Mariah Carey, Neptunes, Lennox in Songwriters Hall of Fame
After a glittering career stuffed with No. 1 hits — not to mention a two-year pandemic delay — Mariah Carey was finally inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, but not before challenging her new fellow members to do better by women.
Jay-Z, Pharrell to release new song about Black ambition
NEW YORK – Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams have teamed up to release a new song about Black ambition titled “Entrepreneur." “Black Twitter, what’s that? When Jack gets paid, do you?” raps Jay-Z, referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. “For every one Gucci, support two FUBU’s.”On the track, Williams sings: “In this position with no choice/The system imprison young Black boys/Distract with white noise." Williams told TIME the song is “about how tough it is to be an entrepreneur in our country to begin with."
Pharrell, Beastie Boys, RZA, halftime show score Emmy nods
Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez And Shakira picked up four nominations, including outstanding variety special (live). It was not clear if Lopez and Shakira were specifically nominated, though past halftime singers, including Beyonc, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars, have earned Emmy nominations as performers. For their work on Watchmen, they scored a second Emmy nomination for outstanding music composition for a limited series, movie or special. They earned nominations as producers for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special and as writers for outstanding writing for a nonfiction program. Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, who composed music for the Michelle Obama documentary Becoming, picked up a nomination for outstanding music composition for a documentary series of special.
Pharrell Williams releases a new song dedicated to frontline workers
Pharrell Williams and record producer Chad Hugo have released a new song honoring the frontline workers in their home state of Virginia. The recording artist released the song “Virginia: A Salute to Frontline Workers” on his music festival’s “Something in the Water” Twitter page. "VIRGINIA", written by @pharrell and @chadhugoMade to acknowledge the resilient Virginian frontline workers and to show the possibilities of what happens when we come together. The video shows scenes from Virginia coastline as well as coronavirus testing sites and other frontline workers doing their jobs. Our citizens are resilient and we are forever inspired by the incredible people of Virginia,” Williams concluded.