Grammy Nominations, Coldplay & Little Mix: Real-Time Rewind
Billboard's video show "Real-Time Rewind" which recaps the hottest action on the Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news behind it. Episode 79 dives…
Welcome back to Billboard’s weekly video show “Real-Time Rewind,” which recaps the past week’s hottest action on the Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts — Trending 140 and Emerging Artists — and the news that’s driving the action. Shira Karsen hits the studio for episode 79, which dives into the Grammy nominations, Coldplay & Little Mix!
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So what happened on the Real-Time Charts this week?
Nominations for the 58th annual Grammy Awards were revealed yesterday (Nov. 7), and Kendrick Lamar seized a leading 11 nods, with two of the year’s biggest hitmakers, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, tied for second place, with seven each. The ceremony will take place on Feb. 15.
Several nominated songs rebounded on the real-time Trending 140 thanks to their nominations, most notably Drake’s “Back to Back,” which shot to No. 1 on the strength of a surprise best rap performance nomination. The Meek Mill-diss track originally debuted on Soundcloud in July, the last major chapter in the rappers’ summer beef.
After Drake, Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens to You” and The Weeknd’s “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” each darted to No. 2. Gaga’s nomination, her 17th career nod to date, came in the best song written for visual media category. She goes head-to-head with The Weeknd for the honor, whose “Earned It” picked up a nod in that category as well as for best R&B song and best R&B performance.
Elsewhere, a song of the year nod sent 12-week Billboard Hot 100 leader “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth to No. 4. The duo squares off against Kendrick’s “Alright,” which leapt to No. 8. “Alright” also picked up nods for best rap performance, best rap song and best music video.
Meanwhile, Coldplay rode their A Head Full of Dreams album straight to the top of the Trending 140. Four of the album’s tracks, lead single “Adventure of a Lifetime,” “Everglow,” “Hymn for the Weekend” (which features uncredited vocals from Beyonce) and the title track reached No. 1 on the real-time chart. A fifth cut, “Amazing Day,” which the band premiered at the Global Citizen Festival in September, climbed to No. 3 after the album release.
The British rockers stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Dec. 4 to play “Lifetime” and “Everglow,” and joked about being mistaken for One Direction. (Frontman Chris Martin also discussed opening a barbershop with the boy band’s Harry Styles, to be called “Hairy Stylez.”) The next day, the U.K. band was back in their native country, playing the Jingle Bell Ball in London.
Little Mix also joined the Jingle Bell festivities, offering their first live rendition of “Secret Love Song,” with Jason Derulo, which sent the track bounding to No. 1 on the Trending 140. The quartet then revealed “Secret” as the next single from its Get Weird album, but only in the U.K. and Ireland. “Secret” follows the set’s prior singles “Black Magic” and “Love Me Like You,” which both logged extensive runs atop the real-time Twitter chart this year.