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Who Should Be Nominated for Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammys? Vote!

Nominations for the 2021 Grammys are officially being announced on Tuesday, and Billboard has some big bets for who could be up for album of the year.

Luke Combs won the accolade at both the ACM and CMA Awards this year for What You See Is What You Get and Roddy Ricch won album of the year at this year’s BET Awards for Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial. So Billboard awards editor Paul Grein thinks the two have a shot of winning the award again if nominated at yet another awards show.

Gallery: American Music Awards 2020: Everything to Know (US Weekly)

Former best new artist nominee Fiona Apple (in 1997) and winner Dua Lipa (in 2019) would earn their first nods in this Big Four category for Fetch the Bolt Cutters and Future Nostalgia, respectively. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift has a shot at gaining her

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Megan Thee Stallion Made An Album For Every Black Woman Who Is Fed Up

On Sunday evening, as rapper Megan Thee Stallion racked up trophies and performed her new hit single “Body” on stage at the American Music Awards, rapper Tory Lanez had this to say on Twitter: “The double standard is wild.” 

It’s unclear which double standard Lanez, who is charged with shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July, was referring to. He recently pleaded not guilty to the charges related to the incident, which sparked conversations about the ways Black women are undervalued and underprotected.

When Lanez released an entire album earlier this year denying that he had shot Megan, people actively questioned whether she had even been shot (because she initially refused to name him), forcing her to share photos of her gunshot wounds to quiet skeptics.  

The jokes, memes and incredulity surrounding Megan’s “side of the story” swirled in conjunction with outrage and disgust over the release of Cardi B’s

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The Mac Miller Reference On Ariana Grande’s ‘Positions’ Album Is Very Subtle

Nearly one month after Ariana Grande released her Positions album, one fan on TikTok noticed a subtle Mac Miller tribute — but you’ll have to listen closely. According to TikTok user maraleebell, Grande included cricket sounds in at least two tracks on her sixth studio album, which might be a reference to one of the late rapper’s posthumous releases.

The TikTok counted two specific instances in which cricket sounds were used on Positions. The sounds can be heard in the title track after the lyric “heaven sent you to me,” and in “just like magic” when she sings “take my pen and write some love letters to heaven.” According to maraleebell, the use of the sounds after the word “heaven” is no coincidence, especially since Miller has a song called “Crickets” that was released earlier this year.

Grande, who released the album in late October, dated Miller from 2016

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BTS says new album ‘BE’ is a ‘letter of hope’

SEOUL (AP) — K-pop band BTS on Friday released their highly anticipated new album, which they described as a “letter of hope.”

The band held a socially distanced news conference in Seoul to unveil “BE,” their second album this year. It includes their English-language hit “Dynamite,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time ever for a South Korean group.

Dozens of Seoul-based journalists went through two temperature checks, a health registry and a disinfectant spray before entering the venue amid a surge of coronavirus cases in the country.

The band — composed of J-Hope, RM, Suga, Jungkook, V, Jin and Jimin — said they wanted to send “a letter of hope” that life goes on despite the uncertainties during the pandemic.

Jin said he hopes people can relate to the album’s emotions of emptiness and anxiety and find comfort in the shared feelings.

The band, which

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Megan Thee Stallion Drops ‘Good News’ Album and Video with Taraji P. Henson

Megan Thee Stallion’s debut album, Good News, is finally here.

In addition to fire new tracks, the rapper’s new 17-track LP features previously released singles “Savage (Remix)” that features Beyoncé, “Don’t Stop” with Young Thug, and “Girls In The Hood,” which samples Eazy-E’s “Boyz-n-the-Hood.”

The LP also features collaborations with a number of other high profile artists such as 2 Chainz, Big Sean, SZA, DaBaby, City Girls, and Popcaan

RELATED: Megan Thee Stallion Reveals ‘Good News’ Tracklist

Good News opens with “Shots Fired” which addresses her July shooting by Tory Lanez, who is facing one felony account of assault with a semi automatic firearm and one felony account for carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle (he has pleaded not guilty). On the song, she raps “You shot a 5’10” b*tch with a .22.” Later on in the song she talks

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BTS releases new album ‘BE,’ a ‘letter of hope’

SEOUL (AP) — K-pop band BTS on Friday released their highly anticipated new album, which they described as a “letter of hope.”

The band held a socially distanced news conference in Seoul to unveil “BE,” their second album this year. It includes their English-language hit “Dynamite,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time ever for a South Korean group.

Dozens of Seoul-based journalists went through two temperature checks, a health registry and a disinfectant spray before entering the venue amid a surge of coronavirus cases in the country.

The band — composed of J-Hope, RM, Suga, Jungkook, V, Jin and Jimin — said they wanted to send “a letter of hope” that life goes on despite the uncertainties during the pandemic.

Jin said he hopes people can relate to the album’s emotions of emptiness and anxiety and find comfort in the shared feelings.

The band, which

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Megan Thee Stallion Delivers Debut Album ‘Good News’

Following a tumultuous year, Megan Thee Stallion has finally delivered Good News.

The Houston rapper’s debut studio album has been one of the most anticipated projects of 2020. It follows a handful of EPs— Make It Hot, Tina Snow, and Suga—and Megan’s award-winning mixtape Fever. The artist spoke about the long-awaited project during an interview with NPR this year, explaining why she waited so long before gifting fans with a proper album.

“I felt like my mixtapes were me flirting with my fans,” she said. “I never wanted to do an album ’cause I was like, ‘Oh, that feel like a marriage. That’s a commitment.’ But now, I’m ready to settle down with an album.”

Good News spans 17 tracks, including the previously released “Girls in the Hood,” “Don’t Stop” with Young Thug, and the “Savage” remix featuring Beyoncé. Megan spoke about recording the latter track

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BTS Launching New Album ‘BE (Deluxe Edition)’

K-pop superstars BTS will launch a new album “BE” later on Friday.

The announcement was made at an online press conference that was live-streamed via YouTube and the Big Hit Labels channel. The live stream kicked off with a cutesy video of the band members filing past and checking themselves in a mirror.

That led in to an in-person press conference from Korea – with band member Suga missing. He was said to be recovering from a recent procedure.

RM said that the album had been planned before the release of hit single “Dynamite” and that it was made over a period of several months. The album was made in “a collaborative process with fans,” RM said. “We all learned how to use new cameras.”

“The name ‘Be’ is verb, it is a very open concept,” said Jimin, who took on the role of music project manager. “In our discussions

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Lil Uzi Vert Appears to Respond to Gunner Stahl Deluxe Album Criticism

Lil Uzi Vert seems to have taken issue with photographer Gunner Stahl, who suggested that deluxe albums aren’t worthwhile in a pair of deleted tweets. The hip-hop world favorite, who has worked with Uzi in the past among countless other high-profile rappers, even went so far as to say deluxe releases “ruined music.” 

“Deluxe albums ruined music,” Stahl wrote in the first of his since-deleted tweets. “Artist: drops album. Artist 0:000002 seconds into the album: DELUXE.” Shortly after, Uzi—who has dropped two deluxe versions of records this year—tweeted, “When it’s all over ….you was just a n***a with a camera [laughing crying emoji].” Like Stahl’s tweets, Uzi deleted what he wrote not long after.

While it was initially unclear if Gunner Stahl was targeting anyone in particular, especially as so many artists have dropped deluxe versions of their projects this year, Uzi left no ambiguity as to who he was

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Sam Smith on their new album and the “courage” it took to come out as non-binary

Sam Smith’s first two albums were multi-platinum hits, peaking at Number One and Two on the charts in the U.S. and the U.K. The singer’s emotional and revealing music has earned four Grammys, an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

Smith, who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, told “CBS This Morning” co-host Anthony Mason that their third record, “Love Goes,” explores a whole new side of themself.

“First of all, Sam, how are you doing?” Mason asked.

“I’m good, I’m good,” Smith said from their home in London. “It’s been a hard few months. I can’t lie. It’s been a hard few months. We’re in lockdown here again.”

Smith has performed just one live concert during the pandemic — at Abbey Road Studios last month to promote “Love Goes.”

“How much do you miss performing?” Mason asked.

“I miss it a lot. I really do. It’s been really

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