Ed Sheeran was the most-played artist in the UK in 2018 - without releasing any new music. Topping the chart for the second year in a row and third year in total, the singer-songwriter finished ahead of Calvin Harris in second and Little Mix in third. His last official single release in the UK was the multiplatinum-selling Perfect, the 2017 Christmas number one. famous for hits including Shape Of You, Photograph and Sing, has held the top spot in three of the last four years - 2015, 2017 and 2018 - and has been in the top five most-played artists five times since his first album + was released in 2011. Nine of the top 10 most-played artists of 2018 were British, with George Ezra and Coldplay - who also had a break from releasing music in 2018 - all making the list. P!nk is the only non-UK artist featured.
Rihanna has been named the world's richest female musician, thanks to her Fenty Beauty brand. The 31-year-old superstar - whose real name is Robyn Fenty - is known for her Grammy-award winning music career, pioneering her hugely successful inclusive make-up brand and recently becoming the first black woman in charge of a major luxury fashion house. And now the 'Work' hitmaker has been crowned the world's richest female musician in Forbes's 2019 list of America's Richest Self-Made Women, with a fortune totalling $600 million that beat Madonna ($570 million), Celine Dion ($450 million) and Beyonce ($400 million).
It was ladies night at the Grammys on Sunday (10Feb19) as country star Kacey Musgraves picked up the night's top honor and another three. A year after Recording Academy bosses were criticised for not honouring enough women in the major categories, the 2019 honors were all about the girls with Lady Gaga and Brandi Carlile each picking up a triple, and H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle claiming two awards apiece. But, leading with four were Musgraves, who claimed Best Album and a trio of country awards, and an absent Childish Gambino, who walked off with Record and Song of the Year among his four-gong haul. Host Alicia Keys welcomed Gaga, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith to the stage to kick off the ceremony with an empowerment message and then the ladies took over with the night's performance highlights as Musgraves, Carlile, Dua Lipa and St. Vincent, Diana Ross, Cardi B, H.E.R, and Gaga wowed the audience at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Keys also performed a medley of the songs she wished she had written, including hits from Roberta Flack, Nat 'King' Cole, Lauren Hill, and Kings of Leon. But the Grammys' two magical musical moments both featured Miley Cyrus - she took the stage with Shawn Mendes for a rendition of his hit In My Blood and then joined Katy Perry, Maren Morris, Little Big Town and Musgraves for a terrific tribute to 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year recipient Dolly Parton. The country music icon sang with each of her guests, belting out Here You Come Again with Katy and Kacey, Jolene with Miley, After The Goldrush with Maren and Miley, and new song Red Shoes with Little Big Town. They all teamed up to sing 9 to 5 to close out the night's top live music moment. There were also performance highlights from rapper Travis Scott, who turned the Grammys stage into a block party, while Jennifer Lopez headlined a Motown tribute with Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo, and Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day joined forces to honor the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

The full list of winners:

Album Of The Year Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves

Record Of The Year This Is America - Donald Glover and Ludwig Goransson, producers; Derek 'MixedByAli' Ali, Riley Mackin and Shaan Singh, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer (Childish Gambino)

Song Of The Year This Is America - Childish Gambino

Best New Artist Dua Lipa

Best RandB Album H.E.R. H.E.R.

Best Rap Song God's Plan - Drake

Best Rap Album Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B

Best Country Album Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Shallow - Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Best RandB Performance Best Part - H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar

Best Traditional RandB Performance Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand - Leon Bridges and How Deep Is Your Love - PJ Morton Featuring Yebba (TIE)

Best RandB Song Boo’d Up - Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)

Best Urban Contemporary Album Everything is Love - Beyonce and JAY-Z (The Carters)

Best Rock Performance When Bad Does Good - Chris Cornell

Best Metal Performance Electric Messiah - High On Fire

Best Rock Song Masseduction - Jack Antonoff and Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)

Best Rock Album From The Fires - Greta Van Fleet

Best Rap Performance (TIE) King’s Dead - Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake and Bubblin - Anderson Paak (TIE)

Best Rap/Sung Performance This Is America - Childish Gambino

Best Music Video This Is America

Best Music Film Quincy

Best Country Solo Performance Butterflies - Kacey Musgraves

Best Country Duo/Group Performance Tequila - Dan + Shay

Best Country Song Space Cowboy - Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)

Best Pop Solo Performance Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?) - Lady Gaga

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album My Way - Willie Nelson

Best Pop Vocal Album Sweetener - Ariana Grande

Best Dance Recording Electricity - Silk City and Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo and Mark Ronson

Best Dance/Electronic Album Woman Worldwide - Justice Music

Best Americana Album By The Way,I Forgive You - Brandi Carlile

Rap rivals Nicki Minaj and Cardi B have been tapped to headline two separate star-studded shows in Los Angeles in the lead up to the 2019 BET Awards. The Anaconda hitmaker will hit the Staples Center stage with her Young Money Entertainment label boss Lil Wayne, alongside Tory Lanez, Trippie Redd, and Bri Steves for the 21 June (19) event, held as part of the seventh annual BET Experience at L.A. LIVE concert series. Cardi will then step into the spotlight at the same venue the following day, sharing the bill with her husband Offset's band Migos, Lil Yachty, City Girls, and Lil Baby. The events will culminate with the 2019 BET Awards on 23 June (19). It's not yet known if Nicki and Cardi will both be attending the prizegiving, but the ladies haven't been under the same roof since September (18), when the Bodak Yellow star physically attacked Nicki and hurled a shoe at her while they were both guests at the Harper's Bazaar Icons Party during New York Fashion Week. They subsequently agreed to call a truce in their war of words, which had been brewing for months after they both featured on Migos' 2017 hit MotorSport. Meanwhile, Cardi is joining forces with Nicki's ex, Meek Mill, to perform at a private party on the eve of the Super Bowl this weekend. The two artists have been booked for the invite-only Fanatics bash at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday (02Feb19), when they are reportedly set to team up for a rendition of their 2018 collaboration On Me.

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