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Full Winners For The 2019 BET Awards

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Last night the annual BET Awards were handed out and this post amounts to the first time that I am sharing the winners of the awards with the readership. Generally speaking, with these sorts of items I like to do a post with all the nominees and then follow it with the results from the broadcast. Since some of you might not be too up on these awards for whatever reason, I’ve culled their description from the Official Wiki; Take a look –

“The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other American minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. The awards are presented annually, and are broadcast live on BET. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by artists, and some of the awards of more popular interest are presented in a televised ceremony.”

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist:
***WINNER: Beyoncé
Ella Mai
Teyana Taylor

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist:
Anderson .Paak
***WINNER: Bruno Mars
Childish Gambino
Chris Brown
John Legend
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Mondo NYC Announces 2019 Event

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The Press Release:
2019 MONDO HQ @ THE WILLIAMSBURG HOTEL. Mondo returns to the extraordinary Williamsburg Hotel for its conference headquarters. Special accommodation rates for Mondo attendees are now available through August 1.

MONDO SHOWCASE FESTIVAL. Over 100 breakthrough artists from around the world, across the USA and Brooklyn’s best, at iconic NYC venues including Arlene’s Grocery, Berlin, Bowery Electric, Brooklyn Bowl, The Delancey, DROM, Pianos, United Palace and more.

MONDO 2019 PANELS, TRACKS AND WORKSHOPS. Emerging Musician & Independent Live Music Workshop: touring, independent booking, A&R and marketing; Blockchain & Frontier Technology: monetizing and tracking content, relationship matching, startup investor pitch, digital asset markets, AI and AR/VR; Music Content & Tech: podcasting, playlists, streaming, marketing & trends/data/insights; Music, Artistry & Society: politics, social responsibility, diversity, gender equality.
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Play NYC Game Expo Reveals 1st All-Star Exhibitors

I’ve been keeping up with the 2019 Play NYC event and if this happening is something brand new to you then you might want to click HERE to learn more about it. Once you’re up to speed you can better appreciate the latest announcement that we’ve documented below.

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The Press Release:
The two-month countdown to the 3rd annual Play NYC has begun and Playcrafting revealed today the first 26 exhibitors from studios big and small that will show off their games at the largest, two-day game convention this August 10th and 11th at Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W 18th Street).

“Last year we wanted to bring in more developers than ever before,” says Dan Butchko, Founder & CEO of Playcrafting, the convention organizer. “For 2019, we’re doubling down, making sure we have an even more diverse mix of games and studios that showcase the true essence and impact of the U.S. gaming community. We’re excited to share others who will join this awesome line-up in the weeks ahead.”

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“And The Winner Is” – Complete 2019 Tony Award Winners

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Last night was the Biggest Night on Broadway as the annual Tony Awards were given out for outstanding achievements in the theater. The show was hosted by James Corden and I’ve culled together all of the winners for your viewing pleasure. Sadly I missed the broadcast and will be watching it today from the DVR. Last night I was at the “Dio Returns” Hologram show for my PiercingMetal site and will be serving up a review over there ASAP. Let’s get to the list.

Best Musical:
Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations
WINNER – Hadestown
The Prom

Best Play:
Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney
WINNER – The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus by Taylor Mac
Ink by James Graham
What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck

Best Revival of a Musical:
Kiss Me, Kate
WINNER – Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
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Goodnight To “Tardar Sauce” aka “Grumpy Cat” (2012-2019)

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Hello my friends, its with great sadness that I share the news about the recent passing of the beloved feline Internet sensation “Grumpy Cat”. Her real name was Tardar Sauce and the tweet from her loving family can be found below.

I loved everything about Grumpy Cat and thought all of the plush items and other signature things I would see at Toy Fair were terrific and made the world smile just a little bit more than normal. I even got to meet her at the 2014 Toy Fair which you can see in this photo below that was shot by our friend Skeleton Pete Parrella. As she was sleeping mostly and content we were not permitted to pet her or disturb her. This was at the Gund booth who had a nice line of plush creations with her stern visage on them. They were adorable but this would be the only time that I would get to see her in person.

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On behalf of “The Chronicles” Of Piercing Ken, we wish the family the deepest of condolences during this hard time. As a cat owner who has gone through this a number of times already I know just how heartbreaking it can be. Rest in Peace Grumpy Cat, and thank you for bringing the world a little closer together with your adventures. You’ll be missed for sure.

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