As balloons fell after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump accepted his party nomination last night, the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want' rang through the arena. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jacob Collier's multi-tracked YouTube covers, recorded and filmed in his room, showed musical sophistication and adventurousness. On his debut album, In My Room, he brings the same qualities to original songs. Retts Wood/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Spice Girls in 1997, about a year after the release of the group's debut single, which topped the U.K. pop charts for seven weeks. John Stanton/Getty Images hide caption

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Maren Morris, one of Nashville's rising stars, performs at Nissan Stadium on the opening night of the 2016 CMA Festival. John Shearer/Getty Images hide caption

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"When these songs started bubbling to the surface, I tried to ignore them — but they were on loop," says John Paul White. "Little by little they wore me down." Allister Ann/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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01The Martyr

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    The Martyr
    Album
    Beulah
    Artist
    John Paul White
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    Single Lock Records
    Released
    2016

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Cam's debut album, Untamed, featuring the hit "Burning House," was released in December. "There's this fear that if you are who you are, it's not gonna work out," she says of Nashville's tendency to iron out imperfection. Ninelle Efremova/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Keith Urban's ninth album, Ripcord, out on May 6, continues to integrate programmed drum tracks into Urban's signature pop-country. Russ Harrington /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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North Carolinian Rhiannon Giddens, who opposes HB2, says she struggled with whether to speak out against the bill from stage: "How can I use my platform for good without jeopardizing everything so that I don't have that platform anymore?" Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music hide caption

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