Cardi B and Nipsey Hussle top 2019 BET award winners

Beyonc, Bruno Mars and Migos among winners at black entertainment awards, where tributes were paid to Nipsey Hussle who was shot dead in March Invasion of Privacy. The awards, which celebrate the best in black American entertainment, paid tribute to the rapper John Legend and Beyonc and Migos won best group. Their fellow Atlanta rapper Michael B Jordan and Regina Kelly won the acting categories, while Stephen Curry won the sports awards. Spike Lees film Burna Boy and rising South African dance artist Dave, Headie One and Ella Mai, the British R&B singer who achieved major US success in 2018, won the public-voted Coca-Cola Viewers Choice award for her song Trip. Childish Gambinos much-discussed Scorpion. Drake and Travis Scott were …

Spice Girls review nostalgia, branding and bad British values

The Poshless group give the fans what they want, but union jacks and product placement cant cover a lack of material Of all the things that might have derailed the Victoria Beckhams non-participation. The bombshell came this spring when Mel B revealed that she and Geri Horner on Mothers Day, of all days, lesbian revelations perhaps being best saved for a monetisable Pride team-up. Amid a rumoured rift, it takes a while for the pair to go near each other, though eventually they join Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm in holding hands and exchanging knowing glances. The matter almost sneaks out: Mel C uses her powerful strength to pick up Mel B, who screams. Bunton declares: She loves a good …

Carly Rae Jepsen: Im more confident in my weirdness now

The Canadian popstar on true love, bad outfits and her new album, Dedicated When greatest chorus of the 21st century, she was aiming for a sense of childish excitement. Its how she writes much of her pop as she puts it today, I want to feel Im on the top of a mountain with Beyonc-wind in my hair and I can fly for a second. Jepsen is one of pops more intriguing characters. When Call Me Maybe entered the Hot 100 in her home country, Canada, seven years ago she thought shed made it. Then Justin Bieber heard the impossibly catchy track, creaky version on live TV. In the video for Jepsens follow-up hit, I Really Like You, Famous Blue …

Tyler, the Creator: Igor review impulsive artist takes the rapping off

This strange smorgasbord of sound is shrewd, smooth and heartfelt but has Tyler ditched what made him great? Tyler, the Creator always said he didnt want to be a rapper. Leading the generation-defining rap group Odd Future didnt stop the young Los Angeles he once said he was looking to Isaac Hayes and Barry White for a blueprint on how to harness his deep voice). It always seemed as if Tyler would rather do something other than rap. Yet here we are, over a decade since The Odd Future Tape,and the release of a Tyler, the Creator album is still an event. After the mutinous, uncompromising sounds of his earlier work, the evolution of Tyler took a huge leap with …

Burt Bacharach: ‘Trump is dangerous my songs are a form of resistance’

He adored Dusty, drove Cilla to exhaustion and had so many hits he lost count. Now, the 90-year-old says its time to get political I dont know how many songs Ive written, I dont know how many hits Ive had, says Bacharach serenading Mike Myers and Liz Hurley in the first Austin Powers film. Jackie DeShannonWhat the World Needs Now Is Love (1965) Bacharach and David played this waltzing ode to peace to Warwick, and she didnt like it, says Bacharach. She thought it was too flag-waving. Bacharach respected Warwick she had very good taste so much so that her distaste made him doubt the song. I put it in a drawer. Years later, David suggested playing it for DeShannon. …

‘Before you know it, it’s not a big deal to kill a man’: Norwegian black metal’s murderous past

In the early 90s, Norways black metal scene turned into a satanic cult as musicians burned churches, self-harmed and killed. As the film Lords of Chaos is released, the real-life protagonists look back That period of my life is a swampy lake with skeletons in it, says Rune Eriksen, AKA guitarist Blasphemer. This will probably be one of the very few moments Im willing to go back and talk about it. It has been 11 years since Eriksen left Mayhem, the worlds most aptly named band. He joined in 1994, rejuvenating the Norwegian black metal group after their guitarist ystein Aarseth, known as Euronymous, had been murdered by their former bassist Jonas kerlunds intense dramatisation of events, focusing on the …

‘All I ever wanted to do was write a love song that stands the test of time’: Karen O on her best songs

From her punky breakthrough to her David Lynch collaboration, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer takes us through her back catalogue Yeah Yeah Yeahs Bang It is July 2001, and an EP with a 22-year-old frontwoman on its cover is flying out of independent record shops, reaching No 1 on the UK indie chart. Her picture is cropped like a Polaroid: only the shaggy ends of a short bob, her full lips and a necklace on her bare chest can be seen. Bought from an East Village S&M store, it reads MASTER, which felt a one-woman fuck-you to the boys-and-guitars indie world at the time. That was a selfie before its time! says the woman on that cover today: Karen Orzolek …

Keith Flint: the neon demon who started a fire under British pop

By gleefully escalating the moral panic around British dance culture, the Prodigy frontman showed that rave could be the true successor to rocknroll Like virtually every 90s dance act that unexpectedly ascended from releasing underground club tracks to selling a lot of albums, the Chemical Brothers, the Art of Noise and alt-rock band the Breeders and partly down to the video, in which Flint relentlessly played up to the camera. Not for the last time, the sight of him on national television provoked complaints from the audience. His persona fitted the moment perfectly: thanks to the Criminal Justice Act and a spate of high-profile ecstasy-related deaths most notably that of Leah Betts, an 18-year-old Essex school pupil the British dance …