From America’s Got Talent to Zayn, we’re rounding up all of the biggest music news you need to know about this week (ending Sept. 25).
It was a big week for awards, as Euphoria star Zendaya won her first Emmy, and both the 2020 Billboard Music Awards and 2020 CMT Music Awards nominations were announced!
Plus, BTS played NPR’s Tiny Desk series, stars came out for National Voter Registration Day, and Kanye West talked to Billboard about his plan to “re-think” the music industry.
Take a look at all of the week’s can’t-miss music moments below.
Bad Bunny stopped traffic in NYC
Bad Bunny literally stopped traffic — and also dodged traffic lights and trees — during his first-ever virtual concert. The set was held live from New York City on Sunday, Sept. 20, and immediately made headlines. “It was difficult for me to do a concert without an audience. I didn’t want to,” Bunny said during the two-hour event. “But I’m accepting the new reality and I hope people enjoy this. We need it.” Check out the highlights from the epic event here.
Zendaya won her first Emmy
Congrats are in order for Euphoria star (and all-around gem) Zendaya for her groundbreaking Emmys win! For her starring turn as Rue Bennett in the HBO show, the actor and singer became the youngest person to ever win the award for best actress in a drama series. (She beat out Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Colman, Sandra Oh, Laura Linney and Jodie Comer for the award.) See the gushing comments from fellow celebs — as well as Zendaya’s own reaction — here.
BTS took NPR’s Tiny Desk series all the way to South Korea
BTS performed for the famous small series, and it was huge. Singing from Seoul record store Vinyl & Plastic, the K-pop group treated fans to their smash hit “Dynamite,” which earned the boy band their first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 this summer, as well as the fan-favorite tracks “Save Me” and “Spring Day.” Watch the Tiny Desk (Home) Concert here.
Taylor Swift unveiled another Folklore chapter
Just in time for the chillier, Folklore-appropriate weather, Taylor Swift has dropped another chapter in her curated album series. “The Yeah I Showed Up At Your Party” collection includes her recent performance of “Betty” from the 2020 ACM Awards, and just like the previous three Folklore chapters, this six-song themed playlist collects songs from the record, with Swift organizing the songs around a theme. Hear the latest chapter here, and find all four chapters in one place here.
There were two wins for Megan Thee Stallion this week
Cardi B’s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, has officially spent a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The hit also led the Billboard Global 200 tally — all in a week’s work for the two rap stars! See the full breakdown for this week’s Hot 100 here.
Plus, Meg was announced as the musical guest for the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on Oct. 3. Yes!
The 2020 Billboard Music Awards nominations were announced
The 2020 Billboard Music Awards aren’t cancelled — they’ll just look a little different this year. Dick clark productions and NBC announced the nominees for the 2020 BBMAs on Tuesday (Sept. 22), with Post Malone leading the list; he’s nominated 16 times in 15 categories! Check out the full list of nominations here, see photos of the most nominated artists here, and find out what it all means here.
Cardi B, Kesha and more artists encouraged fans to vote this November
The purpose of National Voter Registration Day (Sept. 22) is right in the name, but tons of celebs still took the time to get the message out just in case. Cardi B, Kesha, Wallows and Bon Iver were a few of the artists ensuring citizens are aware of how to register to vote in the crucial Nov. 3, 2020, presidential election. Check out their messages here.
Billboard‘s Fan Army Face-Off reached the quarterfinals
It’s almost time to crown the winning fan army! Eight are left to battle it out for a place in the semifinals: EXO’s EXO-L, Super Junior’s E.L.F, TWICE’s ONCE, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Taylor Swift’s Swifties, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles. Head here for more info on how to vote in the latest round.
The 2020 CMT Music Awards nominations were announced
One of the biggest nights in country is right around the corner: the 2020 CMT Music Awards will air on Oct. 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET on CMT. Ashley McBryde, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett lead the 2020 CMT Music Awards nominations, which CMT announced on Wednesday (Sept. 23).
Plus, Blanco Brown, Caylee Hammack, Gabby Barrett, Ingrid Andress, Riley Green and Travis Denning are among this year’s first-time nominees. Congrats, everyone! Check out the full list of nominations here.
Kanye West spoke out
Following his tweets about his recording deals and intentions to reclaim his masters from labels, West spoke to Billboard‘s Colin Stuz about his plan to “re-think” the music industry in an exclusive interview. “You have to adapt,” he said. “You can’t have old rules for new games. No other business in the world would suggest you don’t adapt to a completely new supply chain and income sources.” Check out West’s thoughts here.
Baby Zigi finally arrived
Congratulations to first-time parents Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik, who welcomed their baby girl together! “Our baby girl is here, healthy & beautiful,” Malik wrote on social media, while Hadid shared how “she’s already changed our world.” Get all of the sweet details here.
America’s Got Talent crowned a Season 15 champion
And the winner of America’s Got Talent 2020 is… Stockton, California native Brandon Leake! All season, Leake stole hearts around the country with his emotional spoken word pieces, and his hard work paid off. Learn more about the big moment here.
Artists didn’t hold back during Billboard Live At Home performances
This week, Ziggy Marley, Ledisi and Skillet partnered with Billboard for a new round of Live At-Home sessions, providing fans with quarantine entertainment while benefiting some worthy causes. Watch all three performances here.