Grammy predictions: Macklemore favored for new artist

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#TaniaOnTheScene - Bet on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to win Grammy’s best new artist trophy this year. Just don’t bet a lot.

The newcomer competition, historically fraught with controversy, left-field picks and puzzling shutouts, may be the most difficult contest to call.

Transgressions have been endless. The prize went to such short-lived sensations as Starland Vocal Band and Christopher Cross. Lip-sync duo Milli Vanilli’s award was revoked. Elvis Costello lost to A Taste of Honey. Among scores of legends never even nominated as bright start-ups were Madonna, U2, Prince, Garth Brooks, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen.

This year, Macklemore dukes it out with country singer Kacey Musgraves, hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar, British crooner Ed Sheeran and London singer/producer James Blake.

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NYC Dance Week

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 #TaniaOnTheScene - The Ailey Extension will celebrate NYC Dance Week - a city-wide dance experience that encourages active, healthy lifestyles - with 9 days of FREE classes, beginning TODAY, June 20th through June 29th!

During NYC Dance Week, new students can experience any one of The Ailey Extension’s 25 different techniques – including Zumba, Hip Hop, Samba and West African – for FREE. Current students will receive a bonus class with purchase of a 10-Class Card. The week caps off with a free House Dance class open to all at the Ailey Studios on Saturday, June 29 from 6-7:30pm.

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Gist the Essence Presents…

#TaniaOnTheScene - Check out the first piece of work off of “The Good Mourning” project. This project is deeper than rap and more than just music.
With all that said, I present to you “La La  La” produced by Rick Hertz. The Video was shot and directed by Mills Miller.

Enjoy:

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Jay-Z to Sell Brooklyn Nets????

#TaniaOnTheScene - Headlines indicating “Jay-Z sell Nets” have hit the internet on Tuesday, April 9, as the rapper and business mogul will apparently eliminate his stake in the Brooklyn Nets. The word is the hip hop star is looking to become more of a sports agent, especially after his recent move to align baseball star Robinson Cano of the Yankees with his label Roc Nation.

The website BallOverall.com reported on April 9 that “it appears Mr. Carter will be relinquishing his minority ownership of the nets in order to focus on signing players to his sports agency.” Apparently, Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, will dissolve his ownership in the Nets which currently amounts to less than 1 percent. The rumor is that Jay will try to become a certified NBA agent in time for the 2013 NBA Draft, which takes place in June.

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Beyonce: Bow Down to New Music

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#TaniaOnTheScene - Beyonce is no one’s idea of a shy housewife. But for some reason she felt the need to make that point blindingly obvious in her bracing new track, “Bow Down/I Been On.”

“I took some time to live my life/but don’t think I’m just his little wife,” the ultimate independent woman, who happens to be married to Jay-Z, loudly announces on a song she debuted on her website Sunday.

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Lil Wayne Suffered Seizures And Hospitalized

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#TaniaOnTheScene - Lil Wayne required medical attention after apparently falling ill during a Nicki Minaj video shoot in LA. Feel better Weezy!!

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@Check1212 Heating Up The Stage at Webster Hall

Today on #TaniaOnTheScene, I bring to you a talented artist: Mike Check.

Mike Check is not just his stage name, it’s his real name. Picking up the drum sticks at the early age of 7, Check was drawn to the hip-hop sound and culture. Several years later, the songwriter performs with conviction on the stage.

Check out snippets from his performance at Webster Hall on November 18, 2012:

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