It's a "waste a time to have expectations" about Young Thug (seen here performing in Atlanta in October), writes Rembert Browne. Prince Williams/Getty Images hide caption

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Viking's Choice 2015: Hear The Discussion And The Songs

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What Artist Did You Fall In Love With In 2015?

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Maria Schneider and Rudresh Mahanthappa didn't exactly tie for Best Album of the Year honors — but declaring a tie seems fitting to the quality of this year's list. Briene Lermitte/Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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"In material like this, I hope that there is a danger in what we're doing. I hope we are on a razor's edge." Leslie Odom Jr. gets into character as Aaron Burr on the Hamilton set. Josh Lehrer hide caption

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Being Aaron Burr

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Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2015

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Producer Dave Cobb in the studio at his Nashville home. Cobb's work has added traditional notes to the slick sound that dominates country, but he challenges the idea that what he's doing is more "authentic." Laura E. Partain for NPR hide caption

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Los Mejores: Alt.Latino's Favorite Musicians Of 2015

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