The 13 Best Things That Happened in Music This Week (February 5)

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Awards season is upon us! This week, nominations for the 2021 NAACP Image Awards, 2021 Golden Globes, 2021 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and 2021 SAG Awards were all announced.

Meanwhile, Blackpink stunned fans with new twists and unexpected elements for their first virtual concert The Show, and Machine Gun Kelly brought the house down with his Saturday Night Live debut performance over the weekend.

Olivia Rodrigo's "Drivers License" also spent a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and much more.

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

Clive Davis' virtual MusiCares benefit featured Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys and more

The legendary A&R executive held the first of two pre-Grammy galas on Saturday night (Jan. 30), and while the event was virtual this year, that didn't hinder a star-studded turnout. Among the artists in virtual attendance were Joni Mitchell, Keith Urban, Cam, Dan + Shay, Rob Thomas, Dionne Warwick and Barry Manilow. Read a recap of the benefit here.

Blackpink's The Show livestream concert was epic

"From the solo stages to moments of playfulness and gratitude, the K-pop quartet delivered for their digital audience," Jeff Benjamin wrote for Billboard in his recap of the event, which streamed at midnight ET on Jan. 31. In case you missed it, check out the 10 biggest standout moments from Blackpink’s virtual concert here.

Machine Gun Kelly was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live

Machine Gun Kelly rocked his SNL debut, performing "My Ex's Best Friend" and "Lonely" from his No. 1 album Tickets to My Downfall. Elsewhere in the episode, castmembers reimagined new theme songs for shows like Bridgerton and Sex and the City, and host John Krasinski sang a jingle for Subway sandwiches.

Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week

"Drivers License" logged a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, after soaring in at the summit two weeks ago. Plus, The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights," now at No. 3 on the Hot 100, entered an exclusive club of hits that have spent at least 60 weeks on the chart, while Dua Lipa's "Levitating," featuring DaBaby, reached the top five. Check out the full rundown for this week’s Hot 100 chart here.

Nominations for the 2021 NAACP Image Awards were announced

Female artists dominated the nominations in the recording categories for the 2021 NAACP Image Awards, which were announced on Tuesday (Feb. 2). Beyoncé led with six nods, followed by Ledisi with five, and H.E.R., Chloe x Halle and Alicia Keys, with four each. The top male nominees were Big Sean, Drake and PJ Morton, who each had three nods, as did Jhené Aiko. See the full list of nominations here.

The Weeknd rescheduled his After Hours World Tour to 2022

Ahead of his Super Bowl halftime gig, The Weeknd announced that he’ll be finally hitting the road in January 2022 in support of his After Hours album. Tickets will be honored for rescheduled dates, and there are some new stops, too. See the full list of After Hours World Tour dates here.

2021 Golden Globes nominations were announced

The nominations for the 78th annual Golden Globes were announced by past winners Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P. Henson on Wednesday morning (Feb. 3), and various artists and songwriters are up for awards. Andra Day and Leslie Odom Jr. are double nominees for acting and songwriting for films in which they portray music legends, while Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross made history with nominations for best score motion picture for their work on both Mank and Soul. Check out all of the nominations here, and a breakout on the music categories here.

Nominations for the 2021 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards were announced

Justin Bieber leads the nominations for the slime-worthy 2021 Kids' Choice Awards with four nods, which were announced on Tuesday (Feb. 2). Blackpink, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, BTS, Drake and Shawn Mendes follow him with two nods each. See the music nominations here.

2021 SAG Awards nominations were announced 

The nominations for the 2021 Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced by Lily Collins and Daveed Diggs on Thursday morning (Feb. 4). The late Chadwick Boseman earned four nods for his work in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods, tying Jamie Foxx and Maggie Smith's record for most nods in one year. Viola Davis’ performance as Rainey and Leslie Odom Jr.’s portrayal of Sam Cooke in One Night in Miami also received noms. Check out all of the nominations here.

Eric Church told fans he's working on a North American tour

Church, who will be performing the National Anthem alongside Jazmine Sullivan at the Super Bowl on Sunday, assured fans that they'll get to hear more of his live shows soon. He posted a video message saying that he's working on his upcoming North American tour in the midst of releasing three albums this year. Check out Church's video message here.

Questlove's directorial debut got picked up 

Disney owned Searchlight Pictures and Hulu acquired the music doc Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), which is helmed by The Roots' founder. Summer of Soul premiered at Sundance festival and won both the audience and grand jury prize in the U.S. documentary section. The doc focuses on 1969's Harlem Cultural Festival (aka Black Woodstock) that saw performances from Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder. Read more about the movie deal here.

JoJo Siwa announced her new Nickelodeon musical

The teen social media phenomenon announced on The Tonight Show that she'll be starring in a new Nickelodeon live-action musical titled The J Team about her life. Siwa also opened up about her recent coming out journey. Watch her break the news on Tonight Show here.

Spotify launched in South Korea

The streaming service entered the world's sixth-largest music market on Tuesday (Feb. 2). Users in South Korea now have access to more than 60 million tracks and over 4 billion playlists from around the world. The company’s global co-head of music, Jeremy Erlich, told Billboard that adding domestic consumption and growing local artists' careers will amplify "visibility of Korean culture throughout the world." Read more about the launch here.