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Randall Roberts

Randall Roberts is a staff writer covering music, and pens the weekly California Sounds column for the Los Angeles Times. His recent Times series on the geography of L.A. music has explored Sunset Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue. In his career with The Times, Roberts has been music editor and pop music critic. A St. Louis native, he was schooled in the power of sound as a radio and club DJ, and schooled in supply and demand as an indie, punk and electronic buyer at a major Midwest record store.
The historical recording Grammy: Mississippi blues, transgender soul, Korean War songs, country classics and a classical music curio

However random, Grammy voters got it right this year in the historical album category, with five remarkable sets that jump decades and continents, in the process updating the slights and oversights of the marketplace.

Jimmy Carter snags another Grammy nomination. Can he surpass Barack Obama in the Nobel-Grammy race?

In the spoken word category, former president Jimmy Carter will compete against comedic actress Tiffany Haddish, actor Courtney B. Vance, drummer Questlove and humorist David Sedaris.

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