Tag: Wilson, Gabriella (HER)

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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H.E.R. Slips Out from the Shadows With Five Grammy Nominations

H.E.R. — the stage name of the R&B singer who earned a star-making five Grammy nominations Friday morning — stands for “having everything revealed.” In fact, the 21-year-old songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind the project, Gabriella Wilson, is notable for her lack of exposure: For years, she’s played the enigmatic artist, à la the Weeknd’s early […]

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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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Critic’s Notebook: R&B Blossoms, With Hip-Hop in the Rear View

R&B has been tussling with hip-hop for around three decades, and depending what lens you’re looking through, has been either roundly defeated or sneakily triumphant. As hip-hop rose to prominence in the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, it began to view R&B as a partner, sometimes willing, and sometimes not. There were collaborations between rappers […]

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