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Sinead O'Connor's new album, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? comes out March 5. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Whitney Houston: Her Life Played Out Like An Opera

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Get To Know The Song Of The Year Nominees: Mumford And Sons' 'The Cave'

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Get To Know The Song Of The Year Nominees: Bon Iver, 'Holocene'

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Kanye West's "All Of The Lights" is one of the five nominees for Song of the Year at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Chris Hyde/Getty Images hide caption

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Get To Know The Song Of The Year Nominees: Kanye West, 'All Of The Lights'

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Get To Know The Song Of The Year Nominees: Bruno Mars, 'Grenade'

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Lana Del Rey: Just Another Pop Star

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