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Bieber and Wale nominated for BET Awards; R. Kelly's got a new "I Believe I Can Fly"; Brad Paisley concert hosts food drive

walebieber.jpgIt's Wale v. Bieber in this year's BET Awards, and we can't decide who we're rooting for. (Photos by Michael Buckner/Getty Images and Chris Pizzello/AP)

By Ally Schweitzer

- It's the showdown we've all been waiting for: Wale v. Justin Bieber. The 16-year old Canadian singer is up for BET's Best New Artist award, and he's going head to head with D.C.'s own breakout nominee Wale. Bieber, who has been known to awkwardly throw around a little hip hop lingo in his songs, is the only white solo musician nominated for an award this year, having been deemed a "crossover artist" by Stephen Hill, BET's President of Music Programing and Specials. Also nominated in the Best New Artist category: Melanie Fiona, Nicki Minaj, and Young Money. See the complete list of nominees at

- R. Kelly's corn-spirational song "Sign of a Victory" has been chosen to be one of three official songs for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The "Bump n Grind" singer will perform the song live with South African group the Soweto Spiritual Singers at the World Cup's opening ceremony June 11th.

- If you're headed to this Saturday's Brad Paisley concert at the Lube, bring a can of food. Live Nation will be collecting donated food cans and bottled water for the Capital Area Food Bank under a tent inside the main gates. One participant will win two "premium" seat upgrades and two "meet and greet" passes.

By Ally Schweitzer  |  May 19, 2010; 8:25 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Brad Paisley, Justin Bieber, R. Kelly, Wale  
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in MANHATTAN performances of

'Justin Bieber Stampede"

have been relegated to private viewings in undisclosed locations due to Bieber mania

last year swine flu;

this year Bieber mania

in Hollywood
smaller venues without crowd control & security facilities have dis-booked engagements

Ivan Chubbuck Workshop Actors are scheduled to do it there

one can catch a public showing at
Theater for the New City's Lower Eastside Arts Fest
call 212 254 1109

Posted by: dramaman | May 19, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

in Manhattan
one has a chance to see

Playwright Larry Myers'

"Justin Bieber Stampede"

at Theater for the New City!
its there for the Lower Eastside Arts Festival

other showings are private & invited audience
due to hazardous
conditions caused by teen Bieber fan-a-atics

in Hollywood 2 venues have cancelled the show due to fear of uproar & need for ambulances & police with shields to ward off pre-pubescent teen fans
the anorexic youth of today have starnge priorities

Posted by: dramaman | May 19, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Why do we have the same people winning the awards every year? Why tune in to see the same people? BET has done a great job of projecting an image of dumb, promiscuous, criminals to the world in the form of elite black entertainers. I haven't watched any black award shows in years for this reason. The talented actors, singers, positive rappers have been deleted so we can train our youth to be dumb promiscuous criminals. It is amazing that the religious leaders in the communities across the country have absolutely nothing to say about the negative images that are constantly portrayed to our youth and around the world. I guess this is part of the new world order in which black people are not really included. Are there any nice countries around the world where the majority of the citizens are black? Oprah did a show on great country's to live in around the world and there was not a country of color (black people) included. It is disappointed to see that instead of moving forward we are moving backwards. I cannot believe it is actually KOOL (this is not a typo) to call each other Nigga, B**ch, a Hoe and these so called elite celebrities actually take a check for doing it. I do not think our ancestors would be happy to know that their hard work was for nothing because this network and these so called elite stars are not what they appear to be and they have signed on to keep our race at the very bottom. Start reading people watch as little TV as possible, for music listen to nothing made after the 1980's except for a select few (you cannot go wrong with jazz, and classical music). Maybe we can help rebuild Haiti so we can have a strong, positive black nation to go to because the elite black Americans and black networks have definitely sold out to that evil pyramid on the back of the one dollar bill. Notice how many of them will actually have the nerve to thank God when they accept their award (what a joke).

Posted by: ashya | May 20, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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