Rap rivals Nicki Minaj and Cardi B have been tapped to headline two separate star-studded shows in Los Angeles in the lead up to the 2019 BET Awards. The Anaconda hitmaker will hit the Staples Center stage with her Young Money Entertainment label boss Lil Wayne, alongside Tory Lanez, Trippie Redd, and Bri Steves for the 21 June (19) event, held as part of the seventh annual BET Experience at L.A. LIVE concert series. Cardi will then step into the spotlight at the same venue the following day, sharing the bill with her husband Offset's band Migos, Lil Yachty, City Girls, and Lil Baby. The events will culminate with the 2019 BET Awards on 23 June (19). It's not yet known if Nicki and Cardi will both be attending the prizegiving, but the ladies haven't been under the same roof since September (18), when the Bodak Yellow star physically attacked Nicki and hurled a shoe at her while they were both guests at the Harper's Bazaar Icons Party during New York Fashion Week. They subsequently agreed to call a truce in their war of words, which had been brewing for months after they both featured on Migos' 2017 hit MotorSport. Meanwhile, Cardi is joining forces with Nicki's ex, Meek Mill, to perform at a private party on the eve of the Super Bowl this weekend. The two artists have been booked for the invite-only Fanatics bash at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday (02Feb19), when they are reportedly set to team up for a rendition of their 2018 collaboration On Me.
Rapper Offset surprised his wife Cardi B with a bundle of designer gifts on Monday (23Jul18), three days after he was arrested near Atlanta, Georgia. The Migos star was taken into custody and booked for counts of improper lane change, marijuana possession, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. Offset, real name Kiari Kendrell Cephus, spent the night behind bars before he was released on $17,000 bail on Saturday, and it seems he made an extra effort to make it up to new mum Cardi as she showed off bags from Dior, Louis Vuitton, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Godiva chocolatier, among other retailers, on her Instagram Story timeline on Monday. "I woke up to some gifts from my baby daddy," she whispered in the video post. "Thank you love, I love you." "Thank you sweetheart," she added in the caption. The presents were delivered a day after Cardi revealed she was having a tough time with their daughter Kulture on Sunday. "My child been very very spicy today (sic)," she wrote online. "Its cool thoo i can handle it (sic)". Little Kulture, who was born on 10 July (18), is the Bodak Yellow hitmaker's first child, and Offset's fourth. Meanwhile, Offset's attorney, Drew Findling, has been fighting back against the criminal charges, claiming his client was a victim of racial profiling. He alleges police officers used the traffic violation as a thinly-veiled excuse to target Offset, and insists the firearms found in his car belong to a passenger, an assistant who is a licensed gun holder, reports TMZ.com. The lawyer also asserts no field sobriety test was performed by the cops and the absence of this screening proves the rapper was not impaired at the time of the stop. However, law enforcement sources tell the outlet Offset had actually been weaving in and out of traffic prior to his arrest, apparently posing a more serious safety risk to other drivers.
Jennifer Lopez is set to wed for the fourth time after becoming engaged to boyfriend Alex Rodriguez. The retired baseball star reportedly popped the question during a vacation in the Bahamas, and he announced the big news via Instagram on Saturday (09Mar19) "She said yes," the 43 year old captioned a photo of Lopez, 49, showing off her new diamond engagement ring. J.Lo also shared the photo, while her longtime manager, Benny Medina, confirmed the news, and the sportsman's representative, Ron Berkowitz, told People, "They are on vacation and got engaged today." The couple has been dating for just over two years, and Lopez recently celebrated their anniversary by taking to social media and posting: "You make my world a more beautiful safe and stable place... in the midst of our ever-changing, ever moving life." Alex added: "We are meant to be, and how much you mean to me cannot be put into words." Rodriguez invited J.Lo to dine with him after a chance lunch meeting at a restaurant in Beverly Hills in early 2017, and they reportedly had their first date at the Hotel Bel Air on 3 February. The former New York Yankees superstar and the singer/actress confirmed their romance in the spring of 2017 and they made their red carpet debut as a couple at the Met Gala in New York weeks later, in May. This will be Jen's fourth marriage and fifth engagement - she was married to Ojani Noa, Cris Judd and Marc Anthony - the father of her twins Max and Emme, while Ben Affleck broke off his romance with her in early 2004, days before they were set to wed. She also had a high-profile relationship with Sean 'Diddy' Combs. Rodriguez was previously married to Cynthia Scurtis, the mother of his daughters Ella and Natasha, from 2002 to 2008. He also dated Madonna and Cameron Diaz.
You can take the girl out of country, but you can't take country out of the girl.  Taylor Swift pivoted toward pop with her synth-laden 2014 album 1989 and audacious latest effort Reputation, out Friday. Yet the Nashville transplant hasn't entirely abandoned her country roots.  In fact, Swift earned her 12th Country Music Association Award Wednesday, taking home song of the year for writing Little Big Town's Better Man.  The four-piece group's Karen Fairchild accepted the award on behalf of Swift, the sole writer on the breakup ballad who was not in attendance at the ceremony.  "Taylor, wherever you are, thank you for this beautiful song and for loving songs and loving Nashville," Fairchild said.  Swift, who is performing on Saturday Night Live this weekend, posted her stunned reaction to the honor on social media, writing, "In NYC for SNL rehearsals. I LOVE YOU @littlebigtown and CMAs."  Better Man marks the first song of the year CMA for Swift, who previously picked up the show's top trophies for entertainer of the year and album of the year (Fearless).

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