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Can the Grammys Be Fixed?

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Kendrick Lamar opened the 60th annual Grammy Awards with the maximum provocative efficiency of the night time.

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The Popcast is hosted by means of Jon Caramanica, a pop song critic for The New York Times. It covers the newest in pop song grievance, developments and information.

At the 60th annual Grammy Awards Sunday night time, Bruno Mars swept the main classes, Kendrick Lamar ruled the rap classes, and Jay-Z, the maximum nominated artist, used to be close out. Lorde sat in the target audience clutching a flask — she used to be reportedly now not invited to accomplish her personal subject material at the tournament — and the subsequent day, subtweeted the Recording Academy. Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and Drake didn’t trouble appearing up.

Can the Grammys Be Fixed?

This hodgepodge displays the at a loss for words state of the Grammys, which nonetheless struggles with race and gender: Only one lady gained in a big class Sunday night time, and the type of hip-hop that’s been a fixture at the most sensible of the Billboard charts used to be necessarily absent from each the nominations and the performances.

For a spirited recap about the strengths and weaknesses of this yr’s Grammys, Mr. Caramanica used to be joined by means of the entire pop song staff of The New York Times: the leader pop song critic Jon Pareles, the pop song editor Caryn Ganz, the pop song reporter Joe Coscarelli and the song trade reporter Ben Sisario.

Email your questions, ideas and concepts about what’s taking place in pop song to popcast@nytimes.com.

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