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Grammy nominations 2017: Beyoncé and R&B artists shine while rock suffers

Beyonce In Concert

Tuesday’s announcement of the nominations for the 59th annual Grammy awards, which will be handed out on 12 February, had some expected outcomes – Beyoncé dominated, with Lemonade and its affiliated properties receiving nine nominations, while Adele’s 25 scored her five nominations. As with any attempt to winnow down pop music to some semi-arbitrary notion of “bests”, though, the real stories come from what might be missing.


Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher obituary

A less distinctive and eccentric performer than Carrie Fisher, who has died after a heart attack aged 60, might well have had an entire career eclipsed after playing one of the leads in the most successful movie franchise of all time.

Nick Cave's 20,000 Days On Earth

20,000 Days on Earth (REVIEW)

Just last month Rolling Stone magazine named their 40 greatest rock documentaries of all time. Don't Look Back - a documentary about Bob Dylan's 1965 tour - was their number one.

Liza Minnelli Cabaret 1972

Liza Minnelli – Review

"Hi, everybody!" squeaked the familiar voice of Liza Minnelli as she stepped on to the stage of the Royal Festival Hall for the first time in exactly 40 years.


Spotify Playlist

Will Spotify kill the music download?

The digital download, ushered in to the mass market more than a decade ago by Apple’s iTunes music store, is in rapid decline as people shift to streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music.