Post Malone took home nine 2020 Billboard Music Awards last night, including the top artist prize. Billie Eilish seems to have been on the scene for ages now, but it's actually last year that she came to the music world big-time, so the Best new artist award went to her. Killer Mike took the first-ever Change Maker Award. Check out all the nominees and winners here. CoS argues the telecast ceremony was a "mess", especially Post Malone's performance, who forgot how to lip-sync.

A surprised man in a Covid world
September 28, 2020

Mark Beaumont: Ninja approach to award ceremonies - the shake-up they need

Inspired by the stealth approach of the Mercury Prize ceremony last week, NME's Mark Beaumont writes today that all the awards ceremonies should be conducted that way - "Most of music’s award ceremonies have become so formulaic, dreary and smugly ‘establishment’ that the ninja approach necessitated by corona might well be the shake-up they desperately need". There's several benefits, one of which is - stars caught off guard: "At a stealth award ceremony, you’d really get an insight into the true natures of the stars... The cult rock band, with no time to rehearse their snarled acceptance shrug, might break down and weep like Paltrow in an Oscar factory at the unexpected honour".

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won an Emmy for their score for HBO’s 'Watchmen', and now only lack a Tonny for EGOT status - they won an Academy Award for 'The Social Network' and a Grammy for their score for 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo', Deadline reports. British singer-songwriter Labrinth was honored for his song 'All for Us' from the finale of HBO’s 'Euphoria', Billboard reports. Composer Laura Karpman won her first prime-time Emmy in the documentary score category for 'Why We Hate', a six-part Discovery Channel series about hatred around the globe, Variety reports. All the nominees and winners - here.

Luke Combs was awarded the album of the year accolade for 'What You See Is What You Get' at the Country Music Awards. He also won at the Male artist of the year category. Entertainer of the year award was split between Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood - the first ever entertainment tie, Female artist of the year awards went to Maren Morris, while Dan + Shay won at the Duo of the year category. Old Dominion are group of the year, Billboard reports. A small step toward equality and reason has happened - Mickey Guyton performed at the show, as the first black woman to do so. List of nominees and winners - here.

Front row seat
September 15, 2020

'The Apollo' documentary wins at Emmys

The documentary about Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater won the Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, beating Spike Jonze’s 'Beastie Boys Story', Michelle Obama documentary 'Becoming', 'Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time', and 'The Great Hack', Pitchfork reports. Director Roger Ross Williams said in his acceptance speech “As Ta-Nehisi Coates says in the film, ‘Our music is so beautiful that even those with their boots on our necks can't help but sing along’". Emmys are being awarded until Saturday, ET Online will list all the winners.

Dave / Jamie Cullum / Little Simz

Little Simz, Dave and Jamie Cullum were major winners at 2020’s Ivor Novello awards, which honour the best in British songwriting, uDiscover Music reports. London rapper Little Simz was awarded Album of the year for 'Grey Area'. Dave was awarded best contemporary song for 'Black', his track that charts the struggles of black people from slavery to today’s racial inequality and stereotyping. Jamie Cullum was awarded in the “best song musically and lyrically” category, for his power ballad 'The Age of Anxiety'.

The Weeknd’s 'Blinding Lights' won video of the year at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards. Lady Gaga won the most awards during the night - five - followed closely by Ariana Grande and BTS, with four each. See the list of all the winners and all the nominees here. The Weeknd kicked off the 2020 ceremony with a stellar performance of his hit 'Blinding Lights', performed from above Manhattan.

Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga have been nominated in five categories each for this year's MTV Video Music Awards. In the Video of the Year category the nominees are: Eminem featuring Juice WRLD in 'Godzilla', Future featuring Drake in 'Life Is Good', Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande in 'Rain on Me', Taylor Swift with 'The Man', and The Weeknd with 'Blinding Lights'. There are also two new 2020 categories to reflect the pandemic - Best Music Video From Home and Best Quarantine Performance, MTV reports. There is a first: three women are nominated for best direction - Taylor Swift for 'The Man', Billie Eilish for 'xanny' and Hannah Lux Davis for Doja Cat’s 'Say So', which is the first time that three women, without help from a male co-director, have been nominated in this category in the same year.

Trent Reznor, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, Kamasi Washington, Beastie Boys are nominated for 2020 Emmy awards, in music categories, uDiscover Music reports. Trent Reznor got his nomination for 'Watchmen', Kamasi Washington is in with 'Becoming', while Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo are recognized for their work in 'The Black Godfather'. Beastie Boys Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz and their creative partner and director Spike Jonze are nominated for Apple TV’s 'Beastie Boys Story' in five categories, including for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special. Check all the nominees here.

This prize is your prize
July 22, 2020

Joan Baez to receive Woody Guthrie Prize

Joan Baez is this year’s recipient of the Woody Guthrie Prize, in recognition of her "groundbreaking career and impact on humanitarian causes", as she "has consistently been on the front lines in the fight for social justice, peace, and equality”, Chicago Sun-Times reports. The prize was established in 2014 and is given each year to an artist who best exemplifies the spirit and life work of Woody Guthrie by speaking for the less fortunate and serving as a positive force for social change - past recipients include John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Mavis Staples, Pete Seeger, and last year's winner, Public Enemy's Chuck D.

Stormzy / Dave / Kate Tempest

Stormzy, Dave, Nick Cave, Kate Tempest and Little Simz are nominated for this year's Ivor Novellos, the most prestigious songwriting awards in the UK and Ireland, Music Week reports. Four authors are nominated twice: Kate Tempest and producer Dan Carey are up for Best Album for the former’s ‘The Book Of Traps And Lessons‘ as well as Best Contemporary Song for ‘Firesmoke’; Jimmy Napes is nominated for his songwriting contributions to both Stormzy’s ‘Crown’ and Sam Smith‘s ‘Dancing With A Stranger’; Jamie Hartman is nominated for his work on Lewis Capaldi‘s ‘Hold Me While You Wait’ and Calvin Harris‘ Rag’n’Bone Man collaboration ‘Giant’; Stormzy and MJ Cole are also nominated for their songwriting on ‘Crown’. In the most prestigious category, for the best album, the nominated are ‘Ghosteen’ by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, ‘Grey Area’ by Little Simz, and ‘The Book of Traps and Lessons’ by Kate Tempest. See all the nominees here.

Beyonce / Chris Brown / Megan Thee Stallion

Big winners at the 2020 BET Awards included Migos (Best Group), Lizzo (Best Female R&B/Pop Artist), Megan Thee Stallion (Best Female Hip Hop Artist), DaBaby (Best Male Hip-Hop Artist), Roddy Ricch was named Best New Artis while his album 'Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial' won Album of the Year, and Beyonce’s 'Brown Skin Girl' (HER Award). Chris Brown won Best Male R&B/Pop Artist and Best Collaboration ('No Guidance' featuring Drake), and DJ Khaled won Video Of The Year for 'Higher' featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend. Check out the full list of nominees and winners at Deadline. Public Enemy joined forces with Nas, The Roots’ Questlove and Black Thought, YG, and Rapsody for a special performance of 'Fight the Power' to kick off the 2020 BET Award - watch here, and Alicia Keys gave a powerful performance of 'Perfect Way to Die'.

Moses Boyd / Digga D

UK electronic-jazz drummer Moses Boyd and drill rapper Digga D are the most nominated artists for this year’s AIM Independent Music Awards, with three nominations each. Electronic music trailblazers Flying Lotus and Floating Points, as well as Polish pianist Hania Rani and psychedelic R'n'B singer Greentea Peng are vying for two awards each. The most attractive category, Best Independent Album, is filled with interesting releases: Brooke Bentham 'Everyday Nothing', Everything Is Recorded 'Friday Forever', Kidjo Ojua 'The Mixtape', Kim Gordon 'No Home Record', Laura Marling 'Song For Our Daughter', Moses Boyd 'Dark Matter', Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 'Ghosteen', The Ninth Wave 'Infancy', Phoenix Da Icefire & Husky Brown 'Panacea' and Sarathy Korwar 'More Arriving'.

Blues guitarist and singer Christone “Kingfish” Ingram was the big winner at the Blues Foundation’s 2020 Blues Music Awards taking home five awards - album of the year for his debut 'Kingfish', best emerging artist album, best contemporary blues album, instrumentalist-guitarist and best contemporary blues artist, Commercial Appeal reports. Nick Moss and his band featuring Dennis Gruenling won two awards for band of the year and traditional blues album for 'Lucky Guy!', while Moss took home the statue for song of the year for 'Lucky Guy'.

Melbourne-based hip-hop artist Sampa the Great won the Australian music prize yesterday with her album 'The Return', two years after she first won the award for 2017 album 'Birds and the BEE9', making her the first artist in the history to win the Australian music prize twice, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Zambian-born Sampa Tembo thanked the judging panel for recognising an album “not written for radio play or commercial appeal”, the Music Network reports. The album deals with themes of migration and displacement. Sampa’s album beat out a shortlist that included recordings by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Thelma Plum, Amyl & the Sniffers and more. Previous winners of the AMP include Gurrumul, Augie March, Courtney Barnett and AB Original.

Lewis Capaldi was the big winner at last night's Brit Awards picking up statues in Best new artist and Best song categories ('Someone You Love'). Dave won the No. 1 award, the Best album category, for 'Psychodrama', Mabel was awarded Best female award (30 years to the day her mother Neneh Cherry won her very own trophies), Stormzy got the Best male, and the Foals Best British group awards. Billie Eilish won in the International female category, with Tyler, the Creator wining in the International male category. Rising star award went to Celeste. Independent points out to Dave's political statement at the Brits - called out UK prime minister "racist", and lack of women, nominated or awarded.

Friends of the NME
February 13, 2020

Little Simz, Slowthai, Lana Del Rey win NME awards

Little Simz

Little Simz won the NME award for the best British album for her 'GREY Area', with Lana Del Rey winning the best album in the world award for her 'Norman Fucking Rockwell'. Best song in the world award went to Billie Eilish for her ‘Bad Guy’, Robyn was named songwriter of the decade, FKA twigs got the best British solo act award, Clairo is the best new act in the world, Emily Eavis got the godlike genius award, and the Foals were named best live act. All the nominees and the winners at the NME. Photos from the awards - here.

Ice melting - with music
February 11, 2020

Diane Warren and Anna Netrebko awarded Polar Music Prize

Anna Netrebko and Diane Warren

Songwriter extraordinaire Diane Warren and operatic prima donna Anna Netrebko have been named the Laureates for the 2020 Polar Music Prize, an award founded in 1989 by Stig "Stikkan" Anderson, the manager and music publisher of ABBA. Traditionally, it is awarded to a person from the pop world and one from the classical or jazz genre. Previous winners of the Polar Music Prize include Sting, Elton John, Metallica, Ennio Morricone, Led Zeppelin, Paul Simon, Björk, Wayne Shorter, Patti Smith, Dizzy Gillespie...

Young Iceland composer Hildur Guðnadóttir won the Oscar last night in the Original score category, for her work on 'Joker' soundtrack, beating a quartet of men - Randy Newman, John Williams, Thomas Newman, and Alexandre Desplat. In the best original song category Elton John (music) and Bernie Taupin (lyrics) got the Oscar for their '(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again' from the biopic Rocketman.

Patti Smith is being awarded the 2020 PEN Literary Service Award, given to authors who write about “the human condition”. “She has testified to the transformative power of literature in her own life, and used her stardom to encourage reading and writing in the legions who revere her” - PEN President Jennifer Egan said in a statement, adding she "set an example of badass female artistry, coupled with deeply principled humanity". Previous recipients include Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, and Bob Woodward.

Ant the Oscar goes to - Music!
January 13, 2020

Hildur Guðnadóttir, Randy Newman and Elton John nominated for Oscar

Iceland composer Hildur Guðnadóttir is nominated for Oscar, in Music - Original Score category for her work in 'Joker'. Other nominees in this category are Alexandre Desplat for 'Little Women', Randy Newman for Marriage Story, Thomas Newman for '1917' and John Williams for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'. Nominees in the other music category - Original Song - are: Randy Newman for 'I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away' from 'Toy Story 4'; Elton John and Bernie Taupin for '(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again' from 'Rocketman'; Diane Warren for 'I'm Standing With You' from 'Breakthrough'; Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for 'Into The Unknown' from 'Frozen II'; Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo for 'Stand Up' from 'Harriet'.