For King & Country won artist of the year at the 51st GMA Dove Awards, which aired Friday (Oct. 30) on TBN. The Australian brother duo, consisting of Joel and Luke Smallbone, is the first duo ever to win in that top category.
For King & Country also won short form video of the year for “God Only Knows,” a collab with Dolly Parton. For King… is one of seven artists who won two awards this year. The others are Tauren Wells, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Selah, Hillsong Worship, Skillet and Elevation Worship.
Parton wasn’t the only artist who is famous in the secular world to win: Kanye West won rap/hip hop recorded song of the year for “Follow God.”
Zach Williams, the 2018 artist of the year winner, won songwriter of the year (artist) for the first time. Jason Ingram took songwriter of the year (non-artist) for the second year in a row and the third time in five years.
“Way Maker,” written by Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu, won song of the year five years after it was first recorded by the writer, a Nigerian gospel singer who records under the name Sinach. The song has been covered by several prominent Christian music artists in the past two years, including Michael W. Smith, Mandisa and Bethel Music.
We the Kingdom, a family quintet that originated in Nashville, won new artist of the year.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Artist of the year:
for KING & COUNTRY
Song of the year:
Writer: Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu; Publisher: Integrity Music Europe
Songwriter of the year – artist:
Songwriter of the year – non artist:
Producer of the year:
Ed Cash & Steven V. Taylor (Team)
New artist of the year:
We The Kingdom
Contemporary Christian artist of the year:
Gospel artist of the year:
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Southern gospel artist of the year:
Inspirational film of the year:
I Still Believe
Directors: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin, (Producers) Kevin Downes, Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin
Long form video of the year:
Awake (Live), Hillsong Worship
Directors: Richard Cause, Jared Chapman, Paul Martin, Samuel Irving, Steven Lester; Producers: Johnny Rays, Jessica Ico, Steven Lester
Short form video of the year:
“God Only Knows,” for KING & COUNTRY featuring Dolly Parton
Directors/producers: Ben Smallbone, Patrick Tohill
Bluegrass/country/roots album of the year:
God & Country, Jimmy Fortune
Producer: Ben Isaacs
Bluegrass/country/roots recorded song of the year:
“Ain’t No Grave,” Karen Peck & New River
Writers: Jonathan David Helser, Melissa Helser, Molly Skaggs
Children’s album of the year:
Sing: Remembering Songs, Ellie Holcomb
Producers: Nate Dugger, Brown Bannister
Choral collection of the year:
Top Anthem Collection
Creator: Johnathan Crumpton; Arrangers: Bradley Knight, Cliff Duren, Mike Speck, Marty Parks, Daniel Semsen, Gary Rhodes, Dave Williamson, Geron Davis, Tom Fettke, Russell Mauldin
Christmas/special event album of the year:
Christmas, Phil Wickham
Producer: Jonathan Smith
Contemporary gospel album of the year:
LONG LIVE LOVE, Kirk Franklin
Producers: Kirk Franklin, Shaun Martin, Maxwell Stark, Ronald Hill, S1 for SKP. Inc.
Contemporary gospel recorded song of the year:
“People,” Jonathan McReynolds
Writer: Jonathan McReynolds
Gospel worship album of the year:
Broken Record, Travis Greene
Producers: Travis Greene, Brunes Charles
Gospel worship recorded song of the year:
“Something Has to Break (Live),” Kierra Sheard, featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Writers: J. Drew Sheard, Kierra Valencia Sheard, Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith
Inspirational album of the year:
Firm Foundation, Selah
Producers: Brent Milligan, Chris Bevins, Jason Kyle Saetveit
Inspirational recorded song of the year:
“Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me,” Selah
Writers: Michael Farren, Rich Thompson, Jonny Robinson
Instrumental album of the year:
Untitled Hymn: A Collection of Hymns (Instrumental), Chris Rice
Producers: Chris Rice, Ken Lewis
Musical of the year:
Messiah Overcame – An Easter Musical
Creators: Mike Harland, John Rowsey, (Arrangers/Orchestrators) Cliff Duren, Jim Hammerly, Christopher Phillips, Phil Nitz
Pop/contemporary album of the year:
Citizen of Heaven, Tauren Wells
Producers: Chuck Butler, Jordan Sapp, Kirk Franklin, Max Stark, Colby Wedgeworth, Rascal Flatts
Pop/contemporary recorded song of the year:
“Rescue,” Lauren Daigle
Writers: Jason Ingram, Lauren Daigle, Paul Mabury
Rap/hip hop album of the year:
MOOD // DOOM, Social Club Misfits
Producers: Young Sidechain, Dirty Rice, Cardec, Ben Lopez, Colby Wedgeworth, Tedd Tjornhom, Martin Santiago, Dave James, Rey King, Jordan Sapp
Rap/hip hop recorded song of the year:
“Follow God,” Kanye West
Writer: Kanye West
Recorded music packaging of the year:
Rescue Story (Zach Williams, not awarded to artist)
Art director/graphic artist: Tim Parker; Photographer: Eric Brown
Rock/contemporary album of the year:
Producers: John Cooper, Korey Cooper, Kevin Churko, Seth Mosley, Mike “X” O’Connor
Rock/contemporary recorded song of the year:
Writers: John L. Cooper, Korey Cooper, Seth Mosley
Southern gospel album of the year:
Pure Love, Legacy Five
Producers: Scott Fowler, Wayne Haun, Trey Ivey
Southern gospel recorded song of the year:
“The Power of an Empty Tomb,” The Erwins
Writer: Joel Lindsey
Spanish language album of the year:
Aleluya (En La Tierra), Elevation Worship
Producers: Chris Brown, Steven Furtick
Spanish language recorded song of the year:
“Loco Amor,” Christine D’Clario
Writers: Chris McClarney, Jacob Sooter, Ricky Jackson
Traditional gospel album of the year:
The Return, The Clark Sisters
Producers: J. Drew Sheard II, Warryn Campbell, Eric Dawkins, Mano Hanes, Rodney Jerkins, Justin Brooks, Jermaine Dupri, Damien Sneed, Kurt Carr, Karen Clark-Sheard
Traditional gospel recorded song of the year:
“I’m All In,” Maranda Curtis
Writers: Maranda Curtis, Dana Sorey, Asaph Ward
Worship album of the year:
Awake, Hillsong Worship
Producers: Michael Guy Chislett, Brooke Ligertwood, Ben Tan, Ben Tennikoff
Worship recorded song of the year:
“The Blessing (Live),” Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Elevation Worship
Writers: Kari Jobe Carnes, Cody Carnes, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick
Youth/children’s musical of the year:
Good News Ahead…The Signs of Christmas!
Creators: Gina Boe, Barb Dorn
“If he not getting you a Birkin, if he not paying for your bills, then throw that n—- back to the streets, OK?” she proclaimed via Instagram Live, which had critics calling her out for putting material objects above deep human connection and healthy relationships.
An Hermès Birkin can often cost as much as $500,000.
In a new interview on Power 106 Los Angeles with Bryhana, Saweetie addressed her comments by saying that she’s “an entertainer and I come to entertain.”
“So that was an entertaining comment. Like Jay-Z says at the end of ‘Ignorant Shit,’ he goes, ‘It’s only entertainment,’ and then he does this little evil laugh,” she said. “I was having a good time, promoting ‘Back to the Streets.’ And, you know, I’m popping my shit for my girls. But I feel like a Birkin symbolizes a gift of value.”
“But what comes along with being valued?” Saweetie continued. “It comes with a healthy relationship. It comes with communication. It comes with getting gifts. It comes with being spoiled, because at the end of the day, we create life … Women are magical creatures and we deserve to be treated like a queen. So that’s what I meant by that statement … A Birkin is symbolic. Get her a purse, get her some jewelry—of course, according to your tax bracket. I don’t want you to clean out your savings to try to keep up with social media or society … It was a quick comment that represents how I feel women should be treated, which is showered with gifts, OK?”
See the interview below.
Just days before next week’s presidential election, Dave Grohl and his mother Ginny sat down (virtually) with Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s wife Jill to discuss the importance of education.
“I was raised by a school teacher, so I knew as a child how hard my mother worked, not just at the school, but within the community,” Grohl says at the beginning of the four-minute clip.
“The teachers are the rockstars,” Biden proclaims, to which the Foo Fighters star wholeheartedly agrees. “I have always felt that way,” he shares with a laugh.
Grohl has been an outspokenly anti-Trump since the 2016 election, most recently slamming the President’s administration for the handling of the coronavirus and the rushed re-opening of schools.
“When it comes to the daunting and evermore politicized question of reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic, the worry for our children is paramount,” Grohl said in an episode of Dave’s True Stories titled “In Defense of Our Teachers.” “Yet, teachers are also confronted with a whole new set of dilemmas that most people would not consider. ‘There’s so much more to be addressed than just opening the doors and sending them back home,’ my mother tells me over the phone. Now, 82 and retired, she runs down a list of concerns based on her 35 years of experience. Masks and distancing, temperature checks, crowded bussing, crowded hallways, sports, air conditioning systems, lunchrooms, public restrooms, janitorial staff. Most schools already struggle from a lack of resources. How could they possibly afford the mountain of safety measures that will need to be in place?”
At management company Q Prime, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are out, Journey is in and a rumored $80 million deal with Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies investment firm was never close to closing, according to multiple sources.
In what’s become a whirlwind story about one of music’s biggest management companies, there are rumors worth correcting: While the Chili Peppers did leave Q Prime, as Hits reported earlier this month, it was to bring management in-house and not to be managed by Guy Oseary. Naturally, one might think after news like that got out, it would drop the value of Burkle’s deal — another element of the Hits story — only there was never any such offer to begin with, sources tell Billboard.
Hits retracted its story on Wednesday, saying, “The fact is, we fucked up. We apologize to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric [Greenspan, the band’s lawyer] and Guy O for any disruption we’ve caused.”
Here’s what really happened: Earlier this month, a well known promoter introduced Burkle to Q Prime founders Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch, as Burkle explores buying several management firms during the pandemic and folding them into a larger management group company, similar to Live Nation-backed firm Maverick. They discussed a deal, but no numbers were finalized and there was no formal offer on the table. Then the Chili Peppers told Mensch they were taking management inhouse, difficult news for the band’s manager of 20 years.
“The article [that followed] was like a double gut punch” says one source.
Long term, it’s not clear who the band will hire for management, if anyone. In the interim, the Chili Peppers have hired Oseary in a limited capacity as a consultant, but he has told several people is not the band’s manager.
“A lot of these really big bands want to take management in-house and don’t want to pay large management fees,” explains one high ranking official who works with Q Prime. “Their careers don’t really need to be managed; they’re a huge band. They need help figuring out their album promotion plan and their TikTok strategy, which they hire consultants to do for them.”
There is, however, good news at Q Prime too. The company recently signed Journey. The band is now led by vocalist Arnel Pineda and grossed nearly $100 million on its 2018 tour with Def Leppard. But sources suggest that was what led to this fiasco.
Journey had been previously managed by Irving Azoff, but moved to Q Prime following an introduction from Hipgnosis Songs chief Merck Mercuriadis. (Hipgnosis holds rights to some of the band’s biggest songs, including the monster hit “Don’t Stop Believin’.”)
With all the deals and details being tossed around, it turns out that somehow, the original story didn’t come out quite right.
“In retrospect, not reaching out to (Guy Oseary or Q Prime) was a mistake,” Hits wrote in its retraction. “We knew they’d deny the story and ask us not to run it, and we believed it to be true and newsworthy. But we should have checked in and given them a chance to comment — or at least a heads-up.”
It’s been 18 years since Busta Rhymes and Mariah Carey delivered their thumping collaboration, “I Know What You Want.” Now, in 2020, the duo have reunited on a brand new track that pays homage to their 2002 hit.
Rhymes dropped his new album, Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God, on Friday (Oct. 30), which features Carey on “Where I Belong.” The song, with a beat equally as head-bopping as the their prior collaboration, actually samples “I Know What You Want.” It’s produced by Navi Beatz and “I Know What You Want” producer Rick Rock.
Busta and Mariah previously worked together on Carey’s 2001 Glitter cut, “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life.”
Listen to “Where I Belong” below.
Halloween looks a bit different this year due to the global pandemic, with trick-or-treating, parties and concerts all paused.
Thankfully, a number of creative families have put together entertainment that can be enjoyed safely from a distance. Transforming their entire properties into colorful, stunning light shows, houses across the nation have put the fun back into spooky season (no matter how scary this year may seem).
We at Billboard have compiled our favorite light shows this year. See them below.
1. Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” – Magical Light Shows
2. Beetlejuice – Fitz Studios
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas’ “This Is Halloween” – Riverside Halloween Light Show House
4. AJR’s “Bang!” – Edwards Landing Lights
5. The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s “The Time Warp” – Allen Family Lights
6. Michael Jackson Medley – Carpenter Halloween Light Show