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I Heart Radio Music Awards? It's hard to not be profoundly skeptical
I Heart Radio Music Awards? It's hard to not be profoundly skeptical

With the arrival Thursday night of yet another prime-time music awards show, the first I Heart Radio Music Awards, comes an album's worth of questions. Do networks and popular music decision-makers think the only way for the American public to appreciate music is via competition? Is the inherent drama of thrilling hooks, choruses or lyrics charismatically presented live on a huge national platform less exciting without the manufactured drama of awards, singing competitions and reality shows? Most viewers watch these ceremonies and competitions not for the trophies but for the performances and fashions anyway. So why the tired us-versus-them conceit? This production, which purports...

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