HHDX News Bits (Eddie Murphy, Soulja Boy & Usher)

R.I.P. Usher III, Soulja Boy is the #1 emcee and Eddie Murphy nominated as the worst actor?

Eddie Murphy can now lay claim to another title: Razzie nominee.

Murphy is now one of only a handful of Hollywood stars—including Halle Berry—to be nominated for both an Academy Award and a Razzie—the award show dedicated to the year’s worst movies.

2007’s Norbit, which saw Murphy don a fat suit again garnered eight Razzie nods. Murphy set a new record with five solo nominations tied to the film. "We decided that each of his characters was so offensive that he deserved individual nominations," Razzies founder John Wilson told EUR Web.

Murphy snatched up the following according to the report: worst actor in the title role, supporting actress as Norbit's morbidly-obese wife, supporting actor as an Asian man and worst screen couple for Norbit opposite either of Murphy's other characters.

Despite Norbit pulling down eight awards, there was one other Hollywood disaster that garnered more Razzies; I Know Who Killed Me starring Lindsay Lohan is nominated for nine Razzies.

Other films making the cut include Bratz, Daddy Day Camp starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Ghost Rider, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry.

Razzie award “winners” will be announced one day before the Oscars, Feb. 23.

In an act that’s sure to raise some eyebrows, Soulja Boy has crowned himself the unofficial number once emcee in the rap game today.

"I think if y'all did it right now, yeah, I deserve to be on there," the "Crank Dat" king told MTV, of their top ten MC list. "But back there, when y'all did it, I probably didn't have the status that I have right now.”

Since the original list came out, Soulja Boy went on to break digital sales records—to the tune of 3 million sold—and receive a Grammy nomination, which the reigning dance champ uses to bolster his case.

"I'm Grammy-nominated," he said before adding, "If I look at the new list and I compare myself to all 10 of the artists and some don't add up, I'll be like, 'Wow. I should be #1 if it's right now. I'm #1."

Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Jay-Z all claimed a spot on MTV’s top ten MC list.

"Today, January — whatever the date this is — 2008, yes [I am the hottest]," Soulja Boy exclaimed.

In a bit of sad news, DX has learned that Usher’s father, Usher Raymond III passed away Friday in an Atlanta hospital. As of press time, the cause of death is unknown. According to a Media Take Out report, the singer and his father were very close. Services will be held tomorrow, January 23 in Chattanooga, TN.

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