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Miguel f/Wale "Coffee" (RCA) Click Hear for audio sample of MiguelFeatWale-Coffee
Pia Mia f/Chris Brown & Tyga 
     "Do It Again" (Wolfpack/Interscope) Click Hear for audio sample of PiaMiaFeatChrisBrownTyga-DoItAgain
Sage The Gemini f/Nick Jonas "Good Thing" (Empire/Republic) Click Hear for audio sample of SageTheGeminiFeatNickJonas-GoodThing
John Legend
Iggy Azalea

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards were all about Taylor Swift, as she won eight trophies on the night including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Album for 1989. Upon winning the album award for 1989, Swift thanked her fans for "embracing change" and accepting her new musical direction. Beyond all the accolades, the show also opened with the premiere of Swift's star-studded, revenge fantasy video for "Bad Blood," which no doubt left fans reeling after it played out like an action movie summer blockbuster.
     The other big winners on the night included One Direction, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, and John Legend. 1D took home the very first trophy of the night for Best Duo/Group before going on to win for Top Touring Artist. Top Male Artist went to Smith, who was not in attendance because he is recovering from a vocal chord hemorrhage. Since the singer is not able to speak, he accepted the award via satellite in a message written on cue cards. Smith also won Top New Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist. Azalea's "Fancy" scored the award for Best Rap Song, and she took the stage with Charli XCX and thanked her for making the song into something extra special. Iggy also was named Top Rap Artist and Streaming Artist. Legend's "All Of Me" won in the categories of Top Radio Song and Top Audio Streaming Song. Meghan Trainor gave a tearful acceptance speech when "All About That Bass" won Top Hot 100 Song (beating out Taylor Swift), and the track also earned her a trophy for Top Digital Song.
     Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams was named Top R&B Artist and had the Top R&B album and song; Hozier was crowned Top Rock Artist and won for Top Rock Song; and Calvin Harris earned Top EDM Artist. Top Rap Album went to J. Cole for 2014 Forest Hills Drive, and Top Rock Album went to Coldplay for Ghost Stories.
     The fast-paced awards show also was filled with performances. Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa gave an energetic performance of "Uma Thurman" with a team of female dancers in front of the band, and Meghan Trainor and John Legend sang a soulful and emotive rendition of "Like I'm Gonna Lose You." After Mariah Carey dazzled with her new single "Infinity," then came another heartfelt performance from Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth doing "See You Again," accompanied by a violinist, backup singers and other musicians.
     Hozier was on hand to play his ubiquitous hit "Take Me To Church," while Chris Brown and Pitbull teamed up for a stylish version of "Fun." Later in the show, Ed Sheeran gave an impassioned solo performance of "Bloodstream" on acoustic guitar before the world saw the TV premiere of Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea rocking "Pretty Girls" together. Nicki Minaj and David Guetta also teamed up for a dance-filled medley of "The Night is Still Young" and "Hey Mama." Kelly Clarkson showed off impressive vocal chops on the song "Invincible," and the 2015 Billboard Music Awards came to a close with a performance from Kanye West that was filled with bright lights and pyrotechnics, and one that was also mostly bleeped out. West played "Black Skinhead" and "All Day," although the songs could barely be heard as they were hindered by long periods of silence from the show's censors.

BET Networks has announced the nominations for the 2015 BET Awards. Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj lead the pack with six nominations each. Brown is nominated for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, two separate nods in the Best Collaboration category, two nominations in the Video of the Year category and the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award. Minaj is nominated for Best Collaboration, Best Female Hip Hop Artist, Video of the Year, two nominations for Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award and Best Group as a member of Young Money.
     Beyoncé and Lil Wayne have been nominated four times each. Beyoncé is nominated for Best Female R&B / Pop Artist, Video of the Year, Video Director of the Year and the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award. Lil Wayne is nominated for Best Collaboration, Video of the Year, Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award and Best Group as a member of Young Money. Sam Smith and The Weeknd are among the acts with two nominations.
     "This year’s nominees showcase a diverse group of talent that includes longstanding entertainers, breakout performers, and outstanding athletes," said Stephen Hill, BET President of Programming. "We congratulate all of the talent on their remarkable contributions to the world of entertainment and look forward to them joining us in celebrating 15 years of the BET Awards."
      This year marks the 15th anniversary of the BET Awards, which will be handed out at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 28.

On her birthday this past Saturday, Janet Jackson announced a new album and new tour are on the way in 2015. Jackson tweeted out an ominous video with her voice coming from a computer monitor, promising, "I promised you'd hear it from my lips. And now you will. This year. New music. New world tour. A new movement. I've been listening. Let's keep the conversation going," followed by a few brief beats.

Jennifer Lopez has announced a residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. JLo's residency runs January 20-February 9 and May 22-June 12 in 2016. "I've been preparing for this moment my entire life," Lopez says in a statement. "The show is going to be a multifaceted high energy Jenny from the Block party, mixing all aspects of what my fans and I love - Dance, Hip Hop, Latin and Pop. It's going to be the show I've always dreamt of creating."

Drake has announced his second "Houston Appreciation Weekend," set for Memorial Day weekend. The Toronto native considers the city his second home and according to reports, there will be a number of charity events all weekend long. The only officially announced event so far is a celebrity softball game next Friday, May 22 at the University Of Houston

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Erik Bradley
APD/MD, B96/Chicago

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