Beyoncé performs at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 12. She won the award for best urban contemporary album, but was shut out of the major categories, which were all given to Adele. Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS hide caption

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For the second time, Adele swept the major categories at the Grammys, winning Album, Song and Record of the Year. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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2017 Grammy Awards: Adele Upsets Beyoncé, Chance Arrives, Politics Pop (Slightly)

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Zandria F. Robinson reads from her piece on New South Negress

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William Bell collaborated with producer John Leventhal on an album titled This Is Where I Live. Ginette Callaway hide caption

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Ken Tucker's Top 10 Favorite Albums Of 2016

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Just What Is An Album? In 2016, That Was An Open Question

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Clockwise from upper left: Radiohead, James Blake, Beyoncé, Chance The Rapper Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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All Songs +1: The Season Of Surprise Albums, From Beyoncé To James Blake

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"You have to understand / that no one puts their children in a boat / unless the water is safer than land," wrote Warsan Shire in a poem about the refugee crisis. Courtesy of Amaal Said hide caption

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Beyoncé's new visual album, Lemonade, is out now. TIDAL hide caption

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Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' Is Defiant In The Midst Of Upheaval

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Top row: Weezer; Middle row: Run The Jewels, Beyonce; Bottom row: St. Vincent, FKA Twigs, Beck Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2014

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