1. Kendrick Lamar to Make Essence Festival Debut

    February 18, 2015 4:36 PM EST Mary J. Blige, Common, Kevin Hart & Erykah Badu are also part of the 2015 lineup. Kendrick Lamar , Mary J. Blige , Common , Erykah Badu and Kevin Hart are among the first round of announced performers for the 2015 Essence Festival. Lamar will be making his debut at the annual festival,…

  2. At the Grammys, It's Not Just Indies vs. Majors, It's Big Names vs. No-Names

    February 13, 2015 6:57 PM EST Ziggy Marley might be an independent artist, but he & Bob Marley's other kids have taken home the best reggae album Grammy every time they're nominated since 1998. A recognizable name on a small label was a successful equation at this year's Grammy Awards . Although major…

  3. Top 10 Biggest GRAMMY Upsets Of The Past 10 Years

    February 04, 2015 1:40 PM EST Esperanza Spalding, Bon Iver, Herbie Hancock and more artists who shocked the world with GRAMMY wins in the past decade. One of the more enjoyable reasons to watch the GRAMMY Awards each year is because of the shocking upset victories -- the artists, songs and albums in the running that…

  4. Lady Gaga, Usher, Bruce Springsteen & More Pay Tribute to 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 08, 2014 1:40 PM EST “Tonight Washington puts the arts above politics. Because no matter what political party you belong to, everyone wants a selfie with Tom Hanks.” So declared host Stephen Colbert on Sunday night as he kicked off the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors, the ultimate power mash-up of arts,…

  5. Will Sam Smith Pull an Adele at the 2015 Grammys or Get Bested By Beyonce?

    November 12, 2014 5:26 PM EST Sam Smith doesn’t relish being tabbed “the male Adele ,” and understandably so. But dominating the Grammys like Adele? We think he’d be down with that. The 22-year old British soul singer -- who spent three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Artist 100 chart -- has been one of 2014’s…

  6. How Do You Get Nominated for a Grammy? Behind the ‘Mysterious’ Voting Process

    October 17, 2014 11:47 AM EDT The Grammy vote begins with its 21,000-strong membership (industry personnel, singers, musicians, producers, engineers, conductors, songwriters, arrangers, art directors, music video artists and technicians) of whom only 12,000 are eligible to cast ballots because they meet the criteria of…

  7. Esperanza Spalding Signs With WME

    August 14, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding has new representation. Billboard  and The Hollywood Reporter have learned that the singer-bassist has signed with WME . Spalding joins a jazzed-up roster at WME that also includes Diana Krall , Natalie Cole , Chris Botti and Preservation…

  8. Otis Brown III & Bilal, 'The Thought Of You Part I': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 22, 2014 12:42 PM EDT After working with the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano and more, Otis Brown III is taking on the spotlight. On September 23, Brown will release his debut album "The Thought of You," under a new partnership between Revive Music and Blue Note Records. Below check out an…

  9. Governors Ball 2014: Janelle Monae on Performing In NYC, Future Projects (Watch)

    June 07, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Janelle Monae, who received the Rising Star Award at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event in New York, injected some electricity into the opening day of Governors Ball on Friday. Governors Ball 2014: Videos, Photos and More Dressed in her usual black and white attire, Monae energetically…

  10. 56th GRAMMY Awards: Full Winners List

    January 26, 2014 11:30 PM EST Winners for the 56th GRAMMY Awards were announced tonight on CBS, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. GRAMMYs | NEWS, PHOTOS, WINNERS & MORE GRAMMYs Best & Worst Dressed Macklemore & RL, Daft Punk Win 16 Things Seen & Heard Macklemore & Madonna Perform Daft…

  11. 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…

  12. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  13. Janelle Monáe: The Billboard Women In Music 'Rising Star' Q&A

    December 06, 2013 9:01 AM EST Billboard Rising Star honoree Janelle Monáe celebrates ‘unconventional, universal stories’ This is an excerpt. For the full story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. When Janelle Monáe graced the cover of Billboard in June, her second album, "The Electric Lady," existed mostly…

  14. Esperanza Spalding Has 'Big Project' In Mind to Follow Grammy-Winning 'Radio'

    November 13, 2013 1:45 PM EST Esperanza Spalding says she has "a big project in mind" for her follow-up to 2012's Grammy Award-winning "Radio Music Society." But don't hold your breath waiting for it. "It's evolving outside of any timeline, free of any timeline," Spalding --…

  15. Janelle Monáe Named Billboard's Rising Star

    October 24, 2013 8:54 AM EDT Janelle Monáe's glowing-hot young career will be recognized with Billboard’s Rising Star Award. The artist will be honored at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event, to be held in New York City on Dec. 10. Monáe will be joined on the night with P!nk, who will be feted with…

  16. Britney Spears' '…Baby One More Time' Anniversary: 15 Little-Known Facts

    September 30, 2013 2:13 PM EDT To commemorate Brit's debut single turning 15, here are a few things you might not know about the song's recording, music video and chart history. Monday (Sept. 30) marks the 15th anniversary of the release of Britney Spears' debut single, "…Baby One More Time,"…

  17. Janelle Monae Talks 'Electric Lady' Origins & Prince Collaboration

    September 09, 2013 1:35 PM EDT Janelle Monáe says a series of paintings she made on tour gave birth to the concept for her forthcoming second studio album, "The Electric Lady." "I would paint and I would sing at the same time, and every night I painted this female silhouette... for like three, four months…

  18. Janelle Monae Releases Miguel-Assisted 'PrimeTime'; Announces 'The Electric Lady' Tour

    August 19, 2013 6:47 PM EDT Janelle Monae gearing up to embark on a North American headline tour. The singer announced "The Electric Lady" tour in support of her forthcoming album of the same name that will begin on October 10 with dates running until November. Monae has also released “PrimeTime,” the third…

  19. Janelle Monae Reveals 'The Electric Lady' Album Cover & Tracklist

    August 09, 2013 1:54 PM EDT Janelle Monáe naming her second studio album, "The Electric Lady," is no joke. The songstress unveiled the cover artwork for the album, which features her dressed in futuristic attire as if she came from the latest “Star Trek” movie. Monáe also revealed the official track listing…

  20. Mumford & Sons Win Top Prize at Fun.-filled Grammy Awards

    February 10, 2013 11:34 PM EST Artists responsible for two of the biggest-sellers of 2012 were rewarded with Grammy Awards on Sunday night at Staples Center, a rare moment in which public taste and the ballots of Recording Academy voters were in sync. CLICK FOR WINNERS Fun. was named best new artist and their "We…

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