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Fiddler Bill Stepp in Kentucky's Magoffin County in the 1930s.

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

February 10, 2013 – Bill Stepp turned the traditional tune "Bonaparte's Retreat" from a march into a hoedown.

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Frank Ocean performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2012.

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

February 9, 2013 – Ocean's six Grammy nods round out a year in which his sexuality was as big a topic as his music.

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Producer and songwriter Jeff Bhasker is nominated for four Grammy Awards this weekend, including producer of the year, non-classical division.

Watch Famous Behind The Scenes, A Hitmaker Covets The Spotlight

February 8, 2013 – Producer Jeff Bhasker has worked with fun. and Beyonce. Now he's looking for a solo career.

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Macklemore of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performs in Park City, Utah.

Watch The Real Story Of How Macklemore Got 'Thrift Shop' To No. 1

February 8, 2013 – A rap group out of Seattle says it rose to the top without a label. But did it?

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The late American conductor James DePreist.

Read Remembering American Conductor James DePreist

February 8, 2013 – The African-American conductor flourished at a time when few black men led major orchestras.

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys performs in England last August. Along with five nominations for his band, Auerbach is nominated for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical division.

Read In A Diverse World, Grammy Sticks To Its Values

February 8, 2013 – In pop's era of infinite playlists, some surprisingly traditional ideas still endure at the Grammys.

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J Dilla in the studio of fellow producer Madlib.

Watch Why J Dilla May Be Jazz's Latest Great Innovator

February 7, 2013 – The legacy of the late hip-hop producer extended far beyond the beats he painstakingly created.

Justin Bieber on stage in December. Bieber's 2012 album Believe, despite selling over 1,000,000 copies, wasn't nominated for a single Grammy Award.

Watch Why Al Walser Got A Grammy Nomination And Justin Bieber Didn't

February 7, 2013 – The voting rules for the awards almost always leave room for disappointment or confusion.

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Lena Hughes recorded one album of Southern parlor music before her death in 1998.

Read The 'Ancient Vibration' Of Parlor Music, Revived By Two Generations

February 6, 2013 – The only album ever recorded by the masterful Lena Hughes acts as a kind of time capsule.

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Reg Presley in Hamburg, circa 1965.

Watch Reg Presley, The Voice Of 'Wild Thing,' Dies

February 5, 2013 – The lead singer of The Troggs, who had a string of hits in the 1960s, was 71.

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Karen Carpenter, of The Carpenters, performs in London in 1974.

Watch Remembering Karen Carpenter, 30 Years Later

February 4, 2013 – Joel Samberg makes a case for the late singer's legacy, which remains a source of disagreement.

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Beyonce performs during the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday night.

Read The Roots Of Beyonce's Super Bowl Spectacular

February 4, 2013 – Sunday's display of imperial charisma was an illusion, but what a substantial one.

Once a poet and an English teacher, Jim McCormick has become a powerhouse Nashville songwriter.

Watch A Tenacious Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville

February 3, 2013 – Once an English teacher and poet, Jim McCormick has become one of country music's hottest lyricists.

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Afghanistan's youth orchestra performs in Kabul on Jan. 31. The orchestra is coming to the U.S. and will appear at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

Read From A Land Where Music Was Banned — To Carnegie Hall

February 3, 2013 – Young Afghans will be performing at some of the most prestigious venues in the U.S.

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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