Tonight’s annual MTV Video Music Awards took place in New York City’s Brooklyn Centre and played host to some of the biggest and best in music. Performers on the night included Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Miley Cyrus (the less said, the better), Kanye West, Justin Timberlake (who gave one of the best VMA performances of all time) reunited with his former boyband NSync. Hit the jump to check some of the highlight performances.

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Yesterday, Drake announced that the release date for Nothing Was The Same had been pushed back a week, to September 24th. Late last night, he decided to console upset fans by releasing the official artwork for the project.

Via Twitter, Drizzy revealed the album’s official artwork, along with a second cover (after the jump), which is thought to be for the deluxe edition. The work is by Kadir Nelson, an award-winning American artist, who also supplied the artwork for Michael Jackson’s first posthumous album, MichaelWith features from Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Hudson Mohawke, and more, the release of NWTS is eagerly awaited. His new single, ‘Hold On We’re Going Home‘, is continuing to do well.

… As for this artwork, we’ll let you decide.

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North London’s ItsNate returns on top form with his new single ‘All For the Night [AFTN]‘, a no bullshit multi-sampled banger that indicates a new sonic direction for the young emcee. A solid, no-nonsense flow from Nate is nothing new, whats fresh here is the way he and producer Flamin have managed to combine those Genuine and Aaliyah samples inside such a knock-hard beat. ‘All For the Night’ is taken off ItsNate’s forthcoming So Slocal EP – released when it’s ready.

As if [my personal] excitement for Drake’s new album wasn’t hype enough, now comes the news that everyones favourite game-changing Scotsman will be contributing to Nothing Was the Same. Gah. Having successfully transitioned from underground God to mainstream super producer, Hudmo’s alignment with Drizzy following his work on Kanye’s Yeezus makes complete sense. Unlike most in hip hop Drake openly embraces the evolution of his sound and already has a proven track record of working with innovative (… and British) producers. The new LP will also feature appearances from Lil’ Wayne (standard) & Jay ZNothing Was the Same is out September 17th.

Why is everyone giving Drake such a hard time at the moment? Drizzy currently seems to be the butt of a lot of social media jokes, especially on twitter with the whole ‘Drake is the type of guy…’ meme (admittedly, it’s jokes). So whether it’s with a sense of irony or just out of genuine admiration for Aubrey Australian beat crafter Ta-Ku dedicates his latest release to those who don’t openly admit their Drizzy fandom. The track itself is a banger. The heavy bass line and trap beat bumps hard, but it’s the heavily manipulated vocals from the young money millionaire himself that really stand out. Here’s to the closet Drake fans out there. Come out already.

Ahead of it’s official release next week A$AP Ferg does the right thing and serves stream of his new album Trap Lord, probably in anticipation of that inevitable leak. The album, which originally started out as a mixtape, features appearances from mob leader A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Waka Flocka Flame and more. Head over to Ferg’s official website to stream the album in full.

Big Sean released a new track last night called ‘Control (HOF)’, it features Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica (‘member him?) and was supposed to feature on his debut album Finally Famous, but wasn’t cleared due to the No I.D sample it uses. Sean shared the track on Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show and announced that it will now feature a bonus cut on his sophomore album Hall of Fame. Described as “straight rap” by Sean, ‘Control (HOF)’ already has fans debating who has the hardest verse but after one listen most seem to unanimously agree it goes to a certain fiery Compton native. What you saying?

MTV has announced that Kanye West will return to the VMA stage for the seventh time to perform ‘Black Skinhead’ from his most recent album Yeezus. Kanye first appeared on the VMA stage back in ’04 with a performance of ‘Jesus Walks’, ‘All Falls Down’ and ‘Through the Wire’ and after this performanc Yeezus will tie Madonna for the most VMA performances by a single artist to date. He will join Lady Gaga who will perform her new single from her upcoming album ARTPOP, while additional performers are still TBA. #dosomethingcrazyYe #immaletyoufinish

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards air on Sunday, August 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, from the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, NY.

According to BET’s President of Programming and Specials Stephen Hill, André 3000 will release a solo album early next year. Hill spoke with André about his upcoming new film in which he stars as Jimi Hendrix in the biopic All Is By My Side after which he tweeted: “Me: hey what’s up? You got the movie coming, right? Andre 3000: yeah…and I got a solo album coming top of the year. Me:*droptofloor*”These rumours have been floating around for years but this one seems pretty close to the source. 

Fan hope was quashed last year when 3 Stacks spoke to Billboard and said “some days I feel like I’ll do [a solo album], some days I don’t. Some days I feel like I don’t need to, some days I feel like I want to do it before I die. So, I don’t know where to fall. I am just hoping one day I get that inspiration”.

But even since that interview taking place we’ve already seen him appear on the The Great Gatsby soundtrack alongside Beyonce, he’s been seen in the studio with Mike Will Make It and when speaking to GQ earlier this year he said “there’s a lot of music on the horizon. I’ve been living off the excitement of new artists. I’ve been privileged to have these new artists kind of reach out and grab back and say, “Hey, Andre, we want you on this song.” So I’ve been taking those calls and for the last two years, I’ve been doing collaborations. So these new artists have kind of been keeping me alive. I’ve just really been feeding off of that and this year I think I’m planning to do a solo project. I don’t know when it will come out, but hopefully it’ll come out this year”.

Time will tell. All sounds very exciting though.

After his guest appearance on HBO’s ‘Real Late With Bill Maher’ last night, Jay Z premiered his new visual “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” directed by Mark Romanak. You see Hove doesn’t just make music videos any more, he makes “performance art”. #pause. Jay performed the track at New York City’s Pace Gallery for six straight hours and made a short film out of the performance.

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