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Music's New 'Real Ambassadors'

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Where Does The Harlem Shake Actually Come From?

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Gilda Grey, the dancer who is sometimes credited with naming the shimmy, in London in 1928. Planet News Archive/SSPL via Getty Images hide caption

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'China's Leonard Cohen' Calls Out Political Corruption

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Haitian Musicians Get By With A Little Help From Their Friends

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Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, winner of Album of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards. To date, the band's winning album, Babel, has sold 1,737,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Jason Merritt/Getty Images hide caption

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Saving The Sounds Of America

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Remembering Donald Byrd, Jazz Trumpeter Who Spanned Generations

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Mumford & Sons (from left: Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford, Ted Dwane and Winston Marshall) accept the award for album of the year at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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Mumford & Sons Take Home Album Of The Year Grammy

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Fiddler Bill Stepp in Kentucky's Magoffin County in the 1930s. Courtesy of Elsie Risner and Becky Arnett hide caption

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The Kentucky Fiddler Who Inspired Aaron Copland's 'Hoe-Down'

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Frank Ocean's Big Year, And What Hasn't Changed In Hip-Hop

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