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Exclusive Details: Jermaine Dupri Talks Jagged Edge, Ne-Yo Dishes On Forthcoming Album

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After five successful studio albums, multiple Grammy wins and dozens of hit singles, Ne-Yo officially became the recipient of ASCAP’s Golden Note Award.

During Thursday night’s 27th annul ASCAP Rhythm and Soul event, the singer took home the coveted award which recognizes songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones.

“I am  not worthy of this award, but I got some work to do so I can be worthy of this award,” the r&b stud told HipHollywood while on the red carpet.

The decoration comes ahead of the signer’s forthcoming sixth studio album, Non Fiction. “We are shooting for a September release,” the singer shared with us. “Every song on the album is a true story. This album is a rebirth of story telling, I’m one of the last great story tellers on the face of this planet so this album is just putting a magnifying glass on that fact.”

Some of the evening’s other top honorees included Mike Will Made It and Jermaine Dupri, who took home the ASCAP Founders Award; one of the most prestigious honors that ASCAP gives to songwriters and composers.

“I think the most humbling part about is the names that gotten this award before me,” Durpi said of the past recipients, which include Ashford & Simpson, Dr. Dre, Berry Gordy, Diddy and Paul McCartney.

27th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards - Backstage

The rapper/producer, who was dapper in a floral, tuxedo jacket recently produced Mariah Carey’s latest album, is working with Bow Wow Shad Moss on new music and just rekindled his relationship with r&b group, Jagged Edge. JD and JE are working together again to bring fans an album we’ve been anticipating for years, J.E. Heartbreak Too.

“It’s going to be exciting. If you liked J.E Heartbreak the first one, you’re going to love this album. That’s all I can tell you,” Durpi explained.

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Cocktails & Coins! Inside Aisha Tyler’s Wild Life After Divorce & Departure From ‘The Talk’

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Aisha Tyler went through a few MAJOR life changes over the past two years and now, the actress is back on top living life to the fullest.

In 2016, Tyler’s college love and husband of 20 years, Jeff Tietjens, filed for divorce from the actress. As if that weren’t an emotional challenge to overcome, Tyler was then ordered to pay Tietjens $31,250 a month in spousal support for the next four years, plus a lump sum of $500k.

Following the emotional split, Tyler’s career then took a big turn when she walked away from CBS’s The Talk. Just eight months ago, the actress left the show to pursue other passions. “I also have three other series (Criminal Minds, hosting Whose Line Is It Anyway? and voicing a character on Archer),” the actress said during the big announcement. “People always go, ‘How do you do all that?’ And I don’t always have an answer.”

While it might sound like Tyler’s woes and 360 of a life might seem completely damaging, it all turned for the better. “The unknown can be very compelling and can be interesting. Instead of thinking about it as change, think about it as dynamism,” she told HipHollywood during the screening of Dwyane Wade’s, Shot in the Dark. 

She explained, “You can’t stay the same, your life can’t stay the same. Staying the same is staying in place and staying in place is dying slowly. For me, I always reminded myself I’m not always going to feel this way, it’s not always going to be this tuff.”

“You cannot get through this experience on this planet without a little bit of pain and you need to know that and see that it’s temporary,” Aisha said. “My life is so interesting now and it wouldn’t have been without going through the stuff that I’ve been through. It’s been good for me; all this change.”

The actress is not only the star of some major network shows, but she also is about to launch her new cocktail line, Courage and Stone. “It’s been a really really exciting process,” she told us. “It really came out of my love of cocktails, my love of going to great bars and then going home and being like ‘I don’t know how to do all this.'”

Tyler then admitted that she was a whiskey girl at heart and that when she left the Talk “Julie Chen put me in a whiskey of the month club. She she’s doubled my collection in the last couple of months.”

Set to releae late spring early summer 2018.

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