The 13 best things that happened in music this week (July 3)

This week was packed with star-studded events and award shows, with the “Meta Global: Unite For Our Future” concert, the BET Awards and the Juno Awards, all taking place virtually. In other awards news, we have an update on the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, more on that later.

Take a look at some of the biggest music events of the week below.

The stars came together for the virtual concert “Global Goal: Unite For Our Future”

From the exciting start of Jennifer Hudson to the stripped-down performance of Justin Bieber and Quavo, the “Meta Global: Unite For Our Future” event on Saturday (June 27) was filled with incredible moments. Christine and the queens, Chloe x Halle, Shakira and more also performed. In case you missed the concert, you can watch all the performance videos you should see here!

The BET 2020 Awards did not skip a beat

On Sunday night (June 28), the BET 2020 Awards brought another set of incredible performances, as well as exciting speeches. Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby and Roddy Ricch, D Smoke and SiR and many more came out on the virtual stage. The broadcast also drew attention to the Black Lives Matter movement and the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

Finally, former First Lady Michelle Obama awarded Beyonce the BET Humanitarian of the Year Award. “I want to dedicate this award to all my brothers and all my sisters, inspiring me, marching and fighting for change. Their voices are heard,” said Bey during her acceptance speech. Here is everything important that happened during the 2020 BETs.

“Rockstar” regained his throne on the Hot 100

DaBaby’s “Rockstar” with Roddy Ricch returned to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 song chart this week, for the third week overall at No. 1. Also, “Roses” from Saint Jhn climbed to the top five, and Jack Harlow and Lil Mosey each got their first top 10, as “Whats Poppin” jumped 18-8 and “Blueberry Faygo” jumped 11-9. . See the full summary of this week’s Hot 100 chart here.

Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara and more won big at the Juno 2020 Awards

Congratulations to all the talented Canadians who took Junos home on Monday (June 29)! The awards, of course, were delivered virtually, with performances by artists such as Alessia Cara (who took home album of the year) and Neon Dreams (who won groundbreaking group of the year). See the full list of winners hereand watch clips of some of the performances here and here.

Governor Cuomo announced that the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards are an opportunity

In the case of the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, the show will continue, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced during a press conference on Monday (June 29). “The Video Music Awards will be held on Sunday August 30 at the Barclays Center,” he said. Learn more here.

Fabolous and Jadakiss fought for Verzuz

New York pros Fabolous and Jadakiss were the last to come face-to-face in Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s Verzuz series on Monday night (June 29). De DMX feat. LOX & Jay-Z vs. “Blackout” vs. Lil Wayne feat. Fabolous & Juelz Santana “You Ain’t Got Nuthin ‘” to Fabolous’ “Young’n” vs. Ghostface Killah feat. Jadakiss “Run” was definitely a Verzuz to remember.

So who won? Check out the dashboard here.

Blackpink broke some important YouTube records

Blackpink’s single comeback “How You Like That” made headlines and broke records. The music video set an all-time record for YouTube’s biggest premiere with 1.66 million concurrent highs. Additionally, the clip was the biggest 24-hour music video debut of all time with 86.3 million views. Learn more about the feat here.

The Weeknd donated $ 1 million to help those affected by COVID-19

The Weeknd announced Monday (June 29) that it has donated a whopping $ 1 million to help those affected by the coronavirus, with $ 500,000 going to MusiCares and the other half to frontline workers at Scarborough Health Network Hospital, which is part of the community of his hometown. . Learn more here.

Billboard Featured queer creatives

To close Pride month, Billboard Spotlight the queer creatives who bring to life the visions of your favorite artists. Listen to the glamorous squad of Lizzo, the art director for Tegan and Sara, the live image designer for Sam Smith and much more.

Hamilton let everyone in the room where it happens

On July 3, Lin Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece on Broadway reached homes across the United States, through Disney Plus. Now almost anyone can experience the original cast directly from the comfort of their own living rooms.

Liam Payne FaceTimed Harry Styles and fans went crazy

Former One Direction members set the Internet on fire when Payne shared a TikTok where he made FaceTimed with Styles, even if the conversation seemed a bit one-sided.

Pop Smoke, Kanye West, Travis Scott and more gave us new music

This week, music fans received Pop Smoke’s posthumous album, Kanye’s collaborations with Travis Scott and Ty Dolla $ ign, and Ellie Goulding’s “Slow Grenade”. Enjoy the best new music on the first Billboard broadcast.