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BET Awards Highlights: Chris Brown's Surprise Performance, Beyonce's Triple Win, More!

June 30th, 2014 10:05am EDT
BET Awards Highlights: Chris Brown's Surprise Performance, Beyon
Even though she didn't attend the event, Beyonce was one of the big winners at Sunday night's BET Awards, taking home trophies for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, the FANdemonium Award, and Best Collaboration for "Drunk in Love" with husband Jay Z.

The couple is currently in the midst of their "On The Run" tour and were unable to attend the show in person, but they closed the event with a taped performance of "Partition."

Actor/comedian hosted the show, which kicked off with Pharrell Williams, who sang "Come Get it Bae" with Missy Elliott. The pair also performed their 2003 hit "Pass That Dut...
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20 Of The Dirtiest Rap Songs

June 29th, 2014 6:00pm EDT
20 Of The Dirtiest Rap Songs
Historically, hip-hop has no shortage of raunchiness. For years, hip-hop artists have pushed the boundaries, never being shy about spitting about a 'three-letter word’ – sex, that is. No need to blush yet – that’s what the list of 20 of the dirtiest rap songs is for! The list doesn't include every filthy rap track, but there's definitely a wealth featured in no particular order.

#1 Missy Elliott, "Work It"

from Under Construction (2002)

"Work It" is a crowning achievement for the critically acclaimed Missy Elliott. As addictive and revered as it is, "Work It" is equally risqué, ...
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15 Songs For A Rainy Summer Day

June 1st, 2013 2:00pm EDT
Rihanna
The coming of Summer brings an anticipation of relief from winter blues, shedding of heavy clothes, outdoor activities, and sunny days ahead.  However, if Spring showers sneak a bit into June bringing more rain, just in case, here is our list of 15 songs for a rainy Summer day.

1. “Umbrella” - Rihanna (Good Girl Gone Bad, 2007)

2. “Rain” - Madonna (Erotica, 1992)

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3. “Here Comes The Rain Again” - Eurythmics (Touch, 1983)

4. “It Will Rain” - Bruno Mars (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -Pt. 1, 2011)

5. “The Rain” - Missy Elliot (Supa Dupa Fly, 1997...
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The Greatest Album Released By A Female Artist Is...

June 23rd, 2012 6:00pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Move over Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rihanna. Queen of soul Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You" has topped a new poll to find the greatest albums released by female artists.

Franklin's 1967 breakthrough album beat out challenges from Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and "Dusty in Memphis" by Dusty Springfield to claim the number-one spot in Rolling Stone magazine's new countdown.

Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours," featuring the talents of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, also made the top five, as did Patti Smith's "Horses."

The youngest and freshest artist on the list is Adele, 24...
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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Reuniting To Headline Rock The Bells Festival

May 16th, 2012 3:46pm EDT
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Rappers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are putting their differences aside to reunite and belatedly mark their 20th anniversary at the Rock the Bells festival series this summer.

The Tha Crossroads hit-makers formed in 1991 as a five-piece, but the veteran rappers were reduced to a trio early last year when both Wish Bone and Krayzie Bone walked out of the group to pursue solo endeavors.

Now Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Flesh-n-Bone are planning to celebrate their career longevity by coming together to headline the 2012 Rock the Bells hip-hop concerts. They will perform t...
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Sean 'Diddy' Combs Fuming Over Festival Cancellation

April 10th, 2012 11:27am EDT
Sean Diddy Combs
Rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs has been left fuming after his first Australian gigs were axed.

The hip-hop star was booked to play his first shows Down Under as part of the upcoming urban music festival Supafest, which will stop in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane from April 14th to 22nd.

However, organizers have dropped Combs and fellow headliner Missy Elliott from the line-up after declining ticket sales and he has taken to his Twitter.com page to vent his frustration.

He tweeted, "I wanna come to Supafest but it's not up to me. The promoters never sent the money for the show, I love...
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Missy Elliott To Release 'Block Party' This Summer

February 8th, 2012 8:50am EST
Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott will release her first album in seven years in June.

The hitmaker, who revealed she was battling autoimmune condition Graves' disease last year, was originally due to release the follow-up to 2005's "The Cookbook" in 2007, but the project, then titled "The Countdown," has suffered numerous delays and setbacks due to tracks leaking online.

Now Elliott's longtime collaborator and producer pal Timbaland tells MTV.com she's aiming to make her chart comeback this summer with the newly-renamed "Block Party" - which will be released at the same time as his own solo disc.

He says, ...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Star Kat Graham Lands Record Deal

February 2nd, 2012 3:35pm EST
Katerina Graham
Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham is launching an assault on the pop charts after landing a record deal.

The former back-up dancer for acts like Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams has also starred in music videos for Akon, Nelly, John Legend and Justin Bieber - and now she's preparing to carve out her own music career after signing a deal to release her first album.

In a video posted to YouTube.com, she tells fans, "I am so, so excited to share my big, special announcement with you guys. As you can see I'm in a recording studio... the reason is I am now signed to A&M/Octone Records."

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Q&A: MC Toni Monroe

January 31st, 2012 1:00pm EST
Toni Monroe
Being a female MC is unique enough - but Toni Monroe has shattered the expectation of the role. Not only is she a woman, but she's a woman who doesn't fit any physical stereotype. And not only is she not concerned about being different, she's completely embraced her self-image.

I recently talked with Toni about what makes her who she is, and the challenges she's faced as a plus-size woman in her profession.

What made you want to become an MC?

As far as me being an MC, I just feel like it was just one of those things. It was all or nothing. Anybody can rap, but I wanted to do it and...
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Maroon 5 Takes Katy Perry's Number-One Spot On Pop Chart

September 1st, 2011 10:02am EDT
Maroon 5
Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera have ended Katy Perry's record-breaking run at the top of the U.S. pop chart.

Their "Moves Like Jagger" collaboration has taken over the number one spot thanks to a download surge.

It's Maroon 5's second number one - the band spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 2007 with "Makes Me Wonder." Aguilera was last on top back in 2001 with another collaboration - "Lady Marmalade" with Lil' Kim, Pink, Mya and Missy Elliot.

It's also a great week for the band's frontman Adam Levine as he enters the top 10 at 10 as the guest artist on Gym Class Heroes' "S...
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Demi Lovato & Missy Elliott Partner Up

August 1st, 2011 9:06am EDT
Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato is teaming up with Missy Elliott for an unlikely collaboration.

The singer/actress is currently recording her third album after a stint in a treatment center last year to deal with a number of personal issues, including self-harming.

Now Lovato has revealed she's enlisting the help of rapper Elliott for a collaboration.

She's taken to Twitter to post a photo of herself recording with the hip-hop star, writing, "4 am: Missy Elliott and demi lovato...working hard in the studio!"
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Graves Disease Changed The Way Missy Elliot Looks

July 2nd, 2011 1:15pm EDT
Missy Elliot
Hip-hop star Missy Elliot has revealed her battle with autoimmune disorder Graves' Disease changes the way she looks in an instant.

The rapper recently opened up about her three-year health crisis, revealing her symptoms became so bad she couldn't drive or even hold a pen.

She also experienced hairloss and severe mood swings - but that wasn't the scariest aspect of the condition.

She says, "You wake up and your eyes feel like they got rocks in 'em... You looking at yourself and now my eyes have changed their structure - that's a lot to deal with."

Her manager Mona Scott-Young adds, "You...
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Missy Elliott Opens Up About 'Being Molested'

June 30th, 2011 2:55pm EDT
Missy Elliott
Rapper Missy Elliott has opened up about her troubled childhood in a new TV special, revealing she grew up so poor her father had to beat her while she slept to keep mice off her.

The Work It hit-maker also bravely spoke about the sexual abuse she endured at the hands of a teenage cousin in the Behind The Music documentary, which debuted on Wednesday.

The Portsmouth, Virginia native admits she "didn't have much" growing up, but the poverty her family faced made her keen to success.

She recalls, "I remember having mice in the house and my father taking some newspaper and beating me beca...
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Missy Elliott Feeling 'Great' In Graves' Disease Battle

June 26th, 2011 4:07pm EDT
Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott has spoken out to assure fans her battle with Graves' disease has not crippled her career, insisting the ailment "hasn't slowed me down at all."

The hip-hop star recently revealed she was diagnosed in 2008 with the autoimmune disease, which affects the thyroid, prompting speculation she's shied away from the spotlight due to ill health.

But the Work It hitmaker is adamant reports suggesting she's suffering from ill health are false.

A statement from the rapper reads, "There have been some inaccuracies reported in regards to my diagnosis with Graves' Disease, so I wanted to ...
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Missy Elliot Suffering From Graves' Disease

June 22nd, 2011 3:27pm EDT
Missy Elliott
Hip-hop star Missy Elliot has revealed she has been quietly suffering with a major autoimmune disease.

In 2008 the Work It hit-maker was diagnosed with Graves' disease - a disorder which affects the thyroid - and she admits the symptoms came on so fast; she almost lost her ability to do everyday things like drive and write.

She tells People magazine, "I was (driving and) trying to put my foot on the brake, but my leg was jumping. I couldn't keep the brake down and almost crashed... I couldn't write because my nervous system was so bad - I couldn't even use a pen."

And after suffering ...
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Trina To Be Honored In Jamaica

January 31st, 2011 4:33pm EST
Trina
Rapper Trina will be the guest of honor at Jamaica's Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards in March for her work with local stars including Sean Kingston and Lady Saw.

The female MC will receive the International Friend of Reggae Honoree accolade to thank her for sharing the spotlight with up-and-coming and more established artists from the Caribbean country.

EME Awards founder, Richard Burgess, says, "Some of the icons of our rich musical heritage as well as the hottest newcomers around will receive the recognition they so rightfully deserve, for providing us with wonderful musi...
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Missy Elliott Honored At Black Girls Rock! Ceremony

October 18th, 2010 9:21am EDT
Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott was honored as a positive role model for the African-American community at the 2010 Black Girls Rock! Awards on Saturday.

The Get Ur Freak On hit-maker accepted the Visionary prize from singer Ciara while actresses Ruby Dee, Keke Palmer and Raven-Symone were also celebrated for their achievements at the ceremony.

Elliott later took to her Twitter.com page to thank DJ Beverly Bond for organizing the event, held in the Paradise Theater in New York City's Bronx borough.

She wrote:, "Beverly Bond u are so Amazing! I honer (sic) u! A inspiring (sic) event! Thanks to BlackGirl...
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Missy Elliott Pays Tribute To Aaliyah

August 25th, 2010 11:47am EDT
Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott has paid tribute to her late friend Aaliyah on the ninth anniversary of the R&B star's death.

The Try Again hit-maker was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas on August 25th 2001 at the age of 22, shortly after the release of her third album and just as she was launching herself as a Hollywood actress. Elliott collaborated with Aaliyah many times throughout her tragically short career and insists she still misses her friend nearly a decade after her death.

She tells MTV.com, "There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of (Aaliyah) or watch a video or play her musi...
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