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What The Grammys Say About Pop Music Now

The range in the Best New Artist category dissolves the idea that mainstream music sounds the same.

Sharon Van Etten: Hypnotically Complicated

Van Etten's new album, Tramp, is titled after the touring artist's time of essential homelessness. It's full of unresolved restlessness, infinite-loop longing and expansive vocals.

Nils Lofgren On World Cafe

Hear the rocker perform gritty and nostalgic songs from his new album, Old School, on today's show.

Behind The Glamour, GRAMMY Controversy Brewing

During this Sunday's GRAMMY Awards, genres such as Native American, Hawaiian and Cajun music are merged into one category. The decision has caused some backlash with charges of racism and exclusion. Host Michel Martin discusses the decision with Felix Contreras, a reporter for NPR's Arts Desk and co-host of NPR Music's Alt.Latino podcast.
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A Piano Prodigy Re-Learns A Long-Honed Skill

Ruth Antine has been playing the piano for 92 years - and still gives concerts at her Bethesda retirement home.

Get To Know The Song Of The Year Nominees: Mumford And Sons' 'The Cave'

The band's performance during last year's Grammy Awards show gave the song a second life.