musical-notes

Congratulations to singer/songwriter/producer Solange are in order. Last night, while attending the Webby Awards, she was honored with the Artist of the Year award. The award denotes online excellence and the singer was honored for  her online platform Saint Heron. In a statement released in April, Webby elaborated that Solange is “a true artist of the online generation. Saint Heron is  an unparalleled celebration of cultural diversity and the evolution of music; and it’s through this platform that Solange has provided a completely new and unique space for collaboration for artists, as well as a large audience for creative expressions for artists of color.” Like previous winners before her, Solange was permitted only five words during her acceptance speech. She responded by singing the Luniz’s 1995 hit “I Got Five On It.” Rising singer/songwriter Khalid will be hitting the road once again to promote his critically acclaimed debut album “American Teen.” The 19-year-old singer has announced his second headlining tour, titled “The American Teen Tour”, which is scheduled to begin on July 12 in Portland, OR. Khalid will visit 25 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and others before he wraps up the tour in San Francisco, CA on Sept. 21. The RCA Records signee emerged as an artist to watch in 2016, stemming from the release of the single “Location”, which peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, and still remains in the charts top 20. In addition to bringing his smooth sound to fans this summer, Forever 21 has announced the launch of their Global Campaign, which features the singer. He will become the face of Forever 21’s Summer Digital Campaign, #F21*Music and Men’s Line. Fans can look forward to hearing incredible music when the crooner visits their city. The nominations for the 2017 BET Awards have been announced, and it’s little surprise that singer Beyoncé reigns supreme among nominees. She leads the list of nominations with seven, including Album of the Year (“Lemonade”), Video of the Year (“Sorry”), Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration (“Freedom” Ft. Kendrick Lamar”) and others. Bruno Mars follows with five nominations, including Album of the Year (“24K Magic”) and Best Male R&B/Pop Artist. Without question the night’s biggest award, Album of the Year, features not only Beyoncé and Mars, but Solange, who has been nominated for “A Seat At The Table”, J. Cole, who has been nominated for “4 Your Eyez Only” and Chance The Rapper, who has been nominated for “Coloring Book.” In addition, the Knowles sisters will compete with Mary J. Blige, Rihanna and Kehlani for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist. Meanwhile, Mars will battle it out with Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Trey Songz and Usher for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist. Last year, Beyoncé opened the BET Awards with a surprise performance of “Freedom” with Kendrick Lamar and also won five awards including Best Female R&B/Pop Artist. The 17th Annual BET Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 25 at 8 p.m EST. The ceremony will follow the BET Experience at LA Live, which will run June 22-25. Following his arrest for inciting a riot at his show in Arkansas this past weekend, rapper Travis Scott released three new songs on his Soundcloud late last night, tantalizing fans until the release of his forthcoming album “Astroworld.” Over the hard thumping bass and eerie background hums, La Flame raps about the blessings he can’t ignore on “A Man”, lacing his signature adlibs into the mix. Scott collaborated with Playboi Carti on “Green & Purple” and Murda Beatz on the hazy “Butterfly Effect.” Currently, Scott is preparing to hit the road on the “DAMN Tour” with Kendrick Lamar, which begins on July 12. During an recent interview with GQ, he revealed that he’ll release new music and he’s also working on a collaborative project with Quavo.