Rapper Calls Childish Gambino ‘House Slave’ After Grammy Win

Childish Gambino/Donald Glover might want to put his lawyer on speed dial ’cause rapper Jase Harley appears to be getting ready to come for him in the wake of Gambino winning big at the recent Grammys.

Harley is straight up calling Gambino a “house slave” because he now thinks his song “American Pharoah” was ripped off by the actor/singer/rapper.

A TMZ camera guy caught up to Harley on Monday in NYC and learned he was upset with the Childish one because earned he 4 Grammys, including Record of the Year, for his huge hit, “This Is America,” among other top accolades during Sunday night’s award show.

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It’s a bit tough to follow Jase’s logic, but he apparently feels Gambino set black culture back by not attending the show and speaking on behalf of the racial issues he raises in the song … and, perhaps most importantly, not acknowledging Jase as an inspiration.

This was a thing a few months back when the song first dropped — people accused Gambino of ripping Jase off, ’cause ‘TIA’ sounds a lot like Jase’s track, “American Pharaoh.”

At the time, Jase appeared to be chill with the whole situation … and even said he was “extremely humbled” that ‘Pharoah’ might’ve served as an influence for Gambino.

Well, it looks like all that is out the window now — ’cause Jase makes a very controversial analogy that invokes slavery.

Like we said up top, it appears that Mr. Jase is strongly considering some legal action against Mr. Gambino who we would strongly urge to lawyer up.

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8 Highlights From the 2019 Grammy Awards

While the red carpet at the 61st annual Grammy Awards had its fair share of standout moments — Cardi B in a high-fashion Venus de Milo in a vintage 1995 Thierry Mugler shell-like gown and Janelle Monae in a sharp-shouldered Jean Paul Gaultier couture dress — the most memorable parts of the Grammys came during the telecast itself.
Absent from the ceremony, Ariana Grande still made headlines Sunday night despite not attending or performing at the Grammys. The singer, who just released her latest album, “Thank U, Next,” on Friday, went to her social media accounts to post pictures of herself in the custom Cinderella-esque Zac Posen gown she would have worn to the Grammys. Grande decided against attending the show because of disagreements she had with the producers over what songs she could perform during the ceremony.
From an appearance by former First Lady Michelle Obama and a Diana Ross celebration to a very Lady Gaga performance to Cardi B becoming the first solo woman to win Best Rap Album, here are the most memorable moments from the Grammy Awards.
1. Former First Lady Michelle Obama takes the stage with Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith

The night started

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Grammys Decoded: The Money Behind Winning a Grammy

Many have wondered if artists get paid for performing at the Grammys or if they take home extra cash after winning an award. Black Enterprise did a little digging  to find the answers.

Turns out that the Beyonces and Rihannas of the world who cash in millions for their world tours don’t get paid a cent when they grace the esteemed ceremony. They don’t get a check for winning either; but we’re sure those golden trophies could auction off for a hefty dollar amount should they ever need the funds.

The live event is far from a loss though. Forbes reports that performers and producers see a “‘Grammy Bounce’ of at least 55% in concert ticket sales and producer fees during the year following a Grammy win.” David Banner told the source that his producer fee jumped from $ 50,000 to $ 100,000 after his work on Lil Wayne’s single “Lollipop.”

Co-producer Jim Jonsin, who also worked with Beyonce, told DailyFinance.com that the rewards were “life-changing.” “If I really wanted to, I could charge a good 20% to 30% more. I didn’t raise my prices, though,” he said of his Grammy win. Before winning a Grammy, producers on average charge $ 30,000 to $ 50,000 per track. If you’re fortunate enough to snag an award, though, Jonsin says that the starting figure is in the $ 75,000 area and super-producers like Timbaland and Pharrell can demand twice that.

Thanks to the high-profile night, stars benefit in mainstream visibility and in their pockets too. After winning his first Grammy, “Bruno Mars’ average nightly gross swelled from $ 130,000 to $ 202,000 (+55%).” Esperanza Spalding went from $ 20,000 to $ 32,000 (+60%) and Taylor Swift jumped from $ 125,000 to $ 600,000 (+380%).

And because it would be so tasteless for Hollywood to send its multi-millionaire guests home empty handed, celebrities leave the occasion with a gift bag worth more than some people’s salaries. As The Toronto Sun reports, “Gifts include Tiffany cat collars, Gibson guitars, trips to deserted islands, cashmere sweaters, teeth whitening products, jewelry, sunglasses and designer leather bags.” The very generous goodies in 2010 reportedly came to about $ 50,000 in value.

So, no, the consensus is that music’s superstars don’t walk away with a physical check in tow. The association to the Grammys, however, does fatten their wallets long after the special airs.

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-Editor’s Note: This article has been updated since its original publish date of January 29, 2018. 


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Drake Used His Grammy Acceptance Speech to Question the Importance of the Grammys

At Sunday night’s 61st Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Drake — who was largely expected to sit this one out, as he has done for the last several years — surprised viewers by showing up to accept the Grammy for Best Rap Song for his smash hit “God’s Plan.” But it was his acceptance speech that stole the show, as the Canadian rapper took his time onstage to rebuke the musical establishment and send a shout-out to artists who may not be receiving recognition from organizations like the Recording Academy.

“We play an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport,” Drake said. “This is a business where sometimes it’s up to a bunch of people that might not understand what a mixed race kid from Canada might have to say or a fly Spanish girl from New York.” He continued: “If there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here, I promise you that. You already won.” And then, although it seemed that Drake had more to say, he was cut off both on the telecast and live in the theater.

Drake has been nominated for dozens of Grammys in his rap career, but has only won four, including this year’s prize. The last time he attended the Grammys was back in 2013. His album Scorpion is also nominated for Album of the Year. And although he did end up dropping by this year’s ceremony, he reportedly declined to take on a performance slot.


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Ariana Grande Passes On Grammy Awards — but Not Her Cinderella Grammys Dress

Ariana Grande may have passed on the Grammys red carpet this year — but the “Thank U, Next” singer wasn’t going to pass up on a red-carpet-level fashion moment.
Grande, who made headlines last week with the news that she would not be performing at — or even attending — the 2019 Grammy Awards, took to social media to show off what she would have been wearing to the Grammys: a custom blue Zac Posen ballgown.
Grande, who has 144 million followers on Instagram and 60.7 million on Twitter, posed for a series of pictures on her accounts wearing the icy blue Cinderella-esque dress. The first picture captioned: “when @zacposen makes u a custom gown it doesn’t matter if you’re singing or not 🌫…. thank u 🖤.”

The move is a notable one from the fashion front. Creating custom looks for a celebrity to wear on the red carpet is a costly affair for a designer and also, a calculated risk. The right look on the right person at the right moment could spell fame, or perhaps even an “iconic” moment. The wrong look, forgotten or critically panned. Posen himself took turns thanking Grande on his account.

Grande opted out of attending the Grammys because

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The Grammy Awards’ Racist Aversion to Hip-Hop

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The Grammy Awards still can’t figure out this hip-hop thing.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that show producer Ken Ehrlich “said that this year he offered performance slots on the show to Drake, Lamar and Childish Gambino…but they all declined. Representatives of those three artists declined to comment on whether they would attend the show.”

Ehrlich also offered a take on the relations between music’s biggest rappers and the industry’s most venerated awards show.

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The Grammy Awards’ Racist Aversion to Hip-Hop

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The Grammy Awards still can’t figure out this hip-hop thing.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that show producer Ken Ehrlich “said that this year he offered performance slots on the show to Drake, Lamar and Childish Gambino…but they all declined. Representatives of those three artists declined to comment on whether they would attend the show.”

Ehrlich also offered a take on the relations between music’s biggest rappers and the industry’s most venerated awards show.

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Ariana, Nicki and More Stars Who Have Surprisingly Never Won a Grammy

Close, but no cigar. The 61st annual Grammy Awards are right around the corner, and the question of who will take home a trophy is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead this year’s nominations with eight and seven, respectively, while Cardi B, Maren Morris and Lady Gaga scored five nods each. On Monday, January 28, what was touted on social media as a list of 2019 winners leaked online, but Us Weekly confirmed that the list was false.

“There is no legitimacy to this,” a Recording Academy spokesperson told Us on the following day. “Grammy Awards results are not shared, even with Recording Academy staff members, until the day of the Grammy Awards ceremony, when names of the recipients are delivered by [accounting firm] Deloitte in sealed envelopes.”

That being said, musicians who are nominated at the 2019 Grammys can do nothing but wait until the show airs on Sunday, February 10, to see if their names are called. Many artists such as Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello would become first-time winners if they are given a trophy at this year’s show.

But winning a Grammy Award is easier said than done. Some stars have been nominated for Grammys more than a dozen times, but have yet to hear their name called during the event.

From Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg to Queen and Katy Perry, keep scrolling to see which artists have shockingly never won a Grammy.

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Recording Academy Says There’s “No Legitimacy” to Leaked Grammy Winners List

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Alicia Keys To Host Grammy Awards Next Month

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NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys usually attends the Grammys, but this year she’ll be there as a host.

The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that the R&B star will host the Feb. 10 show for the first time. The Grammys will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Keys has won 15 Grammys.

She says in a statement, “I’m so excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night in music and celebrate the creativity, power and magic.”

She adds that she is “especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year!”

Kendrick Lamar and Drake are the top Grammy contenders, earning eight and seven nominations apiece, respectively. Brandi Carlile is up for six awards, while Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Maren Morris and H.E.R. earned five nods each.

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