The latest episode of the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast takes on the 62nd annual Grammys ceremony, with a blow-by-blow examination of Alicia Key’s supernaturally calm hosting skills, Lil Nas X’s genre-blending triumph, Billie Eilish’s reluctant victories,the show’s baffling emphasis on ballads, that wacky “I Sing the Body Electric” performance, Aerosmith’s stumbles, and much more.
Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield join host Brian Hiatt for the discussion, which also touches on the controversies surrounding the institution, from departed CEO Deborah Dugan‘s accusations against the Recording Academy to persistent complaints about the the awards’ failure to honor the best of contemporary music, even as the show itself does a better job at that task.
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