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Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar We Made a Big Splash at BET Awards

6/26/2016 6:40 PM PDT

Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar just destroyed the big opening at the BET Awards -- mixing fire and water in spectacular fashion.

Bey led the charge at the Microsoft Theater in downtown L.A., singing "Freedom," before bringing out Kendrick ... they danced and stomped on a submerged stage with crazy pyrotechnics.

The only person having a better night than Beyonce and Kendrick ... Sam Jackson who rightly admired Bey's backup dancers.

Shaq My Fam's the Next Kardashians ... In a Good Way

6/26/2016 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Shaquille O'Neal has changed his mind -- and officially given the green light for a bunch of his kids to star in a brand new reality show ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

It's been a work in progress for years. Our sources say Shaq was initially a little chilly on the idea -- but things have changed, and we're told the NBA legend has officially given his blessing for the VH1 show. 

The show will feature Shaq's 4 kids with ex-wife Shaunie -- along with her child from a previous relationship and will primarily focus on the kids trying to forge their way into various careers. One of the kids wants to be a comedian. Another is interested in music. 

And, of course, 17-year-old Shareef O'Neal is a top high school basketball player who's being recruited by some of the best colleges in the country. We're told the recruiting process will be featured on the show.

Plus, the baller stuff like Shaqir's insane celeb-packed 13th birthday will also be on the show. 

Caaaaan youuuuu digggg itttt?!?! 

Desiigner BET Rehearsal MJ's Got Nothin' on Me!!!

6/25/2016 6:56 AM PDT

Desiigner could steal the show at Sunday's BET awards, 'cause we got video of his rehearsal and his moves are pretty awesome.

The rapper hit the stage at the Microsoft Theater in downtown LA Friday, and his dancing has shades of Michael Jackson.

BET Awards Fan Experience Free Concerts, Huge Stars

6/25/2016 12:20 AM PDT

Fans who wanna check out this year's BET Awards are in for a big treat ... thanks to the BET Experience.  

BET honchos have gone all out this year to get fans close to their favorite artists ... all for free. We're told Desiigner, Rae Sremmurd, Kevin Gates and O.T. Genasis will all be putting on a show Saturday at L.A. Live and fans won't have to shell out a penny.

And that's not all -- the BETX will feature "Genius Talks" -- a Q&A panel with stars like DJ Khaled, Snoop Dogg and Birdman.

Who says you gotta have a ticket to the big event to have a good time?

Desiigner I'm My Own Hype Man ... Goes HAM at Party!

6/23/2016 10:18 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Desiigner proved one thing for sure ... he is his own biggest fan.

The 19-year-old "Panda" rapper held a listening party in NYC Wednesday night for his upcoming mixtape ... and went OFF. Sources at the event tell us Desiigner lip-synced the whole performance for over an hour ... and you can see from the vid, he shed some clothing while he did it.

We're told he also chopped it up with fans, took pics and even signed autographs for anyone who asked. 

At this rate, he'll have broads in more places than just Atlanta. 

Nick Cannon Brand Nubian

6/23/2016 6:56 AM PDT

Nick Cannon took it back to the motherland Wednesday night for dinner.

Nick was reppin' for Africa in a gray turban to match his jacket, and an Egyptian amulet around his neck ... on his way out of Nobu in Malibu.

Man's got talent in the fashion department.

Whitney Houston Here's Proof Emmy Auction Is Illegal ... TV Academy Sues

6/22/2016 1:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Whitney Houston's Emmy award will NOT be auctioned off without a fight ... the Television Academy just filed a lawsuit accusing Heritage Auctions of theft.

TMZ broke the story ... the Academy is trying to block Heritage from putting the statuette on the block -- on behalf of Whitney's family -- claiming it contractually MUST be returned to the Academy.

In the docs -- filed in L.A. and obtained by TMZ -- the Academy included the sticker it says has been affixed to the bottom of EVERY Emmy handed out between 1978 to 1994. Whitney won hers in 1986.

The sticker makes it clear the statuette is the Academy's property and the winner's heirs are "obligated to return" it ... as opposed to selling it or throwing it away.

Heritage thinks the Academy is bullying the Houston family ... because more than 3 dozen other Emmy awards have been auctioned off without a peep. The live auction for Whitney's trophy is set for Friday, but the online auction is already up and running ... and someone's already bid $10k!

Prince DNA Shuts Down Long-Lost 'Son'

6/22/2016 11:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Prince is NOT the father of the federal prisoner who claimed he was the singer's long-lost son ... according to Maury Povich DNA testing.

Sources with direct knowledge of the case tell us the DNA test returned a 0.0% chance that Carlin Q. Williams is Prince's spawn. In docs, Carlin said his mother met Prince in 1976 and knocked her up in a Kansas City hotel.

Carlin -- in prison for gun possession -- is one of several people who've come out of the woodwork claiming blood relations. Another woman, Taz Walker, also claims Prince was her pops.

It's unclear what the status is of her case.

Whitney Houston Emmy Battle Heading for Court

6/22/2016 8:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Whitney Houston's only Emmy award is about to go up for auction IF Emmy honchos fail in their last ditch effort to block the sale ... TMZ has learned.

The Television Academy says it's going into court Wednesday morning to request a restraining order against Heritage Auctions ... which plans to put Whitney's 1986 Emmy statuette up for grabs on Friday.

Heritage is hawking the award on behalf of Whitney's estate -- but the Television Academy has strict rules about its awards. According to the Academy, all winners sign an agreement that their heirs or successors must "return the statuette to the Academy, and we hold it in storage in memory of the recipient.”

A rep for Heritage tells TMZ ... they've asked the Academy multiple times to produce Whitney's signature on that agreement, but no dice to this point. Heritage says it's moving forward unless a judge drops the hammer.

They expect the award to sell for upwards of $10,000. By the way, Whitney won the Emmy for her performance on the Grammys. Weird, right?

Katt Williams I'm Scoring Again With My 'Ride Or Die'

6/22/2016 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Katt Williams has so much game it looks like he's getting back his chick Hazel-E ... even though his legal troubles got a gun pulled on her.

We got the exes coming out of The Serving Spoon in Inglewood together, and Hazel immediately tried to play coy with our photog about the reunion ... but our sources tell us they started rekindling things this week. Which is why you gotta see what Katt said about Hazel being a ride or die chick. P.I.M.P. 

They took a break in March after she got caught up in a raid at his house. Katt had a lot more to say about Hazel, his legendary rap sheet and drug rumors on TMZ's "Rock Rants" ... featured on YouTube.   

Prince Unreleased Music Debuts ... Gift to Donatella Versace

6/21/2016 10:56 AM PDT

It could be a first glimpse into Prince's fabled vault of new music, and it premiered at Milan Fashion Week ... courtesy of Donatella Versace.

Donatella cranked the 11-minute mix during Saturday's show of Versace's men's collection. She says Prince, who was a longtime friend, would send her music all the time as a way of communicating.

It's unclear if Prince's estate approved the untitled music being used by Versace -- or if it would even need to do so ... if Prince had gifted it to Donatella.

Check out the music -- you gotta wonder if Prince would be happy it's gone public. 

Draymond Green Strippers Make Me Feel Better

6/21/2016 6:06 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

How do you cure those NBA Finals blues? STRIP CLUB!!! 

Here's footage of Draymond Green hitting up Ace of Diamonds in L.A. Monday night -- so excited about his night out, he DANCED his way into the hot spot! 

BTW, Ace of Diamonds is like the weekly All-Star game of strippers -- it's only open 1 night a week ... and some of the best dancers in the country fly in for it because of the VIP clientele and the BIG dollars they bring. 

It's not exactly a championship victory party in Vegas ... but it ain't a bad night out either. 

Nick Young Trolled By Gilbert Arenas 'YOU GOT DUMPED!'

6/21/2016 6:27 AM PDT

Gilbert Arenas is throwing some major salt in Nick Young's wounds -- clowning the guy for getting dumped by Iggy Azalea ... and he ain't pullin' any punches. 

We THOUGHT the two were friends -- especially when Gilbert told us he had planned on going to Nick's bachelor party a few months back. But Nick wasn't having it and told him he wasn't invited.

Fast forward to Monday night ... after Gilbert found out Iggy broke up with Nick ... and Agent Zero unloaded on his former Washington Wizards teammate on the Gram. 

"@swaggyp1 i guess u wont be invited to YO #bachelorparty either 😂😂😂😂#gotdumped."

"BUT dont worry n***a i got you...#bachleorparty just turned into #TheBreakUpParty at #Samsstripclub we about to be in there with a pocket full of (1's) with no draws on."

He went on to wax poetically about how he hopes Nick engages in unprotected coitus with several ladies ... and then explains why he hates condoms. You can click here for the whole thing. 

So ... friends again? 

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