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Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Others top MTV Video Music Awards nominations



Justin+Timberlake+2013+Time+100+Gala+Arrivals+n6RILDeCCGTlMTVhas revealed the nominations for the 30th annual MTV “Video Music Awards” taking place at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, USA on Sunday 25 August. The VMA’s most coveted award, “Video of the Year”, was unveiled via the @MTV Instagram and Vine video accounts – making the VMAs the  first awards show to announce nominations via these social media video platforms.  Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors”, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop”, Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven”, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble”, are set for an epic battle to take home “Video of the Year”.  Previous “Video of the Year” winners have included R.E.M’s “Losing My Religion”, Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy”, Madonna’s “Ray of Light”, Eminem’s “Without Me”, Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)”.

Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead this year’s VMA pack with six overall nominations each. Timberlake’s nominations include “Video of the Year”, “Best Male Video”, “Best Pop Video” and “Best Editing” for “Mirrors”, while his “Suit & Tie” featuring JAY Z, scored nods for “Best Collaboration” and “Best Direction”. Previously, Timberlake has taken home seven Video Music Awards, including “Best Pop Video” for “Cry Me A River”.

Fresh off their show-stopping performance at the MTV Movie Awards, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis score their first-ever Video Music Award nominations with six nods (tying Timberlake in total nods) including “Video of the Year” for their smash hit “Thrift Shop”, “Best Hip-Hop Video”, “Best Cinematography”, “Best Direction” and “Best Editing” for “Can’t Hold Us featuring Ray Dalton”, while “Same Love” received a nod for “Best Video with a Social Message”.

As a previous performer at the 2011 “Video Music Awards,” Bruno Mars continues his hugely successful VMA run by garnering four nominations this year including “Video of the Year”, “Best Pop Video”, and “Best Male Video” for “Locked Out of Heaven”, and “Best Choreography” for the smooth summer groove, “Treasure”.

P!nk, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and Thirty Seconds to Mars are each up for three Video Music Awards. P!nk’s powerful “Just Give Me A Reason” featuring Nate Ruess garnered multiple nominations for “Best Female Video”, “Best Collaboration” and “Best Editing”. Robin Thicke’s sexy video for “Blurred Lines” feat T.I. and Pharrell received VMA nods for “Video of the Year”, “Best Male Video” and “Best Collaboration”. Miley Cyrus’ millennial anthem “We Can’t Stop” is up for “Best Female Video”, “Best Pop Video” and “Best Editing” while Thirty Seconds To Mars’ “Up In The Air” received nominations for “Best Rock Video”, “Best Art Direction” and “Best Cinematography”.   Other notable nominees receiving multiple 2013 Video Music Award nods range from the worlds of Pop, Hip-Hop, EDM, R&B and Rock and include previously nominated artists such as Taylor Swift, Drake, fun., Calvin Harris, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs as well as first-time VMA nominees Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, The Weeknd and Capital Cities.   This year, the VMA for “Best New Artist” has been re-named “Artist to Watch” ®. This change was inspired by the positive response to MTV’s Artist to Watch campaign, a new music discovery initiative across all of MTV’s television channels, websites and social networks. The nominees for “Artist to Watch” are: Twenty One Pilots for “Holding On To You”, Zedd featuring Foxes for “Clarity”, Austin Mahone for “What About Love”, The Weeknd for “Wicked Games” and Iggy Azalea for “Work”. Previous “Best New Artist” VMA winners have included iconic names in music such as Eurythmics, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Eminem, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and One Direction.   Celebrating the union between music and social activism, the nominees for this year’s “Best Video with a Social Message” include Kelly Clarkson’s “People Like Us”, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love”, Snoop Lion’s “No Guns Allowed”, Miguel’s “Candles in the Sun” and Beyoncé’s “I Was Here”.   First debuting in 2011, this category is presented in conjunction with MTV Act, which spotlights young people and celebrities who are taking positive action.  

Every artist who wins a 2013 Video Music Award will take home a limited-edition KAWS Moonman, created exclusively for this year’s historic show set to take place in Brooklyn for the first time ever.

Beginning today, fans can vote in general VMA categories, including “Video of the Year”, “Artist to Watch”, and more by visiting  In addition, “Artist to Watch” is available for voting via MTV’s official Facebook page, Voting for all VMA categories, except “Artist to Watch,” will end on 13 August at 00.00 CAT. ET. Voting for “Artist to Watch” continues through the show and will be announced live.

To build anticipation for the show, MTV launched a successful cross platform social campaign, #RoadToTheVMAs, which features the “Moonman” trophy in a myriad of iconic locations throughout Brooklyn and NYC. Thus far, the campaign has achieved more than 25 million social media impressions including a quarter of a million likes on Instagram, 16 million impressions on Twitter, 8 million impressions on Facebook and 1 million impressions on Tumblr.  Throughout the day, MTV will continue its creative use of social media by rolling out the 2013 VMA nominations as a series of imaginative stop motion videos created by 23-year old artist, Khoa, on the @MTV Instagram and Vine accounts.

The MTV “Video Music Awards“ will broadcast live across Africa on MTV (DStv Channel 130) on Monday 26 August at 03:00 CAT, with the primetime premiere that evening at 20:30 CAT. The show will air on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) at 16:00 CAT on Tuesday 27 August.

A full list of categories and nominations are below. Nominees for an additional new socially voted category, “Best Song of the Summer” will be announced on 12 August.

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees are:


Video Of The Year Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz – “Thrift Shop” Bruno Mars  – “Locked Out of Heaven” Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines” Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”


Best Hip-Hop Video Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us” Drake – “Started From the Bottom” Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools” A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – “F**kin Problems” J. Cole feat. Miguel – “Power Trip” Best Male Video Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors” Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines” Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven” Ed Sheeran – “Lego House” Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools”   Best Female Video Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko – “Stay” Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble” Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop” P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me A Reason” Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack”   Best Pop Video Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven” Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors” fun. – “Carry On” Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop” Selena Gomez – “Come and Get It”   Artist To Watch Presented by Taco Bell® Twenty One Pilots – “Holding On To You” Zedd Feat. Foxes – “Clarity” Austin Mahone – “What About Love” The Weeknd – “Wicked Games” Iggy Azalea – “Work”   Best Collaboration Justin Timberlake feat. JAY Z -“Suit & Tie” Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – “Feel This Moment” Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – “I Need Your Love” Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines” P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me A Reason”   Best Video With A Social Message Kelly Clarkson – “People Like Us” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Same Love” Snoop Lion – “No Guns Allowed” Miguel – “Candles In The Sun” Beyoncé – “I Was Here”   Best Rock Video Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive” Fall Out Boy                                                     Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” Mumford & Sons                                                         Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait” 30 Seconds To Mars                                                   Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Up In The Air” Vampire Weekend – “Diane Young”   Best Art Direction Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound” Thirty Seconds To Mars – “Up In The Air” Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – “Q.U.E.E.N” Lana Del Rey – “National Anthem” Alt-J – “Tesselate”   Best Choreography Chris Brown – “Fine China” Ciara – “Body Party” Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull – “Live It Up” feat. Justin Bieber – “#thatPOWER”

Bruno Mars – “Treasure”

Best Cinematography Thirty Seconds To Mars – “Up In The Air” Lana Del Rey – “Ride”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”

A-Trak & Tommy Trash – “Tuna Melt”


Best Direction

Justin Timberlake feat. JAY-Z – “Suit & Tie”

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”

fun. – “Carry On” Drake – “Started From The Bottom”


Best Editing

P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me A Reason”

Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing”

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”

Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”

Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”

Best Visual Effects

Flying Lotus – “Tiny Tortures”

Skrillex feat. The Door – “Breakin’ A Sweat”

The Weeknd – “Wicked Games” Duck Sauce – “It’s You”

Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”

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South African pioneer Riky Rick posthumously receives inaugural Global Visionary Award at The BET HipHop Awards 2022]



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Rikhado “Riky Rick” Makhado will be honoured posthumously with the prestigious title his fans have known him to hold ever since he broke into the industry: The Global Visionary Award, during the International Broadcast of the 2022 BET Hip-Hop Awards. The esteemed award recognises and honours champions of culture, including artists, DJs, and music industry professionals who have made ground-breaking efforts to expand the culture of hip-hop on the World Stage. Riky Rick is the inaugural recipient of this award.   

Hosted by Grammy®-nominated recording artist, actor, entrepreneur, and media personality Fat Joe the “BET HIP HOP AWARDS” 2022, will tape from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, on Friday, September 30, and will premiere Internationally on BET Africa, DStv channel 129 on Wednesday, 05 October 2022 at 02:00 am WAT/ 03:00 am CAT and repeat at 18:30WAT/19:30 CAT.  

“The BET Global Visionary Award comes as a heart-warming opportunity to celebrate Rikhado’s life and his deep love for humanity”, said Louisa Zondo, Riky Rick’s mother. “I see the award as a recognition of the positive impact of the music Rikhado shared with us. The award also highlights how Rikhado used arts and culture as an important and effective pathway for people to truly connect with, care for and be seen by each other.” 

The South African Entrepreneur, Rapper, and Fashion Icon, Riky Rick, has been a force in the music industry since the release of “Nafukwa”, which won an MTV Africa Award for Video of the Year. Riky Rick’s dynamic and prominent voice in SA hip-hop has earned him recognition as a highly regarded creative who has left an indelible mark on the global music scene. He pioneered the independent music wave in SA and beyond, separating from his label and releasing music directly to fans online. His independent ventures achieved much success and inspired other artists to explore a similar path. He is the founder and owner of Cotton Club Records and of Cotton Fest, a platform that celebrates the world of music and fashion.  

“As Riky’s family, we are moved and honoured to receive the BET Global Visionary Award on behalf of our beloved, Riky Rick,” said Bianca Naidoo Makhado, Riky Rick’s wife. “This award honours his work and his name. I am so proud that my husband’s work is still making a positive impact within the entertainment space and that his legacy continues to inspire young creatives. This award reminds us of his love for his fans and for the culture.”  

“Riky Rick means so much to so many of us, not just South African hip-hop fans but globally beyond the mic. His impact in changing the South African hip-hop game to be more inclusive, particularly in encouraging young creatives to take control of their destiny and dare to dream bigger, endures as one of his most influential and lasting legacies. His legacy continues to inspire and together with Bianca, we hope to honour Riky by championing a new generation of black creatives while celebrating his life and what he stood for,” said Monde Twala, Senior Vice president and General Manager, Paramount Africa and Peer Lead, BET International.  

Riky Rick’s untimely passing, due to mental health struggles, is a great loss for many. This Award aims to honour his life, work, and his lasting impact while raising awareness around mental health issues and shedding light on available coping resources. Riky Rick was an innovator in many spheres of culture and the world benefited greatly from his intuitive vision.        

For more information about “BET Hip Hop Awards” including the latest news and updates, visit  

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Global publisher to release first graphic novels from South Africa’s award-winning Triggerfish Animation Studios




North American independent book publisher Catalyst Press will publish two graphic novels from Cape Town’s world-renowned animation studio next year, its first venture into the literary sphere. (more…)

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Rihanna will headline the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show





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2022 Global Citizen Festival Campaign Across Accra and New York Culminates In $2.4 Billion To End Extreme Poverty



2022 Global Citizen Festival Campaign Culminates In $2.4 Billion To End Extreme Poverty

Global Citizen is proud to announce the 2022 Global Citizen Festival campaign has culminated in over $2.4 billion in commitments to end extreme poverty NOW.

The six-week campaign concluded with a nine-hour festival across two stages, beginning in Black Star Square in Accra, Ghana, presented by Harith General Partners, and ending in New York City’s Central Park, presented by Citi and Cisco.

The 2022 campaign saw 2 million actions taken by global citizens as part of Global Citizen’s mission to End Extreme Poverty NOW, more than doubling the record previously set by the international advocacy organization.

On the Global Citizen Festival: Accra stage, the governments of Ghana and South Africa announced the African Prosperity Fund, a joint initiative by the governments of Ghana and South Africa, which aims to deploy $1 billion to fund projects for economic inclusion and financial participation across the continent. The fund will focus on projects in the African Continental Free Trade Area, including infrastructure development, financial access for the participation of women and youth, education, healthcare, technology, and sustainability, all for the benefit of Africa’s 1.3 billion people.

Meanwhile, at Global Citizen Festival: NYC, U.S. members of Congress from both sides of the political aisle stood alongside world leaders, philanthropists, and trailblazers from the private sector to make announcements worthy of the 10-year history of the Global Citizen Festival. Over a video message, President Macron announced France will reallocate 30 percent of its Special Drawing Rights to the world’s poorest countries, specifically in Africa, to fight extreme poverty, pandemics, inequalities, and climate change.

The days leading into the 10th anniversary Global Citizen Festival saw major commitments from world leaders, including Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada and President von der Leyen of the European Commission, who respectively committed CAD $1.209 billion and €715 million at the seventh replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. During the Festival, Prime Minister Trudeau and President von der Leyen thanked global citizens for acting.

The following commitments were pledged at the 2022 Global Citizen Festival in Accra, Ghana and New York City:

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Lil Maru shares new video single “Get Me On”



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The song is accented by Maru’s tremolo flow over the minimalist, West Coast flavored production featuring a pair of light keys and smooth synths. The video showcases Maru surrounded by his loyal crew, flexing his custom jewelry, and adds to the personal nature of the song. Following the bubbling success of “On The Block”, Maru is continuing his homegrown momentum with his new single and video “Get Me On”.

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Lil Maru is a Mexican-American hip-hop artist based in San Diego, CA who busted on the scene with his 2020 single “Change Up” (20m+ Streams) and has only been capitalizing on the momentum ever since. He followed this up with a string of singles in 2021 including the viral hit “On The Block”, “Issues”, and “Nothing Into Something”. Maru kicked off 2022 with the release of his EP Been 2 Gone, featuring standout tracks like “Heartless”and “Soda Shopping” featuring former Shoreline Mafia member Fenix Flexin. Now, with the release of “Get Me On”, Maru is looking to leave his distinct mark on hip-hop and emerge as the forerunner of the new West Coast scene.

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