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It was a night of redemption at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night.

First, there was country star Morgan Wallen — who had been banned from performing at the Grammys and the Country Music Association Awards for a video that surfaced in early 2021 of him using the N-word — getting the chance to take the stage at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. He milked the opportunity by going gospel for maximum sympathy with his song “Don’t Think Jesus.” 

Then there was Travis Scott performing publicly for the first time since last December’s Astroworld tragedy that killed 10 concertgoers. With baby mama Kylie Jenner in the audience, he missed an opportunity to make any kind of a statement with a mystifying medley of “Mafia” and “Lost Forever” that looked and felt more like a “Mad Max”-esque video.

And then there was the 40th anniversary tribute to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” near the end of the show in which Maxwell — delivering a sexy, silky-smooth rendition of “Lady in My Life,” complete with a sequined black jacket and not one but two gloves — showed much love for the King of Pop despite the child molestations that have marred his legacy. “We love you, Michael Jackson!” he said at the end of his performance.

Travis Scott at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards
Travis Scott gave his first public performance after the Astroworld concert deaths at the Billboard Music Awards.
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Janet Jackson and Mary J. Blige at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards
Janet Jackson presented Mary J. Blige with the Icon Award at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.
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But the emotional highlight of the night came when another superstar Jackson — Janet — got a standing ovation and then presented the Icon Award to Mary J. Blige. It was one of the show’s truly iconic moments as queen recognized queen — and you could feel all the love and respect for both women.

Sean "Diddy" Combs at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards
Sean “Diddy” Combs hosted, performed and served as executive producer at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.
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It provided some much-needed star power on a night when the biggest winner — Olivia Rodrigo, taking home seven trophies — wasn’t even in attendance. Neither were other heavy-hitter winners such as Drake and Taylor Swift.

The night began with host Sean “Diddy” Combs — who also served as executive producer — breaking out some of his old Puffy moves to lead a medley that also included “She Don’t Want It” singer Bryson Tiller and “First Class” rapper Jack Harlow. It all ended with Diddy doing a bit of “Mo Money Mo Problems,” his 1997 hit with the Notorious B.I.G., just a week before what would have been Biggie’s birthday on May 21.

Machine Gun Kelly at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards
Machine Gun Kelly gave love to fiancée Megan Kelly and their “unborn child” during his Billboard Music Awards performance.
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Although the ultimate hip-hop hype man was overly hyped at times, Diddy — who won his first BBMA 25 years ago — brought some ghetto-fabulousness to the event. “I’m putting on a fashion show,” said the New York native after one of many costume changes. “Harlem in the house!”

Then there was Diddy’s Bad Boy signee Machine Gun Kelly, who, with his pink hair and painted nails, jumped the gun by calling fiancée Megan Kelly “my wife” and then addressing their “unborn child” in a medley of “Twin Flames” and “Born with Horns” that veered from acoustic guitar ballad to pop-punk rave-up.

Silk Sonic at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards
Silk Sonic covered the Con Funk Shun classic “Love’s Train” at the Billboard Music Awards.
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But the night’s best performance came from retro-soul superduo — aka Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak — who, decked out in maroon three-suits, took a break from their Las Vegas residency to deliver a cover of Con Funk Shun’s 1982 classic “Love’s Train” that had everyone feeling superfly.

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Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’




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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.

Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.

In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”

But not everything on Kardashian’s list will bust your budget. She also swears by Kopari Organic Coconut Melt, which will set you back just $29 for a full-sized jar or $18 for a mini version.

“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”

Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”

What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.

Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.

Kopari Organic Coconut melt

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Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins




MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.

Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.

On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.

The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.

The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.

Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.

Carlos Carrasco didn't allow a run in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Marlins.
Carlos Carrasco didn’t allow a run in the Mets’ 4-0 win over the Marlins.

Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.

The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.

After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.

The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.

Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.

Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.

The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.

Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.

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Career NYC criminal tries to steal moped from NYPD station




A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.

Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.

He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.

Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.

The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.

“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.

Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.

“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.

But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.

It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.

Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.

Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.

When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”

Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.

Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.

Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.

McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.

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