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The Biggest Music News of 2017


The past year has been a whirlwind of news, both good and bad. We’ve seen career-launching debuts, established artists moving in completely new directions, and artists stepping in and speaking out to make a difference. Unfortunately, we have also suffered the losses of truly influential artists who helped shape the music world that we know today. It’s hard to keep up with so much going on all the time, so Cliché is here to help you out. We’ve compiled a list of the biggest music news of 2017.


January 19: Planned Parenthood Benefit
Common and The National co-headline the Planned Parenthood Benefit called Show Up! It was intentionally planned to take place the night before the presidential inauguration. The stars choose to take a stand for reproductive rights and justice for women.

January 25: Big Sean Raises $100k for Flint
In an appearance on the The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, Big Sean announces that his foundation raised over $100,000 for Flint, Michigan in an attempt to help the city during its water crisis. He also reveals that the Flint Chosen Choir will appear on his upcoming album, I Decided.

The Biggest Music News of 2017: Image Courtesy of Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Image Courtesy of Christopher Polk/Getty Images

February 12: Grammy Awards
Adele breaks her Grammy award for Album of the Year, which she won with 25, and hands it over to Beyoncé, citing Lemonade as a dominant force of cultural change.

February 15: Musicians Come Together to Oppose Texas Bathroom Bill
Dozens of musicians, including Jack Antonoff, Wilco, and Lady Gaga come together to co-sign a letter addressed to state senators that opposes a bathroom bill in Texas, which would ban transgender people from using the restroom of their choice.

February 22: Jay-Z is Elected for Songwriters Hall of Fame
Among other inductees, Jay-Z stands out as the first rapper to be elected into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. This marks a transition for rap, as it becomes more accepted as part of the popular music scene.

February 28: Academy Awards
Justin Hurwitz takes home the award for best original score for La La Land, and the motion picture’s original song “City Of Stars” takes home best original song as well. Justin Timberlake kicked off the night with a performance of “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” which was also nominated for an award.

March 7: SXSW Changes Artist Contract
SXSW releases a public apology and promises not to escalate issues of safety at the festival past local authorities. The festival had been experiencing extreme backlash regarding an artist contract that stated the festival reserves the right to contact immigration authorities about foreign artists who may or may not be legally attending the showcases.

March 10: Either/Or Is Reissued
In honor of its 20th anniversary, the legendary lo-fi album Either/Or by the late songwriter Elliott Smith is reissued. This deluxe set includes rare tracks, live performances, and a never before heard song.

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Image Courtesy of Michael Putland/Getty Images

April 16: Allan Holdsworth Passes Away
The revered guitarist was found unexpectedly dead at age 70. Cited as being as influential as other legends like Chuck Berry, Holdsworth never stopped touring. Some of his musical projects include Soft Machine and U.K.

April 22: Record Store Day
An annual event celebrating the vinyl record, Record Store Day is a time where music-makers and music-lovers alike can come together within safe spaces to do what they love most: listen to amazing records.

May 10: PWR BTTM’s Ben Hopkins Accused of Assault
A victim’s stories about an alleged sexual assault by Ben Hopkins begins circulating on social media, causing a widespread attack on the once beloved Brooklyn power-pop duo. The band releases a statement claiming this is a misunderstanding, but they are dropped by their label and their albums are removed from streaming services.

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Image Courtesy of Ethan Miller/BBMA17

May 22: Billboard Music Awards
Drake is the star of the hour, taking home multiple awards, including Top Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top Rap Tour, and more. The event is hosted by Ludacris, who has hosted previously, and Vanessa Hudgens.

May 22: Manchester Bombing at Ariana Grande Concert
Tragedy struck as an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester was bombed, endangering thousands, injuring dozens, and killing 22, most of whom were children. Regarded as one of the biggest tragedies in the history of concerts, this event led to Grande penning a letter about staying strong and facing fear. She announces she will be returning to Manchester for a benefit concert.

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Image Courtesy of Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images

June 4: Manchester Benefit Concert
In the wake of the Manchester Bombing, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, and more celebrities return to the city in order to perform at a benefit concert that will alleviate the burden of the victims. Attendees of the concert in May are offered free tickets.

June 7: Site of Woodstock Joins Registry of Historic Places
The home to one of the most famous music festivals of all time, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is added to the National Register of Historic Places. This venue hosted the Woodstock Music Festival of 1969.

June 8: Taylor Swift Returns to Spotify
After criticizing the streaming service and removing her entire music catalog, Taylor Swift decides to make amends with Spotify. She tweets that she will be returning her entire discography to the platform.

The Biggest Music News of 2017: Image Courtesy of Walter Bieri/LA Times

Image Courtesy of Walter Bieri/LA Times

July 20: Chester Bennington Passes Away
The lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, is found dead at age 41 in a Los Angeles house. It is suspected to be a suicide. His death is a shock to the music community as a whole, and he is mourned widely and celebrated for his contributions to alternative rock.

August 8: Glen Campbell Passes Away
It is announced that the country music legend has passed away in a care facility after a long and public struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He is remembered for his songwriting, which blurred the lines between country and pop.

August 17: Spotify Removes Racist Music
In response to the violent white supremacy rallies in Charlottesville, VA, Spotify begins removing racist music from its databases. This includes any artists that are openly neo-fascist or racist, or those that incite violence against certain groups of people.

August 28: MTV’s VMA Awards
Katy Perry hosts MTV’s annual Video Music Awards show, which features performances by Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Kyle, and more. Taylor Swift premieres her video for “Look What You Made Me Do” at the show, and Kendrick Lamar receives the coveted Video of the Year award for “HUMBLE.”

September 7: Spotify and Hulu Announce Streaming Bundle
In an effort to face competitors in the streaming world, Spotify and Hulu teamed up to offer college students a new discounted bundle; they can receive both for only five dollars a month.

September 26: Chance the Rapper Performs New Song Live
After a busy few years of touring and raising awareness about problems in the Chicago Public School system, Chance came back with a new original and unrecorded song on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. It is one of his most personal songs to date.

The Biggest Music News of 2017: Image Courtesy of Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

Image Courtesy of Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

October 2: Tom Petty Passes Away
Amid a few confusing news reports, it is announced that the rockstar and voice behind Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is officially dead at age 66. He fell into cardiac arrest in his Malibu home and was rushed to a nearby hospital, but he passes peacefully surrounded by friends and family.

October 10: BET Hip-Hop Awards
Eminem performs a cypher at the BET Awards, directly attacking President Trump and his work in the office. He receives high praise from fans, and even Colin Kaepernick tweets at him in solidarity.

November 8: THE CMAS
The 51st annual Country Music Awards take place in Nashville. They are hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.

November 19: THE AMAS
The American Music Awards take place in Los Angeles at the Microsoft theater, with Bruno Mars taking the highest number of nominations. Diana Ross receives a lifetime achievement award for her contributions to music.

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Highlights from the Billboard Music Awards 2016


Last night was the night — the “Oscars of Music,” according to Ludacris. Okay, it’s really not equivalent to that since that’s what the Grammys are for… But I digress. The Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) honors the top trending artists today. You may know some of the familiar names that you’ve heard on your local radio stations… Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Adele, The Weeknd, just to name a few.

You know we all tuned in for one reason: the performances! This award show was jam packed with acts back to back and without a hitch, reigning queen Britney Spears kicked off the show with a medley of a few of her hit songs including “Toxic.” I don’t know about anyone else, but I was waiting for her to bust out with the “Sometimes” track. I can’t help but admire Britney for coming so far since her fiasco back in 2007. She is the role model for anyone who thinks their life is going haywire. Britney made it past that dark time and so can you.

 Co-hosts Ciara (L) and Ludacris. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Co-hosts Ciara (L) and Ludacris. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The hosts of the night were aforementioned Ludacris for his third time and singer Ciara for her first time. I’ve got nothing but love for those two. They had great chemistry and at least it didn’t feel like a forced gig. Don’t you feel sometimes award shows put some of the randomest people together thinking it’ll be OK when in fact, it’s super awkward for everyone watching?
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artists Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani perform onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Now, the performances. Aside from Britney stealing the opening, we got to see Fifth Harmony strut their stuff singing “Work From Home” with Ty Dolla $ign straight into Meghan Trainor’s latest single “No.” Girl power much? Speaking of girl power, legendary Pink made her world television premiere of “Just Like Fire” and you know it isn’t a show without any acrobats! If you haven’t seen Pink in concert, I suggest you do the next time she heads out on tour. It’s absolutely phenomenal.
From Pink, we’re shown “7 Years” singer Lukas Graham. I could not agree more when I read a tweet that said, “First SONG of the night.” Not to diss any artist out there, but I simply enjoyed this song so much. It’s so honest and can you honestly say there’s a lot of songs that do that as of late?
I think the wildcard out of all the songs had to be Gwen Stefani and Blake’s “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.” It was random out of the bunch of other songs performed and I’m not sure if this is a song I’ll be rushing to play on a loop on my Spotify.
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Celine Dion. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The night was also filled with the heavy hitters from Adele who premiered her new music video to “Send My Love to Your New Lover” to Celine Dion who accepted the Billboard Icon Award. Celine was surprised by her son René-Charles and there was not a dry eye… In my room. She dedicated this award to her late husband René Angélil and you can really see how much family and music means to her.
After a long week of dispute and rumors, Kesha stole the show for a bit when she covered Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” (made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter). I’m going to bet that this is the performance people will talk about for days to come. It’s been a long uphill battle for her due to the Dr. Luke lawsuit she’s been up against but she showed everyone that she’s standing strong no matter what.
Kia’s ‘One To Watch’ goes to Troye Sivan this year. Last year, they awarded this to Tori Kelly who is huge in the music industry. Kia isn’t wrong about Troye. I’ve been following him for a while and he is certainly someone everyone should check out. I wouldn’t be surprised if by this time next year, he’ll be selling out multiple tour dates just like Tori.
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Madonna. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The final act of the night goes to a special tribute to Prince by Madonna and a special guest appearance by Stevie Wonder. Questlove introduced it with a beautiful speech showcasing his absolute respect to the legend. Now, I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews regarding Madonna’s vocals, song choice, and just about everything. The Internet is a world full of opinions and just to add my two cents: she could have picked a better song, or maybe even incorporated an epic guitar solo that Prince probably would have slayed himself.
Was it a mesmerizing night that I’ll be able to talk about for weeks on end? Eh. Were there memes ready to be made? I wouldn’t be surprised if there were several of Rihanna whispering to her friend every five seconds during a performance.
For a complete list of the night’s winners, head over to Billboard Music Awards website.
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Highlights from the Billboard Music Awards 2016: Featured image courtesy of Jeff Kravitz/BBMA2016/FilmMagic

Best Dressed at the Billboard Music Awards 2016


The annual Billboard Music Awards doesn’t only spotlight the biggest names in music in one night, but also guarantees an interesting “pink” carpet. And while we thought this carpet was a lot “safer” than music’s other biggest night (remember Taylor Swift and Bella Hadid from this year’s Grammys?), there were still some stars that really shined. Black was a major trend this year, and we saw this in the form of curve-hugging gowns (all the ladies of Fifth Harmony), lacy cocktail dresses (Jessica Alba), and even pants (Serayah McNeill and Demi Lovato). But some celebrities also brought the color: Zendaya was beautiful in a nude Calvin Klein maxi skirt and matching bralette, Ciara glistened in a Philipp Plein dress and Casadei shoes, and Ariana Grande wore an intricate Versace dress which features pops of electric blue. Here are some of our picks for best dressed at the Billboard Music Awards 2016.

Which celebrities did you love the most the pink carpet? Which ones weren’t you that crazy about? Let us know in the comments below!
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Jennifer Lopez Stuns At 2014 Billboard Music Awards


This year’s Billboard Music Awards was very entertaining, and had lots of memorable moments. From the high energy performances, to the amazing celebrity fashion, the 2014 Billboard Music Awards definitely didn’t disappoint. One of the iconic moments during the show was the opening performance by music pioneer Jennifer Lopez, with Pitbull, as they performed the FIFA World Cup Anthem “We are One (Ola Ola)” Lopez wore a custom sheer black net bodysuit with elaborate metallic and gold crystal work by Falguni & Shane Peacock, as seen in the picture below. The ensemble looked great on her, and she set the bar high for all of the fashion looks to be seen for the night.

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After a brief video intro from some of today’s biggest stars, Lopez was the first female  to receive the Billboard Icon Award. “Jenny from the block” was more than deserving of this prestigious award, from her many years of making hits in the both music and film world.
Later on in the show she posed in the press room wearing a slinky white number by Sen Couture.
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Jennifer Lopez stuns at 2014 Billboard Music Awards, and does so through her amazing talent and trendy fashion choices. This musical diva continues to pave the way for the singers who will come after her, but shows that she still reigns supreme, A big congrats goes out to J Lo on her Billboard Music Award, and I wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.
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