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Janet Jackson, Keith Sweat, Patti LaBelle and More Nominated For Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Some of the biggest names in music have been nominated for the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Motown Records, Patti LaBelle, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Nat King Cole, Berry Gordy, Keith Sweat and Stephanie Mills are among the impressive list of nominees.

Ten artists with the most votes will be selected to join the Class of 2018. Winners will be announced in February, Black History Month. The first-ever televised ceremony will take place in June, Black Music Month.

In 2016, inductees included Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Manhattans, Freda Payne, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Carl Carlton and The Impressions.

See the full list of Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame nominees below.

Apollo Theater, and New Editions
Barry White
Berry Gordy
Billy Paul
Bobby “Blue” Bland
Gamble & Huff
George Clinton
Janet Jackson
Jerry Lee Lewis
Keith Sweat
Mary J. Blige
Motown Records
Nat King Cole
Patti LaBelle
Peabo Bryson
Stephanie Mills
The Dells
The Drifters

Mary J. Blige Uses Divorce To Deliver Emotional Performance In ‘Mudbound’

As previously reported, Mary J. Blige is set to deliver a riveting performance in the new film Mudbound.

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul has had plenty of emotional situation to pull from for the role, and during a recent run of promo interviews for the movie, she explained how her recent divorce helped her pull even more emotions.

“I was being prepared for this role ever since I was a little kid,” Blige told HipHollywood. “This woman was in my DNA.”

In regards to her split from Kendu Issacs being a driving force behind her powerful performance, Mary added: “I was able to give her all of the heaviness and the sadness and the terrible thing I was dealing with it.”

MJB’s ex-husband recently asked a judge for $65,000 per month in spousal support, explained that she was able to let the character “hold” the pain “and be silent with it. Let everything else explode through her eyes and expression.”

According to director Dee Rees, it was Mary’s soul that instantly drew her to the singer. “I wanted an actress who had an external reserve with an interior vulnerability and Mary has that exactly,” Rees told HipHollywood.

Mariah Carey, Kool & The Gang, The Isley Brothers, More Nominated For Songwriters Hall Of Fame

R&B/Soul legends Mariah Carey, Kool & The Gang, and The Isley Brothers are among the nominees for induction into the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The trio joins fellow nominees John Mellencamp, Tracy Chapman, Jermaine Dupree, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Cliff, Chrissie Hynde, Alan Jackson, Tom Waits, Tom T. Hall, and iconic Compton rap groupN.W.A.

The nomination is the first for Carey, while if inducted, N.W.A would be only the second rap act to enter the songwriters’ organization, following Jay-Z, who was welcomed in earlier this year.

Writers are eligible after 20 years after their initial songwriting successes. Five of the nominees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a gala in New York on 14 June.

Beyoncé Channels Lil’ Kim In IconicC Tribute

Beyoncé buzzed like the Queen Bee this Halloween. ‘Yonce has paid tribute to the iconic rap queen with a series of photos recreating five of the Brooklyn MC’s famous outfits.

Uploading a series of images to her website, Bey showing off the detailed process and the inspiration behind each outfit. “Hip-hop would not be the same without our original Queen Bee,” she wrote in a statement.

First, the superstar rocked a white button-up shirt with Chanel suspenders, red pants, and black shades to look like Kim in Missy Elliott’s “The Rain” video. This look she wore to Kelly Rowland’s Halloween party while her husband JAY-Z dressed up like his late friend, The Notorious B.I.G.

But that was just the beginning. Beyoncé also replicated Kim’s famous blue Chanel hair, which the Junior M.A.F.I.A. rapper wore in a photo shoot for Manhattan File Magazine in 2001. The LEMONADE star went all out, wearing the exact same jewelry and blue contacts to complete the look. She even kept the blue contacts on for her next Lil’ Kim-inspired look. Taking a page out of the Queen Bee’s photo shoot for Today’s Blackwoman, ‘Yoncé wore a blue fur coat over turquoise lingerie.

Next, she also wore a nude bodysuit with strategically-placed fur, remaking Kim’s 1999 Source Awards outfit. Plus, she rocked a neon green fur jacket over fishnets and a matching lime green bra and panties set, which Kim wore on the “No Way Out Tour” in 1997.

The Queen Bee was more than flattered by Beyoncé’s homage. “@Beyonce the resemblance is crazy!!” gushed Kim. “Match made in heaven 👯 Every single detail is on point! I love you to pieces Bey.”

Tamar Braxton Files For Divorce From Vincent Herbert and She Wants Full Custody Of Her Son

Tamar Braxton not only filed for divorce from her husband of almost nine years, Vincent Herbert, she’s also going for his jugular.

The “Love and War” hitmaker filed papers in a Los Angeles court on Tuesday, citing irreconcilable differences for their split.

It’s been rumored for the last year that the couple’s relationship has been on a downhill slide. A low point in their marriage came in August of last year when police were called to the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta in response to a domestic dispute, which Herbert allegedly bit Tamar’s finger.

While promoting her recently released album, Bluebird of Happiness, which is executive produced by Herbert, Tamar said the project was her final effort, insisting she planned to use the time to work on her marriage. We guess those feelings are no longer!

Along with the divorce filing, Tamar is also requesting full custody of their four-year-old son Logan, and according to TMZ, she also asked a judge to deny spousal support to Herbert, who is also her manager, should he file a motion for help with finances. She also implied that there was no prenuptial agreement and she listed their marital home in Calabasas, California as community property.

The divorce news emerged on the same day the season five promotional trailer for the former couple’s reality show, Tamar & Vince, was released online.

In the clip, it’s clear the singer had had enough of struggling through their marriage months ago. She also discusses her final album, Bluebird of Happiness, which she describes as having “everything to do with finding myself.”

“It started off being inspired by my parents’ divorce,” she explains of the song material, “and then it turned into my own life.”

Tamar also discusses her personal troubles with her old friend, Xscape singer Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris, having recently reunited after a falling out months ago.

“I think you should get another manager – before you want to get another husband,” Tiny says, as Tamar takes off her wedding ring and declares, “I’m not willing to live like how I’ve been living.”

Chante Moore to Release First Holiday Album “Christmas Back to You”

Despite having just recently released her seventh studio album “The Rise of the Phoenix”, veteran singer Chante Moore is not showing signs of slowing down. She’ll soon be releasing her first ever holiday album called “Christmas Back to You”. The holiday album arrived on November 3rd, 2017, via Chante’s own record label, CM7 Records, distributed by INgrooves Music Distribution.

The upcoming project consists of five classic remakes and six original songs. Chante’ enlisted the talents of super producers and songwriters, Lil Ronnie, Sic Pen, Felly The Voice, Eric Dawkins and Ronnie Jackson to deliver this beautiful masterpiece. “I am beyond excited to finally be able to release this amazing body of work. I love Christmas and to be able to give my fans something different and from the heart, feels awesome,” says Chante’.

Music lovers will be able to enjoy and sing-along to the familiar Christmas tunes, “Silent Night”, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, “Merry Christmas Baby”, “Please Come Home For Christmas” and “This Christmas Song”. They will also enjoy new songs such as, the lead single, “Cover Me In Snow”, “Santa Don’t Sleigh” and the title track, “Christmas Back to You” among others.

Is Toni Braxton Secretly Married to Birdman?

Fans are wondering if Toni Braxton and Birdman are secretly married. This after a photo popped up of Toni wearing a huge diamond ring on her finger (see the photo above).

The Jasmine Brand jump the gun and is reporting that Toni and Birdman have been secretly married for the at least two months.

“They don’t want anyone to know yet. They’re trying to keep it secret, just like their relationship,” an insider told the outlet. “They tried for as long as they could to deny that they were actually together. It’s ironic that Toni’s sister, Tamar [Braxton], said that she thinks that they’re really married, because they are.”

But the rumor was quickly shot down by Us Weekly. According to Toni’s rep, the 50-year-old singer is “dating” and added that she “has a new single called ‘Deadwood’ from her forthcoming album Sex & Cigarettes. It will be released in early 2018.”

Neither Toni Braxton or Birdman have not addressed their relationship status as of yet.