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Taylor Swift, "reputation" (Big Machine Records) If you'd stop thinking about her reputation, you'd actually appreciate the musicality of Taylor Swift's "reputation." Sure, she named the album that so there will be blog posts and essays deciphering the lyrics — was that about...
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, "Rigoletto" (Delos Records) The opera world cheered last May when Dmitri Hvorostovsky made a surprise appearance at a Metropolitan Opera gala to sing an impassioned account of Rigoletto's big solo, "Cortigiani, vil razza dannata." Diagnosed with a brain...
Blitzen Trapper, "Wild & Reckless" (LKC Recordings) Portland-based Blitzen Trapper's "Wild & Reckless" is an album of straightforward tunes, many taken from an eponymous combination musical/rock opera the band staged in their hometown earlier this year. The production...
Petit Biscuit, "Presence" (Petit Biscuit Music) Petit Biscuit is an accurate pseudonym for Mehdi Benjelloun, nearly 18, of French and Moroccan heritage and the precocious creator of precious electronic pop. "Presence" is the follow-up to a very successful self-titled 2015 EP...
Yes, Garth Brooks won entertainer of the year and Chris Stapleton picked up two honors, including album of the year. But the moments that truly dominated the 2017 Country Music Association Awards had less to do with winning, and more about a community banding together to heal...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are poking fun at the Country Music Association for the restrictive media guidelines it instituted and quickly retracted for Wednesday's show. The 10-time hosts said producers required the show to be a "politics-free zone...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the Country Music Association Awards (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Taylor Swift has won the Country Music Award for song of the year for Little Big Town's hit "Better Man." The award is given to the songwriter, not the performers. Swift did...
Partial list of winners of Wednesday's Country Music Association Awards, held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee: Song of the Year— "Better Man," Taylor Swift. Single of the Year — "Blue Ain't Your Color," Keith Urban. Musical event of the Year — "Funny How Time...
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A jury on Wednesday began deliberating child rape allegations against the brother of superstar rapper Nicki Minaj. Jelani Maraj, 38, faces up to life in prison if jurors convict him of charges that he repeatedly raped an 11-year-old girl at his home in...