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Can the Grammys Please Anyone?

Can the Grammys Please Anyone?

From left: Album of the year nominees Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Drake, H.E.R., Post Malone, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves and Kendrick Lamar.
Jack White Wins Eurovision. Kind Of.

Jack White Wins Eurovision. Kind Of.

Jack White, performing in 2018. He was recently added to the list of composers of Netta Barzilai’s “Toy.”
Critic’s Notebook: Music Lives in the Present. Can the Grammys Escape the Past?

Critic’s Notebook: Music Lives in the Present. Can the Grammys Escape the Past?

Music is the most nimble of mass-audience art forms. But Recording Academy voters have been reliably stodgy.
Maroon 5 Barely Leaves a Mark at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Maroon 5 Barely Leaves a Mark at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Adam Levine led Maroon 5 through a set that was as anodyne as possible for the Super Bowl halftime show.
Maroon 5 Barely Leaves a Mark at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Maroon 5 Barely Leaves a Mark at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Adam Levine led Maroon 5 through a set that was as anodyne as possible for the Super Bowl halftime show.
Playlist: The Playlist: Billie Eilish’s Pop Nightmare, and 10 More New Songs

Playlist: The Playlist: Billie Eilish’s Pop Nightmare, and 10 More New Songs

Billie Eilish released a new single and announced her debut album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”
Critic’s Pick: Cherry Glazerr Kicks Its Grungy Manifestoes Into a New Gear on ‘Stuffed & Ready’

Critic’s Pick: Cherry Glazerr Kicks Its Grungy Manifestoes Into a New Gear on ‘Stuffed & Ready’

Clementine Creevy, the songwriter, singer and guitarist who leads Cherry Glazerr, sounds less guarded and more direct than ever on the band’s new album.
Critic’s Notebook: For Innovation at the Grammys, Look at the Best Music Video Category

Critic’s Notebook: For Innovation at the Grammys, Look at the Best Music Video Category

Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” was one of the most discussed music videos of 2018. Now it’s a contender for best video at the Grammys, alongside four other boundary-pushing clips.
James Ingram, a Hitmaking Voice of ’80s R&B, Is Dead at 66

James Ingram, a Hitmaking Voice of ’80s R&B, Is Dead at 66

James Ingram on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1990. Among his many collaborations with the producer Quincy Jones, he participated in the all-star charity single “We Are the World” in
‘Rent Live’ Review: How Do You Measure a Show You Were Never Meant to See?

‘Rent Live’ Review: How Do You Measure a Show You Were Never Meant to See?

Jordan Fisher, left, and Brennin Hunt in “Rent” on Fox. Hunt injured his foot, so most of what viewers saw on Fox on Sunday night was a previously recorded dress rehearsal.
Hundreds of Punks Hit the Desert. The Modern Music Festival Was Born.

Hundreds of Punks Hit the Desert. The Modern Music Festival Was Born.

From 1983 to 1985, punks including Perry Farrell and Aaron Sherer from Psi Com trekked to the Mojave Desert to attend D.I.Y. concerts that were part of Desolation Center.
Album Review: On Alice Merton’s Debut ‘Mint,’ Hooks Conquer Fears

Album Review: On Alice Merton’s Debut ‘Mint,’ Hooks Conquer Fears

Alice Merton’s debut album “Mint” takes everything extremely seriously, from its lyrics to the placement of its hooks.
He Knows the Stars’ Dirty Laundry. Because He Washes It.

He Knows the Stars’ Dirty Laundry. Because He Washes It.

Hans-Jürgen Topf has traveled with many of the world’s biggest music acts, including Madonna, Pink and Beyoncé. He often spends three to four hours ironing every afternoon.
Beijing Dispatch: In the Heart of Beijing, a Taiwanese Pop Idol Makes Fans Swoon

Beijing Dispatch: In the Heart of Beijing, a Taiwanese Pop Idol Makes Fans Swoon

Guo Xueyan singing Teresa Teng’s songs with a live band at a Beijing restaurant that is a shrine to the Taiwanese pop star.
Beijing Dispatch: In the Heart of Beijing, a Taiwanese Pop Idol Makes Fans Swoon

Beijing Dispatch: In the Heart of Beijing, a Taiwanese Pop Idol Makes Fans Swoon

Guo Xueyan singing Teresa Teng’s songs with a live band at a Beijing restaurant that is a shrine to the Taiwanese pop star.
The Look: From MySpace to the Streets of Lagos

The Look: From MySpace to the Streets of Lagos

Henry Uche, also known as GothicHenri, calls himself a vampire. In conservative Nigeria, his manner of dress and musical taste draw scrutiny.
Playlist: The Playlist: Maren Morris Is a Little Bit Country, and 11 More New Songs

Playlist: The Playlist: Maren Morris Is a Little Bit Country, and 11 More New Songs

Maren Morris worked on her new song, “Girl,” with one of her collaborators from “The Middle.”
Those Wild ‘Masked Singer’ Costumes? She Designed Them

Those Wild ‘Masked Singer’ Costumes? She Designed Them

Katy Perry performs with Left Shark (and Right Shark) at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2015.