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Performers rehearse for the upcoming Grammy Awards show at Madison Square Garden

Performers rehearse for the upcoming Grammy Awards show at Madison Square Garden
Elton John rehearses for the 60th Grammy Awards show at Madison Square Garden. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Performers rehearse for the upcoming Grammy Awards show at Madison Square Garden

Elton John rehearses for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards show at Madison Square Garden. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

As much as any year on record, the 2018 Grammy nominations skew toward artists and recordings that are shaping and reshaping the pop music landscape, with the emphasis heavily on hip-hop, which has become the lingua franca in the music industry as well as the culture at large.

That's evident in multiple nominations for hip-hop and R&B artists Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, Khalid, No. I.D. and SZA, a slate Recording Academy officials point to with considerable pride, given criticisms for once having been out of touch.

(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Khalid and Alessia Cara rehearse for the 60th Grammy Awards show at Madison Square Garden.

(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Miley Cyrus rehearses for the 60th Grammy Awards show at Madison Square Garden.

(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Elton John rehearses with Miley Cyrus for the 60th Grammy Awards show at Madison Square Garden.

(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Khalid, Logis and Alessia Cara rehearse for the 60th Grammy Awards show at Madison Square Garden.

(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Logic takes photos with fan Regina Wolfe, 15, of El Paso after rehearsal for the 60th Grammy Awards show.

(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Host James Corden rehearses for the 60th Grammy Awards.

(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Executive producer Ken Ehrlich works during rehearsals for the 60th Grammy Awards celebrating the show's return to New York City at Madison Square Garden.

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