Jay Z leads the pack of Grammy nominees, snagging nine nods at the upcoming 56th annual event. Close behind Jigga were Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar, who earned seven apiece. Hova was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance ("Suit & Tie" with Justin Timberlake), Best Rap Performance ("Tom Ford"), Best Rap/Sung Collab ("Part II" feat. Beyonce).
Katherine Jackson, mother of the late Michael Jackson, is unsatisfied with the verdict in the recently concluded wrongful death trial against AEG - now she's looking to take the concert promoter back to court.
She filed court documents this week citing jury misconduct, new evidence, and general procedural errors as the reason for re-trial, according to TMZ.
In addition to being an R&B hit maker, Ne-Yo is also the co-founder of the Compound Foundation, an organization meant to enhance the well-being of youth growing up in foster care and group homes. In a recent interview, Ne said his goal is to get kids to realize their potential no matter what their background . . ."
Jennifer Hudson says that she and her fiancé, David Otunga, are "holiday fanatics." Speaking with USA Today, the star of the upcoming Christmas musical, Black Nativity, says she got a jump start on decorations: "We met with the people about two months ago about what our holiday decorations were going to be . . ."
Usher says that he had to drop 30 pounds in preparation for the role of Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming Roberto Duran biopic, Hands of Stone. Ush, who usually weighs around 180, wanted to get down to Leonard's fighting weight of about 146.
Ashanti opened up on her relationship with Nelly, her boyfriend of nine years, saying that she wrote two tracks about him - "Never Should Have" and "Scars." Speaking on Hot 97, Ashy said that her relationship with Nel was hot and cold. "You know what's weird, you know me and Nelly, you know, sometimes we were cool, sometimes they weren't," she said.
Chris Brown has revealed that he is working on straightening out his life and setting priorities to make "big things happen" when he gets out of rehab in 2014. Breezy, who is currently in a court-ordered 90-day program dealing with anger management issues, has told friends that one of the changes he plans on making is taking his girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, more seriously.
Kelly Rowland has teamed up with the Salvation Army to help raise awareness for National Giving Day on December 13. Promoting the partnership on Today, K-Row said the Army's obligations extend beyond the holiday season. "We have to stop and pay attention because the red kettle is not just about just the holidays," she said.
Drake has previewed his second collab with the late Aaliyah, posting an Instagram video of himself on his bus, while the track plays in the background. "24 hours on the bus," read the attached caption. Back in September, Drizzy said that the posthumous record featuring him and Aaliyah had stalled following the release of "Enough Said" . . .
Sha'keir Duarte, the cousin of Frank Ocean, sued Chris Brown for $3 million in connection with the parking lot brawl that went down this past summer. Now the details behind the $3 million figure have been uncovered by TMZ. Duarte claims that he was punched and kicked by a member of Brown's entourage during the fight.
Robin Thicke is featured on "Calling All Hearts," the first single from DJ Cassidy's upcoming album. The cut, currently streaming via SoundCloud, also features a guest spot from Jessie J. In late September, Jessie hit Twitter to note that the three had wrapped filming on the video: "That's a wrap! Woooooo! Amazing video! @robinthicke @djcassidy"
Toni Braxton and Babyface hit the set of The View to perform "Hurt You," a cut from their upcoming duets album, Love, Marriage and Divorce. During their time on the couch with the ladies of the cast, the two were informed that the song had reached number one on the Billboard R&B Top Adult chart.
R. Kelly and Kelly Rowland have released their new collaboration, "All the Way," which is featured on the upcoming Kelly album, Black Panties. The song is a slow-burning R&B number that lets both singers show off their vocal range. The appearance of the former Destiny's Child singer is one of many reported collaborations on Black Panties.
Eminem and his Marshall Mathers Foundation have promised to match fan pledges up to $100,000 donated to Wolverine Human Services, a Michigan-based social services agency that provides "safety, sustenance, nurturing, and therapeutic intervention to children." According to MLive.com, hours after Em made the pledge, the effort received over $24,000 in donations.
Mary J. Blige has released the music video for "My Favorite Things," the second vid from her holiday album, A Mary Christmas, following "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." The visuals, directed by Markus Klinko and Indrani, spotlight Mary, dressed in all white as she covers the Rogers and Hammerstein classic.