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Beyoncé received 8 Billboard Music Award nominations. The show will air live on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm E.T.

  • Top Artist: Adele, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Shawn Mendes, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd
  • Top Female: Adele, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Sia
  • Top Billboard 200 Artist: Beyoncé, Drake, Prince, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd
  • Top Touring Artist: Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen + The E Street Band, Coldplay, Guns N’ Roses, Justin Bieber
  • Top R&B Artist: Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Frank Ocean, Rihanna, The Weeknd
  • Top R&B Tour: Beyoncé, Lionel Richie, Rihanna
  • Top Billboard 200 Album: Beyoncé - Lemonade, Drake - VIEWS, Rihanna - Anti, Twenty One Pilots - Blurryface, The Weeknd - Starboy
  • Top R&B Album: Beyoncé - Lemonade, Bruno Mars - 24K Magic, Frank Ocean - Blonde, Rihanna - Anti, The Weeknd - Starboy

Full List of Nominations Here

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Ich weiß noch, wie du sagtest: “Nie werd ich 27!”
Wir die Lieder sangen, die vom Leben-lieben handeln
Tequila tranken, machten Jägermeister platt
In den Mond schrien: “Verdammt, wir sind die geilste Gang der Stadt!”
Kein öder Day-Job-Trott rafft uns hin
Wir sind wie Kurt Cobain, Bon Scott, Pac und Jim
Selbst in Unterzahl ergeben uns nie
Lieber gestanden arm sterben, als reich leben auf Knien
Täglich am Beat, jeder von uns Lieblingsmensch
Du warst unser Bruce, wir deine kleine E-Street-Band
Hatten nie viel Geld, aber jeden Tag mega Brand
Rewe-Markt, Rotwein im Tetrapack für den Weg gezockt
Heut noch denk ich dran, als ob’s gestern war
Bist schon immer weg, wenn’s auf Partys am Besten war
Red mir einfach ein, dass es deine letzte war
Hoff, du bist angekommen!

Und deine Mum hält dein Zimmer wie du’s gelassen hast
An dem Moment, wo dich Willen und Mut verlassen hat
Die Lautsprecher tönen es laut
Dein Lieblingslied, aber hörst du das auch? Sag, hörst du das auch?
Jedes mal wenn der Wind pfeift und durch Äste weht
Wissen wir du warst da, wolltest nur nach dem Rechten sehn’
Dann warst du kurz zu Besuch
Leider nur zu Besuch, hoff’ es geht dir gut, da wo du bist.

Jetzt sind wir 27, bald alt und grau
Keiner wurd’ Rockstar von uns, niemand Astronaut
Wie schon gesagt, ging’s nach dem Zivi bergab
Vorbei der Teenagerspaß, Perspektiven für'n Arsch
Sieh nur die Stadt, wie sie dabei sind, alles einzureißen
Kreidebleiche Gesichter, schwer von der Zeit gezeichnet
Die kleine Kneipe deines Papas mittlerweile
Das No Future, das Rückseiten uns'rer Jacken prophezeite
Zuviel Korn und Wein treibt zur Morgenzeit
Sorgen heim, ein Ort ertrinkt in Akkordarbeit
Immer noch im vierten Stock in weiß “Ich liebe dich”
Nur das Dumme war… Sandra liebte dich auch!

Und deine Mum hält dein Zimmer wie du’s gelassen hast
An dem Moment, wo dich Willen und Mut verlassen hat
Die Lautsprecher tönen es laut
Dein Lieblingslied, aber hörst du das auch? Sag, hörst du das auch?
Jedes mal wenn der Wind pfeift und durch Äste weht
Wissen wir du warst da, wolltest nur nach dem Rechten sehn’
Dann warst du kurz zu Besuch
Leider nur zu Besuch, hoff’ es geht dir gut, da wo du bist.

Es ist echt schon verrückt, seit du weg von uns bist
Geht jeder getrennte Wege, man lächelt und nickt
Redets Wetter schlecht, ab und an mal SMS
Bin endgestresst gerad’, auch die Musik läuft mehr schlecht als recht
Spring nicht mehr von Bett zu Bett, schwer zu fassen, ich weiß
Kein Plan, ob’s Lieben ist, doch was es ist, ich hoff, dass es bleibt
Drück mir die Daumen, war schön dich zu sehn’, verdammt
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, bis nächstes Jahr!

Und deine Mum hält dein Zimmer wie du’s gelassen hast
An dem Moment, wo dich Willen und Mut verlassen hat
Die Lautsprecher tönen es laut
Dein Lieblingslied, aber hörst du das auch? Sag, hörst du das auch?
Jedes mal wenn der Wind pfeift und durch Äste weht
Wissen wir du warst da, wolltest nur nach dem Rechten sehn’
Dann warst du kurz zu Besuch
Leider nur zu Besuch, hoff’ es geht dir gut, da wo du bist.
Hoff’ es geht dir gut, da wo du bist.
Da wo du bist.

My One Complaint About Solo Harry Styles

Ever since Harry Styles began his solo work and it was announced that he had formed a band, something felt very off to me. Once he started performing again, that so-called off-ness only increased ten-fold but what the heck was it? I know that it had nothing to do with Larry or theories about the content of his songs and lyrics…so what on earth was bugging me about his current attempt at a rock n roll image?

Earlier today, I was listening to classic rock music in the car and it hit me like a rock skipping across a stream - one revelation and then another. So, what is my problem with Harry Styles current rock image? Take a wild guess…

Can’t figure it out? Well, if you’ll allow me:

Every well-known rock band (or even those not as well known) from the 70s and 80s where bands in which every member was treated equally. What do I mean by that? I mean that every member was equally known BY NAME to the public. It wasn’t just about the lead singer, even though he was probably the most well known of the group and most likely still is. Think about it: If you name one famous band from that time period, you (or many of your parents at least) could probably name at least one member from that band, even from the ones that have gone through several changes.

Let’s play a game:

Name one member from The Beatles.

What names came to mind?

Paul McCartney perhaps? John Lennon? Ringo Starr? Maybe several of you thought of George Harrison?

How about The Rolling Stones? Both the original band and the current.

I bet many of you thought of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood…Some of you might have thought of Charlie Watts, Brian Jones, or Ian Stewart. What about Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman?

AC/DC anyone?

Did you think of Angus Young? The famous Axl Rose? Malcolm Young or maybe Stevie Young?

Led Zeppelin? This one might be a little bit tougher.

There’s Jimmy Page, John Paul Johns, Robert Plant, and John Bonham

Can you name anyone from Fleetwood Mac?

Of course there’s Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, and Lindsey Buckingham. Perhaps that band name brought up the faces of John and Christine McVie.

Pink Floyd?

My mother was never a fan of the band and even she can name Roger Waters. There’s also David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, and Syd Barrett.

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the band Queen?

Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Brian May, and Roger Taylor.

You get the point.

Now, If the band WAS primarily focused on the lead singer, there were usually two ways of doing this. Either the entire band itself was named after the frontman/a member in some way or the entire band was labeled under a specific name:

Bon Jovi

Van Halen

Fleetwood Mac

Guns N Roses

Boston

Queen

(this is the route that most bands take)

OR the instrumentalists (backing band) had a name that followed after the lead singers name to signify that they were an extension of that particular singer:

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Harry Styles is attempting to bring back what could highly be considered a dead music genre (classic rock) and will probably be given every praise simply because of his name and the fact that he’s attempting what might seem like an impossible feat in this modern society.

So…what is my problem here?

Harry Styles is hardly acknowledging his band at all other than saying that they are “amazing.” The only ones that he’s giving any credit to is Mitch, the long-haired guitar player who is apparently one of his closest friends now, and the female drummer, who every body LOVES…simply because she is exactly that - a female drummer (which could be considered sexist but that’s an entirely different topic). I believe that was also the woman that the crowd was applauding for like crazy during his album release party and Harry said something along the lines of “You’re supposed to pay attention to me. That’s why she’s in the back.” Other than that, he hardly ever acknowledges them by name, especially in interviews.

Why is this such a big deal?

Rock bands have always been about the group as a whole, not simply the lead singer or a specific member. It was always a team effort and the credit was not given to just one person. The band has yet to be given a name to let people know that they’re associated with Harry Styles. As of right now, the band is simply known as HARRY STYLES. However, the name HARRY STYLES is a name that is not associated with the entire backing band but simply the man himself. It is focused on him and only him. His band gets zero credit.

Even as an ex musical theater performer, if you are giving a solo performance with a band to accompany you, you better damn well thank them at the end of your performance because they were as much of the performance as you were. You give them all the credit in the world because they were an extension of you and, without them, the performance would not have happened.

That, my friends, is my #1 complaint with Harry Styles at the moment. Start giving your band some credit, Harry! You would not be here now if it wasn’t for them!

Thank you and goodnight.