1. Grammys 2016 Preview: From Kendrick to Kanye, a Look at the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    February 13, 2016 10:00 AM EST Best Rap Album 2014 Forest Hills Drive J. Cole Executive Producers Jermaine Cole, Mark Pitts Label Roc Nation/Columbia Records Releasing 2 014 Forest Hills Drive just three weeks after it was announced, the North Carolina rapper managed to parlay his near-surprise third album into a fruitful…

  2. Facebook Grammy Favorites: 'Uptown Funk!,' The Weeknd Lead the Pack

    February 12, 2016 9:21 PM EST The social media site shares the most positively received nominees. If Facebook users had their say, The Weeknd , Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars would have plenty to celebrate Monday (Feb. 17) at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Instagram Predicts Grammy Winners: Taylor Swift, Chris Stapleton Top…

  3. Confessions of a Grammy Voter: Industry Heavyweights Share Their Predictions -- and Gripes

    February 04, 2016 12:58 PM EST A pair of industry heavyweights share their predictions for -- and a few small grievances with -- music's biggest night. VOTER 1 'It's Not Just About The Music' R&B and pop songwriter-producer, male, 30s, 17-year Grammy voter Too White, Too Old, Too Male "The…

  4. Watch Kendrick Lamar Reveal His Greatest Mentor and the Artist He'd Want to Collaborate With: Exclusive Video

    February 04, 2016 12:43 PM EST In the latest installment of our video series “Fishing For Answers,” Kendrick Lamar hung out with Billboard alongside the Los Angeles River to answer questions from our fishbowl of queries. The 28-year-old rapper from Compton shared some little-known knowledge about himself, including who his…

  5. Grammys 2016: Who Will Win and Who Should Win

    February 04, 2016 12:00 PM EST Two Billboard critics survey the field, from Lamar vs. Swift to Dylan vs. Manilow, with a wary eye on the "Beck factor." Jody Rosen Is this Kendrick Lamar 's year? The stars seem to be aligned for Lamar, who has a near-record 11 ­nominations. To Pimp a Butterfly was the year&…

  6. Kendrick Lamar Shrugs Off His 2014 Grammy Snub: It 'Would Have Been Upsetting If I'd Known That Was My Best Work'

    February 04, 2016 11:05 AM EST Almost two years ago, the hip-hop community was stunned when Kendrick Lamar  was shut out from seven Grammy categories, especially when his highly praised major label debut Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City  lost for best rap album to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis '  The Heist . (The Seattle rapper…

  7. Kendrick Lamar Opens Up About Meeting President Obama: 'No Matter How High-Ranking You Get, You're Human'

    February 04, 2016 10:00 AM EST Kendrick Lamar 's trip to the White House in the fall included some quality time with President Barack Obama. While the Compton rapper dished out a few smiling photos of the pair in the Oval Room in a video promoting Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative, the poetic wordsmith…

  8. The 'To Pimp a Butterfly' vs. '1989' Grammy Showdown: Will Kendrick Lamar or Taylor Swift Win Album of the Year?

    February 04, 2016 9:00 AM EST Kendrick Lamar leads the 2016 Grammy nominations with 11 total nods, more than any artist except Michael Jackson (he had 12 in 1984 for Thriller ). But he has another chance to make history on Grammy night: 2015’s To Pimp A Butterfly could become the third hip-hop album to win the evening’s…

  9. Billboard Cover: Kendrick Lamar Is Determined to Score Big at the Grammys -- 'I Want to Win Them All'

    February 04, 2016 9:00 AM EST Kendrick Lamar is wearing black sandals and white socks. It’s not a look that you associate with rappers -- or with anyone, really, except possibly Alpine butterfly hunters. And yet here is Lamar, striding socks-and-sandals-first through a studio that sprawls across the second floor of a…

  10. Kendrick Lamar, Fetty Wap & Joey Bada$$ Join Calvin Klein Campaign

    January 27, 2016 5:14 PM EST Calvin Klein recruited some of rap's finest for the spring 2016 campaign. After Justin Bieber and his CK underwear made a splash on timelines Tuesday, MCs like Kendrick Lamar , Fetty Wap and Joey Bada$$ stepped in front of the camera to promote the brand. They also filled in the blank…

  11. The Rubens' 'Hoops' Wins Triple J's Hottest 100 Poll

    January 26, 2016 5:23 AM EST The Rubens ’ "Hoops" has taken top prize in Triple j’s Hottest 100, one of the world’s biggest fan-voted annual  music competitions. The hook-laden song, the title track from the homegrown indie band’s sophomore album (via Ivy League Records), came in at No. 1 on the countdown,…

  12. Compton Shows Love to Kendrick Lamar's 'Alright' in New Grammys Promo

    January 25, 2016 4:34 PM EST Kendrick Lamar is doing alright. After earning 11 Grammy nominations for his sophomore studio set  To Pimp a Butterfly,  the unfiltered California rapper shows love to his native city in a new promo titled "Witness Greatness." Grammys 2016: All Our Coverage The people of Compton…

  13. 2016 Grammys Poll: Vote for Who You Think Will Win Album of the Year, Best New Artist & More

    January 21, 2016 3:25 PM EST With a little less than a month to go until the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, it’s time to start making predictions on who will win Grammy gold come Feb. 15.  Pandora Predicts Grammy Winners: The Weeknd, Chris Stapleton Expected to Win Big Will record of the year be Taylor Swift ’s “Blank Space”…

  14. Kanye West Drops 'No More Parties in L.A.' Featuring Kendrick Lamar: Listen

    January 18, 2016 11:06 AM EST Kanye West shared the full-length version of "No More Parties in L.A.” with Kendrick Lamar on Monday (Jan. 18) after teasing the track earlier this month. New Kanye West Music Dropping 'Every Friday,' According to Kim Kardashian The Madlib-produced song showcases West’s…

  15. Between Kendrick Lamar & Drake, President Obama Would Choose...

    January 15, 2016 5:14 PM EST Days after his last State of the Union address  in office, President Barack Obama had to pick favorites in a live-streamed interview (Jan. 15) with YouTube stars Destin Sandlin, Ingrid Nilsen and Adande Thorne at the White House. The Commander-in-Chief was put to task with pressing inquiries…

  16. Recording Academy Launches 'Witness Greatness' Campaign Featuring Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Others: First Look

    January 14, 2016 8:00 AM EST Lady Gaga , Kendrick Lamar , Bruno Mars , Sam Smith , Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd will be the faces of a new multi-faceted campaign building buzz around the 2016 Grammy Awards. The stars will feature on outdoor billboards, wild postings and online advertisements throughout the "…

  17. Kanye West 'Parties' to Three Top 10s on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks

    January 13, 2016 4:24 PM EST The rapper scores a hat trick, while David Bowie's album release sparks two re-entries. Kanye West records a triple play in the top 10 of the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart dated Jan. 23 , led by the No. 3 debut of “No More Parties in LA” (featuring Kendrick Lamar ). West…

  18. David Bowie, Kendrick Lamar, Zayn Malik & Kanye West: Real-Time Rewind for Jan. 12

    January 13, 2016 2:31 PM EST Real-Time Rewind breaks down this week in three Trending 140 stars and a remembrance for David Bowie. Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and…

  19. Kendrick Lamar Meets With President Obama: Watch

    January 11, 2016 9:56 PM EST Kendrick Lamar and President Barack Obama recently met to discuss the importance of mentorship for today's youth.  In a video shared Monday (Jan. 11) by Lamar's label and management company, Top Dawg Entertainment, Lamar explains the importance of mentorship on his own life…

  20. Kendrick Lamar Makes Cameo in 'Black-ish' Promo: Watch

    January 10, 2016 3:50 PM EST Kendrick Lamar paid a visit to the Johnson family in a new promo ad for the ABC sitcom Black-ish . Is a Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Joint Project On the Way? 'Anything's a Possibility,' TDE President Says The minute-long clip features Lamar’s song “Alright” in a music video…

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