Chris Payne

Editorial Assistant, Billboard.com

Chris Payne joined the editorial team in January 2013 after breaking in as an intern with both Billboard and Pitchfork, and freelancing for outlets like Paste, RollingStone.com, The L and Critical Mob. He served as music director for The College of New Jersey's WTSR from 2008 to 2010.

Miranda Lambert Leads Nominees for CMT Music Awards (See Complete List)

Miranda Lambert Leads Nominees for CMT Music Awards (See Complete List)

Miranda Lambert has turned a diverse, productive year of music into an impressive set of nominations at the 2014 CMT Music Awards. Lambert leads the field with six nominations-- two for her independent work, two for her collaboration with Keith Urban on “We Were Us," and two as a member of Pistol Annies.
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Flaming Lips Drummer Says He Was Fired for Criticizing Wayne Coyne's Friend

New information on the March 2014 firing of Flaming Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock is exposing the dark side of frontman Wayne Coyne. A Gawker report (since corroborated by Scurlock) explains that the drummer was dismissed after criticizing one of Coyne's close friends via Facebook for wearing a Native American headdress in a controversial photo shoot.
Rihanna at the iHeartRadio Music Awards

Rihanna Wins Big at iHeartRadio Music Awards

The first annual iHeartRadio Music Awards hit Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium tonight, celebrating the year’s biggest pop music winners and paying tribute to the musical culture of L.A. Rihanna — one of the biggest stars on hand — took home four awards, more than any other recipient. This included the night’s final prize, Artist of the Year.

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