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Distantly Thankful: Popdust's Thanksgiving Playlist for 2020

It's harder to remember what we're grateful for this year, but maybe some music will jog your memory.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, although this year's holiday festivities are looking pretty bleak.

Even with recent vaccine updates providing a little light at the end of the tunnel, we still have a long way to go before large group gatherings can resume as normal. Travelers are going to great lengths to ensure they reach their destination safely; many folks are opting out of traveling altogether, choosing to spend their holiday season alone at home.

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Beyonce, Bridgers, Black Pumas: Our Take on the 2020 Grammy Nominations

If it feels like the same 5 people were nominated for everything, it's because they kind of were.

2020 was a tumultuous year, and the music industry felt it.

From tour cancellations and Zoom press junkets to #BlackoutTuesday originating from two Black women in the music industry, there was no aspect of the 2020 hellscape that didn't touch the music industry. Inevitably, this spawned a wealth of new content, from those awful "Imagine" viral videos to quarantine songs that evolved as the year did — isolation songs, to protest songs, to even election-themed songs.

With awards season in full swing after the American Music Awards this summer, the Grammy Awards, scheduled for 2021 with Trevor Noah slated to host, just released their list of nominations. With altered categories and June's promises of inclusion on the brain, the Grammys were under a lot of pressure to get it right this year.

Sometimes they did, mostly they didn't. Here are the highlights.

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Beyhive Slams J-Lo for her 2020 AMAs Performance

Did Jennifer Lopez Copy Beyonce At The 2020 AMAs? Does it Matter?

Beyonce at the 2014 Grammys and JLo at the 2020 AMAs

The 2020 American Music Awards were certainly different this year, but that didn't stop the spectacle or the drama.

Hosted by Taraji P Henson, the AMAs delivered an impressive lineup of socially distanced performers and hosts, including Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, the live premiere of the Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes collaboration, and Jennifer Lopez. One of the more highly anticipated performers, JLo is known for her stage presence and performance power. Unlike Bieber x Mendes, there would be no awkward belting from six feet apart.

What would she do? Show off her athleticism? Wear that Versace dress yet again?

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How to Watch Taylor Swift's "folklore" Concert Film

folklore: the long pond studio sessions was filmed in upstate New York in September.

Back in July, Taylor Swift shook the music world by surprise-dropping her eighth album, folklore.

Released less than a year after its predecessor, the pop sugar rush Lover, folklore marked a stark shift for Swift by implementing a quieter, folksier sound. To pull it off, she collaborated with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, The National's Aaron Dessner, and her go-to producer Jack Antonoff—all of whom will be featured in a new concert film called folklore: the long pond studio sessions, premiering tonight on Disney Plus.

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The Legacy of Kanye's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"

The rapper's magnum opus turned 10 years old over the weekend.

It's almost eerie how accurately Kanye West predicted his own fate when he uttered the words "I miss the old Kanye" on 2016's The Life of Pablo.

In my head, and likely in the memories of many others, there are two Kanyes: a then and a now. Both are cocky, self-important, certifiable jerks, but then, he at least still felt a marginal need to continue proving himself.

Now, he's so immeasurably detached from reality that it's a little hard to take anything he does or creates seriously—at this point, I find it difficult to even care. I don't want to explicitly cite a certain presidential election and its aftermath as the dividing line between the Kanye of then and now in my conscience, but...yeah, Kanye rubbing elbows with Trump was pretty much the last straw for me.

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King Princess Channels Her "PAIN" Into a Glossy Disco-Pop Banger

"PAIN" is the latest single from the singer.

If an impending second lockdown has you feeling lonelier than normal, King Princess has released an anthem just for you.

"PAIN" is the latest single from the pop starlet, who seems to be wrapping up a follow-up to her 2019 debut record, Cheap Queen. Co-written alongside Nick Long, Shawn Everett, and Tobias Jesso Jr., the piano-driven tune sees King Princess—real name Mikaela Straus—reckoning with an unfortunate pattern of heartbreak time and time again: "You and I just get along / I wonder how I'll f*ck it up," she sings, as if her misdeeds in the relationship are inevitable.

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