In many ways, you could think of this year’s Grammy Awards as a huge market correction.
This time last year was, after all, when Adele took the crown for Album of the Year over Beyoncé’s triumphant and critically acclaimed Lemonade, much to the chagrin of the entire internet. It reignited a tired debate about representation and the Grammys, scrutinizing the awards for how it had long failed to incorporate diversity and artists of color.
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This year, however, feels a bit different. There two favorites among the five vying for the Grammys top category, Album of the Year: Jay-Z, for his piercing and revealing autobiographical work on 4:44, and Kendrick Lamar and his work on DAMN, a furious record that’s as much a 14-track story as a masterclass display of lyrical dexterity. Read more…