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The 13 Best Things That Happened in Music This Week (November 13)

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Nabil Elderkin

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This week was a big one for music accolades, with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, MTV Europe Music Awards and CMA Awards all taking place. Plus, there was news on the Latin Grammys and Soul Train Awards front!

Additionally, the 2021 Super Bowl halftime performer was announced, Foo Fighters performed on Saturday Night Live, Ariana Grande’s latest album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 and more.

Take a look at all of the week’s can’t-miss music moments below.


Artists celebrated Joe Biden winning the 2020 presidential election

Joe Biden is officially the president-elect of the United States, defeating incumbent Donald Trump in the 2020 election! Biden's running mate Senator Kamala Harris has also become the first women to be elected as vice president. When the news broke on Saturday (Nov. 7), everyone from Lady Gaga and Beyonce to Billie Eilish and Questlove celebrated on social media. Check out their reactions to Biden’s win here, and to Harris’s here.

The Foo Fighters were the musical guest on Saturday Night Live

SNL’s post-election episode saw the rockers debuting their new song “Shame Shame,” which will appear on their new album (due in 2021). The Foos also performed "Times Like These" from 2002's One by One. Watch the videos here

The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place

Like most every other big event this year, the ceremony went virtual, airing on HBO Saturday (Nov. 7). Though there were no musical performances this year, each inductee received an introduction from a celeb fan, plus a montage of their career and legacy.

Here are the highlights from the night.

Ariana Grande’s Positions debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200

Grande's latest set took the top "position" on the Billboard 200 chart, making for her third No. 1 album in less than two years and three months! Positions launched with 174,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S.

See the full Billboard 200 rundown for the week ending Nov. 5 here.

BTS won big at the 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards

The 2020 EMAs were full of action, as BTS earned four awards -- best song, best group, best virtual live and biggest fans -- while Lady Gaga took home the award for best artist. Plus, artists like Doja Cat, Karol G, Zara Larsson, DaBaby, Little Mix (who also hosted) and many more performed. Check out the winners’ list here!

“Mood” returned to No. 1 on the Hot 100

24kGoldn and Iann Dior are in a good “Mood” once again! Their hit rebounded from No. 3 to No. 1 for a third total week atop the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, drawing 19.2 million U.S. streams and  7,000 downloads in the week ending Nov. 5, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Check out the full rundown for this week’s Hot 100 chart here.

The final performers for the 2020 Latin Grammys were announced

The Latin Recording Academy announced the final list of performers set to take the stage at the forthcoming 2020 Latin Grammys, which will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19. Rauw Alejandro, Anitta, J Balvin, Camilo and more have been added to the lineup, which already included artists such as Anuel AA, Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny and Karol G.

Check out the latest on the Latin Grammys performers here.

The 2021 Super Bowl performer was announced

It's official: The Weeknd will headline the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show on Feb. 7, 2021! News of the big gig was revealed on Nov. 12. "We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position," The Weeknd said in a statement. "I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year.” Here's what we know so far.

The 54th Annual Country Music Association Awards were a night to remember

The 2020 CMAs, co-hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, featured epic performances from Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber, Maren Morris, Gabby Barrett & Charlie Puth and tons more. Plus, artists like Old Dominion, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Morgan Wallen took home awards. Check out the winners’ list here!

The 2020 Soul Train Awards nominations were announced

The 2020 Soul Train Awards presented by BET will air Sunday, Nov. 29, and now we know who’s nominated. H.E.R. is the top nominee with eight nominations, and is followed by Chris Brown (seven nods), Beyoncé and Young Thug (six each), and Chloe X Halle, Summer Walker and Usher with five each. Check out the full list of nominations here.

Billboard’s latest cover highlighted the R&B renaissance

Four powerful female R&B stars -- Kehlani, Jhené Aiko, Teyana Taylor and Summer Walker -- graced the latest cover of Billboard, with interviews conducted by Gail Mitchell. “...As the genre catches up commercially, it’s having a renaissance artistically — one that’s largely powered by female singer-songwriters who are reimagining and reinterpreting its sounds for a new generation of listeners,” Mitchell writes. Check out the new story here.

The lineup for the Disney Holiday Singalong was revealed

‘Tis the season for Disney fans to shine! Andrea Bocelli, BTS, Michael Bublé, Ciara, Chloe x Halle, Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert, Julianne Hough, Adam Lambert, Leslie Odom Jr., Katy Perry, P!nk and Kerry Washington are set for the singalong special, which will air on Nov. 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Learn more about the fun event here.

Kehlani got “quizzed” by Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams

Current Billboard cover star Kehlani also sat down with Williams for Billboard's newest episode of "Quizzed" to test her knowledge on ABC's long-running medical drama, which returned for season 17 on Nov. 12. So how did the singer do? You’ll have to see for yourself here!

Jesse Williams Quizzes Superfan Kehlani on 'Grey's Anatomy' | Billboard's Quizzed