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‘Justice’ & More Best Music Moments (March 19)

Take a look at all of the week’s can’t-miss music moments below.

The 2021 Grammy Awards were a night to remember

The Grammys were action-packed: Beyonce broke the record for most Grammy wins for a female artist, Taylor Swift became only the fourth artist and first woman to win album of the year for a third time, H.E.R won song of the year for “I Can’t Breathe,” Billie Eilish won record of the year for “Everything I Wanted,” and Megan Thee Stallion became the first woman rapper to win best new artist this century. Check out a recap of the night here, view the full winners’ list here and catch up on all the epic performances here.

Nominations for the 2021 Oscars were announced

The morning after the most important night in music, the most important night in movies revealed the nominations for their upcoming ceremony. Leslie Odom, Jr., Jon Batiste and Laura Pausini were among the artists who received nominations for the 2021 Academy Awards, which will take place on April 25. Check out the full list of nominees here, and see artists react to their nods here.

Drake shook up the top spots on the Hot 100

Drizzy made a historic Hot 100 start this week, debuting at Nos. 1, 2 and 3. He thus becomes the first artist ever to debut three songs in the top three simultaneously! “What’s Next” entered in the top spot, followed by his “Wants and Needs” featuring Lil Baby at No. 2, and “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” featuring Rick Ross at No. 3. (Plus, Drake returned to No. 1 on the Artist 100 chart.) Check out the full rundown for this week’s Hot 100 chart here.

Demi Lovato premiered her intimate new documentary

The pop superstar doesn’t hold back one bit in Dancing With the Devil, her four-part YouTube Originals docuseries that opened SXSW on Tuesday (March 16). Billboard recapped the 10 biggest revelations from the documentary, including what led to Lovato’s 2018 heroin overdose and what the future of her sobriety holds, here. Plus, read an interview with the doc’s director Michael D. Ratner here. Lovato also announced her related new album Dancing with the Devil…The Art of Starting Over will arrive on April 2. Here’s what we know about the LP so far.

BTS broke yet another Guinness World Record

Congrats, BTS! The colorful video for their No. 1 song “Dynamite” is now in the Guinness books for achieving the “most simultaneous viewers for a music video on YouTube Premieres.” According to a statement, “Dynamite” set the mark last year when the clip brought in more than three million viewers at the same time. Learn more about the group’s latest record here.

Justin Bieber made his Tiny Desk debut and released his new album

A few days before the release of his new album Justice, Justin Bieber performed for NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series for the first time ever. Bieber gave an intimate performance of his tracks “Holy,” “Hold On” and “Anyone,” and premiered a new Justice track, “Peaches.” Watch Justin Bieber’s mini-concert here, and check out a review of his latest album here.

The 2021 GLAAD Awards talent lineup was announced

On Thursday (March 18), GLAAD revealed a group of special guests who will be appearing at the (virtual) 32nd GLAAD Media Awards on April 8. Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Jojo Siwa, Bob The Drag Queen, Shangela, Eureka O’Hara, Sterling K. Brown, Laverne Cox, Clea DuVall, Dan Levy and Jim Parsons and more are all on deck. See the new announcement here.

Billie Eilish went blonde

The seven-time Grammy winner has ditched her signature green and black hair for blonde! Eilish debuted her new ‘do on Instagram Wednesday (March 17), and promptly broke the internet. Amid the reveal, fans also speculated that Eilish had been wearing a wig at the Grammys! See Eilish’s first blonde selfie here, and catch her making fun of her black and green wig on TikTok here.

Outside Lands announced new festival date and headliners

Lizzo, Tame Impala and Tyler, the Creator will headline Outside Lands, which will now take place on Halloween weekend from Oct. 29-31 this year (in person!). The StrokesVampire WeekendJ BalvinRüfüs Du SolKehlani and Young Thug will also perform at Golden Gate Park, while the 2021 edition of the festival promises additional acts like Glass Animals, Lord Huron, Flo Milli, Kaytranada, and 24kGoldn. Read what the Outstide Lands organizers had to say here. 

Pink announced new film about her 2019 tour 

Raise your glass and get your popcorn ready, because Pink will pull back the curtains on her 2019 Beautiful Trauma Tour in her upcoming Amazon Prime film All I Know So Far. “Come jump on the tour bus and see how it really goes. Cause it’s Wembley F*cking Stadium,” the pop star wrote on her Instagram Thursday (March 18). See the new announcement here.

Bad Bunny launched his “First Cafe” sneakers

The reggaeton superstar has whipped up a new pair of sneakers with Adidas the way he likes his coffee in the morning. The “First Cafe” Forum Buckle Low sneaker is “Bad Bunny’s take on the classic court sneaker” and “references the essential cup of coffee that starts the artist’s daily routine,” according to Adidas’ website. See the photos and where to cop them here.

Ella Mai kicked off her empowering road shows 

The “Boo’d Up” singer teamed up with Mastercard’s Strivers Initiative for a multi-city virtual educational road show that raises awareness about female- and minority-owned businesses in different U.S. cities. “Women that have gone before me served as examples that my dreams were possible. In turn, I hope that I can serve as an example of what is possible for aspiring singers and songwriters,” Mai told Billboard on Thursday (March 18). Read the rest of her interview here.

Kanye West’s net worth estimated to be $6.6 billion

Thanks to his lucrative sneaker and apparel business with Adidas and Gap, the rapper-turned-business mogul is now worth $6.6 billion. This sharp turnaround comes after he claimed to be $53 million in debt in 2016. Learn more about ‘Ye’s latest finances here.