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Drake, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd all score nominations for 2020 Billboard Music Awards

Drake, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes were among musicians nominated for the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. Postponed due to the pandemic, many of the songs and albums up for consideration may feel dated, as this year's awards reflect the chart period of March 23, 2019 through March 14, 2020.

J Balvin, Roddy Ricch no longer performing at MTV VMAs

Grammy-winning rapper Roddy Ricch and Colombian superstar J Balvin will no longer perform at the MTV Video Music Awards.

BET Awards highlight Black voices as artists turn political

The BET Awards served as an extension of the voices of Black people protesting in the streets about the inequalities Black people face daily, as artists used their performances to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights and the lives of those lost because of police officers, including George Floyd.

Drake leads nominees for BET Awards, with ceremony to air on CBS for 1st time

Drake is the leading nominee at the 2020 BET Awards, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this month. The Canadian artist is nominated for six honours, including video of the year and best male hip-hop artist.

Grammys make awards changes, address conflicts of interest

The Recording Academy is making changes to several Grammy Awards categories, including the often-debated best new artist title, and having nomination review committee members sign disclosure forms to prevent conflicts of interest.

Amid unrest, artists unveil new songs to voice the Black experience

In response to the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, dozens of artists have voiced their heavy thoughts and feelings in song.

Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Dave Grohl open their doors to the world for fundraiser

Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Dave Grohl opened their doors — literally — as the musicians performed from their homes for an hour-long benefit concert to raise money for those affected by the coronavirus crisis.

The show will go on... from their living rooms: John Legend, Pink, Chris Martin take gigs online

The spreading coronavirus cancelled several touring performances from A-list musical artists, but those acts have found a new venue to sing: their living rooms.

Billie Eilish captures 5 Grammy Awards at tribute-filled ceremony

The edgy, avant-pop album that siblings Billie Eilish and Finneas created in a small bedroom made a big splash at the 2020 Grammy Awards, winning 11 honours for the musical family on Sunday.

New Grammys CEO put on leave 10 days before awards show

Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan, who the company announced Thursday was placed on administrative leave, has fired back in a statement through her lawyer.

New acts rule as Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish lead Grammys nominations

Billie Eilish, Lizzo and Lil Nas X are among the high-profile contenders vying for the Grammy Awards.

Creator of Lizzo's signature slogan could land Grammy nod

Mina Lioness' longstanding battle to finally receive writing credit on Lizzo's megahit song Truth Hurts is paying off in more ways than one: it could win her a potential Grammy Award.

Despite female push, Garth Brooks bests Carrie Underwood at CMAs

The Country Music Association Awards almost fully honoured and highlighted the women of country music — whose songs have been heavily dismissed on country radio over the years — until two words were uttered when they named its entertainer of the year.

2 writers claim they deserve credit on Lizzo's hit Truth Hurts

A pair of songwriting siblings are claiming they deserve writing credit for Lizzo's massive hit Truth Hurts, saying it borrows from her earlier track Healthy, which they co-wrote.

Lil Nas X's Old Town Road gallops past Drake's record on Billboard charts

Lil Nas X's Old Town Road has now set records on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs and Hot rap songs charts, respectively.