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Cardi B. Lizzo and More to Perform at 2019 BET Awards. The 2019 BET Awards just announced their first lineup of performers for the awards show on Sunday, June 23. Cardi B and Lizzo are among the big names taking center stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles that day. The two powerhouse women will be joined by DJ Khaled, Migos, H.E.R., Billy Ray Cyrus, Lil Nas X, Kiana Lede, Mustard, Lil Baby, City Gurls' Yung Miami and Lucky Daye. Regina Hall will host the show and be joined onstage by a slate of impressive presenters, including Lena Waithe, Taraji P. Henson, Yara Shahidi, Morris Chestnut and Marsai Martin. The "Bodak Yellow" rapper is bound to have a big night at the awards show. She has the highest number of nominations at seven, including Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Video of the Year and Album of the Year. Drake follows closely behind with five nominations and goes head-to-head with Cardi in the Video of the Year category. Drake is also up for awards in the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Best Collaboration categories. Cardi's performance at the BET Awards is big news because the 26-year-old singer recently canceled shows in order to "focus on recovering and healing" from plastic surgery. Her rep told E! News in May, "Cardi was overzealous in getting back to work, she didn't take the time necessary to fully recover from her surgery. Her strenuous schedule has taken a toll on her body and she has been given strict doctors orders to pull out of the rest of her performances in May." On May 5, the award-winning rapper told the roaring crowd at the Beale Street Music Festival that she had liposuction and wasn't even supposed to perform. Music fans will also surely be eager to see Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus perform their hit song "Old Town Road," which is once again atop the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for the ninth week. According to Billboard, the song has been streamed 143 million times. Lil Nas X has become quite the musical sensation and is credited for dethroning Ariana Grande's place at no. 1, which she held thanks to "7 Rings." Musicians aren't the only ones facing stiff competition in their respective categories. The Best Actress category includes Issa Rae, Regina King, Taraji P. Henson, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish and Viola Davis. The Best Actor group is just as talented. Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman goes up against Anthony Anderson, Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali, Michael B. Jordan and Omari Hardwick. The BET Awards air Sunday, June 23 at 8 p.m. ET. on BET. (Eonline)

Alicia Keys, Camila Cabello & Chance the Rapper Lead iHeartRadio Music Festival 2019 Lineup. Cage The Elephant, Def Leppard, French Montana, Halsey, Heart, H.E.R., Miley Cyrus, Mumford & Sons, Tim McGraw and Zac Brown Band are also taking the stage. The iHeartRadio music festival is bringing the heat to Las Vegas on Sept. 20 and 21 with a star-studded lineup. The 2019 performers, announced on Tuesday (June 4), includes Alicia Keys, Cage The Elephant, Camila Cabello, Chance The Rapper, Def Leppard, French Montana, Halsey, Heart, H.E.R., Miley Cyrus, Mumford & Sons, Tim McGraw and Zac Brown Band. As previously reported, the Daytime Stage at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds will return on September 21, with performances by Juice WRLD, Maren Morris, Billie Eilish, Old Dominion, H.E.R., Zara Larsson, CNCO, Brett Young, FLETCHER, Monsta X, Bryce Vine and Lauv, with more to be announced. "Each year we strive to live up to our reputation as the most diverse music festival in the world," John Sykes, president of entertainment enterprises for iHeartMedia, said in a press statement. "This year we have the best in class from all genres of music performing indoors and out, all weekend long." The festival, hosted by Ryan Seacrest at the T-Mobile Arena, will broadcast live on both nights for fans via iHeartMedia radio stations throughout the country. The CW will also live stream event via the CW app and CWTV.com. The network will also air a two-night television special on Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. Leading up to the official television special, The CW will also air an hour-long "Best Of" special on Sunday, September 29 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. Capital One cardholders will have access to a limited number of tickets through a special pre-sale for the festival beginning June 13 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT at iHeartRadio.com/CapitalOne. Tickets will be available to the general public on June 14 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT via AXS.com. Tickets for the Daytime Stage are already on sale and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com. (Billboard)

Governors Ball chaos left concertgoers 'scared for their lives.' As the clouds clear after storms wrecked Sunday's Governors Ball music festival, the full extent of the chaos on Randalls Island is coming to light. We're told there was a near-riot as organizers called off the show at 9:30 p.m. -- before headliners The Strokes took the stage -- and hordes of teenagers scrambled to get out. One social media user claimed people were "legitimately scared for their lives." "People were jumping the fences and barricades and rushing the buses," one attendee tells Page Six. "It got scary because people felt desperate." One person commented on social media, "My fav performance of gov ball is the crowd of ppl who knocked down this giant fence so we could get the f?-?-?k off this island." One group got into a confrontation with security after the rowdy crowd started dismantling an art installation. "Security staff pushed me to the floor near mud near the porta potties. And I got trampled with the ruckus of everyone being evacuated," said one frazzled festival-goer on -- Instagram. Festival organizers said everyone made it off the island without injury and that they "are actively reviewing all video from Sunday in order to assess our efforts and make any improvements necessary for the future." (PageSix)

Ocean Alley Go With the Flow on Laid-Back 'Infinity': Exclusive Premiere. There are few, grander prizes in the Australian music scene than winning Triple J's Hottest 100, an annual poll often lauded as the "world's largest music democracy." Ocean Alley knows that winning feeling. The six-piece from Sydney's Northern Beaches came in at No. 1 on the most recent countdown with "Confidence," a groovy track lifted from their sophomore album Chiaroscuro. It was the bookmakers' favorite and the people's favorite. Everyone was into it. The social networking app is launching a multi-year program to address gender inequality in the music industry. The women-first social networking app Bumble is launching a multi-year program to address gender disparity in the music industry, the company announced on Tuesday (June 4). Titled "Empowered by Bumble Bizz," the program will offer up-and-coming female musicians the chance to be mentored by successful artists including Bebe Rexha, Kacey Musgraves and Hayley Kiyoko at one of five music festivals in 2019: Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Music Midtown, Austin City Limits or Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. The campaign will culminate with select women artists winning on-stage performance slots at "top music festivals" in 2020. "Creating more opportunities for women in music has been a big initiative for me the last few years and I'm excited to be partnering with Bumble for this campaign," said Rexha in a statement. "It's important that we continue to champion women in the business to help create and push for equal representation within the industry." "The goal of Bumble Bizz is to provide our users access to professional opportunities they wouldn't have had otherwise," added Bumble's vp marketing Chelsea Maclin. "We want to shed light on industries where women still need support, including the music industry which is ripe for more equal gender representation. At Bumble, we truly believe that one connection can change the course of your life professionally, and we hope to change the lives of these Bumble Bizz users who will perform on stage as part of our program, and to build a community of artists that can help each other through Bumble Bizz." Starting Tuesday, women musicians can submit their music in Bumble's in-app professional-networking mode Bumble Bizz for both the mentoring and performance initiatives. Applications for those opportunities will close on June 30, though the company notes they will be rolling out additional initiatives over the next year. More information on the program can be found here. The "Empowered" program was inspired by USC Annenberg's 2019 study "Inclusion in the Recording Studio?," which highlighted the lack of women working in popular music. The study found that out of 1,455 creators represented in 700 sample songs released in 2018, only 17.1% were female. Partnering with Bumble for the program are festival promoters C3 Presents, Superfly and Another Planet Entertainment. The agencies behind it are Endeavor Global Marketing and FlyteVu. (Billboard)

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