Dhaka, Jun 24 (AP/UNB) -Lil Nas X brought his global country-rap hit "Old Town Road" to life at the BET Awards with a performance at a makeshift Western saloon alongside country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.
In a yellow fringe jacket, yellow chaps and a black cowboy hat, Lil Nas X worked the stage Sunday as dancers in denim shorts, leather vests and cowboy hats performed behind him. Most of the audience members at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles were up on their feet singing along, including Cardi B.
Lizzo also had a fiery performance with "Truth Hurts," which featured her playing the flute while twerking.
Cardi B kicked off the show with an explosive performance of her new single "Press." Cardi B's husband, Offset of the rap group Migos, started the performance Sunday, which included Cardi B rapping on top of Offset while he sat on chair.
She won album of the year for her major-label debut, "Invasion of Privacy," which won the Grammy for best rap album earlier this year.
"I'm glad I made an album that your sister, your mother, your grandmother (likes)," she said.
Actress Regina Hall, who is hosting the show, appeared in a sketch imitating Beyoncé during the behind-the-scenes moments of her recent Coachella Netflix documentary — as Hall explained the importance of her home town of Washington, D.C., to background dancers. Hall brought Beyoncé's iconic performance to life after the sketch, appearing onstage with a full marching band while Sugar Bear from the D.C.-based go-go band E.U. performed the 1988 hit, "Da Butt."
"Beyoncé would be proud," actress Yara Shahidi said before she presented the first award of the night — best new artist — to rapper Lil Baby.
"This is my first time receiving an award," he said. "I just want to thank my fans."
Later in the show, Nipsey Hussle, the late rapper who was a respected and beloved community activist in South Los Angeles, will be honored with the Humanitarian Award. Hussle is also nominated for best hip-hop male artist at the awards show.
Born Ermias Asghedom, Hussle was shot to death on March 31 outside his South Los Angeles clothing store in what police said was a personal dispute. His funeral, where Beyoncé and Jay-Z were among the big-name celebrities who attended, was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The last celebrity funeral held at the concert arena was Michael Jackson's in 2009.
After releasing a number of successful mixtapes, Hussle found greater success with "Victory Lap," his major-label debut album released last year. It earned him a Grammy nomination — his first — for best rap album, though the project lost to Cardi B's multi-hit "Invasion of Privacy."
Cardi B is the leading nominee at the BET Awards with seven, including two bids for the top prize — video of the year — thanks to her hits "Money" and "Please Me," co-starring Bruno Mars.
Nine-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and media mogul Tyler Perry will earn the Ultimate Icon Award.
Cardi B, who won two BET Awards last year, is also competing for album of the year, the viewer's choice award and best female hip-hop artist, where her competition includes Nicki Minaj, Remy Ma, Megan Thee Stallion, Kash Doll and Lizzo.
Hussle will compete with Drake, J. Cole, Travis Scott, Meek Mill and 21 Savage for best male hip-hop artist. John Legend, DJ Khaled and YG will pay tribute to Hussle with a performance.
Los Angeles, Jun 24 (AP/UNB) — Mary J. Blige praised God, thanked her mother and spoke about a healed relationship with her father after accepting the Lifetime Achievement award during the BET Awards.
The Grammy winner talked about trying to make history while positively serving others before she performed several of her hits including "My Life," ''No More Drama" and "I'm Going Down" while wearing an all-white trench coat trimmed with white fur and a diamond studded waist belt on Sunday.
Blige peeled off her long coat, sporting mini shorts and high boots as she picked up the tempo. The singer danced across the stage before she brought out Lil Kim to perform "I Can Love You" then "You're All I Need" with Method Man.
Rihanna presented Blige with the award calling her the "queen of hip-hop and R&B." She also applauded Blige for being the first person to compete for both acting and songwriting award in the same year.
Blige was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress and original song for her work on the Netflix film "Mudbound."
In a video, Diddy, Queen Latifah, Nas and Andre Harrell praised the singer for his musical skills.
The men known as the Central Park Five each briefly spoke before introducing a performance by Grammy-winning singer H.E.R. at Sunday's BET Awards.
Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise received a standing ovation as each walked on stage. The men's story was shown in the Netflix series "When They See Us," which dramatized the events surrounding their trial.
The five men were exonerated in 2002 after being charged with the 1989 rape of a white woman in New York's Central Park.
After each spoke, H.E.R. told a socially conscious poem before the Grammy winner performed "Lord Is Coming," which also featured rapper YBN Cordae.
Lil Nas X brought country music flavor to the BET Awards on Sunday.
In a video, the 20-year-old rapper and singer Billy Ray Cyrus rode on horses down the blue carpet then showed up on stage in cowboy attire.
The tandem performed Lil Nas X's cowboy-themed country trap song "Old Town Road" as Cyrus played a guitar and sang. The rapper wore a bright yellow fringe jacket and chap pants, and black cowboy hat as dancer wore denim shorts, leather vests and cowboy hats behind him.
"Old Town Road" has topped the Hot 100 list for weeks, spawned social media memes and dances and prompted numerous think pieces about black cowboy culture and the state of country music.
Cardi B is the winner for the best album at the Sunday's BET Awards.
The Grammy-winning rapper pranced up the stairs to accept her award wearing a lime green dress. She bragged about the success of her multi-hit album "Invasion of Privacy" before she thanked everyone featured on the project.
Cardi B is the leading nominee at the BET Awards with seven, including video of the year, thanks to her hits "Money" and "Please Me," co-starring Bruno Mars.
Cardi B, who won two BET Awards last year, is also competing for viewer's choice award and best female hip-hop artist, where her competition includes Nicki Minaj, Remy Ma, Megan Thee Stallion, Kash Doll and Lizzo.
The BET Awards kicked off on Sunday with a two-song performance from hip-hop couple Cardi B and her husband Offset.
Offset of the hip-hop trio Migos stepped onstage first before being accompanied by his wife on his lap performing the song "Clout." Cardi B took to stage on her lonesome to perform "Press" on Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
The show's host Regina Hall followed their performance with a video skit imitating Beyoncé's behind-the-scenes moments from her documentary. She then went onstage with a marching band while Sugar Bear from the D.C.-based go-go band E.U. performed the 1998 hit song "Da Butt."
The "Girls Trip" actress twerked onstage before Taraji P. Henson joined her and began doing the same.
Cardi B is the leading nominee with seven.
The late Nipsey Hussle will be honored at the 2019 BET Awards, which will be hosted by Regina Hall and feature performances by Cardi B, Migos and H.E.R.
Cardi B is the leading nominee with seven at Sunday night's show, kicking off at 8 p.m. Eastern from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Hussle, who was a respected and beloved activist in South Los Angeles, will receive the Humanitarian Award. The rapper was shot to death on March 31 outside his clothing store in what police said was a personal dispute.
Hussle will compete with Drake, J. Cole, Travis Scott, Meek Mill and 21 Savage for best male hip-hop artist.
Grammy winner Mary J. Blige will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and media mogul Tyler Perry will earn the Ultimate Icon Award.
Los Angeles, Jun 23 (AP/UNB) — Michael Jackson's depiction as a child molester in the HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland" earlier this year, but the negative publicity hasn't greatly diminished the King of Pop's image.
As Tuesday's 10th anniversary of Jackson's death approaches, experts say his music legacy is still going strong despite the documentary's detailed abuse allegations.
Billboard senior editor Gail Mitchell says she interviewed around 30 music executives who believe Jackson's legacy will withstand the controversy.
Signs of any broad backlash against Jackson are few.
The superstar's music was taken off some radio stations, but is still being played in commercials and his memorabilia is still selling.
Jackson's album and theatrical video of "Thriller" remains in the National Recording Registry, and a pair of museums say they're not removing images or artifacts of him.
Dhaka, June 23 (UNB) - Heartbeat actor William Simons, who charmed Sunday evening viewers for nearly two decades as easygoing veteran PC Alf Ventress, has died aged 79, reports BBC.
Welsh-born Simons played the character in all 18 series of the 1960s-set show.
He also appeared in Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Crown Court and Last of the Summer Wine during his 60-year career.
His agent said: "He was a wonderful, kind, warm, witty, lovely human being and anyone who ever worked with him or knew him will be devastated."
Jason Durr, who appeared alongside Simons in Heartbeat paid tribute to the "lovely man".
Simons, who was born in Swansea, was already 51 when he landed the biggest role of his career, playing Alf Ventress when Heartbeat first landed on TV screens in 1992 as a prime-time vehicle for former EastEnders star and chart-topping singer Nick Berry.
Berry played a young London constable who moved north with his family and encountered Ventress as one of the colleagues who helped him build a new life while fighting crime in a rural setting.
The show, set in the fictional Yorkshire villages of Ashfordly and Aidensfield, attracted more than 13 million viewers and saw guest appearances by Gary Barlow, Charlotte Church, Lulu, and David Dickinson - and Yorkshire's legendary cricket umpire Dickie Bird.
Simons was very popular with viewers and his character continued to appear in the show as a civilian even after he retired from the force.
And when ITV launched a spin-off show called The Royal, he was asked to play Ventress in six episodes.
According to the Yorkshire Post, Simons enjoyed his role in Heartbeat so much that he bought a house in the village of Goathland, where much of the show's filming took place.
But he sold it 14 years later, explaining in an interview with the Daily Express that Goathland had become so popular with tourists drawn by the Heartbeat factor that "it was impossible to step outside without being recognised".
As a teenage actor, Simons had suffered so badly from acne that he gave up his acting career for a few years and instead got a job as a stage manager.
So as soon as he became a major star on Heartbeat, he became a patron for the Changing Faces charity, which supports people with facial disfigurements.
Heartbeat was based on the Constable series of novels written by ex-policeman Peter N Walker, under the pseudonym Nicholas Rhea.
In an interview before his death in 2017, Walker said Simons had "created a totally believable character, just as I imagined him".
Dhaka, Jun 23 (AP/UNB) - It remains the most widely used anesthetic in U.S. hospitals, but many patients still remember propofol as the drug that killed Michael Jackson.
Most are no longer afraid of it, doctors say, though many still ask if they will get "the Michael Jackson drug" before an operation. And most of them will.
Jackson died 10 years ago at his Los Angeles home after receiving a lethal dose of the drug intended for use only during surgery and other medical procedures — not for insomnia.
As Jackson rehearsed for his comeback tour, he struggled to sleep. Prosecutors said Jackson's personal doctor Conrad Murray gave the singer propofol, as he had many times before, then left him unattended. Murray, who maintains his innocence, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011.
A look at the history and safety of propofol:
MILK OF AMNESIA
Jackson called propofol his "milk." It's a white, oily solution injected into a vein. It acts fast, in about 40 seconds, and wears off quickly too. Patients wake up with no hangover or nausea. They don't remember much, earning the drug its nickname "milk of amnesia."
Propofol was a noteworthy advance when it was launched in the late 1980s, but it almost didn't make it out of the lab. An early version caused allergic reactions.
Discoverer John B. Glen kept at it and found a better formula using soybean oil. Thirteen years after its discovery, propofol rapidly replaced sodium thiopental in most operating rooms. Up to 50 million U.S. patients receive propofol annually.
The World Health Organization deemed it an "essential medicine." Glen, who retired from the pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca, was honored with the prestigious Lasker medical research award last year.
HOW SAFE IS IT?
Because propofol lowers blood pressure and suppresses breathing, patients need to be monitored.
"It's quite safe in an anesthesiologist's hands," said Dr. Beverly Philip of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
These days, patients aren't as afraid of going under, she said. "Now it's more of a matter of curiosity rather than being afraid for their own safety."
Dr. Steven Shafer of Stanford University, a propofol expert who testified at Murray's trial, endorses the appropriate use of propofol.
"Michael Jackson was killed by a reckless and incompetent physician," he said.
Police rarely encounter the drug. It's not a controlled substance under federal law.
There's little abuse in the general public. Almost all cases involve health care workers. They steal it at work to get a pleasant but dangerous high. At least 18 deaths were reported among medical professionals from 1992 to 2009.
University of Utah psychiatrist Dr. Brian Mickey is studying propofol for depression in people who don't get relief from medications or psychotherapy. Other treatments may include brain stimulation such as electroconvulsive therapy, but that can have side effects such as confusion and memory loss.
Mickey and his colleagues published a preliminary study last year that tested a series of high doses of propofol in 10 patients with moderate to severe depression. Half improved and maintained better moods for three months.
Now the researchers are planning a larger study that will test propofol against a sedative called midazolam.
Mickey doesn't know how propofol may help depression, but said it may be triggering the brain to reorganize itself. It may be "coaxing the brain into getting unstuck from this bad, depressed state that it's in," he said.
The study was done in a hospital with an anesthesiologist giving propofol through an IV.
"Don't do this at home," Mickey said.