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Watch: Beck and St. Vincent Perform “Dreams” with Taylor Swift

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During her concert in Los Angeles on Monday, Taylor Swift surprised audiences with guest appearances by Ellen DeGeneres and Alanis Morissette; last night’s inclusion of more surprise guests was thus a little less of a surprise — though the guests themselves were, perhaps, more surprising. Beck and St. Vincent joined Swift onstage at the Staples Center to sing Beck’s “Dreams.” 
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Watch: Beck and Thurston Moore Performed Together in Cowboy-Themed “Evening of Word and Sound”

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As reported by The Guardian last night, Beck put together “an evening of word and sound with guests including Thurston Moore and Simon Armitage.” Beck curated the event as part of Doug Aitken’s Station to Station, a “living exhibition” happening over the course of 30 days and comprising over 100 events at London’s Barbican Center.
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Sorry, Statistics Show That Kanye Was Right: Links You Need to See

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These Grammy Awards sure have had some long legs this year, mostly due to Kanye West, who performed twice but did not take home a single award. (Mostly because he was barely nominated.) Anyway, part of what Kanye said about Beck winning, and part of what a lot of people said before the ceremony itself, was that the awards have become “too white.” Which seems like a knee-jerk reaction to a lack of diversity in this year’s nominations, but no: statistics show that popular music has, overall, become less diverse — or, “more white.”
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