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Singer/songwriter Lala Hathaway has received two Grammy award nominations. Best R&B Album for “Lala Hathaway Live” and Best Traditional R&B Performance for the single “Angel.” Already a three time Grammy winner, Hathaway has capped a tremendous year with her latest single and album. She’s also the #2 R&B Artist on Billboard’s Year End Chart for 2016 and holds the #1 Adult R&B song with “Angel.” The 59th Annual Grammy awards will air live from the Staples Center on Feburary 12 2017. Following a five year hiatus from music, time which he used to accomplish several personal milestones, singer/songwriter Lloyd returns with the EP “Tru”, via Young Goldie/Empire Records. The project is proceeded by the title track and the recently released “Holding”, featuring Lil Wayne. “Tru” also features special guest appearances from Rick Ross and 2 Chainz. The project serves as a precursor to Lloyd’s forthcoming fifth studio effort “Out My Window”, due next year. His last studio album was 2011’s “King Of Hearts.” The film “Hidden Figures” is due soon, and the soundtrack has produced some gems. To promote the film, rapper/producer Pharrell Williams and gospel singer Kim Burrell appeared on “The Tonight Show With jimmy Fallon” last night to perform their single “I See A Victory.” Backed by a gospel choir and full band, the duo gave an impassioned performance for the studio audience and viewers. Cable channel HBO is preparing a four part documentary on the business partnership of rapper/producer Dr. Dre and Interscope Records head Jimmy Iovine titled “The Defiant Ones.” The film, to be directed by Allen Hughes, will feature interviews with the two along with Nas, Bono, Ice Cube, Gwen Stefani and Snoop Dogg. Detailing their long time business and personal relationship, the film will follow their respective paths through the music industry as solo artists and their successful partnership on Aftermath Records,  discovering Eminem and collaborating on the Beats Electronics brand. The film will debut on the network in 2017. Rapper Vic Mensa pulls no punches on  his freestyle cover of Twenty One Pilots “Heathens.” The track discusses violence and the hard streets of his hometown Chicago. The politically active MC, who recently spent time protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline,  gets personal on the song, which also makes observations regarding police and the struggle against being victimized and stereotyped. The track is worth a listen.