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Taylor Swift nabbed the award for Album of the Year during Monday night’s Grammy Awards thanks to her LP 1989, but it was the singer’s acceptance speech that is making headlines this morning. Folks wondering: Was the speech aimed at rapper, Kanye West?

While thanking the necessary people, Taylor, who is the first woman to win the award twice, shared an encouraging message to “all the women out there” and it was pretty obvious who the lecture was for. “There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” Swift said, presumably about Kanye’s latest track “Famous” where he raps about making Taylor famous.

“But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there,” she said. “And that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment.”

Swift has not responded to claims her message was for Ye, who by the way, was noticeably absent from the awards show.

Yeezy came under fire last week following the release of his now hit track, “Famous” for not only taking credit for Taylor’s fame, but referring to her as a b*tch.

“For all my Southside n*ggas who know me best, I feel like me and Taylor Swift might still have sex,” West raps. “I made that b*tch famous. God damn. I made that b*tch famous.”

According to Ye, Taylor approved the mere misogynistic lyric, but according Swift’s camp, that is absolutely not true. “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message,” the singer rep explained in a statement. “Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that b*tch famous.’”


Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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