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Diddy Reunites Bad Boy, Nicki Minaj Wins Big, and Kendrick Lamar Gives Powerful Performance at the BET Awards

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Last night’s BET Awards ceremony was brimming with gems, the largest of which was the reunion of Bad Boy artists — including Mase, 112, Faith Evans, Lil’ Kim and Diddy himself, (they were also joined by Pharrell, The Lox and French Montana) — performing an array of their hits: “Hypnotize,” “Feels So Good,” “Peaches and Cream,” “Never Knew Love Like This Before,” and “It’s All About The Benjamins.”
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7 Musicians Who Should Guest Star on ‘Empire’ Season 2

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Along with the addictive soap-opera storylines and the utter perfection that is Cookie Lyon, Empire is a great show because it never stops surprising us with its lineup of guest stars — many of whom are very famous musicians. Last night’s finale brought Patti LaBelle and Snoop Dogg (along with Rita Ora), topping off a season where Mary J. Blige, Courtney Love, and Gladys Knight also made appearances. Now that Empire is the biggest hit of the 2014-15 TV season, it should have access to just about any name on the Billboard charts for Season 2. With that in mind, here are a few ambitious suggestions.
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Why Does Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ Sound Like Every Pop Star She’s Influenced?

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Madonna has been everything. Madonna is the reason female pop stars are able to be multifaceted, evolutionary, sexy-and-smart, vulnerable-and-empowering creatures instead of fembots programmed to either be contagiously happy or soul-stirringly sad for the sake of easy entertainment. Without her, the world would have a different idea of the entire modern concept of what a female pop star is/can be/should be. Sure, someone else with a big attitude and an even bigger nerve might have come along at the right time, but it’s hard to imagine just anyone becoming such a permanent visionary in our musical landscape as Madonna — particularly in a way that, for the most part, has retained relevance.
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Music’s Most Pointless “Catfights”

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Earlier this week, in her new Rolling Stone cover story, Madonna said something that resonated with women everywhere: “We live in a world where people like to pit women against each other. And this is why I love the idea of embracing other females who are doing what I’m doing.”

This is especially true if you’re a female performer of a certain status. Even Madonna atoned for her feud with Lady Gaga, telling RS, “The only time I ever criticized Lady Gaga was when I felt like she blatantly ripped off one of my songs [‘Express Yourself’/’Born This Way’]. It’s got nothing to do with ‘she’s taking my crown’ or ‘she’s in some space of mine.’”
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