Billboard Music Awards 2022
The winners of the 2022 Billboard Music Awards was revealed Sunday. Heading into the show, which is taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, The Weeknd led among finalists with nominations in 17 categories.
The Awards kicked off without a hitch Sunday night, May 15 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las, Vegas with Sean “Diddy” Combs hosting the 29th edition of the show.
The Weeknd is the top contender for the 2022 Billboard Music Awards He’s a finalist in 17 categories. Meanwhile, Doja Cat is nominated for 14.
Young Thug & Gunna Arrested on Gang-Related Charges in Atlanta
Young Thug and Gunna have been arrested on RICO charges.
On Monday night (May 9), journalist Michael Seiden of local Atlanta news station WSBTV reported that he (Young Thug) and his artist Gunna and 26 other members of YSL have been accused of RICO charges. According to Seiden, “The indictment includes charges of conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, murder, armed robbery, participation in criminal street gang activity.”
Prosecutors say YSL (Young Slime Life) is a “criminal street gang that started in late 2012 in the Cleveland Avenue area of ATL. YSL claims affiliation with the national Bloods gang,” reports Seiden.
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Young Thug, 30, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was taken into custody at his home in Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood.
The rapper is charged with two counts: conspiracy to violate the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and participation in criminal street gang activity.
Prosecutors said he and two others founded Young Slime Life in 2012, and the gang is affiliated with the Bloods.
Young Thug’s lawyer Brian Steel, released a statement to local media outlets saying: “Mr. Williams committed no crime whatsoever.” Young Thug was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Tuesday afternoon.
Jack Harlow Didn’t Know Brandy and Ray J Are Siblings Until Now
During an interview on Wednesday, May 11, Jack Harlow took many hip-hop and R&B fans by surprise when he let it out that he’s unaware that Brandy and Ray J are siblings. Harlow was hosted by Ebro Darden at Hot 97 in New York. The host and other radio station’s crew challenged Harlow to a game in which the rapper was to guess the song they were playing, reports Billboard.
Darden then played “Angel in Disguise” sang by Brandy in 1998. After listening to the song, Harlow guessed Aaliyah was the singer. The radio crew still asked the 24-year-old Grammy nominee to keep guessing. When they sensed he was heading nowhere, they began to drop hints.
“She had a TV show. She starred in a TV show,” co-host Laura Stylez hinted, referring to Brandy’s current role as the star of ABC’s musical drama series “Queens.”
But even then, Harlow would not get it.
“Her brother is the reason a lot of people are famous,” Peter Rosenberg dropped another hint.
“Her brother had an amazing sex tape,” Ebro helped.
At last, Harlow seemed to have guessed right when he asked, “Who’s Ray J’s sister?”
The radio hosts then revealed that “Angel in Disguise” is by Brandy. Harlow asked in disbelief, “Brandy and Ray J are siblings?”
The “What’s Poppin” rapper then confessed, “Nobody’s ever told me that in my life.”
The interview video soon lit up Twitter as R&B and hip-hop fans started to air their opinions on the revelation that Harlow didn’t know Brandy and Ray J were siblings. Some hip-hop and R&B fans were especially offended that Harlow, a white man who performs music created and nurtured by the Black community, should be so ignorant about some basic information about the genre. They reasoned he should know more about the influential stars.
However, some fans were sympathetic to him, citing his young age as to why he probably failed to recognize the song as Brandy’s. Harlow was born in 1998, the same year the song was released.