Welcome to a new Weekend Wrap Up, your weekly stop for the newest in pop culture and sports, with a musical twist. Today’s song is I’m Fine by Cyhi The Prince featuring Travi$ Scott. The song is from his long awaited debut release on G.O.O.D. Music, where Cyhi originally signed as an artist to Kanye’s label. His label mate Travi$ Scott handles the hook duties as The Prince spits lyrics about living the good life. Here’s how it checks out with this weekend’s topics:
“Other than a wife , I got everything I need”
On Friday, photos were released from the wedding ceremony of Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian, who got married the day previous on Thursday, November 16th, in honor of Alexis’ late mother, whose birthday was the same date. The ceremony was a star-studded affair, featuring a who’s who of notable celebrities, including Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Lala Anthony, Ciara, Kim Kardashian West, Eva Longoria, and more. But the star of the show was Williams, who looked like a fairytale princess in a gorgeous dress by Alexander McQueen. Congrats to the happy couple!
“We love you, we thank you, and we bless you”
Chance The Rapper made his SNL host debut on Saturday night, to rave reviews. Chance had previously performed on SNL as the musical guest, but this was the first time he got to show his acting chops, while Eminem handled the musical duties. Chance killed it in a number of sketches, including one as a black hockey correspondent, one as a pizza delivery guy in a porn movie, and one as a fictional hip-hop legend down on today’s music. But perhaps the best sketch of the night featured Chance as part of a fictional R&B group, performing a song called “Come Back Barack”. Chance really nailed this one.
“At the tree top, that’s where we are”
The Boston Celtics came into Saturday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks riding a red-hot 14 game winning streak, after dispatching the defending champion Warriors on Thursday night. The Hawks didn’t put up much of a fight trying to stop the streak, falling 110-99 to the Celts behind a stellar shooting night from Kyrie Irving. Irving went 10-12 from the field (including 5-6 from three) to score 30, while also dishing out 5 assists. Second year forward Jaylen Brown continued to impress, scoring 27 points on an also efficient 10-13 shooting. Contributions like that have helped the Celts continue to roll onto 15 straight wins. They’ll see if they can keep it going Monday night at the Dallas Mavericks.
“You couldn’t walk a day in my Reeboks”
The biggest story going into Sunday’s NFL slate was the benching of starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor for rookie 5th round draft pick Nathan Peterman by the Buffalo Bills. Many analysts and experts criticized the move, citing Tyrod’s underrated play and keeping the Bills in contention at 5-4 and holding a playoff spot. But Bills coach Sean McDermott stuck with the move, citing that he was giving his team a better chance to win. The move backfired spectacularly, with Peterman throwing a mind boggling 5 interceptions in the first half of the game alone, including one that lead to a pick-6 and 7-37 first half deficit. Peterman was pulled at halftime and Taylor inserted back in, who tried to salvage the game by throwing for one score and rushing for another. But it was ultimately futile, as the Bills still lost in blowout fashion 24-54, making both McDermott and the Bills organization look utterly foolish. Looks like Tyrod got the last laugh in this one.
“I just wanna’ have the time of my life”
On Sunday night, the 44th annual American Music Awards took place in Los Angeles, California. The big highlights included a tribute to Diana Ross with a Lifetime Achievement Award, who also performed a medley of her classics. There also was a dedication to Whitney Houston by Christina Aguilera, who sang a number of the late legend’s hits. The night also saw the American TV debut of K-Pop mega-group BTS, who are one of the biggest acts currently in music. The big winner of the night though was Bruno Mars, who won Artist of the Year, along with 6 other awards. It was a great nod to Bruno, who’s had a superb album and a great year in music.
That’s all for now, check us out this week for a special Thanksgiving post!