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January 17, 2017

Jack White at Grammy Honors Speech: ‘Build Bridges Instead of Walls’

During a Grammy week ceremony honoring Jack White, the musician got a touch political during his acceptance speech while being honored by the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing.


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He opened his speech by cracking a joke about having Kellyanne Conway ghostwriting, but instead deciding to “wing it.” From there, White went through his development as a producer since childhood, giving [...]

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January 17, 2017

Erykah Badu Named Essence Black Women in Music Honoree

The official Grammy Week event will be held Feb. 9 in Los Angeles.

Erykah Badu will be the woman of the hour when Essence honors the four-time Grammy Award winner at its eighth annual Black Women in Music celebration. The magazine’s invite-only gala will take place Feb. 9 in Los Angeles.

The Grammy Week event, presented in collaboration with The Recording Academy, will also salute the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards airing on Feb. 12. As part of the Black Women in Music festivities, Roc Nation-managed Nigerian artist Tiwa Savage will perform.

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November 17, 2016

Black Men and Mental Health

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They say it is only funny until everyone stops laughing. Well, today we’ve stopped laughing, and many of us are quite concerned.

This weekend, Kanye West had what is being referring to as a mental breakdown after performing a few songs at a show in Sacramento, Calif. After going on a lengthy tirade about what is perceived to be a dying relationship with Jay Z and Beyoncé, West dropped the microphone and walked offstage, abruptly ending his concert.

Weeks before this event, we watched Kid Cudi experience a similar episode when he went off on Twitter about feeling abandoned by Kanye and a few other celebrities in his time of need. [...]

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November 17, 2014

The Grammys Fumble Hip-Hop and R&B. Here’s How to Fix It

A problem that has leached the Grammys of credibility in many genres is its tendency to favor established artists who are making irrelevant mid- and late-career work. While hip-hop is still a relatively young genre, it still has an informal caste system of artists who are deemed Grammy-worthy, even long past their primes. Elders like Jay Z, Common and Eminem continue to receive nominations, seemingly irrespective of whether the music they make is commercially or aesthetically successful. There’s a recognition factor for less informed Grammy voters, who can check a box for a known entity rather than [...]

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