Beyoncé Wins Twice and Lil Wayne Debuts New Single at AMAs
Another year, another American Music Awards with a mere handful of Black artists awarded. The 2014 AMAs awarded John Legend with Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B. Juicy J got a nod via his collaboration with Katy Perry on “Dark Horses,” which won Single of the Year. And there was no denying Beyoncé, who took home Favorite Female Artist, Soul/R&B, and Favorite Album, Soul/R&B. But predictably, the performances were the highlights.
Mary J. Blige blazed the stage with her latest record “Therapy,” and Lil Wayne and Christina Milian paired up for a steamy performance of Tha Carter V’s next single “Start a Fire.” Nicki Minaj picked up where Weezy left off with her own “Bed of Lies,” and elsewhere, the girl power anthem “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Ariana Grande. Other highlights: A$AP Rocky wore a small blanket for a scarf as he joined Sam Smith for “I’m Not the Only One;” Wyclef hopped on stage for Magic!’s “Rude;” The Weeknd sang alongside Ariana Grande for their naughty duet “Love Me Harder;” and YG guested Fergie on her comeback single, “L.A. Love (La La).” The lowlight? Iggy Azalea beating out Eminem and Drake for both Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album. Ugh.
Drake Is Opening an OVO Store in Toronto
Drake started from the bottom, now he’s retail. The Toronto rapper/singer will soon break ground on a physical location for his October’s Very Own (OVO) apparel line in his hometown. “Proud of my guy @oliverelkhatib OVO Store opening soon,” Drizzy captioned an Instagram photo, referencing OVO creative director Oliver El-Khatib. The image showed the brand’s trademark owl emblem on a brick wall, above a large, veiled window. There’s no word on when the store will open, but when that day comes fans can likely score tees, hoodies, hats and (hopefully) those infamous lint rollers Drake made viral.
Game Awarded Humanitarian of the Year
Hate it or love it, Game is Humanitarian of the Year, according to Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studios (ABCs). The Compton MC was celebrated for his efforts with his nonprofit organization, The Robin Hood Project, which reportedly donated more than $1 million to the less fortunate. “I am honored & more than appreciative of #ABC for this ‘Humanitarian Of The Year’ award,” Game wrote via Instagram, suited up in a fresh tux. “I was just a poor kid from Compton…. Never thought in a million years I’d have even an extra dollar to giveaway let alone a million. #Humbled.” The 34-year-old rapper accepted the honor on Saturday (November 22) at the 25th Annual Talk of the Town Black Tie Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.