Demi Lovato Grammy Nomination
Five albums into her ever-blooming career, Demi Lovato received her first Grammy nomination for her latest LP, Confident. While she has clearly evolved as an artist since her debut in 2008, Lovato has focused less on the goal of earning a Grammy nod and more on making her music the best it can be.
"Whenever you make an album you don’t think about the end result, you’re thinking about the process," says Lovato, who is up for best pop vocal album. "And you’re putting everything into it, so to be nominated for an award for the album is just an incredible feeling and it’s really, really rewarding."
In a video for Billboard's new Grammy video series, Lovato also shared the story of finding out about her Grammy nomination (which involved excitedly telling her manager, "Shut the f--- up") as well as what it means to her to be recognized by such prestigious company.
"What’s really cool about the Grammys is that your peers are people that you’ve looked up to your entire life -- people who’ve been nominated and won Grammys themselves," she added. "So to be nominated by them, people you look up to your whole life, it’s an honor."
Lovato's Confident faces Adele's 25, Justin Bieber's Purpose, Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman and Sia's This Is Acting in the best pop vocal album category. She'll find out if she's taking home the hardware when the Grammys air live Sunday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Ed Sheeran Revelations
It's no secret that Ed Sheeran had a hand in writing Justin Bieber's megahit "Love Yourself," but the British singer-songwriter recently revealed that the Biebs actually wasn't the original artist in mind when he penned it. Without Bieber, though, the chart-topping tune would still be nonexistent -- or may have never even come to fruition.
“That was a song I had written for Divide. It just wouldn’t have made it," Sheeran explained in an interview with Carson Daly on 97.1 AMP Radio Monday morning (Jan. 9). "And then Justin took it and did his thing on it, and released it as a single and made it what it is. So going from a song that would have never been released to [being] the biggest song of last year -- it just became Billboard's #1 of 2016 of the whole year, and [was] nominated for Song of the Year at the GRAMMYs -- it just shows you that you shouldn’t always write stuff off.”
Sheeran didn't elaborate on what kind of touch Bieber had on the song, but he made sure to give the Purpose singer some credit. "[Justin] did have input on it, I wouldn’t say it was just all me."
Those who pay close attention to Bieber's Twitter may have noticed that Sheeran also had a role in another one of the Bieb's 2016 hits: the Major Lazer collaboration "Cold Water." But before Sheeran actually heard the track, he didn't realize he had written yet another smash for Bieber.
“‘Cold Water’ was a weird one because I didn’t even know that song existed,” he explained. “It was a song I must’ve half-written somewhere at a time where I was writing a lot of songs and I did it at Benny Blanco’s house and then I got an email from Diplo just being like, ‘Yo! That ‘Cold Water’ song is dope! Can I have it?’ And I was like, ‘I have no idea what you’re talking about,’ so I just didn’t reply. And then he emailed and was like, “Yo, Justin [Bieber] wants to hop on the ‘Cold Water’ song. Is that cool?’ And I’m just like, ‘What are you talking about?’... And then the song came out and it was number one and I was like ‘Oh, that song!’ I remember doing it, but it was really, really slow. I remember hearing it and being like ‘That kind of sounds like me. Oh wait, it was me.'"
While fans may never get to hear Sheeran's versions of "Cold Water" or "Love Yourself" -- though he did give one live performance of the latter in December -- they did get a sneak peak last week of what's to come with Divide. Sheeran released "Castle on the Hill," an homage to his hometown of Suffolk, England, and the sexually charged "Shape of You," which both shot to the top of iTunes on Friday (Jan. 6).
Sheeran declared that there's no set release date for Divide just yet, but that it will be out "very soon," and there's more new songs to come shortly. Listen to his full AMP Radio interview below.
Fifth Harmony to Perform at People’s Choice Awards
Fifth Harmony will perform at the People's Choice Awards -- the first announced performers for the Jan. 18 show.
This will be the first time the group will perform in 2017, now as a foursome without Camila Cabello, who left the group in December.
Fifth Harmony won their first People's Choice Award last year for favorite group. They are nominated in the same category again this year.
Joel McHale will host this year's People's Choice Awards, which air live Jan. 18 on CBS at 9 p.m. ET.
Fan voting for the awards show has closed for most categories, but will remain open for favorite new TV comedy, favorite new TV drama and favorite year end blockbuster until show night. See and vote for the full list of nominees here.
Fifth Harmony's last awards show performance was at November's American Music Awards -- less than a month before fans learned that Cabello would be leaving the group.
In the interview, Cabello credited her mother for helping her keep her sanity, keeping things in perspective as a Cuban immigrant with her story acting as a reminder of what's most important in life. As well, steering clear from social media has provided further assistance in keeping her grounded.
"The best decision that I've taken in my career thus far has been this year I've just stayed away from social media," Cabello said. "I don't go on it, and I just keep myself focused on getting better and growing as an artist and finding different ways to grow as a person. It's just kept me grounded, and I don't have 1,000 people thinking that they didn't like my shoes."
This was Cabello's first year as a voter and said -- in the face of racism around the presidential election -- as a Latina, she "felt a responsibility to stick up for my people and my culture."
"Now and forevermore, I'm going to stick up for immigrants and I'm going to stick up for Hispanic people and their rights," she said. "I feel like that's just my job."
Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s ‘This Is What You Came For’ Gets 80’s Redo
Calvin Harris and Rihanna's "This Is What You Came For" only came out last spring but the way media moves these days, that might as well have been, like, 30 years ago. Right?
Well, maybe not really. But a new '80s-inspired remix of the single with an accompanying video will have you feeling nostalgic that way.
The reworking posted to YouTube user Saint-Laurent's account reimagines the poppy club track as a power ballad with epic guitar solo and all.
The masterful era-focused remix follows '80s pop remixes of Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and others (all by a different YouTube user).
Shawn Mendes Played A Romantic Unreleased Song at Friend’s Wedding
Shawn Mendes may have sold out Madison Square Garden, but he's still making time for more private performances. Last weekend, he whipped out his guitar at his friend Matt's wedding, where he performed a new original song called "Try My Best" for the newlyweds' first dance.
"So technically I'm not the only writer on this song," the Illuminate singer-songwriter announced. "Matt and I both wrote this for you, Catherine, so I hope you love it." (Catherine's the bride, obviously.)
According to Billboard, the tune's romantic lyrics are based on a love letter Matt wrote to Catherine. The wedding guests shared videos of the performance across social media, but this professional clip from 618 Studios beautifully captures the moment.
By this point, Mendes is a pro at love songs — "Treat You Better," "Mercy," and "Stitches" all follow the same lovelorn themes — so he's an excellent choice for both happy occasions (weddings, proposals) and sad (breakups). He may be too busy to show up for an in-person serenade as he did here, but hey, that's what streaming services are for.