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Billboard To Host First Annual R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players Event

Meek Mill is among many artists who will be honored for their role in the hip-hop industry. 

Billboard has announced its inaugural R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players Event. The award show will focus on honoring the artists who are "driving, influencing, and guiding the industry," and will operate on an invite-only basis, with the top 100 artists and executives driving hip-hop culture forward in attendance.

This year's event will honor Meek Mill with the R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players Impact Award, for the courage he demonstrated during his battle with the American justice system, as well as his 140 million streams and multiple Top 10 releases on the Billboard 200 charts. The award is set to be presented by CNN's Van Jones.

Also among those to be honored are Kevin "Coach K" Lee and Pierre "Pee" Thomas, the COO and CEO of Quality Control Records. The two will be presented with the Executive of the Year Award for their success with Migos, Lil Baby, City Girls and Stefflon Don. The pair will receive their award from the president of Motown Records, Ethiopia Habtemariam.

The event will take place at Legacy Records in New York City on Sept. 27 at 7:00 p.m. Other guests scheduled to appear B.o.B, BlocBoy JB, Jidenna, Rich The Kid, Playboi Carti and Taylor Bennett, with music by DJ Clark Kent.

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P. Diddy Weighs In On All This "King Of R&B" Talk

Atlanta singer-songwriter Jacquees had the Internet in shambles over the weekend when he declared himself the king of R&B for this generation. The Cash Money artist did earn praise for his debut album 4275, but many felt the boast was premature at best. Tyrese, Tank, Eric Bellinger, and Usher all responded with who they think the true king of rhythm and blues is, but for the rest of the Internet, they pulled up for the laughs.

Sean P.Diddy Combs has maintained a relatively low profile since Kim Porter's death, however on Tuesday (Dec. 11), Diddy interjected to offer a bit of perspective on what it takes to be a king, and more specifically, a king of rhythm and blues.

"Heard we talking about some king sh*t and y'all know I usually mind my business, but R&B is the foundation of my life," Diddy began. "And to be a king, that's some other sh*t. The word king is too loosely thrown around.  Now, I understand the concept that we are all kings, I understand that....but cats giveaway the king thing too early."

Just to backtrack, Mr. Combs has produced some of the 90s most beloved tracks and has earned the right to offer his two cents. Diddy then explained the R&B is also about feeling, not just lyrical small talk.

"Let's get to the topic of R&B: we talking about rhythm and blues, we talking about sharing your soul, and making love through your music. We're talking about adoring a woman. Not just putting it down or talking about how you just want to smash her, I'm talking about adoring her. So in order to be the king of R&B you first gotta start making some R&B, you have to be vulnerable, you have to be speaking about love, you have to be able to affect women in a positive way and your ass has to be able to sing."

In the video, it appears as if Mr. Combs is about to sign off as he's grown tired of the long talk only for him to remember that in order to be the king, you have to be number one and if you're the king of R&B a number one record is...expected.

"Man, and then you have to write a number one record. You've gotta have a whole bunch, a whole bunch of number one records," he concluded.

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— Diddy (@Diddy) December 11, 2018

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50 Cent, T.I. And Lil Duval Are Advocating For Cardi B To Take Offset Back

Offset and Cardi B's impending divorce has gained a lot of attention, especially with the two making a very public spectacle of their relationship by changing song lyrics boasting about their expiring nuptials. Leaving a lot of space for public opinion, 50 Cent, Lil Duval, and T.I. have weighed in on their split.

Attempting to coerce the mother-of-one into staying with the 26-year-old, Power's 50 Cent seemingly hopped in the "Bodak Yellow" emcee's comment section, begging her to take the "Bad And Bougie" rapper back.

Lil Duval also left his two cents on Twitter with a follow-up post Instagram. "Life is too short to be leaving ni**as just because they cheated," he wrote. The "Smile" artist playfully tagged the 25-year-old in his next moment of offering unsolicited advice.

T.I. wrote in agreement with comedians comments tagging the "Money" musician in his comment beneath the same Baller Alert repost. Though the brotherhood expressed during Offsets hour in need is surprisingly supportive, Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, known profession by her stage name seems to have made up her mind.

Recently the five-time Grammy Award nominee had to defend her marital status after headlines swirled around claiming her divorce was a sham. “I wouldn’t put my family in a bad name for no f**king publicity, ‘cause at the end of the day, ten years from now, my daughter, she’s gonna be looking at these type of things and she’s gonna be asking me about these type of things,” Almanzar said.

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Kodak Black Proposes To City Girls' Yung Miami With A Ring Pop Because Love

Miami's Art Basel was filled with memorable moments but one, in particular, was something of a masterpiece.

While in the mix of events by the likes of Young Thug and Tory Lanez, Kodak Black was seen popping the big question to City Girls' Yung Miami. Captured by TMZ, the "ZEZE" rapper got on one knee while greeting the "Period" rapper.

Getting down on bent knee, the 21-year-old presumably asked the Miami based rapper to marry him in a clip where the only things heard are the sounds of adoring bystanders screaming congratulations. Tied together by a ring pop the proposal did not include diamonds, but instead, a grape flavored Ring Pop. Confirming his big ask with a yes, Black slid the hard candy onto her right hand, making the moment more comical than anything.

Alas, the rap songstress hasn't commented on the joke. Instead, she shared with fans her latest trip to Cabo on Instagram. Meanwhile, Black shared his excitement over his upcoming album, Dying To Live expected to hit streaming sites Friday (Dec. 14).

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