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Vote: Who Should Be The 2015 BET Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient?

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Exactly two weeks separate us from the 2015 BET Awards!

Airing live on June 28th, the 15th annual showing of Urban entertainment’s biggest night is set to be hosted by ‘black-ish’ stars Tracee Ellis Ross & Anthony Anderson and (to date) has seen Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Brown announced among stars tapped to hit the stage.

But, per usual, BET is saving for last its announcement of who will be the recipient of the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.  Already listing legendary acts like Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Prince, and Lionel Richie among its honorees, the 2015 trophy has been shrouded in murmurs that pop queen Janet Jackson will be its designated awardee.  But, that hasn’t stopped fans of other music royals – Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige, King of R&B R. Kelly, or Queen of Rock N’ Soul Tina Turner – from vying and eyeing the prize.

Alas, with no official confirmation, we turn to you – That Grape Juice faithful – for your weigh in:

Who should be the recipient of the 2015 BET Lifetime Achievement Award?

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Should the award ever go to a recipient posthumously?

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Watch: R. Kelly Slams Wendy Williams’ ‘Aaliyah: Princess of R&B’ Biopic

Yesterday saw the ‘Pied Piper of R&B’ R. Kelly ring in his 48th birthday.

In big balla fashion, the Grammy winner hosted a ‘who’s who’ affair of a birthday party in Atlanta, with some of the scene’s biggest socialites in attendance (see: T.I., Keri Hilson, Phaedra Parks, and more).  But, before the party got started, Kelly took to a Big Tigger-hosted V-103 Atlanta segment to share his thoughts on the now-infamous, Wendy Williams’ produced ‘Aaliyah: Princess of R&B’ biopic (aired on Lifetime).

Tuck in below to hear the R&B royal deliver less than a royal review of the critically panned flick and the actor who portrayed him:

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Fantasia Hits The Studio With R. Kelly / Previews New Song

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R&B belter Fantasia is back in the studio.

The Grammy winner is currently hard at work on the follow-up to her 2013 LP ‘Side Effects Of You’ and has enlisted the King of her genre R. Kelly to help her craft the as yet untitled set.

Taking to Instagram today, the songbird showcased what she’s been working on with the Pied Piper.

Peep the footage below…

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TGJ Replay: Aaliyah – ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number’

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Welcome back to TGJ Replay!

Designed much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ features, ‘Replay’ is That Grape Juice‘s newest retrospective segment – a written quest, if you will, to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday.

Unlike its ‘Rewind’ and ‘Vault’ predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase entire albums (and eras) from a library of pop and Urban pop music hits.

With Lifetime Network gaining a bevy of bad reviews for its controversial, unauthorized biography of one of R&B’s most beloved characters, Aaliyah, we thought it a perfect time to shine some light and ode her debut album ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number.’ As the album celebrated its 20th birthday this summer, let’s go back back to the ‘Back & Forth’ singer’s humble beginnings…

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Track List: Jennifer Hudson Taps T.I. & Iggy Azalea For New Album ‘JHUD’

Album Set To Go Head-To-Head With Lady Gaga, Kenny Chesney, Luke James, Michelle Williams, & More...

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If its leading singles ‘I Can’t Describe’ ft. T.I. and ‘Walk It Out’ ft. Timbaland are anything to judge by, Jennifer Hudson‘s long-awaited third album ‘JHUD’ is well on its way to much deserved critical acclaim.

With hopes of ensuring commercial success to match, Hudson continues to roll out a promo campaign that will see her hit up many-a-major outlet and function in support of the project – including the 2014 Fashion Rocks.  But, before she rocks the stage with the likes of Usher, Nicki Minaj, and more, she continues to tease her September 23rd due release by revealing its full official track list.

A ten track, star-studded affair featuring the likes of fellow Chicagoan R. Kelly, T.I., and his Grand Hustle protegee Iggy Azalea, the album also features production from Timbaland and more.  See it in its entirety below:

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R. Kelly Readies New EDM-Based Album

Album Would Mark 5th Release For R&B Singer In Less Than 2 Years

He may have worked nearly 30 years to earn his rightful title as “The King of R&B,” but now it seems R. Kelly – much like R&B successors Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, and Usher – is looking to extend his reign into other musical territories.  After confirming that he would be releasing 3 albums in 2014 (click here if you missed that), Kelly has now announced that he’s hard at work on a new project…a House album.

Taking to ‘Chicago’s Chosen Few DJ’s picnic recently, the ‘Step in the Name of Love’ singer dropped the news that you’ll be stepping to a different beat of his…and soon.

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R.Kelly On Daughter’s Gender Reassignment: “Don’t Say My Daughter Is Becoming My Son”

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“Don’t say my daughter is becoming my son.”

R&B icon R.Kelly had that to say to Chicago‘s WCGI-FM recently, doing so when asked to address his daughter’s announcement that she was to go under the knife to become the boy she revealed she was born to be.

Why the Grammy-winning legend is now under fresh fire?

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