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When it comes to the Grammy Awards, controversy always unfolds and this year, taking front and center for one of the most talked about debates, none other than Rihanna.

On Tuesday morning, the nominations for the 2017 Grammys were announced and the pop star picked up a cool eight nominations. But somewhere along the way, folks thought 1. she was subbed, and 2. that the star threw shade at Beyonce after liking someone’s Instagram post.

In an Instagram post first shared on a Rihanna fan page called @badgalriva, the user wrote: “They snubbed Anti ad the GRAMMY’S. Yes, I’m still on that.”

Rihanna, however, couldn’t disagree more, so she commented back: “How could ya’ll say that? 8 nominations later! God is great!!!”

But wait, the singer wasn’t done blasting comments by social media users. The 28-year-old hopped over to another fan page to shut down chatter that she shaded Beyonce.


It all started when @rihannagang_ wrote on Instagram: “Congrats and all to @badgalriri and all for her 8 Grammy nods but tbh f*ck them because they snubbed her for Song of the Year and Album of the Year. Like how my n*gga!? I think they didn’t want her tied or passing someone else *cough cough* (insert lemon emoji,)”

The lemon emoji, clearly drawing reference to Beyonce. So why exactly did folks blame Ri for blasting the Queen Bey? As we know, nothing goes unnoticed, so fans quickly picked up on Rihanna liking the photo on IG. Oops.

In efforts to do a little damage control, Rihanna commented: “I never actually read your caption, thought the pic was funny and moved right along! Till I seen it pop up over and over! I’m petty af, yes. But this is just unnecessary. I wish y’all would drop this topic and see things from the bigger picture!”

She added, “We don’t need to be putting black women against each other! We deserve to be celebrated, and the Grammy Academy agrees!”

Beyonce, by the way, scored nine nods for her Lemonade effort. This not only makes her this year’s nominations leader, but she’s now the most nominated female artist in Grammy’s history with a total of 62.


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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