NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Music director Alex Lacamoire and Actor, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrate on stage during "Hamilton" GRAMMY performance for The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Richard Rodgers Theater on February 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
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Round Of Applause: 9 Grammy Moments That Brought Us To Our Feet

We're talking moments to die for. 

For better or worse, the 58th annual Grammy Awards was the talk of the town on Monday night (Feb. 15). The award show, often heralded as the biggest night in music, paid much deserved homage to some of music's most groundbreaking artists, if only for a brief moment.

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Lionel Richie received a star-studded tribute led by John Legend. Fallen icons like B.B. King, David Bowie and Maurice White of Earth, Wind, & Fire were eulogized on stage by top-tier musicians who loved and adored them. And Queen of Salsa, the late Celia Cruz, finally received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Among the plethora of unforgettable moments that occurred live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, were scenes that moved us to our feet with sheer excitement and emotional sway. Check 'em out and let us know – did we miss any?

Ricky Martin celebrated his Grammy win on the red carpet
The red carpet was full of stars like Selena Gomez, Diplo and Demi Lovato. However, during the red carpet festivities, other artists like Ricky Martin, Ruban Blades and Pitbull celebrated with gusto their Grammy wins. The Recording Academy announced the first round of winners of the night of categories that do not get aired on the live telecast. Martin took home the Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album for his recent body of work A Quien Quiera Escuchar. Meanwhile, Pitbull claimed his first Grammy after he tied with Natalia Lafourcade's Hasta La Raiz in winning Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album for his 2015 album Dale.

ASAP Yams' mother graced the red carpet alongside A$AP Rocky
Instead of rocking a fly model on his arm, A$AP Rocky decided to bring the late A$AP Yams' mother Tatianna Paulino to the show. Pretty Boy Flako introduced Paulino to Shad Moss and the masses on the red carpet. She even got to partake in the artist interviews where said she exclaimed she was excited to see The Weeknd perform.

Lin-Manuel Miranda brought Hamilton to the Grammy stage
Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Hamilton brought their critically acclaimed show to the Grammy stage. During their live broadcast from the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City, Miranda led the cast in one of the show's memorable numbers. Soon after their spectacular performance, Miranda and the cast accepted the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. Seriously, how dope us that?! The Puerto Rican star of the Broadway show stunned audiences around the world by, again, rapping his acceptance speech. !Wepa!

Kendrick Lamar stole the show with his unapologetic imagery
Not only did Kendrick Lamar finally get the recognition he deserved this year, but he totally owned the Grammy stage with his iconic performance of songs off his Grammy award-winning album To Pimp A Butterfly. The Compton lyricist started off his performance in chains and donning an inmate uniform, and was later followed by a radiant African ensemble.

Tori Kelly crystalized her place in music with her Grammy debut
It's been an amazing, breakthrough year for Tori Kelly. The songstress, who is of Jamaican and Puerto Rican descent, made her Grammy debut in the best way possible with a nomination for Best New Artist and a joint performance with fellow new artist James Bay. Both singers hit the stage for a mash-up of their respective singles “Hollow” and “Let It Go." Judging by the roar of cheers from the audience, Kelly's first Grammy appearance will not be her last.

Demi Lovato paid homage to Lionel Richie
Since stepping back into the limelight, Demi Lovato has proven herself worthy of superstardom, and now even in the eyes of Lionel Richie. The former Disney actress joined John Legend, Luke Bryan and Tyrese Gibson in a touching tribute to the OG "Hello" singer. As she poured her heart and soul into her performance, Richie gave Lovato his approval from his seat before joining her and the rest of the all-star group on stage to complete the tribute. She even made hubby Wilmer Valderrama cry! 

Celia Cruz was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award
Queen of Salsa and Cuba's cherished diva Celia Cruz was honored with the highly coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. Although the well-deserved recognition was short-lived (read: two seconds on the presentation screen), Cruz's family had another reason to celebrate the life of the iconic musician, who previously claimed three Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammy Awards during her extensive career. Cruz joined the likes of Run DMC, Ruth Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, and Jefferson Airplane who were all honored with the award.

Miguel acknowledged the 35th anniversary of Michael Jackson's first Grammy win
Miguel took the opportunity to recognize an important accolade in the late Michael Jackson's legendary career. The "Waves" singer delivered his rendition of Jackson's "She's Out of My Life" along with Greg Phillinganes, who was the song's original keyboardist. Not only did he acknowledge Jackson's historical Grammy moment, Miguel also extended homage to Spike Lee for the upcoming release of his Off the Wall documentary, due out later this year.

Pitbull celebrated his first Grammy win with Sofia Vergara on stage
Random? Maybe. But Mr. Worldwide still solidified his grand moment in Grammy history with an unforgettable performance. The Miami representer closed out the grand event by performing his radio smash hit "El Taxi" and his new single "Bad Man" with the help of Travis Barker, Joe Perry and Robin Thicke. During his vibrant act, Pitbull spit his lyric in which he references Sofia Vergara, and brought the actress out on stage. Vergara shed her cardboard taxicab getup and revealed a sparkly gold outfit before busting out some hot moves.

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Once upon a time, successful artists considered receiving a gold or platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as a rite of passage to legendary status, especially if they did it on their own. Up until 2016, elite hip-hop and R&B artists were awarded plaques after one million units in album sales were sold. Now, any artist with music that goes viral overnight can join the platinum club.

After the RIAA modernized its rules for obtaining gold & platinum status in 2016, the music industry has been flooded with gold and platinum recipients, and it will only become more saturated over time. However, any rapper or R&B singer who sells over a million units without the help of outside artists should be heralded like the icons who came before them.

Since the 1980s, plenty of hip-hop and R&B artists have gone platinum with memorable music that will live on forever, but only a select few have made history by reaching platinum status without featured artists. Here are 19 albums (and mixtapes) that went platinum without other musical guests on the compilation.

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Genres Aside, Here Are Our 25 Favorite Songs Of 2018

Keeping up with all of the music from 2018 was a full-time job, with loads of songs releasing every week and not enough ears to keep track. But the volume of music comes with an advantage: there’s something for everybody. Fittingly, our list of the 25 Best Songs of 2018 represents the multi-genre mayhem that is in everyone’s playlists this year.

Some of the entries on our list, like cuts by Drake, Travis Scott and Childish Gambino, were at the forefront of the conversation in 2018, dominating streaming services and radio around the country. Indie darling Saba made waves, and he’s included here as well. Jazz wizard Kamasi Washington dropped some of the best protest music of the year. But there are also some songs on this year’s list that spoke to the VIBE Tribe in a different way. Cardi B had hits all year, but an album cut impressed us most; Usher and Zaytoven’s new album didn’t make a huge splash commercially, but one of its songs appears here. And Beyonce appears on one of the best songs of the year that never even saw an official release–but that didn’t stop us from including it here.

Music broke the rules this year, and so did we. Read below, and tell us what surprise choices are making your songs of the year list.

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Remember The Time: 10 Times Drake And Kanye West Were Stronger Together

Kanye West and Drake aren’t exactly in the best place at the moment. West’s Dec. 13 Twitter rant detailed their issues, in which he accuses Drake of “sneak dissing” and threatening him.

“You sneak dissing on [Travis Scott] records and texting Kris [Jenner] talking about how’s the family.” he wrote among many other tweets and allegations against the Scorpion MC.

While this is a bump in the road, the two haven’t always been enemies. Despite the shenanigans surrounding them, Kanye West and Drake have had a very fruitful relationship. All drama aside, the duo have created many memorable moments in hip-hop and pop culture. They’ve written and recorded some incredible songs and shared countless stages during concerts and tours.

To abstain from dwelling on the negativity, VIBE has collected a list of moments taking you through the high points in the rappers’ relationship. Check it out below.


Drake's Freestyles Over Many Beats By 'Ye

Before he was one of the most sought-after rappers in the world, Drizzy has looked up to Kanye West and sampled his work. For “Say What’s Real,” a single off his mixtape So Far Gone, the “In My Feelings” MC sampled Yeezy’s “Say You Will” off of his 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak. The admiration continued throughout the years, resulting in more freestyles over songs like “Swagga Like Us” and “Barry Bonds.” Both tracks feature beats created by the Chi-town native. 

‘Thank Me Later’ Proves Their Shared Power 

After meeting in 2009, the duo came together to bring Drake's Thank Me Later album to the next level. They collaborated on two tracks- the futuristic love songs “Show Me A Good Time,” and “Find Your Love.” With West holding down production, deep-pocketed 808’s and table-top scratch sounds were highlighted. The accolades for the latter song resulted in the No. 5 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts as they created their own lane.

Drake Calls Kanye “The Most Influential Person”

In a 2009 interview, the then-industry rookie had some nice words for West. Speaking specifically about the 41-year-old’s 808’s and Heartbreak album, the Toronto rapper described ‘Ye as "the most influential person” who was important to young emcees in the game.

"Before I ever got the chance to meet him, Kanye West shaped a lot of what I do, as far as music goes," Drake said. He knows how to utilize great sounds and great music. So before I met him, I had the utmost respect for Kanye West. I'd even go as far as to say he's the most influential person as far as a musician that I'd ever had in my life."

Their Collaborations On Wax 

The pair has been making music together for nearly 10 years, with some standout tracks including “Forever,” the remix to “All Of The Lights,” and “Pop Style.” On their 2017 song “Glow” off of Drake’s playlist More Life, both rappers discuss their growing, limitless success. West was rumored to initially appear on Drizzy’s smash-hit “Nice For What.” He reportedly had a verse on the critically-acclaimed track until the beef between Drake and his G.O.O.D. Music cohort Pusha T became lethal.

The Joint Mixtape That Never Happened

Drake and Kanye are no strangers when it comes to making joint albums with other artists. Drake worked with Future on the platinum-selling album What A Time To Be Alive, while Kanye released Watch The Throne with JAY-Z to critical acclaim. However, it has been hinted for the longest time that the two were working on a full-length album of their own.

Kanye confirmed the plan to release an album with Drake to Vogue in 2016, shortly after hinting at a joint project during OVO Fest. The Take Care rapper co-signed the announcement, saying "What my brother was asking before was, are you ready if we make an album?"

Drake Writing For Kanye’s ‘The Life Of Pablo’

Drake wrote a song for Kanye’s 2016 effort, The Life of Pablo. The Canadian hip-hop star helped pen the Isaac Hayes and Nelly-sampled “30 Hours.” Drizzy was also reportedly on the original, unreleased version of Pablo’s “Wolves,” which featured Icelandic artist Bjork (the album version features Vic Mensa and Sia).

The Duo Become Friendly, Competitive Neighbors

By the time of their initial meeting in 2009, Kanye already clocked in nearly a decade of music industry knowledge, and Drake was making the transition from teen TV star to full-time rapper. But who would have thought the duo would have eventually become actual neighbors?

Drake eventually moved to Calabasas, Calif.- a neighborhood in Los Angeles many celebrities call home- around the same time West began publicly dating his now-wife, Kim Kardashian. In the 2016 bop “Summer Sixteen,” Drizzy jokes, “Now I got a house in LA, now I got a bigger pool than Ye / And look man, Ye’s pool is nice, mine's just bigger's what I’m saying.”


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Kanye Supports OVO Fest

Drake created a hip-hop festival called OVO Fest in 2010. Not only does it feature notable acts in urban music, but it also gave a platform to upcoming artists from Canada who might not have gotten a platform back home. Kanye West was one of the first supports of the music event, performing at three of the festivals.

He also admitted that Drake inspired him and JAY-Z to record Watch The Throne during 2013’s OVO Fest, stating, "Me and Hov would've never made Watch the Throne if this ni**a wasn't putting pressure on us like that, so I just wanna pay my respects.”

Kanye Apologizes To Drake Over G.O.O.D. Music Album Rollouts

Earlier this fall, Kanye West apologized to Drake in a series of tweets for planning the rollout of albums by artists under his G.O.O.D music roster around the proposed release of Scorpion.

In one of the tweets, Kanye wrote “Let me start by apologizing for stepping on your release date in the first place. We were building a bond and working on music together including squashing the issues with Cudi at our office.” In another tweet, ‘Ye revealed that he never listened to the diss tracks between him and Pusha, and didn’t have conversations regarding Drake’s child with him.

Let me start by apologizing for stepping on your release date in the first place … We were building a bond and working on music together including squashing the issues with Cudi at our office.

— ye (@kanyewest) September 5, 2018

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