Lashawn Daniels, Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Dead At 41


Lashawn Daniels

Originally Published: 04 SEP 19 13:50 ET

Updated: 04 SEP 19 19:44 ET

By Lisa Respers France, CNN

    (CNN) — Lashawn Daniels, who helped write countless hits for artists like Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Jackson, died Tuesday, according to his publicist JoJo Pada.

Pada told CNN that Daniels died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident.

He was 41.

His wife, April Daniels, also shared the news in a statement posted on social media on Wednesday.

“It is with deep sorrow and profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, family member and friend, Lashawn Daniels who was the victim of a fatal car accident in South Carolina,” her statement read. “A Grammy-award winning producer and songwriter, Daniels was a man of extraordinary faith and a pillar in our family.”

Known as Big Shiz, the New Jersey native worked closely with acclaimed producer/songwriter Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and was the pen behind some of the biggest hits from the 1990s and early aughts.

Some of his credits include Michael Jackson’s “You Rock My World,” “It’s Not Right (But It’s Okay)” by Whitney Houston, “Telephone” by Beyoncé featuring Lady Gaga and the now iconic Monica and Brandy duet, “The Boy Is Mine.”

He won a Grammy in 2001 for best R&B song as one of the writers on the hit single “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child.

This past June, Daniels told the Recording Academy for an article celebrating the song’s 20th anniversary that the tune was inspired by a relationship he had been in with a woman who worried about his faithfulness.

“I would be places, I would be at work, and if [my girlfriend] would call or hear anyone laughing, or speaking, or doing anything in the background, she’d be like, ‘Who is that?'” he said. “Then she’d be like, ‘Well, say my name then, and tell me that you love me.’ “

“[The song] was actually the premise of what I would go through, and we had the conversation of ‘how embarrassing is that,” Daniels added. “Beyoncé was in a relationship at that time, and she could relate well to the situation.”

The song has had staying power. Rapper Drake used the hook in one of his own recordings, which Daniels talked to Parle Magazine about last year.

“I think as a writer, one of my proudest moments are when I hear the newer artist that’s popping, great and respected, sample a song that I worked on,” Daniels said. “Then when they mention you on Instagram, it becomes ‘Wow! I didn’t even know y’all dug into credits like that.'”

Daniels found love with his wife April, a hair stylist and clothing designer, and they had three sons together.

The pair were regulars on the 2012 WE reality series “Tamar & Vince” featuring their close friends singer Tamar Braxton and her then husband, record executive Vincent Herbert.

In 2013, Daniels was nominated for Grammy for his work on Braxton’s single “Love and War.”

He had a great love for gospel music and last year released his debut album as a solo artist, “The Big Shiz Project.”

News of Daniel’s death was greeted Wednesday with an outpouring of grief from the music industry on Twitter.

“The entire music community is feeling the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it,” legendary gospel artist Kirk Franklin tweeted. “LaShawnDaniels…we just stood together a week ago. No words.”

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Rihanna Is One Of The Stars Aiming To Help The Bahamas Recover From Dorian

— The destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas has prompted several celebs to step up and offer their support.

At least 7 people were killed when Dorian battered the area and many people have been rescued from devastating flooding.

Barbados native Rihanna tweeted her support and said she is exploring how to help via her Clara Lionel Foundation.

“It truly breaks my heart to see the complete devastation that #HurricaneDorian is having on the Bahamas,” she wrote. “You are in our prayers and @ClaraLionelFdn is already figuring out how best we can help! #HurricaneDorian #Bahamas.”

Rapper/actor Ludacris has announced that the proceeds from his annual charity event, LudaDayWeekend, will go to help the Bahamas.

“Over 100k Raised over The Weekend!!,” he posted on his official Instagram account. “THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SHOWED UP AND SHOWED OUT!!”

“Real Housewives of New York” star Bethenny Frankel took to her Instagram stories on Labor Day to say she and members of her B Strong charity organization were flying out to offer disaster relief.

“I’m headed to Florida and the Bahamas now and I hope you’re having a good Labor Day and I will keep you posted on what’s going on but it’s pretty narly,” Frankel said in a video as she was en route to the airport.

“My team is already at our warehouse pulling together all of our relief, and thank you all so much for offering.”

Rapper/music executive Luther “Luke” Campbell tweeted that he is organizing a way for Floridians to help.

“Ladies and gentlemen we’re forming a powerful group of men and women of the Miami community to support our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas please stay tuned we look forward to your support,” he wrote.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and girlfriend are having a girl

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s life is about to get a lot more pink.

The action star and his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, are expecting a second daughter.

The couple revealed the baby news via Instagram, with a photo of their daughter, Jasmine Lia, who turns 2 this month.

“Our Jasmine Lia would like to make a big announcement – IT’S A GIRL!,” the caption read.

The actor added he and Hashian “are boundlessly grateful for this blessing as this spring we’ll welcome our second baby. Plus, Jazzy is excited to boss around and protect her lil’ sis.”

Johnson is also the father of a 16-year-old daughter, Simone Garcia Johnson, with ex-wife Dany Garcia. (The couple divorced in 2008)

Garcia Johnson will be the 75th annual Golden Globe ambassador (formerly known as Miss Golden Globe) at the awards ceremony in January, where she will assist in handing out the statues.

Her father doesn’t appear too upset about being outnumbered in the family.

“And once again, big daddy is completely surrounded by beautiful estrogen and loving, powerful female mana,” the Instagram caption said. “All girls. One dude. And a boy dog. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Diddy is not really changing his name

Everyone can relax. Diddy is still Diddy.

The mogul born Sean Combs set the internet a-Twitter over the weekend when he announced on his birthday he was changing his name to “Brother Love.”

“I’m just not who I am before, I’m something different,” he said. “So my new name is ‘Love,’ a.k.a. ‘Brother Love.'”

Given that Combs has at various points in his rap/fashion/entrepreneurial career gone by Puffy, Puff Daddy, Puff, etc. it seemed entirely feasible.

But Diddy posted a video Monday on his official Instagram account saying he was just kidding and remarking, “Well, ladies and gentlemen, today I’ve come to the conclusion that you cannot play around with the internet.”

“Due to the overwhelming response from the media out there, and just due to there not wanting to be any confusion… I was only joking, okay,” said the artist still known as Diddy. “I didn’t change my name. It was just part of one of my alter egos. One of my alter egos is ‘Love.'”

To play on one of his more famous hits, “Mo money, mo names, mo problems.”

Tituss Burgess is just being himself

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess returned to his native Georgia on Wednesday as a state hero — even though he doesn’t consider himself one.

“Georgia is my heart,” the actor said. “But there are some things,legislatively, that Georgia needs to get woke on real quick. So I don’t know if I can relish in being a hero because the work isn’t done.”

GLAAD presented Burgess, who grew up in Athens, Georgia, with its Local Hero Award at the GLAAD Gala Atlanta. The state has recently found itself in the national spotlight over controversial comments made by one of its lawmakers.

This week, Georgia state representative Betty Price, a Republican, was slammed after making comments suggesting that HIV-positive Georgians should be quarantined.

Price, who is also the wife of former U.S. health secretary Tom Price, later told the Atlanta Journal Constitution in a statement that she was simply being “provocative” and that she is not in favor of quarantines.

Burgess, who is openly gay and has found fame playing the gay character of aspiring performer Titus Andromedon on his Netflix series, said he was deeply honored by the award, despite the fact he is just doing what comes naturally.

“I do everything on purpose,” he said. “I haven’t so much fought for LGBTQ rights as much as I’ve fought to be myself, which is something our current administration insists that I not be able to do.”

Burgess is outspoken about his political beliefs, along with his gratitude for the success he’s enjoying on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

With three seasons under his belt, Burgess has been nominated for Emmys and a Critics Choice Award.

He aspires to do right by those who have supported him.

“We all are flawed, we all are beautifully flawed,” he said. “I only hope to make [fans] proud, to give them something to aspire to, to be proud of and to latch on to. That is my sincerest, earnest desire. The rest is a residual effect.”

In his GLAAD award acceptance speech, Burgess paid tribute to his heroes: people of color, women and those in the transgender community who are “living their truth.”

“When I think of a hero, I think of someone who is doing what others won’t,” he said. “A person who is a walking example of humanity who won’t shut up. In this administration, we can’t shut up.”

Heidi Klum praises ‘brave women’ who spoke out about Weinstein

Heidi Klum says it’s not just Harvey Weinstein.

The “Project Runway” host released a statement to People this week about the scandal that has besieged Weinstein, whose former company has co-produced her show.

“I wish I could say that the horrible stories I read about Harvey Weinstein are a rare occurrence in our society, but that is simply not the case,” Klum said. “We would be naive to think that this behavior only happens in Hollywood. This is one example of the more pervasive problem of the mistreatment of women around the world.”

Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company on Sunday in the wake of a sexual misconduct scandal that has grown to include allegations of rape from four women including actress Rose McGowan.

Klum said “I think it would be hard to find a woman — myself included — who have not had an experience where they have felt intimidated or threatened by a man using his power, position or his physical stature.”

“I truly admire these brave women who are coming forward to share their stories because change cannot come unless there is a dialogue and people are held accountable,” she said.

Klum is just one of several celebrities who has come out in support of Weinstein’s accusers.

The disgraced mogul was recently stripped of his executive producer credit on “Project Runway,” People Magazine reported.

BET Hip Hop Awards 2017: The winners list

The BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 delivered plenty of buzzy moments, as always.

The show, which aired Tuesday night, featured rapper Eminem roasting President Donald Trump during his freestyle and Cardi B performing her No. 1 single “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).”

Related: Eminem unleashes on Trump – The 11 fiercest lines

The night belonged to Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar, who each took home a few awards.

Here are the nominees and the winners:

Album of the Year

DJ Khaled, “Grateful”

Future, “Future”

J. Cole, “4 Your Eyez Only”

Jay Z, “4:44”

Kendrick Lamar, “Damn.” – WINNER

Migos, “Culture”

Best Hip-Hop Video

Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”

Future, “Mask Off”

DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”

French Montana feat. Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”

Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.” – WINNER

Single of the Year

Migos Feat. Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee”

Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow” – WINNER

Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”

Future, “Mask Off”

DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”

Best New Hip-Hop Artist


Cardi B – WINNER

Kodak Black

Playboi Carti

Tee Grizzley

Best Collabo, Duo or Group

DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts” – WINNER

French Montana feat. Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”

Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee”

Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

Yo Gotti feat. Nicki Minaj, “Rake It Up”

Hot Ticket Performer

Cardi B

Chance the Rapper


J. Cole

Kendrick Lamar – WINNER

Lyricist of the Year

Chance the Rapper


J. Cole

Jay Z

Kendrick Lamar – WINNER

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom – WINNER

Colin Tilley

Dave Meyers and Missy Elliott

Director X

Hype Williams

DJ of the Year

DJ Drama

DJ Envy

DJ Esco

DJ Khaled – WINNER

DJ Mustard

Producer of the Year

DJ Khaled & Nasty Beatmakers

DJ Mustard

London On Da Track

Metro Boomin – WINNER

Mike Will Made-It

Pharrell Williams

MVP of the Year

Cardi B

Chance The Rapper

DJ Khaled – WINNER

Jay Z

Kendrick Lamar

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

A$AP Rocky

Cardi B – WINNER



Nicki Minaj

Hustler of the Year

Cardi B – WINNER

Chance the Rapper


DJ Khaled

Jay Z

Kendrick Lamar

Best Mixtape

Cardi B, Gangsta B*h Music Vol. 2 – WINNER

Gucci Mane, Droptopwop

Juicy J, Gas Face

Playboi Carti, Playboi Carti

Tee Grizzley, My Moment

Yo Gotti & Mike Will Made-It, Gotti Made-It

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

Chance the Rapper, “I’m the One” (DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne)

Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles” (Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane)

Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee” (Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert)

Nicki Minaj, “Rake It Up” (Yo Gotti feat. Nicki Minaj) — WINNER

Ty Dolla $ign, “Ain’t Nothing” (Juicy J feat. Wiz Khalifa & Ty Dolla $ign)

Wiz Khalifa, “Ain’t Nothing” (Juicy J feat. Wiz Khalifa & Ty Dolla $ign)

Impact Track

Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”

Jay Z, “Story of O.J.” – WINNER

Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”

Kendrick Lamar, “DNA.”

Lecrae, “Blessings” Feat. Ty Dolla $ign

Tyler, The Creator, “Who Dat Boy” Feat. A$AP Rocky

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 nominees announced

The nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 were announced Thursday.

This year’s group includes 19 nominees from all different musical genres.

They are:

  • Bon Jovi
  • Kate Bush
  • The Cars
  • Depeche Mode
  • Dire Straits
  • Eurythmics
  • J. Geils Band
  • Judas Priest
  • LL Cool J
  • MC5
  • The Meters
  • Moody Blues
  • Radiohead
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Nina Simone
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • Link Wray
  • The Zombies

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of induction which means the 2018 nominees had to release their first official recording no later than 1992.

Nine of the Class of 2018 nominees are first-timers to the list.

They are Nina Simone, the Eurythmics, Dire Straits, Judas Priest, Kate Bush, Moody Blues, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

An international voting body of more than 900 artists, historians and members of the music industry will receive ballots and this year fans will once again have the opportunity to participate.

Beginning October 5 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on December 5, 2017, fans can visit to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction.

The top five artists selected will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees.

Fans will need to log in with a Facebook account or email to vote and voting is capped at one ballot per day.

The list of 2018 inductees will be announced in December, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductions ceremony will be held in Cleveland on April 14.

SiriusXM will carry a radio broadcast of the ceremony as well as special broadcasts throughout the year devoted to the Rock Hall’s Inductees — past and present — on Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio (Ch. 310).

HBO will broadcast the ceremony with broadcast details to be announced later.

Celebs are all over #TakeAKnee

Hollywood is dropping to one knee.

It was a full weekend of the NFL responding to President Trump’s comments regarding firing players like Colin Kapernick who have chosen to kneel during the National Anthem to draw attention to racial injustice.

TakeAKnee trended and now a few celebs are also visibly showing their support.

On Tuesday, “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes joined some stars of that show and Debbie Allen, who has both acted on and directed episodes of the ABC drama, to kneel “in solidarity of racial justice” while also celebrating their 300th episode.

“Grey’s” star Ellen Pompeo is in the photo and, like Rhimes, shared it on Instagram.

“We kneel because we are supposed to be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all #ilovethesepeople #300thepisode,” Pompeo wrote.

And they aren’t the only ones.

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny took a knee on the set of the new season of their rebooted Fox series “The X-Files.”

Singer John Legend also shared an image of him taking a knee while on stage performing.

Over the weekend, singers Pharrell Williams and Eddie Vedder did the same while participating in the Concert for Charlottesville and The Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival respectively.

Stevie Wonder took to both knees while appearing at the Global Citizens Festival.

Miss America 2018 is…

There she is… a history-making Miss America!

For the first time ever in the pageant, a contestant from North Dakota won the crown.

Cara Mund, 23, was also the first woman from her state to ever place in the top five. The Brown University graduate also took home a $50,000 scholarship as part of her winnings at the pageant in Atlantic City Sunday night.

First runner-up was Miss Missouri, Jennifer Davis.

The 51 women were judged in categories including talent, evening wear, lifestyle and fitness (the swimsuit portion of the competition) and their answer to an onstage question.

Judge Maria Menounos asked Mund for her thoughts on President Donald Trump withdrawing the United States from the climate accord.

“I do believe it’s a bad decision,” she said. “Once we reject that, we take ourselves out of the negotiation table and that’s something that we really need to keep in mind.

“There is evidence that climate change is existing so whether you believe it or not, we need to be at that table, and I just think it’s a bad decision on behalf of the United States.”

The competition was held against the backdrop of Hurricane Irma battering Florida and continued recovery efforts in Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

Viewers were encouraged to donate to the Red Cross’ relief efforts.