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Terrance J to host the Oscars pre-show, Swizz Beats joins the vinyl world, and more

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— TV personality, producer and actor Terrance J will host the Oscars red carpet pre-show, the Academy announced on Wednesday.  

The 39-year-old shared his excitement for the upcoming gig in an Instagram post, saying, “From backstage corespondent to award winning executive producer to Co Hosting the biggest Red Carpet Show in the world on @abc!!! Check me out at the @theacademy Awards this Sunday! Dreams come true!” The Academy Awards are this coming Sunday.

Vanessa Hudgens and fashion designer Brandon Maxwell will aid in host duties for the 90-minute special that will highlight Oscar nominees, performers and presenters.

— Grammy-winning producer Swizz Beats is joining the vinyl world by way of partnership with high-end luxury vinyl brand 12On12Music Week revealed the news last month but recently spoke with the Verzuz creator, who says he “always wanted to be an owner in a wax company.”

“12On12 was the perfect opportunity because not only do they deal with vinyl, we’re dealing with art and lifestyle, too,” Swizz said. 

— Rap-A-Lot Records founder James Prince is calling for major artists including  DrakeKanye WestThe Weeknd and Nicki Minaj to boycott the upcoming Grammy Awards and instead host their own event. The hip-hop executive shared an article of the recent news of Kanye’s banning from the Grammys, soliciting the musicians not to take part in the show. 

“HIP HOP VS. THE GRAMMYS,” Prince said, tagging the artists. “The powers that be will be mad at me about this one but F*** EM! I love the culture! The seed is planted … let’s water it!” 

Nicki Minaj commented, “Respect” along with the high five emoji. 

The 2022 Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, happen April 3.

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