Amid some exciting tour announcements and fun video content that was unveiled this week, the most thrilling reveal of them all was this year’s Grammy nominations. Lizzo proved her critical acclaim with eight nominations, including one in all of the big four categories (record of the year, song of the year, album of the year and best new artist).
Also receiving lots of Grammy love was Ariana Grande, who is having a fantastic week, as she also met Bernie Sanders at one of her Sweetener Tour shows.
Check out some of the biggest happenings of the week below.
Lewis Capaldi reigned over the Billboard Hot 100 once again
“Someone You Loved” is proving to be a force to be reckoned with, as it held atop the Hot 100 for a third week. Capaldi’s continued reign marks the first time a Capitol Records solo male artist has held the top spot for three weeks since 1963, when Kyu Sakamoto’s “Sukiyaki” was on top. So if the heartbreak ballad that hurts so good holds for a fourth week, Capaldi’s No. 1 run will make history.
Taylor Swift was revealed as Woman of the Decade for Billboard’s Women in Music
Taylor Swift will be the first artist in Billboard history to receive the inaugural Woman of the Decade award and we haven’t calmed down. The Lover starlet already has an impressive musical resume with us — including five No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, five No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and two Billboard Woman of the Year Awards. The 14th annual Women in Music event will be held Dec. 12 at the Hollywood Palladium.
Luke Combs broke a Hot Country Songs record
Combs is proving his place as a country superstar one record at a time, and this week, his sophomore album What You See Is What You Get helped him notch a couple more. After earning his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and the biggest streaming week for a country album ever, Combs landed 16 of the album’s 17 tracks on the Hot Country Songs chart — more than even Garth Brooks has ever logged!
Post Malone unveiled 2020 tour dates
Posty will be posted up at more venues next year as he announced the second North American leg of his Runaway Tour this week. The “Circles” star will be joined by the first leg’s opener Tyla Yaweh and Swae Lee starting Feb. 4 at Omaha’s CHI Health Center. Fans can get tickets starting tomorrow, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. local time here.
BTS broke the Internet (again)
The K-pop phenoms are the cover stars of the 2019 edition of Paper magazine’s Break the Internet issue, which features colorful photos illustrated by none other than Lisa Frank herself. The guys opened up about their initial struggles as a group in the interview, revealing that their different backgrounds and values resulted in several fights. But never fear, ARMY, J-Hope assured they’ve worked through the tough times: “We now know what each of us are thinking just by looking at each other.”
Three legendary acts announced tours
Within a matter of 24 hours, three icons revealed plans to tour in 2020: Reba McEntire, The Doobie Brothers and Motley Crüe, the latter of whom will be joined by Def Leppard and Poison. McEntire took to Twitter on to announce her dates and The Doobie Brothers announced their 50th anniversary tour at their Nashville show on Nov. 18. Motley Crüe’s reveal was not quite as formal, as The Black Crowes’ manager Mark DiDia’s slipped the news to Howard Stern. The rock group confirmed the tour with the help of Machine Gun Kelly, who played drummer Tommy Lee in the Netflix film The Dirt.
Lizzo did her hair toss, checked her nails and felt “Good as Hell” scoring the most 2020 Grammy nominations of any other artist with eight nods, including the Big Four — Record of the Year (“Truth Hurts”), Album of the Year (Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)), Song of the Year (“Truth Hurts”) and Best New Artist. Eilish and Lil Nas X follow with six nods each, also scoring Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Check out the full list of nominees here, as well as the newcomers’ stoked reactions here.
Carrie Underwood dropped a steamy video
One week after bringing her sultry single “Drinking Alone” to the CMA Awards, Underwood unveiled the song’s steamy music video on Wednesday (Nov. 20). In the cinematic clip, the country superstar is performing at a lounge when she notices a man in the back drinking by himself, who is seemingly Underwood’s ex that she just can’t resist.
Ariana Grande freaked out over meeting Bernie Sanders
Ariana Grande has met plenty of her heroes, but even she said she’ll never smile as hard as she did when she met Bernie Sanders backstage at one of her shows. The “Thank U, Next” singer shared two pics smiling with and hugging the politician on Wednesday, calling him “MY GUY” and commending her fans for joining in the Head Count initiative at her shows: “i’m so proud of my fans for paying attention and getting involved.”
Cardi B brought Christmas cheer with a new Pepsi campaign
The “Press” rapper teamed up with Pepsi for another funny commercial, this time for the holiday season. In the ad, Cardi runs her very own Twerk Shop where she checks off the naughty and nice list just in time for Christmas — and Pepsi’s “Gift It Forward” money-giving campaign. Cardi chatted with Billboard about the campaign and her excitement for the holidays, revealing her favorite Christmas song and whether or not she’d record her own festive track.
Gwen Stefani gushed over Blake Shelton on The Kelly Clarkson Show
When Clarkson’s Voice coaches and host Carson Daly stopped by her talk show, the “Stronger” singer asked everyone which coach they’d want to be with if they were stuck in the wilderness. Naturally, everyone picked Oklahoma native Blake Shelton, but Gwen Stefani’s reasoning was the best. Stefani, who has been dating Shelton for four years, recalled the first time her family visited Oklahoma, and it resulted in quite the hilarious story:
This week’s new music includes a few highly anticipated albums, with the arrival of Coldplay’s Everyday Life, Jason Aldean’s 9 and Beck’s Hyperspace. But there’s also plenty of new tunes from Harry Styles, Summer Walker, Maggie Rogers and Tinashe, as well as two surprise team-ups from PartyNextDoor and Drake, and Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy. Check out Billboard’s full rundown here!
Ozuna announced a new album and tour
Ozuna kicked off the weekend with a pair of major announcements: A new album and tour. Even more exciting? The Latin star’s album is arriving in just one week. Nibiru, which includes songs like “Hasta Que Salga El Sol,” “Muito Calor” (with Anitta) and “Cambio” with Anuel AA, will be out Nov. 29. Ozuna also announced that he’ll be going on tour in 2020 in support of Nibiru. Though dates have yet to be announced, the singer revealed the cities he’ll hit, including New York, Miami and Los Angeles in the U.S.; he’ll also make international stops in Argentina, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain, France and more.