Mulatto Performs Magic City Medley of Recent Hits With Gucci Mane at 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards

In her first appearance at the BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday night (Oct. 27), Atlanta rapper Mulatto performed a medley of singles from her breakout year, with a special appearance from local legend Gucci Mane.

Appearing from the stage (and then the parking lot) at the world-famous ATL strip club Magic City, Mulatto ran through her Billboard Hot 100 hit “B–ch From Da Souf” and current radio staple “Muwop.” Mane appeared for his guest verse on “Muwop,” which was both titled after the veteran MC’s “Guwop” nickname, and heavily interpolates his 2007 single “Freaky Gurl.”

Mulatto is also nominated for her first BET Hip Hop Award this year, in the category of best new hip hop artist.

Tobe Nwigwe Bites Into ‘Eat,’ ‘Try Jesus’ at 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards

Wearing a long shirt with the faces of Black people slain by police officers (including Breonna Taylor and George Floyd), rising rapper Tobe Nwigwe got some shine at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday (Oct. 27) evening. The Houston spitter opened with his soul-tinged “Try Jesus” (“Try Jesus, not me / Because I throw hands”) before transitioning into a full-throttled version of “Eat.” Joined by his wife, Fat, the duo bit into the single, delivering a precise and impactful performance of music with a message in a stark, theater-in-the-round set.

Nwigwe’s The Pandemic Project dropped this year, and his music recently soundtracked an ad for Apple Music x NBA.

Watch the Non-Country ‘Voice’ Judges Fight Over Nashville Singer Tanner Gomes

When Tanner Gomes stepped on The Voice stage in a cowboy hat and some Southern swag, Blake Shelton seemed like the go-to choice for the aspiring country singer.

However, during the blind auditions on Tuesday night (Oct. 27), Shelton was the only coach who didn’t turn his chair around for Gomes’ performance of “Cowboys and Angels” by Dustin Lynch.

“Right now is a really good time to ask your boyfriend why he didn’t turn around,” Kelly Clarkson nudged Gwen Stefani, who promptly asked her country star boyfriend (now fiancé) why he didn’t turn around.

“I think you’re a great singer,” Shelton admitted, before adding, “I already have a lot of country artists on my team, and the best thing for you is to be on a team that has no other country artist.”

“Us three are known as the experts on country music on this show,” John Legend joked of the remaining coaches, before Clarkson interjected, “Hey, I grew up on country so you can keep yourself in that little circle.”

“I have a number one on country, so hey, riding Blake Shelton’s coattails,” Stefani added, referring to her “Nobody But You” duet with Shelton, which topped the Country Airplay chart. “I am a ska girl from Orange County, California, but the first concert I ever went to was an Emmylou Harris concert.”

“Then, my boyfriend,” Stefani added, “So, in the last five years, I’ve learned so much about country music. I feel like it’s this new chapter of my life and I think I can help you.”

Despite very, very good points made by the “Hollaback Girl” singer, Gomes ended up choosing self-proclaimed country superfan Clarkson as his coach. Watch the audition below.

 

Watch City Girls Catsuit Up to Perform ‘Kitty Talk’ & ‘Jobs’ at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards

At last year’s BET Hip Hop Awards, Yung Miami had to hold it down for City Girls all by herself because JT was still serving her prison sentence for fraud. But the full duo made their triumphant debut Tuesday night (Oct. 27) at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards, performing “Kitty Talk” (the edited version of their single “P—y Talk” with Doja Cat) and “Jobs.”

And what a debut it was: The ladies appeared in leopard-print catsuits and lace-up black heeled booties flanked by an army of feline backup dancers to drive home the song’s “Kitty Talk” chorus. They finished the song barefoot in a pool of water for some splish-splashing choreography in the rainforest.

When the performance transitioned to “Jobs,” the catsuits stayed on, but the jungle background made way for a massive screen that displayed the song’s lyrics, including the unforgettable hook “I don’t work jobs, bi—, I am a job.” And the screen displayed one final message in all-caps when the song ended: “VOTE.”

Even though City Girls had just the second performance of the broadcast, the voting message had already been driven home by the show’s hosts and the freestyle raps so far. The U.S. presidential election is exactly a week away, on Nov. 3, and voting is already underway across the country.

The 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards have many more performances and awards to come, so follow along with the night’s big winners and stick with Billboard.com for more coverage. Watch City Girls’ full performance below:

Lil Baby & 42 Dugg Join Forces For ‘We Paid’ Performance at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards

On Tuesday night (Oct. 27), Lil Baby and 42 Dugg teamed up to perform their hit “We Paid” at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards.

With dancers in tow, Baby and Dugg’s chemistry gleamed as they powered through the fiery stage with precision. After Dugg punched in his verse, Lil Baby zipped through his bars and even showed off his footwork in front of a blue backdrop. Once Baby finished his performance, he encourages fans to go out and vote for this year’s upcoming election.

 

 

“We Paid” peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and resides on Lil Baby’s stellar sophomore album My Turn. This summer, Baby led the way for protest music for his record “The Bigger Picture,” and recently spoke about the song’s importance to NPR.

“I’m definitely proud of it, ’cause it’s like it’s working in a good way for me and for my people,” he said. “And it let me know that my mind state is not all the way wrong — the way I feel and the way I’m thinking.”

Watch Lil Baby’s performance below.

24kGoldn & Iann Dior on Going From No. 1 With ‘Mood’ All the Way to ‘Hell’ for a New Halloween Podcast

The last few weeks have been nothing but a flurry of No. 1s for rising stars 24kGoldn and Iann Dior. The pair’s breakthrough single “Mood” ascended to the top slot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated Oct. 24 and then racked up a second week atop the tally dated Oct. 31. It also spends a second frame at No. 1 on Hot Rap Songs and a ninth straight week atop the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart.

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast caught up with 24kGoldn and Dior for a chat together on Monday, just a few hours after it was announced that “Mood” had locked up a second week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 to talk about not just the success of the single, but also their co-starring role in Audio Up Media’s spooky new scripted podcast Halloween in Hell (alongside Machine Gun Kelly and Tommy Lee, among others).

“To be honest… I thought [‘Mood’] was gonna be big,” 24kGoldn tells the Pop Shop Podcast (listen below), “but I did not think this was gonna be our first No. 1.”

Dior chimes in: “I definitely knew it was gonna go No. 1. No, just kidding,” he laughs.

It’s not lost on the artists that the song is a cross-genre smash, as it straddles multiple sounds and vibes in the track — from pop and rap to rock and alternative.

“I think our generation, we grew up listening to so much different types of music… we don’t think about genre instinctively,” 24kGoldn says. “Like, back in the day, it was like ‘Well, you wanna be a rock star? You wanna be a rapper? Or you wanna be an R&B singer?’ Nowadays, you can be all three things. I feel like this song, doing what it did, and reaching the heights it did, that’s reflective of a shift in culture. We’re pushing the culture forward and saying, ‘All right, now in music, it doesn’t matter what genre it is, it just matters that people like it.’ And we made music that people like, so I’m just glad to be a vessel to help inspire and push the culture.”

While fans are getting to know 24kGoldn and Dior through “Mood,” they can also learn about a different side of the artists — through their acting skills in the new Audio Up podcast Halloween in Hell. The pair co-star in the four-part miniseries, available now, which finds unsuspecting musicians on a game show in hell hosted by the Devil (Tommy Lee), where they have to sing… or die. Naturally, mayhem ensues, along with a lot of new music from the artists — which has been released in batches on digital retail and streaming platforms.

“When I started Audio Up, I literally wrote down the word ‘Halloween’ and knew that it was an underappreciated holiday for entertainment,” Jared Gutstadt, CEO and founder of Audio Up, tells Billboard in a statement. “You have properties like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and A Nightmare Before Christmas, and I wanted to create something original with both music and comedy.”

He says the hope is that the podcast could be translated into a film or TV property and is optimistic about how the original music featured in the show (from 24kGoldn, Dior, Tommy Lee, Machine Gun Kelly and the rest of the cast) could pay great dividends in the future.

The fact that chart-topping acts like Machine Gun Kelly (who recently earned his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Tickets to My Downfall), 24kGoldn and Iann Dior all happen to be part of the cast “is just something I never would’ve predicted,” Gutstadt says.

24kGoldn says the podcast was “perfectly aligned.” “I’ve come to learn when you do stuff with your friends, it turns out better, ’cause you’re having more fun.” He also adds that Gutstadt is “a rock star himself… he got some flair. He understands where we’re coming from. And he just wants to give us a platform to story-tell in a way that is different from how we usually story-tell, and make great music to go alongside it.”

In terms of future music plans, 24kGoldn has a full-length album titled El Dorado due out in in “early 2021” that promises “the full picture” of how he plans to “fuse” pop, rock and rap together. As for Dior, he too should have an album dropping at the top of the year, which will boast flavors of hip-hop, rock, funk, alternative-pop and more. Of course, with the success of “Mood,” fans are clamoring for more collaborations from the pair.

“Every day, I open my DMs,” 24kGoldn says, “and people are like, ‘When are you and Iann dropping another song?’

“So it’s like, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We’re friends. We knew each other for a year or two before we released a song together, so whenever we just get back in the studio, there’s no pressure.”

Dior concurs: “It just happened naturally… We never force a song on each other… I mean, that’s just how the process is. I guess that’s just how you go No. 1,” he laughs.

Also on the show, Katie and Keith chat about Taylor Swift’s Folklore album returning to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and becoming the first million-selling album of 2020, Ariana Grande’s new single “Positions,” and how, apparently, Adele isn’t releasing a new album out of the blue after her hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard’s weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard’s deputy editor, digital, Katie Atkinson and senior director of charts Keith Caulfield every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)  

Here Are All the Winners From the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards

Who will be the big winner at the 15th annual BET Hip Hop Awards?

DaBaby leads all artists with 12 nominations, followed by Roddy Ricch (11 nods), Megan Thee Stallion and Drake (8 nods each).

City Girls, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Lil Baby and Burna Boy are among the performers at the 2020 ceremony, which takes place tonight (Oct. 27).

Follow along for complete coverage of this year’s show.

See the full winners list below:

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
DaBaby
Drake
Future
Lil Baby
Megan Thee Stallion
Roddy Ricch

Best Hip-Hop Video
DaBaby, “Bop”
DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”
Drake, “Toosie Slide”
Future feat. Drake, “Life Is Good”
Lil Baby, “The Bigger Picture”
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”

Song of the Year
“Bop” (DaBaby) Produced by JetsonMade & Starboy
“Life Is Good” (Future feat. Drake) Produced by Ambezza, D. Hill & OZ
“Rockstar” (DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch) Produced by SethinTheKitchen
“Savage” (Remix) (Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé) Produced by J. White Did It
“The Box” (Roddy Ricch) Produced by 30 Roc & DatBoiSqueeze
“Toosie Slide (Drake)” Produced by OZ

Hip-Hop Album of the Year
DaBaby, Blame It On Baby
DaBaby, Kirk
Future, High Off Life
Lil Baby, My Turn
Megan Thee Stallion, Suga
Roddy Ricch, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial

Best Collaboration
DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”
Future feat. Drake, “Life Is Good”
Jack Harlow feat. Tory Lanez, DaBaby & Lil Wayne, “Whats Poppin” (Remix)
Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé, “Savage” (Remix)
Megan Thee Stallion feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $Ign, “Hot Girl Summer”
Mustard feat. Roddy Ricch, “Ballin’”

Best Duo or Group
Chris Brown and Young Thug
City Girls
EarthGang
JackBoys
Migos
Run The Jewels

Best New Hip-Hop Artist
Flo Milli
Jack Harlow
Mulatto
NLE Choppa
Pop Smoke — WINNER
Rod Wave

Best Live Performer
Big Sean
DaBaby
Drake
Megan Thee Stallion
Roddy Ricch
Travis Scott

Lyricist of the Year
Big Sean
DaBaby
Drake
J. Cole
Megan Thee Stallion
Rapsody — WINNER

Video Director of The year
Cactus Jack & White Trash Tyler
Cole Bennett
Colin Tilley
Dave Meyers
Director X
Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor

DJ of the Year
Chase B
D-Nice
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Khaled
Mustard

Producer of the Year
9th Wonder
DJ Khaled
Hit-Boy
JetsonMade
Mike Will Made-It
Mustard

Hustler of the Year
Cardi B
DJ Khaled
Jay-Z
Megan Thee Stallion
Rick Ross
Travis Scott

Best Hip-Hop Platform
Complex
HipHopDX
HotNewHipHop
The Breakfast Club
The Joe Budden Podcast
The Shade Room
XXL

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Beyoncé, “Savage” (Remix) (Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé)
Bia, “Best on Earth” (Russ feat. Bia)
Cardi B, “Writing on the Wall” (French Montana feat. Post Malone, Cardi B & Rvssian)
Future, “Roses” (Remix) (Saint Jhn feat. Future)
Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar” (DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch)
Travis Scott, “Hot” (Remix) (Young Thug feat. Gunna & Travis Scott)

Impact Track
Anderson .Paak & Jay Rock, “Lockdown”
DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar” (BLM Remix)
J. Cole, “Snow on tha Bluff”
Lil Baby, “The Bigger Picture”
Rapsody feat. PJ Morton, “Afeni”
Wale feat. Kelly Price, “Sue Me”

Best International Flow
Meryl (France)
Kaaris (France)
Nasty C (South Africa)
Khaligraph Jones (Kenya)
Stormzy (U.K.)
Ms Banks (U.K.)
Djonga (Brazil)