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Boots with the spurs: 'Cowboy Carter' and the need for validation

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Taylor Swift, who has been celebrated for her ability to channel the emotions and perspectives of adolescent girls. Photos: Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP, Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images for TAS/Design: Jackie Lay/NPR hide caption

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The nominees in this year's two "global music" categories for the Grammys include (from left): Burna Boy and WizKid (both from Nigeria), Benin superstar Angelique Kidjo, Hawaii's Daniel Ho and Femi Kuti (he's also Nigerian). Kevin Winter, Tristan Fewings, Ilya S. Savenok, Jason Merritt and Kristy Sparow/Getty Images hide caption

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Best Actor Or Actress? Gender-Expansive Performers Are Forced To Choose

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Hillary Clinton appears on screen reading an excerpt from the book Fire and Fury during the Grammy Awards on Sunday in New York. Donald Trump Jr. called her reading "a great consolation prize." Matt Sayles/Matt Sayles/Invision/AP hide caption

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Lorde, seen here at the 2014 Grammy Awards, is the only woman nominated in this year's album of the year category. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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New Study Shows A Grave Lack Of Gender Diversity In The Music Industry

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