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Taylor Swift And Rihanna Were Adorable Newbies At The 2008 Grammys

On the morning of December 6, 2007, Swift was up bright and early to announce the 2008 Grammy nominations live. To her pleasant surprise, she got one nomination herself, in the coveted (and all-female!) Best New Artist category, alongside Amy Winehouse, Feist, Paramore, and Ledisi. Cue one of the O.G. iterations of her now-signature “surprise face.” In fact, in the video below, Swift reacts to her Grammy nomination by hugging Dave Grohl and later exclaiming, “I can’t believe I’m nominated for a Grammy. I can’t believe that happened!”

It was a huge moment for the then-17-year-old singer-songwriter, who had taken the country world by storm with the release of her self-titled debut album and singles like “Our Song” and “Teardrops on My Guitar.” Though she had yet to become the crossover pop idol she is today, she was already showing us the first signs of her blinding star power.

Two months later, Swift made her debut at the Grammys wearing the early ‘00s prom dress of your dreams: a purple gown with a strapless corset top. Remember: This was peak Old Taylor, when she was smitten with glittery, icy makeup and barrel curls. On the red carpet that year, Swift gushed about her custom-made dress and, ironically enough, named Kanye West as the person she was most excited to see that night (lol).

Swift lost the Best New Artist prize to that night’s big winner, Winehouse, but her Grammy legacy was only just beginning. Since then, she’s racked up 31 nominations and taken home 10 awards. This year, she’s nominated in the Best Country Song category for “Better Man,” the song she wrote for Little Big Town, as well as Best Song Written for Visual Media for her Fifty Shades Darker collab with Zayn, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.” Not a bad reputation to have.


Morning Bop: You Wish You Could Get On Cardi B’s Level

The song is dedicated to survivors of abuse in the wake of victim blaming. “Being a survivor often means feeling afraid, it means sometimes feeling worthless, like you can’t go on,” Alice stated in a press release. “We need to fight back against those who have victimized us and against the feelings that tell us to give up inside. Sometimes we think we deserve the pain others have inflicted on us. This song is what I need to tell myself to get through each day, and what I hope other survivors can remember when they feel like they can’t make it through the darkness of their own recovery. Every day is a fight.”


Morning Bop: Brockhampton Wants You To Stay “Gold”

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Morning Bop: Have A Heart For Breakfast Like Sleigh Bells

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Drake Drops Two ‘Scary’ New Songs Without Warning

Surprise! The first Drake music of 2018 is here.

The Toronto rapper surprised fans with a double play on Friday night (January 19), dropping “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity.” The tracks — which are collectively titled Scary Hours — arrived with little warning, after Drake posted on Instagram that the songs would be available at midnight.

With its playful beat and bouncy flow, “God’s Plan” has all the markings of a radio-friendly Drake hit, while “Diplomatic Immunity” is more dramatic and orchestral. On the latter number, Drizzy notably addresses his rumored relationship with Jennifer Lopez when he raps, “2010 was when I lost my halo / 2017 I lost a J. Lo.”

“God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity” mark Drake’s first new solo releases since “Signs” in June 2017. Both songs are available now on your streaming service of choice — take a listen below.


Chicago Rapper Fredo Santana Reportedly Dead At 27

Chicago rapper Fredo Santana has reportedly died, according to several of his friends and collaborators. He was 27.

The tragic news was first shared early Saturday morning (January 20) by Santana’s good friend Maxo Kream. “I’m lost for words right now,” he wrote on Instagram. “RIP a real Savage.”

Santana, born Derrick Coleman, helped usher in Chicago’s drill music scene back in 2012, alongside his younger cousin Chief Keef. He also founded his own record label, Savage Squad, where he released his debut album, Trappin’ Ain’t Dead, in 2013. Over the past five years, he churned out nearly a dozen mixtapes and albums, the last being 2017′s Fredo Kruger 2.

Santana had his share of struggles as well, suffering health issues ranging from liver and kidney failure to seizures. In October, he posted on Instagram that he was hospitalized with liver failure, writing, “I wouldn’t wish this on my [worst] enemy.”

Santana is survived by one son who was born in 2017. A cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Below, see tributes from Drake, Travis Scott, Action Bronson, and more of Santana’s friends, peers, and collaborators.


Diddy Casually Returns To TRL For The 39th Time

Hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs holds the record for most TRL visits, so isn’t it about time we had him back? As expected, he made a grand entrance from the streets of Times Square before strolling into the building that he knows so well. During his historic visit, Diddy recalled some of his fondest memories on the show like being a rebel by waving to fans from the window which led to the police shutting everything down. (Sorry!)

“You gotta understand that this was the cultural epicenter of music,” he said. “Thank you to MTV for launching my career.”

Diddy also talked about his experience as a judge on The Four alongside DJ Khaled, maintaining an authentic personal brand, raising superstars of his own and cultivating talent within black communities. Later on, French Montana joined him on the couch for a big surprise—a generous donation of $ 200,000 from Combs Enterprise to Mama Hope! The Moroccan rapper also used his time in the spotlight to touch on the importance of programs like DACA. After that, they put each other on blast in a round of Most Likely To before Tinashe rolled through to premiere her brand-new music video for “No Drama.”

DC Young Fly and Tamara Dhia closed the show by presenting Diddy with an honorary jersey to hang in the TRL studio, complete with a heartwarming speech from the man himself. Watch it go down in the video below. TRL airs on weekdays at 4:00pm ET!


Watch ‘RapFix Live’ With Cam’Ron, Iggy Azalea, Smoke DZA, Dame Dash, Jermaine Dupri

Watch Cam’Ron, Dame Dash, Jermaine Dupri, Iggy Azalea and Smoke DZA on “RapFix Live” Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT on MTV Jams and Join the Twitter conversation using the hashtag #RapFixLive and send your questions for the artists to @MTVRapFix.

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Cam’Ron, Iggy Azalea, Smoke DZA, Dame Dash, Jermaine Dupri On ‘RapFix Live’ Apr 2


Wednesday at 4p.m. “RapFix Live” wraps up another cycle with a full house. Iggy Azalea, who is getting ready to drop her debut album The New Classic will join us in the studio, along with Cam’Ron, Jermaine Durpi and Smoke DZA who will break down his new LP Dream.Zone.Achieve. Dame Dash will also be on deck, possibly with a surprise guest in tow…Tune in to see what goes down.

Watch Iggy Azalea, Smoke DZA and Dame Dash on “RapFix Live” Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT on MTV Jams and Join the Twitter conversation using the hashtag #RapFixLive and send your questions for the artists to @MTVRapFix.


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Watch ‘RapFix Live’ With YG, Yo Gotti, Iamsu!, Sage The Gemini, And Cast Of VH1′s ‘This Is Hot 97′

On Wednesday (March 26) Sage the Gemini, Iamsu!, Yo Gotti and Snootie will join Sway on “RapFix Live,” after Miss Info, Cipha Sounds and Ebro Darden give us the details on their new VH1 reality show “This is Hot 97.”

Watch Sage the Gemini, Iamsu!, Yo Gotti and YG on “RapFix Live” Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT on MTV Jams and on Join the Twitter conversation using the hashtag #RapFixLive and send your questions for the artists to @MTVRapFix.

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