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Poll: Who Will Win Best Pop Vocal Album At The 2020 GRAMMYs?

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Poll: Who Will Win Best Pop Vocal Album At The 2020 GRAMMYs?

Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift are in the running for top pop vocal honors—who do you think voters will pick?

GRAMMYs/Nov 22, 2019 - 05:07 am

You may have heard the 62nd GRAMMY Awards nominations went live yesterday. Whether you spent all Wednesday pouring over the 84 categories to find your favorite artists, listening to the big albums and singles in consideration or are just catching up now, we've got you covered here on GRAMMY.com with all things 2020 GRAMMYs.

Let's play a game for a moment: if you were a voting member of the Recording Academy, who would you choose for Best Pop Vocal Album? Between GRAMMY-winning pop stalwarts Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift and rising, genre-shifting teen Billie Eilish, the competition is fierce and fabulous.

Take our poll below to vote on who you think will be chosen to take home the gold gramophone in the category this January, and read on to revisit each album and select music videos.

2019 was a big year for Queen Bey and the Beyhive. She not only offered a rare look into the meticulous work she does in her Homecoming documentary (which is up for Best Music Film) and live album, but she also dropped The Lion King: The Gift, an album featuring some of Africa's brightest musical stars. As the voice of Nala in the Lion King reboot, Beyoncé executive produced this project inspired by the film, on which she offered her angelic vocals to 10 of the tracks, sharing the spotlight with an epic cast of fellow black artists, including many African acts. Her single "Spirit" is featured on both The Gift and the film's soundtrack and is nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Song Written For Visual Media.

Nigerian powerhouses Mr EaziBurna BoyWizKidTiwa SavageTekno and Yemi Alade, Ghanaian dancehall artist Shatta Wale, Cameroonian artist Salatiel and South Africa's Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly all make appearances on the 27-track album. Bey's co-star Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino, her husband JAY-Z and past-collaborator Kendrick Lamar, along with rising American artists Tierra Whack070 Shake and Jessie Reyez also contribute.

It's safe to say that first-time GRAMMY nominee Billie Eilish has accomplished more than most of us had by age 17. The rising anti-pop star released her highly anticipated debut album this past March, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, featuring hit bops "bad guy," "all the good girls go to hell" and "bury a friend."

The album has no featured artists—although Eilish collabed with her tween crush Justin Bieber on the non-album "bad guy" remix—and was produced solely by her older brother FINNEAS at their home studio in Los Angeles. The sibling duo is up for a large handful more of nominations this year, including Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year, while Eilish also earns a coveted Best New Artist nod.

Earlier this year, at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, pop princess Ariana Grande won her first-ever GRAMMY, for Best Pop Vocal Album for her 2018 No. 1 album Sweetener. 2019 also saw the release of its follow up, her fifth studio album, thank u, next, on Feb. 8, which was preceded by its second viral lead single, "7 rings," on Jan. 18. 

The album began with the surprise release of the catchy, autobiographical "thank u, next" on Nov. 3, 2018—which became Grande's first No. 1. Following her very public breakup with ex-fiancé Pete Davidson, she took a break from the media frenzy and paired up with friends and co-writers that include Victoria Monet, Tayla Parx, Njomza and others, resulting in "thank u, next."

Grande and her dream collab squad kept the creativity flowing to produce the 12-track thank u, next, which also featured "NASA," "break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored" and "imagine." The vocal powerhouse is also up for a handful of other GRAMMYs, including Best Pop Solo Performance and Record Of The Year for "7 rings" and Album Of The Year for thank u, next.

Pop king Ed Sheeran may have gotten his start with a more acoustic singer/songwriter approach, but before he was Top 40 radio favorite, he self-released an album in 2011 called No.5 Collaborations Project. Eight years later, with many pop and rap star friends to call on, the "Shape Of You" singer released No.6 Collaborations Project, featuring the likes of Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, Bieber, Camila Cabello and more.

The album's singles include "I Don't Care," "Cross Me," featuring Chance and PnB Rock, "Beautiful People" with Khalid and "South Of The Border" with Cardi and Cabello. Ella Mai, Travis Scott, Skrillex and other big-name acts also worked with the British pop star on the 2019 album.

After months of rainbow-tinted, glitter-sprinkled social media teasers and string of singles, including "You Need To Calm Down," Taylor Swift released her seventh studio album, Lover, on Aug. 23. Working largely with GRAMMY-winning superproducer/artist Jack Antonoff (he's been part of indie-rock acts Fun. and Bleachers), the glimmering, adventurous pop project sees Swift celebrating all the emotions of love and relationships across its 18 songs.

The guitar-slinging pop queen sings with country-pop greats the Dixie Chicks on "Soon You'll Get Better" and Brandon Urie of Panic! At the Disco on "ME!" the latter of which served as the initial lead single. "You Need To Calm Down" and the title track "Lover" are also up for GRAMMYs; Best Pop Solo Performance and Song Of The Year, respectively.

Find Out Who's Nominated For Best Pop Solo Performance | 2020 GRAMMY Awards

Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it

GRAMMYs/Feb 13, 2019 - 04:05 am

Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.

McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.

"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."

With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion

GRAMMYs/Aug 22, 2017 - 05:28 am

There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.

The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.

This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.

"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."

Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.

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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes

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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes

GRAMMY winner pledges support for those impacted by hurricanes this year through Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program

GRAMMYs/Oct 12, 2017 - 11:03 pm

On Oct. 10 Lady Gaga announced she is devoting her $1 million donation in support of those impacted by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquakes in Mexico, to a specific cause — the mental and emotional well being of children and youth.

Gaga announced on her Born This Way Foundation website she will support Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program, which uses a variety of tools to help young people deal with trauma in the wake of natural disasters.

"Through a curriculum that includes cooperative play, discussion, art, meditation, and mindfulness practices, young people learn to recognize and understand their emotions and develop healthy coping skills," Gaga wrote. "Tens of thousands of youth have benefited from the program since it’s development in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Save the Children is working to bring it to hundreds of thousands more in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico."

The announcement came on World Mental Health Day, and the Fame Monster has invited all of us to step up and consider making a contribution to the Journey of Hope program to support to mental and emotional needs of children.

"Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health. That’s true for each of us, everyday, but it’s especially important for those coping with disaster and recovering from trauma," wrote Lady Gaga. "We must do everything within our power to support the full, vibrant recovery of these communities, from meeting their immediate needs to helping them to rebuild sustainably."

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FYI/TMI: Are Taylor Swift And Ed Sheeran Getting Together?
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FYI/TMI: Are Taylor Swift And Ed Sheeran Getting Together?

Rumors surface that the two are in a red-hot relationship; Sony/ATV Music Publishing named top publisher of fourth quarter in 2012

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

(In an effort to keep you fully informed, and fully entertained, below we present today's FYI and TMI — news you need and news that's, well, sometimes needless….)

FYI …

Sony/ATV Claims Top Publisher In Q4 2012
Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which in June 2012 acquired administration of EMI Music Publishing, was the top publisher in the fourth quarter of 2012 based on its 25.8 percent share of the top 100 songs during the period, according to figures released by Nielsen BDS. No. 2 was Kobalt Music Group (16.5 percent share), followed by Universal Music Publishing Group (15.9 percent share), Warner/Chappell Music (14.2 percent share), and BMG Chrysalis (5.3 percent share).

TMI …

Swift Getting Together With Sheeran?
Taylor Swift may never be getting back together with a few people — like, ever — but that isn't stopping her from joining "The A Team." According to a report, Swift and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran were reportedly seen together at a hotel in late February. Adding more red-hot fuel to the fire, Sheeran collaborated with Swift on her latest album, Red, the name of which is also a tattoo on Sheeran's left arm. Since Swift and Sheeran supposedly dated briefly last spring, maybe they are, like, getting back together.