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Grammys: New artists with simple messages shake up nominations
Grammys: New artists with simple messages shake up nominations

This post has been updated. See below for details. Whether Grammy voters will recognize it or not, it's been a curious and transitional year for popular music. A few of its brightest new stars, 17-year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves and the DJ-producer team Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose ascent from YouTube fame to Staples Center headliners was remarkably quick, were virtually unknown at the time of last year's ceremony. In their own ways, all wrote of thriving — not through wealth and fame but through creativity and honesty. When the nominees for the 56th Grammy Awards are announced at LA Live in downtown Los...

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