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When LL Cool J was asked to host the Grammy Awards for the second year in a row, I could hear the prayers of “desperate housewives” been answered from the man above. With a new album in the works and a renewed sense of urgency, LL promises to bring us a night full of fun and excitement.

The only question that we want to know is how many time will LL lick his lips at tonight’s Grammy Awards show? We are taking a poll and we would love to get your opinion.

At the 2012 Grammy Awards LL Cool J licked his lips an amazing 34x according to XXL Magazine, what do you think will be the magic number this year?

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With the 2013 Grammy Awards airing this Sunday night on CBS, we thought now would be the time to throw in our bids for who is going to win the golden Gramophones this year.  Just don’t hold us to our answers.

1. Best New Artist goes to…


Frank Ocean! Because let’s be honest, he was easily the most talked about artist this year between his coming out story and his chart-topping songs.  If Frank Ocean doesn’t win, I will have lost faith in the music industry.

2. Best Pop Solo Performance goes to…


Adele…obviously.  Look at all those awards.   It’s pretty much a safe bet that if Adele is nominated for an award, she will win it.

3. Best Rap Performance goes to…


Jay- Z and Kanye West for N—as in Paris.  I say this mainly because it’s the only nominated song that I’ve listened to extensively, but it’s a good one!

4. Best R&B Performance goes to…

GrammyMiguel or Usher because quite honestly, I don’t know.  It’s a toss-up at this point.  On one hand you have Usher, who’s a Grammy-winning legend and Miguel, who had it not been for Frank Ocean would likely be the most talked about artist.  In short, I don’t really know who’s going to win this one.

5. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration goes to…

Jay-Z and Kanye again!  It probably helps that Frank Ocean is also featured on the song “No Church in the Wild”.  Basically, I love this duo and they need to win every award.

6. Best Urban Contemporary Album goes to…

GrammyChris Brown! …Just kidding.  Frank Ocean and Channel Orange will probably win this one too.

7.  Best Traditional R&B Performance goes to…

This one’s tough.  On one hand, you have the amazingly talented Melanie Fiona.  On the other, Beyonce.  This category causes me too much stress.

8. Album of the Year goes to…

Mumford and Sons’ Babel.  I’d like to root Frank Ocean on in this category as well, but Mumford and Sons were huge this year and appealed to a much wider audience.

9. Record of the Year goes to…

Grammy“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye ft. Kimbra. This song was a viral phenomenon and everyone knows that viral hits have a secret pull in the voting process.

10. Song of the Year goes to…


“We Are Young” by Fun.  Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was catchy and I adore Ed Sheeran, but Fun.’s anthem will definitely be taking home the Gramophone on Sunday night.

Bonus: Best Performance of the Night goes to…

grammyThe Ed Sheeran and Elton John duet.  “Why?” you may ask.  Well, 1. It’s Elton John.  2. It’s Ed Sheeran.  3. It’s Elton John and Ed Sheeran doing a duet.  I mean, really, can it get much better than that?  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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Unlike Lil Scrappy, I had heard about Stevie J long before Eve’s Behind the Music special on VH1. With all of the foolery on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, one often forgets that Stevie J is a three-time Grammy winner. Yes, I remember the leaked sex tape featuring him and Eve, but I also remember Jay-Z shouting him out on a track called Ride or Die from the ‘Hard Knock Life’ album.

This was the song that turned Bad Boy’s Mase Murder into Pastor Mason Betha. The craziest thing about the whole situation is Stevie J was Bad Boy’s go to producer at the time. In the song Jay-Z raps:

“I bruise wack rap niggaz severely punish them. Especially those that get fucked for they publishing, Always gotta be the weakest nigga out the crew I probably make more money off yo’ album, than you. You see the respect I get every time I come through. Check your own videos, you’ll always be number two. Niggaz talkin real greasy on them R&B records but I’m platinum a million times nigga, check the credits.”

After watching Love and Hip Hop Atlanta for the past month or so, I decided to look up Stevie J’s discography and I was amazed at his track record. It’s a ashame that someone as talented as Stevie J hasn’t had a hit record in so long. It seems like he is more focused on banging “hot chicks” than making music these days. The Power of the “P.” With that being, here are Stevie J’s 5 Biggest Hits of All-Time.

1. 112 feat Notorious B.I.G. – Only You
Only You’ was the lead single from Bad Boy Records R&B group 112’s debut album.

2. Eve feat Gwen Stefani – Blow Ya Mind
Released in 2001, Blow Ya Mind was Eve’s first single from her Scorpio album.In 2002, the Stevie J produced track won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

3. Puff Daddy feat Faith and 112 – I’ll Be Missing You
Released in 1997 I’ll Be Missing You was a tribute to the legendary Notorious B.I.G. The song sample The Police “Every Breath You Take,” and it also won a Grammy.

4. Mariah Carey – Honey
Honey was the lead single from Mariah Carey’s Butterfly album and it was nominated for two Grammy’s in 1998.

5. Mariah Carey featuring Krazie and Wish Bone – Breakdown
Breakdown was one of the first songs that introduced a prissy Mariah Carey to the Hip Hop world.

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With a career that began in 1949, Riley King AKA B.B.King has enough backstage stories to last several centuries. At the seasoned age of 86, B.B. King is still one of the hardest working men in show biz and is set to play over 30 shows this summer. Here are a few interesting facts that I wanted to share with you about the “King of Blues.”

1. The “King of Blues” is a licensed private pilot and learned to fly at Lansing Municipal Airport in 1963.

2. King was diagnosed with Diabetes over twenty years ago, and is an avid spokesperson in the fight against the disease.

3. With 15 Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award , and membership into the Grammy Hall of Fame, B.B. King is one of the most accomplished musicians of all-time.

4. In 2006, B.B. King received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award from George. W. Bush.

5. Since starting his career in 1949, King has released over 50 albums – with his highest debuting album solo album “One Kind Favor” coming at the age of 83!

6. “Lucille,” a song King wrote is also the name that he has given to his beloved guitar. In 1980, Gibson Guitar Corporation launched the Gibson Lucille Model.

7. B.B. King’s favorite singer is Frank Sinatra, who he credits for opening doors for black entertainers during the time they were shunned by the mainstream.

8. In 1970 King Won a Grammy Award for “The Thrill Is Gone,” a song that was originally written by West Coast Blues singer Roy Hawkins.

9. After returning from WWII, King was a disc jockey in Memphis and was known as “The Beale Street Blues Boy.” Hence the name B.B. King…

10. B. B. King was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.