1. BET Apologizes for Blue Ivy Joke Read By Karrueche Tran

    August 26, 2014 5:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Monday night, Aug. 25, Beyoncé 's loyal fanbase, the Beyhive, came after Chris Brown 's girlfriend and on-air personality Karrueche Tran after she recited a tasteless joke about Bey and Jay Z 's daughter, Blue Ivy. BET's 106 & ...

  2. Mariah Carey Rides NYC Subway In Glistening Blue Gown

    May 31, 2014 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mariah Carey chose an unexpected method of transportation to New York’s Fresh Air Fund Gala on May 29: the NYC subway. Mariah Carey Heading for No. 3 on Billboard 200 Dressed in a glitzy light blue gown with dark sunglasses, Carey posted photos of h ...

  3. Backbeat: Emeli Sandé Captivates At Essence Black Women In Music

    January 23, 2014 2:50 PM EST A soul-stirring performance by honoree Emeli Sandé capped what’s become a popular GRAMMY Week tradition: Essence magazine’s Black Women in Music celebration. Now in its fifth year, the annual salute to rising female artists last night (Jan. 22) wa ...

  4. Backbeat: Mary J. Blige Receives Top Honors At Vibe Media's 20th Anniversary Event

    February 09, 2013 2:09 PM EST With more than two decades in the business, and over 50 million records sold, Mary J. Blige has more than earned her crown as the queen of hip-hop soul. Adding another item to her list of accolades, Blige was honored by Vibe magazine at their ...

  5. Urban Radio Legend Joe 'Butterball' Tamburro Dies

    July 27, 2012 7:15 PM EDT The urban music industry and R&B fans alike are mourning the death of Joe "Butterball" Tamburro. The longtime WDAS Philadelphia radio personality and program director died on July 27 at the age of 70. An Italian-American from South P ...

  6. Backbeat: BET Host Music Matters Showcase With Leah Labelle, Stevie Wonder, Rob Light, More

    July 05, 2012 12:56 PM EDT (L-R): BET's Kelly Griffin, LaToya Jackson, BET's Stephen Hill, Katherine Jackson and Rebbie Jackson. (Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images/BET Networks) BET Awards 2012 is now part of television history. However, music still matters at BET as ...

  7. Backbeat: Paul McCartney Honored at MusiCares Grammy Event, Performs for a Galaxy of Stars and Execs

    February 11, 2012 7:35 PM EST Sir Paul McCartney performing onstage during the 22nd Annual MusiCares Benefit Gala Honoring Paul McCartney at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo: WireImage) Few events bring out more music industry executives than the annual MusiCares Pers ...

  8. Backbeat: Kelly Rowland, Sylvia Rhone Honored @ Essence Black Women in Music Gala

    February 09, 2012 10:17 AM EST Honorees Sylvia Rhone, former Motown chief, and rising icon Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child fame. (Photo: 2012 A Turner Archives) Grammy Week revved up in earnest last night (Feb. 8) with two key events; the Recording Academy's Producer ...

  9. Backbeat: Beyonce Steps Out, Nas Has Wings at Jay-Z's Carnegie Hall After Party @ 40/40

    February 07, 2012 7:58 AM EST Jay-Z performing at Carnegie Hall with a full-orchestra and the Roots' Questlove on drums (Photo: Gabriela Herman) NEW YORK -- What better way for Jay-Z to celebrate an iconic performance at Carnegie Hall than sharing laughs, glasses filled w ...

  10. Backbeat: Diddy, Jimmy Iovine Bring Out Dr. Dre, Russell Simmons, Cassie To See Some 'Culo'

    October 10, 2011 12:49 PM EDT Bunmen: (From Left) Interscope/Geffen/A&M Chairmen Jimmy Iovine, photographer and visual artist Raphael Mazzucco, music mogul and rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs. (Photo: WireImage) The hip-hop and fashion worlds collided last night (Oct. ...

  11. BET's Stephen Hill Speaks On Trina and the '2011 BET Awards' Nominations

    May 20, 2011 6:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Tuesday (May 17), BET Networks announced the nominations for the '2011 BET Awards.' Chris Brown leads the nominations with six nominations and Lil Wayne follows with five nominations. Chris Brown Leads BET Awards Nominations Soon therea ...

  12. Why Bret Michaels & Other Music Stars Turn to Reality TV for Fame, Fortune

    September 08, 2010 3:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 B ret Michaels , veteran of six-count 'em, six-reality shows, has two bits of advice for artists looking to break into the genre: "Never wear white on TV unless you're at your fighting weight," he says. "And never drink too ...

  13. El DeBarge Gets Ready to Take His 'Second Chance'

    August 28, 2010 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The last time El DeBarge released an album, it was 1994. The Internet was starting to come into its own. Nielsen SoundScan was just 3 years old. YouTube, iTunes, Facebook and Twitter weren't even blips on anyone's radar. Not to mention tha ...

  14. Jay-Z Leads BET Awards Noms; Justin Bieber Gets New Artist Nod

    May 18, 2010 3:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Artist/actress/entrepreneur Queen Latifah has been chosen to host the 10th edition of the BET Awards. Leading with five nominations is Jay-Z, followed by Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Trey Songz and Melanie Fiona, tied at four nods each. Among this year ...

  15. Michael Jackson To Be Honored At BET Awards

    June 28, 2009 10:03 AM EDT 0 0 0 After three days to process the shock and grief, attendees at the BET Awards — a show thrown into "total overhaul" by the death of Michael Jackson — were preparing for what was sure to be a spectacular celebration of the King of Pop, put o ...

  16. Rapper Drake, Lil Wayne Protege, Draws Heavy Hitters To New York Gig

    May 28, 2009 7:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper/singer Drake, who became an affiliate of Lil Wayne's Young Money label a year ago, has the biggest buzz in hip-hop right now. The presence of Bun B, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Ryan Leslie, DJ Green Lantern, The Alchemist, MC Lyte, BET' ...

  17. BET Names Hill, Jones New Programming Presidents

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 BET Networks appointed Loretha Jones as president of programming and promoted Stephen Hill also to the position of president of programming, both roles to take effect immediately. Jones will oversee original programming, news, development, planning an ...

  18. Lil Wayne To Close BET Awards, Eyes Film Role

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper Lil Wayne is not only set to close the June 24 BET Awards with a performance, but he's also in talks to appear in the film "The Fast and Furious 4." Rapper Lil Wayne is not only set to close the June 24 BET Awards with a perfor ...

  19. Lil Wayne To Close BET Awards, Eyes Film Role

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Lil Wayne is not only set to close the June 24 BET Awards with a performance, but he's also in talks to appear in the film "The Fast and Furious 4." "I'm really excited that Usher is opening the show," BET exec ...

  20. T-Pain Leads BET Awards Field With Five Nominations

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 T-Pain's status as urban music's most frequent collaborator helped him nab a leading five BET Award nominations. T-Pain's status as urban music's most frequent collaborator helped him nab a leading five BET Award nominations. Kan ...

  21. T-Pain Leads BET Award Nods

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T-Pain's status as urban music's most frequent collaborator helped him nab a leading five BET Award nominations. Kanye West and Keyshia Cole received three nominations, while Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and newcomer Flo Rida received a pa ...

  22. Hill Honored At New York AIDS Charity

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST LIFEbeat, the urban music industry's AIDS charity, honored BET's executive VP of programming Stephen Hill last night (Dec. 4) at New York City's Highline Ballroom. With special performances by Denise Rich, Sister Sledge's Kathy ...

  23. T.I., Busta, Chamillionaire Lead BET Hip-Hop Noms

    October 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 T.I., Busta Rhymes and Chamillionaire head the field of nominees for the inaugural BET Hip-Hop Awards, to be hosted by comedian Katt Williams. The show will be taped Nov. 12 at Atlanta's Fox Theatre b T.I., Busta Rhymes and Chamillionaire head ...

  24. Mario Faces Career 'Turning Point'

    December 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The transition from teen to young adult can be difficult enough on its own, but imagine making that change in front of a fickle public. That was the situation facing 3rd Street/J Records artist Mario as ...

  25. Hip-Hop Advocates Head To Washington

    September 28, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The political establishment may not be ready for it, but Capitol Hill had better prepare itself for its first injection of hip-hop politics. Today (Sept. 28), a group of hip-hop impresarios are schedu The political establishment may not be ready for ...