By sticking by its old heroes — and familiar sounds — the awards show risks alienating tomorrow’s stars.
There were flashes of politics at the music awards, where enterprising newcomers like Cardi B and fiery performers like Kendrick Lamar competed for airtime with elder heroes.
The show also wrestled with a host of social and political topics, including immigration, race and the #MeToo movement.
This production and songwriting team was in a fallow period before reconnecting with one of its early collaborators: Mr. Mars. Now the group is up for three Grammys.
Hear the new songs that caught our critics’ attention this week, from Bruno Mars and Cardi B, They Might Be Giants and more.
The nominees for 20 of the 84 categories.
The Atlanta rapper has the No. 1 album for the fourth time, and could make chart history with a fifth album next week.
The soundtrack had the equivalent of 123,000 album sales in the United States, while Bruno Mars, Beyoncé and Adele saw a post-Grammy leap.
Sales and streaming bumps after the Super Bowl and Grammys show that screen time still matters in a business that’s been changing at lightning speed.
Beyoncé brought a dramatic spectacle, A Tribe Called Quest delivered politics, and technical hiccups provided a few flubs.