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At the Grammys, Adele and Beyoncé will showcase an industry in transition

At the Grammys, Adele and Beyoncé will showcase an industry in transition

For Adele and Beyoncé, the finish line will take the same form: a prime seat at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, where each is nominated for several of the music industry’s most prestigious prizes, including album, record and song of the year.

Both singers command vast, loyal audiences; enjoy the universal esteem of critics and tastemakers; and generally work with whomever they want — because everyone in music is dying to work with them.

But if their unrivaled success can make the Grammys feel like the end of a two-woman race, the paths they took to get there could scarcely be more different.

“These are arguably the two most talented people in an industry full of...

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