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Jazmine Sullivan says making music in the recording studio is an "intensely personal experience" for her.

The R&B songstress opened up in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine about her songwriting process, which includes soul searching and channeling her personal drama into her music.

She is able to "talk about things that (she) wouldn't normally have talked about" through her music.

Toward the end of 2019, her mother, Pam, who once co-managed Jazmine's music career, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Jazmine also endured years in an abusive relationship that ended not long before the pandemic shut down the music industry last year.

"When I'm making music and I'm in a studio, it really feels so personal. I'm just literally telling my story, and it's for me. I know people are going to hear it, but it's just me getting out these thoughts and these feelings that are inside of me."

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Jazmine's EP album, Heaux Tales, released on January 8, 2021, is described as her "fourth and bleakest" album to date.

Heaux Tales won Album of the Year at the 2021 BET Awards, and spawned the hit songs "Lost One" and "Pick Up Your Feelings."

The EP is her first release since 2015's critically-acclaimed Reality Show.

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Themes on Heaux Tales include feminism, sexuality, classism, and body-shaming, which are all personal to Jazmine.

Among Jazmine's favorite songs on her 14-song EP is "The Other Side" - which tackles the contradictory body image feelings that women experience.

The 34-year-old Philadelphia native topped Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2008 with her debut album, Fearless.

The album was certified gold by the RIAA and spawned four singles, including "Bust Your Windows" and "Need U Bad."
 

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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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