February 23, 2021 The poet, rapper and singer-songwriter joins us from Zambia for a visually stunning quarantine concert, part of Tiny Desk's Black History Month celebration.
2 Chainz performs a Tiny Desk (home) concert.
February 17, 2021 The Atlanta rap star brings us into his nail salon for a Tiny Desk quarantine concert, part of our Black History Month celebration.
Jay-Z (pictured in 2005) was nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Wednesday, in his first year of eligibility.
Scott Gries/Getty Images
February 10, 2021 The Rock Hall announced nominations for its 2021 inductees on Wednesday morning. Six women were on the ballot, a marginal improvement from 2020's sole female inductee.
Clockwise from upper left: Cassandra Jenkins, FKA twigs, Jazmine Sullivan, Ian Sweet, William Parker.
Courtesy of the artists
February 1, 2021 In January, we saw ourselves in FKA twigs and Jazmine Sullivan, drank from Ian Sweet's astral pop, shuffled Cassandra Jenkins' Tarot deck and got lost in William Parker's tone worlds.
<iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/960761375/962603308" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Lady Gaga will perform the national anthem for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Jan. 20.
Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
January 20, 2021 Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will co-headline the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday. The day features a variety of performances from other musical artists.
January 5, 2021 A preview of two of the albums a member of the NPR Music team is looking forward to hearing in 2021: Jazmine Sullivan's Heaux Tales and Ashnikko's Demidevil.
<iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/953471873/953471874" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Playboi Carti released Whole Lotta Red, the long-anticipated follow up to 2018's Die Lit.
Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP via Getty Images
December 25, 2020 Playboi Carti has released his long-anticipated second album, Whole Lotta Red. The album comes two years after his 2018 studio debut, Die Lit and features Future, Kid Cudi and Kanye West.
Clockwise from top row: Kali Uchis, Tierra Whack, Salaam Remi, Jucifer.
Courtesy of the artists
November 30, 2020 We pick our favorite music released in November 2020, featuring Kali Uchis' heart-struck devotionals, Tierra Whack's playful pop, metal duo Jucifer's tribute to Arabic music and Salaam Remi's star-studded soundtrack of the Black experience.
<iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/938870131/939881017" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Megan Thee Stallion has released her debut album, Good News.
November 20, 2020 Megan Thee Stallion is closing out a tumultuous year by releasing her debut album, Good News. The reigning Hot Girl linked with Beyoncé, SZA, City Girls, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Young Thug and more.
Ariana Grande has released her sixth studio album, positions.
October 30, 2020 Ariana Grande released her sixth studio album, positions, featuring her first collaborations with Doja Cat and Ty Dolla $ign.
Demi Lovato performs "Commander in Chief" during the Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on Oct. 14 from Los Angeles.
NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
October 15, 2020 Demi Lovato performed "Commander in Chief," her politically charged single criticizing President Trump, for the first time at Wednesday's Billboard Music Awards.
Jack White performs during the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. This week, he will perform as SNL's musical guest.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images
October 9, 2020 The announcement came after country singer Morgan Wallen was dropped from the show for failing to maintain COVID-19 safety protocols.
Megan Thee Stallion protests the Breonna Taylor ruling during a performance of her hit "Savage" on Saturday Night Live on Oct. 3, 2020.
October 4, 2020 One of the biggest stars in hip-hop used her appearance on Saturday Night Live to call out Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron.
Clockwise from upper left: Masego, Adrianne Lenker, La Dame Blanche, Theo Alexander and Waylon Payne.
Courtesy of the artists
October 1, 2020 We pick our favorite music released in September 2020, featuring Cuban hip-hop artist La Dame Blanche, Masego's summer wanderlust, Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker and a reimagined mass.
<iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/918705463/918925401" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
September 3, 2020 This video, part of our 'We Insist' timeline of 2020's noteworthy protest music, was released Sept. 2.