Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 10: QUEEN

Welcome to the 2019 hennemusic Rock News Awards.

Over the next ten days, we’ll be counting down the Top 10 Rock News Artists of the past year.

Finalists for the 10th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards are chosen by readers: the Rock News Story Of The Year is determined by page views, while the Rock News Artist Of The Year is based on the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

The 2019 hennemusic Rock News Awards winners will be announced on Thursday, December 19.

Rock News Artist of The Year No. 10 – QUEEN

Queen began 2019 with a flurry of news surrounding their biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The film was named Best Motion Picture (Drama) at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood, CA on January 6, with Rami Malek honored as Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture (Drama) for his role as Freddie Mercury; a few days later, it was nominated for seven honors at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) in London and for five Oscars – including Best Picture – at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.

An expanded home edition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” was issued in late January, just days before Malek was named Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

Queen’s 1978 classic, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, was featured in a Super Bowl commercial for Amazon in February, while Adam Lambert and the band opened the 2019 Academy Awards in Los Angeles late in the month as “Bohemian Rhapsody” took home four Oscars at the 91st annual ceremony, including Best Actor honors to Malek and technical production honors in the fields of Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Film Editing.

By April, the biopic had passed the $900 million mark at the box office worldwide, as Lambert delivered a duet of Queen’s 1975 classic during the season 17 finale of American Idol on May 19.

In June, a previously unreleased version of a 1986 Freddie Mercury song, “Time Waits For No One”, surfaced more than three decades after its original recording.

Queen and Lambert opened their 2019 Rhapsody tour at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC on July 10, the same month as the music video for “Bohemian Rhapsody” officially passed 1 Billion views on YouTube.

Following a North American trek, the group headlined the 2019 Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on September 28, just a few weeks before the release of the Freddie Mercury box set, “Never Boring.”

In October, Queen teamed up with fans in more than 120 countries for a new classic video series in honor of “Bohemian Rhapsody” becoming the first pre-1990s video to reach one billion views on YouTube, while the 2018 film’s companion album was named Favorite Soundtrack at the American Music Awards during a late November ceremony in Los Angeles.

Guitarist Brian May shared news in December that he is recovering after undergoing surgery on his leg to relieve pressure on his Achilles tendon that hampered his movement on stage throughout the year.

Queen will resume the Rhapsody Tour next month with shows in South Korea and Japan before heading to Australia and New Zealand in February.

See also:

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Van Halen and KISS top the 2015 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen sweep 2014 hennemusic Rock News Awards
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Van Halen dominate the 2012 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen win two hennemusic Rock News Awards
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Jimmy Page’s 2011 plans named hennemusic’s Rock News Story Of The Year