Lil Nas X

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The 50 best albums of 2021: 50-9
Emerging star Arlo Parks attends to the mental burdens of hard times – with a hook, as we count down one LP per day to the best album of the year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

07, Dec, 2021 @6:01 AM

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Bad Bunny most-streamed artist on Spotify for second year running
The Puerto Rican star beats Taylor Swift and Drake, while Olivia Rodrigo continues meteoric rise as Spotify and Apple Music announce stats

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

01, Dec, 2021 @2:05 PM

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The 20 best songs of 2021
We celebrate everything from Lil Nas X’s conservative-baiting Montero to Wet Leg’s instant indie classic – as voted for by 31 of the Guardian’s music writers

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

29, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Grammys 2022: Jon Batiste, HER and Justin Bieber lead nominations
Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X also among those with multiple nominations in top categories

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

24, Nov, 2021 @8:54 AM

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Collapsed laughing: how the gap between music and comedy has disappeared
Comedy and music have always co-existed – but with artists from Dry Cleaning to Bo Burnham cleverly blurring the two, it’s hard to tell where the jokes begin and end

Rachel Aroesti

29, Sep, 2021 @7:11 AM

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Lil Nas X: Montero review – a fearless cultural dial-shifter
The Old Town Road rapper grabs freely from pop, trap and rock on his full-length debut

Kitty Empire

19, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Lil Nas X: Montero review – pop-rap at its proudest, biggest and best
This blockbuster debut album matches its eclecticism and broad emotional range with high-quality hooks throughout – and all with the rapper’s sexuality front and centre

Alexis Petridis

17, Sep, 2021 @5:30 AM

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VMAs 2021: Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Nas X triumph in a return-ish to normal
The two stars took home the night’s top awards, along with Justin Bieber, at an MTV ceremony that mostly stuck to music and away from pandemic and politics

Adrian Horton

13, Sep, 2021 @4:14 AM

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Elton John announces new album made with A-list guests in lockdown
Dua Lipa, Stevie Wonder, Nicki Minaj and Stevie Nicks are on eclectic guestlist for The Lockdown Sessions, with Elton describing himself as ‘a session musician’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

01, Sep, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Hello chaps! Beyoncé leads fashion posse back to the wild west
With Idris Elba’s new film about a black outlaw set for release, cowboy hats, fringing and boots are in style

Priya Elan

15, Aug, 2021 @5:30 AM

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DaBaby steps: is hip-hop finally conquering homophobia?
There has been a loud and disgusted backlash against US rapper DaBaby after he made homophobic remarks. But queer MCs explain that there’s still more work to be done

Kyle Mullin

09, Aug, 2021 @12:24 PM

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Saturday Night Live: Anya Taylor-Joy ends season on surprisingly strong note
The Queen’s Gambit star welcomes the first full (and fully vaccinated) audience since the pandemic started as Lil Nas X gives one of the season’s most memorable performances

Zach Vasquez

23, May, 2021 @2:17 PM

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