(Find our 100 Best Songs of 2020 list here.) By Jon Pareles, Jon Caramanica and Lindsay Zoladz. The best of the best in music, film, television, and more will be honored at the 2020 BET Awards on June 28, and we have the full list of nominations here! But today, we’re ranking the best albums of 2020 as we internalized them over the past 12 months. Megan Thee Stallion took home the most trophies at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2020 followed by Beyoncé and Roddy Ricch. The 50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far Including Bob Dylan, Lil Uzi Vert, Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, and more In recent years the default manner of rapping has become very much like singing, but what Rod Wave does is one step beyond: He is a potent R&B crooner working with familiar hip-hop subject matter, but his blend is closer to mournful blues. “The Box” off the album came out at No. The debut novel by Douglas Stuart draws on his own childhood in 1980s Glasgow, and is the winner of the 2020 Booker prize. Check out the full list of winners from the 2020 BET Awards, updating live. Song of the Year: Beyoncé – “Black Parade” Chloe X Halle – “Do It” WINNER — Chris Brown & Young Thug – “Go Crazy” H.E.R. The weirdo-pop futurist Charli XCX got to the quarantine album before it became a cliché, and elevated it to something far more expansive and searching than thematic gimmickry. If the sticky-icky hooks of the 2017 album “Luv Is Rage 2” established Lil Uzi Vert as a melodically savvy hip-hop crooner, the long-gestating “Eternal Atake” is a sharp assertion of his skills as a rapper — combining the influences of his forebears Chief Keef and Future (both of whom he also collaborated with this year) into a unique style that could be mistaken for no one else. DaBaby won best new hip-hop artist last year. The year’s most audacious pop statement is ecstatic, knowing, wry and arch, an album that is somehow both a sendup of excess and also a commitment to the most excessive approach imaginable. ), For a decade, Justin Bieber has been a heartthrob, a bad boy, a reluctant pop superstar, a megacelebrity without much of a musical mandate. At certain moments, 2020 felt like a year that might not ever come to an end. September 22, 2020. These are the 50 best albums of 2020 (so far). At the year's half-way mark, all of tQ's editorial staff and columnists have voted for their essential 2020 albums (as well as some EPs) Before you read on, we have a favour to ask of you. At the midway point of 2020, Complex is highlighting the music that has helped us get through the year. Shuggie is the youngest of three children, and Agnes is his alcoholic mother. Welcome to day eleven of my 2020 ‘Album of the Year Top 30 countdown’ – we’re into the top 20! Updated 11/20/20. Drew Anthony Smith for The New York Times. Plus a plethora of releases from rock's rising stars. (Read the review. Through its 15 songs, Burna Boy is by turns exuberant, pensive, confessional and political. Has 2020 already seen its best album? “It’s not a dream, it’s not a dream!” he hollers at himself with increasing ferocity on the title track, screaming guitars and unrelenting drumming providing the sonic equivalent of cold water to the face. The income of independent musicians and … (Read the review.). (Read the profile; hear the Popcast.). The best music of 2010. It’s not uncommon for music superstars, after decades atop their scenes, to try to demonstrate fluency in the music of prior generations to bolster their claims to contemporary authority. (Read the review.). The BET Hip Hop Awards are an annual awards show, airing on BET, showcasing hip hop performers, producers and music video directors. Ware revels in the textures of the producer James Ferraro’s showroom of vintage synths, conjuring the no-wave cool of ESG as deftly as the glimmer of Minneapolis funk. The harpsichord-kissed “Jason” is a gently heartbreaking tale of a man’s hesitant exploration and ultimate rejection of his own desires (“clumsy, shakily, he ran his hands up me”), while the melody to the upbeat, yearning “On the Floor” has a retro-60s feel. Victory is not assured. Phalanxes of synthesizers, programmed beats and sturdy pop melodies fortify Sufjan Stevens and his gentle voice as he contemplates America in turmoil. The album somehow topped charts for months and even into 2020. Monica is pictured at the 2020 Soul Train Awards in a Twitter screenshot. Music reviews, ratings, news and more. Pick up the December 2020 issue to discover the Top 20 reissues/archive albums of the year. Perhaps a year of isolation made two particular kinds of albums more appealing: ones that were deeply steeped in the past, and ones that sounded like a person working on no one’s calendar but their own. photograph by Nick Sayers. Chris Brown was the big winner at the 2020 BET Soul Train Awards. (Read the review.). Featuring winning collaborations with such avant-trash producers as A.G. Cook of PC Music and Dylan Brady of 100 gecs, “How I’m Feeling Now” is hyper-carbonated pop of the highest order — like a can of seltzer that’s so stingingly fizzy it makes you tear up a little on the way down. And they mutate as they go, mingling spoken words and melody and drawing at whim on rock, jazz, show tunes, choir harmonies, chants and cheers. Fiona Apple returned with “Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” her first album since 2012. Deftones, Code Orange, Run the Jewels and more. Get ready to Fa-La-La-along with Leslie Odom, Jr, Megan Hilty, MIchael Ball, Alfie Boe and more! Lili Trifilio’s voice unifies Beach Bunny’s songs. The Best Jazz Albums of 2020. ), Yves Tumor struts and slithers like the most famous rock star on an as-yet-undiscovered planet. The awards ceremony began in 2006, was held on November 12, 2006 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, was first aired November 15 and was hosted by comedian Katt Williams.. These are the releases that got us through the year. The Best Albums of 2020 This year was highlighted by projects from artists like the Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Megan Thee Stallion. Despite—or perhaps because of—everything, 2020 has been the ultimate year for albums. The ever cryptic, ever exploratory electronic duo Autechre greeted 2020 with something approaching moderation and introspection, releasing a single CD (as opposed to the marathon “NTS Sessions” from 2018) with 11 tracks that usually accept the regularity of a beat. ... which has resulted in a truly diverse new album in 2020. (Read the feature. The 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards premiered Tuesday, Oct. 27—and what a night it was. #BETAwards pic.twitter.com/OYmq9SC3sX— BET (@BET) June 29, 2020 (Read the interview; read the review. See the full list of winners here. The 21-year-old rapper is now only the second act to win best album at the Brits and the Mercury Prize for the same record. Ahead of the 2020 BET Awards later this month, the nominations for the show have been unveiled with Drake, DaBaby, and Megan Thee Stallion leading. 2020 album releases. Earlier this evening, BET aired the 2020 edition of their annual hip-hop awards. His full-length debut album nailed the transition — it’s mischievous, sinister and loose. “The Steps” and “Gasoline” are stomping rockers worthy of vintage Sheryl Crow, “3 AM” recasts the Haim sisters as a sassy R&B girl group, the rootsy “I’ve Been Down” would have killed as an encore at Lilith Fair. (Read the profile; watch the Diary of a Song.). (Read the review; hear the Popcast.). “Heaven to a Tortured Mind,” the most straightforwardly tuneful album from the Knoxville, Tenn.-raised art-rocker, combines the glam sneer of Marc Bolan with the forward-thinking shape-shifting of Tricky, plus a bit of Yves Tumor’s own special sparkle. Roddy Ricch has taken home one of the biggest honors at the 2020 BET Awards tonight. The momentum hardly ever lets up on “RTJ4”; the problems it targets have been all too vivid in 2020. Best Albums 2020 With Róisín Murphy, Sufjan Stevens and Georgia Anne Muldrow | Esquire We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in … On “Folklore” she is swathed in acoustic instruments and Minimalistic patterns within patterns. Watch Tyler, The Creator's speech for Best Rap Album at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards. “Folklore” isn’t a perfect album (though to be fair, neither was “Red”), nor is it Swift’s best (which is “Red”), but its focus on craft and emotional world-building feels like a perfect move for her right now — an eternally sharp songwriter returning to the whetstone. On “Mama, You Can Bet!,” she created the music by herself — playing or looping all the instruments, overdubbing her vocals in rich harmonies — yet somehow simulates the spontaneous interplay of a live jazz group. So unsparing is his inquiry, though, that Rosenstock’s occasional flashes of tenderness feel refreshingly (if obscenely) hopeful. She fronts Beach Bunny, a Chicago band that toys with flickers of garage rock, pop-punk and indie rock. (Their real name, appropriately enough: Sean Bowie.) ... And just like every other Ghostpoet album, you can bet it will age gracefully. The anarcho-futurist comfort takers. Check out the nominees from the Album of the Year category. It’s filled with unerringly sad songs made up of notebook-scrawl lyrics with deep-exhale melodies; you can almost hear the downcast eyes and sloped shoulders. And when she sings about lost love, she now admits that she shares both blame and regrets. This year's show featured performances with some of music's most talented stars, and some heartfelt acceptance speeches from … ), Run the Jewels — Killer Mike and El-P — uphold a worthy, now-vintage style of hip-hop, with densely and aggressively produced tracks and rhymes that are declaimed rather than moaned, for songs that address broader issues between boasts. (Read the review. Isolation was unavoidable this year: Some albums embraced it, some raged against it, some tried to imagine a world without it. Album of the Year: Brandy – B7. The bitter, furious single he released soon after nonviolent anti-corruption protesters were killed by soldiers, “20 10 20,” made a compelling postscript. It’s autumnal, yet anything but mellow. ), “When you are young they assume you know nothing,” quoth Taylor Swift, age 31. © Complex Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. (Read the round table; hear the Popcast. ), That howl heard ’round quarantine was the return of Fiona Apple, making a righteous, rowdy rumble right when the world was holding its breath. Megan Thee Stallion was the big winner at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards. But the sturdiness of Powfu’s singing and rapping (and sing-rapping) telegraphs the depths of his perseverance and resilience. Self-acclaimed Starboy is a recipient of the 2020 BET Soul Train Award. (Read the interview. (Read the review. Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2020 Jon Newey Friday, November 27, 2020 The ultimate guide to the year's best new jazz albums as voted for by Jazzwise's peerless panel of reviewers – including the complete original Jazzwise reviews. The best and the brightest from this tough year, anchored by Haim, Phoebe Bridgers, Dogleg, and more. The BET Awards were presented on Sunday night. But even the emotional and aesthetic derring-do of her four previous albums could not prepare listeners for the shock of “Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” an achievement of bracing intensity recorded over several years, mostly in the seclusion of her Los Angeles home. Feat. See which albums are sitting at the top of this year's charts. 3 min read Hip Hop's biggest night just got even bigger. On Sunday (June 28), Roddy won Album of the Year for his debut album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial . (Read the round table; hear the Popcast. If you'd picked up a pen at the end of last year and listed the things to look forward to in 2020, you'd have been spoiled for choice. You can also browse our Top 100 Albums and listen to the Rough Trade Edit Podcast Albums of the Year 2020 Special. Here are the 50 best albums of a year unlike any we can remember. Clockwise from bottom left: BC Camplight, Fiona Apple, Jay Electronica, Carla Bley, KeiyaA. Bad Bunny glances at the past on “YHLQMDLG.”. The most sumptuous offering from a year accidentally obsessed with disco (Dua Lipa’s sleek “Future Nostalgia,” Róisín Murphy’s bold “Róisín Machine,” and Lady Gaga’s otherworldly “Chromatica” being the runners-up), the British singer and songwriter Jessie Ware’s “What’s Your Pleasure?” is a lusty feat of dance-floor escapism — an affable podcaster and happily married mother of two Cinderella-ing herself into a club vixen for a night. It was a good year for the most personal, idiosyncratic statements. See which rap album -- from Lil Baby's "My Turn" to Megan Thee Stallion's "Suga" -- wins the top honor at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2020, premiering October 27 at 9/8c. It’s regal, an announcement of an alpha figure asserting his primacy. Pop Smoke’s posthumous “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” was a consistent hit this year. The best albums of 2020 so far. Features Best Christmas Albums Of 2020: This Year’s Essential Holiday Releases. (Credit: BET/Twitter) Read More: H.E.R., Big Sean, Khalid, and more … The 10 Best New Broadway Holiday Albums of 2020! The 2020 Soul Train Awards honor the best in Soul, R&B and Hip Hop, and it airs tonight, Sunday, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. What follows, on “Folklore,” is a lyrical exploration of that culturally denigrated commodity that is young-girl wisdom, this time viewed through the artful distance of Swift’s adulthood. Share This Story ... Like almost every awards show, the BET Hip Hop Awards broadcast was full of twists and surprises. Katie Crutchfield, who records as Waxahatchee, released an album featuring some of her most evocative lyrics. After a few months, it's already been an exemplary year for new music, with beloved artists like Halsey, Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, Childish Gambino, and Fiona Apple releasing the best records of their careers. These songs are fresh-air triumphs of the downtrodden. The grizzled vets. This was a year of listening to albums in headphones. Sure, there are timely allusions to stir-crazy anxiety (“Anthems”) and video chatting (“in real life, could the club even handle us?” she wonders on the corrosive opener “Pink Diamond”), but these circumstances have also made Charli extra attuned to her emotions, lending the depth of genuine introspection to many of these songs. (Read the review. The surprise release of the fourth full-length album for the indie folk band led by Robin Pecknold was recorded in California, New York and Paris, France. The massive success of Eilish's debut record continues on into 2020 as it has sold 194,000 units in 2020. ... Code Orange set the bar almost impossibly high for themselves with 2017's Forever, our pick for the best album of that year. ), Haim’s playfully acronym-ed “WIMP III” feels like a trip through the radio dial during one of those fleeting years in the mid-90s when — by some sort of clerical error or rip in the space-time continuum — the airwaves were dominated by an eclectic variety of female musicians. “Picture me in the trees, before I learned civility,” she invites on the memory-scape “Seven,” a sophisticated piano bringing gravitas to the childlike playfulness of her lyrics. Seamlessly shifting gears from flow to breathless flow, “Eternal Atake” is a breakneck joy ride through the cosmos of Uzi’s own brain. What if the most innovative mainstream Nashville performer was also the most reverent of tradition? Bridgers’s previous work showed promise, but “Punisher” finds her blooming into her full potential as a voice-of-a-generation songwriter. You can take a look at their other top artists of the year below: Her fifth album is loose and uproarious, veering from reverent art-pop to tone poetry to cabaret to scream therapy. Intensely personal work swelled into large-scale statements this year, and women often led the way, revealing scars left by different kinds of emotional and political skirmishes, and reinforcing that their voices must be heard. When we look back on this list in 10 years, after finally getting the chance to hear these albums in more ordinary circumstances, we may contextualize them differently. ), Mortality looms on “Rough and Rowdy Ways,” but it only makes Bob Dylan, 79, more ornery. The agitators. The best Christmas albums of 2020 offer a mix of updated classics … Lili Trifilio writes chirpy songs about awful sadness. And less than two weeks after “SIGN” appeared, Autechre suddenly released another hour of music on the more aggressively disorienting “PLUS.” (Read the interview.). Yet moment to moment in Autechre’s algorithmic realm, anything can happen. What if careful, syllable-by-syllable songwriting held hands with clever concepts and intuitive, sticky melodies? A new Deep Purple album, definitely. Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. Her listeners will understand. Cuz I Love You - Lizzo By Elyse Dupre Oct 28, 2020 … Chris Stapleton’s roar isn’t designed to scare you off. The nominations were announced on November 11, 2020 with H.E.R. Sometimes Hadreas and his producer Blake Mills seem to be updating the earthy rumbles of ’80s goth rock; at other times, their layered arrangements queer the Wall of Sound. Song of the Year: Beyoncé – “Black Parade” Chloe X Halle – “Do It” WINNER — Chris Brown & Young Thug – “Go Crazy” H.E.R. (Read the feature. The songs switch off between stoic ballads and late-night roadhouse blues as he sings about history, legends, theology, art, gallows-humored paradoxes and, occasionally, his own cultural role. r Roddy Ricch Wins Two Awards At The 2020 BET Awards. (Read the review. According to BET, this is the first time an artist has had two nominations for hip hop album of the year in the same year. (Read the feature.). ), Every song on the Long Island punk lifer Jeff Rosenstock’s pummeling “No Dream” goes to 11, and then somehow finds a 12. (Read the review. The songwriter and producer Georgia Anne Muldrow calls herself Jyoti — a name bestowed on her by Alice Coltrane — for her forays into jazz. In 2020 he has dozens of gold and platinum singles to his name and sophomore album, My Turn, released at the end of February, was the only project to go double platinum this year. Music Reviews: Sex Death & the Infinite Void by Creeper released in 2020 via Roadrunner. Beyond it no longer being 2020, next year has some other big things going for it, including Music's Biggest Night, a.k.a. The outwardly aggrieved introspects. Feat. Oct 29, 2020. The rhyme raiders. ... What we said: “The best album of the year so far.” the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, taking place on Jan. 31, 2021 and recognizing excellence in music released in late 2019 and 2020.Hopefully you're as excited about the show as we are! At best, we got to hear these projects with small quarantine pods or with anyone who happened to be within earshot of a Bluetooth speaker at the park. The songs avenge and exorcise all sorts of slights and traumas, distant and recent, mixing spite with amusement. 5 … The second ceremony was held on October 13, 2007 and aired on October 17 of the same year. ET on BET. Her unexpected quarantine-era alliance with Aaron Dessner of the National deliberately and gorgeously blurs the crisp contours of her past songwriting. “I knew everything when I was young,” Swift sings. … (Read the review; hear the Popcast. We haven’t yet experienced the energy of Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake blasting from a festival soundstage, and we still have no idea what it’s like to hear Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes in a club at 2 a.m. For a big chunk of the year, most of us weren’t able to listen to new projects on our daily commutes. Genre: Pop Rock. These are the projects that resonated with us the most as we confronted a series of unprecedented challenges. In a year of distancing, anxiety, protests and polarization, musicians were separated from audiences and, often, each other. As well, nine songs out of the album’s 15 original tracks landed on the Hot 100 chart, including multi-platinum lead single “A Lot,” which is also nominated for Best Rap Song next year. ), The song titles on Waxahatchee’s “Saint Cloud” are stark, blunt, almost elemental: “War,” “Hell,” “Fire,” “Witches,” “Oxbow.” Katie Crutchfield is not interested in mincing words or couching ideas in superfluous metaphors — these songs are about rolling up your sleeves and getting down to the hard, direct work of personal introspection. On Sunday (June 28), Roddy won Album of the Year for his debut album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial . “No Dream” is a frayed manual for how to be an independently thinking and not-completely-jaded person in a world of faceless sans-serif corporations (exemplary song title: “***BNB”), anesthetizing bad news and all manner of everyday late-capitalist insanity. Onstage at the 2020 BET Hip Hop 's biggest night just got even bigger tried to imagine a without. 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