Teller, Gleeson, Megan Thee Stallion host first 'SNL' shows
Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar will be the musical guest on opening night, his third appearance on “SNL," NBC said on Tuesday. It promises to be a transition season for NBC's comedy institution, which has seen the departure of eight cast members. Actor Brendan Gleeson, star of the upcoming film “The Banshees of Inisherin,” will host the Oct. 8 edition of the show. Megan Thee Stallion earns double duty on Oct. 15 as the host and musical guest, NBC said on Tuesday. The show has named four new cast members as replacements.wftv.com
Beyoncé announces new album 'Renaissance' to drop July 29
Music-Beyoncé FILE - Beyonce appears at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on March 14, 2021. Beyoncé has revealed the title and release date for her next album, with the 16-track “Renaissance” set to drop on July 29 (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File) (Chris Pizzello)NEW YORK — (AP) — Beyoncé has revealed the title and release date for her next studio album, with the 16-track “Renaissance” set to drop July 29. The superstar began listing the music and products on her website Thursday and several streaming services, including Tidal and Spotify, also announced the Beyoncé release. Beyoncé tipped off fans that something important was coming when she removed her profile photos across all her social media platforms last week. In 2019, she curated and produced the soundtrack album “The Lion King: The Gift,” for the remake of “The Lion King.” The song “Black Parade” from the soundtrack won a Grammy in 2021 for best R&B performance, Beyoncé's 28th Grammy.wftv.com
Cara Delevingne Has Become Hollywood’s Weirdest—and Most Unwelcome—Party Girl
Edward BerthelotAt last night’s Billboard Music Awards, a small handful of A-List stars and chart-topping musicians crowded into the same room as TikTokers, YouTubers, and a country music star on an attempted comeback tour after a leaked racist rant. To say the bar was on the floor when whipping up that invite list would be a massive understatement, but for the BBMAs, it totally tracks.If the Golden Globes are Hollywood’s chaotic, drunken answer to the Oscars, then the Billboard Music Awards arenews.yahoo.com
Rapper Tory Lanez jailed again in Megan Thee Stallion case
LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Rapper Tory Lanez was briefly jailed Tuesday after a judge said he had violated a protective order in a felony assault case in which he is charged with shooting rapper Megan Thee Stallion in the feet. He posted bail and was released several hours later. She said that an investigation showed there were four DNA contributors on the handgun, making it inconclusive whether Peterson's DNA was found. The prosecution had asked that Peterson's bail be revoked entirely or increased to $5 million. Peterson, Megan and others were in an SUV in the Hollywood Hills after a party on July 12, 2020.wftv.com
Tory Lanez re-arrested for violating protective order in Megan Thee Stallion case
Rapper Tory Lanez re-arrested Rapper Tory Lanez, right, was re-arrested during a Tuesday, April 5, 2022, court hearing after a judge ruled that the rapper violated court orders in the criminal case regarding his alleged 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion, left. (Charles Sykes/Invision/Associated Press, Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Tory Lanez was re-arrested during a Tuesday court hearing after a judge ruled that the rapper violated court orders in the criminal case regarding his alleged 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion. >> Read more trending newsBREAKING: Tory Lanez taken into custody as judge finds he violated protective order for Meg Thee Stallion. Judge claims Tory was sending messages on Twitter aimed at Meg Thee Stallion. >> Related: Rapper Tory Lanez arrested on gun charge with injured Megan Thee Stallion in the vehicleHerriford then revoked Lanez’ prior $250,000 bail, tacked on an additional $100,000 and set a Sept. 24 court date, Billboard reported.wftv.com
Jon Batiste tops Grammys; Silk Sonic soars, Rodrigo crowned
Jon Batiste won album of the year honors for “We Are” at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, giving him five trophies on a night that saw the ’70s funk of Silk Sonic take record of the year and song of the year and newcomer Olivia Rodrigo take three awards.
Rapper Pardi responds to Megan Thee Stallion breakup, domestic violence rumors
Rapper and producer Pardison Fontaine has responded to rumors that he and his girlfriend, rapstress Megan Thee Stallion, have broken […] The post Rapper Pardi responds to Megan Thee Stallion breakup, domestic violence rumors appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
Span of Memphis street renamed for slain rapper Young Dolph
Family and friends of slain rapper Young Dolph have remembered him as a generous philanthropist, skilled businessman and loving father at a ceremony renaming a street for him in the same area of Memphis where he grew up — and also was gunned down.
Fallon teams with Grande, Megan Thee Stallion for holidays
Fallon Holiday FILE - Jimmy Fallon poses on the red carpet at the honors gala for the 44th Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Washington. On Tuesday, Dec. 7 Fallon will release his holiday single "It Was A… (Masked Christmas)," featuring Ariana Grande and Megan Thee Stallion. And he’s ready for that moment on Tuesday, when his holiday single “It Was A… (Masked Christmas),” featuring Ariana Grande and Megan Thee Stallion is released. Grande texts Megan Thee Stallion, who replies, “Are you kidding me? He then shot his scenes with Megan Thee Stallion in New York a few weeks later.wftv.com
BTS and Coldplay team up to rock the American Music Awards
2021 American Music Awards - Show Coldplay and BTS perform "My Universe" at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Carrie Underwood won for favorite inspirational artist and favorite female country artist, Megan Thee Stallion was named favorite female hip-hop artist and her “Good News” won for favorite hip-hop album. Doja Cat also won two other awards: favorite female R&B artist and her “Planet Her” was named favorite R&B album. Rapper Pop Smoke, who was killed in 2020, is nominated in three categories, including favorite hip-hop album and favorite hip-hop artist, and could win his first award posthumously. Olivia Newton-John and Justin Bieber are tied for four awards won in their first year nominated.wftv.com
Silk Sonic kicks off American Music Awards on a funky note
2021 American Music Awards - Show A view of atmosphere at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Carrie Underwood won for favorite inspirational artist and favorite female country artist, Megan Thee Stallion was named favorite female hip-hop artist and her “Good News” won for favorite hip-hop album. Doja Cat also won two other awards: favorite female R&B artist and her “Planet Her” was named favorite R&B album. Luke Bryan was named favorite country artist Bad Bunny was favorite male Latin artist, The Weeknd was favorite male R&B artist and Drake won the favorite male hip-hop artist. Rapper Pop Smoke, who was killed in 2020, is nominated in three categories, including favorite hip-hop album and favorite hip-hop artist, and could win his first award posthumously.wftv.com
Rapper Young Dolph Gunned Down Outside Memphis Bakery He Gushed About Days Ago
Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP via GettyRapper Young Dolph was fatally shot outside a Memphis bakery he’d declared his love for just days earlier, according to local station FOX13.The 36-year-old rapper, whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., walked into the bakery, Makeda’s Butter Cookies, to buy two treats, owner Maurice Hill told the station. As Thornton left, a car pulled up, and someone shot and killed him around 1 p.m.Thorton’s slaying comes just a week after he gushed about the bakery in anews.yahoo.com
‘The Police Was Waiting for Us’: Salt-N-Pepa’s Sandra Denton Says Police Were Trying to Stop Them from Performing ‘Push It’ After Lyric Confusion
Salt-N-Pepa’s Sandra Denton recently revealed that the hip-hop group’s biggest record almost got them into some big trouble over the years while performing. During Glamour magazine’s Women […]news.yahoo.com
2021 MTV Video Music Awards: See the complete winners list
2021 MTV Video Music Awards - Show Olivia Rodrigo performs "Good 4 U" at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in New York. >> Read more trending newsJustin Bieber led the nominations with seven, followed closely by Megan Thee Stallion with six. See the complete list of categories and nominees below with winners noted in bold italics. Cardi B, “Rumors”Megan Thee Stallion, “Thot Shit”Normani feat. Cardi B, “Wild Side”Olivia Rodrigo, “Good 4 U”Shawn Mendes and Tainy, “Summer Of Love”Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 51 2021 MTV Video Music Award - Red carpet arrivals Jamila Mustafa arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in New York.wftv.com
Justin Bieber leads nominees for 2021 MTV Video Music Awards
Music MTV VMA Nominations FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, Justin Bieber arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Justin Bieber: Seasons." Justin Bieber leads this year’s list of nominees at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, followed closely by Megan Thee Stallion, Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X and first-time nominee Olivia Rodrigo. Bieber and Megan Thee Stallion will compete with Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift for artist of the year. The show will simulcast across CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land, VH1 and The CW Network. The best new artist nominees are: 24kGoldn, Giveon, The Kid LAROI, Olivia Rodrigo, Polo G and Saweetie.wftv.com
DaBaby proves that homophobia is so contagious, rappers will self-cancel themselves
If there was ever a moment in pop culture to just yell “why,” DaBaby’s performance at Rolling Loud Miami was […] The post DaBaby proves that homophobia is so contagious, rappers will self-cancel themselves appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
Megan Thee Stallion first rapper on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover
Swimsuit cover Megan Thee Stallion is the first rapper to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit issue. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)Megan Thee Stallion is making history as the first rapper to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. “I was the little girl looking at the cover of Sports Illustrated saying, ‘One day this is going to be me.’ And I manifested it,” Megan Thee Stallion told Sports Illustrated in her cover interview. “In terms of the whole package of Megan Thee Stallion, it’s not just Meg the rapper. “It definitely was a dream for me to be on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit,” Megan Thee Stallion told CNN via email.wftv.com
Sports Illustrated reveals 2021 swimsuit issue cover models
Transgender model Leyna Bloom lands SI swimsuit issue cover Model and activist Leyna Bloom was one of three cover models Sports Illustrated unveiled Monday, July 19, 2021, three days before the magazine's annual swimsuit issue hits newsstands. Bloom is the first transgender model to appear on SI's cover and the first transgender model of color to appear anywhere among the magazine's pages. Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue won’t hit newsstands until Thursday, but multiple media outlets provided sneak peeks Monday at the three stars slated to grace three separate covers. The 2021 cover models include model and activist Leyna Bloom, tennis champion Naomi Osaka and rapper Megan Thee Stallion, the Los Angeles Times reported. But each is a reminder that beauty comes in many forms.”Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2021 also features actress and social media personality Olivia Culpo, singer-songwriter Tinashe and YouTuber and makeup artist Nyma Tang, the Los Angeles Times reported.wftv.com
BET Awards 2021: See the complete winners list
2021 BET Awards - Show Queen Latifah accepts the lifetime achievement award at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. >> Related: Cardi B confirms 2nd pregnancy during 2021 BET AwardsSee the complete list of nominees and winners (in bold and italics) below:Album of the Year“After Hours” - The Weeknd“Blame It on Baby” - DaBaby“Good News” - Megan Thee Stallion“Heaux Tales” - Jazmine Sullivan - WINNER“King’s Disease” - Nas“Ungodly Hour” - Chloe X HalleThank you so much @BET. Album of the year yall 🥺😫😭 https://t.co/EuebtcBC5o — Jazmine Sullivan (@jsullivanmusic) June 28, 2021Best Female R&B/Pop ArtistBeyoncéH.E.R. - WINNERJazmine SullivanJhené AikoSummer WalkerSZABest Male R&B/Pop Artist6lackAnderson .PaakChris BrownGiveonTankThe WeekndBest Female Hip Hop ArtistCardi BCoi LerayDoja CatMegan Thee Stallion - WINNERLattoSaweetie🏆 | @theestallion has won "Best Female Hip-Hop Artist" at the 2021 BET Awards for the second year in a row. pic.twitter.com/tnkyTyDkBY — Bet Awards OutFits.🦋 (@BetAwardsFits) June 28, 2021Best ActorAldis HodgeChadwick BosemanDamson IdrisDaniel KaluuyaEddie MurphyLakeith StanfieldYoungstars AwardAlex R. HibbertEthan HutchisonLonnie ChavisMarsai MartinMichael EppsStorm ReidSportswoman of the Year AwardA’ja WilsonCandace ParkerClaressa ShieldsNaomi Osaka - WINNERSerena WilliamsSkylar Diggins-SmithSportsman of the Year AwardKyrie IrvingLebron James - WINNERPatrick MahomesRussell WestbrookRussell WilsonStephen CurryNaomi Osaka and LeBron James have won the Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year award at the Bet Awards!#BETAwards pic.twitter.com/HZNMlHOfee — TimeoutSPORTS__ (@TimeoutSPORTS3) June 27, 2021Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 19 2021 BET Awards Jazmine Sullivan arrives at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.wftv.com
Cardi B, Queen Latifah, Lil Nas X shine at BET Awards
2021 BET Awards - Show Lil Nas X, center, kisses a dancer at the conclusion of his performance at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Cardi B didn't stay to accept the honor at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, but Megan Thee Stallion rushed to the stage to pick up the award, forgetting to thank Cardi during her speech. But the “Savage" rapper made up for it when she won best female hip-hop artist moments later. Along with celebrating female artists, the BET Awards also highlighted gay pride with a seductive performance by Lil Nas X and Queen Latifah, who thanked her reported partner and son when she accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award. His stage was set in Ancient Egypt, much like Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time,” which Lil Nas X paid tribute to with a skilled dance break during the performance.wftv.com
Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion Jazmine Sullivan win big at BET
2021 BET Awards - Show Quavo, from left, Takeoff and Offset, of Migos, perform at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) (Chris Pizzello)NEW YORK — (AP) — Cardi B's “WAP” has new meaning at the BET Awards: winning and pregnant. She also won video of the year for her Megan Thee Stallion-assisted No. Sullivan won album of the year for her critically acclaimed EP “Heaux Tales." Like Megan Thee Stallion, she honored her mother, who is battling cancer and stood next to her during the show.wftv.com
NASA releases stunning new pic of Milky Way's 'downtown'
NASA has released a stunning new picture of our galaxy’s violent, super-energized “downtown.” A radio telescope in South Africa also contributed to the image, for contrast. Astronomer Daniel Wang of the University of Massachusetts Amherst said Friday he spent a year working on this while stuck at home during the pandemic.news.yahoo.com
Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby top BET Award nominations
NEW YORK — (AP) — Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby are the prom queen and king of the 2021 BET Awards. Megan Thee Stallion, who won three Grammys this year, is up for best female hip-hop artist, album of the year for “Good News” and video of the year for “WAP,” her No. DaBaby has four songs competing for best collaboration: “Rockstar” with Roddy Ricch; “For the Night” with Pop Smoke and Lil Baby; “Cry Baby” with Megan Thee Stallion; and “What’s Poppin” with Lil Wayne, Tory Lanez and Jack Harlow. Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby were two of the big stars at last year's BET Awards — the first awards show to air during the pandemic. Female performers competing with Megan Thee Stallion, last year’s best female hip-hop artist winner, include Cardi B, Doja Cat, Saweetie, Latto and Coi Leray.wftv.com
Best looks from the 2021 Grammy Awards
Best looks from the 2021 Grammy AwardsCliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images Megan Thee Stallion accepts the award for Best New Artist at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Debi Nova Francis Specker/CBS via Getty Images Debi Nova at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. DaBaby Francis Specker/CBS via Getty Images DaBaby at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Lizzo Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images Lizzo presents the award for Best New Artist at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angelees. Kevin Parker Handout from Kevin Parker via Getty Images Kevin Parker of Tame Impala poses for The 2021 Grammy Awards in Fremantle, Western Australia.cbsnews.com
The joy of music returns for Grammy winners, performers
Beyonce, left, and Megan Thee Stallion accept the award for best rap song for "Savage" at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, March 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish made history at the Grammy Awards. Just as joyously, dozens of creators largely sidelined for a year due to the pandemic got to make music again. 's topical “I Can't Breathe” won song of the year and Megan Thee Stallion was named best new artist. ___This story has been corrected to show the ceremony was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, not Staples Center.
Fashionable Grammys: Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles' boas
Doja Cat arrives at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, March 14, 2021. He was on hand in person but earlier created an Instagram red carpet moment with his daughter since no kids were allowed at the Los Angeles show. “I actually created a step and repeat and a red carpet,” she told reporters during a virtual news conference before the show. AdDue to pandemic precautions, the “red carpet” was not the usual mass of cameras and TV crews. AdAll three wore Gucci.
The Latest: Billie Eilish wins record of the year at Grammys
Billie Eilish arrives at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, March 14, 2021. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)NEW YORK – The Latest on the Grammy Awards (all times local):8:45 p.m.Billie Eillish has won the Grammy Award for record of the year for the second straight year. Beyoncé broke the record with her victory Sunday night for best R&B performance for “Black Parade,” surpassing the 27 Grammys won by Alison Krauss. DaBaby says he “feels like it’s going to touch everybody.”Ad— Marcela Isaza at the Grammy Awards (@misaza)___3:15 p.m.Brandi Carlile is excited to perform at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, even if there isn’t an audience. “Jojo Rabbit” and the “Joker” soundtrack also won Grammys in the segment of the show that awarded music created for visual media.
Ladies night: Beyoncé, Swift make history as others win big
Four women won the top four prizes Sunday, including Swift, who became the first female performer to win album of the year three times. Beyoncé — with her 28th win — became the most decorated woman in Grammy history. And 9-year-old Blue Ivy Carter — who won best music video alongside her mother — became the second youngest act to win a Grammy in the show’s 63-year history. Megan Thee Stallion, who won three honors, also made history and became the first female rapper to win best rap song. She's also the fifth rap-based act to win best new artist.
A peek behind the masks, precautions at the pandemic Grammys
Associated Press entertainment reporter Marcela Isaza poses backstage at the 63rd Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Thursday, March 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)LOS ANGELES – I have covered the Grammy Awards for the Associated Press for 15 years. Built around performances, full of singing and shouting, and with the biggest crowd of any awards show, the Grammys seem uniquely wrong for a world still in the coronavirus pandemic. The AP workspace is set off with high, thick black curtains, and they are constantly replenishing us with masks and hand sanitizer. AdOutside the sprawling building, carpenters and technicians have been building the stages that will be a hub for Sunday’s awards.
For Trevor Noah, Grammy Awards a return to in-person hosting
FILE - Trevor Noah arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. Noah will host the 2021 Grammy Awards on Sunday. “If you get asked to host the Grammys, I don’t think you take long to say ‘yes,’” said the Emmy winner, who will host Sunday's Grammy Awards from downtown Los Angeles. Ad“Unlike most award shows, the Grammys also are about the performances,” said Noah. So far, Noah said venturing out to prepare for his Grammy hosting duties around other people has been “amazing” and “surreal.” While watching rehearsals, he said the performances gave him and others life.
New this week: 'Cherry,' 'Bloodlands' & Kids' Choice Awards
This combination photo shows key art for the Acorn TV series "Bloodlands," premiering March 15, left, key art for the Apple TV+ film "Cherry," center, and key art for Nickelodeons "Kids Choice Awards," hosted by Kenan Thompson and airing on March 13. (Acorn TV/Apple TV+/Nickelodeon via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. Ad—AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— The 2021 Grammys will hand out 84 awards Sunday, but what’s more exciting? Other performers include Chris Martin, John Mayer, Doja Cat, Maren Morris, DaBaby, HAIM, Lil Baby, Brandi Carlile, Roddy Ricch, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Mickey Guyton and Black Pumas. Ad— Grown-ups don’t have a lock on awards shows, as Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards proves once again.
Grammy performers: Taylor Swift, BTS, Cardi B, Billie Eilish
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019 photo, Billie Eilish performs during the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. Eilish will perform at this month's Grammy Awards. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Taylor Swift, BTS, Cardi B and Billie Eilish are set to perform at next week’s Grammy Awards. Other performers include Chris Martin, John Mayer, Doja Cat, Maren Morris, DaBaby, HAIM, Lil Baby, Brandi Carlile, Roddy Ricch, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Mickey Guyton and Black Pumas. Beyoncé is leading nominee with nine, followed by Swift, Lipa and Ricch, who each earned six nominations.
‘Coming 2 America,’ starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, starts streaming Friday on Amazon Prime
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES— Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are back in Queens as Prince Akeem and Semmi in “Coming 2 America,” the sequel to the 1988 film, which is now coming straight to your living room Friday on Amazon Prime Video. Set to becoming the King of Zamunda, Murphy’s character returns to the U.S. to find a son he’s never met. The latter album includes songs by African artists including Nasty C, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, DJ Arafat and more. The big-voiced Grammy-winning singer self-produced “Baby, I’m Hollywood!” – which is a mix of soul music, piano ballads and funk sounds.
Lil Wayne, Kodak Black get clemency; Joe Exotic does not
President Donald Trump pardoned or commuted the sentences of more than 140 people in a last-minute clemency flurry after midnight on Wednesday, a list that included rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black. — Rapper Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was given a full pardon. In the pardon, Lil Wayne was praised for his “commitment to a variety of charities, including donations to research hospitals and a host of foodbanks.” Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders backed the pardon. Lil Wayne is one of the seminal figures in rap in the last two decades, selling more than 20 million albums in the U.S. since releasing his debut in 1999. Supporters included Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, Lil Yachty, and athletes Lamar Jackson and Jack Brewer.
Grammy Awards shift to March due to pandemic conditions
FILE - Host Alicia Keys speaks at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – The 2021 Grammy Awards will no longer take place this month in Los Angeles and will broadcast in March due to a recent surge in coronavirus cases and deaths. Los Angeles County, the epicenter of the crisis in California, has surpassed 11,000 COVID-19 deaths and has had 40% of the deaths in California. An average of six people die every hour from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, which has a quarter of the state’s 40 million residents. The BET Awards was the first major awards show during the pandemic and was a success thanks to its artsy, highly produced, well-crafted pre-taped performances.
Joe and Jill Biden to appear on 'New Year’s Rockin’ Eve'
FILE - In this May 14, 2019 file photo, Ryan Seacrest attends the Walt Disney Television 2019 upfront in New York. This week, he will return to New York's Times Square to host Dick Clark New Years Rockin Eve. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Ryan Seacrest will have a special pair of guests alongside the music stars at this year's New Year's Eve celebration on ABC — the president-elect and the future first lady. President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden are scheduled to give “their last interview of the year” in New York’s Times Square on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021.”The Bidens will "share an inspiring message as we come together to close out 2020 and look ahead with hope to 2021,” according to a statement by the producers. “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021" will run until 2 a.m. Eastern on Jan. 1.
Roddy Ricch has Apple Music's top album, song of 2020
NEW YORK – Roddy Ricch is the king of Apple Music: The rapper has the music platform’s most-streamed song and album of the year. The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” was the second most-streamed song of the year, followed by Australian singer Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey,” DaBaby and Ricch’s “Rockstar” and “Life Is Good" by Future and Drake. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year, was the most Shazamed song of the year (Apple acquired Shazam in 2018). Ranked by time spent viewing lyrics in Apple Music, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s raunchy hit “WAP” tops the list of most-read lyrics of 2020. Other songs in the Top 5 include “Dance Monkey,” YOASOBI’s “Yoru ni Kakeru,” Ricch’s “The Box” and Official HIGE DANdism “Pretender.”
A year in 60 secs: TikTok lists top videos, creators of 2020
FILE - The TikTok app logo appears in Tokyo on Sept. 28, 2020. The social media app shared its list of top 100 videos, creators and trends in America in 2020. The social media video app on Wednesday shared its list of top 100 videos, creators and trends in America during 2020, recapping a year of viral videos that were sometimes a needed distraction in a tumultuous year. For some TikTok creators, the pandemic itself became inspiration to create a connection with other users. '”But the most liked TikTok video is actually even harder to explain to those who haven't used the app.
12 Grammy facts: BTS and Dr. Luke in, The Weeknd out
And it earned him his first Grammy nomination in six years. 3 spot on the pop charts — is up for best rap song and best rap performance. And Anderson .Paak's “Lockdown," about police brutality and racial injustice, is up for best melodic rap performance and best music video. JAY-Z, THE SONGWRITERS, SHINESHappy wife, happy life: Jay-Z has lent his songwriting hand to his wife Beyoncé and he's earned Grammy nominations for it. PAUL McCARTNEY, THE ART DIRECTORPaul McCartney scored his 79th Grammy nominations this year — as an art director.