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The 2019 Grammy Performances You Should Watch (Again)

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They made the entire thing worth it

The Grammys heard us when we said we wanted more women. They let female artists dominate the stage at the 61st annual award ceremony and the women did not disappoint. (A few of the guys were okay, too.) These are the sets you need to go re-watch right now!

Camila Cabello

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When she gave red carpet interviews before the show, Camila Cabello was clearly nervous. But it's obvious she channeled all of that nervous energy into putting on a killer theatrical performance of "Havana (Live)." The stage was set up like an apartment building and she welcomed Ricky Martin, Young Thug, and J Balvin onstage to bring the whole thing to life. It was honestly a perfect opening.

Shawn Mendes

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I'm not a fan of many straight white dudes, but Shawn Mendes left quite the impression with his live offering of "In My Blood" on a cut-up piano. I wasn't even mad when Miley Cyrus showed up for a duet.

H.E.R.

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Everything H.E.R. does is perfect. Her live rendition of "Hard Place" in a really sparkly jogger set was no different. Don't @ me.

Janelle Monáe

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When they write the history of this stage of LGBTQ representation and progress, Janelle Monáe better be front and center. She represents what queer Black women and femmes have to offer to LGBTQ culture. Monáe performed "Make Me Feel" with snippets of "PYNK" and "Django Jane." The whole affair was one that would have made Prince proud.

Cardi B

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It was hard to get through the rest of Grammys after Cardi B literally shut the entire awards down with a live rendition of "Money." It's the only rendition of the song that can top the music video. I screamed. I gagged. I nearly cried. If there are still any lingering doubts about Cardi's star power, this performance just shut them down. I stand by the assertion that she is one of the best hip-hop performers of our era.

Dan + Shay

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I'd never even heard of Dan + Shay before this Grammy nomination cycle, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I'll remember them from here on out. First of all, their musical selection at this year's Grammys was called "Tequila." If you're trying to make a fan of me, that'll do it. But Shay's pipes also pack a really strong punch.

Diana Ross

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All I'll say after seeing Diana Ross is that I wish I had more Aries in my natal chart.

Lady Gaga

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Apparently the internet is upset that Bradley Cooper wasn't there to perform "Shallow" with his A Star Is Born co-star. The gag is… I never saw A Star Is Born. So I'm more than happy to stan Lady Gaga in a bedazzled catsuit all on her own.

Brandi Carlile

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I am not really a fan of country music, but Brandi Carlile just changed my mind. Her performance of "The Joke" was soulful and powerful thanks to a booming voice that brought the entire house down. I am willing to reconsider my disinterest in the Country Music Awards this year if she's going to be there.

Dua Lipa & St. Vincent

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*Frantically searches for a blunt cut bob wig to role play with my girlfriend*

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com

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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.

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