AWARDS: Rihanna Lands MOBO Nomination

The nominations for the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards are out. The fabulous Rihanna has been nominated for the Best International Act category.

Here are the rest of the nominees:

Best International Act
Drake
Alicia Keys
Jay Z
Rihanna
Eminem
Janelle Monae
Black Eyed Peas
Nicki Minaj
Ne-Yo
Usher
Beyonce
Jason Derulo
Lil Wayne
Travie McCoy
Trey Songz

I find it interesting that Bieber isn’t listed…! I would have put him up there due to the current Bieber fever! Oh well… there’s always next year!

RECORD DEAL: Willow Smith Joins Roc Nation

Will Smiths 9 year old daughter Willow Smith, has singed the dotted line with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.

After releasing her single Whip My Hair, I’m not surprised that the single digit act signed a deal within days.

Hov shared the good news this morning:

“We at Roc Nation are excited to work with Willow. She has an energy and enthusiasm about her music that is truly infectious. It’s rare to find an artist with such innate talent and creativity at such a young age. Willow is about to embark on an incredible journey and we look forward to joining her as she grows in all aspects of her career.”

Willow Smith is not the only one excited about the deal. Her mother Jada Pinkett Smith chimed in about how proud she is of her daughter. She said:

“After meeting with several record companies, it was clear that Jay-Z, Ty Ty, Jay Brown, and the Roc Nation staff was the unquestionable choice. Their passion for Willow combined with their boundless vision and artistic integrity made Roc Nation the perfect home for our little girl.”

A job well done to the Smiths! In case you missed Whip My Hair. Have a listen here: