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Newcomers Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name Macklemore, left, and his producer Ryan Lewis will battle heavyweights Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift for the top prize at the 2013 American Music Awards. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the top contenders at the 2013 American Music Awards. The rap duo is up for six awards, including artist, new artist and single of the year for “Thrift Shop.”
Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri (PRNewsFoto/PMK*BNC) NEW YORK (AP) — Music producer Jermaine Dupri is joining Mariah Carey’s management team.
In this Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, Miley Cyrus performs at IHeartRadio Music Festival, day 2, in Las Vegas, NV. Cyrus’s wild child antics, from being nude in the music video for her first No. 1 hit, “Wrecking Ball,” to her nipple tape at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, have made headlines. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — While Miley Cyrus has a batch of critics, there is a group rallying behind her and praising her as a vital talent: rappers. Pharrell produced several songs on Cyrus’ new album. She has been featured on the latest albums from Snoop Lion and will.i.am. Big Sean requested her as the star of his “Fire” music video. And to top it off, Kanye West invited her to appear on the remix to “Black Skinhead,” his anti-racism rant from his eerie and dark “Yeezus” album.
Lady Gaga arrives at the Versace atelier in Milan, Italy. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File) NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube is launching its own music awards and Lady Gaga will perform at the first-time event.
This CD cover image released by Republic shows the deluxe edition of “M.O.,” by Nelly. (AP Photo/Republic) by Cristina JaleruAssociated Press Writer Nelly, “M.O.” (Republic Records) Nelly’s seventh studio album isn’t a total waste of time if you have the patience to get through the first half.
Ryan Lewis, left, Macklemore, center, and Ray Dalton accept the award for best hip hop video for “Can’t Hold Us” as presenters Iggy Azalea, right, and Lil’ Kim look on, at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) by Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Recently Rapper Macklemore recognized that it is White privilege that catapulted him to success. In a Rolling Stone cover interview, Macklemore, born Ben Haggerty, said, “If you’re gonna be a White dude and do this shit, I think you have to take some level of accountability. You have to acknowledge where the art came from, where it is today, how you’re benefiting from it. At the very least, just bringing up those points and acknowledging that, yes, I understand my privilege, I understand how it works for me in society, and how it works for me in 2013 with the success that The Heist has had.”
This publicity image released by Parkwood Entertainment shows singer Beyonce performing during her world tour on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Parkwood Entertainment, Robin Harper)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Beyonce called in a concert for a moment of silence for Trayvon Martin, rapper Young Jeezy released a song in Martin’s memory and Russell Simmons called for peace after George Zimmerman was acquitted by a Florida jury in the death of the teenager.
An April 22, 2013, file photo shows singer Lauryn Hill walking from federal court in Newark, N.J. Hill has started serving a three-month prison sentence in Connecticut for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, file) DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill began serving a three-month prison sentence in Connecticut on Monday for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade.