Grammy Awards

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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The 10 Grammy Nominations You Should Actually Care About

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It gets harder and harder to get excited about the Grammys every year, but even so, this year’s nominations are particularly disheartening as far as actually recognizing decent music goes — we really only need to point you to the fact that the loathsome fun. and equally intolerable Mumford & Sons have garnered six (SIX!) nominations each as proof, but a read-through of the whole interminable list of nominees really does make for a depressing experience. Still, it’s not all bad — there are a few categories in which there are worthy nominees we’d like to see come out on top. Click through for our guide on who to cheer for! (Disclaimer: we’re referring only to popular music — we’re not really qualified to comment on the classical or jazz records.)
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