“Still I Rise #betawards2020,” Seales quoted famed poet Maya Angelou while showing off her latest hosting gig credentials on Instagram. MC Lyte, Mandy Moore, Kyla Pratt and other celebrities congratulated her in the comments section.
BET veterans Terrence J and Erica Ash will co-host the first interactive pre-show featuring celebrities, nominees and special guests on BET starting at 7 p.m. ET.
“BET was created to stand at the forefront of black culture. We have made strides over the past two decades to create a space where black creativity, culture, and art have the opportunity to get the celebration it deserves in a world where it is systematically muted,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET, in a press release. “This year we’re looking forward to continuing the tradition of providing fans with those special, not to be missed moments of enrichment, entertainment, empowerment and also using our platform to create change for our community.”
And for the first time ever to commemorate the awards ceremony’s 20-year anniversary and BET’s 40-year anniversary, the 2020 BET Awards will simulcast live on CBS and BET/BET HER on June 28 from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. ET.
This Friday, June 19, the national commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States will be celebrated with an online event featuring dance performance and discussions exploring race in the United States.
Presented as part of the Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage’s SummerStage Anywhere digital series, the event will begin at 12 p.m. ET via the SummerStage’s Instagram with performances including Witness, a ballet that uses dance, film and music to offer historical context to racial issues in America.
The main event happens at 7:00 p.m. ET with a panel discussion, Reflecting the Times, led by Hope Boykin of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Happening on SummerStage’s YouTube channel, this talk will be followed by a tribute performance of “Hanging Tree” featuring the Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet Dance Theatre, vocalist Marcelle Davies-Lashley, and poet Carl Hancock Rux.
“As a Black woman in America, I am a direct beneficiary of the struggles and battles for justice and I stand on the shoulders of those who fought and continue to fight for my freedom,” Danni Gee, Dance Curator and Music Programming Associate for SummerStage, is quoted in a statement. “I am honored to be able to celebrate this important anniversary of Juneteenth in our country’s history on SummerStage Anywhere. I am proud to present this program even more so in light of current events and it is crucial to me that the communities we serve know that we stand with them.”
This Juneteenth program was originally programmed as a show for the 2020 SummerStage in-person season schedule and made the transition online.
The Country Music Association (CMA) has a double whammy in store for country fans this summer with a CMA Fest tribute television special hosted by Luke Bryan and a new livestream variety event.
On July 1, Jimmie Allen and Lindsay Ell co-host the first-ever “CMA Summer Stay-Cay presented by Budweiser Nitro Gold,” a multi-hour live stream experience featuring 50 country acts safely coming together for performances, Q&A sessions, games and more. Fans can stay tuned for the full lineup on the CMA Fest App and CMASummerStayCay.com before heading over to CMA’s YouTube and Facebook accounts for the first night of fun starting at 6 p.m. ET.
“CMA Summer Stay-Cay” and “CMA Best of Fest,” which have been dubbed “the two hottest nights of Country Music,” celebrate the legacy of “CMA Fest,” which has been held annually in Nashville, Tenn. since 1972. The world’s longest-running country music festival will make its way back to downtown Nashville from June 10-13, 2021.
Check out CMA’s official social media announcement below.
The nominations for the 19th annual Americana Honors & Awards, currently scheduled for this September, were announced today — with Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard, country legend Tanya Tucker and Nashville supergroup The Highwomen leading the nominations.
Howard and Tucker are both nominated for artist of the year, along with Highwomen solo star Brandi Carlile, the late singer-songwriter John Prine, and best new artist Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Yola. (The Highwomen are also nominated for duo/group of the year, along with Black Pumas, Drive-By Truckers, Buddy & Julie Miller and Our Native Daughters.)
Howard, Tucker and The Highwomen are all also nominated for both album of the year (for Jaime, While I’m Livin’ and The Highwomen, respectively) and song of the year (“Stay High,” “Bring Me My Flowers Now” and “Crowded Table”). They’re joined in the album category by Nathaniel Rateliff (And It’s Still Alright) and Tyler Childers (Country Square), and in the song category by Drive-By Truckers (“Thoughts and Prayers”), Aubrie Sellers featuring Steve Earle (“My Love Will Not Change”) and Rateliff again (“And It’s Still Alright”).
The Americana Honors & Awards are set to take place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Sept. 16, though a message from the Americana Music Association included with the nominations disclaims that “we are consistently monitoring the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 and will keep you posted as we approach the ceremony date.”
See the complete list of nominations below.
Album of the Year:
“And It’s Still Alright,” Nathaniel Rateliff, Produced by James Barone, Patrick Meese and Nathaniel Rateliff
“Country Squire,” Tyler Childers, Produced by David Ferguson and Sturgill Simpson
“The Highwomen,” The Highwomen, Produced by Dave Cobb
“Jaime,” Brittany Howard, Produced by Brittany Howard
“While I’m Livin’,” Tanya Tucker, Produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings
Artist of the Year:
Duo/Group of the Year:
Buddy & Julie Miller
Our Native Daughters
Emerging Act of the Year:
Instrumentalist of the Year:
Song of the Year:
“And It’s Still Alright,” Nathaniel Rateliff, Written by Nathaniel Rateliff
“Bring My Flowers Now,” Tanya Tucker, Written by Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth and Tanya Tucker
“Crowded Table,” The Highwomen, Written by Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna
“My Love Will Not Change,” Aubrie Sellers featuring Steve Earle, Written by Billy Burnette and Shawn Camp
“Stay High,” Brittany Howard, Written by Brittany Howard
“Thoughts and Prayers,” Drive-By Truckers, Written by Patterson Hood
After more than a year in the making, Teyana Taylor’s limited-edition makeup collection is MAC Cosmetics is on its way.
The launch was inspired by Taylor’s love of 90s fashion and beauty, and will show through products, packaging, product names and even the photo shoot. “I was inspired by the 90s and the heart & soul of Harlem and wanted to show that through the shades and packaging,” she said in a statement.
The entertainer also took to Instagram to share the news. “I remember walking by the Mac store on 125th street coming from school, amazed at all the dope campaign ads spread across floor to ceiling windows & on other major department stores,” she wrote in the caption alongside two campaign photos. “MAC Cosmetics really inspired me because they were one of the first mainstream companies to fearlessly and unapologetically embrace woman of color and the LGBTQ Community. That was big for me being a young black girl from Harlem telling myself that one day that would be me plastered in that window!”
“I’m so grateful and excited to be sharing this beautiful collection I created with the MAC team and so happy the cat’s finally out the bag!!” she continued. “But most importantly, I’m hoping to inspire other young black women that anything and everything is possible & that our black is STUNNING!!!”
The MAC x Teyana Taylor collection is set to arrive July 2020.
Plus, Justin Bieber’s “Intentions,” featuring Quavo, jumps from No. 8 to No. 5 on the Hot 100. The song becomes Bieber’s 16th top five hit and Quavo’s third, all tallied in collaborations with Bieber.
Let’s run down the top 10 of the newest Hot 100, which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated June 20) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (June 16).
“Rockstar,” released on SouthCoast/Interscope Records, posts a fourth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, with 35.7 million U.S. streams (up 3%) in the week ending June 11, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It lifts 4-3 on Digital Song Sales with 12,000 sold (up 10%) in the week ending June 11 and 36-26 on Radio Songs with 26.1 million audience impressions (up 30%) in the week ending June 14, hitting new highs on both charts.
“Rockstar” marks the first Hot 100 No. 1 to notch multiple weeks on top after a run in which five songs each spent a first and lone week at the summit: Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me,” which debuted atop the June 6 chart; Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé (May 30); Grande and Bieber’s “Stuck With U” (May 23); Doja Cat’s “Say So,” featuring Nicki Minaj (May 16); and The Scotts, Travis Scott and Kid Cudi’s “The Scotts” (May 9).
That streak, now snapped, stands as the longest since six songs each tallied a week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in September-November 1990, before Mariah Carey’s “Love Takes Time” began a three-week reign.
Megan Thee Stallion’s former Hot 100 No. 1 “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé, holds at No. 2. It scores a second week atop Digital Song Sales (12,000, down 9%) and keeps at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (25.9 million, down 2%) and No. 6 on Radio Songs (53.8 million, up less than 1%).
The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” is steady at No. 3 on the Hot 100, after four weeks at No. 1. It rules Radio Songs for a 10th week, marking the first of The Weeknd’s four leaders on the list to dominate for double-digit weeks, with 75.2 million in audience (down 1%). The track tallies a 13th week atop the multi-metric Hot R&B Songs chart.
Doja Cat’s former one-week Hot 100 leader “Say So” holds at No. 4.
Bieber’s “Intentions,” featuring Quavo, bounds 8-5 on the Hot 100. It rises 4-3 on Radio Songs (60.6 million, up 5%), 12-10 on Digital Song Sales (7,000, up 7%) and 18-17 on Streaming Songs (13 million, up 2%).
Bieber adds his 16th top five Hot 100 hit and fourth to rank in the region this year, twice the amount of the next closest acts in 2020; Drake, Grande, Lady Gaga, Roddy Ricch and The Weeknd each boast two since January. “Intentions” follows the No. 1 “Stuck With U,” with Grande; “Yummy,” which debuted at its No. 2 peak in January; and Bieber’s Dan + Shay duet “10,000 Hours,” which returned to the region in January after it debuted at its No. 4 high last October.
Plus, dating to Bieber’s first week in the Hot 100’s top five, when “Baby” debuted at its No. 5 peak (Feb. 6, 2010), his 16 top five hits tie Drake’s sum for the most in that span; Bruno Mars and Rihanna follow with 15 each. (In the Hot 100’s nearly 62-year history, The Beatles lead with 29 top five hits, followed by Madonna, with 28, and Carey, with 27.)
Quavo collects his third top five Hot 100 hit, all earned via collaborations with Bieber: DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One,” featuring Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, led for one week upon its debut in May 2017 and Khaled’s “No Brainer,” featuring Bieber, Quavo and Chance the Rapper, bowed at its No. 5 best in August 2018. Quavo is, of course, also a member of Migos, which has earned one top five hit: the trio’s three-week 2017 No. 1 “Bad and Boujee,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert.
Drake’s “Toosie Slide” is steady at No. 6 on the Hot 100, after spending a week at No. 1, and SAINt JHN’s “Roses” ascends 10-7, hitting a new high. The latter claims top Sales Gainer honors on the Hot 100 (9,000 sold, up 23%) and rebounds for a seventh week atop the multi-metric Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” drops 7-8 on the Hot 100, after peaking at No. 2; Roddy Ricch’s former 11-week leader “The Box” is stationary at No. 9; and Lady Gaga and Grande’s “Rain on Me” falls 5-10, following its No. 1 launch two weeks ago, but earns the chart’s top Airplay Gainer award for a second week (24.2 million in radio reach, up 38%).
For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram. And again, be sure to visit Billboard.com tomorrow (June 16), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.