The latest on the Billboard Awards, Dave Grohl

Billboard Awards: 16 nods for Weeknd, SB19 is nominated
NEW YORK: The Weeknd is the leading nominee at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, where rappers Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD earned multiple posthumous nominations. The three are also up for top artist along with Taylor Swift and Drake.

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The Weeknd earned 16 nominations, including top male artist, top R&B artist, top Billboard 200 album for “After Hours” and top Hot 100 song for “Blinding Lights,” the No. 1 song of 2020.

Two of the categories are fan-voted — top collaboration and top social artist, where Asian acts dominate. Nominees include K-pop groups BTS, BLACKPINK and Seventeen; and Filipino boy band SB19.

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Dave Grohl’s ‘What Drives Us’
NEW YORK: Dave Grohl thought he was making a nostalgic film about the formative days of famous musicians. But then the pandemic happened.

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With this, “What Drives Us” became a surprisingly emotional documentary about the power of live music and the pain of its absence.

It centers on an experience common to most musicians. At some point, they get into a van with band members and bringing their music on the road.

Grohl started by swapping van stories with more than two dozen musicians. But the interviews grew deeper as they talked about why they got into these lives.