Jon Batiste won album of the year for 'We Are', Silk Sonic won record and song of the year for 'Leave the Door Open' and Olivia Rodrigo walked away with best new artist ath the Grammy awards. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appeared mid-show to speak of Ukrainian musicians: "The war — what's more opposite than music? We defend our freedom. To live. To love. To sound. In our land, we are fighting Russia which brings horrible silence with their bombs. The dead silence. Fill the silence with your music! Fill it today. To tell our story. Tell the truth about war". Check out all the winners.

Bluesman comes to town
February 13, 2022

Tommy Castro leads nominations for 2022 Blues Music Awards

Blues, R&B and rock guitarist and singer Tommy Castro is nominated for the B.B. King entertainer of the year award, album of the year, band of the year (with The Painkillers), contemporary blues album, and blues rock artist for this year's Blues Music Awards. Chris Cain and Anthony Paule have four nods each, Billboard reports.

Grounds for awards
February 09, 2022

Adele wins big at Brit awards

Adele won the top three prizes at the BRIT Awards on Tuesday - song of the year for her chart-topping single 'Easy on Me', album of the year for her comeback album '30', and artist of the year, a now genderless category in which rappers Little Simz and Dave, as well as singers Ed Sheeran and Sam Fender, were also nominated. Rock band Wolf Alice took best group, rapper Little Simz was named best new artist, Ed Sheeran was named songwriter of the year, while Dave was named best hip-hop/grime/rap act. Check out all the winners here.

In the two music-related Oscar categories, these are the nominees: original song - 'Be Alive' from 'King Richard' by DIXSON and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, 'Dos Oruguitas' from 'Encanto' by Lin-Manuel Miranda, 'Down to Joy' from 'Belfast' by Van Morrison, 'No Time To Die' from the latest Bond movie of the same name, by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, 'Somehow You Do' from 'Four Good Days' by Diane Warren; the original score category - 'Don't Look Up' by Nicholas Britell, 'Dune' by Hans Zimmer, 'Encanto' by Germaine Franco, 'Parallel Mothers' by Alberto Iglesias, and 'The Power of the Dog' by Jonny Greenwood. Check out all the nominees here.

'No Time to Die' from the James Bond movie of the same name, written by Billie Eilish and her brother and collaborator Finneas, won the Golden Globe for best original song. Hans Zimmer’s 'Dune' won the Globe for best original score. Find the list of all the nominees and winners here.

Foreign press, familiar names
December 13, 2021

Jonny Greenwood and Billie Eilish nominated for the Golden Globes

The Golden Globe nominations 2022 are here. See the two music categories nominees below.

Best Original Score, Motion Picture:

Alexandre Desplat, 'The French Dispatch'

Germaine Franco, 'Encanto'

Jonny Greenwood, 'The Power of the Dog'

Alberto Iglesias, 'Parallel Mothers'

Hans Zimmer, 'Dune'

Best Original Song, Motion Picture:

'Be Alive', from 'King Richard'

'Dos Oruguitas', from 'Encanto'

'Down to Joy', from 'Belfast'

'Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)', from 'Respect'

'No Time to Die', from 'No Time to Die'

Little awards
December 05, 2021

Dave, Little Simz and Ghetts win MOBO awards

Dave took home best album awards for his second record, 'We're All Alone In This Together' at this year's Mobo Awards, NME reports. Rapper Little Simz won best female, in recognition of her triumphant third album, 'Sometimes I Might Be Introvert'. Ghetts took home best male Mobo. Central Cee was named best newcomer, while Nigeria's Wizkid was named best international act.

Some Grammy firsts and records this year. Mickey Guyton is now the first Black artist ever nominated for Best Country Album, for her record 'Remember Her Name', Tennessean reports. Jay-Z has become the most nominated artist in Grammy history, after getting three 2022 nods, which brought him up to 83 total, The Variety reports. Paul McCartney is second with 81, and Quincy Jones drops to #3 with his 80 nominations. See all the Grammy nominees.

Late night show with Jon Batiste
November 23, 2021

Jon Batiste leads Grammy nominations with 11 nods

Multi-genre performer and Oscar winner Jon Batiste scored the most Grammy nominations with 11 nods, including album of the year nod for 'We Are' along with record of the year with 'Freedom'. His nominations span several genres including R&B, jazz, American roots music, classical and music video. Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. each came away with eight nominations, whereas Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo both had seven nods. The Weeknd nabbed three nominations although the pop star claimed he would not allow his label to submit his music. Check out the nominees in all the categories here.

Check out the nominees in the top four categories:

Record of the Year

ABBA - 'I Still Have Faith in You'
Jon Batiste - 'Freedom'
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - 'I Get a Kick Out of You
Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Cesar & Giveon - 'Peaches'
Brandi Carlile - 'Right on Time'
Doja Cat Featuring SZA - 'Kiss Me More'
Billie Eilish - 'Happier Than Ever'
Lil Nas X - 'Montero (Call Me by Your Name)'
Olivia Rodrigo - 'Drivers License'
Silk Sonic - 'Leave the Door Open'

Album of the Year

Jon Batiste - 'We Are'
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - 'Love for Sale'
Justin Bieber - 'Justice' (Triple Chucks Deluxe)
Doja Cat - 'Planet Her' (Deluxe)
Billie Eilish - 'Happier Than Ever'
H.E.R. - 'Back of My Mind'
Lil Nas X - 'Montero'
Olivia Rodrigo - 'Sour'
Taylor Swift - 'Evermore'
Kanye West - 'Donda'

Song of the Year

Ed Sheeran - 'Bad Habits'
Alicia Keys & Brandi Carlile - 'A Beautiful Noise'
Olivia Rodrigo - 'Drivers License'
H.E.R. - 'Fight for You'
Billie Eilish - 'Happier Than Ever'
Doja Cat Featuring SZA - 'Kiss Me More'
Silk Sonic - 'Leave the Door Open'
Lil Nas X - 'Montero (Call Me by Your Name)'
Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Cesar & Giveon - 'Peaches'
Brandi Carlile - 'Right on Time'

Best New Artist

Arooj Aftab
Jimmie Allen
Baby Keem
Glass Animals
Japanese Breakfast
The Kid Laroi
Arlo Parks
Olivia Rodrigo

Camilo / Blade / Guerra

Camilo took home three awards for three separate songs at last night's Latin Grammys, as well as an award for Best Pop Vocal Album, reports. Juan Luis Guerra also took home four awards, including one for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Rubén Blades came away with some of the most important awards of the night, including Album of the Year for 'Salswing!' and Person of the Year. Song of the Year went to 'Patria y Vida' by Cuban conglomerate Yotuel, Gente De Zona, Descemer Bueno, Maykel Osorbo & El Funky; an unusual choice, given the Latin Recording Academy's hesitance to promote explicitly political content. CNN brings photos from the ceremony.

18-year old Kid Laroi has scooped the top prize in the Australian 2021 National Indigenous Music awards, Sidney Morning Herald reports. Kid Laroi, who is now based in Los Angeles, took home the artist of the year award, beating nominees Sycco, Birdz, Miiesha, Baker Boy and Jessica Mauboy. JK-47 claims award for debut album, Budjerah crowned best new talent and Miiesha wins song of the year for 'Damaged'.

The full list of NIMA winners:

Artist Of The Year: The Kid LAROI

Album Of The Year: JK-47 – ‘Made For This’

Song Of The Year: Miiesha – ‘Damaged’

Best New Talent of the Year: Budjerah

Best Film Clip Of The Year: Baker Boy (Feat. Yirrmal) – ‘Ride’

Indigenous Language Award Of The Year: Guwanbal Gurruwiwi and Netanela Mizrahi – ‘The Djari Project’

Community Clip Of The Year: Kakadu Collective & Victor Rostron – ‘Mayali’

Archie Roach Foundation Award: J-Milla

"Paul McCartney is not an easy man to impress, but a little over four hours into the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony — which saw surprise appearances from Dave Chappelle, Eminem, and Jennifer Lopez, along with incredible performances by Taylor Swift, LL Cool J, Carole King, Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera and the Go-Go’s — he genuinely seemed a little awestruck when he stepped onto the stage to induct the Foo Fighters" - Rolling Stone starts its piece about last night's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Read it in full - here.

Amy Shark / Genesis Owusu

Singer/songwriter Amy Shark and hip-hop artist Genesis Owusu both attracted six nominations across as many categories for the 2021 Aria awards. Shark is up for album of the year for 'Cry Forever', whereas her single 'Love Songs Ain’t For Us' (featuring Keith Urban) is nominated in the publicly voted categories of song of the year and best video. She is also nominated for best artist, best pop release and best Australian live act for her Cry Forever Tour 2021. Owusu is nominated for best artist and best album of the year for his debut 'Smiling With No Teeth'. He is also in the running for the best independent release, best hip-hop release and best Australian live act for his Smiling With No Teeth album tour.

Weapon of mass seduction
September 28, 2021

Rapper Cadence Weapon wins the 2021 Polaris Music Prize

'Parallel World' by Cadence Weapon was selected by an 11-member jury of the 2021 Polaris Music Prize as the Canadian album of the year, based solely on artistic merit, The FADER reports. Across its 10 songs and 26 minutes, 'Parallel World' makes distinct references to Black experiences and history in Canada and draws inspiration from a wide range of music, literature and art by Black creators to reflect our "dystopian present".

Dave / Lianne La Havas / Harry Styles

Dave and Fraser T Smith were awarded best contemporary song for 'Children of the Internet' at this year’s Ivor Novello awards, which celebrate Britain’s best songwriters and composers. The song is performed by Future Utopia, and explores the impact of social media and hyper-connectivity, particularly on younger generations. Brit Award winner Celeste was named songwriter of the year alongside her writing partner Jamie Hardman. Lianne La Havas picked up best album for her self-titled second record, written with Matthew Hales. Sky News reported from the event.

Lil Nas X and his jaw dropping video for 'Montero: Call Me By Your Name' won Video of the Year at MTV Video Music Awards. Olivia Rodrigo won the award for Best New Artist, as well as Song of the Year for 'Drivers Licence'. Billie Eilish won the Video For Good award for her single 'Your Power'. Pitchfork picks out the best and worst bits of the awards. Check out all the winners at MTV.

Planet Brit
September 11, 2021

Arlo Parks wins 2021 Mercury Prize

Arlo Parks is the winner of the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize for the best British album of the year. Her 'Collapsed in Sunbeams' won the award over shortlisted albums by Ghetts, Black Country, New Road, Wolf Alice, Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders, Mogwai, and more. Alexis Petridis says Arlo Parks’ "warm voice and diaristic lyrics rightly earn her the Mercury prize".

Justin Bieber leads the field for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards with seven nominations. Megan Thee Stallion follows with six. Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd and more are also among this year’s nominees. Check out all the nominees at MTV.

With 22 nods in 13 categories, Bad Bunny leads the list of finalists for the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Bad Bunny, with three albums under his belt, is nominated in the artist of the year, songwriter of the year, Hot Latin Songs artist of the year, top Latin rhythm album and top Latin album of the year categories. Maluma follows with 11 nominations, J Balvin with 9, and Karol G, Anuel AA and Black Eyed Peas with 8 each. Check out all the nominees on Billboard.

The Mercury Prize 2021 shortlist:

Arlo Parks – 'Collapsed in Sunbeams'
Berwyn – 'Demotape/Vega'
Black Country, New Road – 'For the First Time'
Celeste – 'Not Your Muse'
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra – 'Promises'
Ghetts – 'Conflict of Interest'
Hannah Peel – 'Fir Wave'
Laura Mvula – 'Pink Noise'
Mogwai – 'As the Love Continues'
Nubya Garcia – 'Source'
Sault – 'Untitled (Rise)'
Wolf Alice – 'Blue Weekend'

Among dozens of nominees for this year's Emmys, there are some music ones. Apple TV’s 'Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry' documentary is up for three awards, whereas David Byrne’s HBO special 'David Byrne: American Utopia' has been nominated in eight categories. The New York Times’ docu 'Framing Britney Spears' is up for two awards. Elsewhere in the nominations, Cynthia Erivo picked up a nod for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie, for her role portraying the late Aretha Franklin in the National Geographic miniseries 'Genius: Aretha', whereas Marcus Mumford is nominated for his 'Ted Lasso' theme, in the category of Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music. Check the full list at EW.

Megan Thee Stallion won a leading four awards Sunday at the BET Awards -rapper won best female hip-hop artist, best collaboration and best video of the year for 'Wap' with Cardi B, and the viewers’ choice award for 'Savage' with Beyoncé. Chris Brown won best male R&B/Pop Artist, and Oscar winner H.E.R. won female R&B/Pop Artist. The annual awards celebrate the year in Black music, TV, film, sports and social impact and this edition touted the “year of the Black woman,” with Queen Latifah receiving the Lifetime Achievement BET Award. Billboard lists all the nominees and winners.

The Weeknd took home 10 awards at the 2021 Billboard Music Award, including top artist and top male artist, Billboard reports. Pop Smoke won five, including top new artist and BTS and Bad Bunny each earned four. P!nk was honored as the Icon, Drake as the artist of the decade and Trae Tha Truth as the Change Maker.

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste win best Original score award at the Oscars last night for their work on the beautiful animated feature film 'Soul'. In the Best original song category, H.E.R. took home the trophy for 'Fight for You' from the feature film 'Judas and the Black Messiah'. 'Sound of Metal' won Film editing, and Sound. Check out all the winners and nominees here.

Sound of soul
April 11, 2021

Reznor, Ross and Batiste win at BAFTAs

Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross won the Original score award at this year BAFTAs, for their work on the animated movie 'Soul', the Variety reports. Music movie 'Sound of Metal', about a metal drummer who goes deaf, has won the Editing and the Sound awards. 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom', about the influential blues singer Ma Rainey has won the Costume design award. Check out all the nominees - here.

Dua Lipa / Celeste / Arlo Parks

Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks, Celeste, Joel Corry and Young T & Bugsey lead Brit Awards 2021 nominations with three noms apiece. The British album category also features four out of five female nominees for the first time in Brits history, with the aforementioned women joined by Jessie Ware and J Hus. Also, more than half the nominees in key categories are non-white, making the most diverse nominations in the event's history, as Sky emphasizes. Alexis Petridis points out that - "by recognising UK rap and women’s creativity, the Brits are finally in tune".

Ross / Reznor / Ahmed

The music movie 'Sound of Metal' about a drummer who goes deaf is nominated for an Oscar in the best picture category, the Academy has revealed. The lead actor from that movie, British musician and actor Riz Ahmed, is nominated for his leading role in that movie. Chadwick Boseman, who died last year, is up against him in the same category for his performance in 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'. Also, Viola Davis is nominated in the Actress in a Leading Role category for her performance in 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom', as well as Andra Day for 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday'. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are nominated twice in the Original Score category, with 'Mank' and 'Soul' - Jon Batiste joins them in the latter. Also, in the same category, nominated are Terence Blanchard with 'Da 5 Bloods', Emile Mosseri with 'Minari', and 'News of the World' by James Newton Howard. In the Original song category nominated are: 'Fight For You' from 'Judas and the Black Messiah', 'Hear My Voice' from 'The Trial of the Chicago 7', 'Husavik' from 'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga', 'lo Sì (Seen)' from 'The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)', and 'Speak Now'" from 'One Night in Miami…'.

The history is now
March 15, 2021

Taylor Swift and Beyonce make Grammy history

Taylor Swift has become the first woman in Grammy Awards history to win album of the year three times - the 31-year-old songstress took home the top prize last night with 'Folklore'. Swift previously won album of the year in 2010 for 'Fearless', at that time, the youngest artist ever to do so, and in 2016 for '1989'. The only other musicians to win thrice are Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, and Paul Simon, USA Today reports. Beyoncé became the most-decorated woman in Grammys history with her 28th win, while her daughter Blue Ivy Carter, at 9 years old, became the second youngest person to win a Grammy, according to CBS News. Billie Eilish accepted the Grammy for Record of the Year for her song 'Everything I Wanted', Megan Thee Stallion won Best New Artist, H.E.R. took Song of the Year for 'I Can't Breathe', Check out all the nominees and winners here. BBC picks out five special moments from the ceremony, including Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion simulating sex onstage (a Scissor Sisters moment, right!?).

Fiona Apple / Thundercat / Kaytranada

Apart from the biggest categories, there were some noticeable wins at the Grammys last night. Kaytranada won Best Dance/Electronic Album with 'Bubba', Fiona Apple won Best Rock Performance with 'Shameika' as well as Best Alternative Music Album with 'Fetch the Bolt Cutters', Brittany Howard won Best Rock Song with 'Stay High', The Strokes won Best Rock Album with 'The New Abnormal', Thundercat won Best Progressive R&B Album with 'It Is What It Is', Gillian Welch & David Rawlings won Best Folk Album with 'All The Good Times', Burna Boy won Best Global Music Album with 'Twice As Tall', Body Count won Best Metal Performance with 'Bum-Rush', even Kanye West won, in Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category with 'Jesus is King', tying Jay-Z as the most ever Grammy-awarded among hip-hop artists with 22 awards.

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste won best score - motion picture at 2021 Golden Globe Awards for their collaborative work on Pixar's 'Soul'. In other music-related Golden Globes news, 'Io Sì (Seen)' from 'The Life Ahead', written by Daine Warren and performed by Laura Pausini, won Best Song, Chadwick Boseman won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture for his performance in 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom', and Andra Day won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture for 'The United States Vs. Billie Holiday'. The full list of winners and nominees - here.

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