The Grammy Awards

A black new wave

Print edition : March 29, 2019

Frank Ocean , a file picture. Photo: Jordan Strauss/AP

The Singer-songwriter Gabriella “Gabi” Wilson, known as H.E.R., at the BRIT Awards 2019 in London on February 20. Photo: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP

Donald Glover, who performs under the name Childish Gambino, at a private party in Los Angeles in 2018. He won four Grammy Awards this year. Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Kendrick Lamar, the hip-hop artist, at the 2016 Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, in 2016. Photo: SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP

The Singer The Weeknd at the 88th Oscars in 2016. Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP

Singer-songwriter Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Grammy Awards and singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and singer Jennifer Lopez at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10. Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP

The Grammy Awards finally recognises the global appeal and significance of the quietly radical and deeply political music genre called Alt R&B.
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