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YouTube Music Hosts Leaders & Legends Ball – Ludacris, 2Chainz, Jermaine Dupri, Future, Rick Ross, Da Brat, YoungBloodZ, and more

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On Wednesday evening, YouTube Music celebrated the 30 year legacy of LaFace Records honoring music visionaries, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Antonio “LA” Reid. The black tie gala, which took place at the Atlanta History Center, reflected on the city’s longstanding contributions to popular music, largely established by the night’s guests of honor.

The evening was introduced by Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music at YouTube, and Tuma Basa, Director of Urban Music at YouTube who further reiterated the significance of Atlanta as not only a vehicle for popular music, but also a global purveyor of culture. Joining them onstage for special presentations were comedian Lil Duval, recording artist Monica, and music video director Bryan Barber.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JANUARY 15: L.A. Reid and Future attend YouTube Music 2020 Leaders & Legends Ball at Atlanta History Center on January 15, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for YouTube Music)

The evening was capped off by special award presentations made to Edmonds and Reid for the storied careers and performances by Atlanta’s legendary acts including Big Boi, Pastor Troy, KP the Great, Goodie Mob, CeeLo, Killer Mike and TI. Other notable attendees and guest appearances included Ludacris, 2Chainz, Jermaine Dupri, Future, Rick Ross, Da Brat, YoungBloodZ, Sleepy Brown, Rico Wade, Dallas Austin, and more.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JANUARY 15: L.A. Reid, Tameka “Tiny” Harris and Babyface attend YouTube Music 2020 Leaders & Legends Ball at Atlanta History Center on January 15, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for YouTube Music)

Tuma Basa, Director of Urban Music at YouTube: “The reason we’re here is because 30 years ago, LA and Babyface chose Atlanta to start LaFace Records. They embraced the homegrown talent and built a blueprint for all of us to follow. When you’re a music programmer or a DJ, you try to break a song. The song has to be right and then it pops because it’s time. What happened 30 years ago is that LA and Babyface came to Atlanta, a city that was ripe, and broke the city.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JANUARY 15: Ludacris and Monica attend YouTube Music 2020 Leaders & Legends Ball at Atlanta History Center on January 15, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for YouTube Music)

Bryan Barber, music video and motion picture director: Atlanta influences everything. LaFace influences everything. As I look out into the crowd, the word that comes to mind is ‘we.’ How far we’ve come, all that we’ve influenced, things that we’ve impacted, and things we’ll influence in the years to come. I got here in 1990 when the city was thriving with talent, fashion, music, education and business. The city embraced me. I was able to spend time with all of these young, amazing artists while carrying this 16mm camera on my shoulder. I would shoot everywhere I went. I see all of these faces from that time, we were young then, but we’re old now, and yet we have the same optimistic smiles and optimism about the future. Thank you for embracing me and Atlanta. I love you.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JANUARY 15: CeeLo Green, T-Mo, Khujo, and Big Gipp of Goodie Mob attend YouTube Music 2020 Leaders & Legends Ball at Atlanta History Center on January 15, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for YouTube Music)

LA Reid, co-founder of LaFace Records: We’re not from Atlanta, but the city opened its arms to us and it didn’t have to. Atlanta never made us feel like outsiders and as a result we were able to give that back by giving opportunities to young aspiring artists like Jermaine Dupri and Dallas Austin and Rico Wade who are real geniuses. The real measure of a record executive is the ability to bump up against genius and I’m proud to say I started my career bumping  up next to the greatest songwriter ever [Babyface]. It doesn’t get better, but Dallas measured up and Jermaine measured up and Organized Noize measured up. They gave us greatness and music that will live forever. So, I’m thankful to Atlanta for embracing us.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JANUARY 15: T.I., Da Brat and L.A. Reid attend YouTube Music 2020 Leaders & Legends Ball at Atlanta History Center on January 15, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for YouTube Music)

Babyface, co-founder of LaFace Records: The thing that keeps sticking with me when I Iook across this room and see all the talent — if we  had anything to do with inspiring this — to me that’s God’s blessing. When amazing things are happening you don’t always realize it. When we came down to Atlanta, we were just trying trying to make some music. I didn’t have it in my head that we were going to make this the greatest label of all time, but in that journey, were were able to meet amazing people. I’ve never seen a music label like this where people didn’t want to go home. The thing that stayed with ime is that that feeling of having something to be proud. It wasn’t just a record company. People were proud to say that they worked for LaFace. I feel blessed to have written the songs I wrote, but I’m just as blessed to have known and worked with the people at LaFace and to be a part of this city. There is no place like Atlanta and I don’t think there ever will be.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JANUARY 15: YK Osiris performs onstage during 2020 YouTube Music Leaders & Legends Ball at Atlanta History Center on January 15, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for YouTube Music)

Monica, recording artist: We were always told what we couldn’t do, but being in this room reminds me what we can do. You don’t see us fighting often in Atlanta. We come from a place where we don’t see silver spoons until we can purchase them ourselves.We support, love and uplift everyone. I don’t need to know you to love you.. We will always welcome you to Atlanta because we feel like we can grow people from everywhere.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JANUARY 15: Big Boi and Sleepy Brown perform onstage during YouTube Music 2020 Leaders & Legends Ball at Atlanta History Center on January 15, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for YouTube Music)

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BUSTA RHYMES HEADLINES RIAA & SPOTIFY EVENT SUPPORTING MUSICIANS ON CALL

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The Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA) and Spotify presented their annual event benefiting Musicians On Call (MOC) at newly opened venue, The Atlantis, in DC last night. MOC’s mission to highlight the healing power of music was amplified at the exclusive event as the music community, industry professionals and policymakers came out to support their vital work – delivering music to bedsides in healthcare environments. RIAA Chairman/CEO and MOC Board Chairman Emeritus Mitch Glazier served as the unofficial emcee before introducing Busta Rhymes, who dialed into Platinum-certified tracks from his legendary career.
“Our partnership with RIAA has provided crucial support for our programs for well over a decade. This annual event in our nation’s capital not only helps to support our mission, but allows folks on the Hill to celebrate the healing power of music and the musicians and songwriters who create it,” said Musicians On Call President & CEO Pete Griffin. “Our bedside program is returning to hospitals in the DC Metro area now, and we look forward to welcoming more musicians and music lovers into our MOC community as volunteers. Thank you to RIAA and Spotify for helping raise awareness for our mission and to the iconic Busta Rhymes for such a memorable night!”
The iconic rapper, producer and in-demand collaborator hit the stage with “Ante Up,” “Put Ya Hands Where My Eyes Could See” and Platinum “Don’t Cha” before delivering tracks from his new album BLOCKBUSTA – “OK (ft. Young Thug),” ROBOSHOTTA (ft. Burna Boy),” “BIG EVERYTHING (ft. DaBaby).” He kept the intensity going through Platinum “Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check,” “All I Do Is Win,” “Break Ya Neck” and more as a palpable bounce kept the room on their feet.
From there, the energy seeped into the crowd with attendees transfixed by the larger-than-life, Brooklyn-born performer until the very last beat dropped. Busta Rhymes interrupted his own flow to address the room saying, “I want to make a toast to everyone that put this event together tonight, everyone that plays a role in pushing the culture forward in a productive way, and everyone here that advocates for artists.”
“How lucky are we to be here tonight with this incredible Conglomerate / Epic Records’ superstar of American culture, Busta Rhymes!” said Glazier as the night wrapped. He then joined RIAA COO Michele Ballantyne for a special plaque presentation recognizing Busta Rhymes’ incredible career. “I was going to come out here and tell you all how Busta Rhymes emerged in the Golden Era of Hip-Hop, but he just took us through every era of Hip-Hop tonight! So, we want to make sure we celebrate in the proper way – with this beautiful plaque commemorating your career’s 22 million RIAA certified units for your solo titles and collaborations. We know there are many more to come!”
“Musicians On Call is a special program that brings people together to experience the healing power of song, helping patients and caregivers know that they’re not alone during trying times. Spotify is proud to support this work in our partnership with RIAA so we can all continue our joint mission of connecting people through music. And we applaud the masterful career of Busta Rhymes whose music has bridged genres to unite audiences for decades.” said April Boyd, Spotify Vice President of Government Affairs & Public Policy.
Other notable supporters this year include Alibaba Group, Ford Motor Company, Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC), Jewel Box Platinum, National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), Recording Academy and SoundExchange.
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Jennifer Lopez Talks To Apple Music About Her New Album, Breaking All The Rules, And Finding Inspiration In Her Love Story With Ben Affleck

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Pop icon Jennifer Lopez is the next artist to take the stage for Apple Music Live — the live performance series that gives the biggest stars in music a platform to connect with audiences around the world.

Fresh off of the release of her ninth studio album, This Is Me…Now, Lopez hits the legendary Orpheum Theater stage in Los Angeles to a crowd full of her biggest fans. The Apple Music Live performance will debut Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00pm PT / 10:00pm ET exclusively on Apple Music at apple.co/JenniferLopez and Apple TV+. Fans can also stream the Apple Music Live performance anytime on demand on both Apple Music and Apple TV+.
In a wide-ranging and refreshingly honest interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Lopez said, “I think [This Is Me…Now] is the most honest record that I’ve ever made. And I feel very connected to it because of that. It’s not just personal, it’s my whole heart on the wax. It’s my whole heart in the air, and the ether now. And I really feel like, as I shared the music, I wasn’t just sharing music, I was sharing a feeling, a message, a bigger idea about, and that’s why it just didn’t end with the music for me.”
During the performance, Lopez showcases new tracks “This Is Me…Now,” “Rebound,” “Hearts and Flowers,” and “Greatest Love Story Never Told,” plus her biggest hits and fan favorites including, “Jenny from the Block,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “If You Had My Love,” and more.
The second season of Apple Music Live kicked off this past May with a special performance by Ed Sheeran, which was followed by Burna Boy’s historic London Stadium show last summer, Dominic Fike gave an electrifying show from Atlanta, Brent Faiyaz serenaded a packed house in London, and most recently SZA had us all in our feels from Brooklyn. Additional Apple Music Live standout performances have included Harry Styles’s One Night Only in New York performance, Billie Eilish’s Live at the O2 performance; Alicia Keys’s first-ever Holiday Masquerade Ball; and riveting performances from chart-topping artists Lil DurkMary J. BligeLuke Combs, and Wizkid. Explore the full lineup of past performances in the Apple Music Live archive.
Get exclusive wallpapers for your phone on Jennifer Lopez’s concert page in Shazam. Tap “Save” to unlock the Apple Music Live setlist, tour photos, and more after the show.
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Taylor Swift donates $100k to family of woman who was fatally shot during Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade

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American singer, Taylor Swift has donated $100,000 to the family of a mom who was killed in a Kansas City Chiefs parade this week.

Mom-of-two and radio DJ Lisa Lopez-Galvan was shot during a parade for the Super Bowl on Wednesday, February 14, celebrating the victory of the Kansas City Chiefs. A further 21 people were injured in the incident, including nine children.

Following the tragic events, Swift, whose boyfriend is Kansas City Chiefs player Travis Kelce donated $100,000 to a fundraiser set up for Lisa’s family.

Taylor donated two $50,000 instalments to the GoFundMe, writing: “Sending my deepest sympathies and condolences in the wake of your devastating loss. With love, Taylor Swift.”

Singer Taylor Swift donates $100k to family of woman who was fatally shot during Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade
Following her contribution, Lisa’s GoFundMe has raised $194,798 out of the goal amount of $75,000 so far.

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Lisa, who was 43 years old at the time of her death, worked as a radio DJ. Her page describes her as “an amazing mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend to so many.” “She is survived by two children and her husband of 22 years,” the fundraiser adds.

Initially, Lisa was said to have succumbed to her gunshot wound while undergoing abdominal surgery. However, later, it was clarified that she died at the scene, per Variety.

The outlet adds that her son, Marc Lopez-Galvan, who is in his 20s, was also among those shot and injured at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory rally. He has now been released from the hospital.

Apart from Lisa’s son, two more relatives of the late radio DJ sustained gunshot wounds. Additionally, her daughter, Adriana, was also at the scene. However, she did not suffer any wounds.

The fundraiser description further adds, “We ask that you continue to keep her family in your prayers as we grieve the loss of her life. This fund will help provide vital financial support to her family as they process this unthinkable tragedy.”

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