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2021 MTV Video Music Awards: Complete list of winners

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The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards returned to New York City on Sunday. Doja Cat hosted the live broadcast, which aired on MTV. 

Justin Bieber took home awards for Artist of the Year and Best Pop while Olivia Rodrigo earned the Song of the Year award and Lil Nas X received the coveted Video of the Year award.

Below is the full list of winners

Video of the Year

  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X, Columbia Records — Winner
  • “WAP” – Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, Atlantic Records
  • “Popstar” – DJ Khaled ft. Drake (starring Justin Bieber) OVO / We The Best / Epic Records
  • “Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat ft. SZA, Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
  • “Bad Habits” – Ed Sheeran, Atlantic Records
  • “Save Your Tears” – The Weeknd, XO / Republic Records

Artist of the Year

  • Justin Bieber — Winner
  • Ariana Grande
  • Doja Cat
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Taylor Swift

Song of the Year

  • “Drivers License” – Olivia Rodrigo, Geffen Records — Winner
  • “Mood” – 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior, Records LLC / Columbia Records
  • “Leave the Door Open” – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records
  • “Dynamite” – BTS, Bighit Music
  • “WAP” – Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, Atlantic Records
  • “Levitating” – Dua Lipa, Warner Records

Best New Artist

  • Olivia Rodrigo — Winner
  • 24kGoldn
  • Giveon
  • The Kid Laroi
  • Polo G
  • Saweetie

Push Performance of the Year

  • “Drivers License” – Olivia Rodrigo, Geffen Records — Winner
  • “Are You Bored Yet?” – Wallows, Atlantic Records
  • “Daisy” – Ashnikko, Warner Records
  • “Gorgeous” – Saint Jhn, Godd Complexx / HITCO
  • “Coco” – 24kGoldn, Records LLC / Columbia Records
  • “Break My Heart” – JC Stewart, Elektra Music Group
  • “Sex Lies” – Latto, RCA Records
  • “Selfish” – Madison Beer, Epic Records / Sing It Loud
  • “Without You” – The Kid Laroi, Columbia Records
  • “Serotonin” – Girl in Red, World in Red / AWAL
  • “My Slime” – Fousheé, RCA Records
  • “Think About Me” – Jxdn, DTA Records / Elektra Music Group

Best Collaboration

  • “Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat ft. SZA, Kemosabe Records / RCA Records — Winner
  • “Mood” – 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior, Records LLC / Columbia Records
  • “WAP” – Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, Atlantic Records
  • “Laugh Now Cry Later” – Drake ft. Lil Durk, OVO / Republic Records
  • “Peaches” – Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon, Def Jam
  • “Prisoner” – Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa, RCA Records

Best Pop

  • “Peaches” – Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon, Def Jam — Winner
  • “Positions” – Ariana Grande, Republic Records
  • “Therefore I Am” – Billie Eilish, Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • “Butter” – BTS, Bighit Music
  • “Treat People With Kindness” – Harry Styles, Columbia Records
  • “Good 4 U” – Olivia Rodrigo, Geffen Records
  • “Wonder” – Shawn Mendes, Island Records
  • “Willow” – Taylor Swift, Republic Records

Best Hip-Hop

  • “Franchise” – Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A., Cactus Jack / Epic Records — Winner
  • “WAP” – Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, Atlantic Records
  • “Laugh Now Cry Later” – Drake ft. Lil Durk, OVO / Republic Records
  • “On Me (remix)” – Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion, Quality Control / Motown
  • “Said Sum” – Moneybagg Yo, N-Less Entertainment / Interscope Records
  • “Rapstar” – Polo G, Columbia Records

Best Alternative

  • “My Ex’s Best Friend” – Machine Gun Kelly ft. Blackbear, Bad Boy / Interscope Records — Winner
  • “Stop Making This Hurt” – Bleachers, RCA Records
  • “Heat Waves” – Glass Animals, Republic Records
  • “Follow You” – Imagine Dragons, Kidinakorner / Interscope Records
  • “Shy Away” – Twenty One Pilots, Fueled By Ramen
  • “Transparent Soul” – Willow ft. Travis Barker, MSFTSMusic / Roc Nation

Best R&B

  • “Leave the Door Open” – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records — Winner
  • “Brown Skin Girl” – Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Saint Jhn, WizKid, Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records
  • “Go Crazy” – Chris Brown and Young Thug, Chris Brown Entertainment/RCA Records
  • “Heartbreak Anniversary” – Giveon, Epic Records / Not So Fast
  • “Come Through” – H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown, MBK Entertainment / RCA Records
  • “Good Days” – SZA, Top Dawg Entertainment / RCA Records

Best K-pop

  • “Butter” – BTS, Bighit Music — Winner
  • “Dumdi Dumdi” – G)I-DLE, Republic Records
  • “Ice Cream” – Blackpink and Selena Gomez, YG Entertainment / Interscope Records
  • “Gambler” – Monsta X, Starship Entertainment
  • “Ready to love” – Seventeen, Pledis Entertainment
  • “Alcohol-Free” – Twice, JYP Entertainment Company

Video For Good

  • “Your Power” – Billie Eilish, Darkroom / Interscope Records — Winner
  • “Dancing With the Devil” – Demi Lovato, Island
  • “Fight For You” – H.E.R., MBK Entertainment / RCA Records
  • “Worldwide Beautiful” – Kane Brown, Sony Music Nashville / RCA Records
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X, Columbia Records
  • “Entrepreneur” – Pharrell Williams ft. Jay-Z, Columbia Records

Best Direction

  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino, Columbia Records — Winner
  • “Your Power” – Billie Eilish, Directed by: Billie Eilish, Darkroom / Interscope Records 
  • “Popstar (starring Justin Bieber)” – DJ Khaled ft. Drake, Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X, OVO / We The Best / Epic Records
  • “Willow” – Taylor Swift, Directed by: Taylor Swift, Republic Records
  • “Franchise” – Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A, Directed by: Travis Scott, Cactus Jack / Epic Records
  • “Lumberjack” – Tyler, The Creator, Directed by: Wolf Haley, Columbia Records

Best Cinematography

  • “Brown Skin Girl” – Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid, Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammaed Atta Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant, Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records — Winner
  • “Therefore I Am” – Billie Eilish, Cinematography by: Rob Witt, Darkroom / Interscope Records
  • “Shame Shame” – Foo Fighters, Cinematography by: Santiago Gonzalez, Roswell Records / RCA Records
  • “Holy” – Justin Bieber ft. Chance The Rapper, Cinematography by: Elias Talbot, RBMG / Def Jam
  • “911” – Lady Gaga, Cinematography by: Jeff Cronenweth, Interscope Records
  • “Solar Power” – Lorde, Cinematography by: Andrew Stroud, LAVA/Republic Records

Best Choreography

  • “Treat People With Kindness” – Harry Styles, Columbia Records — Winner
  • “34+35” – Ariana Grande, Choreography by: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson, Republic Records
  • “Butter” – BTS, Choreography by: Son Sung with BHM Performance Directing Team, Bighit Music
  • “Bad Habits” – Ed Sheeran, Choreography by: Natricia Bernard, Atlantic Records
  • “Shame Shame” – Foo Fighters, Choreography by: Nina McNeely, Roswell Records / RCA Records
  • “Be Kind” – Marshmello & Halsey, Choreography by: Dani Vitale, Astralwerks / Capitol Records
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Ladipoe and Nasty C nominated for BET Hip Hop Awards Best International Flow

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BET has announced DOUBLE DIAMOND SELLING SUPERSTAR rapper and entrepreneur Nelly as the ‘BET Hip Hop Awards’ recipient of the 2021 “I Am Hip Hop” Award. From chart-topping hits that include “Hot in Herre,” “Dilemma” (feat. Kelly Rowland), “Country Grammar,” “Ride Wit Me,” and “Cruise” (with Florida Georgia Line), to his popular fashion line “Apple Bottoms,” to starring in the hit series Real Husbands of Hollywood, and his own reality show Nellyville, the charismatic, multi-platinum music icon will be celebrated for his massive contributions to music and the culture at large.  The 2021 ‘BET Hip Hop Awards’ will air from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA,  and will premiere 06 October 2021 on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129, GoTV Channel 21) at 02:00 WAT/03:00 CAT and repeats at 19:00 WAT/ 20:00 CAT on the same day.

Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ViacomCBS Networks Africa and Peer Lead BET International commented, “Congratulations to Nelly for well deserved recognition of the “I am HIP HOP Award”. The BET Hip Hop Awards continues to celebrate and recognise the best in Hip Hop culture, and we look forward to continuing the elevation of black culture, black excellence, black entertainment and hip-hop culture globally. We wish all our nominees across Africa, UK, Europe, South America and beyond the best at this year’s awards.”

“I am honoured to receive this award and humbled to be in such great company of past artists who have received this award,” said Nelly, this year’s I Am Hip Hop Award recipient. “I have been blessed to work with some incredible people in my career, making 22 years go by in the blink of an eye. This award isn’t just about Nelly; it is about my fans, BET, and the people that continue to support me and allow me to do what I love to do.”

Nigeria’s Ladipoe and South Africa’s Nasty C fly the African flag high as previously announced nominees for the 2021 Best International Flow category.

Previously announced nominees include Cardi B, Lil Durk, and Megan Thee Stallion, leading the pack with nine nominations each, followed by Drake with an impressive eight nods. Tyler, The Creator and Metro Boomin tie for third-most nominations securing four nods each. Other notable nominees include 21 Savage, DJ Khaled, J. Cole, and Pooh Shiesty, who received three each. Bia, Chris Brown, Doja Cat, Jay Z, Lil Nas X, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Roddy Ricch, Saweetie, Young Thug, and Yung Bleu received two nominations. For the full list of nominees, selected by a voting academy of esteemed music industry insiders, click HERE.

Voting for the 2021 ‘BET Hip Hop Awards’ DJ of the Year and Best Hip Hop Platform is now open: https://www.votehiphopawards.com

For more information on the BET “Hip Hop Awards visit www.betafrica.tv, like and chat to us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica, or join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa

See below for the complete list of 2021 “BET HIP HOP AWARDS” Official Nominees:

BEST INTERNATIONAL FLOW

LADIPOE (NIGERIA)

NASTY C (SOUTH AFRICA)

XAMÃ (BRAZIL)

LAYLOW (FRANCE)

GAZO (FRANCE)

LITTLE SIMZ (UK)

DAVE (UK)

HIP HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR

A GANGSTA’S PAIN​​​ (MONEYBAGG YO)

CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST (​​TYLER, THE CREATOR)

CULTURE III​​​​ (MIGOS)

GOOD NEWS​​​​ (MEGAN THEE STALLION)

KHALED KHALED (​​​DJ KHALED)

SAVAGE MODE II​​​ (21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN)

THE OFF-SEASON​​​ (J. COLE)

SONG OF THE YEAR

BACK IN BLOOD ​​​PRODUCED BY YC (POOH SHIESTY FEAT. LIL DURK)

LATE AT NIGHT ​​​PRODUCED BY MUSTARD (RODDY RICCH)

LAUGH NOW CRY LATER.​PRODUCED BY G. RY, CARDOGOTWINGS, ROGET CHAHAYED & YUNG EXCLUSIVE (DRAKE FEAT. LIL DURK)​

UP ​PRODUCED BY YUNG DZA, SEAN ISLAND, DJ SWANQO (CARDI B)

WAP ​PRODUCED BY AYO & KEYZ (CARDI B FEAT. MEGAN THEE STALLION)​

WHOLE LOTTA MONEY (REMIX) ​PRODUCED BY LONDON JAE, BEATGODZ, TEE ROMANO (BIA FEAT. NICKI MINAJ)​

HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR

CARDI B

DRAKE

J. COLE

LIL BABY

MEGAN THEE STALLION

TYLER, THE CREATOR

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO

CARDI B​​​​​​UP

CARDI B FEAT. MEGAN THEE STALLION​​WAP

CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG ​​​GO CRAZY

DRAKE FEAT. LIL DURK​​​​LAUGH NOW CRY LATER

LIL NAS X​​​​​​MONTERO (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)

SAWEETIE FEAT. DOJA CAT​​​​BEST FRIEND

BEST NEW HIP HOP ARTIST

BLXST

COI LERAY

DON TOLIVER

MORRAY

POOH SHIESTY

YUNG BLEU

BEST COLLABORATION

21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN FEAT. DRAKE​MR. RIGHT NOW

BIA FEAT. NICKI MINAJ​​​​WHOLE LOTTA MONEY (REMIX)

CARDI B FEAT. MEGAN THEE STALLION​​WAP

DJ KHALED FEAT. LIL BABY & LIL DURK​​EVERY CHANCE I GET

DRAKE FEAT. LIL DURK​​​​LAUGH NOW CRY LATER

POOH SHIESTY FEAT. LIL DURK​​​BACK IN BLOOD

BEST DUO OR GROUP

21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN

CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG

CITY GIRLS

FUTURE & LIL UZI VERT

LIL BABY & LIL DURK

MIGOS

BEST LIVE PERFORMER

BUSTA RHYMES

CARDI B

DABABY

DOJA CAT

MEGAN THEE STALLION

TYLER, THE CREATOR

LYRICIST OF THE YEAR

BENNY THE BUTCHER

DRAKE

J. COLE

LIL BABY

MEGAN THEE STALLION

NAS

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

COLE BENNETT

COLIN TILLEY

DAVE MEYERS

DIRECTOR X

HYPE WILLIAMS

MISSY ELLIOTT

DJ OF THE YEAR

CHASE B

D NICE

DJ CASSIDY

DJ DRAMA

DJ ENVY

DJ JAZZY JEFF

DJ SCHEME

KAYTRANADA

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

DJ KHALED

HIT-BOY

METRO BOOMIN

MUSTARD

THE ALCHEMIST

TYLER, THE CREATOR

HUSTLER OF THE YEAR

CARDI B

DRAKE

LIL BABY

MEGAN THEE STALLION

SAWEETIE

YUNG BLEU

BEST HIP HOP PLATFORM

COMPLEX

GENIUS

HIP HOP DX

HOT NEW HIPHOP

THE BREAKFAST CLUB

THE SHADE ROOM

WORLDSTAR HIPHOP

XXL​

SWEET 16: BEST FEATURED VERSE

CARDI B​​​​TYPE SHIT (MIGOS FEAT. CARDI B)

DRAKE​​​​​HAVIN’ OUR WAY (MIGOS FEAT. DRAKE)

JAY-Z​​​​​WHAT IT FEELS LIKE (NIPSEY HUSSLE FEAT. JAY-Z)

LIL DURK​​​​BACK IN BLOOD (POOH SHIESTY FT. LIL DURK)

MEGAN THE STALLION​​ON ME (REMIX) (LIL BABY FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION)

RODDY RICCH​LEMONADE (REMIX) (INTERNET MONEY FEAT. DON TOLIVER & RODDY RICCH)

IMPACT TRACK

BLACK THOUGHT​​​THOUGHT VS EVERYBODY

LIL NAS X​​​​MONTERO (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)

LIL BABY & KIRK FRANKLIN ​​WE WIN

MEEK MILL FEAT. LIL DURK​​PAIN AWAY

NIPSEY HUSSLE FEAT. JAY-Z​​WHAT IT FEELS LIKE

RAPSODY​​​​12 PROBLEMS

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Nas and DJ Cassidy Raise Enough to Help City Harvest Feed Nearly 2.5M New Yorkers in Need For A Day

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On September 23, Grammy-winning and legendary hip-hop artist Nas returned to his hometown in Queens, New York to headline the Concert to Feed NYC at Forest Hills Stadium following the chart-topping release of King’s Disease II. Proceeds from the concert benefitted City Harvest, New York City’s first and largest food rescue organization, and will help the organization rescue and deliver nutritious food during a time of historic food insecurity across the city. Native New Yorker, world renowned mastro, record producer, and creator of the groundbreaking series, “Pass The Mic,” DJ Cassidy, kicked off the night with an electric hour long musical journey celebrating New York.

 

Celebrities in attendance included television personality and entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel, model and City Harvest Champion Brooks Nader, and rapper and record-producer Slick Rick. The Concert to Feed NYC also featured VIP Speakeasy suites and mini-lounges with menus curated by City Harvest Food Council Members, including chef Angie Mar from her latest, Les Trois Chevaux, and exclusive culinary offerings from Matt Katakis’s Butcher Bar, Simon Kim and David Shim’s COTE Korean Steakhouse, Roni Mazumdar and Chintan Prandya’s Rahi, and Melba Wilson’s Melba’s.  They were joined by Nas’s favorite, Lauren Gustus’s Sweet Chick.

 

After the concert, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards honored Nas with an official Key to the Borough and proclamation. A longtime supporter of City Harvest, Nas received the key alongside 10 frontline City Harvest workers, who worked tirelessly during the height of the pandemic to rescue and deliver more than 200 million pounds of nutritious food to their neighbors across New York City—an unprecedented effort that was more than double the amount of food the organization rescued and delivered over the same time period pre-pandemic.

As New York City begins its long recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, countless New Yorkers will continue to feel the economic pain of the pandemic for  years to come. The Concert to Feed NYC helped support City Harvest’s efforts to ensure that no New Yorker will have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.

“We are grateful to our longtime friend Nas and to DJ Cassidy for partnering with City Harvest to raise enough funds to help us feed nearly 2.5M New Yorkers struggling to put meals on their tables due to the pandemic,” said Jilly Stephens, CEO of City Harvest. “At a moment when food insecurity rates continue to be at record highs throughout our city, we are proud to partner with them to bring fresh, nutritious food to thousands of families across the five boroughs.”

During the pandemic, the need for food surged across the city—soaring 41% among all New Yorkers and a shocking 53% among children. Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, City Harvest has worked tirelessly to rescue and deliver millions of pounds of food for the growing number of New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables.

Samlyn Capital founder, Rob Pohly, who underwrote all venue-related expenses for the event, said, “I’m thrilled that the Concert to Feed NYC raised enough to help feed XX New Yorkers in need. It was inspiring to see City Harvest, Nas, DJ Cassidy, members of New York City’s restaurant community, and every day New Yorkers come together to help feed our neighbors in need during this critical time.”

Special thanks to Citi, Diageo, DKNY, Horizon Media, and The Mets for their dedicated support of the Concert To Feed NYC!

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Jason Derulo and girlfriend Jena Frumes break up 4 months after birth of their son

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Jason Derulo is “ridin’ solo” once again. (more…)

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Melvin Van Peebles, ‘Godfather of Black cinema’ dies at 89

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Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking filmmaker, playwright and musician whose work helped usher in the “blaxploitation” wave of the 1970s and influenced filmmakers long after, has died. He was 89. (more…)

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World Peace Summit Calling for Concerted Action for Sustainable Peace in the New Normal Era

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On September 18th, 2021, the 7th Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit was held online. This year’s event dealt with the progress of international efforts and the plans to promote the peace agenda in the ‘New Normal’ era shifting from the post-Covid to the with-Covid.

 

The organizer of the event, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), has been conducting citizen-centered peacebuilding activities to create “a culture of peace” advocated by the UN and international community to set up an environment of peaceful coexistence since the World Peace Summit in 2014. 

 

This event presented the concerted action for sustainable peace with cases from various sectors such as international law, religion, education, and the media. Also, it addressed international cooperation to overcome the current crisis that threatens the coexistence and harmony of mankind, which has come to the fore during the pandemic.

 

Peacebuilding efforts led by HWPL to establish legal foundations and international norms for peace through connecting global actors are embodied with its effort to advocate the international law for peace by drafting the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).

 

“The DPCW Handbook enables us to systematically teach international law and the essence of peace to these students and others. It enables them to become lecturers in the following course,” said Dr. Mizanur Rahman, Chief Advisor of Asian Association of Law Professors (AALP) as well as Former Chair of National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh (NHRC-BD), highlighting the need to encourage public discourse on peacebuilding by academia. 

 

In addition to the basic principles of peace assigned to nations to uphold, the DPCW has presented principles that should be dealt with in the present era, such as prohibiting the use of force, fostering religious freedom, and civic participation to spread a culture of peace. In particular, it states that efforts for peace come from all members of the global society by identifying not only nation-states but also international organizations and all citizens as the main actors of building peace.

 

“We know that it will be hard to achieve peace if we are not all working for it. This is why we need to encourage children, the youth, and adults to prevent verbal abuse and work towards reducing inequalities and eradicating disparities to achieve a more equitable, stable, and peaceful world,” said Former President of Ecuador, Dr. Rosalia Arteaga Serrano.

 

Hon. Octavia Alfred, Minister of Education, Human Resource Planning, Vocational Training, and National Excellence of Dominica, said that the students learn the necessity of mutual coexistence and cooperation through HWPL peace education and pass on to their friends, parents, and teachers what they have learned. She addressed it also deals with concepts that can develop psychosocial competency skills, such as respect for diversity, order, conflict resolution, and negotiation, so it is being used for teacher’s training.

 

“Our objective is to end wars in the global village and establish peace and make it a permanent legacy for future generations. Without peace, everything that we managed to build would be destroyed. … We should not let this happen. So, to achieve peace, shouldn’t we achieve our objective with the same spirit?” said Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL at the event.

 

 

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Dr. Dre ordered to pay $1.5M to estranged wife Nicole Young in legal fees

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Hip Hop mogul, Dr. Dre has been ordered to pay an ‘extra $1.55million’ in attorney fees to estranged wife Nicole Young. (more…)

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