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Taylor Swift And Harry Styles Win Top Gongs At iHeartRadio Awards

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Taylor Swift was the big winner at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Monday night (27.03.23).

The 33-year-old singer scooped the iHeartRadio Innovator Award at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre, as well as Song of the Year and Best Lyrics for her tune ‘Anti-Hero’.

Taylor’s tune ‘Bejeweled’ won TikTok Bop of the Year, while her song ‘Question…?’ won Favourite Use of a Sample, for sampling her own tune ‘Out Of The Woods’.

She accepted this year’s Innovator Award, which is handed out to artists who have “impacted global pop culture throughout their career”, from presenter Phoebe Bridgers at the spectacle.

Harry Styles was also a big winner on the night, scooping four prizes, including the coveted Artist of the Year award.

Several artists took home two prizes on the night, including BTS, who won Best Music Video for ‘Yet To Come’ and Best Fan Army for their loyal supporters BTSArmy.

Imagine Dragons and Red Hot Chili Peppers also won two gongs, with the latter winning Alternative Artist of the Year and Rock Song of the Year for ‘Black Summer’, and Pink won the Icon Award.

iHeartRadio Music Awards 2023 Full Winners List:

Song of the Year

‘Anti-Hero’- Taylor Swift

Artist of the Year

Harry Styles

Best Duo/Group of the Year

Imagine Dragons

Best Collaboration

‘Unholy’ – Sam Smith Kim Petras

Best New Pop Artist

Jax

iHeartRadio Innovator Award

Taylor Swift

Icon Award

Pink

Country Song of the Year

‘She Had Me At Heads Carolina’ – Cole Swindell

Country Artist of the Year

Morgan Wallen

Best New Country Artist

Cody Johnson

Afrobeats Artist of the Year

Tems

Wizkid

Hip-Hop Song of the Year

‘WAIT FOR U’ – Future ft. Drake Tems

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

Drake

Best New Hip-Hop Artist

GloRilla

Latto

R B Song of the Year

‘I Hate U’- SZA

R B Artist of the Year

SZA

Best New R B Artist

Muni Long

Alternative Song of the Year

‘Enemy (from the series Arcane League of Legends)’- Imagine Dragons

Alternative Artist of the Year

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Best New Artist (Alternative Rock)

Giovannie and the Hired Guns

Rock Song of the Year

‘Black Summer’- Red Hot Chili Peppers

Rock Artist of the Year

Papa Roach

Dance Song of the Year

‘I’m Good (Blue)’- David Guetta Bebe Rexha

Dance Artist of the Year

Anabel Englund

Latin Pop/Reggaeton Song Of The Year

‘MAMIII’- Becky G Karol G

Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist of the Year

Bad Bunny

Regional Mexican Song of the Year

‘Cómo Te Olvido’ – La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year

Grupo Firme

Best New Latin Artist

Kali Uchis

Best Lyrics (Socially Voted Category)

‘Anti-Hero’ – Taylor Swift

Best Music Video (Socially Voted Category)

‘Yet To Come’ – BTS

Best Fan Army (Socially Voted Category)

‘BTSArmy’- BTS

Social Star Award (Socially Voted Category)

JVKE

Favourite Tour Photographer (Socially Voted Category)

Harry Styles – Lloyd Wakefield

TikTok Bop of the Year (Socially Voted Category)

‘Bejeweled’- Taylor Swift

Favourite Documentary (Socially Voted Category)

‘Selena Gomez: My Mind Me’ – Selena Gomez

Favourite Tour Style (Socially Voted Category)

Harry Styles

Favourite Residency (Socially Voted Category)

‘Love On Tour’ – Harry Styles

Favourite Use of a Sample (Socially Voted Category)

Taylor Swift’s ‘Question…?’ – sampled Taylor Swift’s ‘Out Of The Woods’

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Dennis Ombachi Leads The Way In TikTok’s New Change Makers Initiative

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TikTok has unveiled its TikTok Change Makers Program, a pioneering global initiative aimed at recognizing and supporting creators and non-profits that drive significant social impact through the platform.

The six-month program is structured to help selected creators from around the world build engaged communities, reach new audiences, and unlock real-world opportunities. Participants will gain access to specialized tools, resources, and donations for their designated non-profit organizations.

A key component of this initiative is the TikTok Change Makers Grant, which will distribute over $1 million to more than 30 global and local non-profits. Each of the selected Change Makers will receive a $25,000 donation to support their advocacy work, amplifying their ability to make a difference.

One standout in this inaugural group of 50 global Change Makers is Kenya’s Dennis Ombachi, known on TikTok as @theroamingchef. Dennis has become a beloved figure on the platform, using his culinary talents to feed those in need across Nairobi.

Dennis’s selection as a Change Maker underscores TikTok’s commitment to uplifting diverse voices and addressing global issues through local actions. As one of four African creators chosen for the program, Dennis’s story exemplifies the profound impact individuals can have when supported by a platform like TikTok.

This initiative highlights TikTok’s dedication to fostering a global community committed to positive change and showcases the transformative power of individual actions in inspiring widespread community support.

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Icon Reggae Band Morgan Heritage’s Triumphant Return with Latin-Inspired Single

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Morgan Heritage, the legendary reggae band with multiple Grammy Awards to their name, has made a remarkable return with their vibrant new single “Te Adoro.”

Translating to “I Adore You” in Spanish, this song highlights the band’s impressive versatility and their ability to blend genres, reaffirming their status as pioneers in the music industry.

“Te Adoro” is the band’s first major release since their celebrated album “The Homeland” was unveiled in April 2023. With its irresistible Latin rhythms, the single is set to captivate a global audience, showcasing Morgan Heritage’s broad appeal and innovative spirit.

The band describes “Te Adoro” as a universal ode to the complexities of sustaining a relationship while keeping the initial passion alive. Mojo Morgan shared, “Singing these words in Spanish was a fun creative process for us and an amazing learning experience. Plus, it just sounds sexy to be honest! Peetah, Gramps, and I enjoyed this new musical venture, and we can see ourselves exploring an entire Latin album in the near future.”

In addition to their musical triumphs, Morgan Heritage continues to demonstrate remarkable resilience following the tragic passing of their beloved brother Peetah Morgan. The band’s enduring legacy is carried forward by Jemere Morgan, son of Gramps Morgan, who has taken on the role of lead vocalist. Despite their loss, Morgan Heritage remains a source of inspiration and strength for fans worldwide.

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Bad Boys: Ride Or Die Drops Epic Soundtrack with Sean Paul, Shenseea, and More

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Celebrated Jamaican artists Sean Paul and Shenseea are on the official soundtrack for the upcoming film Bad Boys: Ride Or Die, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, which debuts this weekend.

Sean Paul appears twice on the ten-track compilation: “Light Em Up” with Will Smith, and the title track “Bad Boys” with Argentine rapper Trueno. Shenseea teams up with Puerto Rican rapper Myke Towers for “Bam Bam,” a nod to Sister Nancy’s iconic track. The soundtrack also includes American rapper BIA’s “Oh No (2023)” from her EP Really Her, which samples Red Rat’s 1997 hit “Tight Up Skirt.”

This marks the second collaboration between Sean Paul and Will Smith, who previously teamed up on a version of Shaggy’s “Hey Sexy Lady” in 2002. Shenseea and Myke Towers also collaborated on “Infamous,” an original song from the Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse soundtrack, sampling Barrington Levy’s 1985 hit “Here I Come.”

Bad Boys: Ride Or Die, directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, is a sequel to Bad Boys for Life (2020) and the fourth instalment in the franchise.

Previous soundtracks for the series have featured notable tracks like Buju Banton’s “Murder She Wrote” in Bad Boys For Life (2020), and classics such as Diana King’s “Shy Guy” and Inner Circle’s “Bad Boys” from the original Bad Boys (1995).

Full Tracklist:

  1. Black Eyed Peas x El Alfa feat. Becky G – “Tonight”
  2. BIA x JID – “Lights Out”
  3. ScarLip – “Mike T”
  4. BIA – “Oh No”
  5. Flo Milli – “Duh!”
  6. Shenseea x Myke Towers – “Bam Bam”
  7. 21 Lil Harold – “Brand New”
  8. Becky G x Luisa Sonza x Papatinho – “Flores Pa Ti”
  9. Will Smith x Sean Paul – “Light Em Up”
  10. Sean Paul x Trueno – “Bad Boys”

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