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Grammy Awards: Beyoncé, Coldplay and Sam Smith should get nods
Grammy Awards: Beyoncé, Coldplay and Sam Smith should get nods

A year that gave us much exuberant pop music about being happy, shaking it off, keeping it fancy and/or letting go of problems — "the past is in the past," sings Idina Menzel in "Let It Go" — had little need for the starker realities either down the street, overseas or within the heart. But, then, who can blame Menzel, Taylor Swift ("Shake It Off"), Ariana Grande ("Problem") and Pharrell ("Happy"), leading contenders when the Grammy Awards nominations are announced Friday, for preaching positivity in rough-and-tumble times? Pharrell tacitly acknowledges the disconnect in his opening couplet: "It might seem crazy what...

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