The nominations for the 2020 American Music Awards were announced this week, and we’ve got all the highlights.
Plus, Adele took over Saturday Night Live, Billie Eilish put on a massive virtual concert, the 15th annual BET Hip Hop Awards were held, the next Verzuz battle was announced and more!
Take a look at all of the week’s can’t-miss music moments below.
Adele hosted Saturday Night Live
Adele returned to Saturday Night Live for her first hosting gig, and totally nailed it. From her monologue to that singing Bachelor sketch, here are all of her biggest moments of the night. H.E.R. also slayed her performance as the musical guest — check out those videos here. Finally, The Strokes were announced as the musical guest for the Halloween episode this coming Saturday (Oct. 31)!
Billie Eilish pulled off a virtual concert
The 18-year-old superstar returned to stage for a global pay-per-view concert dubbed Where Do We Go? The Livestream, and as Billboard’s Lyndsey Havens reports, it was epic. Eilish treated fans to all of the hits, from “Bury a Friend” and “My Strange Addiction” to newer favorites like “No Time to Die” and “My Future.” Alicia Keys, Lizzo, Jameela Jamil and “Billie Eilish’s surrogate dad” Steve Carell all made cameos, too! Check out a recap of the event here.
Taylor Swift’s Folklore returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200
Folklore is back on top for an eighth nonconsecutive week! It also became the first album to sell a million copies in the U.S. in 2020 — nice. This week, Tay’s latest set jumped from No. 10 with 77,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 22 (up 170%), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
Harry Styles returned with a new music video
He’s “golden”! Harry Styles dropped the latest scenic music video from his Fine Line album on Monday (Oct. 26), and we’re very jealous that he got to gallivant around Italy’s Amalfi Coast in it.
The nominations for the 2020 AMAs were announced
The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch led the nominations for the 2020 American Music Awards, with eight each! Megan Thee Stallion followed with five nominations, and Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Bad Bunny and DaBaby all have four nods each. The 2020 AMAs will air on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET on Nov. 22 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Until then, study the full list of nominees here and vote here!
The 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards were a night to remember
The 15th annual BET Hip Hop Awards took place on Tuesday (Oct. 27), with City Girls, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Lil Baby and Burna Boy among the evening’s performers. As for the big winners, Megan Thee Stallion, Future, Roddy Ricch, Travis Scott and more went home with coveted awards. Check out all of the best moments from the event here, and view the full winners’ list here.
Verzuz is returning!
Fans have been dying for a new battle, and after waiting patiently, their wish is about to come true. Season 2 of Verzuz is here, and the next showdown will be T.I. vs. Jeezy on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Instagram and Apple Music.
Ariana Grande joined TikTok
It’s hard to believe it took Ari this long to join TikTok, but better late than never! For her first two TikTok videos, the “Positions” singer shared a pair of snippets from her new White House-set music visual for the track. Watch Ariana Grande’s first-ever TikTok videos here.
A-list stars came together for Every Vote Counts: a Celebration of Democracy
The Every Vote Counts: a Celebration of Democracy special aired on CBS on Oct. 29, and the lineup was pretty stellar. Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington and America Ferrera hosted the event, with Keys also performing. Shawn Mendes, Dan + Shay, Offset, Coldplay, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson and tons more also performed or made appearances. Here’s what went down.
Harry Styles hung out at a fan’s house when his car broke down
Sadly she wasn’t home, but Styles superfan Theadora did get a handwritten note from the singer, who stopped in after some car issues. “Theadora, my car broke down on your street and your dad’s friend kindly let me wait at your house with a cup of tea,” he wrote. “I’m devastated that we missed each other. Looking forward to meeting soon..” He also fed her fish and left her a signed copy of Fine Line. Incredible. (And yes, Harry Styles has two spots on this list. He deserves it.)
Bebe Rexha got “Quizzed”
In the latest episode of Billboard’s “Quizzed” video series, Clueless star Alicia Silverstone put Bebe Rexha’s knowledge of the iconic ’90s movie to the test! So how did the “Baby, I’m Jealous” singer do? Watch the new video for the series — now in its second season — here to find out.
Musicians voted early
Selena Gomez, Joe Jonas, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves and many more cast their votes in the 2020 election — ahead of Nov. 3! “Just finished filling out my ballot!” Gomez wrote while showing off her “I VOTED” sticker in a slideshow of pics. Check out more messages from celebs who voted early here.
There were tons of new music goodies
Ariana Grande’s Positions and Sam Smith’s Love Goes were the big album releases of the week. There were also fresh cuts from Dua Lipa, Cam, Meghan Trainor and much more! If it all seems overwhelming, we’ve rounded up all of the new music you need to know about in one place here.