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Pharrell Williams Signs To Columbia Records

Pharrell Williams celebrates yet another win in his already banner year. The Grammy-nominated singer/ producer/ songwriter has signed on to Columbia Records and is already gearing up for his label debut, slated for a 2014 release.

The partnership follows his massive success from contributing to the year's most viral hits, including Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Daft Punk "Get Lucky" and his own "Lucky."

“When we excitedly partnered with Pharrell in January of this year, we felt it was his time again,” says Columbia Records Chairman/CEO Rob Stringer. “Since then, ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Get Lucky’ have defined pop music in 2013, and now we are preparing to launch Pharrell as a global solo superstar in 2014. ‘Happy’ is just the beginning.”

His happy-go-lucky single, featured on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, also boasts the world's first 24-hour music video and will be featured on his Columbia Records' LP.

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Janelle Monae And Cardi B To Perform At The 61st Annual Grammy Awards

According to a press release, Janelle Monae and Cardi B are among the first performers announced to hit the stage for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10.

Monae is up for two honors including Album Of The Year for Dirty Computer, while Cardi could win a total of five awards, including Best Rap Album and Album Of The Year for Invasion Of Privacy. The Wondaland artist performed "We Are Young" with the group .fun during the 55th Annual ceremony, and the Bronx-bred MC rapped alongside Bruno Mars during a performance of "Finesse" at last year's big event. Both Dirty Computer and Invasion Of Privacy were named to the list of VIBE's Best Albums of 2018.

Some of the other announced performers for the evening's festivities include Post Malone, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Dan + Shay and Kacey Musgraves. More performers will be announced as the Grammys draw closer.

"The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for the Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Ben Winston is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Chantal Sausedo is the talent producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers," said the statement.

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Family Of Murdered Florida Woman Awarded $500 Million In Civil Suit

Eighteen years after the death of Kalil McCoy, her surviving family has been awarded $500 million in damages.

In 2001, McCoy, 20, was shot in the head by Frederick Lee Wade, 19, after an argument over opening a window inside a vehicle. According to reports, Wade and two other men in the car at the time discarded McCoy's body and concocted a story about what happened. Her body was found two days later.

Lynette Roebuck, McCoy's mother blamed Wade for her daughter's death. He was originally sentenced to life in prison, but after winning a retrial, is now serving a reduced 45-year-prison sentence.

"Wade will still have a little bit of life left. But this will always be over your head. If you get a dime, it is not going to be your dime. It will be Kalil's dime," Roebuck said.

"He still gets an opportunity to get out of prison and live. He could be 70 on a cane walking around to a park or movies. But my daughter can't do any of that. This will make a statement and let people know,"

The other men involved, Kennard Deshun Mahone and Jonathon Marichal Brooks, served one year in county jail with 12 years probation. They were also named in the civil suit.

Despite the ruling, it's unlikely all three men will pay the sum in total. Wade has constantly said McCoy's death was an accident, claiming the gun went off accidentally.

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Nelly Doesn't See 'The Big Deal' On Super Bowl Halftime Backlash

Many people have their thoughts on the upcoming Super Bowl, and how the big event's Halftime headliners (Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi) shouldn't be performing in protest of the NFL.

Nelly, who performed at the Super Bowl in 2001 and 2004, said that he doesn't see the issue with performing at the game since NFL owners don't get paid for the halftime performance.

"I don't see the big deal on people upset about who's performing at halftime, because, what people have to understand, if you're really against the NFL, the halftime show is not what you should be concerned about," he told TMZ's cameras at LAX. "If you're watching the NFL, if you're supporting your team, that's how [NFL owners] get paid. They don't get paid through the halftime show."

The topic of Colin Kaepernick reportedly expressing disappointment in Travis Scott for agreeing to perform came up in conversation. Reports initially stated that Scott consulted with Kaepernick about performing, but the NFL free agent reportedly never said he was okay with him performing. Nelly said that the former 49ers quarterback has his own reasons for being upset, but that doesn't negate the fact that halftime show doesn't generate money for the owners.

"I wouldn't say that he has a point in the sense of... I mean, [Kaep] has his own reasons. But again, if you watch the NFL every Sunday, you support your team, that's how they make their money," he continues. "If you're trying to make a stand against the NFL, you should probably not watch it on Sunday or you should not go to the games ... the halftime show is irrelevant."

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