Taylor Swift Wins Billboard’s 2012 ‘Woman of the Year’ Award

At just 22 years old Taylor Swift was named Billboard’s ‘Women of the Year’ Sunday night during their annual award ceremony.

The award acknowledged her many musical achievements; three multi-platinum selling albums and sold out tours, as well as her philanthropic work.

Upon accepting her award Taylor says, “The first time I ever saw my song on the Billboard charts, I was 16 and I was on a radio tour … in a rental car, going to three or four different stations a day and homeschooling in the back seat,” Taylor called upon accepting the award. “That seems like forever ago, thanks to so many people — but mostly my family, everyone who’s helped me get here and the fans. I just love you so much! I’m so humbled and honored.”

I think she’s deserving don’t you? Congrats Taylor!


The 2012 Billboard Awards White Carpet Arrival

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards took place Sunday night live at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada. Although the music show unites some of music’s biggest stars we all watch just as much to see what they all wear. Yes, the fashion! Whether good, bad, or ugly. Check out the Billboard Awards White Carpet Arrival.

Alicia Keys looks beautiful in her slim fitting all black dress.

Love the earrings.

Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beats.

Justin Bieber


Not loving the hair but cute.


The 2012 Billboard Music Awards Performance Recap

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards was kicked in party city Las Vegas tonight celebrating the hottest stars in music right now. From Chris Brown, to Usher, Justin Bieber, John Legend, Jordin Sparks and more. Here’s a recap of some of the night’s best performances.

Chris Brown was introduced by fellow singer Brandy and lit up the stage with his remarkable presence and energetic performance of “Turn Up The Music”.


Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Marries Longtime Girlfriend

Facebook Founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg has one more reason to be happy. He has married his long time girlfriend Priscilla Chan.

One day after Zuckerberg took his company, Facebook, public, the couple tied the know at his Palo Alto, California home on Saturday. He even updated his Facebook relationship status from “In A Relationship” to “Married” following the nuptials.

The intimate ceremony was orchestrated in front of a group of less than 100 guests. They’d led attendees to believe they were coming over for a party celebrating Chan’s graduation from USCF medical school. They had been planning the nuptials these last four months.

Chan and Zuckerberg met nine years ago as students at Harvard University. Congratulations!

Source: People

Bee Gees Singer Robin Gibb Dies At 62

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has passed away at the age of 62 after a long battle with colon cancer.

On Sunday Gibb’s family announced he had passed following his long battle with the disease and intestinal surgery.

Gibb had been hospitalized for intestinal problems several times in the last two years following his cancer diagnosis. The disease eventually spread from his colon to his liver, and in the days leading up to his death he contracted pneumonia and fell into a coma.

He is survived by his wife, Dwina Murphy, sons  Spencer and Robin-John, his daughters, Melissa and Snow.

The Gibb  family would like their privacy respected at this time.

RIP Robin.

(Source: NY Times/Photo: RobinGibb.com)

Who’s Beefin’? Rihanna And Rita Ora Are Good!

Singers Rihanna and Rita Ora traveled to London to celebrate Jay Z and Kanye West‘s ‘Watch The Throne’ concert and were also in attendance the star studded after party.

Although their fans would have you think they’re enemies, the two ladies were very kissy face at the event. Rita tweeted this photo with the message, “@rihanna hatin a$$ biatch!!!! Mwah!!!!!!”

Well don’t they seem friendly?! But yeah, about that tweet, what was that suppose to mean?

The photo and message was also re-tweeted by Rihanna. Could they just be toying with us? Either way, great to see them together.

Here are some images of the night’s festivities.


Weekend Roundup: Will Smith Smacks Reporter, Lil’ Kim Reunites With Rappers Missy & Eve

Will Smith was over in Moscow promoting his ‘Men In Black 3′ movie when a reporter tried to kiss him on the mouth. No seriously! The already awkward moment turned even weirdo when Smith, typical very friendly, smacked him across the face. Check it out.


Even while disrespected Smith handled the situation quite well. Like he said, “He’s lucky I didn’t sucka punch him.”

Well isn’t this a pleasant surprise. Lil’ Kim took a break from beefing with Nicki Minaj long enough to unite to an all star roundup of female emcees. She brought out rappers Eve and Missy Elliot during her ‘Return of the Queen’ Bronx, NY concert at The Paradise Theater.


Designer Spotlight: Chinyere Ibekwe

Back in April I posted an article about a Teyana Taylor original custom made set that we thought she looked absolutely fab in. We loved the look so much we just had to find the designer! Meet Chinyere Ibekwe. She’s a young 23 year old native of Los Angeles, California.

She took some time out to speak with the Cotten Kandi blog revealing a bit more about who she is, her future as a designer, working with Teyana and what else she may have in store. Here’s what she had to say.

Who Are You? Give Some Background About Yourself

My name is Chinyere Princess Christy Ibekwe. People either call me Rey or chichi. Chinyere means “Gods Gift” but I like to be call “Chi” [for short].

I was born and raised in LA but my parents are originally from Nigeria. They came here [The United States] when they were teenagers to live a better life. They both graduated from college, my father, Austin Ibekwe , from the University of Southern California and my mother, Agatha Ibekwe, from California State University (LA). My mother now owns her own home health agency while my father is an accountant for the county.

I’m the third of 4 children. An interesting fact about me and all my siblings is that we’re all over 6 feet tall. It allowed us to be athletic and play basketball. We all received full  scholarships to play basketball in college.


Terrence J And Rocsi Not Returning to BET’s ’106 & Park’

I’m not sure what’s going on with BET but apparently everyone’s on the chopping block. Terrence J and Rocsi Diaz will no longer host the long running video countdown show, ’106 & Park’. Although no official announcement has been made, some recent reports suggest the duo will be leaving at the end of the current season.

Terrence and Rocsi are said to be venturing off in more television and film roles. While they may be grateful to have been apart of the BET family they’d like to take advantage of the opportunities that lay ahead.


Cotten Kandi Weblinks of the Day

Here are our Cotten Kandi weblinks of the day, “Treat Your Sweet Tooth…”

Angela Simons Seem To Know What Boys What – Miss Jia (Photo)

Jay Z Joins Kimye, Rita Ora & Rob Kardashian For Lunch – Tattle Tailzz

Raven Symone is A Lesbian? – Celebrity VIP Lounge

Russell Brand Still Loves Katy Perry – I Need My Fix

Bobby Brown Sings New Song About Whitney (Video) – Girls Talkin Smack

Lil’ Kim Talks Nicki Minaj & Azealia Banks Beef & More – iluluonline

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