Tag: Monae, Janelle

Can the Grammys Please Anyone?

The Grammy Awards are supposed to be music’s biggest party. But in recent years the show has also become a piñata for critics, activists and even major artists over a host of issues like race and gender — and, oh yes, music. The 61st annual show, to be hosted by Alicia Keys and broadcast live […]

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Critic’s Notebook: For Innovation at the Grammys, Look at the Best Music Video Category

Another year, another persistent worry that the Grammy Awards will once again fail to recognize boundary-pushing black performers. The nominations are led by Kendrick Lamar, Drake and a crop of female artists — a promising shift after years of complaints about a lack of diversity at the music industry’s big night. However, nominations don’t necessarily […]

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‘Welcome to Marwen’ Review: Playing With Toys and Putting Away Childish Things

“Welcome to Marwen” is about a grown man who plays with toys. That’s what it looks like Mark Hogancamp is doing, anyway. His house in Kingston, N.Y., is full of dolls, action figures and accessories arranged into a make-believe Belgian village he has named Marwen. In Mark’s fantasy world — which frequently comes to jarring […]

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Kendrick Lamar Leads 2019 Grammy Nominees, and Women Dominate Major Categories

The rap stars Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead the list of nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards announced Friday, but right behind them is a crop of young and less heralded artists, notably women, after years of friction about diversity, including a major dust-up over gender representation after the last ceremony. The Instagram star turned […]

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The 28 Best Albums of 2018

1. Janelle Monáe, ‘Dirty Computer’ The interaction of human and machine has been a major theme of Janelle Monáe’s entire recording career. Her latest concept album, “Dirty Computer,” deploys funky riffs (often with Prince echoes), snappy beats and crisp pop-song forms to promise that love, polymorphous sensuality and an inclusive American spirit can conquer all, […]

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