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20 Fun Facts About Billboard’s ‘Greatest Pop Star by Year’ Selections

By now, you’ve probably had a chance to at least dip into Billboard‘s ‘The Greatest Pop Star by Year (1981-2019)’ project. It was a labor of love on the part of the entire staff. We thought you might be interested in some trivia based on the artists who our staff selected as our year-by-year pop...

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Bill Withers Set This Grammy Record in 1988 — And It Took 25 Years to Break

All these years later, just four other songwriters have equaled Withers’ achievement of winning best R&B song three times. Bill Withers made history at the 30th annual Grammy Awards on March 2, 1988, becoming the first songwriter to win for best R&B song three times. He took the award that year for his 1972 classic...

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How the Academy of Country Music Switched From an Awards Show to a Unifying Evening Amid a Pandemic

A little over a month ago, the Academy of Country Music Awards were still set to take place in Las Vegas on April 5 for what was billed as “country’s biggest party of the year.” Then the world came crashing down as the coronavirus pandemic spread across the globe and all live events came to...

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Music Is Often Born Amid Crisis, So Coronavirus Is a Likely Muse for Songwriters

History has proven that hard times can inspire memorable songs. We’ll all be glad when the global coronavirus pandemic is over, but in the meantime, take some comfort in knowing that hard times have historically inspired great songs. If today’s songwriters can tap all the emotions that this nightmare has stirred — from sorrow for...

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Chance the Rapper, FKA Twigs, Courtney Barnett & More Shortlisted For 2020 A2IM Libera Awards

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) unveils the nominees for its 2020 A2IM Libera Awards which, for the first time, will take the form of a virtual ceremony. Chance the Rapper, FKA Twigs, Mavis Staples, Amyl and The Sniffers, Thom Yorke and Tycho are among the shortlisted artists for this year’s show, which coincides...

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Dua Lipa, BTS, Post Malone & More: Who Do You Want to Win Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammys? Vote!

The 2021 Grammy Awards may be nearly a year away, but it’s never too early to start speculating about who could win the big prizes at music’s biggest night! Now that 2020’s first wave of major releases by the likes of Selena Gomez, BTS, Post Malone and Dua Lipa have hit shelves, Billboard wants to...

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Post Malone, The Weeknd & More Early Front-Runners for Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammys

This past year, seven of the eight nominees for album of the year were first-time nominees in that category. We’re just five months away from the end of the eligibility period for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards — assuming the Recording Academy operates under the same timetable it did last year. The eligibility year began...

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Will The Weeknd Get His Grammy Groove Back? These 10 Artists Did

Since 1980, this scenario has played out 10 times – where an artist regained their Grammy mojo after one album interrupted their streak of consecutive album of the year nominations Now that The Weeknd‘s new album After Hours has entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with the biggest one-week total of the year so far (444,000...

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Why Yes, A ‘Tiger King’ Star Did Appear in Britney Spears’ ‘Slave 4 U’ VMAs Performance

Though the snake nearly stole the spotlight from Britney Spears in her performance of “I’m A Slave 4 U” at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, another animal — and the person charged with handling it — is getting a closer look nearly 20 years later. Over the weekend, eagle-eyed watchers of Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and...

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Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban & More to Perform From Home for ACM Awards-Replacing TV Special

April 5 show will also include performances from Luke Bryan, Kane Brown & John Legend, Shania Twain and more, plus a tribute to the late Kenny Rogers. The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced Thursday (March 26) the star-studded performance lineup for ACM Presents: Our Country. The show will air during the time slot...

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