Khalid on His Life-Changing Album and Valuable Advice From Kehlani

This time last year, Khalid released his debut studio album American Teen, and in the time since the now 20-year-old has enjoyed immense success that includes a platinum album, four platinum or multi-platinum songs, and five Grammy nominations, including a Best New Artist nod.

Complex News' Jinx linked up with Khalid while out at SXSW to get more details on the artist's meteoric rise. Alongside breaking down the importance of his debut album, Khalid also shared advice Kehlani once gave him about going on the road. “I was talking to her about going on my first tour, I was super nervous about it. I'm like, do you have any advice? She says one thing: 'Bring lots of underwear.' I do, so thank you Kehlani, because if you get it, you get it.” 

Check out the full interview above, which also features Khalid talking about his goals for the next phase of his career and getting star-struck over seeing Beyoncé and Jay Z at the Grammys. 

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During Memorable iHeartRadio Acceptance Speech, Cardi B Reveals Debut Album Is Coming

Cardi B made the most of her time at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday night. After kicking off the show by performing a medley of hits, she won the award for Best New Artist and delivered a thoroughly entertaining acceptance speech.

On stage with the iHeartRadio award in hand, Cardi first acknowledged her team, her family, and Offset, before thanking her fans, “because even when I'm wrong, they be like, 'She still right.'” With a laugh, she added, “I want to thank my haters, too, because they be downloading my stuff so they can hear it and talk crap about it. But it benefits me!”

Then Cardi dropped a bomb: “My album will be coming in April. Yessir, April. Stay tuned motherf—. Owww.”

The update comes as a relief for fans who have been waiting for a debut album from Cardi for months. She's previously explained that she didn't want to rush the project and would take her time until everything's right.

“Every single time I think I got all the ten songs I’m like, I’m buggin,” she told The Breakfast Club in September. “These ain’t it. It’s just like, damn I’m competing with myself. I’m competing with the goddamn No. 2 record [on the Billboard Hot 100] and stuff.”

As recently as January, Cardi was seen in the studio putting finishing touches on the album.

While you wait for April to arrive finally, you can see a clip from her opening performance at the iHeartRadio Music Awards below.

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Recording Academy Has Higher Female Representation Than Industry Averages, Admits That’s ‘Not Enough’

For all that the 2018 Grammys did well, the show had one major flaw: the treatment of women. Only one woman won an award in any of the major categories (Alessia Cara for Best New Artist); no women were nominated for Record of the Year; Lorde was only woman nominated for Album of the Year, and she didn’t even get a chance to perform by herself (every other Album of the Year nominee was offered the chance to perform). Soon after the show was over, things got markedly worse.

Recording Academy boss Neil Portnow told Variety that the lack of representation was because women “who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level” need “to step up.” His remarks were wildly offensive and many called for him to step down, so the Recording Academy responded by creating a task force to “tackle gender bias.” Now, the Recording Academy has a new strategy to address its obvious gender issue: a letter to its members.

The letter uses statistics from a USC Annenberg study on the music industry to make the case that even though in many areas the Academy’s female representation is actually above the industry averages, they admit it’s not enough. “We must be leaders in moving our industry toward greater inclusion and representation,” the letter reads. “Women are 50 percent of our world. We need their voice and presence at every level.”

The letter also mentions the task force for “female advancement” and promises further action, but not not specify what exactly will happen or when.

Excerpts of the letter, which was addressed to Academy members, were obtained by Variety. In it, the Academy acknowledges that “a poor choice of words” was partly to blame for the “national conversation about gender bias at the Recording Academy,” likely referring to Portnow's remarks. The letter goes on to state that “the Recording Academy Board takes gender parity and inclusion very seriously” and that their task force will “review every aspect of what we do to ensure that our commitment to diversity is reflected in our organization and community.” They also promise to share more information about the task force in coming weeks.


“When we read the headlines, ‘only 9 percent of Grammy nominees are women,’ we were troubled,” the letter read. “Could we really be that far behind the rest of the industry?”

The letter then details some of the statistics found in the USC report. The study looks at five out of the Grammys' 84 categories: Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. The results are as follows: 22 percent of the performers are women; 12 percent of songwriters are women; and 2 percent of producers are women; women comprise 12 percent of the total music creator population.

In addition, the letter points to the following figures, also from the USC study:

  • Across all 84 categories, 17% of Grammy nominees are female (compared to 12% industry index).
  • 36% of Best New Artist nominees are women (compared to 22% industry index).
  • 21% of Song Of The Year nominees are women (compared to 12% industry index).
  • 0% of Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominees are women (compared to 2% industry index).
  • 8% of Record Of The Year and 6% of Album Of The Year nominees are women.

When it comes to the Academy’s membership, 21 percent of their estimated voting membership are women (compared to a 12 percent industry index) and 11 percent of their Producers & Engineers Wing members are women (compared to 2 percent industry index).

“Part of music’s power is its ability to raise awareness around important cultural issues and effect change,” the Academy’s letter reads. “It is in this spirit that we move forward.”

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Jay Z & SZA Grammy Snubs?, Migos Album Reactions, Meek Mill Case Update | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, DJ Akademiks, Nadeska, and STAR broke down their reactions to the Grammys and debated about whether or not SZA was snubbed for “Best New Artist.” They also dive into whether or not Jay Z should have taken home some awards before breaking down Post Malone’s comments about struggling as a white rapper. To wrap the show, the crew broke down Migos’ new album and debated about whether or not they delivered. 

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Cardi B and SZA Fans Are Mad Over Them Getting Shut Out at 2018 Grammys

If you've been paying attention to the Grammys, you might be feeling a little… outraged. Peeved, perturbed, if you will. The Recording Academy has done what it does best, in that it has chosen to not award the new-school darlings of the hip-hop and R&B world, Cardi B and SZA, with a smidgen of recognition beyond nomination.

SZA was nominated for Best New Artist—lost to Alessia Cara; Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song—lost both to Bruno Mars; Best Urban Contemporary Album—lost that to the Weeknd; and Best Rap/Sung Performance—lost that to Kendrick and Rihanna. She didn't collect a single Grammy. Cardi, meanwhile, was up for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song—she lost them both to K-Dot. 

Fans of both SZA and Cardi were understandably livid: how could their fave not win a single damn award that they were up for, when they were so clearly front-runners?

Even TDE's co-president Punch reacted to SZA getting shut out, referencing the 2014 Grammys when Kendrick Lamar lost out to Macklemore.

It seems as though the Academy is operating at its usual pace: it collectively moved to only award the names that it knows best, rather than the ones that actually connected with the culture. Out of touch, much?

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Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform “DNA” and “Humble” to Open 2017 VMAs

Kendrick Lamar made the jump from critical darling to household name in 2017, and it was only right that he got to punctuate that rise by kicking off the 2017 VMAs.

Bundled in a winter coat and rocking a red durag, Kendrick kicked in the door to start the show, opening the VMAs with two cuts from Damn, “DNA” and “Humble.” It was quite the spectacle, with stuntmen climbing up a burning rope ladder in the background while Kendrick continued spitting bars.

The rise of Kendrick's star was matched by the amount of nominations he received, with his eight VMA nominations leading the pack heading into the evening. But his focus wasn't a selfish one, and a point of focus for the rap star was on his TDE label mate, SZA, who he believed should be named Best New Artist.

“I watched her slave over and over to make a masterpiece that not only represents her, but represents women all over the world,” he said of her new album, Ctrl. “Something that we all can feel. It touched so many different spaces and connected with so many people. There’s nothing much more I can say — she needs to win.”

You can watch his performance from the 2017 VMAs up top.

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iHeartRadio Music Awards Narrows Down Its Best New Artists Finalists

When the nominations for the iHeartRadio Music Awards were announced in January, there were seven categories separated by genre each for “Best New Artist.” It was revealed today that the awards show has now condensed the Best New Artist category into one, with one artist from each genre making it into a sort of “finalist” category.

The new Best Artist nominations for the iHeartRadio Music Awards go to:

Chance The Rapper (Hip-Hop)
The Chainsmokers (Pop)
The Strumbellas (Rock)
Kelsea Ballerini (Country)
CNCO (Latin)
Joss Favela (Regional Mexican)
Bryson Tiller (R&B)

Interestingly, The Chainsmokers were nominated for best new pop artist, beating out Alessia Cara, Daya, Lukas Graham, and ZAYN in their own category. There was no category for Best New Dance Artist. Despite this, The Chainsmokers are still up for awards in Dance Song Of The Year for “Don’t Let Me Down,” as well as Dance Artist Of The Year.

There’s also the matter of Chance The Rapper being nominated for Best New Artist – he released his first mixtape in 2012 and has been heavily active in touring and releasing music since. The time for being a “new” artist has probably passed. Chance beat out Desiigner, D.R.A.M., Kent Jones, and Kevin Gates in the category for Best New Hip-Hop Artist before it was phased out.

The fourth iHeartRadio Awards take place on March 5, 2017 at The Forum in Los Angeles. Shawn Mendes, Big Sean and The Chainsmokers will also be performing, with Ryan Seacrest presiding over the evening’s events.

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Chance The Rapper Wins Grammy For Best New Artist

The 59th Grammy Awards have officially commenced, and the first award up for grabs was the honor of “Best New Artist.”

A lot of people assumed it might be The Chainsmokers thanks to their massive string of chart-topping singles, but crowd favorite and free music advocate Chance The Rapper has taken home the evening’s esteemed opening award.

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Their fellow nominees were as follows:

Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak

To celebrate, check out Change The Rapper’s 2017 album, Coloring Book.


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How To Watch The Grammy Awards Online For Free

Tonight is the 59th Annual Grammy Awards which, as you know, is one of the most prestigious honors given to any recording artist or musician. The event will take place at Staples Center in Los Angels and be televised nationally starting at 8 PM EST / 5 PM PST. Sign up at the link below for free to watch the Grammy Awards stream online tonight.

How to watch the Grammy stream for free. 

As always, the award ceremony will feature plenty of live performances from some of the biggest names in music. James Corden of the Late Late Show will host the star-studded lineup including Daft Punk and The Weeknd, A Tribe Called Quest and Anderson .PaakSturgill Simpson, Lady Gaga and Metallica, Chance the Rapper and Kirk Franklin, Adele, Bruno Mars, John Legend, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, and many more.

Of those artists, Anderson .Paak has also been nominated for two awards: Best New Artist, and Best Urban Contemporary Album for his sophomore LP Malibu. Both Daft Punk and A Tribe Called Quest received nominations for critically acclaimed works which will both be eligible for nomination during the next Grammy season. Sturgill Simpson had his album A Sailor’s Guide To Earth nominated for Album of the Year, while Chance the Rapper is up for a staggering seven nominations, from Best New Artist, to Best Rap Song, to Best Rap Album, and more. Adele is up for five nominations including Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

Though not performing, Beyoncé will be in attendance and leading with nine nominations, followed closely by Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West with eight each.

While you await the 59th annual Grammy Awards relive Daft Punk’s historic performance from three years ago below.

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