The rapper capped off months of career and style successes with key appearances and a chat with Anna Wintour that set the internet on fire.
By sticking by its old heroes — and familiar sounds — the awards show risks alienating tomorrow’s stars.
There were flashes of politics at the music awards, where enterprising newcomers like Cardi B and fiery performers like Kendrick Lamar competed for airtime with elder heroes.
Some stars opted for the symbolic accessory after a last-minute campaign to mobilize the music industry.
Hear the new songs that caught our critics’ attention this week, from Bruno Mars and Cardi B, They Might Be Giants and more.
Single and restless on a frigid New Year’s Eve, our writer set out on a New York culture crawl: Cardi B, contra dancing, Bargemusic, a 1990s-themed party and more.
Also the week of Dec. 31: The cellist Alisa Weilerstein at the New York Philharmonic; and the Public’s dependably enticing Under the Radar Festival.
As streaming continues to remake the music industry, artists and record labels schemed and scrambled, remixed and bundled to get their songs into fans’ ears.
Hear the week’s most notable new music, from the return of Sugarland to Laura Marling covering a Bob Dylan classic.
The dominant sound this year was dark, traumatized and defensive, led by artists like Lil Uzi Vert, Future and Taylor Swift.