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Kanye West Gunning for Rock 'n' Roll Grammy

10/24/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kanye West is gunning for another title ... the new king of rock 'n' roll. 

Sources close to West tell us his team at Def Jam submitted Kanye for "Best Rock Song" and "Best Rock Performance" for his song "Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)" with Kid Cudi for a Grammy. The song is one of 7 from the duo's "Kids See Ghosts" album. 

We're told the submissions have already made it through the screening process and were sent out on the first round ballot to voters. If Kanye's submissions snag enough support in the first round, they'll be nominated and up for the awards. 

He's got a point ... 'Freeee' sounds like a rock song, loaded with heavy drums and guitars with vocals from Cudi and Ty Dolla $ign

Our sources say Kanye's also been submitted for "Producer of the Year" -- you'll remember he did 5 albums in 5 weeks -- and his albums with Pusha T (Rap Album) and Teyana Taylor (R&B Album) are up for Grammys as well.

Bottom line -- Kanye could be ... the next Mick Jagger?

Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul Dead at 76

8/16/2018 6:59 AM PDT
Breaking News

Aretha Franklin, known for having one of the greatest voices in music history, and for hits like "Respect," and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" ... died Thursday after a long battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.

Aretha passed away in her Detroit home where she was under hospice care. She'd been in failing health for many months and she was down to 86 pounds. One source told us he was informed more than a week ago that Aretha could go at any time.

She was surrounded by friends and family when she passed. Her family released a statement, saying, "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family."

She had appeared incredibly frail in recent years, and rarely performed live. Her most recent appearance was last November for Elton John's AIDS Foundation 25th Anniversary Benefit.

Aretha's career is just incredible. Born in Memphis in 1942, her family eventually relocated to Detroit where she began singing in her father's church. She was such a powerhouse gospel singer, she landed a Columbia record deal in the early '60s.

Her string of chart-topping hits began with her Atlantic Records deal in 1967.

Aretha's achievements in the late '60s were remarkable for any artist, but especially so for a black woman in the midst of the Civil Rights movement. She held the record for the most entries on the Hot 100 list of any female artist for nearly 40 years, only to be dethroned in 2017 by Nicki Minaj.

She won 18 Grammys and was the first woman ever inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Aretha delivered a powerful rendition of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" -- while wearing that unforgettable hat -- at Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration.

Throughout her career, Aretha was known for delivering incredible one-off live performances, including at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors show where she sang 'Natural Woman' in honor of the song's co-writer, Carole King.

The Queen of Soul was 76. She is survived by her 4 sons.

RIP

Khalid Aretha's the True Queen of Soul ... 'Deserves' the Crown

8/15/2018 8:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Quadruple platinum singer Khalid tells TMZ ... Aretha Franklin will be remembered as a strong woman who's accomplished so much -- and will forever be known as the "Queen of Soul."

Remember, there was a controversy about Aretha's royal title a while back -- when Beyonce called Tina Turner the "Queen" at the 2008 Grammys. 

Aretha -- who's been called the Queen of Soul since the '60s -- was so pissed at the time, she issued a statement saying, "I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyonce. However, I dismissed it as a cheap shot for controversy."

Well, there's no controversy for Khalid -- saying Aretha clearly deserves the crown. 

Lil Uzi Vert Grammys Style Got $350k Last-Minute Assist

2/4/2018 12:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Uzi Vert didn't take home a Grammy this year ... but he dominated the bling game by rolling into the show with more than a quarter mil around his neck.

The rapper -- who was nominated for Best New Artist, but lost to Alessia Cara -- went to the Grammys donning a custom 60-carat upside-down cross wrapped in a gold and diamond vine ... hanging from an 80-carat diamond chain.

We're told Lil Uzi reached out to celeb jeweler, Elliot Avianne of Avianne & Co Jewelers, 3 months ago to get it made ... and dropped about $350k on the piece.

We're told it was finished just 3 hours before the show and hand-delivered to him -- just in time for him to walk the red carpet ... and give this hilariously awkward interview.

Logic's Grammy Performance Tripled Calls To National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

2/2/2018 3:26 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Logic's live performance of his song "1-800-273-8255" with Alessia Cara and Khalid at the Grammys wasn't just moving ... it probably helped save many lives.

A spokesperson for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline tells TMZ ... in the 2 hours after the rapper performed his hit track -- the title of which is the number to the lifeline -- the national network answered 3 times the typical amount of calls in the 2-hour window.

The NSPL says Logic's performance was "an incredible moment in suicide prevention," and he helped demonstrate worldwide that "healing is happening every day for people in crisis, and that there is help available.”

When the song was originally released in April 2017, calls to the Lifeline increased by 50 percent ... and there was a similar boost when he performed it at the VMAs in August.

Quavo Grammy Night Fight Over Offset's $10k Tab ... Celeb Jeweler Claims

2/1/2018 10:54 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Quavo's alleged beatdown of a famous jeweler was all over $10,000 ... but it wasn't Quavo's debt to pay, TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Eric the Jeweler -- who cranks out bling for 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and many more hip-hop stars -- tell us Offset is the member of Migos who owes the $10k. Law enforcement sources confirm Eric said exactly that when he reported the fight and robbery of his $30k chain. 

We're told Eric reached out to Offset multiple times about settling the debt, but was given the run-around. Then, when he bumped into Quavo early Monday morning at 1Oak, that's allegedly when the fight broke out. The jeweler suffered a swollen cheek, bloody nose and a bump on his head.

TMZ broke the story ... NYPD wants to talk to all the members of Migos and their manager. According to police docs ... Eric was jumped by Quavo and another man.

Still no word from reps for Migos.

Quavo Accused in Club Brawl, Robbery After the Grammys

1/31/2018 8:39 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Quavo allegedly beat the hell out of a famous jeweler during a Grammys after party at 1Oak in NYC ... TMZ has learned.

The alleged victim, Eric the Jeweler, reported the incident to NYPD on Tuesday ... according to law enforcement sources. We're told Eric and Migos were in the club early Monday morning -- around 4:30 AM -- when smack talk over money Quavo allegedly owes Eric ... turned physical. 

Eric told cops he got jumped by Quavo and another man who was partying with the group. Sources in the club tell us the other man was not Offset or Takeoff.

We're told Eric got the hell out of the club with minor injuries to the face, but as he left noticed his $30,000 chain was missing.

Eric's filed a robbery report with cops. He's kind of a big deal in the biz, having made pieces for Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, French Montana and many more.

We've reached out to a rep for Migos. Our law enforcement sources say NYPD wants to talk to all the members of the group, as well as their manager. Officers also want to review security cam footage from 1Oak.

Sarah Silverman PETA Pissed About Grammy Puppy Consolation Prize? Who Gives a F***!!!

1/31/2018 7:02 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Sarah Silverman rolled her eyes at PETA for pissing on the puppy gag at the Grammys.

We got the funny lady Tuesday at LAX and asked about PETA bitching that James Corden handed out pups as a consolation prize. PETA thinks it was wrong to put the dogs under bright lights and it sent a bad message that dogs are prizes rather than family members. 

Sarah scared us by suggesting a dead dog was tucked inside her backpack. Fact is, she walks the walk as a vegetarian and has a message for the animal rights org.

'Black Panther' Star Movie Shows Africa's Potential If Not for Slavery!!!

1/30/2018 11:03 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The King from "Black Panther" says his Marvel movie is way more than a superhero flick -- it's also going to debunk a bunch of stereotypes about Africa. In other words ... school's in!

We got John Kani, who plays King T'Chaka, and asked if he thinks the highly anticipated film will ease racial tensions in America. His answer was, quite frankly, awesome.

John also weighed in on fashion. Yes, fashion. Not BP's, but Bey's. 

He told us Beyonce was channeling the African tradition of getting glammed for any occasion ... when she stepped out in all-black at the Grammys. He also thinks she was supporting the 'BP' cause -- and he's all for it.

Logan Paul You Live, You Learn, You Teach

1/30/2018 9:27 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Logan Paul has music on the brain after Sunday night's Grammys, but he's also not trying to hide from the heinous footage he posted of a suicide victim ... and the backlash that followed.

We got the YouTube star at LAX, and it was clear he'd been inspired after watching the music awards show because he was spitting random rap rhymes by Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert into the convo. 

Still, Logan seems focused on learning from his mistakes, and teaching other YouTubers to do better.

Donald Glover Bows Down to Jamie Foxx ... For Now, At Least

1/30/2018 8:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Glover admits Jamie Foxx has a leg up on him in the talent department, but adds it's just a matter of time ... Father Time.

We got the "Atlanta" star wearing a mask (the flu's no joke, folks) at LAX Monday and straight-up asked ... who's better? Fair question. Donald's hauled in multiple Emmys, a Golden Globe and a Grammy. Jamie, of course, has an Oscar, Golden Globe and a Grammy.

Donald breaks down the comparison and basically says it all comes down to 2 numbers -- 34 and 50, their respective ages. Still, Donald admits there IS one thing at which he sucks.

Justin Bieber And Your Latin Grammy Goes to ... Marc Anthony's Producer!

1/30/2018 6:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber came up empty-handed after winning a Latin Grammy for "Despacito" ... because it was sent to Marc Anthony's producer by accident.

Carlos Escalona Cruz -- who worked on Marc's Grammy-winning children's album -- "Marc Anthony for Babies" -- tells TMZ he got Bieb's award in the mail this week.

Bieber won the accolade back in November for his feature on Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" remix -- but he wasn't there in person, so didn't get it the day of. Looks like he didn't get it all, actually -- 'cause it showed up on Cruz's doorstep Monday.

Cruz tells us he was shocked to have received the Biebs' hardware, and says he reached out to Grammy brass (ha) right away to clear up the confusion. He says they apologized for the mistake and instructed him to send it back right away to get it to the rightful owner.

It's unclear whether Bieber got Cruz's Grammy -- but one thing is for sure ... sometimes it's worth showing up to these things in person. Just a thought, JB.

Shemar Moore My Hot Grammy Date Proves I'm Not Gay!

1/30/2018 8:07 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Shemar Moore's heard the rumors he's gay because he's frequently dateless for big events -- but says "Quantico" star Anabelle Acosta should take care of that.

We got Shemar with Anabelle Monday at LAX, on their way back from the Grammys. While they happily posed at the award show, Anabelle was a little camera shy with us. Shemar was dying to tell us about how he hooked up with her.

The "S.W.A.T." star handed out some major props to the people who helped him get in touch with Anabelle. So, did they make a love connection? Check out the video -- for what Shemar says and what they did together.

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