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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As we kick off the first filing season under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law in December 2017, there are questions about how it could affect charitable giving. While Americans are incredibly generous, and most people give to charity because they want to help, the tax code does affect giving. While one of the objectives of the 2017 legislation was to make the tax filing process easier by increasing the amount of the standard deduction, it also reduced the number of people who will use itemize deductions, including charitable donations. Many experts believe this will result in a decrease in giving.

WHY DOES A HIGHER STANDARD DEDUCTION AFFECT GIVING?

Under the new tax law, the standard deduction was raised from $ 6,350 to $ 12,000 for individuals and from $ 12,700 to $ 24,000 for couples. This means that an individuals and couples will have to have deductions over $ 12,000 and $ 24,000, respectively in order to go the itemized route when filing their taxes, and a minority of Americans fall into this category. Indeed, a new congressional report estimates that just 18 million households are expected to itemize deductions this year, down from 46.5 million last year. And without itemizing, these taxpayers lose all tax benefits associated with charitable giving. In addition, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act also lowered the top marginal tax rate for individuals and couples from 39.6 percent to 37 percent. Reducing the top marginal tax rate might also result in a decline in giving because it reduced the tax incentive of charitable donations. Together, these changes have many charities and nonprofits worried.

HOW MUCH WILL THESE CHANGES REDUCE GIVING?

While no one knows for sure, the estimates are sizable.  The American Enterprise Institute estimates charities will collect $ 16.3 billion to $ 17.2 billion less in donations this year as a result of the new law. The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center projects that charitable will drop by one-third, from $ 63 billion to $ 42 billion, due to the elimination of the federal tax incentives.

ARE THERE STILL WAYS WE CAN GIVE AND REDUCE OUR TAX BURDEN?

There are still a couple of options out there. One way to take advantage of your giving for tax purposes is through gift bundling. Basically, you combine multiple years of giving to your favorite charities into a tax year, allowing you to reach an amount that will allow you to use itemized deductions on your taxes. If you are over 70.5, the new tax code allows you to make charitable gifts tax free from your IRA. Finally, you can give non-cash assets. By giving stocks or other appreciated assets, such as artwork and antiques, which have grown in value, you can avoid capital gains taxes.

IS THERE ANY GOOD NEWS FOR CHARITIES?

There is some good news. While the new IRS code may eliminate the tax incentive, it doesn’t eliminate the desire to do good. In fact, a new report from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy projects total charitable giving will rise by 3.4% in 2019 and by 4.1% in 2020. Specifically, it projected that giving by individuals would grow by 2.1% and 3.4% in 2019 and 2020, while predicting corporate giving would grow by 3.2% and 2.6% over the next two years.


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US general has a question for Google: Why will you work with China but not us?

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai is scheduled to testify before Congress next week, and he’ll potentially face questions on a number of thorny issues ranging from perceived search engine bias to Google’s interest in developing a search engine for use in China that would be heavily censored there.

To that latter point, a top US general went public today with what sounds like a pretty reasonable question for the tech giant. It boiled down to, essentially, why are you guys willing to work with China, but have such a problem working with your own country’s military?

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Chrissy Teigen doesn’t have time for the haters — especially when it comes to her kids with husband John Legend.

The Lip Sync Battle cohost hit back at a mom-shamer who tried to slam her for not breastfeeding in the comment section of the “All of You” crooner’s Instagram post on Monday, November 5.

“Wild scene backstage at @nbcthevoice,” Legend, 39, captioned a pic of Teigen, 32, bottle-feeding their 5-month-old son, Miles, while the model’s mom, Vilailuck Teigen, snuggled with their 2-year-old daughter, Luna.

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One commenter was quick to ask, “You no longer breastfeed?” to which Teigen hilariously responded.

“John never breastfed Miles,” the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model quipped in response, referring to the fact the comment was made under her husband’s picture.

Teigen is no stranger to clapping back at social media trolls who enjoy picking on her. Earlier this year, the Utah native put a hater in their place after the woman made a comment about her appearance less than four months after she gave birth to her second child.

“You look beautiful but you should grow your hair long again,” a follower wrote underneath a series of pictures Teigen shared from a late-night talk show appearance in October. “Girls with round faces should not have short hair like that. It makes your face looks huge. Been there….believe me….LONG HAIR.”

Teigen responded: “@bcnjw honestly wow thank you because when I wake up each morning I wonder what @bcnjw would do and then I try to make her happy. So this was a mistake on my part.”

Weeks prior, the Cravings author shut down speculation that she and Legend — who tied the knot in September 2013 — were expecting another child.

“I’m asking this with the utmost respectful, but is @chrissyteigen pregnant again?” a Twitter user commented about a photo of Teigen from the 2018 Emmys in September.

“I just had a baby,” Teigen hit back. “But thank you for being soooo respectful.”

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