Bourgeois Brief: Janet Jackson Slays the BBMAs, Diddy Makes Black Art History, Spike Lee Wins the Cannes Grand Prix Award & More!
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Janet Jackson Slays the Stage, Picks Up Icon Award at BBMAs
All eyes were on Janet Jackson at last night’s Billboard Music Awards. The pop superstar received the Icon Award, and took the stage to perform an energetic medley of her hits “Nasty”, “If”, and “Throb”. This marks a busy year for Jackson, which includes several new dates on her State of the World Tour and a slew of festival appearances. Other big BBMA winners included Khalid, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, and SZA. See the full winners list here.
Diddy Breaks A Black Art Record
Last week, Diddy quietly made art history when he bid $21.1 million for Kerry James Marshall’s “Past Times” painting. The bid, placed at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction, marks the most expensive piece of art by a living black artist. The painting was originally sold for $25,000 in 1997. Read more details at VIBE.
Honoring Reggie Lucas
Grammy-winning musician Reggie Lucas passed away this weekend at 65. Lucas played guitar for the late Miles Davis and went on to write some of Madonna’s early hits. Lucas’ daughter Lisa confirmed his cause of death as complications from heart disease. Read his full obituary at Rolling Stone.
Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman Takes Cannes Grand Prix Prize
Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, one of this year’s buzziest Cannes Film Festival entries, won the Grand Prix award. The film was praised for tackling the tough issue of race—it tells the story of a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-ada won the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, with Shoplifters, a film about a self-made family living on the fringes of Japanese society. Kore-ada’s win is just the second for an Asian film this century. Read a full festival recap at Variety.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Nicki Minaj brings “Chun Li”, Playboi Carti to SNL [Consequence of Sound]
SZA searches for love with Donald Glover in “Garden” video [VIBE]
Issa Rae, Hasan Minhaj accept their Peabody Awards [Variety]
A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad previews new music [Rolling Stone]
Food for thought
Tiffany Haddish and Vivica A. Fox lend their voices to the audiobooks for their respective memoirs. The New York Times’ Nicola Yoon reviews their work.