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Tems Wins Best International Act At The BET music Awards 2022

 Congratulations to Tems as she becomes one of the few Nigerian artistes with the prestigious BET best international act .

Infact she is the first female artiste to win this category.




Wizkid Loses To Angélique Kidjo In Best World Music Album Category

 Nigerian afrobeats superstar, Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has lost at the 64th Grammy Award in best World Music Album category.


The iconic singer, songwriter, and performer was nominated in two different categories at the 2022 Grammy Awards, being Best Global Music Album and Best Global Music Performance at the 2022 Grammy Awards.


The Grammy Awards is arguably the biggest night in the music industry every year, as the creme de la creme come together to reward the efforts of the best talents of the year in review. It was held today, March 3rd 2022, at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas.


The event was previously scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on January 31, 2022, but it was postponed and moved to Las Vegas over concerns about the Omicron variant of COVID-19.


Wizkid’s ‘Made in Lagos’ album lost to Angélique Kidjo’s “Mother Nature”. Nigeria’s Femi Kuti, and Made Kuti’s “Legacy” were also nominated in that category.





2022 Grammy Awards: Wizkid, Femi Kuti, Burna Boy, Tems Nominated

 The Nigerian Afro beat genre has become a global phenomenon, from the likes of Fela Kuti to new generation Afro beat singers like Wizkid, Burna Boy and Davido.


On Tuesday 23 November 2021, the Grammy awards Recording Academy released the Nomination list of the 64th Grammy’s Award, which was set to hold in January 2022.

The Academy announced the nominations for each of the 86 categories for the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show held earlier this year.


Five Nigerians were nominated in different categories. Wizkid has two nomination, Burna Boy, Tems, Femi and Made Kuti.

Wizkid was nominated alongside fellow Nigerians –Femi Kuti, Burna Boy and Tems for Best Global Music Performance at The Grammys. Also nominated in that same category was Beninese legend, Angelique Kidjo.


The Nigerian Afrobeat Star Wizkid also has his ‘Made In Lagos’ album nominated for Best Global Music Album at The Grammys, alongside Femi Kuti and Made Kuti’s Legacy +, Angelique Kidjo’s Mother Nature and Rocky Dawumi’s Voice of Bunbon Volume.


Tems made her debut Grammy entrance with her collaboration with Wizkid on Best Global Music Performance which gave Wizkid and another nod for ‘Essence’.




Will Smith Apologises To Chris Rock After Oscars Slap

 Will Smith has apologised to Chris Rock after he slapped him at the Oscars, saying his behaviour was "unacceptable and inexcusable".


"I would like to publicly apologise to you, Chris," he said in a statement. "I was out of line and I was wrong."


It comes after the Oscars film academy condemned Smith over the incident and announced a formal review.


The star slapped Rock in the face on stage after the comic made a joke about the actor's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.


Rock had taken aim at Pinkett Smith's shaved head, a result of the hair-loss condition alopecia.


Shortly after, Smith picked up the first Oscar of his career for playing the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard.


"Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive," Smith said in the statement, which was posted to Instagram.


"My behaviour at last night's Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada's medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally."


Smith apologised directly to Rock, stating he was "out of line". He also apologised to the Academy and the Williams family.


"I deeply regret that my behaviour has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us," he wrote.


Prior to Smith's apology, the organisation behind the Oscars said in a statement that it "condemns the actions" of Smith.


"We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law," it said.



Will Smith and his PR team will be hoping his apology will be enough to salvage his career and his relationship with the Academy, and douse the blaze of publicity surrounding Sunday night's altercation.


His statement has been written with extreme care. Smith is careful with his language, explaining why he reacted the way he did, without trying to excuse it.


But his apology does not mean this story is over. Apart from anything else, Rock will eventually have to comment publicly too. The signs so far suggest he intends to shrug the episode off with good humour.


The comedian declined to file a police report, and it was reported that he joked backstage after the punch: "That's the only time you get hit by Muhammad Ali and it doesn't leave a scratch," referring to Smith's role in the boxer's biopic.


But even when the headlines about the punch eventually start to fade, Sunday's events will follow those involved for years to come. It would be impossible for any journalist or chat show host to interview either of them while they're plugging a new film without bringing it up.


Meanwhile, the Academy's Board of Governors is reportedly set to meet on Wednesday to discuss whether or not any further action should be taken against Smith.


Some had suggested that his Oscar could be revoked, but that is unlikely. He could still receive a gentler sanction such as having his Academy membership suspended, but that may now be less likely following his apology.


Only one thing is certain - worldwide appetite for this story remains high, and fans will be interested to see where it goes next.




Rock's joke referred to the 1997 film GI Jane, in which Demi Moore played the title role with a severe buzzcut.


Pinkett Smith rolled her eyes at the comment, while Smith appeared to initially laugh and clap his hands before he was seen on stage, walking up to Rock.


The comedian looked stunned in the immediate aftermath of the incident, but told the audience: "That was the greatest night in the history of television."



The Los Angeles Police Department later told Variety that Rock had "declined to file a police report" following the event.


After the incident, Rock handed over the best documentary prize, which was the reason he was on stage.


He is yet to publicly comment further on what happened.


Accepting the Oscar for best actor for King Richard soon after, Smith said Richard Williams was a "fierce defender of his family" and that he himself was "being called on" in his life "to love people and to protect people".


"Art imitates life," he said. "I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams. But love will make you do crazy things."


He ended it saying he hoped the Academy would invite him back.


Source:BBC News

Russia vetoes a draft U.N. Security Council Resolution On Ukraine as China, India Abstains from Voting

Russia vetoed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution on Friday that would have deplored Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, while China abstained from the vote - a move Western countries view as a win for showing Russia's international isolation.


The United Arab Emirates and India also abstained from the vote on the U.S.-drafted text. The remaining 11 council members voted in favor. The draft resolution is now expected to be taken up by the 193-member U.N. General Assembly.


"We are united behind Ukraine and its people, despite a reckless, irresponsible permanent member of the Security Council abusing its power to attack its neighbor and subvert the U.N. and our international system," U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said after Russia cast its veto.


Russia is a Security Council veto power, along with the United States, China, France and Britain.


China's abstention comes just weeks after Beijing and Moscow declared a "no limits" partnership, backing each other over standoffs on Ukraine and Taiwan with a promise to collaborate more against the West.


Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia thanked the Security Council members who did not support the draft, which he described as anti-Russian.


"Your draft resolution is nothing other than yet another brutal, inhumane move in this Ukrainian chessboard," Nebenzia said after the vote.


There was a rare round of applause in the Security Council chamber after Ukraine's U.N. Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya held a moment of silence during his statement to remember those killed.


"I'm not surprised that Russia voted against. Russia is keen on continuing its Nazi-style course of action," he said.


'RUSSIA ISOLATED'


The U.N. vote was delayed two hours for last minute negotiations by the United States and others to win China's abstention, diplomats said.


The council softened the language in its resolution to say it "deplores" Russia's "aggression against Ukraine" from "condemns," while a reference to Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which deals with sanctions and authorization of force, was removed along with a reference to "the president."


Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine as the U.N. Security Council met in New York late on Wednesday to try and defuse weeks of mounting tensions


"Make no mistake. Russia is isolated. It has no support for the invasion of Ukraine," Britain's U.N. Ambassador Barbara Woodward told the council after the vote.


The draft Security Council resolution demanded that Russia "immediately cease its use of force against Ukraine" and "immediately, completely, and unconditionally withdraw  all of  its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders."


The draft also demanded that Russia reverse its recognition of two separatist states in eastern Ukraine as independent.


"It is a matter of regret that the path of diplomacy was given up. We must return to it. For all these reasons India has chosen to abstain on this resolution," India's U.N. Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti told the council.


UAE Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh said her country supported the draft resolution's emphasis on abiding by international law and the U.N. Charter and was committed to the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of all U.N. member states.


Standing outside the Security Council chamber, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "We must never give up."


"It is important to remember that the U.N. is not just the chamber behind me. It is tens of thousands of women and men around the world," he said. "Standing, delivering, extending a lifeline of hope."


UN Security Council voting on resolution condemning Russia.


Yes


- United States

- United Kingdom

- France

- Norway

- Ireland

- Albania

- Gabon

- Mexico

- Brazil

- Ghana

- Kenya


No


- Russia


Abstain


- China

- India

- United Arab Emirates





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