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The 2018 MTV Video Music Award Nominations are now out. Cardi B leads the nominations with 10. With the year she has had this should come at no surprise. The new mother is nominated for  Best Video and Song,Artist of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Collaboration with Bruno Mars. The Carters(Jay-Z & Beyonce) are nominated  for 8 for their hit single "ApeS**t" off of their collab album Everything in Love. Childish Gambino & Drake are nominated for 7 a piece. Bruno Mars is nomiated for 6 awards. Ariana Grande & Camila Cabello are both nominated for 5 each. The VMAs will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York on Monday, Aug. 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Below is a full list of the nominees for each category. 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 MTV VMA nominees:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records

Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records

The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment

Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records

Drake – “God's Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ariana Grande – Republic Records

Bruno Mars – Atlantic Records

Camila Cabello – Syco Music/Epic Records

Cardi B – Atlantic Records

Drake – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

Post Malone – Republic Records

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records

Drake – “God's Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

Dua Lipa – “New Rules” – Warner Bros. Records

Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records

Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar” – Republic Records

 

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®)

Bazzi – iamcosmic/Atlantic Records

Cardi B – Atlantic Records

Chloe x Halle – Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records

Hayley Kiyoko – Atlantic Records

Lil Pump – Warner Bros. Records

Lil Uzi Vert – Atlantic Records

 

BEST COLLABORATION

Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be” – Warner Bros. Records

Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records

The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment

Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” – Epic Records/Nuyorican Productions

Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255” – Def Jam Recordings

N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” – i am OTHER/Columbia Records

 

PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR

JULY 2018 – Chloe x Halle – Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records

JUNE 2018 – Sigrid – Island Records

MAY 2018 – Lil Xan – Columbia Records

APRIL 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko – Atlantic Records

MARCH 2018 – Jessie Reyez – Island Records

FEBRUARY 2018 – Tee Grizzley – 300 Entertainment

JANUARY 2018 – Bishop Briggs – Island Records

DECEMBER 2017 – Grace VanderWaal – Syco Music/Columbia Records

NOVEMBER 2017 – Why Don’t We – Atlantic Records

OCTOBER 2017 – PRETTYMUCH – Syco Music/Columbia Records

SEPTEMBER 2017 – SZA – TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records

AUGUST 2017 – Kacy Hill – Def Jam Recordings

JULY 2017 – Khalid – RCA Records

JUNE 2017 – Kyle – Atlantic Records

MAY 2017 – Noah Cyrus – Republic Records

 

BEST POP

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records

Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry” – Island Records

Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records

P!nk – “What About Us” – RCA Records

Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Island Records

 

BEST HIP HOP

Cardi B ft. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi” – KSR/Atlantic Records

The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment

Drake – “God's Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

J. Cole – “ATM” – Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope Records

Migos ft. Drake – “Walk It Talk It” – Quality Control/Capitol Records

Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li” – Young Money/Cash Money Records

 

BEST LATIN

Daddy Yankee – “Dura” – El Cartel Records/UMLE

J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente” – UMLE/Republic Records

Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” – Epic Records/Nuyorican Productions

Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa” – UMLE/Republic/Island/Universal Music Latino

Maluma – “Felices los 4” – Sony Music Entertainment US Latin

Shakira ft. Maluma – “Chantaje” – Sony Music Entertainment US Latin

 

BEST DANCE

Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” – Geffen Records

Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss” – Columbia Records

The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me” – Disruptor Records/Columbia Records

David Guetta & Sia – “Flames” – Atlantic Records

Marshmello ft. Khalid – “Silence” – RCA Records/Ultra Records

Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)” – Interscope Records

 

BEST ROCK

Fall Out Boy – “Champion” – Island Records

Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” – RCA Records

Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes” – KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records

Linkin Park – “One More Light” – Warner Bros. Records

Panic! At The Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” – Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records

Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water” – Interscope Records

 

VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE

Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records

Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – “Liberated” – Columbia Records

Drake – ‘God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

Janelle Monáe – “PYNK” – Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records

Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper” – Island Records

Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255” – Def Jam Recordings

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains” –  Def Jam Recordings – Cinematography by Pau Castejón

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” –  Republic Records – Cinematography by Scott Cunningham

The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Cinematography by Benoit Debie

Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Cinematography by Larkin Seiple

Eminem ft. Ed Sheeran – “River” – Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Cinematography by Frank Mobilio & Patrick Meller

Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Island Records – Cinematography by Jonathan Sela

 

BEST DIRECTION

The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Directed by Ricky Saix

Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Directed by Hiro Murai

Drake – “God's Plan” –  YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records – Directed by Karena Evans

Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” –  Atlantic Records – Directed by Jason Koenig

Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton – “Say Something” –  RCA Records – Directed by Arturo Perez Jr.

Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Island Records – Directed by Jay Martin

 

BEST ART DIRECTION               

The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Art Direction by Jan Houlevigue

Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Art Direction by Jason Kisvarday

J. Cole – “ATM” –  Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope Records – Art Direction by Miles Mullin

Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” –  Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records – Art Direction by Pepper Nguyen

SZA – “The Weekend” –  TDE/RCA Records – Art Direction by SZA and Solange

Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” –  Big Machine Records – Art Direction by Brett Hess

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” –  Republic Records – Visual Effects by Vidal and Loris Paillier for Buf

Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” –  Geffen Records – Visual Effects by KPP

Eminem ft. Beyoncé – “Walk On Water” –  Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Visual Effects Supervisor Rich Lee for Drive Studios

Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars” –  TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier for BUF Paris

Maroon 5 – “Wait” –  222/Interscope Records – Visual Effects by TIMBER

Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Big Machine Records – Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” –  Atlantic Records – Choreography by Phil Tayag & Bruno Mars

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” –  Syco Music/Epic Records – Choreography by Calvit Hodge and Sara Bivens

The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Jaquel Knight

Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Choreography by Sherrie Silver

Dua Lipa – “IDGAF” –  Warner Bros. Records – Choreography by Marion Motin

Justin Timberlake – “Filthy” –  RCA Records – Choreography by Marty Kudelka, AJ Harpold, Tracy Phillips, and Ivan Koumaev

 

BEST EDITING

Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” –  Atlantic Records – Editing by Jacquelyn London

The Carters – “APES**T” –  Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Taylor Ward and Sam Ostrove

Childish Gambino – “This Is America” –  mcDJ / RCA Records – Editing by Ernie Gilbert

Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” – Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records – Editing by Deji Laray

N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” –  i am OTHER/Columbia Records – Editing by Taylor Ward

Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” –  Big Machine Records – Editing by Chancler Haynes for Cosmo

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After releasing a successful album with Daytona, Pusha T is back with another release but this time on the technology side.  He teams up with Summer Watson, Max Batt, and Lynette Perkins for the business, design, and tech for the app. Pusha T being a hip-hop veteran will provide the Culture. Heir will let u give feedback on tracks and you can be rewarded "Crowns" which can be exchanged for real money. Fans can use those crown for early or exclusive access to tour stops and music releases. Up and coming artists can use their "crowns" to gain the attention of a tastemaker or another artist. This site looks to be one to change the culture on how we as fans listen to music and how those in power can find new music. I'm excited for the app and I've put in my bid for early access. Sign-ups are here

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Worcester, Massachusetts representative Arichussettes links up  with rap legend Block McCloud from Army of the Pharaohs to release their recent collaboration album "The Cloud and The Reign". If you are looking for quality hip-hop with some fire lyrics and production this is it. In an era of rap where much music is recyclable this is one album a true hip-hop head will appreciate due to it's concrete replay value.
 

 

 

 

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Insane has a flow that’s crazy! His rap influences include Jay-Z, Yo Gotti, Moneybagg Yo and Three 6 Mafia. When it comes to hip hop he says, ”Hip hop is a lifestyle to me. It’s a voice of the struggle, pain, happiness and goals you set to achieve.” The up and coming rapper is working day and night to create music that can last for decades. He is currently finishing up his upcoming album titled, ”Real Life” and also plans to release a new single titled, ”Stack It Up”. Right now, fans can stream or download his latest single, ”Zoned Out”. The single is considered to be the perfect party or club anthem, especially on a Friday or Saturday night. If you haven’t seen Insane perform live, you’re in luck. The rapper is set to hit the stage at the Clarksdale Civic Auditorium on August 11th. Being on stage in stadiums, auditoriums and arenas is a good look for any up and coming independent artist. Insane is well on his way to being the next rap mogul that the music industry needs.

 

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October's Very Own, Aubrey Graham aka Drake is succeeding all expectations for his latest album Scorpion. Drake is now the 1st artist to have 1 billion streams in a single week. Before Drake, Post Malone came pretty close with his latest album Beerbongs & Bentleys with just under 700 million streams. These numbers are crazy. Hands down he should have the No.1 album on the Billboard Hot 100 once all the numbers come in. This has me wondering is 1 Trillion streams possible? Time will tell. 

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Shawn Archer-Passport

 

 

 

 

Shawn Archer’s new single, #Passport, has the ladies ready for #BAEcation mode and the fellas looking forward to sundress and swimsuit season. 

 

If you have your passport, this song will have you ready to add some new stamps, take some selfies, catch flights and feelings! If you don’t have your passport, we predict an influx in passport applications after hearing this track. 

 

Some have said this is 2018’s Official Summer Anthem. The newly released single is available on ALL streaming platforms. Check it out and tell us what you think! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow Shawn Archer on IG and Twitter at @iamshawnarcher 

 

Stay connected with all updates and new music via iamshawnarcher.com

 

#ShawnArcher #Passport 

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Is B.o.B done with music? Last night, he released his final album, Naga.

 

Comprised of 10 tracks, the No Genre release features appearances from London JaeWaka Flocka, and more.

The first video to be released from the album is the provocative "Good Ni**er Sticker." 

This is how music is supposed to be made. B.o.B continues to one of the most talented artist out the South. Very underrated

 

 

 

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Cardi B continues to amaze me. Her road to stardom and success is really that of a storybook. Last year, She received her 1st Billboard Topping record with "Bodak Yellow" which to date is 6x Platinum. Being a new female rap artist and achieving a Top 100 on basically your first record is groundbreaking. Now she has reached the history books as her latest record "I LIKE IT" (FEAT. J BALVIN & BAD BUNNY) is #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. This makes Cardi B the first ever female rapper to have two #1 songs in their career. It's not easy as a female rap artist to do this. We have seen male counterparts such as Drake, Jay-Z, and Kanye West to name a few to achieve this feat. With other tracks like "Be Careful" still getting constant play on the radio, don't be surprised if she gets a 3rd track on hit #1. 

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Akron, Ohio native LeBron James has made his 3rd decision in the free agency market.  He is taking his talents to the West Coast as he signs a 4-year $153.3M deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. LBJ is fresh off a NBA Finals disaster where his then former team, Cleveland Cavaliers, was swept by the reigning champion Golden State Warriors. The 4 year MVP and 14-year All-Star won't be heading their alone. After announcing that he would be headed to the Lakers, Lance Stephenson,Rajon Rondo, and Javale McGee all announced they would be heading to L.A. via free agency on 1-year deals. James,33, came back Cleveland 4 seasons ago after leaving Miami and accomplished one of his goals: Bringing a Championship Back Home. In 2016, he and former teammate Kyrie Irving defeated the Golden State Warriors rallying back from a 3-1 deficit. Now King James is in the Western Conference with tougher competition than the Eastern Conference. This just may be his most challenging test in his career.

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Young Buck is ready to set the streets and online on fire, as on July 3rd, 2018 he will be releasing his new project "10 Plugs". Constantly working and dropping consistent material, he has generated a heavy buzz for this project and fans are loving his new single "Can't Lose" ft. Twanee. The hip-hop legend is heavily known for being an established name and being a part of one of the biggest movements in hip-hop with G-Unit. Staying busy as usual and working on his solo endeavors, he can't wait to give you "10 Plugs" for his loyal hardcore fans.

10 Plugs by Young Buck Pre-order link

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/10-plugs/1403902900

Check out his recent visual!

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Chance the Rapper joins the season finale of "Open Late with Peter Rosenberg," where he talks about working on new music with Kanye West and Childish Gambino, his relationship with Dave Chappelle, love for Lil Wayne, appearances on "SNL" and much more. Plus, RealLifeKaz and Kathy Iandoli sit with Rosenberg to debate the song of the summer and rank the recent Kanye West-produced releases. And, as always, araabMUZIK flexes his skills on the MPC.

 

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