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Solange Knowles Takes The Lead In 2017 Soul Train Awards’ Nominations



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Taking the reigns on airing this year’s Soul Train Awards, BET has just announced the 2017 Nominees. With Solange in the lead with seven nominations, including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and Video Of The Year for her LP-cut, “Cranes In The Sky,” Bruno Mars trails behind the songstress with six nominations; as he’s nominated for Song of the Year for his hit single, “That’s What I Like,” and Album/Mixtape of the Year for “24K Magic.”

Other nominees include H.E.R., 6LACK, Mack Wilds, Chris Brown, SZA, and Cardi B, just to name a few.

This year’s Soul Train Awards will be honoring the career achievements of Toni Braxton, who will be receiving the Don Cornelius Legend Award and female R&B trio, SWV will be honored with the Lady of Soul Award. All going down November 5th in Las Vegas, the ceremony will air on BET on Nov. 26th.

View the full list of nominations below.

BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards Nominees

Best New Artist

Kevin Ross

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist

Bruno Mars
Bryson Tiller
Chris Brown
The Weeknd

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist

Lalah Hathaway
Mary J. Blige

Soul Train Certified Award

Bell Biv Devoe
Johnny Gill
Lalah Hathaway
Mack Wilds

Video Of The Year

Beyoncé – “All Night”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Chris Brown Ft. Usher & Gucci Mane – “Party”
DJ Khaled Ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
Solange – “Cranes In The Sky”

Best Gospel/ Inspirational Award

Chance the Rapper
Charlie Wilson
Kirk Franklin
Tamela Mann

Album/ Mixtape Of The Year

Bruno Mars – 24k Magic
Mary J. Blige – Strength Of A Woman
Solange – A Seat At The Table
Sza – Ctrl
The Weeknd – Starboy

Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song Of The Year)

Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow”
Dj Khaled Ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
French Montana Ft. Swae Lee – “Unforgettable”
Kendrick Lamar – “Humble.”
Yo Gotti Ft. Nicki Minaj – “Rake It Up”

Song Of The Year
Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
Childish Gambino – “Redbone”
Dj Khaled Ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
Khalid – “Location”
Solange – “Cranes In The Sky”

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award

“Cranes In The Sky” – Written By: Troy L. John, Solange Knowles, Raphael Saadiq (Solange)
“Location” – Written By: Alfredo Emmanuel Gonzalez, Olatunji Olutomiwa, Samuel David Jimenez, Khalid Robinson, Joshua Scruggs (Khalid)
“Love Me Now” – Written By: Blake Matthew Simon Mills, John Henry Ryan, John Roger Stephens (John Legend)
“Redbone” – Written By: George Clinton, William Earl Collins, Gary Lee Cooer, Donaldmckinley Glover Ii, Ludwig Emil Tomas Goransson (Childish Gambino)
“Versace On The Floor” – Written By: Christopher Steven Brown, James Edward Fauntleroy, Bruno Mars, Philip Martin Lawrence (Bruno Mars)

Best Dance Performance

Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Chris Brown Ft. Usher & Gucci Mane – “Party”
Dj Khaled Ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
Solange Ft. Sampha – “Don’t Touch My Hair”
Wizkid Ft. Drake – “Come Closer”

Best Collaboration

Dj Khaled Ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
Jazmine Sullivan & Bryson Tiller – “Insecure”
Mary J. Blige Ft. Kanye West – “Love Yourself”
Solange Ft. Sampha – “Don’t Touch My Hair”
Sza Ft. Travis Scott – “Love Galore”

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C-Valley EP: Chelley Marie Channels Dynamic ‘Baddie’ Vibes from Boston




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Boston’s rising star Chelley Marie has unleashed her musical prowess with her latest EP, “C-Valley,” and it’s making waves in the music scene. Inspired by the popular Starz series “P-Valley,” this six-track project dropped on August 17th, 2023, and it’s a musical journey you won’t want to miss.*

Track 1: “I Hate A…”

The EP kicks off with “I Hate A…,” a track that grabs your attention from the get-go. Featuring a sample of Mike Jones, Slim Thug, and Paul Wall‘s classic “Still Tippin,” Chelley Marie delivers an unapologetically honest anthem. With lyrics like “If it ain’t money won’t move for it, inspiring bitches like mood boards, I hate a N!gga who acts like his money long, get around me it be too short, blow the whistle on him, that’s a foul play,” Chelley sets the tone for what’s to come—a fearless, tell-it-like-it-is attitude.

Track 2: “Take Care”

“Take Care” sets a different tone, diving into the aftermath of a romantic situation that didn’t go Chelley’s way. It’s a song that many can relate to, with lines like “You were really for the moment, let’s just face it.” It’s a honest moment that connects with the listener on a personal level.

Track 3: “Critics”

“Critics” brings the braggadocio energy we all love from artists. With lyrics like “I’ve got your fav on a waitlist, he gonna do what I say sis,” Chelley Marie exudes confidence and empowerment. This track is the perfect anthem for getting ready for a night out.

Track 4: “Outta Pocket”

“Outta Pocket” embodies the essence of a fashion-forward baddie. Chelley makes a bold declaration from a fashionista’s perspective, asserting, “Cause it’s in me, never on me, pull off anything.” This track oozes self-assuredness and style, making it a standout on the EP.

Track 5: “Boston Richey”

“Boston Richey” takes the EP on a different journey, serving as the ultimate cruising tune. Picture yourself doing 80 mph on the parkway with this track as your soundtrack. Chelley’s unique tone and flow shine through, captivating listeners with her wordplay and undeniable vibe.

Track 6: “Angel Numbers”

As the final track, “Angel Numbers” showcases Chelley Marie’s softer side, concluding the EP on a lighter note. It’s a love song that allows Chelley to pour out her adoration for a twin flame, with lyrics like “triple 7 hit the jackpot, you got lucky with me, loving you feels like heaven, you’re an angel to me.” It’s a heartwarming conclusion to a project that’s been an exhilarating musical journey.

In summary, “C-Valley” is a diverse, fun, and confident EP that introduces us to the multi-faceted talent of Chelley Marie. Each track offers a different facet of her artistry, from unapologetic honesty to vulnerability and empowerment. Chelley Marie has shown us just a glimpse of her potential, leaving us eagerly anticipating what she has in store next. Keep an eye on this rising star, as she’s bound to make a significant impact on the music scene.

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Nay Speaks: “OverSpilt” – A Voice To Get Use To…




Nay Speaks: "OverSpilt" - A Voice To Get Use To...

From the vibrant streets of Boston emerges an artist who’s making waves with her unique blend of lyrical artistry and a refreshing vibe. Nay Speaks the rising star on the music scene, dropped “OverSpilt” as part of her album, Nayborhood Healer, on July 7th, 2023. We first crossed paths with her on the heartfelt track “Everything is Beautiful,” featuring Yanna G, which graced our ears in 2021 and left an indelible mark.

Listening to “OverSpilt,” it’s evident that Nay Speaks possesses a talent that’s both undeniable and unique. Her music carries shades of Noname‘s introspective lyricism and Tierra Whack’s experimental flair, making her a compelling artist to watch.

What sets Nay Speaks apart is her authenticity and her ability to capture the essence of her surroundings. She’s a storyteller, and her narratives are rooted in the experiences of everyday people. She effortlessly blends her personal journey with societal commentary, creating a poignant tapestry of emotions in her music.

In a music landscape that often leans towards the predictable and formulaic, Nay Speaks is a breath of fresh air. Her natural aesthetic and playful approach to her craft give her work a sense of spontaneity and authenticity that’s often missing in mainstream music. She kicks off “OverSpilt” with the cheeky line, “Sim simma, who got da keys to the Benz and the bimma,” setting the tone for a track that’s both fun and thought-provoking.

Nay Speaks is more than just an artist; she’s a cultural force. A poet at heart, her words flow like a river, weaving tales that resonate deeply. Her willingness to be vulnerable through her art is a testament to her commitment to her craft and her audience. Her motto, “Words Speak Life,” beautifully embodies her dedication to the transformative power of language.

As we move forward, it’s clear that Nay Speaks is destined for greatness. Her ability to bridge the gap between entertainment and introspection is a rare find, and it’s one that we should all celebrate. Nay $peaks is not just a rising star; she’s a necessary voice for our culture, and we eagerly anticipate her journey to even greater heights in the music industry.

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Lola Brooke Teams Up with Bryson Tiller on “You”




Lola Brooke Teams Up with Bryson Tiller on "You"

Earlier this week, Lola Brooke teased fans with news about her upcoming collaboration with Bryson Tiller, titled “You.” She took to Instagram to share a sneak peek of Tiller’s verse and asked her followers when they thought she should drop the track.

Now, the eagerly anticipated single and its official video are finally here. What’s more, it features a sample from Foxy Brown’s 1996 hit “Gotta Get You Home,” featuring Blackstreet, adding a nostalgic twist to the track.

Lola Brooke made a significant move earlier this year by signing with Arista Records. Her breakthrough came last year with the viral success of her 2021 single “Don’t Play With It,” a collaboration with Billy B. She continued her winning streak by releasing a remix of the same track in the spring, featuring Latto and Yung Miami. Spring also saw the release of more singles from Lola, including “So Disrespectful” and “Just Relax.”

Don’t miss out on Lola Brooke’s latest collaboration with Bryson Tiller; give it a listen/watch above.

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