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In 2016, the lives of several legendary and iconic musicians, including Prince, Natalie Cole and David Bowie, were taken away too soon, leaving the music industry completely shocked and speechless.

For co-founding artist of Chic and legendary composer, Nile Rodgers, the deaths of some of his dearest friends, including Bowie, were what he calls “stressful.”

“This has been a particularly stressful year in the music business,” Rodgers told HipHollywood exclusively during the EBONY Power 100 Gala. “So many people have passed away.”

Nile, who accepted the Icon Award during the gala, continued, “For me, it was unexpected because I know a lot of people who were my friends that didn’t even tell me they were ill. Then when I found out what they passed away from, I was pretty shocked.”

He added, “I guess we’re just getting to that point, that arc in life where we’re starting to go. Hopefully I’ll hang around a few more years.”

Nile was very close with Bowie, who picked up a few Grammy nominations for his final album, Blackstar. 

Although the album was not acknowledged in some of the major categories, Bowie did pick up three nods in the rock categories: The track “Blackstar” was nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance nominations, while the LP was nominated for Best Alternative Album category.

Bowie died on January 10 at the age of 69 after a long battle with cancer.

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Michael Rapaport Calls Himself The “MVP Of Talking Trash” Following Janet Jackson Controversy

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Michael Rapaport came under fire earlier this month for slamming Janet Jackson Appreciation Day which was on Super Bowl Sunday. But now, he is speaking a slightly different tune.

On February 4th, as Janet fans used social media to praise the singer, Michael took to Twitter to do what he does best: Talk mess.

“Can anybody crying for Janet Jackson right now tell me the last Janet Jackson song that was popping,” he wrote. “Motherf*cka’s wanna make nothing something 24/7/365 & Super Bowl Sunday.”

Michael, however, is slightly backing down from his aggressive words. HipHollywood caught up with the actor during the premier of Shot In The Dark, to discuss not only his ability to talk “sh*t,” but being attacked by Black Twitter.

“I love Janet Jackson, respect Janet Jackson,” he told us exclusively. “The context of what I said is that Janet Jackson isn’t popping now like she was popping in the 80’s, 90’s. Doesn’t mean she’s not an icon.”

Rapaport, who is known to stir up on some drama with his Twitter antics, then added about being a sh*t talker: “I’m proud of the way I talk sh*t, I’m the MVP of talking trash. I can give it as good as I can take it.” 

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