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Media Questions Of The Week

Did the Recording Academy deliberately cut off Drake’s acceptance speech for Best Rap Song Of The Year after he told his peers that Grammys were not the real win in their careers? 

Did Disney fail in its creation of Will Smith as Genie for the remake of Aladdin?

Did Jennifer Lopez deserve all the criticism about her performance for the 60th Anniversary Motown tribute at the Grammys?

 

 

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2019 Grammy Performances

The 2019 Grammy Awards surprised many hip-hop fans when Cardi B became the first woman to win the Best Rap Album award. The unexpectedness continued with the award for Best Rap Song was a tie and went to anderson.paak and to Kendrick Lamar, Future and Jay Rock. Drake appeared to upset the event’s producers after he gave his acceptance speech for Best Rap Song and explained how Grammy awards are not the ultimate validator of one’s career and then his microphone cut off and a commercial was aired. It was reported before the ceremony that Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino had declined to perform at the show because of their ongoing lack of recognition for hip-hop artists. The Grammys have historically only presented hip-hop awards outside of the television broadcast but have still wanted the artists to bring ratings to the show as performers. Several online commentators complained about Jennifer Lopez’s Latin-inspired Motown tribute which was defended by Smokey Robinson who explained that Motown’s music was for everyone. Fans were happy with Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day’s Aretha Franklin dedication with a performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” but they believed Franklin, who passed last year, was deserving of more than one song.

Janelle Monáe received nominations for Album Of The Year for Dirty Computer and Best Music Video for “PYNK.” Her performance of “Make Me Feel” was one of the night’s highlights.

Diana Ross celebrated her 75th birthday at The Grammys and performed “Best Years Of My Life” and “Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand).” Ross received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Her actual birthday is March 26th and on that day 700 theaters will play Diana Ross Live In Central Park, a film of her 1983 two-night concert in Central Park. 

 

H.E.R performed “Hard Place” and took home the award for best R&B Album and reminded everyone that she actually released an EP. 

Cardi B’s performance of “Money” and her acceptance speech was considered one of the most entertaining segments of the evening. 

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Media Questions Of The Week

Is Jennifer Lopez the best choice for the Motown tribute at the Grammy’s?

Was James Brown murdered

Who will take home the Grammy for Album of the Year? 

 

 

 

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Media Questions Of The Week

How can the declining sales of hip-hop and R&B CDs make streaming the best option to distribute music when vinyl has been making a comeback for the past 10 years?  

How will the public react to the Leaving Neverland documentary about Michael Jackson’s alleged abuses? 

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Media Questions Of The Week

Is Gladys Knight’s planned singing of the National Anthem at Super Bowl LIII in light of so many protesting the NFL in support of Colin Kaepernick worthy of criticism? 

Will Sony Music delete R. Kelly’s music from the streaming services now he is no longer with the company? 

How much longer will President Trump keep the government shut down over money for the proposed wall to stop illegal immigrants from coming into the county? 

 

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