It’s been announced that singer and former “American Idol” contestant Jennifer Hudson has signed a new contract with Epic Records. Since leaving Arista/J Records and RCA, this puts Hudson in the hands of music moguls LA Reid and Clive Davis, who will share executive producer duties on her next album. The first time Reid and Davis collaborated was on the late Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard” soundtrack. The two must be planning something special for Hudson. In a press statement, Reid said Hudson’s award winning presence on records, film and stage makes her the premiere artist of this century. He added that he’s excited about working with Davis and looks forward to fans hearing what they’ve been up to. More will be revealed soon. Meanwhile, Davis stated that he signed Hudson in 2007 because he thought she was the strongest candidate as the next generation’s Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. Hudson stated she’s excited to be working with Reid and Davis and knows it will be something unforgettable. She released her last album “JHUD” in 2014, but it didn’t make much of an impact. Working with Clive Davis and LA Reid may mean major marketing and push to propel her to the top. On Sunday night, Beyoncé surprised everyone by opening the BET Awards with a powerful performance of “Freedom” with Kendrick Lamar. She went on to win two awards that evening, Video of the Year and Viewers Choice Award for “Formation”, which her mother Tina Lawson accepted on her behalf. Tina Lawson explained that Beyoncé had to take a flight to Europe to start the European leg of “Formation World Tour” the following day, but wanted to squeeze the performance in because it meant a lot to her. Apparently, many aren’t buying it because many fans have accused Beyoncé of not wanting to be present at the ceremony, insinuating that she’s now too high on her horse to attend a black awards show. Mother Tina came to her daughter’s defense with an Instagram post venting her frustrations and at the same time clearing the whole matter up. Lawson mentioned during the show that Beyoncé took the time to squeeze her BET performance in, which is commendable. Rapper/producer Pharrell Williams recently took a trip down Sesame Street to teach Elmo and Cookie Monster that with a book, they can go anywhere and see anything. In the new clip, the Grammy award winning rapper/songwriter/producer teaches Elmo and Cookie Monster the importance of reading through a song titled “B Is For Book”. The song takes a journey through the imagination because of reading. Reading is fundamental indeed. After “Run The Jewels” cranked up the soundtrack on the debut trailer for Marvel’s “Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet:” reboot last month, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy has stepped into the role for issue No. 2. The latest monthly teaser series for the rebooted superhero title penned by author Ta-Nehisi Coates and illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze gets a lift from “Beast With It” featuring Prodigy and Mark the Beast. Marvel has promised a new video trailer each month featuring some of the biggest names in the music industry.