Awards

Tobe Nwigwe Bites Into ‘Eat,’ ‘Try Jesus’ at 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards

Wearing a long shirt with the faces of Black people slain by police officers (including Breonna Taylor and George Floyd), rising rapper Tobe Nwigwe got some shine at the 2020 Bet Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday (Oct. 27) evening. The Houston spitter opened with his soul-tinged “Try Jesus” (“Try Jesus, not me / Because I throw hands”) before transitioning into a full-throttled version of “Eat.” Joined by his wife, Fat, the duo bit into the single, delivering a precise and impactful performance of music with a message in a stark, theater-in-the-round set. Nwigwe’s The Pandemic Project dropped this year, and his music recently soundtracked an ad for Apple Music x NBA. You Deserve to Make Money Even When you are looking for Dates Online. So we reimagined wha...

Mulatto Performs Magic City Medley of Recent Hits With Gucci Mane at 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards

In her first appearance at the BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday night (Oct. 27), Atlanta rapper Mulatto performed a medley of singles from her breakout year, with a special appearance from local legend Gucci Mane. Appearing from the stage (and then the parking lot) at the world-famous ATL strip club Magic City, Mulatto ran through her Billboard Hot 100 hit “B–ch From Da Souf” and current radio staple “Muwop.” Mane appeared for his guest verse on “Muwop,” which was both titled after the veteran MC’s “Guwop” nickname, and heavily interpolates his 2007 single “Freaky Gurl.” You Deserve to Make Money Even When you are looking for Dates Online. So we reimagined what a dating should be. It begins with giving you back power. Get...

Big Sean Heats Up ‘Body Language’ With Jhene Aiko & Ty Dolla $ign at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards

Big Sean brought some famous friends with him when he performed “Body Language” at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday (Oct. 27). Along for the ride were track collaborators Ty Dolla $ign and Jhene Aiko. Their steamy performance kicked off with Big Sean and Aiko watching TV on a set built to resemble a bedroom. Outside the “windows,” a massive forest fire burned, casting a red light on everything as the two sang. Later, as Ty Dolla $ign was singing in the fog, lightning flashed. At one point, as Aiko and Big Sean sang, the latter sat down on the bed, with Aiko eventually joining him on his lap. “Bring that body to me/ Baby, come closer, closer/ Bring it to me/ Oh, yeah, baby, I’ll give you ecstasy,” she crooned. You Deserve to Make Money Even Wh...

American Music Awards Adds Three Latin Categories, Matching It With Soul/R&B and Rap/Hip-Hop

The expansion of coverage for Latin music in the AMAs is a clear signal of the genre’s increasing popularity and crossover appeal. The AMAs are a ratings-driven show. If they do something, it’s because they think it’s what the audience wants and demands. A quick history lesson: Dick Clark created the AMAs in 1973 as a more viewer-friendly, populist answer to the Grammy Awards. Clark, a canny showman, seemed to be saying, “Let the Grammys honor classical and jazz and all the other specialized music forms. We’ll zero in on the genres that most people care about.” For the first five years of the show, 1974-78, there were just 15 awards — five each in the three genres with the broadest appeal at the time — pop/rock, soul/R&B and country. In 1979, disco was red-hot. The show res...

How to Watch the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards

The 15th BET Hip Hop Awards will crown todays’s rap heavyweights on Tuesday night (Oct. 27), hosted by The 85 South Comedy Show emcees Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly and Chico Bean. DaBaby comes in hot by leading this year’s nominations with 12, including hip-hop artist of the year, best hip-hop video and song of the year (“Bop” and “Rockstar”), and two for hip-hop album of the year (Kirk and Blame It on Baby). His “Rockstar” collaborator Roddy Ricch enters as a close runner-up with 11 nods, while Megan Thee Stallion and Drake tie for third place with eight each. 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Burna Boy and Chris Martin, City Girls, Gucci Mane, Jhené Aiko, Lil Baby, Mulatto, Quavo, Tobe Nwigwe and Ty Dolla $ign will be perfor...

Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Cardi B & More Potential Record-Setters at the 2020 American Music Awards

Swift is also nominated for favorite music video for “Cardigan.” She won last year for “You Need to Calm Down.” She’s vying to become the first two-time winner in the category since it was re-introduced in 2017. The other nominees for favorite music video are Doja Cat’s “Say So,” Future ft. Drake‘s “Life Is Good,” Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me” and The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights.” Bieber is vying for his fourth award as favorite male artist – pop/rock. That would, likewise, set a record in this category. The Bieb is currently tied for the lead with Barry Manilow, Michael Bolton, Eric Clapton and Michael Jackson, with three awards each. The other two nominees in that category are Post Malone, who won two years ago, and The Weeknd. There are separate male and female awards...

The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch Top 2020 AMAs Nominations

The 2020 AMAs air on ABC at 8PM ET on Nov. 22 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. See the full list below. ARTIST OF THE YEARJustin BieberPost MaloneRoddy RicchTaylor SwiftThe Weeknd NEW ARTIST OF THE YEARLewis CapaldiDoja CatDaBabyLil BabyRoddy RicchMegan Thee Stallion COLLABORATION OF THE YEARCardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours”Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, “Rain On Me”Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé, “Savage Remix” FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTISTBTSBillie EilishEXOAriana GrandeNCT 127 FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEODoja Cat, “Say So”Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, “Rain On Me”Taylor Swift, “cardigan”The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights” FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCKJustin BieberPost MaloneThe W...

12 Top Takeaways from the 2020 American Music Award Nominations

Bieber, who has won 15 American Music Awards, which puts him in a tie for seventh place, is nominated for four more awards this year. He’s vying for his fourth award as favorite male artist – pop/rock. That would, likewise, set a record in this category. The Bieb is currently tied for the lead with Barry Manilow, Michael Bolton, Eric Clapton and Jackson, with three awards each. Juice WRLD, who died of a seizure in December 2019, is vying for favorite male artist – rap/hip-hop. Juice WRLD wouldn’t be the first posthumous winner in this genre. 2Pac took the 1997 award for favorite rap/hip-hop artist, four months after he was shot to death in Las Vegas. BTS, the winner for favorite social artist the last two years running, is nominated in that category again this year. BTS is also defending i...

2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards Generate Record Engagement

The awards, broadcast on Telemundo, dominated television & social media. As live shows move increasingly to multiple screens, the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards managed to cross many of them, generating 45.9 million engagements across Telemundo-owned platforms, plus 38 million engagements across other platforms. The Billboard Latin Music Awards, which aired live on the Telemundo network Oct. 21 from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., also reached 3.5 million total viewers on linear television, ranking as the No. 1 Spanish-language special in primetime since the onset of the pandemic, according to Nielsen NPM. With seven wins apiece, Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee were the big winners of night, which featured 18 performances, including artists like Anuel, Ozuna, Maluma and Daddy Yanke...

Kelsea Ballerini Asks Haters to ‘Politely Shut Up’ After CMT Music Awards Performance With Halsey

Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey rocked the CMT Music Awards this week with a Coyote Ugly-inspired performance of their song “The Other Girl.” And while the vocal powerhouses were received mostly with praise for their nostalgic, leather-clad duet, critics called out the song for not being “real” country music. Ballerini had no time for the haters, taking to Instagram on Thursday (Oct. 22) to share a selfie with a fittingly blasé thumbs up. “After reading way too many comments, I’d like to remind people that there are different kinds of country music and none are more ‘real’ than others when it comes from an honest place,” she wrote, “that women can wear whatever we want and shouldn’t be called names and criticized for it, an...

Watch Every Single Performance at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards: Maluma, Ozuna & More

Below, watch all 18 performances: Ozuna, “Gracias” Performing “Gracias” for the very first time on television, Ozuna returned to the stage for an intimate performance of the track from his latest album ENOC. Surrounded by candles and dressed in angelic white, a thankful Ozuna slowed things down for this stripped-down acoustic track. Making the performance even more special and personal, the superstar’s kids joined him onstage. By far one of the most beautiful performances of the night. Maluma, “Hawái” The awards kicked off with a bang thanks to Maluma, who sang his chart-topping global hit “Hawái.” The Colombian superstar, who was awarded with the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award, started his performance laying down on a white piano ...

Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan & More Record-Setters at the CMT Music Awards

Luke Bryan took male video of the year for the third time for “One Margarita.” He previously won for “I Don’t Want This Night to End” (2012) and “Play It Again” (2015). Dan + Shay won duo video of the year for the third consecutive year for “I Should Probably Go to Bed.” They previously won for “Tequila” (2018) and “Speechless” (2019). Dan + Shay are the third duo to win three consecutive awards in this category, following Sugarland and Florida Georgia Line. Old Dominion took their first award for group video of the year for “One Man Band.” Gabby Barrett took breakthrough video of the year for “I Hope.” This can’t hurt when the Grammy nominations review committee meets to determine the finals nominees for best new artist. Two previous CMT Music Award winners for breakthrough video of the y...

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