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The Grammys Finally Managed to Lower the Bar Enough to Clear It

Feb 11, 2019 - Slate Magazine

Last night will be recorded as the point when the Grammys finally managed to hammer expectations down so far that the outcome actually exceeded them.

As I predicted last year, the major figures in rap and R&B have gotten sick enough of being spurned by staid Grammy voters in favor of safer and usually whiter winners (e.g., Adele, or Beck, or Macklemore) that they finally stopped bothering to show up. Album, Record, and Song of the Year nominee Kendrick Lamar, as well as Jay-Z and Beyoncé ...