1. Taylor Swift REALLY Wants Ed Sheeran to Win a GRAMMY

    January 24, 2014 11:00 AM EST "He's one of my favorite people on the planet" It's a crowded field for Best New Artist at this year's GRAMMYs . Ed Sheeran , James Blake , Kacey Musgraves , Kendrick Lamar , and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis all bring convincing arguments to the table, from very…

  2. Pop Shop Podcast: GRAMMYs Preview, Predictions & More

    January 23, 2014 1:34 PM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  3. GRAMMYs Best New Artist: Musicians Make Their Picks (Video)

    January 22, 2014 7:15 PM EST Music fans have their favorite contender for GRAMMYs best new artist trophy -- one of the night's most coveted awards -- but which nominees are getting the most love from their fellow musicians? Thanks to Billboard's For The Record series (presented by Pepsi), we know which famous…

  4. GRAMMYs Predictions: Who Will & Should Win the 2014 Awards

    January 22, 2014 4:00 PM EST The GRAMMY Awards are just a few days away -- taking place this Sunday night (Jan. 26) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles -- which means it's time to at long last finalize our predictions for the top prizes. At Billboard.com, we obsess over guessing which artists will win the…

  5. One Direction's Liam Payne Defends 'Duck Dynasty' Endorsement on Twitter

    January 20, 2014 3:39 PM EST "Being a fan of someones show and the way they still hold a family together doesnt mean i am ok with all they say," writes the 1D Member. One Direction member Liam Payne received his fair share of online finger-wagging last weekend after reaching out to "Duck Dynasty" star…

  6. 56th GRAMMYs Preview: Album of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:25 PM EST A closer look at the releases that earned album of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2014. These five artistic statements are in the running for the album of the year honor at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26). Jump To: Song of the Year |…

  7. 56th GRAMMYs Preview: Record of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:20 PM EST A closer look at the songs that earned record of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards. These songs are all vying for record of the year at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26, 2014). Jump To: Song of the Year | Album of the Year BILLBOARD GRAMMY® BEST NEW ARTIST NOMINEE…

  8. 56th GRAMMY Awards Preview: Song of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:15 PM EST A closer look at the stellar tunes that earned song of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards. These five tunes are nominated for song of the year at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26, 2014). Jump To: Album of the Year | Record of the Year BILLBOARD GRAMMY® BEST NEW…

  9. 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Make First Billboard Hot 100 Appearance

    January 18, 2014 1:45 AM EST On Jan. 18, 1964, the Fab Four graced the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time, as 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' entered the Hot 100 at No. 45. Music, and our charts, would never be the same Fifty years ago today, the Beatles appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the…

  10. Oscars: Surprise Song Nom 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Riles Up Contenders

    January 17, 2014 9:29 AM EST How did a song few people have heard in a movie nearly no one has seen beat out Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Beyonce and Jay Z for an Oscar nomination? "I can't figure any of this shit out with the music branch," said someone who missed out on a best original song Oscar…

  11. Pharrell ‘Speechless’ Ahead of Oscars, GRAMMY Awards

    January 17, 2014 1:19 AM EST A week before his big night at the Grammy Awards, Pharrell is happy — and speechless — over his Oscar nomination. The producer-rapper-singer's "Happy," from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack, is nominated for best original song. "Uh, speechless," Pharrell…

  12. Pharrell, U2, Karen O Score Oscar Nominations

    January 16, 2014 9:35 AM EST "Frozen" highlight "Let It Go" also scores an Academy Award nod. U2, Pharrell Williams and the bassist of Arcade Fire are all contending for trophies at the 86th annual Academy Awards -- as is a film about the singers who sang the oohs, ahs and la-la-las on thousands of…

  13. 'American Idol' Returns With New Judges, New Attitude in Premiere

    January 15, 2014 10:36 PM EST After securing its lowest ratings ever in a season during which the judges' feuds often took precedence over the actual raw talent, "American Idol" returned to its roots with a different panel, slightly altered production and -- perhaps most importantly -- a zeroed-in focus…

  14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Perform 'Can't Hold Us' on NYC Bus: Watch

    January 15, 2014 1:00 PM EST Commuting through New York City never sounded so good. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis peformed a stunt in which the Grammy-nominated duo boards a northbound Bronx bus to surprise its commuters. After paying their fare, Lewis drops his hoodie, hits the 'play' button of a boom box and…

  15. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: GRAMMY®s Best New Artist Spotlight

    January 15, 2014 11:50 AM EST "I'm always in a process of trying to find out who I am and why I'm here," Ben Haggerty, better known as Macklemore, told Billboard last May. "And that hasn't changed. That's what 'The Heist' is about." MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS'…

  16. Ed Sheeran: GRAMMY®s Best New Artist Nominee Spotlight

    January 15, 2014 11:49 AM EST After beginning an independent recording career in 2005, Ed Sheeran's slow rise to stardom in the United States was quickened by some well-known pals: the 22-year-old London resident co-wrote three songs for One Direction's first two albums, and joined Taylor Swift in North America…

  17. Kendrick Lamar: GRAMMY®s Best New Artist Nominee Spotlight

    January 15, 2014 11:44 AM EST For some, the debut sales week of Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city" album in October 2012 -- 241,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, good enough for a No. 2 bow on the Billboard 200 chart behind Taylor Swift's 1.2 million debut with "Red" --…

  18. Kacey Musgraves: GRAMMY®s Best New Artist Spotlight

    January 15, 2014 11:40 AM EST After displaying her songwriting chops by co-penning Miranda Lambert's hit "Mama's Broken Heart" (nominated for best country solo performance), Kacey Musgraves stepped into the spotlight with her debut single "Merry Go Round," which peaked at No. 14 on the Hot…

  19. James Blake: GRAMMY®s Best New Artist Nominee Spotlight

    January 15, 2014 11:36 AM EST "Overgrown," James Blake's second album, earned the U.K.'s Mercury Prize in October, trumping albums by more high-profile British artists like David Bowie and the Arctic Monkeys. The experimental electronic singer/producer will try to repeat that surprise success at the…

  20. Pepsi Premieres Grammy Best New Artist Video Series Starring All Five Nominees (Exclusive)

    January 14, 2014 9:00 AM EST An artist's first Grammy nomination can be a life-changing event – particularly when that nod is for Best New Artist. Pepsi is amplifying its support of the 56th Grammy Best New Artist program with a series of video interviews with all five nominees – James Blake, Kendrick Lamar,…

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