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Vixen Wish List: Our 56th Annual Grammy Award Winners [Video]

Vixen's Grammy Awards

This weekend, the 56th annual Grammy Awards will take over Los Angeles' Staples Center. As music's biggest stars gather to applaud each other's accomplishments, we'll be at home watching and placing bets on who will walk away with a golden grammophone. We have no idea what the Grammy judges look like (or listen to), but if it were up to us, the results would probably be different.

Will Kendrick get his time to shine? Can Taylor add another one to her trophy case? Do you think Jay Z will win all of his nominations?

After much consideration, we present to you: Vixen's Grammy Award winners.

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Pharrell Williams- Grammys

Record of the Year:

Get Lucky - Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

Royals - Lorde

Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars

Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell

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Pharrell Williams put his magic touch on not one, but two of the biggest hits of 2013. Combined with a movie score and Oscar nomination, he's already won. Chances are the Grammy's will pick "Blurred Lines" or "Get Lucky," but if it were up to us, the winner would be....

 

"Blurred Lines!" Robin Thicke's gotten the short end of the stick for years and we think it's about time he won something.

Taylor Swift- Grammys

Album of the Year:

The Blessed Unrest - Sara Bareilles

Random Access Memories - Daft Punk

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar

The Heist - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Red - Taylor Swift

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All five of these artists have had a monumental year. Sara Bareilles' "Brave" was practically everywhere, Daft Punk made an incredible comeback, Macklemore practically hijacked radio waves and as for Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar: do we really need to explain?

If the past has taught us anything, it's that the Grammy voters love Taylor, but we hope the underdog takes this one.

 

Dear Grammy's: Please don't kill our vibe by not giving this one to Kendrick. He deserves it and definitely has our vote.

macklemore Grammys

Song of the Year:

Just Give Me A Reason - Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)

 

Locked Out Of Heaven - Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

 

Roar - Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)

 

Royals - Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor, songwriters (Lorde)

 

Same Love - Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert

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One thing we appreciate about music in the past year is the level of songwriting. Now, more than ever, it seems artists are paying attention to what they say, as evidenced by this year's "Song of the Year" category. We love all five of these songs and the powerful messages they carry.

With more nominations than his four competitors, we think Macklemore will walk away with a Grammy, but if it were up to us, the winner would be...

 

Pink, of course! Her heart wrenching duet with FUN!'s Nate Reuss is not only relatable, but pretty damn catchy. We don't know about you, but we think it's high time a lady take home this award.

Kacey Musgraves

Best New Artist:

James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran

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This is always a surprise category. While we all think the "popular" choice will win, it's usually the one we've never listened to. We're placing our bets on Kacey Musgraves or James Blake, but we hope the winner is...

 

Kendrick Lamar. Noone has made an impact quite as profound as this Compton native.

Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Solo Performance:

Brave - Sara Bareilles

Royals - Lorde

When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars

Roar - Katy Perry

Mirrors - Justin Timberlake

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All of these songs dominated radio, however, we think the Grammy's will go with comeback king Justin Timberlake. And you know what?....

 

We're okay with that! He's our top pick for "Best Pop Solo Performance." In fact, we have a feeling this won't be his only win for the night.

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Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

Get Lucky - Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Just Give Me A Reason - Pink Featuring Nate Ruess

Stay - Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko

Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke Featuring TI & Pharrell

Suit & Tie - Justin Timberlake & Jay Z

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Again, we think this category  means another win for Pharrell, but for which song?

Robin Thicke Blurred Lines Albun Cover

If "Blurred Lines" doesn't win this or any category, we'll be highly upset.

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Best Pop Vocal Album:

Paradise - Lana Del Rey

Pure Heroine - Lorde

Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars

Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke

The 20/20 Experience: The Complete Experience - Justin Timberlake

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As much as we love our Vixens, we think this category belows to the boys in 2014. The Grammys will probably choose Bruno Mars, but our pick is....

 

Justin Timberlake! He took back the pop game with The 20/20 Experience and deserves the proper recognition.

Justin Timberlake

Best R&B Song:

Best Of Me - Anthony Hamilton & Jairus Mozee, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)

 

Love And War - Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels & Makeba Riddick, songwriters (Tamar Braxton)

 

Only One - PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring Stevie Wonder)

 

Pusher Love Girl - James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)

 

Without Me - Fantasia Barrino, Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart, songwriters (Fantasia Featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliot)

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While many are probably side-eyeing J.T.'s inclusion in this category, the reality is that he will probably take this one, too. However, things are a bit different on our wishlist....

 

Tamar definitely deserves this Grammy. Her album was R&B perfection and that voice soars on the debut single.

NRJ Music Awards 2013 - Red Carpet Arrivals

Best R&B Album:

R&B Divas - Faith Evans

Girl On Fire - Alicia Keys

Love In The Future - John Legend

Better - Chrisette Michele

Three Kings – TGT

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This category is always a toss-up, as good R&B music is never in short supply. However, a choice must be made and our's is....

 

John Legend! Already a veteran in the music game, John continues to evolve his sound past what we were first introduced to ten years ago.

Tamar Braxton

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

Love And War - Tamar Braxton

Side Effects Of You - Fantasia

One: In The Chamber - Salaam Remi

Unapologetic - Rihanna

New York: A Love Story - Mack Wilds

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Tamar has already won a Grammy in our eyes, but does her album deserve one, too?....

 

Nope! Say what you will, but Rihanna's LP was damn good, both musically and commercially.

Jay Z

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

Power Trip - J. Cole Featuring Miguel

Part II (On The Run) - Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé

Holy Grail - Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake

Remember You - Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd

Now Or Never - Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige

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With more nominations than anyone, Jay Z is predicted to win at least one Grammy. Although he has two songs in this category, we hope it goes to someone else....

 

It's a travesty that J. Cole's Born Sinner only got one nomination. At least give him this one!

macklemore

Best Rap Album:

Nothing Was The Same - Drake

Magna Carta...Holy Grail - Jay Z

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar

The Heist - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Yeezus - Kanye West

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Yea, yea, yea. We can almost guarantee that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (unfortunately) win rap's highest honor. However, the real winner- at least to us- is...

Drake and Kendrick Lamar

Drake AND Kendrick Lamar. Both of their albums are so amazing; we can't pick just one!

Miguel

Best R&B Performance
Love And War- Tamar Braxton

Best Of Me- Anthony Hamilton

Nakamarra- Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
How Many Drinks?- Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar
Something -Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

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We bet Kendrick never thought he would be nominated for an R&B award. We're placing bets on Miguel or Tamar, but our Grammy goes to....

 

Miguel and Kendrick!

Fantasia Barrino addresses suicide rumors

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Please Come Home- Gary Clark Jr.
Get It Right- Fantasia
Quiet Fire- Maysa
Hey Laura- Gregory Porter
Yesterday- Ryan Shaw

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I'm going to be honest. We had to refresh our memory on a lot of these, but as predicted, our Grammy goes to...

 

Fantasia. This woman has been through A LOT since winning American Idol, but one thing's for sure: that voice is Grammy gold!

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Best Rap Performance
Started From The Bottom- Drake
Berzerk- Eminem
Tom Ford- Jay Z
Swimming Pools (Drank)- Kendrick Lamar
Thrift Shop-mMacklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

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We love all five of these men equally, but only one can have the Grammy. Based on lyrics and impact alone, we think Eminem will add this to his trophy case, what say we?

 

Kendrick is the king of the Grammy's in our eyes!

Jay Z

Best Rap Song
F***in’ Problems
Tauheed Epps, Aubrey Graham, Kendrick Lamar, Rakim Mayers & Noah Shebib, songwriters (ASAP Rocky Featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)

Holy Grail
Shawn Carter, Terius Nash, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic, songwriters) (Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake)

New Slaves
Christopher Breaux, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Louis Johnson, Malik Jones, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Che Smith, Kanye West & Cydell Young, songwriters (Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser, songwriters) (Kanye West)

Started From The Bottom
W. Coleman, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Bruno Sanfilippo, songwriter) (Drake)

Thrift Shop
Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

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Again, this is a tough category. Based on lyrics, we predict "Holy Grail" takes this one, but does it match up with our hypothetical award?

 

Yes! "Holy Grail" is definitely our favorite rap song of the past year.

 

Vixens: sound off on your Grammy predictions below.

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That Glow, Tho: How To Revive Your Skin After A Brick A** Winter

Whew, chile! Freshly fallen snow may be nice to look at, but the dry skin that accompanies the winter months ain’t it. And by the time the first tulip blooms come springtime, best believe your skin—which just endured months of humidity-deprived conditions—is super parched. Pass the moisturizer, please!

“The lack of humidity during the winter months is the main cause for the ‘winter’s itch’ and dryness,” Dr. Meena Singh, board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon, told VIBE Vixen over email. And let’s not forget how the shorter days rob us ladies of the melanated variety of our warm and natural glow.

Luckily, there are many ways to combat such cold weather woes, both during and after the winter.

“I personally change my regimen significantly between seasons,” Singh added. “In the winter time, I am more prone to use heavier ointments and butters. Whereas in the spring, I can typically get away with moisturizing with emollient creams and lotions.”

But that’s not all you can do to whip your skin back into shape. Looking to bring your fly and radiant self back to life? Look no further. Vixen reached out to five women of color dermatologists, who’ve shared the following tips to help you get started.

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Hydrate From Within.

How many times have you asked a woman with bomb skin what her secret is and been met with the “I drink a lot of water” response? Did you figuratively roll your eyes? We’ve been there and we get it, especially since science says genetics do play a role in how your skin behaves—but homegirl wasn’t wrong!

Dr. Fran E. Cook-Bolden, board-certified NYC dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, tells Vixen that while you may not feel as thirsty when it’s cold out, it’s still important to stay hydrated and drink your eight glasses of water a day.

“The best way to avoid dry skin in the winter is to tackle it from the inside out,” she says.

Other ways to stay hydrated? Health.com suggests eating fruits such as apples, pears, and clementines, which are all over 80% water. Plus, not only will the vitamin C content of these fruits help you ward off the flu in the winter, but they’ll also keep you cool and refreshed once the weather warms up.

We stan a multifaceted solution.

Don't Forget To Cleanse.

As important as it is to drink your eight glasses a day, it’s also important to keep up with your cleansing routine—even if you’re not sweating as much.

In fact, board-certified Chicago dermatologist Dr. Caroline Robinson tells Vixen that maintaining moisture during the harsh winter months begins with cleansing. Washing our face removes makeup, dirt, and debris from the day, preventing buildup and breakouts. This also means the expensive serums and moisturizers you’ve probably splurged on are better absorbed by the skin.

But don’t overdo it!

“I find that many patients are over-cleansing, over-exfoliating or using cleansers that are not appropriate for their skin type and this is causing excess dryness,” she added. “Using a more mild cleanser can help tremendously in the battle against dryness.”

Our dermatologist-recommended favorite? CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser Bar.

It may also help to reconsider what you’re washing with when the weather changes. Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, Medical Director of Ingleton Dermatology, adds that as the temperatures go up, your routine should become “less heavy.”

“Switch from more hydrating cleaners and oils to foamy, gel-based cleaners” and to “a lighter weight daily moisturizer,” she advises. And if you’ve been skimping on the SPF don’t—you’ll definitely need it when the sun is back in these streets.

Keeping Up With "Wash Day" Is Important, Too.

Otherwise, you may end up with a condition called seborrheic dermatitis, which often appears on the scalp as a result of product buildup, but can also show up in skin folds such as behind the ears, under the breasts, etc.

“A dry, itchy and flaking scalp is very common in the winter and becomes more common as the frequency of washing the hair decreases,” Cook-Bolden tells Vixen. “When seborrheic dermatitis presents, it’s a common belief that applying scalp lotions, gels or pomades will help to treat the condition and is indeed sometimes helpful in temporarily soothing the itching and irritation.

However, as these products build up on the scalp, they can actually worsen the inflammation and overall worsen seborrheic dermatitis.”

So keep up with your hair care regimen, and if you do find yourself with a case of the seborrheic itchies, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dermatologist for an anti-inflammatory treatment.

Ceramides & Antioxidants Are Your Friends.

If you’re not familiar with ceramides and their superpowers, now’s the time to get familiar. Why? Because they can be extremely healing for desiccated skin.

As Atlanta board-certified dermatologist Dr. Tiffany Clay explains, ceramides are fats in the surface of the skin. When added to skin care products, they not only help your skin retain moisture, but they also give your skin a boost after being exposed to the elements like pollution and icy wind.

In terms of what to use, you’ll want to look for products described as “non-comedogenic,” which means a product is less likely to clog your pores. Additionally, products containing hyaluronic acid (HA) are also a win because of its ability to attract and hold water at the surface of the skin.

“I typically recommend patients keep their antioxidant serum/lotion (vitamin C) and their retinol on board no matter the season,” Clay also notes. “Over- the- counter retinols and prescription retinoids are vitamin A derived medications that most people use in a topical form.”

And they’re a major win-win. Using retinols/retinoids short term will help exfoliate your skin and give you that Kelly Rowland glow. Their long-term use helps to promote collagen production in the skin, minimizing fine lines and decreasing excess melanin production, which will even your complexion, reduce hyperpigmentation, and help reduce photo-damage.

As for vitamin C, look at it as SPF’s best friend.

“Vitamin C is an antioxidant that, when applied topically in combination with daily sun protection, decreases free-radical damage from ultraviolet exposure,” Clay shares.

Those rays don’t stand a chance.

Exfoliate, But Make It Gentle.

It may be tempting to grab the St. Ives but don’t. Instead, Clay suggests, get acquainted with chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandolin acid, or salicylic acid.

These strong but gentle powerhouses typically come labeled as AHAs and BHAs (alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid) and are way less harsh on the skin. Those over-the-counter scrubs you’re used to? They tend to leave scrapes and cuts on the skin, which can lead to inflammation and—you guessed it—hyperpigmentation... and we ain’t ask for all’at.

If you do decide to use a traditional scrub, Ingleton suggests trying Dove’s Exfoliating Body Scrub.

“This will help to slough away dry, dead cells on the surface and also hydrate/moisturize the skin in the process,” she says. “Apply a hydrating body lotion after doing the scrub.”

But again, be gentle!

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Kylie Jenner Doubles Down On Being Crowned A "Self Made" Billionaire

The premise of "self-made" and its interpretation when it comes to privileged celebrities has been a huge debate. When Kylie Jenner was named Forbes' youngest self-made billionaire, debates were raised due to her timeline in the limelight and her wealthy family. The 21-year-old defended her title, explaining how she doesn't fall into any ofter category.

"There’s really no other word to use other than self-made because that is the truth," she said in Q&A with Interview Magazine's German edition. "That is the category that I fall under," she started.

She acknowledged how her fan base equated to her success but refuted claims that she used her family's money to jump-start her wildly successful Kylie Cosmetics line.

"Although, I am a special case because before I started Kylie Cosmetics, I had a huge platform and lots of fans. I did not get money from my parents past the age of 15. I used 100 percent of my own money to start the company, not a dime in my bank account is inherited… and I am very proud of that."

Earlier this month (March 5) the mother-of-one officially surpassed Mark Zuckerberg as the youngest person to reach billionaire status, when Kylie Cosmetics hit a billion dollars in revenue.

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'Boomerang' Episode 7 Recap: Family Matters And Pride

Bryson and Simone are a thing, like for real for real. They can’t keep their hands (or tongues) off of one another. As the two of them get steamy in the jacuzzi, a sexually riled up Simone tells her new beau that she wants to treat his face like a bean bag. They are in it, y’all. There’s just one problem — they may be half-brother and sister (insert vomit emoji here). The excitement of finally landing the girl of his dreams is shut down when he reveals that his mother, Jacqueline, informed him that Marcus Graham may be his papa. (Wait. Does that mean Marcus cheated on Angela back in the day? Regardless, what a way to ruin a mood.)

As they wait for the DNA test results, Simone and Bryson still try to be business as usual, you know, chillin’ like they used to. Speaking of business, Bryson is all that. Ari may be his boy and all, but when it comes to directing Tia’s music video, Bryson wants an Italian dude to shoot it instead. He just doesn’t believe Ari can execute. All great directors have vision and through Bryson’s eyes, Ari has none. Simone can’t help but agree. It’s obvious that Tia and her bae are not at all pleased with the video production of her single. Bro gotsta go. Tia has never been one to hold back and in a fit of frustration, she does what Simone couldn’t verbalize; she fires Ari.

Like the “big bad boss” he is, Bryson harshly tells Ari that not only will he basically fail at being a producer, but people will notice that he doesn’t belong here. Hold up. Are we sure Bryson and Ari are friends? Tough love is understandable but to completely obliterate the dreams of someone you’ve been rocking with? That’s foul. Unlike Ari, Bryson knows that he was brought up with the keys and basically helped himself to whatever role he wanted in the industry, a luxury he can afford to extend. Why not help your friend out now even with a little guidance knowing his career aspirations?

Bryson may be able to but Simone is not willing to give up on Ari just yet. She lets Ari collaborate Bryson’s pick, Shayan, who is also seemingly having a hard time capturing dope shots. A conversation with Simone about perfecting his craft leaves Ari somewhat disappointed but open to the constructive criticism.

While enjoying the Atlanta Black Pride festivities, an old filing recognizes Ari and waves him down. In catching up, the discussion quickly takes a turn to sexual orientation labels with a judgemental tone and Ari is not having it. Sure, while he was with her, he liked women but sometimes he’d rather be with a man. “Bisexual,” “Gay,” call it whatever, he just likes who he likes, refuses to be put in a box, and there’s nothing wrong with that. What is not about to happen is him being judged by a woman with five kids and three baby favas. Yikes.

That frustration instantly births inspiration. Instead of dryly shooting Tia performing with Pride weekend just happening around her, Ari points out how the world needs to see all black people not caring about what anyone has to say about them, especially when the world includes women rocking $12 jewelry. Sashayers, milly-rockers, and twerkers galore, the video shines on the culture, highlighting Kings and Queens of all shades, ages, genders, and sexualities. It’s a good time. Even Bryson can give up his props and that lead director credit to Ari. You see, Bryson? You gotta have a little faith like David always has.

Speaking of our fave pastor, unlike many Baptist churches, it’s amazing to see that David embraces and participates in the Atlanta Black Pride weekend. With the help of Crystal, David is preaching a message of loving who you are and loving others. His sermon last week no doubt spoke to the soul but if you recall, Crystal did notice that a lovely lady attended the service moreso for David and less so for Jesus. That obviously triggered something. Crystal and David may not have been able to work out their marriage but the attraction is absolutely still there. Could it be one-sided though?

You didn’t think we forgot about Bryson and Simone, did you? It should be noted that for his entire life, all Bryson ever wanted was to be like Marcus Graham, but not like this. David is right: be careful what you pray for. No matter the outcome of the paternity test, Simone and Bryson will undoubtedly be in one another’s life (maybe less like Whitley and Dwayne and more like Denise and Theo).

Well, folks, the results are in (insert Maury voice). In the case of Bryson J. Broyer, Marcus, you are NOT the father! But, you may still have some ‘splaining to do. Now that they are officially not related, Simone can finally go ahead and have that seat. We know, sis has been tired all day. Ow!

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