Jay Z has been nominated for entry to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, making him the first rapper to be up for the award.
Songwriters become eligible for induction into the prestigious organization after having a songwriting career that spans at least 20 years, and 2016 marked the twentieth anniversary of the release of Jay Z’s debut album – Reasonable Doubt – released in 1996.
The Oscar nominations are in – and there were no black actors selected in any of the 20 slots in the four acting categories.
“It almost seems like a sequel to last year,” ,president of the African American Film Critics Association, Gil Robertson, stated. “Certainly, the people who were nominated gave performances that were deserving of noms. But one would have hoped that given the nominations a film like Straight Outta Compton has received from other guilds, it would have received a best picture nomination. That just leaves you scratching your head, because there is overlap between the Academy and the other groups. So where does the disconnect take place?”
Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar are amongst the nominees for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Taylor Swift snagged nine nominations, Ed Sheeran, six – Beyoncé, five – Kendrick Lamar, four – and Nicki Minaj also nabbed three.
Beyoncé’s “7/11” visuals will compete for Video of the Year with Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” clip (featuring Kendrick), Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” (featuring Bruno Mars).