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In her solo work and with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens has helped shepherd the revival of the black string band tradition in American consciousness. Claire Harbage and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Big Freedia performs during the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans. Photo Illustration: Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage/Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Miranda Lambert performs in Dover, Delaware in 2015. Photo Illustration: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Big Barrel and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Sharon Jones performs onstage with The Dap-Kings at The Wiltern Theater on March 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo Illustration: Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Beyoncé performs at Coachella in 2018. Photo illustration: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Natalia Lafourcade performs at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2017. Photo Illustration: Kevin Winter/Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Carly Rae Jepsen performs in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 2018. Photo illustration: Ethan Miller/Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Nicki Minaj performs during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Photo Illustration: Ethan Miller/Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Taylor Swift performs during the Grammy Awards in 2016. Photo Illustration: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Hayley Williams of Paramore performs onstage in Chicago, Ill. in 2013. Photo Illustration: Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Clear Channel and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Joanna Newsom performs on Late Night with Seth Meyers on March 16, 2016. Photo Illustration: Lloyd Bishop/NBC via Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Karin Dreijer performs on stage at Motel Mozaique Festival in the Netherlands in 2009. Photo Illustration: Rob Verhorst/Redferns/Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Lorde performs at the Governors Ball Music Festival on June 2, 2017 in New York City. Photo Illustration: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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