Twitch (Hilariously) Replaces Metallica BlizzCon Performance With Elevator Music

Twitch users were in stitches Friday night (Feb. 19) when the gaming channel of the live streaming service placed lame music over Metallica rocking out at BlizzCon 2021.

The iconic heavy metal band was part of the opening ceremony of the annual gaming convention held by Blizzard Entertainment.

And as soon as James Hetfield and the gang began rocking their classic song “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” Twitch piped in generic, boring (free) music to avoid a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown order. It appears only the Twitch gaming channel replaced the music.

The moment was enough for viewers to be in hysterics, the incident trending on Twitter Saturday morning. The event, dubbed “BlizzConline,” was streamed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Between the laughs, fans pointed out Metallica was one the most outspoken acts when it came to creating musical streaming laws, suing Napster in 2000.

Last year, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett said the band’s battle against streaming was in hindsight a lost cause.

“We didn’t make a difference — we did not make a difference,” Hammett told Dean Delray on the Let There Be Talk podcast. “It happened, and we couldn’t stop it — because it was just bigger than any of us, this trend that happened that f—ing sunk the fucking music industry. There was no way that we could stop it. … What had happened was all of a sudden, it was just more convenient to get music and it was less convenient to pay for it, and there you have it.”

Watch Metallica’s censored performance at BlizzCon 2021 here.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

5 Uplifting Moments in Latin Music This Week (February 20)

From career milestones and new music releases to major announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest news buzz in Latin music every week. Here’s what happened in the Latin music world this week.

Juanes and NASA Join Forces

This week, Juanes formed part of the “Together We Persevere” broadcast hosted by Perseverance engineer Diana Trujillo. The show, which premiered on Thursday (Feb. 18), was NASA’s first Spanish-language broadcast for a planetary landing in honor of the agency’s Mars 2020 Perseverance mission. “I’m to be able to witness one of the greatest achievements of humanity and that will also help us get closer to the red planet as a species, thus expanding our knowledge and consciousness,” the Colombian artist said in a statement. “I celebrate the contributions that so many Latinos have made to NASA’s effort.”

Leslie Grace on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’

Leslie Grace was a special guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show this week, where she talked about landing the role on the upcoming In The Heights movie and performed. The Dominican singer told Clarkson that she received the special call from Lin-Manuel Miranda on her actual birthday. “It was the best birthday gift I’ve ever received and will receive,” she recalled. Grace also performed her rendition of “Conga” on the show.

Guinness Records for Tropical Stars

In celebration of the 2021 Premio Lo Nuestro, Marc Anthony and Olga Tañon received Guinness Record titles. Marc for being the male artist to win the most PLN awards with 24 and Tañon for being the female artist with the most PLN nominations with 48. The Univision awards ceremony also broke the record as the longest-running Latin music awards show in history and in the world with a total of 31 years.

Camilo Wins Big at Premio Lo Nuestro

Camilo won big at the 2021 Premio Lo Nuestro, taking home five awards including new male artist and pop album of the year for Por Primera Vez. During one of his speeches, the Colombian singer-songwriter thanked his biggest supporters, including his wife Evaluna, his manager “Pepo,” and his fans La Tribu. “Thank you for allowing my songs to be a sign of happiness and hope during the moments needed the most … for always embracing my music and allowing me in your lives,” he said.

Shakira Flaunts New Merch

To celebrate her Black Eyed Peas-assisted single “Girl Like Me,” Shakira launched new merch. “I just received my Girl Like Me T-shirt!” she posted on social media sharing the tee with a cartoon design of Shak. She later posted a video explaining the backstory of the design, explaining it was a fan art created by Jesus Avila that she absolutely loved. “I contacted him, paid him for the illustration, and now it’s a shirt!” she said.

Nick Jonas Booked as ‘SNL’ Host and Musical Guest, Announces New Single ‘Spaceman’

Nick Jonas is returning to Saturday Night Live!

On Saturday (Feb. 20), the long-running NBC sketch comedy show announced that the 28-year-old star will be pulling double-duty as SNL’s host and musical guest on Feb. 27.

“A dream come true,” Jonas tweeted alongside the announcement. “Let’s get it @nbcsnl!! See you February 27th!”

The singer also announced Saturday that his new single, “Spaceman,” will premiere on Feb. 25. Jonas teased the forthcoming song on social media, alongside a rugged photo of himself standing on rocky terrain. “The countdown begins now…,” he captioned the post.

Jonas last graced SNL’s Studio 8H as musical guest in 2016, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus serving as the host. At the time, he was promoting his third album, Last Year Was Complicated. Since then, he reunited with the Jonas Brothers for the sibling trio’s 2019 album, Happiness Begins.

Jonas’ upcoming SNL appearance marks his first time hosting the show.

This week’s SNL, meanwhile, features Bad Bunny as musical guest and Bridgerton star Rege-Jean Page as host.

Jonas’ upcoming SNL appearance arrives before the March 1 season premiere of NBC’s The Voice, where he’ll return as a coach alongside Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton. Jonas first joined the singing competition series in season 18, but was replaced by Gwen Stefani for the following season.

“Warriors never sleep. I’m back and ready to win this thing,” Jonas tweeted last fall about his return. “See you next season on @nbcthevoice!! PS – Hope you’ve been training @blakeshelton @kellyclarkson @johnlegend…. #TheVoice.”

See Jonas’ tweet about his upcoming Saturday Night Live’s appearance below.

Kate Hudson Calls Criticism of Sia’s ‘Music’ an ‘Important Dialogue’

Kate Hudson on Friday (Feb. 19) dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! where she discussed the criticism of her latest film, Music.

The drama written and directed by singer-songwriter Sia has been under fire for its casting and portrayal of autism.

Hudson, who has been nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance as Kazu “Zu” Gamble, said she felt the backlash was an “important dialogue,” but she felt the intended message of the film was expressed.

“I think when people see the film, they will see the amount of love and sensitivity that was put into it,” Hudson told Kimmel.

Sia’s decision to cast Maddie Ziegler as a nonverbal character with autism, as opposed to a performer on the autism spectrum, caused major backlash.

Telling Kimmel she welcomed the larger conversation, Hudson noted that she felt “terrible” that some people felt left out over the casting and portrayal of Ziegler’s character.

“The spectrum is so wide and should be approached with far more conversation and understanding of how can we be more representative, what are the best ways to do that,” the actress told Kimmel. “We want to tell the best stories we can. There is no one who wants to upset anybody. When people feel upset about anything, it’s our job to listen and encourage more conversation with other people who want to tell these stories.”

Watch the interview below.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.