Billboard Women In Music ‘Chart Topper’ Meghan Trainor: ‘I Knew This Would Be My Year’

As per Billboard.com,

“I’m having a good time,” says Trainor, photographed on June 22 at 632 on Hudson in New York. “All my dreams are real right now.”

Asked to rank her year on a scale of one to 10, Meghan Trainor doesn’t hesitate: “This is the year I won a Grammy, right?” says the 2016 best new artist with a laugh. “Ten!” Since the smash success of her “All About That Bass” (a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 for eight weeks), Trainor has duetted with Harry Styles and John Legend, co-written charting hits for Jennifer Lopez (“Ain’t Your Mama”) and Fifth Harmony (“Sledgehammer”), and, most recently, released her second album, Thank You, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of brassy lead single “No,” Trainor’s fourth Hot 100 top 10 hit. “Growing up, I remember I always wanted to be 22,” says Trainor. “Now I am. I’ve finished a tour and sold out every show; got a Grammy; I have an amazing new boyfriend [actor Daryl Sabara]. For some reason, I knew this would be my year.”

Writing How-Tos: 
“When I walk into the studio, the first thing I think is, ‘I’m dealing with this right now, but can I make a male relate to this too? Or a mother?’ When I write about universal concepts, other artists are like fans: ‘Oh, my God, I feel the same way!’ ”

Horror Habit: 
“I’ve been on that American Horror Story grind. But I’m afraid of the dark! I have so many night lights in my room.”

Kindred Spirit: 
“My boyfriend knows what it’s like to be on a red carpet, to be super hot for a second with everyone talking about you. It’s nice to have someone who actually understands.”

Madonna, The Queen of Hearts

Madonna Is Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year

As per the Billboard.com

When the 11th annual Billboard Women In Music event hits New York City this winter, royalty will be present.

Following a year where she extended her record as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time, Madonna will receive Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year award.

“Madonna is one of a minuscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music,” said Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. “With her creative vision, relentless innovation, and dedication to philanthropic causes, she is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world, all while shattering every career record out there. She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who’s used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.”

Madonna performs a tribute to Prince onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas.

Madonna & Stevie Wonder Pay Tribute to Prince at 2016 Billboard Music Awards

From her Prince tribute alongside Stevie Wonder at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards to her political Met Gala appearance to her indelible commentary on the 2016 election, Madonna has remained a constant force in pop culture and source of cultural conversation over the past year.

Her Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with $170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history (the archives go back to 1990) with a staggering $1.31 billion in total concert grosses.

Madonna performs at Feijenoord Stadium on July 24 1990 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

In addition to being the first female pop star with true control of her career and image, Madonna is the best-selling female recording artist of all time. She’s earned 8 No. 1 albums (and 21 top 10 albums) on the Billboard 200 and 12 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. With her 46th No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart in 2015, she extended her own record for the most No. 1s on a single Billboard chart. She also holds the record for the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 38.

In addition to her ongoing chart dominance, her philanthropic efforts are effecting real change in the world. Madonna’s Raising Malawi organization is currently constructing Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, which will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, provide intensive care after critical surgeries, and train specialized Malawian medical staff. The Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care facility will open in 2017.

The seven-time Grammy winner will receive the honor at the 11th annual Women in Music event, held Dec. 9 in New York City and airing nationally on Lifetime on Dec.12. The star-studded event is held in conjunction with the publication of Billboard’s Women in Music list, which identifies the 50 most powerful female executives in the industry each year.

Meghan Trainor Named ‘Chart Topper,’ Maren Morris to Receive ‘Breakthrough Artist’ Award at Billboard Women in Music 2016

Meghan Trainor Named ‘Chart Topper,’ Maren Morris to Receive ‘Breakthrough Artist’ Award at Billboard Women in Music 2016

Maren Morris and Meghan Trainor
Such a thrilling news which proves the Women Power in this Modern Era. Great Job Ladies.

As per billboard.com,

Hitmaker singer-songwriters Meghan Trainor and Maren Morris has been choosen in the list of honorees at Billboard‘s 11th annual Women in Music event, held Dec. 9 in New York City and airing nationally on Lifetime on Dec. 12. Both Trainor and Morris will also perform live at the gala, which will honor Madonna as 2016’s Woman of the Year.

The Grammy-winning pop star Trainor will be recognized with the 2016 Women in Music ‘Chart Topper’ award, recognizing an artist who notched notable achievements on Billboard‘s music charts this year.

“Meghan Trainor’s one-of-a-kind voice and bold personal style have propelled her to the top of the Billboard charts,” said Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. “From ‘All About that Bass’ to ‘No,’ Trainor’s songs have helped make her the consummate ‘Chart Topper.’”

Country sensation Morris will be the recipient of this year’s Women in Music ‘Breakthrough Artist’ award, given to an artist who’s emerged as a leading voice in the past year, and released career-defining work.

“Maren Morris has dominated this year, easily becoming one of the most talked-about women in country music today,” Min added. “With a breakthrough nothing short of incredible, Maren has a stellar career ahead of her that will be marked by enormous commercial and critical success.”

Trainor first emerged on the national scene with the irresistible throwback pop of her debut single “All About That Bass” in 2014. The song went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks, and won two trophies at the Billboard Music Awards, for top Hot 100 song and top digital song. “Bass” also helped spur blockbuster sales of her first full-length LP, Title, which debuted on top of the Billboard 200 albums chart in 2015, and spawned two more Hot 100 top 10 hits: “Lips Are Movin” and the John Legend-featuring “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.”

In the past year, Trainor released her sophomore album, Thank You, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200, and scored another smash with the LP’s lead single “No,” which peaked at No. 3, making for the artist’s fourth top 10 hit on the Hot 100. She also won her first Grammy, for best new artist, and covered BillboardMagazine in July. To date, Trainor’s songs have received more than 2 billion on-demand streams in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.

Morris experienced major success this year with her major-label, full-length debut Hero, which became the first debut by a new female artist to top the Country Albums chart in nearly two years when it debuted at No. 1 earlier this year. The singer-songwriter gave a stunning performance at the CMA Awards this November, backed by a full band and choir, and picked up the CMA award for best new artist.

Morris has also earned three top 40 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, including the Country Digital Song Sales-topper “My Church,” and her songs have racked up more than 1 million digital downloads to date, as well as over 116 million on-demand streams, according to Nielsen Music. She also appeared on the cover of Billboard’s Grammy Preview Issue, along with Chance the Rapper and Alessia Cara.

The 11th annual Women in Music event is held Dec. 9 in New York City and airs nationally on Lifetime on Dec. 12. The star-studded event is held in tandem with the publication of Billboard’s Women in Music list, which names the 50 most powerful female executives in the industry each year.

Madonna is 2016’s ‘Woman of the Year’ award recipient. The pop legend’s Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts in music history. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with $170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history, with archives dating back to 1990, having earned a staggering $1.31 billion in total concert grosses.

Also being honored at Billboard‘s 2016 Women in Music event will be country great Shania Twain, who will be receiving the ‘Icon’ award, which celebrates an artist whose historic contributions to the music industry establish them among the highest class of performers. Current Hot 100-topping artist Halsey will be named ‘Rising Star,’ recognized for her chart dominance and exceptional, unconventional talent. Finally, ascendant R&B talent Andra Day will be honored as ‘Powerhouse,’ for her breathtaking vocal prowess. Both Halsey and Day will also be performing at the gala.

Lil’ Twist to Serve 1 Year Sentence for Assaulting Nickelodeon Actor Christopher Massey

Lil’ Twist to Serve 1 Year Sentence for Assaulting Nickelodeon Actor Christopher Massey

Twist, whose real name is Christopher Lynn Moore, entered a plea deal on the first day of his scheduled trial. According to the New York Daily News, citing a Los Angeles County District Attorney spokesperson, this deal came at the objection of prosecutors.

“It was not a negotiated plea,” DA spokesman Ricardo Santiago told the publication.

CMA Award Winners 2016: Complete List

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Carrie Underwood accepts and award onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn.

The 50th annual CMA Awards have all been handed out!

Garth Brooks was the night’s biggest winner, taking home entertainer of the year from surprise presenter Taylor Swift, but he was hardly the night’s only champ. See below for the full list:

Entertainer of the Year:
WINNER: Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

Maren Morris performs on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on June 6, 2016.

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Male Vocalist of the Year:
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Tim McGraw
WINNER: Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year:
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
WINNER: Carrie Underwood

Vocal Group of the Year:
Lady Antebellum
WINNER: Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

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Vocal Duo of the Year:
WINNER: Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Joey + Rory
Maddie & Tae

Album of the Year:
Black — Dierks Bentley
WINNER: Mr. Misunderstood — Eric Church
Ripcord — Keith Urban
Storyteller — Carrie Underwood
Hero — Maren Morris

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New Artist of the Year:
Kelsea Ballerini
Brothers Osborne
WINNER: Maren Morris
Old Dominion
Cole Swindell

Song of the Year:
“Burning House” — Cam, Tyler Johnson and Jeff Bhasker
“Die a Happy Man” — Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett and Joe Spargur
WINNER: “Humble and Kind” — Lori McKenna
“My Church” — Busbee and Maren Morris
“Record Year” — Eric Church and Jeff Hyde

Single of the Year:
WINNER: “Die a Happy Man” — Thomas Rhett
“Humble and Kind” — Tim McGraw
“My Church” — Maren Morris
“Record Year” — Eric Church
“Nobody to Blame” — Chris Stapleton

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Musical Event of the Year:
WINNER: “Different For Girls” — Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King
“Home Alone Tonight” — Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild
“The Fighter” — Keith Urban (featuring Carrie Underwood)
“Think of You” — Chris Young (duet with Cassadee Pope)
“You Are My Sunshine” — Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton

Musician of the Year:
Jerry Douglas (dobro/lap steel guitar)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar)
WINNER: Dann Huff (guitar)
Brent Mason (guitar)
Derek Wells (guitar)

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood perform during the opening monologue at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Music Video of the Year:
“Burning House” — Cam; directed by Trey Fanjoy
WINNER: “Fire Away” — Chris Stapleton; directed by Tim Mattia
“Humble and Kind” — Tim McGraw; directed by Wes Edwards
“Record Year” — Eric Church; directed by John Peets and Reid Long
“Somewhere on a Beach” — Dierks Bentley; directed by Wes Edwards

Frank Ocean Ineligible for 2017 Grammy Race Due to Missed Filing Deadline

As per the Billboard News Board,

‘Blonde’ and the “visual album” ‘Endless’ were not submitted for consideration, says a source.

When the Grammy nominees are revealed on Dec. 8, one surefire contender will not be on the list: Frank Ocean, who released two albums — Blonde and the “visual album” Endless — in August. A source confirms to Billboard that neither album was submitted for consideration by Ocean’s labels, management or other reps, even though both were released well before the 2017 Grammy eligibility cutoff date of Sept. 30, 2016.

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Blonde (also known as Blond) — which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the week ending August 25 with 276,000 equivalent-album units, the third-largest total of the year — was released on Ocean’s own Boys Don’t Cry imprint, although many traditional label functions for the still digital-only release were handled by Apple Music. Whether the album was intentionally not submitted for the Grammys or an oversight took place — which may have been the case last year with Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” which also was not submitted — was unclear at press time, although a source close to the situation tells Billboard that Ocean’s team was aware of the deadlines and made the decision.

Reps for Ocean were not immediately available for comment or had not responded to Billboard‘s requests for comment at press time. A rep for the Grammys confirmed that Ocean’s albums had not been submitted for consideration.

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Ocean’s “visual album” Endless, his last release through Def Jam, was not submitted either, but its eligibility is uncertain: It is only available as a long-form streaming video through Apple Music (which renders it ineligible for Billboard’s charts). While it conceivably could have been nominated in a video category, the famously undynamic footage consists entirely of Ocean building a staircase while the album plays, making any sort of visual award unlikely. After an update of Grammy rules in June, streaming-only releases are now eligible for awards, although Endless‘ unusual “visual album” status may complicate that; the Recording Academy had not clarified that question at press time.

The albums were Ocean’s first full-length releases in more than four years. His previous release, Channel Orange, was nominated for five 2013 Grammy Awards and won two: one for Best Urban Contemporary Album, and another for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, for the album track “No Church in the Wild.”  He was also nominated for Album of the Year and Best New Artist, and Record of the Year for “Thinkin Bout You.”

The Grammy Awards will air on Feb. 12, 2017 on CBS.

Andra Day to Receive ‘Powerhouse’ Award at Billboard Women In Music 2016

Andra Day, a vital voice in the singer-songwriter scene and dynamic live performer, will be honored as the recipient of the ‘Powerhouse’ award at Billboard’s 2016 Women In Music event. As per the news by the Billboard Music Board, Day will accept the award for her breathtaking vocal prowess and perform at the Dec. 9 event in New York City, which will be broadcast on Lifetime on Dec. 12.

Inspired by the raw, honest vocal greats of music history (everyone from Billie Holiday to Lauryn Hill), Day saw her 2015 debut album Cheers to the Fall nominated for Best R&B Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards and its single, “Rise Up,” nominated for Best R&B Performance. The motivational “Rise Up” hit No. 6 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart and No. 10 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart, and serves as the theme song for the film We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World, which also stars Meryl Streep, Frieda Pinto and CNN’s Isha Sesay. In addition to performing at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, Day appeared with the legendary Stevie Wonder in an ad for Apple TV last year, performing “Someday at Christmas,” which topped the Billboard & Clio Music Top Commercials chart. Day also earned three BET Awards and an NAACP Award this year.

“Andra Day’s voice, style, stage presence, music and lyrics combine in a way that makes her the very definition of a music powerhouse,” said Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. “From ‘Rise Up’ to her chart-topping collaboration with Stevie Wonder, she continues to prove her seemingly limitless talent.”

Pandora Jewelry, the official jewelry sponsor of Billboard’s Women in Music, is also partnering with Day for an event to celebrate the singer.

2016’s Women in Music will also honor Madonna, Shania Twain and Halsey. Aside from Day, Halsey will also perform at the 11th annual ceremony. The star-studded event is held in conjunction with the publication of Billboard’s Women in Music list, which identifies the 50 most powerful female executives in the industry each year.