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Best historical album Grammy reps jazz, Native Americans, prisoners and activists

Best historical album Grammy reps jazz, Native Americans, prisoners and activists

The Grammy Awards celebrate what is considered to be the best contemporary music issued in the last year. Spread across dozens of categories, the honors provide a snapshot of the here-and-now — or at least aim to.

Only one key category, Best Historical Album, though, gazes back to celebrate the best resurrected recordings. Each year the nominees span genres and decades, homing in on moments in history that either altered its course or captured particularly unique frequencies.

For those equally obsessed with current and past sounds, this sole trophy hardly captures the range and bounty of historical recordings. Absent a sub-ceremony that focuses solely on reissues and...

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