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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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?

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

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.

Demi Lovato suffered three strokes and a heart attack after her 2018 overdose

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Demi Lovatos near-fatal 2018 drug overdose caused her to suffer three strokes and a heart attack as doctors fought to save her life.

The Confident hitmaker will lay out her personal struggles in the new YouTube docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, and in the trailer, which was released on Wednesday, the singer revealed just how close she came to death after suffering a setback in her battle with sobriety.

In the teaser, Demi suggested keeping her issues bottled up caused her to act out and put her life at risk.

“Any time that you suppress a part of yourself, it’s gonna overflow,” she said, later confessing: “I crossed a line that I had never crossed… I snapped.”

Recalling her near-death experience, Demi shared: “I had three strokes, I had a heart attack. My doctors said that I had five to 10 more minutes (to live).”

The footage is soundtracked by an as-yet-unreleased song, which the lyrics suggest shares the same title as the docuseries.

“I’m rebirthing, I’m starting over,” Demi declared.

“I’ve had a lot of lives, like my cat; I’m on my ninth life. I’m ready to get back to doing what I love, which is making music. I’m not living my life for other people, or their headlines, or their Twitter comments,” she went on.

The hard-hitting four-part series, which chronicles the events which led up to her medical emergency, will also feature appearances by her family and close friends, as well as Christina Aguilera and Sir Elton John, who admitted: “When you’re young and you’re famous, my god, it’s tough.”

Best of luck to the star in her sobriety, and a brave move to share her story to publicly.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Nicki Minaj’s father has passed after hit-and-run incident

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Nicki Minaj’s father Robert Maraj has been killed in a hit-and-run incident, police have confirmed.

The 64-year-old was hit by a car while he was walking between Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue in Mineola on Long Island, New York around 6:15pm on Friday (February 12).

According to Nassau County Police, the driver left the scene of the accident immediately after they hit Maraj. The authorities said Minaj’s father was in a critical condition when he arrived at the hospital. He was pronounced dead on Saturday (February 13), according to the Associated Press.

At present, no suspect has been identified. Police are seeking any witnesses with information on the crash.

Thoughts are with Nicki and family during this difficult time.

Pink’s daughter proves the vocal talent runs in the family with new TikTok

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Popstar Pink has proved her daughter has inherited her musical talents after showing off the nine-year-old’s vocals in her first video on TikTok.

The Just Give Me a Reason singer gave fans a glimpse at Willow’s star potential, as she shared video footage of the youngster belting out part of a track called, Cover Me In Sunshine.

Willow even displayed her sassy nature by snapping her fingers at the end of the cameo, as Pink turned the camera on herself as she smiled and laughed, “OK!”

Fans were quick to applaud the budding star for her efforts, with the clip picking up more than one million views.

“So vocals run in the family i see (sic),” remarked one follower, as another posted, “The Next Pink is born”.

Pink shares Willow and son Jameson, four, with her husband Carey Hart.

The Weeknd becomes the first Canadian artist to perform solo at Super Bowl half-time show

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The Weeknd performed during the Super Bowl half-time show last night (February 7) – scroll down the page to watch it in full now.

The Canadian musician joined the likes of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Prince, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga as Super Bowl performers, and became the first Canadian to perform solo at the American football event.

The Weeknd began his set by appearing from between two halves of the stage, which was built into the stands of the stadium. During the under 15-minute performance, he played songs from throughout his career, including ‘Save Your Tears’ and ‘Blinding Lights’ from his latest album ‘After Hours’, 2015 hit ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ and a clip of 2011 track ‘House Of Balloons’.

Although the star wasn’t joined by any special guests for the performance – as he confirmed ahead of the show – he was accompanied by a choir, backing band and horde of dancers. The latter were all dressed in matching red jackets and face bandages, much like The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’ character.

Watch The Weeknd’s Super Bowl half-time show in full below now.

Congratulations to The Weeknd!

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

FKA Twigs teases new music that could be coming this week

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FKA Twigs has taken to Instagram to tease the release of new music this week, over a year after the release of her second album ‘MAGDALENE’.

The short post was accompanied by a selfie of Twigs – real name Tahliah Barnett – with the caption: “did someone say they wanted new music? might have something for you this week…”. Read the post below.

Barnett is set to launch her own Sonos Radio show next month, entitled Main Squeeze, and featuring tracks from the likes of Ashanti, Pink Floyd and Larry Heard.

Barnett recently sued Shia LaBeouf, accusing him of sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress throughout their relationship, which took place between 2018 and 2019.

Fans have been eagerly awaiting new music from talented FKA Twigs for MONTHS. Could she finally be about to satisfy our hunger?

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Lana Del Rey defends ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’ album cover

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Lana Del Rey has elaborated on the cover art of her forthcoming album ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’, appearing to pre-emptively respond to criticism about the diversity of the group of people it depicts.

The singer unveiled the artwork and the tracklist for the record late Sunday night (January 10). It features Del Rey and a number of other women gathered around a table smiling.

She also left an Instagram comment elaborating on the cover art, starting the message, “I also want to say that with everything going on this year! And no this was not intended-these are my best friends, since you are asking today.

“And damn! As it happens when it comes to my amazing friends and this cover yes there are people of color on this records picture and that’s all I’ll say about that,” Del Rey added.

Are you looking forward to new music from Lana?

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Lady GaGa partners with Oreo to bring us ‘Chromatica’ Cookies

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Lady Gaga is looking to add confectioner to her long list of skills, as her latest entrepreneurial endeavour sees her team up with Oreo for ‘Chromatica’-themed cookies.

The vanilla-flavoured cookie is bright pink while the creme filling is green, and each cookie is embossed with a symbol inspired by the album’s artwork.

“This collab is inspired by the world of Chromatica, where kindness rules all things,” Lady Gaga said in a statement.

From next month, fans will be able to purchase six-sleeve packets of the cookies from select convenience stores for a limited time only. If your hunger is too much, you can sign up for the ‘Lady Gaga x Oreo Stan Club’ and get notified as soon as they become available.

Will you be purchasing Chromatica cookies?

Reported By: Jessica Rowe