La Toya also took to Instagram, posting a similar message, but with a different photo.
Michael's daughter Paris paid tribute to her dad on Instagram with a creating a photo collage featuring images of them together, including what appears to be a Photoshopped picture of what the pair might look like if they posed together today.
"7 years, rest in peace, my best friend in the entire universe," Paris wrote. "i love you more than anything,” she wrote in the touching note. “things may be a little s***** in the press right now but everyone knows it's all bull and i swear on the family name i will protect you for as long as i live. there's no one like you, and there never will be. thank you for touching millions of hearts, but especially my own.”
Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for UNICEFJill Scott married longtime boyfriend Mike Dobson Saturday.
Although Jill made no mention of the wedding on social media, DJ Mars -- who DJ'ed the wedding -- posted a series of photos and videos from the affair to Instagram.
"This wedding made my summer!" the DJ wrote in the caption to one video in which the groom thanks the guests for coming. "I've known Mike for almost 20 years, but dude could have alluded to the fact that he was marrying Jill Scott(lol)! All he said was, u are working with her in Vegas. He's a total class act, he won with the wedding!"
In the video, Dobson promises surprises even the bride didn't know about. Those surprises apparently included a performance by hip-hop legend Big Daddy Kane.
DJ Mars posted a video of Big Daddy Kane's surprise arrival, and Jill's shocked reaction as he begins rapping and dancing with the bride. "So, Mike Dobson called me and said I'm going to surprise my wife during the reception and have Big Daddy Kane perform. He then says, 'Mars you call Kane to work it out.'....Dude walks in and they didn't even recognize him until he starts rapping. Her face is soooo priceless."
It's Jill's second marriage. Her first, to Lyzel Williams in 2001, ended in divorce in 2007. Jill also was engaged to drummer Li'l John Roberts. Though that marriage never went forward, the pair share a seven-year-old son.
Cash Money RecordsDrake reigns supreme. His Views is spending its eighth straight week on top of the Billboard 200 album chart.
The last album by a male artist to spend as many weeks on top of the chart was Eminem's The Marshal Mathers LP, which spent eight straight weeks at number one in 2000.
The last album to spend more weeks at number one was Adele's 25, which spent 10 weeks at the top, though not all consecutive. The most recent album to spend eight straight weeks at the top was the Frozen soundtrack in 2014.
Beyonce and Lendrick Lamar perform at the 2016 BET Awards; Image courtesy BETBET had a lot to live up to on Sunday night at the 2016 BET Awards, and it's safe to say -- the network delivered.
After taking aim at the Billboard Awards and Madonna last month for their Prince tribute, the network provided a series of tributes to the fallen icon throughout the night. Highlight included from Jennifer Hudson wrecking the house with "Purple Rain," soul singer Bilal channeling the Purple One in his performance of "Beautiful Ones" and Stevie Wonderand Tori Kelly teaming up for the Purple Rain duet “Take Me with U.” Maxwell also belted out "Nothing Compares 2 U," Janelle Monet revved up the crowd with a set of Prince songs that included "Kiss" and Shelia E closed out the show with a string of Prince hits including, "Erotic City" and "Let's Go Crazy."
To start off the festivities, the network quickly got into "formation" with a surprise appearance by Beyonce who stunned the crowd with a live performance of "Freedom". Queen Bey silently awaited her dancers as they marched into the theater to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and performed a water dance accompanied by Kendrick Lamar's powerful lyrics.
Other notable performances included, Fat Joe, Remy Ma and French Montana performing, "All the Way Up"; Desiigner's hit "Panda," Alicia Keys singing her new single "In Common"; Bryson Tiller offering crowd favorites "Don't" and "Exchange"; Maxwell crooning his smooth ballad, "Lake by the Ocean" and Usher providing a "No Limit" performance with Atlanta rapper Young Thug.
The theme of social and political activism stayed present throughout the night. Hosts Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson repeatedly reminded viewers to get out and vote, while Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams, who received the Humanitarian Award,delivered the most inspiring speech of the evening that called for action and change in the community.
"The more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize,” he said, dedicating his award to black women “who have spent their lives dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you.”
Other award winners of the night included Samuel L. Jackson who received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his catalog of work.
Here are the 2016 BET Award winners:
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist -- Bryson Tiller Best Female R&B/Pop Artist -- Beyoncé Best Actor -- Michael B. Jordan Best Actress -- Taraji P. Henson Best Movie -- Straight Outta Compton Best New Artist -- Bryson Tiller Video of the Year -- Beyoncé, "Formation" Best Male Hip-Hop Artist -- Drake Best Female Hip-Hop Aritst -- Nicki Minaj Best Collaboration -- Rihanna ft. Drake, "Work" Best Group -- Drake and Future Best Gospel -- Kirk Franklin Youngsters Award -- Amandla Stenberg Centric Award -- Beyoncé, "Formation" Video Director of the Year -- Director X Dr. Bobby Jones Gospel Inspirational Award -- Kirk Franklin Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award -- Beyoncé, "Formation" Sportsman of the Year -- Stephen Curry Sportswoman of the Year -- Serena Williams Best International Act Africa -- Wizkid (Nigeria) Best International Act U.K. -- Skepta Humanitarian Award -- Jesse Williams Lifetime Achievement Award -- Samuel L. Jackson
Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagicAs promised, Kanye West dropped the video for his Life of Pablo track "Famous" at an event at the Forum in Inglewood, California Friday night, and it's a doozy.
The visual features nude likenesses of his nemesis Taylor Swift, as well as Rhianna, Caitlyn Jenner, Donald Trump, George W. Bush, ex Amber Rose, Bill Cosby, and of course himself as well as wife Kim Kardashian, among others, all asleep in bed together. The image itself is a variation on a 2008 painting entitled "Sleep" by artist Vincent Desiderio, reports The Fader.
Kayne told Vanity Fair before the premiere that he had shown the video to some celebrity friends. "Guess what the response is when I show it to them?" he said. "They want to be in the bed."
Kanye, who already stirred controversy with the "Famous" track over the line "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, Why? I made that b**** famous," seemed anxious to stir more of a response with the video. Entertainment Weekly published a screen capture of a since-deleted tweet in which the rapper declares, "Can someone please sue me already #I'llwait."
The video itself is exclusively streaming on Tidal for a week, though a 30-second teaser is publicly available for sharing on social media.
Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesA second hearing in the matter of Prince's estate will be held today in Carver Country District Court in Minneapolis.
At issue is who stands to inherit the late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's estate, including the enormous trove of unreleased material the prolific songwriter left behind.
The primary focus of the hearing will be how to determine who is an heir. Under Minnesota law, in the absence of a will, children are first in line. In Prince's case, with both parents deceased, siblings are next. Prince's sister Tyka Nelson and five known half-siblings then would likely stand to inherit the estate.
But several folks have come forward to claim either to be children or siblings of the late singer. Among the matters to be addressed at Monday's hearing will be how DNA testing will proceed in the case of such claims.
Prince died April 21 from an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.
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 Brown, Bryson Tiller and Futureearned four nods apiece.
Performers scheduled to appear include Young Thug, Fat Joe, Jennifer Hudson, Tori Kelly,Usher, Maxwell, D'Angelo, Alicia Keys and many others.
Also, look out for Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Sheila E, and Janelle Monae joining forces for a highly anticipated "Celebration of Prince" tribute to commemorate the death of the legendary music icon.
Scheduled presenters include Music Moguls reality stars Damon Dash, Snoop Dogg, Birdman and Jermaine Dupri, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Morris 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
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 Liveand 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.
Kevin Paras Griffin/Getty ImageMulti-platinum recording artist Kevin Gates has unveiled a new music video for his song "Jam," which features Trey Songz, Ty 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.
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.
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 Boys, Jason Derulo, Janet 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.
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.
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.
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 Wayne, Usher and Nick Brewer. Entertainment 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.
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.
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.
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 Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Logic 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 SquadFacebook 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.