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2010 MTV EMA: Winners

The 2010 MTV EMAs ended just moments ago in Madrid, Spain. Pop phenom Lady GaGa emerged as the night’s big winner by taking home an impressive 3 awards while Ke$ha suprisingly nabbed the ‘Best New Act’ trophy instead of teen favourite Justin Bieber. Check out the full list of winners below:

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BET Names ‘Top 10 Rappers Of The 21st Century’

BET revealed their controversial list of the ‘Top 10 Rappers Of The 21st Century’ a few hours ago on a televised special. Check out the list, as well a video detailing how the panelists made their decisions, below. Do you agree?

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VH1 Divas 2010 Line-Up Revealed (A Must-See)

The line-up for the VH1’s Divas 2010 was announced today, and you’re not going to believe who will be flying the flag of diva-dom on this year’s show.

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MTV VMA’s 2010: Winners

The MTV Video Music Awards 2010 just ended in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre. Check out the full list of winners below:

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MTV VMA’s 2010: Red Carpet

The stars have begun to arrive at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater for the MTV Video Music Awards 2010. Check out red carpet pics after the jump….

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MTV VMA 2010: Your Shout!

With the eagerly anticipated MTV Video Music Awards 2010 set to get under-way live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles in a few hours, That Grape Juice’s ‘MTV VMA 2010: Your Shout!’ area goes live right now!

Tonight’s show boasts performances from Usher, Eminem, Rihanna, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Ciara, Nicki Minaj, and many more. Hands down, one of popular music’s biggest calender days.

Here you can post your views on  anything and everything regarding the show. Pre-Show rumours…Who you’re looking forward to seeing… Who you feel rocked the red carpet, who should have skipped it altogether LOL…Who deserved to win what…performances…and all that good stuff –  before, during, and after the show….

This is ‘Your Shout’!

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That Grape Juice’s MTV VMA 2010 Coverage

As with all the major awards shows, That Grape Juice will be providing live on-the-minute coverage of the MTV Video Music Awards 2010, which take place this Sunday (September 12th) live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. News, commentary and of course performances, That Grape Juice will be the #1 spot for them all!

The VMA’s, this year, boasts performances from the likes of Usher, Ciara, Eminem, Pink, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Jason Derulo, Justin Bieber, and more!

Our coverage will consist of three main post areas:

Red Carpet Arrivals

All the red carpet arrivals as they are happening.

Your Shout!

Here you’ll be able to express your thoughts on everything VMA related i.e. rumours, spoliers and of course the actual show as it’s taking place. Anything and everything goes; randomness, observations, WTF moments and all that jazz. A live stream also be available!

Performances

All the show’s performances minutes after they’ve aired. Visitors who’ve seen our coverage of previous award show’s will know what I mean!

So for ‘net’s most thorough live coverage of one of music’s biggest dates on the calender, do be sure to keep it locked on
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That Grape Juice Celebrates 3 Years Online

Stars Wish That Grape Juice A Happy Birthday

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Three years. For such a lengthy spell of time, it sure has passed with lightening speed. Indeed, I can vividly recall the humble beginnings of That Grape Juice.

Aged 18 and having just started university, I remember being fascinated by the then-emerging trend of blogs – particularly those of the Urban persuasion. From Concrete Loop to The YBF to Kevipod, and even Toya, I was hooked. So much so, that I decided to marry my fixation with the blogging platform with my love for all things Urban Pop Culture, hence the creation of That Grape Juice in 2007.

A spin on Marvin Gaye’s ‘Heard It Through The Grapevine’, I sought for my grapevine to be unlike the unreliable, gossipy one described in the song. My grapevine was going to be concrete, legit; yet at the same time equally – if not more – entertaining!

Fast forward three years, and I’m so proud to see that this has been realised and then some!

Indeed it only really hit me when watching the video above, just how much has been achieved with what simply started out as ‘little ol’ me’ sharing my love for music.

Today That Grape Juice stands as one of the net’s premier sources for all things Urban Pop Culture – news, reviews, cutting edge interviews and so much more; and for that I am infinitely thankful.

All this could not have been possible without…

God: Need I say more?

My Family: To my mother, father, and two beautiful sisters, thank you SO much for all of your support; morally, financially, and the countless ways you’ve all been there for me. I will never EVER forget. From mother pushing me to interview everybody (cue Naija accent “Is Kelly Rowland in town?”), to my sisters telling any-and-everyone about their brother’s ‘amazing site’, I love, thank, and appreciate you more than words can describe!

Trent: Where do I begin?! An asset in every sense of the word; Trent you truly are the backbone of That Grape Juice. You’ve brought so much to the site – both on the front and back end (to an extent only you and I will really know). Above all, you’ve become one of my closest friends (ironic for a number of reasons). Let’s take it to the top!

Dustin Gary: You are truly, truly heaven sent. Cheesy-sounding, perhaps, but I cannot stress how much that statement holds true. I firmly believe that certain people come into our ‘little worlds’ for a reason, and Dustin definitely has bettered mine (in an immeasurable amount of ways). A great teacher, a great friend, and a great person, I thank you for EVERYTHING. God bless you…(hell, He is already!) More power to ya!

Special thanks

Sean Leopold: Thank you for coming on my ‘lil’ journey. Thank you for your words of wisdom. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for being YOU!

Kwame: There in the beginning and here now. GMB!

Jamell (Mr Damaje): So much of ‘this’ wouldn’t be possible without your talent, time, and friendship. A blessing!

Seye (Iizsik): I really do credit you with bringing the quality of the site’s original content (video, image) up to par with that of the editorial content. Amazingly talented and a pleasure to work with!

Leon McFarlane, Glynn, Antoine, Joanne, Clifford, Alistair, Nathan Devonte, Sade, Sandra, Jade, Hilario, Luca M, Bisi, Luka, Tobbie and everyone else who has been there for me (in one way or another) on this journey…thank you!

Blogging friends/inspirations: Thank you Angel, Brian and all over at Concrete Loop, Necole Bitchie, B Scott, Sandra Rose, Rap-Up, Miss Jia, AOL Black Voices (Jawn), Michael (The Cynical Ones), Kevin (The Skorpion), Fresh (Crunk & Disorderly), Gossip on This, The YBF, and Kevipod (gone but not forgotten!)

To every label, every artist, every manager, every PR, every radio personality, and every ad agency we’ve ever worked with…Thank you!

Above all, I thank YOUthe That Grape Juice faithful! Those who have been with the site since the beginning, to those who are here for the first time, to those who ever told a friend about us, to you ALL ….thank you so much!

Here’s to many more years!

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BET Awards 2010: Performances

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The  2010 BET Awards took place last evening. Some of music’s brightest stars hit the stage at the Shrine Auditorium, including Kanye West, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys and many more. Check out the performances below:

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BET Awards 2010: Your Shout!

With the eagerly anticipated BET Awards 2010 set to get under-way live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in a few hours, That Grape Juice’s ‘BET Awards 2010: Your Shout!’ area goes live right now!

Tonight’s show boasts performances from Usher, Eminem, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Diddy-Dirty Money, T.I., Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Prince, as well as show-stopping tribute to Michael Jackson. Undoubtedly one of Urban music industry’s biggest calender days.

Here you can post your views on  anything and everything regarding the show. Pre-Show rumours…Who you’re looking forward to seeing… Who you feel rocked the red carpet, who should have skipped it altogether LOL…Who deserved to win what…performances…and all that good stuff –  before, during, and after the show….

This is ‘Your Shout’!

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Michael Jackson – A That Grape Juice Tribute

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Michael Jackson Tribute

Today marks one year since the passing onto eternity of the King of Pop Michael Jackson. Despite 365 long days having passed, the reality that Michael is no longer with us is still hard to fathom. Indeed, during his life, Michael enjoyed an unparallel level of super-stardom, leading many to class him as ‘other worldly’, a fictional character of sorts – who doesn’t die. Unfortunately, the reality of his mortality coldly hit the world on June 25th 2009.

However, today shouldn’t be one for mourning. Rather, the life of this incredible performer, philanthropist, and all-round legend should be celebrated. Cliché-sounding perhaps; yet, in the 50 years Michael spent on this earth, he shared a gift, a talent, which many of us will never see topped in our lifetime. To have experienced such history, I am eternally thankful for.

A lifelong fan, Michael’s passing hit me hard. As a late 80’s baby, Michael Jackson came to represent my childhood (from dancing around to his music at ANY and EVERY opportunity to watching ‘Thriller’ only to run away in a delightful fright when he turned into the monster “go away!”). In later years, I came to appreciate his artistry, as well as the depth and breadth of his message. Indeed, my love for Michael’s music birthed my love for music more generally – hence the eventual creation of this very site. His death (made all the more ‘real’ by the fact I was due to see him – front row centre – at his ‘This Is It’ show), therefore, left me feeling as if a significant part of my childhood died when he did.

Yet with time, comes fresh perspectives. While Michael may physically be no longer with us, he is still very much alive – as are the music and memories he left us with. Put simply, greatness is immortal. Michael Joseph Jackson is immortal.

Therefore, on this the one year anniversary of his passing, That Grape Juice salutes the undisputed King of Pop, King of Dance…King of Music – Michael Jackson.

Long live the King!

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Tidbits

A major supporter of Michael’s later work, I feel too much of it went criminally underrated. The following are a couple of my favourites of his more recent material:

We’ve Had Enough

Unbreakable

* Also, click here to check out our review of The Michael Jackson Exhibition.

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BET Awards 2010 Nominations

Earlier today, in a brightly lit room overseeing the busy mid-Manhattan streets, the nominees for the 10th annual BET Awards were announced with the help of this year’s host Queen Latifah, the self-proclaimed ‘champion of Hip-Hop’ Diddy and his entourage of Dirty Money.  Check out who was nominated for what after the jump…

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