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Obama Releases His List Of Favorite Songs Of 2019

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Jenee Fleenor at the 53rd annual CMA Awards on Nov. 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn., where she was honored as the first woman to win Musician of the Year. Leah Puttkammer/Getty Images hide caption

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The Woman Leading The Fiddle Revival In Country Music

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From left to right: John Cleese, Neil Innes, Michael Palin and Eric Idle dressed as Arthurian knights on the set of Monty Python and the Holy Grail in 1974. John Downing/Getty Images hide caption

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1924 Copyrighted Works To Become Part Of The Public Domain

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Composer Jerry Herman, flanked by actresses Carol Channing (left) and Jo Anne Worley at a 2002 Tony Awards party in Hollywood. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Broadway Legend Jerry Herman Is Dead At 88

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Small Churches Struggle To Find Organists And Pianists

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Thousands of new holiday songs have been released since 1994, but none have become standards in the way pop songs about Christmas routinely did in the '60s, '70s and '80s. What's the challenge of cracking the tiny yuletide canon? Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Are There No New Christmas Songs?

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It Took 25 Years, But Mariah Carey's Holiday Earworm Reaches No. 1

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The new Recording Academy president and CEO, Deborah Dugan, speaking at the 62nd Grammy Awards nominations on Nov. 20 in New York City. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images hide caption

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Grammys Pledge More Diversity Under New Leadership

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