This past weekend the iHeartRadio Music Awards took place. Some of the biggest names in music were there to perform, pick up awards, and give heartfelt speeches.
Amongst the winners, singer Justin Timberlake who picked up a big award for his song “Can’t Stop TheFeeling”. The tune won Song of the Year and Timberlake was on hand to pick up his prize. While on stage, Timberlake gave a profound speech about inclusion, even calling himself a “sissy singer boy from Tennessee”. His words called for the importance of differences among us and embracing the characteristics that make each of us unique.
It’s been quite a year for Timberlake, who just two short weeks ago opened the Academy Awards with an on-your-feet performance. While he didn’t take home an Oscar this year, the first time nominee was just excited and honored to be at the show. “Can’t Stop theFeeling” was also nominated for a Golden Globe earlier in the year.
Timberlake wrote “Can’t Stop The Feeling” for the DreamWorks movie “Trolls” and the song even topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number one. While he hasn’t formally announced any new music projects yet, Timberlake has mentioned that he is continuously working on music.
In the meantime, I’ll be watching his Netflix special, “Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids”. The documentary is a backstage look at his most recent world tour, full of live performances and funny backstage antics. All in all, it’s been a pretty good start to 2017 for Timberlake and I have a feeling it’s only going to get better.
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Hailing from Washington D.C., Ari Lennox is a name you will never forget with a vocal quality just as striking as her features. I’m not kidding. This woman has the fullest, most enticing head of curls, beautiful, mahogany skin, and a jawline to die for.
Exactly… how DARE she.
But on a more serious note, Ari completely has the “it” factor. No, scratch that. Ari is the “it” factor. Her sound is the perfect combination of passion, rawness, strength, (and a hint of Baduizm) that would make anybody fall in love. Her personality is vibrant and quirky — the qualities I’m sure we all look for in a best friend. Lastly, her entire aesthetic is that of a carefree woman who is comfortable in her own skin, and that is the ultimate role model material.
Recently crowned as the First Lady of J. Cole’s Dreamville Records, there’s no doubt in my mind the world will soon be mesmerized by this 22-year-old R&B powerhouse.
Click here to watch Ari Lennox’s music video for “Backseat” feat. Cozz from her newest EP, Pho (available for download on iTunes and Apple Music).
Here’s also a list of some of my favorites by Ari:
I’ve never been a terribly confident person. Now, sure, if my close friends ask me for the millionth time to do my tried and true Alanis Morissette impression, I’m not going to waiver. Compare that, however, to getting up on a stage and performing, or introducing myself to a classroom full of strangers, or co-anchoring an entire election night’s worth of coverage, and you’ve got a situation that’ll leave my hands shaking. Despite all this, I actually somehow put myself in that last position. On real, live radio, I signed up to co-host five hours’ worth of impromptu discussions, candid interviews, and–oh God, the horror–ad libbing. In my mind, I’d be facing my worst fears–or so I thought.
Okay, so everyone has an opinion, or at least most of us do. I am particularly noted as commonly having strong ones. However, I worked hard the night of the election to remain unbiased. I tried not to code my language or reveal something in the tone of my voice, and in the early stages of the night, I thought I was doing a pretty good job. It wasn’t like the candidate I truly and honestly feared, was going to win… right?
I learned a lot more than I had expected whilst covering this election. And one of those things is sometimes, if what you’re covering is going to make you lose your cool, you simply have to go to the bathroom on one of your fleeting breaks, have a three minute cry, and then get back to work. This was a valuable lesson for me, and one I plan to hold on to. After a half hour, my nerves were overcome, but my emotions were another story altogether. What I took away from this experience that night is that, if I can just hold it for a little while (and keep holding, and keep holding even longer if I must), there’s nothing wrong with an emotional release–as long as I still get the job done.