their new projects for their fans on social media.

Kelis teased her new single "Midnight Snacks" on Twitter on Tuesday. The 42-year-old "Milkshake" captioned the clip:

"This has been a long time coming... Midnight Snacks is dropping this Friday!! Pre-save."
 

Meanwhile, Adele shared a 22-second clip of an intro to her song titled "Easy On Me" -- along with the release date - October 15.

The B&W clip shows the British chanteuse popping a cassette tape into a tape deck. A piano chord plays while her sheet music scatters to the wind from a truck loaded down with her possessions.
 

Fans were ecstatic to finally hear new music from the pop star who hasn't been heard from musically since her album 25 was released in 2015.

While working on her fourth studio album - titled 30 - Adele took time off to divorce her husband and raise their son. Now she is set to release 30 at age 33.

Not everyone is pleased to hear Adele is releasing new music.

One Twitter user chastised American Blacks for celebrating a British lady while ignoring Black artists right here in America.

"Why don't y'all show the same love & support for our Jazmine Sullivan's, Ledisi's & Lalah Hathaway’s than y'all do for that British lady?"

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Joyner Lucas dropped a music video for his single "Your Heart", featuring rapper J. Cole, on Friday.

In the music video, which Joyner Lucas directed, the cheating rapper stands idly by while his vindictive ex-girlfriend breaks up all the expensive things he bought her.

The video opens with the ex-girlfriend cutting up his sneaker collection and pouring bleach on his clothes. Then she moves to the living room where she pours wine on his luxurious sofa, knifes the cushions, smashes his dining room table, and swings a bat at his computer monitor.

Through the destruction, Joyner raps:

    "I broke your heart, huh?"
    You knew I was a f--k nigga from the start, huh?
    You should've listened when they said I was a dog, huh?
    You should've listened to your head when you had thoughts, huh?"

In another scene, Joyner and J. Cole watch as the vengeful ex romps in the sack with another man.

J. Cole scolds Joyner:

    "You run your b-tch through the mud, you deserve that
    So you can feel it for yourself where it hurt at
    What goes around comes around, I know you heard that
    While you was creepin', tell me, did it not occur that
    There's niggas slidin' in the DMs every AM, every PM
    Used to be like automatic, she would curve that."

 

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Fans of The Fugees had to wait over three hours for the group to take the stage at their first reunion concert on Wednesday, September 22.

The iconic trio's first pop-up reunion show, ahead of a world tour, went down at the Roof at Pier 17, with more than 3,500 devotees in attendance, Variety reports

Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras Michel were backed by a large band, including 13 horns and three background singers for their seven-song set.

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"We're still cooking it," Lauryn Hill told the impatient crowd.

Meanwhile, Wyclef addressed the Haitian immigration crisis at the Texas-Mexico border and he challenged U.S. Pres. Joe Biden to fix the problem during the set.

Among the songs the group performed were "The Score", "Fu-Gee-La", and their signature cover of "Killing Me Softly."

Wyclef closed the show with Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry", with Lauryn - the ex-partner of Marley's son Rohan Marley - backing him on harmony.

The band's reunion tour, "Diaspora Calling," kicks off in Chicago, Illinois on November 2, 2021, and concludes in Ghana on December 18.
 

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Teyana Taylor is bidding farewell to her fans with a final tour.

The 30-year-old singer announced the dates for her upcoming 12-city "Last Rose Petal Tour" on Instagram Wednesday.

The Last Rose Petal Tour kicks off in San Francisco on November 7, and concludes on November 30 in Atlanta, Ga.

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The mom-of-two said she was "lucky" to be able to retire at a young age.

"How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. However for every goodbye God makes the next hello closer. Come out and watch me, leave it all out on the stage... One last time... Just for you & as my last rose petal falls, I say farewell..."

Her last sentence left some fans confused. Teyana reportedly underwent a double mastectomy after discovering lumps in her breasts in Miami earlier this year.

Due to her family history of cancer she decided not to take any chances.

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Teyana and her husband, NBA star Iman Shumpert share two daughters named Iman Tayla and Rue.
 

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The promoter of an Old School" concert in Atlanta has apologized after ticket holders called the show a "disaster" and demanded refunds.

People who attended the "Saturday Nite Old School Music Festival 2021" at Home Depot Backyard in Atlanta on Sept. 11, expected to see Johnny Gill (pictured), The Commodores, and Frankie Beverly & Maze.

Other artists in the lineup included Kool & the Gang and The Whispers.

The crowd started booing when Johnny Gill finally emerged onstage and told them he wasn't performing.

People who left the concert early complained that they did not get what the promoter promised.

Many said the concert began two hours late and unknown artists took up a lot of time on stage.

The promoter of the show, SEMG, has issued a statement apologizing and promising "partial refunds" on a case-by-case basis.

The promoter told Channel 2's Tom Jones that he is considering offering partial refunds.

However, when Jones set up an interview with the promoter to give him an opportunity to give his side of the story, he never showed up.

He also stopped answering the phone calls and texts from Jones.

"This was one of the biggest rip-offs I've ever seen," concertgoer Reggie Nelson told Jones.

Other concertgoers include the wife of Shelley Wynter, co-host of WSB Radio's "Word On the Street," who received her ticket as a gift from her husband.