UMG pre-Grammy show­case fea­tures Post Malone, BLACK­PINK, YG

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - By Jonathan Lan­drum Jr.

LOS AN­GE­LES >> Post Malone, who is com­pet­ing for record and album of the year Gram­mys, closed out Univer­sal Mu­sic Group’s an­nual pre-Grammy show­case, which was also high­lighted by YG diss­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and K-pop sen­sa­tion BLACK­PINK, who made their U.S. de­but per­for­mance.

Malone, who is nom­i­nated for four Gram­mys, talked about hurt­ing his fin­ger be­fore he sang while play­ing a gui­tar at the two-hour event Satur­day. The show­case also fea­tured trail­ers for up­com­ing doc­u­men­taries in­clud­ing one on the Bee Gees and the his­tory of mix­tapes.

The in­vite-only event show­cased the la­bel’s es­tab­lished and new tal­ent in a room with more than 300 at­ten­dees that in­cluded mu­sic in­dus­try play­ers, press and artists.

BLACK­PINK was in high de­mand from those on so­cial me­dia who wanted to see the girl group per­form. The South Korean group, com­prised of Jisoo, Jen­nie, Lisa and Rosé, didn’t dis­ap­point as many in the room gave them a stand­ing ova­tion af­ter their set.

YG ques­tioned whether he should per­form “FDT,” which ex­plic­itly crit­i­cizes Trump. But the Los An­ge­les­based rap­per said he felt he needed to per­form the con­tro­ver­sial song to “make a state­ment.”

After­ward, YG went on to per­form the ra­dio hit “Big Bank” with 2Chainz, who then went solo for his song “Dif­fer­ent.”

Os­car-nom­i­nated di­rec­tor Frank Mar­shall an­nounced the trailer of “Bee Gees.” Other trail­ers shown were “From Scratch,” “The Go-Go’s” and “Ice Cold,” which delves into the story of hiphop jewelry.

Ella Mai kicked off the show­case with a cou­ple of songs in­clud­ing “Shot Clock” and “Boo’d Up,” nom­i­nated for both song of the year and best R&B song. The song hit No. 1 on the Bill­board R&B songs chart and peaked at five in Hot 100.

Rap­per Lil Baby made a brief ap­pear­ance, per­form­ing “Yes In­deed” and “Drip Too Hard.” Be­fore his set, some won­dered if the rap­per would at­tend the show­case fol­low­ing his re­cent ar­rest in At­lanta for reck­less driv­ing in a Corvette.

Lil Baby faces charges of fail­ing to sig­nal when chang­ing lanes, reck­less driv­ing and at­tempt­ing to flee or elude po­lice. He was re­leased on bond in time for his per­for­mance.

Other per­form­ers in­cluded Mid­land along with Grammy-nom­i­nated artists J Balvin and Greta Van Fleet, who is up for three awards in­clud­ing best new artist. Balvin’s song “I Like It” fea­tur­ing Cardi B earned a nod for record of the year at Sun­day’s Gram­mys.

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