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Grammy Best New Artists 3: Frank Ocean

GRAMMY FEVER, BEST NEW ARTIST EDITION (PART THREE): Orange is the new gold. By which we mean that Best New Artist nominee Frank Ocean's Def Jam/IDJ release Channel Orange has officially been certified gold. We congratulate this groundbreaking artist, who'd already written for the likes of Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, John Legend and other stars when his 2011 mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra put him on every hipster's radar. Esteemed New York Times critic Jon Pareles placed Ocean in the company of such icons as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Prince. The gifted singer-songwriter's now-notorious blog post about his past romantic feelings prompted much speculation and analysis, but it's the open-ended emotional terrain of his music that really deserves your attention. (1/30p)

NEAR TRUTHS: THE KYNCL-LOUSADA DANCE HAS BEGUN
This oughta be interesting... (9/30a)
GRAMMY CHEW:
RAP EDITION
Michael and Kyle find a feast of hip-hop to chew on. (9/30a)
CHART FINAL: VERANO INVADES FALL
Like a broken record... which it is, figuratively speaking. (9/30a)
HITS LIST: COUNTDOWN
TO ECSTASY
We enter the month that was once known as Rocktober. (9/30a)
HIS OWN ARCHITECT:
THE STEVE LACY BUZZ
It was a surprisingly easy "Habit" to break. (9/30a)
GRAMMY SEASON
New categories! New rules! New WTF!
THE BIG DEAL
It's the one you didn't see coming.
RAID AT MAR-A-LAGO
"Who took my passports?"
HITS' 36TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Allow us to apologize in advance.
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