Jennifer Hudson was honored with a special Grammy Award recently at the Recording Academy’s Grammys on the Hill ceremony in Washington DC.
The group honored Hudson with a Recording Artist Coalition Award for her charity work. Hudson said this award stands apart from all of her others, including her Oscar.
“It makes it the most prestigious award to be acknowledged for trying to make a difference,” she told The Associated Press. “It’s OK to be a celebrity, but the things that matter are when you can change someone’s life or help someone.”
The Recording Academy presented its Grammys on the Hill Award to the Library of Congress for its work over the past decade to preserve historic audio recordings. York Community High School near Chicago was awarded for its outstanding music program.
Public Enemy was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 27th annual induction ceremony. It was a historical moment for the controversial group that’s gone against the grain from the beginning.
For group member Chuck D, it’s an honor but also a moment of reflection.
“It’s not ever really been about us, it’s about how we can actually forward the genre, so we take this very seriously,” Chuck D tells theGrio. “I don’t think we’ve ever been popular. We’ve been kind of begrudgingly accepted. I tell people all the time, if we didn’t get a chance to get our passport in 1987 and leave this country, Public Enemy wouldn’t have lasted 26 years as a cultural group that set the stage. We come from Roosevelt, Long Island, that’s a lot of what this whole thing is about.”
Despite the group’s faded memory, their impression wasn’t the easiest to swallow because they dealt with cold hard Black American reality, throwing the Black power fist up and rapping against assimilation.
“We represent a lot of things to a lot of people across the world, who are looking at these moments,” says Chuck. “The question is what do we do with these moments, and how does this better the environment that gave us a platform to be able to make changes in peoples’ lives with the gift of music?”
For a long time, rap music has been a part of the growing trend of violence across the country.
In a discussion on CBS News’ “Sunday Morning,” hip hop mogul 50 Cent argued that there is little to no connection between hip hop and gun violence.
The multi-talented rapper explained that his music is a reflection of his experiences and doesn’t necessarily exalt violence.
“If you were doing that and you weren’t actually experiencing it, I would say you were glorifying it,” he told Tracy Smith. “If you’re drawing from something from your actual experience, isn’t it art imitating life?”
So, you might be wondering to yourself, “Whatever happened to Tone Loc?”
Well, funny you should ask. The rapper was arrested last week for felony domestic violence after a physical altercation with the mother of his child:
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Loc (real name Anthony Smith) was arrested yesterday around 2:45 PM at an apartment complex in Burbank, CA. We’re told he was taken in without incident and booked into jail a few hours later.
He is currently being held on $50,000 — and, as of this posting, has yet to be released.
Loc achieved fame in the late 1980s with such legendary songs as “Funky Cold Medina” and “Wild Thing.” Tone also had a fleeting career in film and television as an actor.
The social media sites are branching and blossoming with more and more availability to any and everything every day.
Now Twitter has launched Twitter #Music servie, which makes artists music available depending on the buzz generated about that artist on Twitter.
So you can make your friend’s music a hot commodity on Twitter if you can get a Twitter community tweeting about them.
Twitter made Twitter #Music official Thursday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America. They will be offering a downloadable iOS app later, but it’s available on the web now.
The service was test marketed by celebrities and celebrity musicians like Ryan Seacrest, Wiz Khalifa and Blake Shelton. It’s only after their stamp of approval that we are now getting the opportunity to check out the service.