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The BET Awards 2013 wants YOU!

With Urban entertainment’s biggest calendar night fast approaching, organizers are giving fans the chance to join the BET Awards Voting Academy – the panel who decide the evening’s winners.

The competition gives avid pop culturalists and online users the opportunity to take a pop culture quiz and those with the highest marks vie for a chance to become a part of a distinguished group of 100 fans who’ll help vote for the winners of the BET Awards 2013 (which takes place at L.A. Live! on Sunday June 30th).

Interested? We thought you’d be!

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Flip the hood to see some our favorite BET Awards moments…

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Brandy may have racked up acclaim aplenty for her latest album ‘Two Eleven’, but her fans aren’t satisfied. And to a degree, we agree.

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Last week saw Mariah Carey confirm that her new single is nigh. Now, it’s increasingly seeming that the premium diva may have nabbed rising R&B star Miguel for the as-yet-untiled track.

Details after the jump…

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After an intense Season 4 reunion which saw Teresa marked as public enemy #1, the ‘Real Housewives Of New Jersey’ are set to return our screens on June 2nd, via Bravo.

While we’re surprised Jacequline Laurita and Cousin Kathy were called back after their antics during the aforementioned reunion, we can’t wait to see how the forthcoming season pans out…and how the arrival of new cast mates alters the already explosive dynamic.

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After axing a number of tour dates amidst rumours of poor ticket sales, things haven’t been looking so swell for Rihanna recently. Until now.

Moments ago, the nominations for the Billboard Music Awards 2013 were unwrapped and the model has multiple reasons to smile. More specifically, ten.

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Save for ‘Off To The Races’ and a few select others, Lana Del Rey songs have always struggled on a melodic tips, serving sweet hooks but dull verses.

Fortunately for the producers of new movie ‘The Great Gatsby’, the cut she recorded for their soundtrack stands as one of the ‘select few’, perfect from start to finish.

Named ‘Young & Beautiful‘, the Rick Nowels assisted jam becomes available to purchase with the rest of the flick’s soundtrack on May 7th.

However, if you’re the kind who tries before you buy, enjoy the romantic number for free below…

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Check out the official snippet for Beyonce and Andre 3000‘s take on the Amy Winehouse classic, ‘Back To Black‘.

Lifted from ‘The Great Gatsby‘ track, the pair’s unique version of the song should come as a welcome surprise to those who doubted Bey‘s ability to take on the raw cut, reworked to fit her tone.

We love it, so listen and weigh in below!

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For many, the disbanding of Danity Kane will forever remain one of Pop’s biggest tragedies. However, in snaps that will no doubt delight fans, two of the group’s integral components, Aubrey O’Day and Dawn Richard, continue to mend fences.

The pair shared shots of themselves catching up on Instagram over the weekend; Richard initially took to Twitter writing that she was in a music vibe session, later re-tweeting the Insta pics of her and Aubrey revealing that they had “beautiful time” and great conversation.

Needless to say, we’re filing this in the “things we love to see” folder. Naturally, the snaps will send speculation into overdrive regarding a DK reunion. And while, like the masses, we’d love to see one, we suspect that chapter is closed for some (if not all) of the ladies. Still, we have moments like these to reminisce on….

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Before the arrival of Nicki Minaj, Lady GaGa, Rihanna made up the line up of today’s Pop It Girls, a decade ago saw Beyonce (the soloist) enter territory owned by Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti….and Rhode Island native Blu Cantrell.

While her Mathew Knowles backed ascent saw her outperform and outpace the trio, Beyonce may remember a time when Blu stood as her closest competitor, by way of similar aesthetics and a joint collaborator in Sean Paul.

This week, in what will no doubt take many back to the point in time, Blu has made a surprising return to the charts with her single ‘Breathe’.

All the details below…

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Peep these pics of Pop Princess Rihanna, snapped in LA hours before arriving in Florida to serve ‘Diamond World Tour’ dates.

Enjoying all the West Coast sun had to offer before jetting the East Coast, the ‘Stay’ singer was snapped on the phone days after she came under fire for cancelling dates on the tour, prompting reports that she was expecting her first child.

This, swiftly denied by ‘sources’ close to her camp.

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‘Work’ singer Kelly Rowland was doing just that on the red carpet of the 2013 GLAAD Awards this weekend.  Indeed, donning a sizzling white ensemble to last night’s showing, the Grammy award winning songstress hit the stage with a rousing rendition of her 2009 hit ‘When Love Takes Over’.

On hand to honor ‘Advocate for Change’ award recipient Bill Clinton, see more pics of Rowland at work below:

 

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Much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ segments, readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.  So in a quest to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday we introduced a new retrospective segment – ‘TGJ Replay’.

Unlike its ‘Rewind’ and ‘Vault’ predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase albums (and eras) from a library of pop music hits.  While many look forward to celebrate 4/20 for reasons that shan’t be mentioned, we music lovers marked it as what would’ve been the 62nd birthday of R&B legend Luther Vandross.  Join us as we reflect on his greatest hits…

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