The Grammys are making a major change.

The Recording Academy has voted to remove its controversial nominations review committees, reports The New York Times. These anonymous expert groups, which have been in place since 1989, review the initial nomination choices from voting members and ultimately decide who makes the cut in 61 of the Grammys’ 84 categories.

In recent years, the “secret committees” have faced criticism from artists including The Weeknd, who famously blasted the Grammys after being shut out of the 2021 nominations despite the success of his latest album, After Hours.

“The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…” he tweeted in November.

Later, the “Blinding Lights” singer told The New York Times that he planned to boycott the show until the committees were eliminated. “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” he said.

On Friday, the Recording Academy’s board of trustees met and approved the change to cut the nominations review committees. “It’s been a year of unprecedented, transformational change for the Recording Academy, and I’m immensely proud to be able to continue our journey of growth with these latest updates to our awards process,” Harvey Mason Jr., the Academy’s interim president and CEO, said in a statement.

“This is a new Academy, one that is driven to action and that has doubled down on the commitment to meeting the needs of the music community. While change and progress are key drivers of our actions, one thing will always remain — the Grammy Award is the only peer-driven and peer-voted recognition in music,” he continued. “We are honored to work alongside the music community year-round to further refine and protect the integrity of the awards process.”

The committees are being eliminated for the four top prizes (Album, Song, Record, and Best New Artist) and all genre categories, but review panels will remain for 11 craft categories covering awards for production, packaging, album notes, and historical recordings.

Astroworld is coming back this fall.

Travis Scott has announced that his music festival will return on Nov. 5 and 6 at NRG Park in Houston, Texas. After it was canceled last year because of the pandemic, the third annual fest will expand to two days this year with a new theme, “Open Your Eyes to a Whole New Universe.”

Travis will once again serve as headliner and curate the 2021 lineup, which will be announced at a later date. Travis is also gearing up to release his highly-anticipated album Utopia later this year.

If past years are any indication, the lineup is sure to be another star-studded affair. Past performers have included Post Malone, Pharrell, DaBaby, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Playboi Carti, Megan Thee Stallion, and more.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 5, at 10 a.m. CT at A portion of proceeds will be donated to the festival’s official charity partner, Cactus Jack Foundation.

Watch the trailer below.

Kelly Rowland had a Destiny’s Child reunion while giving birth.

The “Black Magic” singer reveals that her “sisters” Beyoncé and Michelle Williams were watching on Zoom when she gave birth to her second son Noah in February.

“We had our family join on Zoom,” Kelly told “PEOPLE (The TV Show!).” “They were able to see Noah come into the world. It was beautiful.”

Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles-Lawson and Kelly’s mother-in-law were also on the video call. Rowland went on to praise Beyoncé and Williams, calling them “awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome” aunts.

After Kelly left the hospital, her bandmates rushed to see Noah in person. “It was like another part of my heart just… Being able to share space with Michelle and Bey is truly a gift,” she previously told “Entertainment Tonight.”

“And I’m just so grateful for them and they are a highlight of my life. Not professionally, but our friendship and our sisterhood — you’re going to make me cry.”

In February, Kelly returned to music with her six-track EP K.

Done deal.

JAY-Z has agreed to sell the majority of TIDAL to Square, Inc. in a deal worth a reported $350 million. Last month, Jack Dorsey’s company announced that it would be acquiring the streaming music service for $297 million, but the deal didn’t actually close until Friday morning (April 30). According to TMZ, the final figure comes in at $350 million.

Square will take 80 percent ownership of TIDAL, along with licensing deals with major record labels. The existing artist shareholders will continue to be co-owners including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye West, Madonna, Alicia Keys, and Nicki Minaj.

JAY-Z is expected to join Square’s Board of Directors, while Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez will stay on board to help run TIDAL, which will operate independently within Square. The deal allows Square to extend its platform to musicians by giving them systems, tools, and financial freedom to reach their goals.

“It comes down to one simple idea: finding new ways for artists to support their work,” said Square CEO Jack Dorsey. “New ideas are found at intersections, and we believe there’s a compelling one between music and the economy. I knew TIDAL was something special as soon as I experienced it, and it will continue to be the best home for music, musicians, and culture.”

JAY-Z acquired TIDAL from Swedish company Aspiro in March 2015 for a reported $56 million. In 2017, he sold 33 percent of it to Sprint for an undisclosed amount.

“I said from the beginning that TIDAL was about more than just streaming music, and six years later, it has remained a platform that supports artists at every point in their careers,” said JAY-Z. “This partnership will be a game-changer for many. I look forward to all this new chapter has to offer!”

Earlier this year, hip-hop’s first billionaire sold half of his luxury champagne brand Armand de Brignac aka Ace of Spades to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. His venture capital firm, Marcy Venture Partners, also recently invested in L.A.-based fitness company LIT Method.

Business mogul and artist, Biggie Babylon flexes his rap skills in his new music video for “All In.”

Biggie’s new visuals showcase what it’s like to have made it to the top. Bright lights and dark rooms, full of everything he desires—all due to his devotion, hard work, and blood, sweat, and tears. Babylon plays around in an underground VIP casino and wins his way into success through a risky game.

“All In” hits hard over its low key beats and serves as a not so subtle reminder of where he came from and where he is now. Biggie’s smooth flow mixes perfectly with the song’s hook, and the breakdown in the middle is a reminder that even when going all in, you have to take it easy. “All In” is a powerful track that inspires you to fight for yourself, play hard, go for big bets, and risk everything if you want to win big.

DMX’s friends won’t tolerate disrespect towards the dog.

While the hip-hop community continues to mourn the rap legend, 50 Cent and Swizz Beatz are calling out Irv Gotti for his insensitive remarks. In the days after DMX’s death on April 9, the Murder Inc. founder did an interview where he claimed that X died from an overdose of crack mixed with Fentanyl.

“They said it was a bad dose of crack and they said some drug Fentanyl was mixed in with the crack and that’s what made him overdose,” Gotti told Chicago’s 107.5 WGCI, while also claiming that X was diagnosed with COVID-19.

“When he got to the hospital, he got diagnosed with COVID and he couldn’t breathe. You know that COVID messes with your respiratory system, so that’s why he had to get hooked up to the ventilator. But they said before he did, he was brain died.’”

On Thursday, 50 Cent reposted a clip from Irv’s interview and put his longtime rival on blast. “This guy is a idiot, did he just say DMX died from smoking crack and fentanyl! why would he say that?” asked 50.

Swizz Beatz seemed to agree with 50 and voiced his disapproval in the comments, according to HipHop-N-More. “Bozo moves can’t lie,” he wrote alongside the see-no-evil and clown emojis.

During DMX’s memorial service at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last weekend, Swizz also made reference to so-called “friends” who didn’t show their concern until the Ruff Ryders icon was dead.

“I just wish all these people showed up for him when he was here,” said the Verzuz founder. “The things I’m witnessing from my brother’s passing, it’s a big educational thing for me to learn. A lot of people ain’t your friend, a lot of people ain’t your family.”

DMX had been on life support after suffering what his family called “a catastrophic cardiac arrest” a week prior to his death. He was 50.

Guwop is back.

A day after announcing his new album Ice Daddy, Gucci Mane drops his new single “Shit Crazy” featuring BIG30. Over the rattling beat, the 1017 boss shows that he’s not to be messed with.

“No one gon’ take care of me the way that I take care of me / Get booked in from security, your bodyguard ain’t scarin’ me / Put your friend in therapy, you know I did, he barely live,” he raps.

In the video, Gucci flaunts his lavish lifestyle, rocking a rainbow-patterned Gucci fit while posted in front of his red Rolls-Royce at a mansion.

Gucci’s upcoming album Ice Daddy drops in time for Father’s Day on June 18. The 17-track set, which is now available for pre-order, features his son Ice on the cover. The 4-month-old also serves as the album’s executive producer.

“Shit Crazy” follows Gucci Mane’s greatest hits collection, Trap God Classics: I Am My Only Competition, which was released in November.

Another one.

The vocals are all in and after much anticipation, DJ Khaled drops his blockbuster 12th studio album Khaled Khaled. Executive produced by his sons Asahd and Aalam, the 14-track set features appearances from the biggest names in music including Lil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Post Malone, Big Sean, Lil Baby, Bryson Tiller, Puff Daddy, Justin Timberlake, and Cardi B, who was a last-minute addition.

In addition to last summer’s Drake-assisted hits “Popstar” and “Greece,” Justin Bieber and 21 Savage team up on “Let It Go,” while H.E.R. and Migos collide on “We Going Crazy.” Elsewhere, Bryson Tiller, Lil Baby, and Roddy Ricch join forces on “Body in Motion.”

But the most anticipated collaboration is the pairing of JAY-Z and Nas on “Sorry Not Sorry.” On their first collaboration in 13 years, the rap legends aim to inspire, while James Fauntleroy and Beyoncé aka The Hive bless the track with vocals. Khaled has also debuted an epic video, directed by Hype Williams.

According to Khaled, the project has been 15 years in the making. “I wanted to make an album called Khaled Khaled before I ever made my first album, but I knew it would have to come at a certain time,” he told Billboard. “Now it’s time for the new chapter, the evolving of Khaled Khaled, So I gave you my all on Khaled Khaled because I want you to know that we not going nowhere. We here forever.”

Stream Khaled Khaled below.

Joyner Lucas is back with another one.

After dropping his Evolution project last fall, the Massachusetts MC returns with his first release of 2021. On “Ramen & OJ,” Joyner links up with Lil Baby as they take a trip down memory lane.

On the introspective track, Joyner journeys back to the past. “You gon’ turn me back into the old me / You gon’ turn me back into a savage / I done did shit you couldn’t imagine,” he raps while Baby reflects on his come-up: “I could never go back to the bottom / Sellin’ drugs, never know when the cops come / Ni**as jealous, they wanted to rob us / I was just tryna get me some dollars.”

Last year, Joyner released his album ADHD, which was followed by his Evolution project featuring collaborations with The Game, Rick Ross, and Ashanti.

Lil Baby continues his prolific output. Fresh off his “On Me (Remix)” with Megan Thee Stallion, he can be heard on two tracks off DJ Khaled’s new album Khaled Khaled, “I Did It” and “Body in Motion.”

50 Cent and Ja Rule’s beef has no end in sight.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Ja and his wife Aisha Atkins were being sued by the IRS for $3 million in unpaid taxes. According to RadarOnline, the couple owes taxes from 2005-2010 and 2012-2017 to the tune of $3,139,237.76.

Despite several demands for payment, the IRS claims that Ja refuses to pay off the debt. They are seeking a judgment against the rapper and his wife for $3.1 million. Back in 2011, the Murder Inc. rapper was sentenced to 28 months in prison for failing to file income tax returns for which he owed $1.1 million.

After seeing Ja’s latest troubles, 50 Cent couldn’t help but clown his longtime nemesis. He shared the headline with his 26.5 million Instagram followers and told Ja to pay up. “You gotta pay your taxes fool,” said Fif.

The “Power” executive has had his own financial issues. In 2015, 50 famously declared chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing debts of $36 million and assets of less than $20 million. A judge discharged the case in 2017 after 50 paid off more than $22 million of his debt.

The rap rivals have a history of beef that dates back two decades. In April of last year, Ja challenged 50 to a Verzuz battle, but 50 shot down the idea.

“It’s never over. We may take a break, but [it] ain’t over till one of us gone,” 50 once said of their storied feud.