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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicAt the 2018 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, Janet Jackson became the first black female artist to receive the Billboard ICON Award.  She took the stage to perform, and then gave a powerful speech about female empowerment (see related story).  On the red carpet, everyone seemed to agree that Janet is indeed an ICON, citing her music, her performance ability, and her message.

Jennifer Lopez, who appeared in Janet's video for "That's the Way Love Goes" when she was still a relative unknown, told ABC News, "Janet was one of my idols growing up...I think I even started dancing because of her video "The Pleasure Principle!" [She's] one of my favorites to this day."

Ne-Yo, who knows Janet, told ABC Radio, "She made herself big enough to be to be iconic but small enough to still feel like your friend...you watch a Janet Jackson video and it's like, 'I wanna be friends with that person!'"  He adds that Janet's "not so larger than life that you don't feel like you couldn't go get a drink and just hang out [with her]."

Janet isn't just a music pioneer: her choreography and dancing were pioneering as well. Dance pro Derek Hough noted, "It really was innovative at the time, and inspiring for a whole generation of dancers and performers...she's an absolute trailblazer."

Fifth Harmony member and now solo artist Normani gushed, "Janet Jackson is the queen....she's really paved the way for me, a young African-American female. Y'know, having representation is so important and she is the inspiration and reason why I am who I am today."

Halsey, who credits Janet as a "massive inspiration," praised the superstar as a "risk taker" for doing things "that were a little bit provocative and risque for an artist of her era."  She also noted that Janet "made it possible for so many young artists of color today to be able to do what they do." 

But Halsey also noted that Janet was the only girl in a family of a bunch of super-talented brothers. "It's hard to push through when the brothers are getting all the shine!" she pointed out. "You have to take your own and take your moment and, and she did so, wonderfully." 

Pioneering female hip hop group Salt-N-Pepa said they grew up watching Janet as Penny on the groundbreaking sitcom Good Times, and also praised her for the message of empowerment in her breakthrough album Control. 

Said Cheryl "Salt" James, "For women who lose control of their lives -- to their kids, to their husbands, to their relationship, maybe even to their careers -- to just have that moment when you say 'I'm in control,' I think that was the quintessential Janet moment."

'90s hitmaking vocal group En Vogue summed Janet's appeal up by noting she's a "consummate performer" with "timeless" music.  As they put it, "Nobody can touch Janet!" 

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ABC RadioThis year marks the 20th anniversary of Tamia's self-titled debut album. 

One of the songs from the disc, "So Into You," was so memorable that Childish Gambino performed it live in 2016. 

Tamia says his version of her song "warmed my little heart." 

"He told the story when he was young [and] dating girls...they always knew this song and so to impress them he would sing it and I was like, 'That is so sweet'," she continues, adding "I loved his rendition of it."

Tamia adds that her music has endured because of covers like the one Childish did.

"It's, I guess, flattering on one side... that your music is still touching people," she tells ABC Radio. 

"And that when people heard it, people that may have never heard my version went back and were like, 'What's this? What do you mean? Let me hear.'" 

"It brings sort of a new audience back to you that are like, 'Wait a minute. She sang that? Well, let me see what else she sings.' I mean, I get that [response] all the time, from him doing that [cover]. He did a great job." 

Tamia also praises Childish Gambino for his Internet-breaking "This Is America" music video and his many talents. 

"He's amazing. I think we've just sort of scratched the surface of what we're gonna see from him," she says.

"He acts, he writes...I think we're gonna see a lot from him in some amazing things," she adds. 

Tamia's latest single, "Leave It Smokin'" is the first single from her forthcoming album, Passion Like Fire, due this fall.  

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Dick Clark ProductionsThe 2018 Billboard Music Awards  were packed with big performances and peppered with some heavier moments Sunday night, kicking off with an emotional cold open from host Kelly Clarkson.

The show, which aired on NBC live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, began on a serious note with a tearful call to action from Kelly in the wake of the latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. 

She refused to lead the audience in a moment of silence, instead saying, “Why don’t we do a moment of action? Why don’t we do a moment of change? Why don’t we change what’s happening? Because it’s horrible.”

Fittingly, following Kelly’s emotional message, Ariana Grande opened the show with a performance of “No Tears Left to Cry.” And indeed when Kelly returned to the stage, she was dry-eyed and ready to lighten things up a bit.

Kelly launched into an energetic medley of some other artists’ songs, including “Too Good at Goodbyes” by Sam Smith, “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift and “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran.

Shawn Mendes and Khalid later picked up Kelly’s call to action. After Shawn first took the stage to perform his new single “In My Blood,” he returned with Khalid to perform their powerful duet “Youth” as a tribute to victims of gun violence with the help of the show choir from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Female empowerment was also a running theme of the night, with Janet Jackson becoming the first black woman to receive the Billboard Icon Award and paying tribute to strong women in her speech.

"Women have made it clear that we no longer will be controlled, manipulated or abused,” Janet said in her speech, during which she also urged people to turn back to God as a source of calmness and love.

Prior to accepting the award, she took the stage and performed a choreography-heavy medley of some of her classics, including “Nasty,” “If” and “Throb.” It was her first TV performance in nine years.

Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato also took the stage together for the first time to perform their new feminist anthem “Fall in Line.” They traded soaring vocal acrobatics and held their own amidst a menacing mob of authoritative male figures. 

Taylor Swift used her win for Top Female Artist to shout out other female artists, in particular her tour mates Charli XCX and Camila Cabello. She also took home the prize for Top Selling Album for Reputation and thanked her fans for “making me feel understood again.”

Before presenting the award for Top Hot 100 Song to Luis Fonsi for “Despacito,” The Chainsmokersand Halsey paid tribute to Avicii, who died last month at age 28. The Chainsmokers also dedicated their award for Top Dance/Electronic Artist to the late DJ-producer.

Other winners presented during the broadcast included Khalid for Top New Artist, BTS for Top Social Artist, “Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt for Top Country Song, “Rock Star” by Post Malonefeaturing 21 Savage for Top Rap Song, and Camilla Cabello for Billboard Chart Achievement Award.

The show closed out with Ed Sheeran taking home the prize of Top Artist and a ‘90s throwback performance by Salt N PepaDJ Spinderella and En Vogue.

The two biggest winners of the night with six awards each were Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar. See a complete list of winners here.

The night’s other performances included:

- Dua Lipa performing “New Rules” with the help of a girl squad and a giant flamingo.

- Khalid and Normani performing their steamy duet “Love Lies.”

- New dad John Legend singing his new single, “A Good Night.”

- Jennifer Lopez and DJ Khaled making it rain dollar bills with their new track “Dinero.”

- Ed Sheeran performing a rousing rendition of “Galway Girl” from his tour in Dublin, Ireland.

- Maren MorrisZedd and Grey joining forces to perform their hit “The Middle.”

- Soon-to-be tour mates Macklemore and Kesha singing “Good Old Days” from a faux campsite at Vegas' T-Mobile Arena. 

- Kelly Clarkson belting her sassy tune “Whole Lotta Woman.”

- K-Pop boy band BTS drawing the loudest cheers for their performance of “Fake Love.”

- Camila Cabello performing “Havana” and her new duet with Pharrell Williams, “Sangria Wine.”

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The Billboard Music Awards took place Sunday night at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Kelly Clarkson hosted the ceremony, which featured performances by Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello and more.

Many of the winners were announced hours prior to the telecast, with the big awards being revealed during the ceremony itself. Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran tied for the most awards, with six each. Below is a complete list of winners.

2018 Billboard Music Awards winners:

Top Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran -- WINNER
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:
21 Savage
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Khalid -- WINNER
Kodak Black

Billboard Chart Achievement Award:
Camila Cabello -- WINNER
Cardi B
Drake
Sam Hunt
Ed Sheeran

Top Male Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran -- WINNER

Top Female Artist:
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Halsey
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift -- WINNER

Top Duo/Group:
The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons -- WINNER
Migos
U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Drake -- WINNER
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Chris Stapleton
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran -- WINNER

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
Cardi B
Drake
Kendrick Lamar -- WINNER
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Song Sales Artist:
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran -- WINNER

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Charlie Puth
Ed Sheeran -- WINNER

Top Social Artist:
Justin Bieber
BTS -- WINNER
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist:
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
U2 -- WINNER

Top R&B Artist:
Chris Brown
Khalid
Bruno Mars -- WINNER
SZA
The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist:
Khalid
Bruno Mars -- WINNER
The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist:
Beyonce
Rihanna
SZA -- WINNER

Top R&B Tour:
Bruno Mars -- WINNER
Lionel Richie
The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar -- WINNER
Lil Uzi Vert
Migos
Post Malone

Top Rap Male Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar -- WINNER
Post Malone

Top Rap Female Artist:
Bhad Bhabie
Cardi B -- WINNER
Nicki Minaj

Top Rap Tour:
J. Cole
JAY-Z -- WINNER
Kendrick Lamar

Top Country Artist:
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton -- WINNER

Top Country Male Artist:
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton -- WINNER

Top Country Female Artist:
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris -- WINNER

Top Country Duo/Group Artist:
Florida Georgia Line -- WINNER
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Top Country Tour:
Luke Bryan -- WINNER
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Top Rock Artist:
Imagine Dragons -- WINNER
Linkin Park
Portugal. The Man
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
twenty one pilots

Top Rock Tour:
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
U2 -- WINNER

Top Latin Artist:
J Balvin
Daddy Yankee
Luis Fonsi
Ozuna -- WINNER
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers -- WINNER
Calvin Harris
Kygo
Marshmello
ODESZA

Top Christian Artist:
Elevation Worship
Hillsong UNITED
Hillsong Worship
MercyMe -- WINNER
Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy
Travis Greene
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise
Tasha Cobbs Leonard -- WINNER
Tamela Mann

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Drake, More Life
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. -- WINNER
Post Malone, Stoney
Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide)
Taylor Swift, reputation

Top Selling Album:
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
P!nk, Beautiful Trauma
Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
Taylor Swift, reputation -- WINNER

Top Soundtrack:
Black Panther
The Fate of the Furious: The Album
The Greatest Showman
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Moana -
- WINNER

Top R&B Album:
Khalid, American Teen
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic -- WINNER
SZA, CTRL
The Weeknd, Starboy
XXXTentacion, 17

Top Rap Album:
Drake, More Life
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. -- WINNER
Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
Migos, Culture
Post Malone, Stoney

Top Country Album:
Kane Brown, Kane Brown
Luke Combs, This One’s For You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1 -- WINNER
Brett Young, Brett Young

Top Rock Album:
Imagine Dragons, Evolve -- WINNER
Linkin Park, One More Light
Panic! At The Disco, Death of a Bachelor
Portugal. The Man, Woodstock
U2, Songs of Experience

Top Latin Album:
Nicky Jam, Fenix
Christian Nodal, Me Deje Llevar
Ozuna, Odisea -- WINNER
Romeo Santos, Golden
Shakira, El Dorado

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Avicii, AV?CI (01)
The Chainsmokers, Memories…Do Not Open -- WINNER
Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Kygo, Stargazing
ODESZA, A Moment Apart

Top Christian Album:
Elevation Worship, There Is A Cloud
Hillsong UNITED, Wonder
Hillsong Worship, Let There Be Light
Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Collection -- WINNER
MercyMe, Lifer

Top Gospel Album:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way From Sunday
Travis Greene, Crossover: Live From Music City
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit -- WINNER
Marvin Sapp, Close

Top Hot 100 Song:
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito" -- WINNER
Kendrick Lamar, "Humble."
Bruno Mars, "That’s What I Like"
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, "Rockstar"
Ed Sheeran, "Shape Of You"

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
Kendrick Lamar, "Humble." -- WINNER
Lil Uzi Vert, "XO Tour LLIF3"
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, "Rockstar"
Post Malone ft. Quavo, "Congratulations"

Top Streaming Song (Video):
Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)"
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito" -- WINNER
Lil Pump, "Gucci Gang"
Bruno Mars, "That’s What I Like"
Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You"

Top Selling Song:
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito" -- WINNER
Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road”
Imagine Dragons “Believer”
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Ed Sheeran “Perfect”

Top Radio Song:
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Imagine Dragons, “Believer”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Charlie Puth, “Attention”
Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You” -- WINNER

Top Collaboration:
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana”
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
French Montana ft. Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”

Top R&B Song:
Childish Gambino, “Redbone”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”
Khalid, “Young Dumb & Broke”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like” -- WINNER
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B, “Finesse”

Top Rap Song:
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One"
French Montana ft. Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar” -- WINNER

Top Country Song:
Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road” -- WINNER
Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”
Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”

Top Rock Song:
Imagine Dragons “Believer” -- WINNER
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Linkin Park ft. Kiiara “Heavy”
Portugal. The Man “Feel It Still”
The Revivalists “Wish I Knew You”

Top Latin Song:
J Balvin & Willy William Ft. Beyonce, “Mi Gente”
Becky G ft. Bad Bunny, ”Mayores”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” -- WINNER
Maluma, “Felices Los 4”
Wisin ft. Ozuna, “Escapate Conmigo”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This” -- WINNER
Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato, “No Promises”
Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Ann-Marie, “Rockabye”
Kygo & Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me”
Zedd & Alessia Cara, “Stay”

Top Christian Song:
Elevation Worship, “O Come To The Altar”
Hillsong Worship, “What A Beautiful Name” -- WINNER
Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly, “I’ll Find You”
MercyMe, “Even If”
Zach Williams, “Old Church Choir”

Top Gospel Song:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, “Trust In You”
Travis Greene, “You Waited”
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, “You Deserve It” -- WINNER
Tamela Mann, “Change Me”
Charlie Wilson, “I’m Blessed”

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The Billboard Music Awards get underway tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT live from Las Vegas, but many winners have already been announced.

Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars, each of whom had 15 nominations going into the telecast, are currently multiple winners.  Imagine Dragons, The Chainsmokers, Chris Stapleton, Justin Bieber and Luis Fonsi are also winners.

Kendrick has won six BBMAs already, including Top Billboard 200 Album for DAMN., Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist, Top Rap Album, Top Streaming Songs Artist and Top Streaming Song (Audio) for "HUMBLE."

Bruno Mars has five wins: Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Male Artist, Top R&B Tour, Top R&B Album for 24K Magic and Top R&B Song for "That's What I Like."

Imagine Dragons and Ed Sheeran have four wins each.  Imagine Dragons won Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Album for Evolve and Top Rock Song for "Believer."  Ed Sheeran won Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist and Top Radio Song for "Shape of You."

Ed Sheeran will appear via satellite; Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar are not expected to appear on tonight's show.

Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber have three wins for Top Latin Song, Top Streaming Song (Video) and Top Selling Song all for "Despacito."

Country star Chris Stapleton has won three: Top Country Male Artist and Top Country Album for From A Room Vol. 1.

The Chainsmokers have won Top Dance/Electronic Album for Memories: Do Not Open and Top Dance/Electronic Song for "Something Just Like This."

U2 has won Top Touring Artist and Top Rock Tour.

The BBMAs, hosted by Kelly Clarkson, will feature performances by Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Maren Morris, Ariana Grande, Kesha and many more.

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L-R: Tina Fey, Nicki Minaj; Rosalind O'Connor/NBCNicki Minaj is headed back to Saturday Night Live tomorrow as the musical guest on the show's season finale. 

The long-running sketch comedy series announced the rapper's appearance back in April via Twitter.  

Two promos for the episode, starring Minaj and scheduled guest host and former SNL cast member and writer Tina Fey have also been released. 

One shows Tina describing the upcoming episode as "lit," with Nicki telling her that she shouldn't have said that. 

The second promo features Tina pitching Nicki an idea about a female buddy cop sketch starring the two.   

"Should we do a sketch together about two tough broads named Nicki and Tina who are bada** cops, but also best friends?" asks Tina. 

Nicki replies, "No," followed by a dramatic pause before adding, "'Cause that should be a feature film!"  

As previously reported, Nicki teased her fans in an Instagram post on Tuesday about potentially working with Fey on an upcoming movie. 

"SNL Season Finale w/ the one & only Tina f*n Fey," she wrote. "Gotta be f*n kidding me. OMG. She and I are shooting our movie after Saturday's show airs."

She goes on to say the title of the movie is Get Ya Life Ugly, but no other information was given. 

This weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live will mark Nicki's fifth time gracing the SNL stage as a performer. 

She was a musical guest in 2011 and 2014, and made cameo appearances during Drake and The Weeknd's sets in 2011 and 2015, respectively. 

In April, Nicki released her tracks "Chun-Li" and "Barbie Tingz," so fans can look out to see if she'll perform both of them on SNL's famous stage.  

Saturday Night Live airs at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.   

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ABC/Paula LoboIt appears that John Legend can relate to bride-to-be and future royale Meghan Markle's family drama.  

In a response to a fan who tweeted Thursday, "Be honest: if you were about to marry into royalty, would your family somehow manage to show their a** and embarass you? Show of hands," John writes, "I had a cousin try to raffle off tickets to have 'Christmas Dinner with John Legend.' So, yes." 

Perhaps John's admission will lead to some future tea dates with Markle, her fiancé Prince Harry, and the Queen.

Meghan's public family issues in the months leading up to her nuptials have ranged from her half-siblings, Samantha and Thomas Markle Jr., allegedly not being invited to the Royal Wedding, to her dad Thomas Markle being unable to walk his daughter down the wedding aisle due to reportedly needing heart surgery. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to marry Saturday at St. George's Chapel in the southeastern English town of Windsor. 

The highly anticipated event will air on ABC starting at 5 a.m. ET. 

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ABC/Randy HolmesAre police looking for Offset for questioning following his recent car crash?

TMZ reports that cops are seeking the Migos member in an effort to figure out why he left the scene of Atlanta accident in the early hours of Thursday morning. 

Offset was taken to a hospital for "minor injuries." 

However, no accident report was filed. 

TMZ previously reported that neither cops nor emergency medical workers were called to the scene, but that police were allegedly called by a passerby. 

When the police arrived, they supposedly found Offset's wrecked Dodge Challenger abandoned and called a tow truck. 

In addition, sources tell TMZ that two individuals pulled up to the scene in another car and took some items out of Offset's car before it was towed away. 

One of the sources was supposedly heard saying that the star "crashed while swerving to avoid a pedestrian who had run out in front of him." 

Law enforcement sources state that there were allegedly no other victims, witnesses or other damaged vehicles seen and police are still not able to confirm that Offset was even driving his car. 

Offset was discharged from the hospital after the crash and is said to be OK. 

His fiancée, Cardi B, "rushed" to be near his side after hearing about the accident, according to sources.  

The "Bodak Yellow" superstar tweeted about the incident on Thursday, writing, "Sooo grateful and happy today. God be giving messages in the weirdest way. I love you @OffsetYRN.

The couple are expecting the birth of their first child in July.  

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Meek Mill; 20KMeek Mill was scheduled to make a visit to the White House on Friday, but it appears Jay-Z may have convinced the "1942 Flow" rapper to cancel his trip, TMZ reports.  

Meek, who was released from prison in April following a two-to-four year prison sentence for violating his probation, was set to attend a prison reform summit that President Donald Trump was hosting. 

However, TMZ says Jay called Meek Thursday night to persuade him not to attend, saying it would "be problematic for his image," among other things.

TMZ also reports that other "high-profile African Americans" called Meek and "voiced serious concern." 

In a statement to TMZ, Meek says, "I was originally scheduled to be part of a panel on Prison Reform at the White House to help shed light on the issues within the system." 

"Unfortunately, the focus turned to the President and Myself which concerned me that it might take away from creating a positive result from today's discussions." 

"As a result, I decided not to attend so that the focus would be solely on fixing our prison system. Most importantly I remain fully committed to improving our criminal justice system," Meek continues. 

As previously reported, Meek Mill teamed up with Amazon Prime Video for a six-part docu-series that will cover his own fight for exoneration while also examining the negative effects that so-called "long tail probation" has on urban communities, where offenders are given longer probation sentences after incarceration as a form of continued punishment. 

The series, co-executive-produced by JAY-Z, is expected to premiere in 2019. 

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Dennis LeupoldKhalid and Fifth Harmony singer Normani will share the stage to perform their song "Love Lies" at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. 

Normani posted the exciting news Friday on her Twitter account, featuring a picture of her with Khalid and the caption, "May 20th @BBMAs." 

Khalid, in turn, quoted Normani's tweet with the song's lyrics, "Tell me where your love lies." 

Khalid was already scheduled as a BBMA performer and is also teaming up with pop singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes during the telecast to perform their latest track, "Youth."  

Khalid's up for five Billboard Music Award trophies, including one for Top New Artist. 

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards air May 20 on NBC, live from Las Vegas. 

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ABC/Randy HolmesSZA's new music video for her song "Garden (Say It Like Dat)" shows the star going from waking up in a cave by the sea to walking around in a dream-like state within a garden.  

Childish Gambino also stars in the visual as SZA's love interest, sure to make viewers' hearts beat faster. 

In case you forgot, SZA also appears in Childish's poignant This Is America music video, which since its May 5 release has earned over 144 million views. 

SZA's mom, Audrey Rowe, also makes an appearance in the "Garden (Say It Like Dat)" video, wearing a beautiful white gown and head wrap as she regally stands atop of rocks overlooking the sea, waiting for her daughter. 

"Garden (Say It Like Dat)" is included on SZA's debut album, Ctrl

She's currently on the road for the first-ever Top Dawg Entertainment tour with label mates Kendrick LamarScHoolboy QJay RockSiRAb-Soul and Lance Skiiiwalker

She's also nominated for three Billboard Music Awards, including one for Top R&B Album. 

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards air May 20 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PT on NBC, live from Las Vegas. 

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Believe it or not, next year marks the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, and the tragic event is being examined in a two-hour ABC special airing Thursday, May 24.

The Last Days of Michael Jackson explores the late King of Pop's life and legacy, via interviews with those who knew him, and never-before-seen footage of interviews MJ did with Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer

The show also will feature new interviews with Derek "Cooley" Jaxson, who taught Michael how to moonwalk; the MJ impersonator Navi, who served as the star's decoy at public appearances; and Lisa Staub, a tour operator who was in front of MJ's house the day he died.

The Last Days of Michael Jackson airs May 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, MJ is getting his own street in the Motor City.  According to the Detroit Free Press, the city will rename a stretch of Randolph Street in the theater district "Michael Jackson Avenue."  A ceremony will be held June 15, as part of the Detroit Music Weekend festival.  The surviving members of The Jackson 5 will also receive a key to the city by Mayor Mike Duggan, and will play a headlining concert during the festival.

The honor comes nearly 50 years after The Jackson 5's July 23, 1968, audition for Motown Records. They were initially turned down by label head Berry Gordy, but he reconsidered and signed them in early 1969.  The group remained on the label through 1975, scoring hits like "I Want You Back," "ABC" and "I'll Be There."

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This year's Billboard Music Award Icon, Janet Jackson, today celebrates the 25th anniversary of her seminal 1993 album, janet. The entertainer talks to Billboard about the personal transformation expressed in the album's songs, noting that the project "had a deeply sensual edge, because that's what I was going through in my life."

"I was discovering freedom in physical pleasure and loved writing about sexuality," she continues. "I tried to do it subtly and tastefully, but I also wanted to push the boundaries a bit."

And she did just that. Janet promoted the album by appearing topless on the cover of Rolling Stone with the hands of her then-husband Rene Elizondo, Jr. covering her breasts.  janet. went on to produce six top ten hits.

Now, the icon is working on a new chapter in her life as a mom.  She's also working on a new album, but won't give Billboard very much information about it.

"I wish I could," Janet says.  "I'm not trying to avoid the question and be secretive, but the truth is that I don't try to analyze the creative process while it's still ongoing."

What Janet does say about her creative process, though, is that she's "very intuitive about writing. Anything can inspire me."

"I woke up this morning and heard a bird chirping in a rhythm that captivated my heart," Janet says. "Maybe that will turn into a new groove. Like everyone else, my feelings are fluid. My ideas are fleeting. I like to keep it that way."

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© The Prince Estate; Photographer: Nancy BundtIf you're hoping to own a guitar or clothing once used and worn by Prince, you're in luck. 

New York City's Hard Rock Café is holding a two-day music-memorabilia auction that offers guitars and other collectible items owned by late legend.

Today, Friday, is the first day of the sale, and it features property from Prince's life and career.   

The auction, starts at 2 p.m. ET and guitars, outfits, shoes, gold and platinum record awards, recording equipment, photographs, jewelry and handwritten lyrics are among the items up for bid.

Among the items up for bid are a Schecter "White Cloud" electric guitar, valued between $20,000 to $30,000 and an electric-blue outfit the late music icon wore while performing with Lenny Kravitz during a 1999 New Year's Eve event at his Paisley Park residence, valued at between $50,000 and $70,000.

The item expected to fetch the most is a custom-made Yellow Cloud guitar that Prince played onstage -- it's estimated to bring in between $60,000 and $80,000.

The auction's second day, which will feature memorabilia from a wide variety of artists, will be held Saturday, May 18, and will include two sessions beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET, respectively. 

Visit JuliensAuctions.com and JuliensLive.com for more details about the sales.  

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ABC/Randy HolmesABC News has obtained the 911 call that led to T.I.'s arrest on Wednesday.

As previously reported by Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB-TV, the rapper was arrested by police in Henry County, Georgia after a dispute with a security guard. 

At the time, T.I. was attempting to gain entrance to his gated community.  

A 911 dispatcher and the security guard are heard talking on the phone call, with T.I.'s voice in the background. 

During the call, the dispatcher asks the guard, "Do you know why he's knocking on the door?" 

T.I. then asks the guard, "What's your name, sir?" 

The guard then says to the dispatcher, "No, well, he showed up trying to get in and I don't know who he is and he started cursing at me."

T.I. then responds to the guard, saying, "No I didn't sir. You were asleep, sir. You were asleep, sir....You woke up crazy in a panic because you were asleep, sir. And you mismanaged your post, sir." 

As the call continues, T.I. can be heard angrily talking to the guard, who was told by dispatcher that police were en route to the scene.

"Man, who coming man?" says T.I. 

"The police coming? Your superiors coming? What's happening? Who is coming? Who else on post? Who is your superiors? You understand me?"

He adds, "I own property in here! You report to me, sir! Who else is on post?"

At some point during the exchange, the Henry County Police Department arrived and T.I. and a friend, who were both allegedly arguing with the guard, were arrested. 

After being charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, T.I. was released. 

His attorney issued a statement Wednesday claiming the star was "wrongfully arrested." 

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Image Group LA/ABCThe Weeknd put out his so-called "breakup album" My Dear Melancholy back in March, but it turns out the singer originally had a much happier project in mind.

“Prior to Melancholy, I had a whole album written, done,” The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, tells TIME magazine. “Which wasn’t melancholy at all because it was a different time in my life.”

While The Weeknd won't confirm if that album was written about his relationship with Selena Gomez, it was presumably influenced by their happier times together. He says the album was “very upbeat” and “beautiful," but adds that he's now moved past that part of his life and confirms he’s now -- “without a doubt” -- single.

“I don’t want to perform something that I don’t feel,” he says, adding that the upbeat album will “never” see the light of day.

As for My Dear Melancholy, he says recording that EP was "therapeutic."

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Miller MobleyJanet Jackson, who will celebrate the 25th anniversary of her seminal album janet. on Friday, is enjoying a new chapter in her life: motherhood.    

Speaking about her relationship with her first child Eissa, the icon tells Billboard, "Let me...say that my son, even in his short 17 months on the planet, has showed me that love, no matter how deeply you believe you have experienced that emotion, can always go deeper." 

"Love is limitless," she adds. 

"And for someone like me, raised in show business where self-concern is always a priority, how fortunate I am now to be concerned, first and foremost, with the welfare of someone else. Day after day and night after night, holding my baby in my arms, I am at peace." 

She continues, "I am blessed. I feel bliss. In those moments, all is right with the world."

Janet also reveals the one artist who's special to both her and Eissa.

"I...have a special place in my heart for Bruno Mars," she begins. 

"Bruno was really the first music my son responded to. During and after his birth, I comforted myself with Brazilian jazz, music that always relaxes me."

"Then when the baby began crawling, Bruno was breaking out big and on the radio all the time." 

"That delighted both of us," she adds. 

"Bruno is a throwback to the days when the greatest artists could do it all: write, sing, dance, produce."  

Janet will receive this year's Billboard Music Awards ICON award and she'll do her first TV performance in nine years on the awards show telecast, airing Sunday, May 20 at 8:00 PM ET on NBC, live from Las Vegas. 

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Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Roc96 x MadewornTeairra Mari is officially taking legal action against her ex, Akbar Abdul-Ahad, as well as against rapper 50 Cent who she's named in her revenge porn lawsuit.

In a press conference on Thursday with her attorneys Lisa Bloom and Walter Mosely, Mari stated that she was filing a police report and lawsuit against her ex and Fiddy, who, she alleges, posted a sex tape and sexually explicit images of her on social media. 

Although Abdul-Ahad has denied the allegations, Marie says after their breakup, her ex used her Instagram account to post the images and purposely humiliate her. 

The singer added that 50, who happens to be Akbar's good friend, then re-posted the items, which resulted in her feeling "devastated."

"I was compromised by someone who I though loved me as much as I loved him," Marie said at the press conference. 

"He's saying that he didn't do it, but I know in my heart that he did. And even though I want to believe the lies, I have to just stand up for myself or it just looks like I did it. That's why I'm going full pursuit."

During the conference, Bloom said in the lawsuit, which is expected to be filed sometime today in California, Marie would be seeking an award of “significant punitive damages” against both Abdul-Ahad and 50.

Prior to the press conference, 50 shared a photo of himself with Bloom’s mother, Gloria Allred, writing, “Oh Lisa stop, don’t make me tell your mom.” 

Abdul-Ahad also shared his own cryptic message on Instagram.

“Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for,” he wrote in part, sharing a photo of himself. 

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ABC/Randy HolmesIt looks like Offset's luck continues to get worse. 

TMZ reports that the Migos member was involved in a car crash Wednesday night in Atlanta. 

Sources connected to the star tell TMZ that Migos was taken to a hospital for "minor injuries," but has been released and "is expected to be okay." 

Offset's green Dodge Challenger, however, was totaled. 

Offset's fiancée Cardi B "rushed" to be near his side after hearing about the accident, according to sources. 

TMZ adds that no accident report was filed, nor were cops or emergency medical workers called to the scene. 

In other news, Offset and Cardi are being sued by Giovanni Arnolda known autograph broker from the Bronx who alleges that Offset ordered three members of his entourage to attack him. 

As previously reported, the 33-year-old man allegedly asked Cardi for an autograph outside New York City's Mark Hotel following the Met Gala in early May.  

According to The Wrap, Arnold claims in his suit that Cardi and Offset "ordered the beatdown after verbally threatening him."

"Not willing to stop for a fan," the suit adds, "Cardi B and entourage blew past the Plaintiff, ignoring him. 

When Mr. Arnold repeated his request, Cardi B turned to Plaintiff and threatened to 'slap the s*** outta him.' Defendant Offset then directed Mr. Arnold to 'shut up, bro, before a n**** beat you out here." 

The complaint continues, "As Defendants Cardi B and Offset entered their waiting vehicle, they ordered the Unknown Assailants to attack Plaintiff."

The lawsuit adds that Arnold was "punched and kicked" repeatedly" and "severely injured" following the alleged attack. 

It also claims that Cardi and Offset "frequently instigate violent confrontations with fans and individuals. 

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Dick Clark ProductionsA slew of exciting artists and celebrities have been announced as presenters for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. 

Among those added to the line-up are CiaraT.I.Ne-YoFrench Montana and Tyra Banks.  

As previously noted, KhalidJohn Legend and Salt-N-Pepa featuring En Vogue are all slated to perform at the live event.  

Janet Jackson has also been named as this year's Billboard Music Awards ICON honoree.   

Kendrick Lamar, along with Bruno Mars and "Shape of You" singer Ed Sheeran lead the award nominations. 

All are up for fifteen Billboard Music Award trophies apiece.  

Other acts nominated include DrakeCardi BNicki MinajPost MaloneChris BrownSZAThe WeekndMigos, 21 SavageKodak BlackLil Uzi Vert, Lecrae and Bhad Bhabie

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards air May 20 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PT on NBC, live from Las Vegas. 

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