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This Sunday's BET Awards, airing live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, are shaping up to be a phenomenal television event.  

Black-ish co-stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross will be back for a second time around as the program's hosts.  Drake leads the show's nominees with nine nods. Beyonce and Rihannafollow suit, having both scored five nominations each, while Chris BrownBryson Tiller and Futureearned four nods apiece.   

Performers scheduled to appear include Young ThugFat JoeJennifer HudsonTori Kelly,UsherMaxwellD'AngeloAlicia Keys and many others.  

Also, look out for Stevie WonderThe RootsSheila E, and Janelle Monae joining forces for a highly anticipated "Celebration of Prince" tribute to commemorate the death of the legendary music icon.  

Other show highlights include actor Samuel L. Jackson receiving the Lifetime Achievement Awardfor his contributions to Hollywood, and Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams receiving the Humanitarian Award.

Scheduled presenters include Music Moguls reality stars Damon DashSnoop DoggBirdman and Jermaine DupriGabrielle UnionRegina HallMorris Chestnut, the cast of the forthcoming New Edition biopic movie, Taraji P. Henson, and others. 

The 2016 BET Awards air live Sunday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Here is the full list of nominees: 

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Adele
Andra Day
Beyoncé
K. Michelle
Rihanna

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bryson Tiller
Chris Brown
Jeremih
The Weeknd
Tyrese

Best Group
2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
Drake & Future
Puff Daddy & The Family
Rae Sremmurd
The Internet

Best Collaboration
Big Sean Ft. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $Ign - "Play No Games"
Big Sean Ft. Kanye West & John Legend - "One Man Can Change The World"
Future Ft. Drake - "Where Ya At"
Nicki Minaj Ft. Beyoncé - "Feeling Myself"
Rihanna Ft. Drake - "Work"

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Drake
Fetty Wap
Future
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Dej Loaf
Lil Kim
Missy Elliott
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma

Video Of The Year
Beyoncé - "Formation"
Bryson Tiller - "Don't"
Drake - "Hotline Bling"
Kendrick Lamar - "Alright"
Rihanna Ft. Drake - "Work"

Video Director Of The Year
Benny Boom
Chris Brown
Colin Tilley & The Little Homies
Director X
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
Alessia Cara
Andra Day
Bryson Tiller
Kehlani
Tory Lanez

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Anthony Brown & Group Therapy
Erica Campbell
Kirk Franklin
Lecrae
Tamela Mann
Tasha Cobbs

Best Actress
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Taraji P. Henson
Tracee Ellis Ross
Viola Davis

Best Actor
Anthony Anderson
Courtney B. Vance
Idris Elba
Michael B. Jordan
O'Shea Jackson Jr.

YoungStars Award
Amandla Stenberg
Quvenzhané Wallis
Silentó
Willow Smith
Yara Shahidi

Best Movie
Beasts Of No Nation
Concussion
Creed
Dope
Straight Outta Compton


Sportswoman Of The Year
Cheyenne Woods
Gabrielle Douglas
Serena Williams
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams

Sportsman Of The Year
Cam Newton
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Odell Beckham Jr.
Stephen Curry

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Beyoncé – "Formation"
Bryson Tiller – "Don’t"
Chris Brown – "Back To Sleep"
Drake – "Hotline Bling"
Future Ft. Drake – "Where Ya At"
Rihanna Ft. Drake – "Work"

Centric Award
Andra Day - "Rise Up"
Beyoncé – "Formation"
K. Michelle – "Not A Little Bit"
Rihanna - "Bbhmm"
The Internet - "Under Control"

Best International Act Africa
Aka (South Africa)
Black Coffee (South Africa)
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Mzvee (Ghana)
Serge Beynaud (Cote D’ivoire)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best International Act UK
Kano
Krept & Konan
Lianne La Havas
Skepta
Stormzy
Tinie Tempah 

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ABC/Randy HolmesBravo to Mariah Carey! The sultry songbird will be the first recipient of the "Giving Me Life Achievement Award" at Watch What Happens Live Presents: The Bravos

The awards show will be presented by Watch What Happens Live talk show host Andy Cohen and will premiere for the first time on the Bravo cable network on July 20. Other awards to be presented throughout the night include "Biggest Hustle Moment," "Jumpsuit Achievement," "The Sorry Not Sorry Award" and "The Queen of Shade."

Superfans of Watch What Happens Live and Mariah Carey can tune in to witness all of the possible hilarious and jaw-dropping award speeches on Wednesday, July 20, at 10:00 p.m. ET.

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Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCLegendary hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest were presented with a Golden Note Award at the 29th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards this Thursday.

Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, California, the invitation-only event feted songwriters and publishers with the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2015 R&B, rap, gospel and hip-hop charts that year. 

According to a press release, Outkast's Andre 3000 and ASCAP President Paul Williams presented the award to A Tribe Called Quest. The group were also surprised with a special performance byBusta Rhymes, which paid tribute to the group's incredible contributions within the music industry.    

A full list of the 2016 ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards can be viewed on www.ascap.com/rsawards

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Kevin Paras Griffin/Getty ImageMulti-platinum recording artist Kevin Gates has unveiled a new music video for his song "Jam," which features Trey SongzTy Dolla $ign and Jamie Foxx.

The video highlights Gates, Songz and Ty Dolla at home among a bevy of beautiful ladies. Only Foxx's vocals are featured in the song -- that's him talking and playing the piano at the beginning of the track and singing "Jaaaaaaam" throughout it. 

Gates' debut album, titled Islah was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in May. According to Nielsen Soundscan, it is also the second highest selling rap album of 2016, just behind Drake, and was featured on Rolling Stone's "45 Best Albums of 2016 So Far" list. 

Gates will perform on a special episode of BET's 106 & Park this Saturday, live, at 6 p.m. ET. 

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Lavi Henden/Keisha Gamble/Conjunction Entertainment Inc.Mindless Behavior has released their newest album today! 

Titled, "#OFFICIALMBMUSIC," the 11-song album "is a blend of both dance and pop tracks that reflect the group's evolution from boys to men," a press release states. The boy band were first introduced to audiences in 2008 and released their debut album, #1 Girl, in 2011. The LP made it to number seven on the Billboard Top 200 chart.   

Mindless Behavior has shared the stage with some of music's biggest names, such as Backstreet BoysJason DeruloJanet Jackson and Justin Bieber.

The group is excited for fans to hear their music's evolution. 

"We wanted #OFFICIALMBMUSIC to showcase our growth as artists and entertainers. We've taken the time to mature, experiment with our sound, and come into our own. #OFFICIALMBMUSIC is our most personal album to date and it is all for the fans. We are back and we are here to stay!," says the band in a statement.  

The album is now available for download. 

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Marc BaptisteErykah Badu has released the official music video for her new song, "Maiysha (So Long)."

Badu directed the visually enthralling video, which begins with a spoken word monologue by the artist herself and a scene in which she showcases her comedic acting chops. The actual song starts midway into the full-length video. 

"So long. That's what she said. So long," she croons while donning a chic black beret and long gloves. 

"Maiysha (So Long)" is featured on Robert Glasper's new album "Everything's Beautiful," and is based on the Miles Davis song titiled "Maiysha." The lyrics for Badu's version were written by Erykah herself. 

The soul singer is slated to perform at the 2016 BET Music Awards this Sunday. 

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Jonathan MannionGucci Mane is a busy man! Since his early exit from prison in May, he is giving fans a second new track just in time for the weekend -"All My Children."

The boisterous rapper released a mixtape called "First Day Out Tha Feds" the day after his release and has addressed rumors that he may have been cloned. 

The album artwork for the song features the star sitting in a rocking chair, surrounded by kids either in his lap or causing mayhem.  

"All my, all my, all my children. All of these rappers are all my children," he drawls throughout the track.  

You can listen to the single in full on his official YouTube account.  

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Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesParliament-Funkadelic keyboard player Bernie Worrell has died at age 72 after a battle with lung cancer. 

Worrell's death was announced Friday on his Facebook page -- the posting, presumably by his wife, who'd been keeping fans updated about his health, read: "AT 11:54, June 24, 2016, Bernie transitioned Home to The Great Spirit. Rest in peace, my love -- you definitely made the world a better place. Till we meet again, vaya con Dios."

The keyboard virtuoso co-wrote many of P-Funk's classic songs, and also toured extensively with Talking Heads in the 1980s, appearing in that band's 1984 film Stop Making Sense.  Worrell is perhaps most famous for the bass synthesizer lick that powered the 1978 Parliament smash "Flash Light."  His work is also prominent in "Mothership Connection (Star Child)," "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)" and "Aqua Boogie," among the best known and most heavily sampled songs in P-Funk's catalog.

Worrell also has played with a number of artists in a variety of genres, including Les Claypool of Primus, Mos Def, Prince Paul, Nona Hendryx, Reggie Watts and others.  In 2011, he toured with fellow P-Funk alum Bootsy Collins.  Last year, he appeared in the Meryl Streep film Ricki and the Flash, directed by Jonathan Demme, who also directed Stop Making Sense.

Earlier this year, Hendryx organized a benefit for Worrell in New York City, which featured P-Funk mastermind George Clinton, Collins, Streep, Questlove, Living Colour and the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra.

Worrell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, along with 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

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Ollie Millington/RedfernsSinger-songwriters Bibi Bourelly and Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals are set to perform during this year's BET Music Awards on Sunday, June 26. 

Taking the Music Matters side stage, according to Headline Planet, both acts will have the chance to enthrall current and new music fans. 

German-born Bourelly has written for many of today's most notable recording artists, such as Rihanna and Selena Gomez, and has been a featured artist on tracks by Lil WayneUsher and Nick BrewerEntertainment Weekly named her "one of the best artists to see" at the 2016 South by Southwest Festival. 

Rolling Stone magazine credited Anderson .Paak for bringing the "boom bap" sound back into the musical landscape. He is best known by fans for his contributions to Dr. Dre's Compton album, which was released in 2015.   

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ABC NewsWhitney Houston's Emmy has been taken off the auction block. 

ABC News reported on Wednesday that the late singer's award was caught in a battle between the Television Academy and Heritage Auctions, located in Dallas, Texas. The Television Academy went to court on Wednesday morning to place a restraining order against Heritage Auctions. This was done in an attempt to prevent the award's sale that was scheduled to happen today. 

However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson issued a restraining order against Heritage Auctions to temporarily stop their transaction plans.

The Television Academy claims that "If Heritage's highly publicized auction is allowed to go forward, it will undermine the prestige of the Emmy Award and tarnish the Television Academy's reputation, leaving the impression that the highest honor in the television industry is a commodity available for sale to the highest bidder," The Hollywood Reporter writes. 

Heritage Auctions has been granted the chance to make a rebuttal for their case before a possible preliminary injunction. The Television Academy has also  been asked "to put up a $10,000 bond," according to The Hollywood Reporter

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Getty Images via ABCRihanna is taking a "sledgehammer" to the upcoming Star Trek: Beyond movie with her new single of the same name.

Roc Nation has confirmed to ABC News that "Sledgehammer" will be featured on the film's soundtrack. The U.S. version of iTunes' website promoted the song in its "Pop" music section earlier today with a teaser advertisement, which can now be seen via PopCrave's Twitter feed.

It is currently unknown when the song will be available for purchase and streaming.

Star Trek: Beyond arrives in movie theaters on July 22. 

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Kris Connor/Getty ImagesCanadian record producer and singer-songwriter-rapper PARTYNEXTDOOR released a new music video for his hit single "Come and See Me" on Thursday.

The video debuted on the Snapchat Discover channel and features Kylie Jenner checking her Snapchat account, making tea and looking at herself in a mirror while applying lip gloss.

The Verge reports that Jenner is PARTYNEXTDOOR's "rumored girlfriend." 

You can now watch the full length music video on YouTube

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Suicide Squad is one of the most highly anticipated summer films of 2016.  

Its soundtrack, Suicide Squad: The Album, also appears to be one of the hottest albums of the year as well.  

One of the most exciting collaborations on the album includes the bands Imagine Dragons and X Ambassadors, along with Lil WayneWiz KhalifaLogic and Ty Dolla $ign on their new song, "Sucker for Pain." 

Their team effort is now available to listen on YouTube. The companion music video to the tune premiered on the official Suicide Squad Facebook page on June 23. 

Rick Ross has also teamed up with Skrillex for their track, "Purple Lamborghini." The video for the song introduces a special cameo from actor Jared Leto as The Joker, according to a press release. 

Kehlani also contributed to the Suicide Squad soundtrack with an unreleased song called "Gangsta."

Suicide Squad: The Album will be released on August 5, the same day the film hits theaters nationwide.  

It is available to pre-order now.    

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Mike Pont/WireImageAll the new girl group assembled on Kelly Rowland's BET show, Chasing Destiny, needed was a name.  Now we have that, and a new single to boot.

The group will be known as June's Diary, the ladies announced in a Facebook Live session with fans Thursday evening.   The quintet -- made up of Ashly Williams, Brienna Devlogt, Gabrielle Carreiro, Shyann Roberts and Kristal Lyndriette -- also has a new single, "L.A.N.C.E." hitting digital retailers Friday.  The then-unnamed group released a debut track, "All of Us" earlier this month.

June's Diary will premiere a music video for "L.A.N.C.E" on Sunday during the BET Awards pre-show.

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ABC/Randy HolmesChris Brown is giving his former manager, Mike G, a piece of his mind in a new Instagram post claiming the only reason his manager filed a recent lawsuit was because he had been fired for stealing.

In a video which the singer later deleted and re-posted in an abbreviated version, Brown tells fans the reason behind Mike G's lawsuit.

"N***** is getting mad and filing lawsuits because I fired them because they're stealing money! You're stealing money pal," the rapper reveals.

Brown's outburst comes after TMZ reported that his former manager had filed a lawsuit accusing Brown of assault. According to the report, C-Breezy brutally attacked Mike and punched him repeatedly on the face and neck, landing him in the Emergency Room.  

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ABC/Randy HolmesIt's West Coast meets East Coast  -- Snoop DoggThe Game and E-40 are featured on a brand new remixed track of Fat Joe and Remy Ma's original song, "All The Way Up." 

Titled "All The Way Up (West Coast Remix)," the banger features rap vocals from Fat Joe and Remy Ma, but also includes Snoop's smooth vocal style mixed with slick verses and extra attitude from The Game and E-40.  

Billboard reports that French Montana and Infrared are also heard on this song. French Montana is also featured on the original version.  

According to BillboardJay Z gave the remixed song his official stamp of approval.   

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BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesColorado prison inmate Carlin Q. Williams claims that Prince is his biological father. 

However, TMZ reports that a DNA test disproves this. 

Legal documents disclose that Williams' mother, Marsha Henson, states she met the late music icon in 1976. Reportedly, 39-year-old Williams is the living result of a one-night stand in a Kansas City hotel.    

In May, Williams requested an order to have Prince's DNA samples tested against his own to find out if the musician was, in fact, his father.  

TMZ notes that he is currently in federal prison for gun possession.  

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Trae Patton/NBCR&B singer-songwriter and dancer Ne-Yo will be a guest judge on the NBC talent competition show, "America's Got Talent" during its Judge Cuts round.

The Wrap reports that he will join Reba McEntireGeorge Lopez and One Direction's Louis Tomlinson this summer on July 12, along with the program's staple judges -- Simon CowellHeidi KlumHowie Mandel and Mel B.  

You can watch Ne-Yo and the rest of the "America's Got Talent" crew starting July 12 on NBC at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. 

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Facebook.com/RyanLeslieA slew of musical artists signed an open letter to Congress, lending their voices to stop gun violence in America.

Published on June 23 by BillboardUs Weekly reports that the letter shows a significant number of celebrity signatures in the urban music industry, such as Kid CudiPusha TQuestloveRyan LeslieTalib KweliTerence BlanchardVic Mensa and Lecrae

Britney SpearsSelena GomezLady GagaBilly Joel and Andy Samberg are among a host of other well-known performers that have signed their names as well.

The open letter asks Congress to "enforce stricter laws" for those purchasing guns in the United States.

"We call on Congress to do more to prevent gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more, including: require a background check for every gun sale, and block suspected terrorists from buying guns," Billboard editors write.    

The letter comes a week after the tragic shooting death of late pop singer Christina Grimmie, and the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, both having occurred in Orlando, Florida.  

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Warner Bros. RecordsColorado prison inmate Carlin Q. Williams claims that Prince is his biological father. 

However, TMZ reports that a DNA test disproves this. 

Legal documents disclose that Williams' mother, Marsha Henson, states she met the late music icon in 1976. Reportedly, 39-year-old Williams is the living result of a one-night stand in a Kansas City hotel.    

Williams requested an order test of Prince's DNA samples in May to find out if the musician was, in fact, his father.  

TMZ notes that he is currently in federal prison for gun possession.    

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