Pink to be the youngest recipient of The Billboard Music Icon Award

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As reported by Billboard, American singer Pink is to be the next recipient of their Icon awardThe award has had nine legendary previous recipients: Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Garth Brooks, with Pink becoming the tenth.

The award itself was established in 2011 to recognise an artists contribution to the world of music, not only to give them acknowledgement but also guaranteeing them a performance spot at the award show. There has been a winner every year, bar 2015, since its formulation.

At 41, Pink will be the youngest artist to be honoured with the award as well as it cementing her first performance on the Billboard Music Award stage in 5 years.

Pink’s last BBMA performance in 2015

This award is one of several that highlight Pink’s contribution to the music world at large, as in the past, she has picked up the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award (2017 – VMAs) and the Woman Of The Year award (2013 – Billboard).

“I feel so honored to join the ranks of music idols like Cher, Garth Brooks, Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder. It’s a true ‘pinch me’ moment and I feel humbled and blessed.” – Pink

Make sure to catch Pink on the Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Nick Jonas, on May 23rd.

Words by Ellen Oakley

Griff named as the BRITS Rising Star for 2021

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As reported in NME Griff has been announced as the winner of this year’s BRITS Rising Star Award, after fending off competition from the likes of Pa Salieu and Rina Sawayama.

The 20-year-old, who was nominated for the prestigious honour earlier this month, now follows in the hallowed footsteps of other artists who have won the prize – including the likes of Adele, Celeste, Florence & The Machine, Sam Fender and Ellie Goulding.

“In my head I’m still screaming from the phone call when I found out,” Griff said of the honour.

“It’s honestly such a miracle: how on earth did we manage to win a BRIT and break through during a pandemic?”

Griff, who is originally from Hertfordshire, signed to Warner Records in 2019 and received initial acclaim with tracks such as ‘Black Hole’ – which saw her exploring the trickiest parts of teenage life such as mental health and family ties.

Congratulations to Griff! We look forward to seeing her performance this year at the Brits…

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Jesy Nelson signs solo deal with management company YMU

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As reported in Music News Jesy Nelson has signed a solo deal with global management firm YMU.

The 29-year-old singer announced in December she was leaving Little Mix because of the impact being in the band was having on her mental health, and it has now been confirmed she’s set to launch a solo career under YMU, whose clients already include Take That, Steve Aoki, Ant and Dec, and Fearne Cotton.

In a statement, Jesy said: “I am so excited to join YMU and can’t wait to start my next chapter.”

Whilst Mary Bekhait, group CEO of YMU, added: “Jesy has enjoyed incredible success as a recording artist and performer and is well placed to further her remarkable career. She is a hugely talented, versatile and authentic artist with a strong creative vision, and we are looking forward to helping her realise that.”

Jesy previously hinted she was set to release solo music last month when she posted mirror selfies on Instagram with the caption: “Let’s go”, along with some musical notes emojis.

And when a fan asked: “Are we getting JN1?”, Jesy liked the comment and sent her followers into a frenzy.

Best of luck to Jesy as she begins a new chapter in her music career.

Celeste receives Oscar nomination for track ‘Hear My Voice’

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As reported in Music News Celeste received an Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song for “Hear My Voice” which she co-wrote with composer Daniel Pemberton for the Netflix film The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Celeste and Pemberton said:
“What an amazing journey a song can have…
From being in lockdown, stuck at home, yet somehow still managing to write, collaborate and record over phone calls, text messages and video chats to create something from nothing that is now nominated for an Oscar is just, well, mind-blowing!”

‘Hear My Voice’ is a song written in the spirit of protest and we wrote this song with the intention to in-still hope and belief into those who feel they aren’t heard, to know that one day they will be. We are so lucky to have had such a powerful film from Aaron Sorkin to inspire the song and great collaborators in each other to complete it. To the Academy: a huge thank you we are both truly honoured.”

Celeste’s debut album Not Your Muse entered the UK Official Artist Albums Chart at No 1. It features twelve songs, including nine brand new tracks alongside acclaimed singles “Strange,” “A Little Love” and “Stop This Flame.” The deluxe edition contains an additional ten tracks, including “Hear My Voice.”

Congratulations to the soulful star!

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History made last night at the Grammy Awards

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As reported in BBC News Beyoncé has set a new record at the Grammy Awards with her 28th win.

The star is now the most-awarded woman in Grammys history, overtaking bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.

“I am so honoured, I’m so excited,” she said while accepting her record-breaking trophy, for best R&B performance.

Taylor Swift also made history at Sunday’s ceremony, by becoming the first female artist ever to win album of the year three times.

The star was rewarded for her lockdown album Folklore – after previously winning with Fearless in 2010 and the pop opus 1989 in 2016.

Only three other artists have ever won the album of the year prize three times: Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.

Main winners from last night included:

Album of the year: Taylor Swift – Folklore
Record of the year: Billie Eilish – Everything I Wanted
Song of the year: H.E.R. – I Can’t Breathe
Best new artist: Megan Thee Stallion

It’s wonderful to see women dominating this year’s Grammy winners list.

Congratulations to all winners at last night’s Grammy awards!

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Beyoncé voices support for Meghan Markle

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As reported in NME Beyoncé has shared a public message of support for Meghan Markle days after the Duchess of Sussex’s revelatory interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The singer, who previously met Meghan at the London premiere of The Lion King in 2019, shared a message of support last night (March 9).

“Thank you Meghan for your courage and leadership. We are all strengthened and inspired by you,” Beyoncé wrote on her website, under an image that showed the pair at the 2019 premiere.

The individual message of support comes after Beyoncé shared a separate post to mark International Women’s Day, which praised 12 women she deemed to be “rule breakers”.

Meghan was one of the dozen women to be highlighted, alongside the likes of Democratic politicians Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Stacey Abrams.

It’s great to see prominent women supporting and championing each other publicly.

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Taylor Swift, BTS and Harry Styles to perform at the Grammy Awards this year

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As reported in Music News The ‘Cardigan’ hitmaker, the 27-year-old singer, and the K-Pop megastars will all take to the virtual stage at the annual music awards ceremony, which is set to take place next week on March 14.

The full list of performers for this year’s ceremony – which will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles but will not feature any in-person attendance due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – was announced by the Recording Academy on Sunday (07.03.21), and also includes the likes of Billie Eilish, Cardi B, and Megan Thee Stallion.

Other stars set to perform their biggest hits from the past year are Bad Bunny, Black Pumas, Brandi Carlile, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Mickey Guyton, Haim, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, Dua Lipa, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Maren Morris, Post Malone, and Roddy Ricch.

Part of the Recording Academy’s announcement reads: “Artists will be coming together, while still safely apart, to play music for each other as a community and celebrate the music that unites us all.”

This year, the Grammys audience will consist of performers, nominees, and a small number of guests, whilst some performers – including Korean-based band BTS – will take to remote stages.

That’s one hell of a line-up for this year’s Grammy awards, but who do you think will shine the brightest on stage?

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Billie Eilish’s highly anticipated documentary lives up to expectation

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As reported on BBC News Billie Eilish’s documentary The World’s A Little Blurry finally landed.

The documentary centres on Billie as a 17-year-old, a year into which she packs what would fill two lifetimes for most people.

She never stops: writing, touring, singing, practising, working, working, working on her album with Finneas.

They tour Europe (with mum as a constant chaperone, which leads to some memorable scenes). Billie gets injured, she mentions having Tourette’s syndrome; she falls in love.

She tells us how she once dreamt truly, madly, deeply about Justin Bieber, and now guess what? He’s facetiming her!

Billie certainly impresses, with BBC’s Will Gompertz celebrating the candid nature of the documentary.

There is a foreboding sense in this film of we’ve seen all this before, it is Act One of a three-act story.

You can’t help but think of the recently released Britney Spears documentary, she was a talented teenager who had a lot of parental input but whose life and mental health suffered under the pressure of fame and expectation.

Turning a person into a product works for just about everybody except for the artist. It is the epitome of a Faustian pact, with an important exception: it is rarely the teenage prodigy who does the deal.

Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry is a refreshingly candid, intelligent documentary, if a little a long, which leaves you wondering if a life of relentless celebrity and trying to please everybody but yourself is actually a good plan.

You wonder exactly whose dream is coming true?

I found it sad rather than uplifting, but the music is exceptional and so is the woman making it.

Jesy Nelson opens up about her battle with body image

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Jesy Nelson bravely took to Instagram to share her struggles with body image and self love.

The former Little Mix member has become increasingly vocal about her mental health, her BBC documentary Odd One Out was a brutally honest look at the effects of online bullying and body shaming.

Although no longer a member of group Little Mix, having made the decision to leave last year, Jesy Nelson continues speaking up and sharing her experience.

The star took to instagram to get real about her struggles to love her body.

Jesy states-

“I remember going to the gym with my manager and I stood in the mirror and I said, ‘god I’m so fat I just want my legs to be like this’ and I pulled my skin around to try and create a thigh gap because I genuinely believed that being skinny would make me happier. And even when I got to a size 8 from starving myself, I still wasn’t happy. I mentally bullied myself everyday to try to please other people.”

She continues

“It’s taken me 10 years to realise that I’m the only person I need to please. As humans we find it so easy to pay other people compliments but yet we find it so hard to be kind to ourselves because it’s so much easier to pick ourselves apart than to find the things we love about ourselves.”

Jesy Nelson’s openness about such difficult topics is a brave and commendable attribute.

We wish her the best of luck as she focuses on herself and her mental health.

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Daft Punk retire after nearly 30 years

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French electronic music duo Daft Punk have called it quits after nearly 30 years.

Releasing a video titled “Epilogue” (an excerpt from their wordless 2006 film “Electroma”) to announce their retirement on Monday, the group’s longtime publicist confirms the split. No reason for the split was announced.

Formed in 1993, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have long hidden their identities behind robot helmets while performing. In their final, eight-minute farewell video, the duo wander the desert wearing their familiar robot helmets and leather jackets. One of the group removes his jacket to reveal an energy pack, which is pressed by the other member. The first member walks away and then explodes before the shot cuts to a sunset and Daft Punk’s “Touch” plays.

The duo’s debut 1997 album Homework was an international success with dance hits “Around The World” and “Da Funk”. By 2001, Daft Punk had donned their signature robot helmets, releasing more electronic dance, hits including “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”.

Daft Punk’s last album was 2013’s Random Access Memories, which featured the hit track “Get Lucky” and won a Grammy for Best Album in 2014. Since then, the group have worked with the Weeknd on two songs on his Starboy album, in addition to “I Feel It Coming”.