- Nick Cannon: This America's Got Talent host will also host Variety's Breakthrough of the Year Awards (BOTYA) at CES on Jan. 9.
- Tim Tebow and Brendan Schaub: Tebow, former NFL quarterback and upcoming college football analyst for ESPN's SEC Network, along with Schaub, an Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights competitor, will represent SOUL Electronics on Jan. 8-9.
- Pharrell Williams (pictured): The voice on Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" will sign autographs on Jan. 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Liquipel booth.
- Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson: Rapper 50 Cent will sign autographs Jan. 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the SMS Audio booth.
- Kristen Bell (pictured): The upcoming Kickstarter-backed Veronica Mars movie is BOTYA's honoree for Breakthrough Film, and actress Bell will accept the award.
- LeVar Burton: This Star Trek actor and Reading Rainbow icon will be on the "End of the One Hit Wonder" panel to discuss the Reading Rainbow app on Jan. 8 at 1:10 p.m.
- Vince Neil: Mötley Crüe's lead singer will shill for Marshall Headphones, as well as sign autographs in the Zound Industries booth on Jan. 8 from 4 to 6 p.m.
- Robert Horry: Horry, a seven-time NBA champion, will represent ZTE Corporation on Jan. 7-8 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Josh Holloway, Marg Helgenberger and Meghan Ory: The stars of new showIntelligence will represent CNET. Holloway (Lost), Helgenberger (CSI) and Ory (Once Upon a Time) will appear at the show's party outside of TAO on Jan. 7 at 9 p.m.
- Tiësto: World renowned DJ Tiësto returns for a press conference for Audiofly on Jan. 7 from 2 to 3 p.m.
- Olivia Munn: She will will receive the BOTYA's Breakthrough Actress award. She has starred in Iron Man 2 and HBO's The Newsroom and worked on The Daily Show.
- Janelle Monae: Monae, BOTYA's honoree for Breakthrough Music, released her Electric Lady album in 2013.
- Jabbawockeez: Season one winners of America's Best Dance Crew will representHisense with a performance on Jan 7 at 12 p.m. and Jan. 8-10 at 2 p.m.
- Steve Angello: This Swedish House Mafia DJ will make a cameo in Urbanears' booth on Jan. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m.
- Amy Schumer: Schumer will get BOTYA's Breakthrough Comedy award for her work on Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer and on HBO's Girls.
- Skylar Grey: Grey, BOTYA's Breakthrough Newcomer, performed at WWE Wrestlemania, and her "Coming Home" song with Diddy was the event's theme song.
- Rohan Marley and Ky-mani Marley: The sons of musician Bob Marley. Rohan will participate in interviews Jan. 7-10 at the House of Marley booth, while Ky-mani will perform Jan. 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the same booth.
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Forbes released their Forbes Five: Hip- Hop’s Wealthiest Artists list last week. It was not really a shocker that Sean “Diddy” Combs and Sean Carter aka Jay- Z are at the top of the list. There are some people who would think that Jay Z would take the number one spot but the numbers don’t lie. Diddy earned $580 Million while Jay Z earned $475 Million according to Forbes. Bringing in the rear were Dr. Dre who earned $350 Million, Birdman at $150 Million in fourth place, and lastly 50 Cent who has managed to earn way more than his name sake with a reported $125 Million in the bank. What’s the methodology behind this list? According to Forbes, “In order to complete our Forbes Five list, we followed the same procedure we use to calculate our list of the world’s billionaires: looking at past earnings, valuing current holdings, leafing through financial documents and talking to analysts, attorneys, managers, other industry players and even some moguls themselves to find the nitty-gritty details.” Unfortunately, a report like this always garners the conspiracy theorists who like to argue about the means in which the money was earned. You know, the usual arguments that still revolve around Biggie’s mysterious death in 1997 and Illuminati claims on behalf of Jay Z’s fortune and domination of the game from the stage to the board room as well as his political connections.
How about we talk about how there are still no women on the Hip Hop scene among the top five earners. Currently, the only female voice you even hear on the radio who isn’t singing is Nicki Minaj and at times she trades bars for melodic verses.
The male top earners have been in the business for a while. The money they have on the books does not always equal their musical talent in the booth obviously. Most of their money is from side business ventures and mergers than from lending their voices to tracks these days. It is not just because of their longevity. They have noble drives and business sense. But there are many female MC’s with the same drive and business sense right? Are the woman in Hip Hop getting lower wages because their women the same way most of us are under earning for the same job at our 9 to 5’s? The legends such as MC Lyte, does a lot of voice over work and makes appearances at award shows that are looking for an Old School performance act. Queen Latifah is memorizing lines instead of writing rhymes taking on some great roles on the big screen. On the other end, Foxy Brown made a reappearance last year that was pretty much panned. Lil’ Kim is only making headlines right now for what she claims are doctored photos of her in the media. What about hope for the future? The newbies, like Azealia Banks are spending most of their time beefing on Twitter. I’m waiting for the day when lady MC’s are back to rocking their heels (or high tops) and the mic while climbing to the top of these lists. Forbes Five: Hip- Hop’s Wealthiest Artists Who do you think are the top five wealthiest women in Hip Hop right now? Forbes Five: Hip- Hop’s Wealthiest Artists Forbes Five: Hip- Hop’s Wealthiest Artists
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The #Grammys Dress CodeThe network encouraged celebrities to cover their butts, boobs and "genital region." That last part is very important because it prevents anyone at home from seeing any "puffy" bare skin. I’m a bit confused on what constitutes "puffy" bare skin near the genital region, but I’m pretty sure that there’s a cream for that. CBS also wanted to make sure no one forgot to cover the bums and boobies - apparently, thong-type costumes and bare sides and/or under curvature of the breasts is classified as "problematic" for TV. But in true rocker-style there were a few defiant celebrities that caused YES moments throughout the red carpet arrivals and we have our favorites right here… Check out these celebrity Grammy appearances compared before/after “Memo-gate” and tell us, if it’s a mere coincidence or outright dress code defiance… Jennifer Lopez' Grammy dress stepped out - in full Angelina Jolie style, with her full right leg flashing in glory in a black Anthony Vaccarello gown. She paired her #Grammys dress with a black and gold envelope clutch, and swept her hair back with a chic top knot.
Her look isn't as revealing as last year's Grammy bling look but it definitely breaches this year's dress code mandate by CBS... what did you think of J. Lo's look?
Last year Carrie Underwood wore Gomez-Gracia’s long-sleeve backless “Starlet” Grammy dress featuring intricately embroidered sequins on tulle. This year, Carrie went for a sophisticated look in a Roberto Cavalli gown and a 381-carat diamond necklace. What do you think of Carrie's #Grammys dress? (Did you see that Etch-A-Sketch dress shat she performed in? WOW!)
Last year, Rihanna donned a black silk custom Giorgio Armani Grammy dress gown. The dress featured a plunging neckline, complimented by a high slit, a dramatically open back and a mermaid silhouette cascading into an elegant train - (according to E! News) inspired by Michelle Pfeiffer's character in 'Scarface' - this gown definitely didn't leave much to the imagination. But last night, she wore a custom Azzedine Alaia dress, Neil Lanejewelry, and Manolo Blahnik shoes.
Taylor Swift is know for playing it "safe" on the red carpet and she certainly did that last year wearing a Dolce & Gabbana dress, Prada shoes, and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. This year, we didn't expect her to come out on the red carpet with anything too risqué and she delivered wearing a J Mendel dress that had a little Grammy edge with silver straps. We're not at all surprised that Taylor's Grammy dress stayed within the Grammy dress code…although we appreciate her pushing the limits! What did you think about the red carpet looks from tonight's Grammy telecast? Were you surprised by any looks? Did you love them all? Do you think the #Grammys dress code affected any fashion statements this year? Share your thoughts in the comments below...