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Sam Smith Wins, Kanye Rants & Ledisi Reacts To Beyonce at the Grammy’s

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It was a big night with even bigger surprises at the 57th annual Grammy Awards!

Possibly the biggest thing to happen at “music’s biggest night” was newcomer Sam Smith walking away with FOUR awards. HipHollywood spoke to the soulful singer while on the red carpet and he was surprisingly calm about the whole ordeal. “I’m actually weirdly relaxed about the whole thing, if I’m honest. I think people forget this is an award show. It’s supposed to be a celebration of music and the year that I’ve had … and I’ve had the most incredible year,” Smith stated.

On the flip side, Kanye West was not calm when Beck won “Album of the Year”. The rapper stormed the stage, but unlike in 2009 when he interrupted Taylor Swift at the MTV VMAs, he found some self control and returned to his seat before making a scene. But that doesn’t mean Yeezy wasn’t pissed. He later went to E! and ranted about why “Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyonce”.

Aside from the rants, what’s the Grammy’s without epic performances. In addition to Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney and more, Beyonce hit the stage and did her rendition of “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” as an introduction to Common and John Legend’s “Glory” performance. But before Bey performed the legendary song, Ledisi tackled it in the film Selma where she played a young Mahalia Jackson. The fact the Beyonce sang the song at the Grammy’s instead of Ledisi stirred up a little controversy in the blogsphere, but the Grammy nominated singer told us that she was excited to see Bey do her thing. “It’s a great Thomas Dorsey song, that was sung by the great Mahlia Jackson, that was sung by Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul. And was sung by me and now Beyonce. I’m apart of that legacy forever,” Ledisi exclaimed.

Check out more of our exclusive Grammy Awards red carpet coverage in the video above.

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5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs

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If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.

1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.

In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary. 

2. He’s funny. 

Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.

3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.

In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

4. He’s a rapper. 

His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle. 

5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.  

The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.

 

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