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The American Music Awards aired last night, and fans were treated to many exciting performances. Rapper Cardi B joined forces with J Balvin and Bad Bunny to turn the event into a Latin paradise, complete with palm trees, for “I Like It”. Dua Lipa lead the audience in a glow-in-the-dark rave during the medley of her hits “”One Kiss” and “Electricity” following her captivating performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August. She also performed her single “Limitless” amid a stormy backdrop and a large phalanx of dancers.  Ciara and Missy Elliott teamed up for a medley of “Level Up” and “Dose”, which ended with a marching band storming the stage, and could have doubled as a workout class for those who tried to follow along with Ciara’s moves. Other performers, like Maria Carey and Camila Cabello, kept it low key. The former, while performing the single “With You”, stood still in an elaborate pink dress that opened up to reveal a small group of dancers. Later in the evening, Cabello took the stage backed by a mini orchestra to perform the single “Consequences”, which the singer revealed in an Instagram post is the third single from her debut album “Camila.” Meanwhile, Ella Mai performed her smash single “Boo’d Up” ahead of the release of her debut album on Friday. Despite being a younger leaning program, the American Music Awards did devote one of the most important performance slots to R&B legend Aretha Franklin. For the grand finale, Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary and Donnie McClurkin took the stage to pay tribute to Franklin’s gospel roots. It’s not something viewers would expect from the American Music Awards, where Gen-Z tastes and top 40 favorites rule, but following the backlash from Madonna’s tribute to Aretha Franklin at the VMA’s, this one wisely stuck to music. The divas had the first and last word. Last month, singer/songwriter Major released his debut album, “Even More.” Now, he’ll support the project with a headlining tour. The 12-city “Better With You In It Tour” will begin on October 21 in Detroit, MI, and visit Chicago, New York and Atlanta before wrapping up in Los Angeles on November 16. Tickets are on sale now. Major’s album “Even More” was executive produced by Harmony Samuels, and features special guest appearances by Kasanova and NSTASIA. “Even More” is the follow up to Major’s 2016 EP “I Am Major.” The 10-track project includes the singles “Honest” and “Why I Love You.” Janet Jackson, Rufus & Chaka Khan and LL Cool J are among the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Other nominees include Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, The Cure, Rage Against The Machine, The Zombies, MC5 and Devo. Six of the acts were nominated for the first time, as Stevie Nicks was nominated as a member of the band Fleetwood Mac. Other first time nominees include Devo, Def Leppard, Roxy Music, John Prine and Todd Rundgren. To be eligible for induction next year, each artist’s first single or album had to be released before January 1, 1994. The induction ceremony will air on HBO, while internet radio station SiriusXM will also carry a simulcast. Newcomer Rico Davis is on a mission to make a name for himself in the music industry. Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey, he spent the first four years of his life homeless, until his mother obtained employment and a home for him and his sister. He faced many challenges, but found solace in music and dance. Upon his high school graduation, he moved to New York City to pursue his music career. In between vocal lessons, and rehearsals, he took odd jobs and slept in stairwells, trains and parks to stay afloat. Now, he’s channeled his experiences into music. He released his first single, “Do You Wanna”, in September and followed that effort up with “Hustle Harder.” Rico has overcome his tumultuous past and is poised to become one to watch. Nothing can slow down Queen Naija’s momentum. The rising singer/songwriter recently gave an intimate performance for Vevo LIFT, an initiative that connects emerging artists with audiences around the world with original creative content. For her feature, Vevo will release two performance pieces as well as “Becoming”, a short film that will allow artists to tell their stories in a unique way, bringing fans closer to Queen Naija. First, she’s captured performing the single “Butterflies”, taken from her self-titled debut EP. “Butterflies” finds the singer exploring the idea of finding love after heartbreak. The Vevo spot comes after the announcement of her forthcoming North American Tour, which begins on October 29 in Richmond, Va, and  will visit Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Las Vegas before it wraps up on December 15 in San Diego, CA.  In anticipation of the release of his upcoming solo album on Friday, rapper Quavo has unveiled the video “Bubble Gum.” Draya Michelle makes a cameo  in the clip. The video begins as the world is in panic mode with an apocalypse imminent. Quavo remains calm while nestled in the comfort of his headquarters, with former “Basketball Wives” star Draya Michelle by his side. Once he hears the destruction outside, he breaks out powerful virtual reality glasses, which launch him into an alternate universe filled with a dozen scantily clan female scientists. “Bubble Gum” is worth watching. Jack Harlow is an emerging artist from Louisville, KY who has been crafting a unique style and sound. He’s on a mission to become a star and has been putting his city on the map. Last August, he announced that he signed a deal with Atlantic Records via DJ Drama and Don Cannon’s Generation imprint. He released the visual “Sundown”, taken from his debut mixtape “Loose.” Without question, fans can expect more from the 20-year-old.

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