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AWARD SHOW MAYHEM: Drake Wins Billboard’s Artist Of The Decade + Usher Set To Host & Perform At iHeart + Golden Globes (& Their Racism) CANCELLED By NBC!

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Awards season is shaking up! Drake is being crowned as the best artist of the decade by Billboard, Usher is set to host and perform at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, and NBC cancelled the Golden Globes due to their racism. OOP. Get it all inside…

This awards season was nothing ordinary as ceremonies were altered to comply with COVID-19 guidelines. Most were virtual, but the Oscars were able to host the bulk of their winners and nominees last month. The 2021 Billboard Music Awards are set to go down at the Microsoft Theater in L.A.

Hate him or love him: Drake is a record-breaking superstar. And he’s being recognized for the work he has put in.

Billboard announced Drake will receive the prestigious Artist of the Decade Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs). Drizzy holds the title for most Billboard Music Awards with 27, setting the mark after taking home 12 awards in 2019.

Billboard’s Artists of the Decade category ranks the best-performing artists based on activity on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and the Billboard 200 albums tally, as well as social media data and touring revenue from Billboard Boxscore, from Dec. 5, 2009, through Sept. 28, 2019.

The Young Money rapper has been killing the music charts over the last decade.

For 2010s: • Nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart – the most of the decade of any artist • 33 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart – the most of the decade of any artist • Six No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart • 18 No. 1s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart – the most of the decade of any artist • 69 top 10s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart – the most of the decade of any artist • 10 No. 1 albums on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart

Career Chart Records: • Only solo male with more than 50 career weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart • A record 232 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart • A record 45 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart • A record 22 No. 1 titles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart • A record 84 top 10s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart • A record 120 top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

Notable Chart Stats: • Eight No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart • Nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart • 11 No. 1 albums on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart

So yeah, these are the reasons why he’s copping the Artist of the Decade Award. Much deserved.

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23rd at 8pm EST/5pm PST on NBC.

Speaking of award shows…

 

 

Before he turns up for his Las Vegas residency, Usher has been tapped to host and perform during the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards, set to air live on Thursday, May 27th on FOX.

In addition, the event will feature performances from The Weeknd with special guest Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic), Dan + Shay and Doja Cat, with more to be announced. Fans can expect appearances from Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and more. Lil Nas X and Chris Martin will present Elton John with The 2021 iHeartRadio Icon Award.

The 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards will air LIVE from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 27th (8:00-10:00 PM ET live / PT tape-delayed) on FOX. The event also will be heard on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app.

In other awards show news…

 

 

NBC is not here for the Golden Globes lack of diversity, which some have called racist.

The network announced it will NOT air the Golden Globes telecast next year (2022) as folks continue to criticize the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for their lack of racial diversity among its voting members and various ethical concerns. It’s said the organization has no Black voting members.

The network released a statement that said:

“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right,” a spokesperson for NBC said in a statement.

“As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes,” the spokesperson added. “Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”

Back in March, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association vowed to diversify its membership and make other changes. It’s reported several big streaming companies like Netflix, Amazon Studios and WarnerMedia will no longer work with HFPA until more sweeping changes are made in the group’s demographic makeup and ethics rules.

Hmph. Not even mad at this.

 

EXTRAS:

1. CNN’s Don LemonChris Cuomo are launching a podcast titled “The Handoff.” STORY

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