2018 Teen Choice Awards: Selena Gomez, Cardi B among top music contenders in second wave of nominations

With four nods each, Selena Gomez and Cardi B are the top music contenders in the second and final wave of nominations for the 2018 Teen Choice Awards. (The second wave of nominations are listed at the end of this article.) The award show will take place Aug. 12 at The Forum in Los Angeles. Fox will have the U.S. telecast of the show from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT. The show’s host, presenters, and performers are also to be announced.

As previously reported, Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Drake and Ed Sheeran are among the top music nominees announced in the first wave of nominations for the 2018 Teen Choice Awards. 

Voting for this second wave of nominations will take place online until June 28 at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT at the official Teen Choice Awards site and via Twitter. Fans are allowed 10 votes per category, per day, per platform user ID. 

Some music artists scored nominations in categories that are not specific to music. They include Gomez, Justin Timberlake, John Mayer and Will Smith, who are up against Lucy Hale and Dwayne Johnson for Choice Instagrammer. In the Choice Snapchatter category, the nominees are Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, Grayson Dolan, Ethan Dolan and Kendall Jenner. 

Meanwhile, Harry Styles, Migos and Zendaya are competing with Blake Lively, Chadwick Boseman and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for the Choice Style Icon award. The nominees for Choice Male Hottie are mostly actors (Boseman, Chris Hemsworth, Cole Sprouse, Grant Gustin), but Shawn Mendes and singer/actor Zac Efron are also up for the prize. Choice Female Hottie nominees are Gomez and Lauren Jauregui (of Fifth Harmony fame), along with Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Olivia Holt and Yara Shahidi.

The movie musical “The Greatest Showman” also received additional Teen Choice Awards nominations, including for Keala Settle (Choice Breakout Movie Star) and co-stars Efron and Zendaya (Choice Movie Ship, Choice Movie Liplock).

Here is the second and final wave of music nominations for the 2018 Teen Choice Awards:


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Watch: Ariana Grande releases new music video for "The Light is Coming"

Ariana Grande released a new music video for “The Light is Coming,” the latest single off her forthcoming studio album Sweetener.

Directed by Dave Meyers and produced by Pharrell Williams, the video, which made its debut on Reebok.com, is as sparse as the arrangement for the song. 

Featuring a guest rap from Nicki Minaj, who most recently paired with Grande on the song “Bed,” the video shows the singer sashaying through a darkened forest, bringing minimal light to whatever area she happens upon.

Aiding Grande in her travels is her footwear: Reeboks that fans can enter to win the pair Grande wore autographed by the singer.

Pre-orders for Sweetener are available now through Grande’s website. Those who make an advanced purchase (à la carte or bundle) will receive pre-sale ticket access to a future headlining tour by the singer. Tour dates have yet to be announced. 

Sweetener will be released on Aug. 17 via Republic Records.

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‘Social problem’? Sexual assaults shut down Sweden’s largest music festival for good

Once Sweden’s largest four-day musical event, the Bravalla Music Festival was not held this year, after dozens of women and girls reported that they had been sexually assaulted at last year’s event.

Kajsa Apelqvist, who heads public relations for FKP Scorpio, the festival’s organizer, said there was no plans to bring the event back in 2019. “It’s a very disappointing decision to take, but the overall picture we have is that we cannot develop the festival in the way we want to be relevant to our visitors in the future,” Apelqvist told Sweden’s Norrköpings Tidningar.

When asked about the sex attacks reported at the 2017 event, Apelqvist said: “We have always claimed that it is not a festival problem but a social problem. How we ensure our visitors’ safety is something we are constantly developing, and that’s something we’ll never finish.”

Last year, Swedish police received four rape and 23 sexual assault reports during the festival. In 2016, there were five reports of rapes and at least 12 of sexual molestation. 

A festival “about music became almost completely about crime and violence,” Folkert Koopmans, chief executive of FKP Scorpio, told the press after announcing last year that the 2018 event would be canceled.

Similar festivals in Stockholm and other cities in Sweden have experienced a surge in sexual assaults over the past few years. The wave of assaults in 2014-2016 became particularly controversial after media reports said police were aware of groups of immigrant youths allegedly harassing women at the festivals but “self-censored” the information on festival attacks in their report.

A local newspaper was also accused of withholding a tip-off on police investigating attacks by migrants, allegedly for the fear it would benefit anti-migrant parties. Both police and the paper have vehemently denied any coverup.

The sex attacks controversy caused such an uproar in Sweden that comedian Emma Knyckare announced in November 2017 that she would organize a man-free music festival to replace the Bravalla Festival.

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Man Sues Ex-Girlfriend For Sabotaging Music Career So He Wouldn't Move Away

People in love do strange things, but sabotaging their partner’s career is not typically one of them.

A Canadian court has ruled that’s what Jennifer Lee did to her boyfriend by deleting an email he’d received from a prestigious music school and replacing it with a fake rejection note.

On Wednesday, Ontario Superior Court Judge David Corbett found that Lee deliberately stalled the career of then-boyfriend Eric Abramovitz in 2014 when the two of them were music students at McGill University in Montreal. Corbett awarded a judgment worth $260,000 in U.S. dollars as payback.

In late 2013, Abramovitz applied to study at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles under Yehuda Gilad. The famed clarinet teacher accepts only two new students a year. Each one receives a full scholarship that covers tuition, room and board, and money for other expenses. 

Perhaps most important, the chosen few are virtually guaranteed a high-paying symphony career upon graduation, according to the Montreal Gazette.

Abramovitz went through an extensive screening process, including a live audition in February 2014, and felt confident he’d be accepted, according to The Washington Post. But a few weeks later, he received a rejection email. He was crushed and chose to finish his bachelor’s degree at McGill.

Two years passed before Abramovitz discovered that he’d actually been accepted and that Lee, whom he had been dating for five months at the time, had forged the rejection note.

Abramovitz told the court that Lee had access to his email and was able to delete the real acceptance letter before he could see it. He said Lee also impersonated him and sent Gilad an email declining the offer.

Her alleged motive: to keep Abramovitz from moving away.

After earning his degree at McGill, Abramovitz was still determined to learn from Gilad. He entered a two-year certificate program at the University of Southern California, which allowed him much less study time with the master teacher and didn’t come with a full scholarship.

At a second meeting, Gilad asked Abramovitz, “Why did you reject me?” The student replied, “Why did you reject me?”

The two musicians couldn’t figure out what had happened. Eventually, Abramovitz forwarded the fake rejection email to Gilad, who replied, “I’ve never seen that in my life,” according to the National Post.

“That’s when I knew that something underhanded was afoot,” Abramovitz told the paper.

In 2015, he and a friend tried to gain access to the email account that had sent him the fake rejection letter. Since Abramovitz and Lee once shared a computer, he knew one of her passwords.

“Miraculously, it logged right in,” he said, and what she’d done became clear. “We felt like Sherlock Holmes.”

At that point, Abramovitz told Gilad. He also hired an attorney and contacted Lee, whom he was no longer dating.

“At first she tried to deny it, but the evidence I had was overwhelming,” Abramovitz told BuzzFeed. “Then she blocked me on social media and we only spoke to each other through lawyers.”

Lee did not respond multiple times to the court action, which is one reason why the judge ruled for Abramovitz. “A defendant who has been noted in default is deemed to admit the truth of all allegations of fact made in the statement of claim,” the judge wrote.

Abramovitz is happy with the verdict, although he told the National Post he doesn’t know if he’ll be able to collect the damage award from Lee.

Meanwhile, he is in a better place in both his career and his personal life. Not only has Abramovitz just got a new position as associate principal and E flat clarinetist at the Toronto Symphony, but he has a new girlfriend, according to BuzzFeed.

“We’re really happy,” he said. “I would like to think that since my first relationship, my judgment of character has improved just a little bit.”

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5 must-see artists at iHeartRadio Music Festival 2018

The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival is three months away, and the Las Vegas-based festival once again has a star-studded lineup that music fans will love. Which performances at T-Mobile Arena absolutely should be on your schedule Sept. 21 and 22? Check out the 5 must-see hearts at iHeartRadio Music Festival below, then get your tickets and VIP packages now through AXS.

5) Dustin Lynch

Dustin Lynch seems to get better with every album. The country singer-songwriter has had all three of his records reach the top two on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, and he’ll come to T-Mobile Arena with some relatively fresh music since his last album Current Mood was released on Sept. 8, 2017. That will make it just over a year old by the time he performs in Las Vegas. But most importantly, he has no shortage of energy when he’s performing live. Lynch thrives off the spotlight and engaging with his audience, and the whole point of going to any music festival is to enjoy the live experience.

4) Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is one of the best-known voices of this generation, but that’s only half the reason to catch her at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Last month she announced her second Las Vegas residency, which is scheduled to end on Sept. 10, less than two weeks ahead of the festival. So if you’re not able to get tickets to her residency, the festival is a viable alternative, and it’ll be worth watching to see if she carries over any elements from that residency into her iHeartRadio set. She’ll just have spent months on a new show, so why not use some of those new ideas? And if by some chance her residency gets extended, then her festival set will surely entice audiences to head to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. It’s a win-win.

3) Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan has experienced a renewed surge in fame after winning over TV audiences as a judge on “American Idol.” Not that he wasn’t famous before, but now everyone knows just how much charisma and presence he has. Those are two big qualities when it comes to live performance. Bryan will be able to have iHeartRadio audiences in the palm of his hand, and he’s got plenty of songs that would be a perfect fit for what’s essentially a giant party. Performing “That’s My Kind of Night” or “Kick The Dust Up” will have the whole T-Mobile Arena on their feet.

Related: View the complete 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup

2) Justin Timberlake

It’s been five years since Justin Timberlake performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he has something huge up his sleeve to mark his return. The ten-time Grammy Award winner knows all about big performances, having headlined this year’s Super Bowl among other major events, and he also knows how to bring a great show particularly in Las Vegas. He closed his 2015 tour at the city’s MGM Grand Garden Arena. People will be expecting big things from Justin Timberlake and there’s every sign that he will deliver.

1) Imagine Dragons

The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival will mean a lot to Imagine Dragons, because Las Vegas is the Grammy-winning band’s hometown. Not only is this their natural environment, but it’s a city that they care deeply about. That means they’ll be working hard to put on an absolutely perfect performance, and they’re going to have an emotional connection to the audience that most other acts won’t have. Add in how Dan Reynolds and his colleagues are a phenomenal band to see in person (like at last year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards), and they absolutely will have to be seen to be believed.

Tickets for the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival are on sale now through AXS. They include pit passes, two-day passes, and the iHeartRadio VIP Package that features tickets to both stages and access to a private lounge and restroom. Don’t miss these five outstanding acts as they descend upon Las Vegas on Sept. 21 and 22.

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