Pharrell won his second Best Producer, Non-Classical Grammy

Pharrell Wins Best Producer Grammy

Pharrell is up for seven nominations at the 2014 Grammys, but he's already won his first one and he did it solo. Skateboard P took home the Grammy for Best Producer, Non-Classical. He was up against Rob Cavallo, Dr. Luke, Ariel Rechtshaid and Wilco rocker Jeff Tweedy. This is his second win in the category. He also won in 2004 as The Neptunes with co-producer Chad Hugo.

Pharrell had an incredible 2013 helping put together two of the year's biggest hits -- Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." The VIBE cover guy will be battling himself, so to speak, later in the night as both songs are nominated in the Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance categories. He is also up has two Album of the Year nominations after helping produce Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D City and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories.

Others who have won the Best Producer, Non-Classical award in the past include Rick Rubin, Dr. Dre, Babyface, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, as well as the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Mark Ronson.

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The Geto Boys’ farewell tour seems to be over before it even started. The tour was canceled after Bushwick Bill reportedly pulled out of the jaunt a day before the legendary hip-hop group was scheduled to kick off their first performance.

According to TMZ, Bill felt that promoters were exploiting his recent cancer announcement. He took particular issue with the ominous tour title, The Beginning of a Long Goodbye: The Final Farewell.

Promoters were left with no choice but to cancel the already scheduled concerts after Bill walked away from the tour. The group was scheduled to hit Michigan on May 24, followed by Cleveland, Washington D.C. and New York City over the holiday weekend, with additional tour dates to be announced at a later time. The Geto Boys have yet to formally announce the tour cancellation but group members Scarface and Willie D were “blindsided” by Bill’s decision, TMZ reported.

Bill apparently plans to launch a solo tour next month, and will donate 10% of the proceeds to pancreatic cancer patients in each city on the trek. Earlier in the month, the 52-year-old rapper revealed that he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic but vowed to continue working. Aside from his reported tour, Bill has a documentary and new music on the way.

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Dionne Warwick Clarifies Comments About Beyonce Not Being An Icon

Dionne Warwick is clarifying her comments about why she doesn't think Beyonce is an icon, yet.  The 78-year-old music legend called out Essence magazine after the Bey-related snippet from her interview with the publication went viral  Thursday (May 23).

“It takes a long time to reach and achieve iconic status,” Warwick clarified. “That’s not to say that Beyoncé isn’t well on her way. She is a gifted performer. That was a reach from Essence.”

What I said is in quotes. What @Essence said is not. It takes a long time to reach and achieve iconic status. That’s not to say that Beyoncé isn’t well on her way. She is a gifted performer. That was a reach from Essence. pic.twitter.com/nWlZcrgdqg

— Dionne Warwick (@_DionneWarwick) May 23, 2019

In the interview, Warwick proclaimed that there are no new music icons, and that Beyonce has yet to reach the coveted status.

“I don’t know if 10 years from now, if anybody can sing the songs of our babies [artists] today, and that’s not as you guys say ‘throwing shade.’ That’s looking at it with reality,” said Warwick.

The “Walk on By” singer explained that recording artists with at least 20 years in music have to survive a few more decades before they can be considered iconic, Beyonce included.

“Watching her grow has been quite refreshing,” Warwick added. “It’s wonderful to see how she’s been able to create what and who she wanted to be and who she is…very proud of that, I really am. Now, sustaining and becoming a big icon that Gladys Knight, or Patti LaBelle, or Johnny Mathis, or Frank Sinatra, or Sammy Davis Jr. is? I doubt that, I really do. And I love her to death and can appreciate her talent. But that iconic status that I just mentioned, those four names? [She has] a long read [ahead].”

Although Warwick is a fan of Queen Bey and other “youngsters” in the industry, she thinks that today’s popular artists have a “long way to go” before their music can be considered classic.”

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YG To Give Percentage Of Album Sales To Nipsey Hussle's Kids

YG is gearing up for the release of his new studio album, 4REAL 4REAL. Ahead of the album's Friday release, YG stopped by Big Boy's Neighborhood on Wednesday (May 23), where he discussed his friendship with Nipsey Hussle. He also revealed his plans to donate a percentage of his album sales to Nip's two children.

YG revealed his thoughtful plan when he was asked about the epitaph that is included on the album's cover art.  "I put that 'In Loving Memory of Nip' on the album because I'm giving his kids a percentage of every song on the album. So by the time they hit 18, from me, they gonna have a bag," YG explained. He also noted that he is considering making donations to the family for the next six albums.

Nipsey and YG have been friends since 2010. "I think we did some music the same day," YG said of their first encounter. "After that, we just kept running across each other on some L.A. shit. From that, it just started to build... He ended up being like a big brother to me," YG says. "The brand shit was the thing we talked about all the time, building a brand that's gonna [outlast] you."

4REAL 4REAL was slated to drop earlier this year but was pushed back in light of Nipsey's untimely passing. It now drops this Friday (May 24).

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