While there’s much to celebrate in the aftermath of the 2021 Grammy Awards held in LA on Sunday night, there’s also a hum of disappointment by conservatives who feel that rappers, Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B’s WAP performance, was over-sexualised for television.
Let’s start off by congratulating the youngest winner though. Nine- year- old Blue Ivy, the eldest child of JayZ and Beyonce, won her first award for “Brown Skin Girl,” which copped the award for Best Music Video. The single was originally released for the 2019 Disney film, The Lion King: The Gift, before being adapted for Beyoncé’s 2020 film, Black Is King.
The 9-year-old was not present at the event but her parents sure were, Beyonce dressed in a short, black leather textured, off-shoulder dress that clinched her curvaceous physique to a tee, while her hubby’s growing dreadlock hairstyle seemed to steal the spotlight with every turn of the camera in the couple’s direction.
Beyonce, in an Instagram caption alongside the film’s debut, wrote : “The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a[n] historic journey. We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books. I pray that everyone sees the beauty and resilience of our people.”
The talk of the day however is the performance by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, many arguing that their performance was not family friendly, in an award show that was aired on CBS, and is usually marketed to audiences that may include younger children. On Twitter, irate spectators, virtually cringed as the pair gyrated across television screens around the world. “I truly hope no children were watching the WAP performance..” wrote @courtneywyn18, while @Saccole said, “WAP!! At the #GRAMMYs, really… where is the reserved decency and honor for our children! There’s a time and place for everything ppl! This was neither for this song. No class #GRAMMYs.”
Earlier this month, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that six of the children’s book author’s titles will no longer be sold because of racist and insensitive imagery.
There were others however, who thoroughly enjoyed the performance, arguing that it was just what the Grammy’s needed.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE 2021 GRAMMY WINNERS
Song of the Year
“I Can’t Breathe,” Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
Best New Artist
Megan Thee Stallion
Best Pop Solo Performance
“Watermelon Sugar,” Harry Styles
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Rain on Me,” Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
Best Pop Vocal Album
“Future Nostalgia,” Dua Lipa
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
“American Standard,” James Taylor
Best Dance Recording
“10%,” Kaytranada featuring Kali Uchis
Best Dance/Electronic Album
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
“Live at the Royal Albert Hall,” Snarky Puppy
Best Rock Performance
“Shameika,” Fiona Apple
Best Global Music Album
“Twice as Tall,” Burna Boy
Best Reggae Album
“Got to Be Tough,” Toots and the Maytals
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
“Jesus Is King,” Kanye West
Best Rap Album
“King’s Disease,” Nas
Best Rap Song
“Savage,” Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe and Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé)
Best R&B Album
“Bigger Love,” John Legend
Best Rap Performance
“Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
Trinidad and Tobago Furious over Launch of Michael B Jordan’s ‘J’ouvert Rum.’
He may be a well loved actor by Caribbean people around the world but today, Trinidad and Tobago’s people are kicking up against the launch of a rum by ‘Creed’ and ‘Black Panther’ actor, Michael B Jordan. He has coined the new liquor, ‘J’ouvert Rum!’
No… Trinbagonians are not happy at all.
Overnight, as the actor and his team launched the rum, voices began to erupt in utter shock and disgust for what some referred to as the blatant ‘theft’ of a Trinbagonian term that, while not trademarked, is well known worldwide as a creative piece of terminology for the Carnival festival’s pre-dawn, dirty Mas tradition.
Distinguishably packaged to include a small bottle of Trinidad and Tobago’s Angostura bitters, the launch night token for guests, which was set in a wooden box, held in its engraving, the true essence of the new Rum’s origin. “Derived from the Antillean Creole French term meaning Daybreak, J’ouvert originated in the pre-dawn streets of Trinidad as celebrations of Emancipation combined with Carnival season to serve as the festival’s informal commencement. Crafted on those same islands, J’ouvert Rum is a tribute to the party start,” it reads.
Frantically, some took to social media calling on Trinidad and Tobago’s government to intervene. Radio personality, Abeo Jackson emotionally wrote, “Trinis we eh fed up of ppl seeing the value of we ting more than we? So much so that many attempts at theft/columbusing/appropriation/neocolonial capitalism happens continuously under our noses. How we protecting and gate keeping? Sometimes we need to effect same for our “own” who would sell “us” upriver for a buck.”
The popular US actor was surrounded by friends and international influencers on Saturday night as he launched the J’ouvert rum, all of whom celebrated his entrepreneurial move.
Beauty and lifestyle “guru,” Khat Brim wrote, “There was no better way to celebrate #Juneteenth than with friends and fam witnessing the launch of a new black owned business✊🏿💯 I’m so proud of my brah brah @michaelbjordan as he continues to raise the bar high! I know for sure he’s making our ancestors proud with every great achievement🙌🏾 Therefore, I salute him & his entire team on the release of @jouvertrum 🥃🚀 #letsgo #blackboyjoy.”
Superstar Producer Reveals Long Term Impact of COVID-19 Infection on His Health.
While the Caribbean continues to feel the effects of COVID-19, many islands maintaining public restrictions, a popular Jamaican producer has expressed his personal experience having contracted the virus in October 2020.
A major force in the dancehall industry, Tarik Johnston, who’s best known as Rvssian, told fans on Twitter that he hasn’t gotten back his sense of smell since contracting COVID-19 back in October.
He is quite possibly one of the first Caribbean music influencers to openly state that the virus has affected his health. “Covid caused me to taste a rust taste when I have a Coca-Cola and a lot of food and drinks,” he tweeted. Prior to that, he said, “I had Covid in October 2020. I still havent got my smell back. 0%.”
Rvussian is popularly known for his production of Jamaican dancehall artist, Vybz Kartel‘s single “Life Sweet” back in 2010. In September 2020, his name was credited for the production of one of the year’s most enjoyed reggae singles, “Lighter” by Tarrus Riley featuring Shenseea.
Responding to his tweets, fans offered advice, many suggesting home remedies which include the use of Apple Cider Vinegar. Many were happy that he used his platform to openly share his experience, triggering an open conversation on a topic that has been met with tremendous global skepticism and conspiracy theories.
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