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In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost In 2012

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The stars of 2012, online and on air (from left): Nate Ruess of fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and Psy. Matt Roberts/Getty Images, Tony Nelson/Corbis Images, Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Robert Glasper at SXSW in March 2012. Erich Schlegel/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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The Vijay Iyer Trio is Marcus Gilmore (left, drums), Iyer (center, piano) and Stephan Crump (right, bass). Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pianist Jeremy Denk, whose album of Ligeti and Beethoven landed on our Top 10 Classical of 2012. Michael Wilson/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Discussion: Top 10 Classical Albums Of 2012

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Xenia Rubinos is one of our favorite artists of 2012. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Top 10 Latin Alternative Albums Of 2012

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Listener Picks: Your Favorite Albums Of 2012

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