Olivia Rodrigo, Bonnie Raitt and More of the Week’s Biggest Winners (March 4) – Billboard
Billboard celebrates women in music all week to kick off Women’s History Month. We partnered with World of Women to roll out the first NFT artist-designed magazine covers that paid homage to Christina Aguilera, Madonna and Mariah Carey. And the Women in Music 2022 event kicked off on Wednesday, March 2, where ladies like Olivia Rodrigo to Bonnie Raitt were honored for their contributions to the industry as they counseled next generations of women.
More Powerful Women deserve their flowers this week, as Aretha Franklin’s musical legacy continues to live on through her granddaughter, and Rihanna continues to bring life and invigorating clapbacks.
Take a look at Billboard’Here’s a weekly recap and the ‘awards’ we’re handing out to this week’s headlines.
Cutest Music News: Aretha Franklin’s Granddaughter Auditions For american idol
There’s no way Aretha Franklin is the only talented singer in her family, and her 15-year-old granddaughter Grace Franklin proved it by auditioning for the final season of american idol. She performed Lauryn Hill’s version of “Killing Me Softly” before judge Katy Perry urged her to try another song, and Grace burst into “Ain’t No Way” by the late Queen of Soul herself. . Watch his audition here.
Hottest Music News: Billboard and World of Women Launch First NFT Magazine Covers Designed by an NFT Artist
In celebration of Billboardthe annual issue of Women in Music, Billboard rolled out three special covers commissioned as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that honored Christina Aguilera, Madonna and Mariah Carey. Billboard has partnered with World of Women — co-founded and launched by NFT artist Yam Karkai in July to welcome women into the digital collecting space — to produce “inclusive and empowering imagery,” writes Billboard editorial director Hannah Karp. Learn more here.
Funniest Music News: Rihanna serves up the best clapback while coming into fashion
BadGirlRiRi is not one to play with. The beaming pop star arrived late, as we do, to the Dior Fall Winter 2022 show at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday (March 1). But when someone heckled her about being late, she got the best two-word clapback — “No s–t” — proving she doesn’t take anyone’s s–t. Watch his response here.
Most Awesome Music News: The Weeknd Announces Stage One Stage Tour With Special Guest Doja Cat
The Weeknd is taking his After Hours Til Dawn tour to new heights this summer after the Canadian-Ethiopian superstar announced the first leg Thursday, March 3, featuring special guest and fellow pop star Doja Cat. The tour, which boasts its “most ambitious output to date”, will support his latest album Dawn FM as well as his previous hit LP after hours. The Weeknd also announced a philanthropic venture related to the tour, as he is donating $500,000 along with $1 from every concert ticket sold in North America to his new XO HUMANITARIAN FUND. See the first set of dates here.
Most Bada– Music News: Songwriters protest Spotify in LA over low royalty rates
Songwriters led by The 100 Percenters organization gathered outside Spotify’s former office in West Hollywood on Monday afternoon (February 28) to protest the streaming giant’s notoriously low royalty rates. Dubbed #WeWroteThat, the songwriters said Billboard they’re reportedly planning the next event at Spotify’s new campus in downtown Los Angeles’ arts district. “I just want to be able to pay my bills. I just want to pay basic expenses. We songwriters struggle every day,” commented Kaydence, songwriter and board member of The 100 Percenters. “I’ve written for some of the greatest artists in the world, like Ariana [Grande] and Beyonce, and it’s always difficult. Learn more about the protest here.
The Most Heartwarming Music News: Olivia Rodrigo, Bonnie Raitt and Others Honored at BillboardThe Women in Music 2022 event
The fabulous ladies of the music industry showed up and showed up on Wednesday night (March 2) to BillboardThe Women in Music 2022 event, organized by Ciara. Olivia Rodrigo kicked off the ceremony with a performance of “Deja Vu” before accepting the Woman of the Year honor; The mothers of Saweetie and Phoebe Bridgers presented their daughters with the Game Changer and Trailblazer awards respectively; and Bonnie Raitt offered a prayer for peace after performing a performance of “Angel From Montgomery,” proving the Icon she is. Read the best moments from the night here and view photos from the show here and from the red carpet here.