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Rapper Kid Cudi paid tribute to the late grunge rock singer Kurt Cobain by wearing a floral sundress on Saturday Night Live.

The rapper performed "Tequila Shots" and "Sad People" on SNL. He confirmed on Sunday that the dress was in tribute to the Nirvana front man and guitarist, who took his own life in 1994.

Cobain was fond of wearing dresses during live performances.

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Cudi's floral print frock was designed by Louis Vuitton's Virgil Abloh for Kid Cudi's first-ever appearance on SNL on April 10.

"Virgil designed the dress for me. I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt w a floral print sundress and this man made a masterpiece," he tweeted on April 11. "Thank You @virgilabloh ur a f---in genius!! Love you man we did it!!!"

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Cudi excitedly announced that he was partnering with Abloh for a fashion line that included similar dresses for men.

He tweeted: "doin a collection w Off White and the dress will be included!!"

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Some rap purists shed tears when they watched Cudi come out onstage in a dress. "We lost," said one diehard hip-hop fan. "He's an underground rapper. He didn't have to do this.

But others praised Cudi for breaking the tradition of homophobia in hip-hop.

One fan tweeted: "That dress is beautiful and you WORKED IT !!!"

Another wrote: "9 out of 10 people on this feed have no idea who "Kurt" is and is more interested in you wearing a dress. Like this is some social justice thing. Kurt was punk rock."

While a third user wrote: "Don't you think maybe he did it to get people talking I'm pretty sure it has something to do with mental health issues too."

See Cudi's performance below.
 

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Legendary singer/songwriter, Maxwell, celebrated his 25th anniversary album, Urban Hang Suite, with his very good friend Ryan Cameron on Majic 107.5/97.5 radio in Atlanta on Monday.

They discussed what the album meant at that time, and how it inspired the next generation of R&B.

Maxwell explained why he turned down a Verzuz battle against D'Angelo in March.

Maxwell said it "was a question of timing". He was also dealing with the loss of family members to Covid-19.

"I got love for my brothers and I know that the people needed something. I did my best and my best wasn't able to come through in that way," he said.

"So, I couldn't commit to it at the time, but I'm always open to doing anything I can to bring entertainment to the people that I love and respect who have made my life what it is for sure."

Maxwell told Ryan he got the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine the day before the interview and he's still feeling the effects from the shot.

Listen to a snippet of the interview below.
 

Click here to hear the full interview. Maxwell and Ryan discuss:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic
  • If he's heard Tank's latest single, "Can't Let It Show"
  • Watching the Derek Chauvin trial
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    Lil Scrappy returns to the rap game with a new banger titled "GA/FL" featuring Florida rapper Tom G.

    Scrappy took time off from rapping to star in Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and to raise a family with wife and fellow rapper, Adi Benson AKA Bambi.

    Scrappy, best known as one of the "founding fathers" of "Crunk" music in his native ATL, brings the energy back with this Louney G-produced record.

    Hailing from the mean streets of Cleveland Ave, Lil Scrappy created this record to compare and contrast the most known southern states, Georgia and Florida.

    Lil Scrappy and Florida heavy-hitter and OG, Tom G, go bar for bar on what life is like in the harsh streets of Atlanta and Tampa.

    In the music video, filmed by Todd Uno, the viewer is taken on a brief nostalgic trip to the "Crunk" era where you see old school whips on 30-inch rims, gold slugs, chains, jerseys, red cups and more.

    Lil Scrappy reps his hood in Atlanta, citing lines such as "You slackin. My young n\*ggas ready and active. You talkin' big money you cappin'. We eat up the block while you snackin." The duo wrap up the video shoot at Diamond Strip Club on Atlanta's northwest side.
     

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    Lil Nas X dropped a controversial music video for his song titled "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)."

    Like most of Nas X's tracks, "Montero" is forgettable, but people will be talking about the music video for months.

    Ahead of the music video release, Lil Nas X wrote:

    "bro i wrote this song myself, co-directed the video, and had to step way out of my comfort zone for this moment to take place tonight! i hope you guys love it! F*CKK I CANT WAIT!!!"

    For many viewers the music video was disturbing and unsettling. Many described the video as "demonic" and many prayed for Lil Nas X's soul.

    Some fans compared a few of the scenes to singer FKA Twig's music video for her 2019 song "Cellophane."

    One Twitter fan wrote: "Lil Nas X being unapologetically BLACK & GAY, giving queer kids someone to look up to AND pissing of homophobes in the process..."

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    On a positive note, Nas X's biological father sent him a text praising his effort: "Very creative video. I got through it. Congratulations. Live life on your terms. Very PROUD of you."

    In an open letter on Instagram to his 14-year-old self, Nas X wrote:

    "I wrote a song with our name in it. It's about a guy I met last summer. i know we promised to never come out publicly, i know we promised to never be 'that' type of gay person, i know we promised to die with the secret, but this will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist."

     

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    Prince's ashes will be put back on display at his Paisley Park estate to allow fans to pay their respects on the fifth anniversary of his death.

    The "Purple Rain" legend's compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota was turned into a museum following his untimely passing on April 21, 2016, when a custom-made urn was placed in the middle of the atrium.

    The urn remained on display for a few months, until his family members requested his ashes be removed from public view.

    But now Paisley Park officials have announced plans to give the urn a prime viewing spot for the upcoming anniversary, when a total of 1,400 people will be allowed into the museum free of charge.

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    "We celebrate his life and legacy every day at Paisley Park, a place that Prince wanted to share with the world," Paisley Park Executive Director Alan Seiffert said in a statement.

    "So, on this day especially, we acknowledge the incredible force and inspiration Prince is in people's lives and open up our doors for them to pay their respects."

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    Fans can reserve one of 70 time slots, gaining admission to the atrium for 30 minutes on April 21. Only 20 people will be allowed entry per slot, with regular tours of the whole property suspended for the day.

    An online memorial will also be available to fans unable to attend in person.

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    In 2019 your auntie told you pop singer Rihanna had retired from the music industry to focus on her business empire.

    At the time, she had just signed a lucrative deal with LVMH, the world's largest luxury goods company and parent company of Louis Vuitton (that deal has since been canceled).

    In 2019, a record label source who reached out to Sandrarose.com confidentially was upset because RiRi's refusal to book studio time was jeopardizing his job.

    Within days, the singer's camp issued a statement saying she would release an "absolutely insane" new album.

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    In September 2019, it was announced Rihanna had signed a record deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. In December 2019, Rihanna hinted she was finishing up a new album and she planned to announce the release date in an Instagram post.

    On March 27, 2020 she was featured on Canadian artist PartyNextDoor's song "Believe It" -- but her fans couldn't believe there was still no new album.

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    On Wednesday, Rihanna hinted she's gearing up to release a new single "soon".

    The "Umbrella" singer shared a video honoring her career for Women's History Month on her Instagram which focused on her Anti era.

    She wrote in the caption:

    "Grateful to the most High for putting die hard supports in my circle... Congrats to everyone that contributed to this era (Anti), thank you team."

    But many of her followers signaled they have lost patience with her. How long does she expect them to wait for a new album?

    One follower commented: "celebrate by releasing a song", to which she replied: "I think I should" with the soon arrow emoji.

    The Diamonds hitmaker then added: "just 1 tho lol."

    Another vexed fan suggested she should celebrate coming out of retirement by releasing her long-awaited ninth studio album. To which she replied in Patois: "Lemme have me moment nuuuhhh??? Lol."

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    The "Work" singer hasn't released an LP since Anti, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in January 2016. But she insisted she is "always" working on her music and despite fans' pleas for her to share her latest material, she claims she wants to wait until she's completely satisfied.

    Annoyed that the few fans she has left are clamoring for a new album, the 33-year-old retired singer wrote:

    "I'm always working on new music. Just because I haven't released an album in a few years doesn't mean I haven't been working on it. I'm not just going to put music out because people are craving it."

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    And with that, Rihanna -- who earns multi-millions selling makeup, clothes and shoes -- officially turned her back on her fans.

    Rihanna's Discography

  • Music of the Sun (2005)
  • A Girl like Me (2006)
  • Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)
  • Rated R (2009)
  • Loud (2010)
  • Talk That Talk (2011)
  • Unapologetic (2012)
  • Anti (2016)
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    The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards was dubbed the "woke" Grammys and the "Pandemic Grammys" for its emphasis on politics, coronavirus vaccines, and social justice issues.

    Anderson .Paak deservedly won the Grammy Award for Best Melodic Rap Performance for his critically acclaimed single "Lockdown".

    The esteemed singer, songwriter and producer released his highly regarded single "Lockdown" earlier this year on Juneteenth via Aftermath Entertainment, exclusively distributed by 12Tone Music, LLC.

    Inspiration for the song came from .Paak's participation in a Los Angeles Black Lives Matter protest where peaceful protestors were being shot with rubber bullets by the police.

    The song was accompanied by the Grammy-nominated video directed by Dave Meyers featuring Andra Day, Jay Rock, Syd, SiR, Dumbfoundead & Dominic Fike.

    .Paak is now a 4-time Grammy winner. He won Best R&B Album for Ventura (2019) and Best R&B Performance for "Come Home" featuring rapper Andre 3000. He won his first Grammy in 2019 for Best Rap Performance for his song, "Bubblin'".
     

     

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    Singer/songwriter H.E.R. (right) shared Song of the Year Grammy Awards for the song "I Can't Breathe" with Tiara Thomas (left), Jeff Robinson (center) and Dernst Emile II (not pictured).

    "I Can't Breathe" was inspired by the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.

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    Floyd (pictured) died on May 25, 2020 when ex-cop Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes as he pleaded for his life during an arrest for allegedly passing a counterfeit bill in a bodega.

    Chauvin is currently on trial for murder in Minneapolis. Jury selection is still underway.

    The city of Minneapolis settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Floyd's family for a record $27 million last week.

    See the full coverage of the Grammy Awards here.
     

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    Megan Thee Stallion picked up three Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night. She appeared stunned and choked back tears when she realized she'd won the Best New Artist award, making her the first female rapper to win the award in 22 years after Lauren Hill took home the honor in 1999.

    The 26-year-old rapper won Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song award with her "Savage" collaborator Beyonce.

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    Megan thanked her competition, including singer Doja Cat, pictured right, in her acceptance speech.

    "First of all, I wanna say, everybody is amazing. Every artist that was nominated for this award is so amazing." She also thanked God, her team, and her late mother.

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    The Houston rapper also won for the Best Rap Song trophy with her idol, Beyonce. They held hands as the two superstars took to the stage outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

    The rapper giggled through her acceptance speech after the "Crazy In Love" singer initially left her speechless. "If you know me, you have to know that ever since I was little I was like, 'You know what, one day when I grow up I'm gonna be, like, the rap Beyonce'. That was definitely my goal," she said.

    "I remember I went to the (Houston) Rodeo for the first time and I saw Destiny's Child perform and I was like..., 'I love her work ethic, I love the way she is, I love the way she carried herself', and my mama will always be like, 'Megan, what would Beyonce do...?'"

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    Holding back tears, she also thanked Beyonce's husband, Jay Z, for "putting me on Roc Nation", and she added, "My life has changed."

    Beyonce also shared the love, telling Megan, "I have so much respect for you and I'm honored that you asked me to be part of this song."

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    Megan and her "WAP" collaborator Cardi B performed their controversial hit live onstage. Their raunchy performance lit up the CBS Twitter page with complaints.
     

     

     

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    Rap legend Nas won his first ever trophy for Best Rap Album at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

    Nas, born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, finally won a Grammy Award for his hard work and dedication to his craft. The 47-year-old rapper took home the Best Rap Album trophy for King's Disease, which dropped in 2020.

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    Nas' rap career began in 1991, as a featured artist on Main Source's "Live at the Barbeque". His debut album Illmatic (1994) is still considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. He was nominated for a Grammy 14 times.
     

     

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    Beyonce made history as the winningest woman in Grammy history after she won the Best R&B Performance award for her much-criticized single "Black Parade."

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    The "Crazy in Love" singer picked up four trophies, including Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for her "Savage" collaboration with fellow Texan Megan Thee Stallion, taking her career Grammy wins to 28.

    Legendary music producer Jimmy Jam presented the award to Beyonce, stating, "History has just been made. Breaking the all-time record for the most Grammy wins ever by any female artist or any singer, male or female, the Grammy goes to Beyonce."

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    The stunned star, pictured with Jay Z, took the mic and said, "As an artist, I believe it's my job - and all of our jobs - to reflect the times. It's been such a difficult time, so I wanted to uplift, encourage and celebrate all of the beautiful black queens and kings that continue to inspire me and inspire the whole world.

    "This is so overwhelming. I've been working my whole life, since nine years old and I can't believe this happened. It's such a magical night."

    Beyonce's daughter, Blue Ivy, won her first Grammy award for her mother's single "Brown Skin Girl", which was named Best Music Video.
     

    Kanye Omari West won his 22nd Grammy Award to tie with Beyonce's husband, Jay Z, for most Grammy Awards won by a rapper.

    Kanye, 43, won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Jesus is King, which he released to much fanfare in 2019.

    Kanye is just one win away from a setting a record for most Grammys won by a hip-hop artist. The father-of-four, who is in the midst of a divorce from Kim Kardashian, wasn't present to pick up his award.
     

    The 2021 Grammy Awards was hosted by Trevor Noah, host of "The Daily Show," who was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    The 37-year-old TV personality said he hoped the Grammy Awards could signify "new beginnings" as he joked that the show "celebrated the music that got us through the last 10 years of coronavirus".

    He also joked about coronavirus vaccines, saying, the music is "about bringing us all together as only music can. Well, I mean, music and vaccines."

    In fact, the "Woke" Grammys was all about diversity, inclusion, coronavirus and vaccines. Celebrities preached about vaccines, social distancing and mask wearing -- although few stars wore masks onstage or behind the scenes.

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    The 2021 Grammy Awards was marred by controversy, days before the show aired, as singers The Weeknd and Justin Bieber declined to attend for personal and political reasons.

    See the full coverage of the Grammy Awards here.

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    Cardi B deleted her Twitter page again after fans rejected her plans to release a line of dolls rather than a new album.

    Cardi previously deleted her Twitter page in October, after teenage trolls criticized her for taking her cheating husband, Offset, back.

    Her Twitter page isn't actually deleted -- it is only hidden. But Twitter will deleted her page permanently if she doesn't reactivate it within 30 days.

    On Friday, the Bronx rapper expressed disappointment that fans rejected her plans to expand her business empire like Jay Z.

    In a livestream video on Instagram stories, Cardi complained that music videos take a month to produce, while a new album takes even longer.

    Cardi wants to get to the cash flow NOW by dropping dolls "that look like me," and she doesn't get why her fans won't let her be great.

    She explained that music doesn't pay the bills -- particularly since streaming sales of new music online are at historic lows.

    The 28-year-old rapper deleted her Twitter page then complained that her fans are "harassing" her for a new album.

    "People don't get rich, like -- look at Jay Z -- people don't just get rich off music," she said. "I gotta venture off to do something, to do other business ventures. It's f---ing wack every time I do a business venture, you got people harassing me for a album."

    Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

    Ungrateful rappers like Cardi fail to recognize that fans are fickle. They will dump her like yesterday's leftovers and move on to a new artist.

    Listen to her rant below.