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Cardi B says several times in her Grammy-nominated hit "I Like It" that she likes her diamonds and she just added another rock to her collection.  

"Girls Like You," Cardi's collab with Maroon 5, crossed over into the realm of RIAA Diamond-certified songs, meaning it has sold over 10 million copies.  This is Cardi's and the band's second Diamond-certification.

The 29-year-old has now made history as the first female rapper to score two Diamond-certified tracks.  Cardi previously snagged the honor with her breakout single "Bodak Yellow."

She took to Twitter to celebrate making history, tweeting out, "Wow I got two Diamond records! Thank you sooo much @maroon5 for including me on this song and this is the song I cater to my daughter every time I perform it. I'm forever grateful."

The band celebrated the new achievement on Instagram, writing, "Girls Like You ft. Cardi B has been RIAA certified 10x Multi-Platinum!"

"Girls Like You," released in 2018, spent seven weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 and was one of the top-selling songs of the year. Its music video -- which featured Gal GadotEllen DeGeneresCamila CabelloAly RaismanTiffany HaddishJennifer LopezMary J. Blige and many other famous women -- has amassed over three billion views on YouTube.

 

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Adidas x IVY PARK

Beyoncé is decking the halls with boughs of ivy for the holidays as she appears in matching houndstooth ensembles with her daughters, Blue Ivy, 9, and Rumi, 4, in the new Ivy Park trailer.

Set in a prestigious private school, the clip promoting Queen Bey's line of stylish activewear features more celebrity children. Natalia Bryant, daughter of the late Kobe Bryant, wears a blazer jacket. Reese Witherspoon’s kids are also featured as Ava Phillippe reads in a lawn chair while her brother, Deacon, plays a game of table tennis.

Brooklyn Nets basketball star James Harden also makes an appearance, sitting at the chairman’s desk twirling a basketball.

The new Ivy Park collection, in collaboration with Adidas, is set to drop on Thursday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. local time.

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L-R: Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Virgil Abloh in 2018; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Kanye West was among the stars that attended the first-ever Louis Vuitton United States fashion show Tuesday night in Miami, which became a somber tribute to he late LV artistic director Virgil Abloh, who passed away Sunday.

Kanye was there with his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, and their daughter, North. The celebrity list also included Pharrell Williams, as well as Kid Cudi and Erykah Badu, who performed at the after-party, according to Billboard.

During the show, a giant, red LV monogrammed hot air balloon puffed flames as Abloh’s voice was heard in the background. The event ended as his voice was heard again, saying, “Life is short. You can’t waste even a day subscribing to what someone thinks you can do versus knowing what you can do.”

As previously reported, Abloh passed away Sunday after a private two-year battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare, aggressive form of cancer. He was 41. Virgil was the founder of fashion brand Off-White and the first African American to serve as artistic director for Louis Vuitton.

On Tuesday, Vic Mensa -- who, like Abloh, grew up in Chicago -- released the tribute song, "What You Taught Us."

"Virgil Abloh is synonymous with visionary. To see him go from DJing Superfun parties in Chicago that Hollywood Holt would sneak me in when I was 16 to revolutionizing the way we think about design and its applications is a true inspiration to a generation that was blessed to be raised under his tutelage," Mensa says in a statement, adding, "Legends never die."

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Jacqueline Avant, the wife of legendary music executive Clarence Avant, was fatally shot during a home invasion early Wednesday morning, a source close to the family confirms to ABC News. She was 81 years old.

The Beverly Hills Police Department issued a statement Wednesday, declaring that they received a phone call at 2:23 a.m. "regarding a shooting that had just occurred on the 1100 block of Maytor Place. Police units arrived and discovered a victim with a gunshot wound. The suspect(s) were no longer on the scene."

The statement continues: "Beverly Hills Fire Department paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital. Unfortunately, the victim did did not survive. Beverly Hills Police Detectives are conducting an investigation."

"The City of Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Police Department extends our deepest sympathies to the victim’s families," the statement concludes.

Clarence, 90, and Jacqueline were married for 54 years and have two children. 

Clarence Avant received the Ahmet Ertegun Award and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October. He was the subject of the 2019 Netflix documentary The Black GodfatherQuincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Babyface and Diddy, as well as former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, were among the many celebrities who paid tribute to him in the film.

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A familiar face will host next year's 64th Annual Grammy Awards. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah will return in the role and induct a new class of Grammy winners on January 31.

Next year's award show will be held at the newly renamed Crypto.com Arena -- formerly the Staples Center -- in Los Angeles, California.

Trevor last held down the fort for the pandemic-delayed 63rd Grammy Awards on March 14. This continues a streak LL Cool J started in 2012, where every host has returned for at least two consecutive stints. James Corden hosted both the 2017 and 2018 ceremonies, followed by Alicia Keys' back-to-back appearances in 2019 and 2020.

Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement, "We’re so excited to welcome Trevor back to the GRAMMYs stage and feel fortunate to once again have him hosting what we believe will be an unforgettable evening."  He also called Trevor an "amazing" host and said he garnered "praise from the music community, music fans and critics" during 2021's socially-distanced ceremony.

Although the host will remain the same, things will run a little differently for next year's nominees. Last week, the Recording Academy announced some changes in the so-called Big Four categories. For first time in Grammy history, there are 10 nominees up for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

Artist Jon Batiste heads into the ceremony with a leading 11 nominations.  Justin BieberDoja Cat and H.E.R. are also top nominees, with eight nods each.

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards will air January 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

 

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Mariah’s Cookies/Virtual Dining Concepts

Last year, Mariah Carey launched Mariah's Cookies, a virtual bakery concept that allows fans to order the sweet treats from third-party delivery apps like Grubhub, Postmates and UberEats.  The cookies are now making their return for the 2021 holiday season.

The Mariah's Cookies Holiday Hits Trio, a special-edition box filled with holiday flavors, is now available for a limited time.  "We forgot to leave cookies out for Santa last year and were terrified we'd wind up on the naughty list,” jokes Mariah in a statement. "So we FaceTimed him over the summer to ensure we got his top 3 flavors."

Those flavors, according to the Queen of Christmas, are Gingerbread, Cinnamon Sugar and Chocolate Raspberry Truffle.  In addition to the special-edition boxes of those cookies, the entire line of flavors is available, from Chocolate Chunk and Heath Bar to Spiced Oatmeal Raisin and White Chocolate Cranberry.

You can order at MariahCareyCookies.com, or via the Mariah's Cookies app or your favorite food delivery service.

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Following the streaming release of her directorial debut, Bruised, on Netflix, Halle Berry has inked a multi-film deal with the service, serving as both producer and star, according Variety.

Bruised, in which Berry plays an MMA fighter who reclaims her power both in the ring and in her life, was rated as the streamer's top film in the United States this week, according to Netflix.

Berry will next be seen in two Netflix originals, neither of which is part of the new deal, including the sci-fi project The Mothership, which she'll executive-produce and star in, and Our Man from Jersey, opposite Mark Wahlberg.

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Hamilton stars Anthony Ramos and Jasmine Cephas Jones won't be getting their storybook ending, because their relationship has reportedly come to an end. 

The former couple, who met in 2015 and became engaged in 2018, reportedly “previously ended" their engagement prior to the official split, sources tell Page Six. A specific timeline was not given. 

Neither Ramos, 30, nor Cephas Jones, 32, have publicly commented on their relationship and reps have declined to comment. 

The pair reportedly met six years ago while on set of Hamilton when it was still off-Broadway and began dating shortly after.

Ramos nor Cephas Jones have posted about each other recently on social media. In June, Cephas Jones raved about her partner's role in In The Heights, writing, "@anthonyramosofficial… Can’t even describe how proud I am of you. You continue to shock the world with your enormous talent and big kind heart. You deserve it all and more. Happy in the heights day!!! #fortheculture."

And, In July, Ramos celebrated his then-fiancée in an Instagram post dedicated to her birthday.

"Every year seems to bring you closer to the things you love most, with the people you love most, with a heart filled with more love than before," he wrote. "Keep touching this earth Queen. HBD."

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Pharrell Williams has recorded with a who's who of music, including BeyoncéRihanna, Mariah Carey and Kanye West, and he's worked more than anyone else with one of the new members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Jay-Z. They began recording in 1999, and their seemingly endless list of hits includes "Frontin'," "Excuse Me Miss" and "Change Clothes."

The 13-time Grammy winner has observed Hova create classic lyrics many times, and he says his recording process is quite unorthodox.

"He's really a character. He's an odd guy. When you have a conversation with him, it's not a regular conversation," Pharrell explains in a recent episode of the Fader Uncovered Podcast.

The Virginia Beach, Virginia, native used the recording session for their 2000 hit "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)," as an example.

"When he writes, he's just sitting there mumbling to himself -- in falsetto, by the way," Pharell explains. "He goes [in falsetto], 'Yo, yo, when the Remy's in the system/ Ain't no telling will I f*** 'em? Will I diss 'em?/ That's what they be yellin'/ I'm a pimp by blood.' And he taps you on the shoulder and takes it back again. He writes in falsetto."

Pharrell continues, "That's odd and different and weird and amazing! And makes him a character. I gotta ask him why he does that. I don't know why he does it. But he's always done that."

Pharrell also reveals that "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" was inspired by another hit he wrote and produced, also in 2000 -- Mystikal's "Shake Ya A**."

"It just came together, 'cause [Jay-Z] loved 'Shake Ya A**,'" the "Happy" singer remembers. "He was like, 'Yo, I need that!' I was like, 'Uhhh, OK.'"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cardi BCiara and her husband, Russell Wilson, were among the celebrities looking to make the holidays brighter on Giving Tuesday. They partnered with Meta, formerly known as Facebook, to focus on humanitarian acts.

The "WAP" rapper premiered a new episode of “Cardi Tries” on Facebook Watch and hilariously worked as a grocery clerk in Canoga Park, California with Karrueche Tran. Following their antics chopping watermelons and cleaning up a dog food spill, the duo ended the episode by gifting the workers at the store with two weeks worth of paychecks, and a card shouting-out essential workers for all they did during the pandemic.

Ciara and Russell, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, raised money for their favorite non-profit organizations as they hosted a Live Audio Room, dubbed “Get Into Giving Tuesday w/ Russell & Ciara,” to share more about their philosophy of giving.

As part of the "Giving Tuesday" campaign, Meta will match up to $8 million in eligible donations made to Facebook Fundraisers for nonprofits in the United States.

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Taraji P. Henson as Miss Hannigan in “Annie Live!”; Paul Gilmore/NBC

Taraji P. Henson is one of the stars of Annie Live! airing Thursday, and she's enjoying being cast in the role of Miss Hannigan, which was was portrayed by Carol Burnett in the 1982 Annie film.

“As a young, Black artist, studying in college all those years ago, and wanting to be, dreaming to be, I never saw myself as Miss Hannigan because back then, we weren't into this nontraditional casting that we're doing nowadays, which is so beautiful," the 10-time NAACP Image Award winner tells Extra.

Annie Live!, which also stars Harry Connick Jr., Nicole Scherzinger and 13-year-old Celina Smith in the title role, airs Thursday, December 2 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on NBC.

In other news, Kevin Hart is making it a merry holiday season by donating $100,000 each to youth organizations in Houston, Orlando, Oklahoma City, Los Angeles, and Springfield, Missouri for a total of $500,000.

“One of the best things you can do for yourself is believe in other people,” the True Story star said in a statement. “I’ve always had people in my life that believed in me, and I believe in the power of passing that onto others. The donations we made went to organizations that believe in the future of kids and their families. I’m proud we were able to work together to make a big impact.”

Finally, Issa Rae is dropping the soundtrack for the final season of Insecure on Friday, according to Variety. “Music has always been an essential part of every project I do and working with emerging talent is a personal passion,” Rae said. The 12-track album features Saweetie, Nnena, Thundercat and more.

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Mariah Carey knows she's a catch, so she has this small piece of advice to the potential suitor who wants to win her heart: "You have to love Christmas."

Speaking with E!'s Daily Pop recently, the decorated singer said everyone in her family is a big fan of the holiday, so they "have the best time at Christmas."  That means she'll kick anyone to the curb who threatens to wreck the halls.

"There was a person in my life at one time -- we won't say names -- and they didn't love holidays," Mariah remarked. "And I was like, 'Well you're with the wrong person then, honey.'"

The "Fantasy" singer doubled down that hating the holidays is her dating dealbreaker. She also hinted that being a fellow Christmas lover may be a requirement to get on her good side.

This should be common knowledge considering Mariah is dubbed the "Queen of Christmas," but since she just said she dumped someone over their aversion to the holidays, it doesn't hurt to set such an important dating rule in stone -- or on top of a Christmas tree.

 

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It's been over four years since Mary J. Blige released her latest album, Strength of a Woman in 2017. Now the Queen of Hip Hop Soul is completing her 14th studio project, and she says it's powerful.

“Wait till you hear it, it’s gonna blow everybody’s mind,” Mary said Monday on the Tamron Hall Show. "It’s something I had to do, and something I had to say when I was in my darkest, darkest moments in that life, to build myself up to this person that I can see and accept my nose, accept my eyes, accept my cheeks, accept all the things that I used to hate.”

The nine-time Grammy winner has been open about her past drug and alcohol addiction, as well as depression. Now she's loving herself more than ever. “When I wake up with no hair and makeup, I’m accepting that chick that goes to the bathroom and I like her,” Blige revealed.

As she reflected on her classic 1994, triple-platinum album, My Life, Mary admitted the project represents a very unhappy time.

“That album is so full of just moments that were dark for me,” Blige continued. “But every time I speak to a fan they’ll say 'It helped me to get married’ or ‘it helped me get out of a bad marriage’ or ‘it took me through college.'”

“But for me, it was like, ‘Oh man, I just want to die,’" she continued. "It’s so many tears and I wanted to be loved, you know by this man, and I didn’t love myself.”

Now Mary is looking forward to releasing new music next year, and performing during the Super Bowl halftime show on February 13 in LA with Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem.

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The family of 9-year-old Ezra Blount, who died as a result of the Astroworld Festival tragedy, will not accept Travis Scott's offer to pay for his funeral.

Blount passed away on November 14 after suffering severe injuries when he was trampled in a crowd surge at the November 5 concert at Houston's NRG Park. He died after spending days in a medically induced coma.

Scott, who organized and headlined the event, offered to pay funeral costs for all 10 people who died as a result of the crowd surge.

"Your client's offer is declined," Blount family lawyer Bob Hilliard wrote to Scott's attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, according to Insider.com. "I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse. His journey ahead will be painful. He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy."

Petrocelli previously wrote to the Blount family, "Travis is devastated by the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured. Travis is committed to doing his part to help the families who have suffered and begin the long process of healing in the Houston community. Toward that end, Travis would like to pay for the funeral expenses for Mr. Blount's son."

Blount's father, Treston Blount, has filed a $1 million lawsuit against Scott and the event's organizers. As previously reported, numerous lawsuits have been filed, including a $2 billion lawsuit for damages and injuries on behalf of 282 victims.

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Apple Music

The Weeknd and H.E.R. were honored Tuesday with special Apple Music Awards.

The Weeknd was awarded the coveted Global Artist of the Year, with Apple singling out the massive success of his double-platinum After Hours album. The service also highlighted the singer for creating one of the most-Shazamed moments of the year with his Super Bowl Halftime Show performance.

“I’m so grateful for this huge honor and want to thank Apple for all its support, not only for my work but also for great music by newer artists, where it matters so much for creators to be found and supported,” the "Blinding Lights" singer said in a statement. In addition to receiving the Apple Music Global Artist of the Year Award, the Weekend is up for three Grammy Awards, including Best Melodic Rap Performance for being featured with Lil Baby on Kanye West's "Hurricane."

Apple Music also named H.E.R. Songwriter of the Year and lauded her Back of My Mind album, as well as her Oscar-winning anthem "Fight for You," which she co-wrote, co-produced and co-composed for Judas and the Black Messiah. The 24-year-old singer said she is "honored and blessed" by the recognition because, "As a young Black and Filipino artist, and a woman who is on the stage giving my all, there’s no doubt that representation is important." Last week, H.E.R. received eight Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year for Back of My Mind, and Song of the Year, for "Fight for You."

Apple Music will celebrate its winners starting Tuesday, December 7 by streaming interviews and original content. The winners, who were selected based on their global influence, will be honored in a ceremony later next month.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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