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Ariana Grande Covers Thundercat's "Them Changes" And It's Pretty Good

She says the song is her favorite of the past year and a half.

Pop singer Ariana Grande is performing some of her hits and more on BBC Radio 1 Live in anticipation of an hour-long special with the European network set to record on Friday (Sept. 7). In Live Lounge fashion, a cover of another song was a must. The sweetener musician took the time out to put her spin on the funky Thundercat track "Them Changes."

Grande called the song off of 2017's Drunk "my favorite song of the past year and a half," and she praised the California musician as a "brilliant" artist. She was able to jazz up the song while still keeping its soulful aspect in tact. The performance also featured live renditions of songs from her recently-released number one album, including "R.E.M.," "God Is A Woman" and "No Tears Left To Cry."

The 25-year-old native Floridian recently performed at Aretha Franklin's highly-publicized funeral service to mixed reviews. The songbird sang Franklin's hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and while her vocals were praised, her attire for the service was met with side-eyes and memes at her expense. She was also issued an apology from Bishop Charles H. Ellis, who was accused of inappropriately holding her while speaking to her at the service.

“I guess I put my arm around her,” Ellis said. “Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize.”

Watch her cover of the Thundercat track below.

READ MORE: Ariana Grande Reminds Us That ‘God Is A Woman’ At 2018 MTV VMAs

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Ed Sheeran, Chance The Rapper And PnB Rock To Release Song Tonight

Pop singer Ed Sheeran recently announced his upcoming album, No.6 Collaborations Project, which will feature nothing but– you guessed it– collaborations.

His first single off of the LP (which drops on July 12) was "I Don't Care" featuring Justin Bieber, and his next single will reportedly feature Chance The Rapper and PnB Rock. The song with the MCs is called "Cross Me," and it will drop at midnight, the same time that fans will be able to pre-order the album. The rest of the features on the 15-song album have not been announced.

“Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called ‘No.5 Collaborations Project,'" Sheeran wrote in his album announcement via social media. "Since then, I’ve always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year. I’m a huge fan of all the artists I’ve collaborated with and it’s been a lot of fun to make."

This is the first time Chano and PnB have collaborated with Mr. Sheeran. Chance announced that his forthcoming "owbum" is dropping over the summer, and PnB's second studio-album TrapStar Turnt PopStar was released in early-May.

 

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Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called No.5 Collaborations Project. Since then, I’ve always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year. I’m a huge fan of all the artists I’ve collaborated with and it’s been a lot of fun to make. No.6 Collaborations Project will be out everywhere on 12 July. It’s available to pre-order from midnight tonight local time and my song with @chancetherapper and @pnbrock will be out everywhere at the same time x

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Living The Dream: Lena Waithe Gets Smooched By Halle Berry On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Lena Waithe was Jimmy Kimmel's guest host for Jimmy Kimmel Live! while he was out for the night working on ABC's Live In Front Of A Studio Audience special, and she had a great time.

During her monologue, the Emmy-winning writer admitted she needed to get "psyched up" to be hosting the late-night show, when Halle Berry comes to her aide with the help of the "Berry Button." Waithe said that she needed some "inspiration" and "Halle Berry juice" to keep the energy going.

"Lena, you know I know you, right? We've worked together," Berry said to inspire Waithe, her Boomerang co-producer. "So I know that you are a force of nature. You are a beautiful African American queen! Lena, tonight you are a writer, an actor, a producer and tonight you are a late-night comedian. You about to slay this show! And you are already winning, girl, because you are dressed way better than Jimmy ever was."

When Berry asked if the temporary host needed anything else, she proceeded to kiss her right on the mouth. Waithe posted a clip of the smooch on her Instagram page, where many famous friends such as Janelle Monae, Issa Rae and Luke James expressed their surprise at the lip lock.

Check out their meet-up around the four-minute mark.

 

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No caption necessary. Just tune in y’all. @jimmykimmellive

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Homeless High School Valedictorian Granted Over $3 Million In Scholarships

A homeless high schooler from Memphis was not only named the valedictorian of his senior class, he also received over $3 million in college scholarships.

Per WHBQ, 17-year-old Tupac Mosley graduated from Raleigh Egypt High School this past weekend with a 4.3 GPA. Thanks to his incredible work in school, he was awarded over 50 scholarships, and was accepted to more than 40 colleges. He’s planning on attending Tennessee State University, where he will major in electrical engineering.

He was reportedly homeless for a majority of this school year, moving from house to house not knowing what the next day would entail. He and his family have been living in a cabin provided by a Memphis nonprofit camping site called “For The Kingdom,” which aims to lead Memphis’ urban children and teens in the right direction.

“After my father passed, we fell behind on bills and we ended up getting evicted from our home on Feb. 21,” Mosley said of their situation. “So we went to different homes so far and we were blessed to have For The Kingdom.”

Despite his challenges at home, Tupac didn’t let anything stop him. He thanked his family, friends and teachers for their unwavering support when interviewed by WHBQ.

“Everything that you poured into me was worth $3 million and counting,” he said during his valedictorian speech. “Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through, be a mountain that you can’t climb.”

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