This year’s Grammy Awards has been postponed due to coronavirus concerns, the organizers have announced.
The ceremony, one of the music industry’s biggest awards, was due to take place on January 31.
The 2021Grammy Awards will now take place on March 14, due to rising infection numbers in Los Angeles and the state of California.
Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa led the nominations for this year’s awards, which were announced in November.
A statement from the Recording Academy, which runs the Grammys, said: “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on producing the show.”
It is unclear whether comedian Trevor Noah, who was set to host the show, will still take part in this year’s ceremony.
Beyonce has scored nine nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards, extending her lead as the most-nominated woman in Grammys history.
The singer is up for the main prize, album of the year, for her ambitious visual album, Lemonade, which tackles themes of race and female identity.
Beyonce’s single Formation is also up for song and record of the year.
In all three categories, Beyonce is up against Adele – who previously won the ceremony’s top three prizes in 2012.
Beyonce now has 62 Grammy nominations across her work as a solo artist and as part of Destiny’s Child, making her the fourth most-nominated artist ever.
The pop star has won 20 trophies altogether, although she has yet to clinch the album of the year prize, having been beaten to the title by Beck in 2015 – much to the disgust of Kanye West, who stormed the stage in protest.
Kanye West receives eight nominations this year for his album The Life Of Pablo – all in the rap categories.
Rihanna and Drake also have eight nominations, including three for their hit collaboration, Work.
Making Grammy history is Chicago-born musician Chance The Rapper, whose album Coloring Book is the first streaming-only record to be recognized by the Recording Academy.
Chance The Rapper achieves seven nominations, including best new artist, without ever releasing a physical album or digital download.
Beyonce and Adele go head to head with Justin Bieber, Drake and Sturgill Simpson in the best album category.
If Adele wins, she will become only the second woman to receive the best album prize twice, after Taylor Swift.
Notably absent from the shortlist is David Bowie, who was tipped to win for his critically-acclaimed Blackstar album.
The record does make an appearance in the best alternative album category, as does Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool.
Coldplay have also fared badly, receiving just one nomination – best music video – despite selling millions of copies of their latest album, A Head Full Of Dreams.
Prince receives a posthumous nomination for his final album, Hit N Run Phase Two, in the best engineered, non-classical category, where Blackstar also makes the shortlist.
British star James Corden will host
The 2017 Grammy Awards, which take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12, will be hosted by James Corden.
‘Contemporary music’ is a very vague term. It means different things to different people. In fact, governments around the world have actually brought specialists together to try and create a definition of what it is, and they have so far struggled to come up with something that is acceptable to everybody. Most, however, have defined it as being music that is being performed, recorded and written in the present time. As such, it can include any type of genre, such as country, blues, dance, electronic, folk, experimental, funk, jazz, hip hop, pop, metal, roots, rock, world and more. In fact, even classical music can be included in it, so long as it is written, recorded and/or performed today.
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What Do You Learn at College?
A lot of people interested in learning about music are considering entering contemporary music college. But considering the vague and wide definition listed above, it becomes very unclear what they will actually learn while they are there. You may be surprised to find out, therefore, that you will earn a huge variety of different things and that you will have many choices in terms of the programs you can follow.
Perhaps you are interested in performance programs, for instance, of which there are many. This will teach you how to take to the stage and actually become a performing artist. It is up to you to decide the genre and instrument or instruments you would want to play on stage. While you will learn about contemporary music performance, much of the curriculum will be based on traditional disciplines of music, which still influence the world today.
Or perhaps you are more interested in working in the entertainment industry. Not everybody who is interested in contemporary music wants to be a composer or performer, after all. You may be far more interested in the actual creation of music that is written by others. Perhaps you want to start a recording studio or manage a band, for example.
There are also alternative programs, which are far more flexible. These are an opportunity for you to pick and choose the elements that you are personally interested in, creating a program that is all about you and your own strengths. Because contemporary music is so wide-ranging, it stands to reason that degree programs are equally wide and flexible.
These are just a few of the options available to you. It is important to understand that contemporary music is a true discipline that people learn about. It has transcended the world of Julliard, for instance, where people learn about classical music and techniques in today’s world. While that is still important and relevant, it is equally important to bring the modern world into the classical, thereby creating a new discipline in which the music of Mozart is as important and valued as that of Beyonce, for instance. Music is a form of art and a form of expression, in which all genres are valued equally.
Beyonce has surprised fans with a new single and video, released on April 4 to the Tidal streaming service, in which she is a co-owner with her husband Jay Z.
Die With You is a simple ballad, which Beyonce performs alone, seated behind a black baby grand piano.
“I wake up just to sleep with you,” Beyonce sings to the cameraman who, at the end of the video, is revealed to be Jay Z.
Beyonce and Jay Z celebrate their seventh anniversary this weekend.
Both of them are co-owners in Tidal, which was re-launched last week in a star-studded New York ceremony.
Artists including Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Jack White, Kanye West, Madonna, Rihanna and Usher all appeared at the event, signing a declaration that promised to “re-establish the value of music” and protect “the sustainability of the music industry”.
Tidal pitches itself as “the first artist-owned global music and entertainment platform” and promises musicians a greater share of royalties when their music is streamed on the site.
Key to attracting consumers away from rivals like Spotify, Deezer and Rdio is the promise of exclusive content, of which the Beyonce track is the first high-profile example.
Kanye West and Taylor Swift looked like they had made up at the Grammy awards last week.
In 2009, Kanye West stormed the VMAs stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for the Best Female Video award saying that “Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time” and deserved the prize.
As the 2009 incident is behind them, now Kanye West has said he and Taylor Swift are “definitely” going to go into the studio together.
Kanye West was asked on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show if he would collaborate with Taylor Swift.
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“Yeah, she wants to get in the studio and we’re definitely going to go in.
“Any artist with an amazing point of view, perspective, fan base – I’m down to get in the studio and work.
“I don’t discriminate, I don’t have an elitism of music because of like how many Grammys or you know, the amount of ratings you get on an album.
“I that think everyone loves music whether they love hip-hop, alternative, country, and if I could be involved in giving people any type of energy, advice in the studio, whether you’re Beyonce, whether you’re Taylor Swift, whether you’re Jay-Z, whether you’re Beck, whoever.”
Kanye West was asked about the interview he gave to E! at the Grammys, where he said Beck should “respect artistry” and give his best album award to Beyonce.
The rapper was also asked about his new project, Five Four Seconds, with Rihanna and Paul McCartney.
“Hey everyone, America, I’m not comparing myself to John Lennon, I’m just saying I’m angst a bit like John Lennon. And the [tension creates] a new magic.
“The pressure creates the diamond from the coal. And he came in with the best vibes ever, and I said, <<Four, five, seconds from wildin>>,’ and he said, <<It’s great everyone!>> and we just had that.”
Kanye West started to interrupt Beck as he collects his Best Album Grammy Award, echoing his infamous 2009 on stage faux pas with Taylor Swift.
Prince was on stage announcing that Beck had won the Album of the Year award for his record Morning Phase.
“Like books and black lives, albums still matter – tonight and always,” the music legend said.
As Beck collected his award and walked up to the microphone, Kanye West approached the stage.
The audience gasped and jeered in horror thinking they will witness a repeat performance of one of the most cringeworthy moments in award ceremony history.
Kanye West famously interrupted Taylor Swift when she beat Beyoncé at the MTV VMA in 2009, shouting: “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”
Sam Smith was the big winner at last night’s Grammy Awards ceremony, taking four prizes including record and song of the year and best new artist.
The 22-year-old British soul singer was rewarded for being the only solo artist to sell more than a million albums in both the UK and US in 2014.
Pharrell Williams, Beyonce and Rosanne Cash, daughter of country legend Johnny Cash, won three awards each.
Beck won two, including best album.
Madonna, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney were among those performing at the Los Angeles ceremony.
Sam Smith has cemented his place as one of pop’s biggest stars just nine months after the release of his debut album In the Lonely Hour.
Accepting the trophy for record of the year, he said: “I want to thank the man who this record is about, who I fell in love with last year.
“Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys.”
Sam Smith also performed his hit Stay With Me on stage with Mary J. Blige.
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As well as record and song of the year for Stay With Me and best new artist, Sam Smith won best pop vocal album.
He lost out on the best album award to long-serving indie troubadour Beck, who was honored for his 12th studio LP Morning Phase. It also won best rock album.
“We made this record at my house for the most part, so I would like to thank my kids for letting me keep them awake a little bit longer,” he said.
Pharrell Williams’ Girl won best urban contemporary album, while Happy won best music video and best pop solo performance. He performed that hit on the night with pianist Lang Lang and composer Hans Zimmer.
Drunk In Love, Beyonce’s collaboration with her husband Jay-Z, was named best R&B performance and best R&B song. Beyonce also won best surround sound album.
The other triple winner, Rosanne Cash, picked up the best American roots performance and song awards for A Feather’s Not A Bird and best Americana album.
Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne won best dance recording, while Aphex Twin won best dance/electronic album for Syro, his first album for 13 years.
Ed Sheeran, who had three nominations, went home empty-handed, but did join ELO’s Jeff Lynne on stage to perform at the ceremony.
Other performers on the night included Paul McCartney, Kanye West and Rihanna, who teamed up to play their joint composition FourFiveSeconds.
Madonna was joined by male dancers wearing glittering masks and horns to perform Living For Love, from her new album Rebel Heart.
There were also duets between Jessie J and Tom Jones; Hozier and Annie Lennox; and Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.
The ceremony departed from pure entertainment for a segment in which President Barack Obama sent a recorded video message in support of a campaign against domestic violence.
An abuse victim from Texas then delivered a poignant message about her own experiences.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have attended a basketball game in New York as about 200 people demonstrated nearby against incidents of police violence in the US.
The royals met player LeBron James and Jay-Z and Beyonce at the Barclays Center, where the Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Brooklyn Nets.
LeBron James – commonly known as King James – presented them with Cavaliers shirts.
He was among stars to wear T-shirts protesting against police violence.
The T-shirts carried the words “I can’t breathe”. They refer to last words spoken by Eric Garner, a black man who died after being held in an apparent chokehold by a white New York police officer.
It was the sixth straight night of protests in the city, following the December 3 decision by a grand jury not to press charges over the incident.
Activists staged a “die in” lying on the pavement outside the arena.
Prince William and Kate Middleton sat courtside for the final two quarters of the basketball match at the end of the first full day of their US visit.
Images of Prince William, casually dressed in a blue and red checked shirt, and Kate Middleton in a grey jacket and jeans, were flashed up on the arena’s big screen, to cheers from the crowd.
Jay-Z and his singer wife Beyonce chatted to the royal couple during an interval.
At the end of the game, LeBron James, who led the Cavaliers to a 110-88 victory over the Nets, presented them with a Cavaliers shirt marked Cambridge and another carrying the name of their one-year-old son Prince George.
Earlier in the day, Prince William held talks with President Barack Obama at the White House and delivered a speech to the World Bank on wildlife crime.
Kate Middleton, who is five months pregnant with her second child, stayed in New York and visited a children’s centre in Harlem.
They both later attended a reception to highlight wildlife conservation efforts at the British Consul General’s residence where they met the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea.
The final day of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s three-day trip will include a technology reception for UK and US entrepreneurs at the Empire State Building and a visit to the memorial to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terror attacks.
Beyonce has released the video music for her single 7/11.
7/11 is the sixth single from her self-titled album which came out last year.
The three and a half minute clip shows Beyonce dancing around an apartment building and hotel, accompanied by friends.
Scenes include the construction of a human pyramid and a scene in which Beyoncé bounces on her bed.
Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, is being seen on her bed during some scenes.
The video appears to have been shot on a mobile phone, lacking the professional production of most videos. At one point Beyonce picks up the camera and points it at herself, mimicking the popular “selfie” style of photography.
Activities depicted in the video appear to be a reference to US “sorority” culture at the American universities.
Beyoncé’s latest album has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.
Solange Knowles was pictures with raised, itchy-looking blemishes all over her face and neck as she left her New Orleans wedding venue on November 16 after tying the knot with producer Alan Ferguson.
According to TMZ, Solange Knowles broke out in hives after she suffered a food allergy, as she clambered into the back of a waiting car with her sister, Beyonce, and brother-in-law, Jay-Z.
A source told gossip website: “Solange suffered some kind of food allergy, though she isn’t sure what it was from….the hives were gone in a matter of minutes.”
Solange Knowles sparked speculation she and Alan Ferguson – who she began dating in 2008 – were getting married after posting an Instagram picture of herself and the director swimming in an ocean while holidaying on her birthday in June.
Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, has married video director and music producer Alan Ferguson on November 16 in New Orleans wedding ceremony.
Solange Knowles, 28, and Alan Ferguson, 51, were joined by their close friends and family, including bride’s sister Beyonce and brother-in-law Jay-Z.
Another special guest at the ceremony was Solange Knowles’s son from her previous marriage to Daniel Smith, 10-year-old Daniel Julez.
All were guests encouraged to wear white.
Solange Knowles has married video director and music producer Alan Ferguson in New Orleans (photo Beyonce Instagram)
The couple tied the knot at the Holy Trinity Church in New Orleans in front of 100 friends and family.
Solange Knowles wore a long caped gown by Humberto Leon for Kenzo for the nuptials but arrived at the ceremony in a Stephane Rolland cream jump suit, having travelled there on a white-painted bicycle decorated with cream roses.
Beyoncé wore a creation called Torn by Ronny Kobo Maggie Lasso Diamonds Dress.
The wedding reception took place at New Orleans’s Marigny Opera House.
Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, has bought the Armand de Brignac champagne brand.
New York wine and spirits company Sovereign Brands said it had sold the luxury brand to Jay-Z for an undisclosed amount.
The champagne, also known as “Ace of Spades”, is produced in the French town of Chigny-les-Roses by eight people.
Jay-Z has bought the Armand de Brignac champagne brand
The golden-bottled champagne, which featured in a 2006 Jay-Z music video, sells for $300.
Jay-Z, 44, has been known for his love of the champagne, which is bottled at a winemaking house founded in 1763. He reportedly displayed 350 bottles of the drink at a fundraiser that he and his wife Beyonce Knowles threw for President Barack Obama in a New York night club in 2012.
The acquisition is the latest addition to Jay-Z’s vast business interests outside of his music, which include a clothing line, restaurants and a recording label.
Jay-Z is considered the third richest hip-hop artist in the world with an estimated net worth of $520 million, according to Forbes magazine.
Beyonce and Jay-Z star in three short films made by photographer and filmmaker Dikayl Rimmasch, who revealed the rapper’s vision for these artsy-looking pieces.
Dikayl Rimmasch said: “In my first conversation on the telephone with Jay-Z he explained his concept of On the Run. He said: <<We’re not trying to do this literally, it’s not that we’re Bonnie and Clyde. We’re on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliché. On the run from doing the same thing again>>.”
The description for first film, titled Bang Bang: Part 1, reads: “Two American outlaws speed through the Californian desert in a dusty 1960s Pontiac GTO with a manifest poise and stylish swagger that could only be embodied by the world’s foremost musical couple: Beyonce and Jay-Z.”
Dikayl Rimmasch recalled of Jay-Z’s vision: “Everything he mentioned was a level of consciousness he has for staying alive as an entertainer and as a human being.”
“He wanted to keep it more abstract because for him it was very abstract. How do you stay new, not just to your audience but also yourself?”
Beyonce and Jay-Z star in three short films made by photographer and filmmaker Dikayl Rimmasch
Dikayl Rimmasch said of the duo: “Beyonce and Jay Z are two very intelligent, insightful and thoughtful people, in an almost low-key way.”
“Which is how they got to where they are. They are very aware of people’s attitudes and what energy they are bringing. Once you fully realize that, then the pressure comes off and you just have to do what you’re good at.”
Bang Bang: Part 2 will be released on September 16 ahead of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s HBO special airing on September 20.
Beyonce and Jay-Z wrapped up their On the Run tour in Paris with an emotional performance. During the show, the power couple professed their love for one another and silenced any divorce rumors.
Beyonce told Jay-Z: “I’m your biggest fan. I love you.”
Jay-Z replied: “Greatest entertainer in the world. I love her. She’s my wife.”
Beyonce has covered the latest issue of CR Fashion Book and has talked about her daughter Blue Ivy calling her “my biggest muse” in the accompanying interview.
Beyonce, 32, is on the cover of the fifth issue of the publication, looking gorgeous in a bright floral oversized Yohji Yamamoto cape, paired with black heels.
Beyonce is on the cover of the fifth issue of CR Fashion Book (photo CR Fashion Book)
“It’s my daughter, she’s my biggest muse,” Beyonce says of Blue Ivy.
“There’s someone, we all find out soon, more important than ourselves to lose. I feel a deep bond with young children – all those photos in my dressing room – especially those who’ve been stricken. Children I’ve met across the years – they uplift me like pieces of moon and guide me, whispering in my ear.”
While she doesn’t directly address her husband Jay-Z, Beyonce goes on to reflect on herself, her spirituality, and her stage persona.
This year’s MTV Video Music Awards show was closed by Beyonce with an epic nearly 20-minute performance.
Beyonce was joined onstage by her husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy which brought her to tears, amid numerous divorce rumors.
The singer accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Beyonce’s performance easily outdid her competition throughout the night, though she lost video of the year, which instead went to a teary Miley Cyrus who let a homeless man accept her award for video of the year.
It was in sharp contrast to the 2013 VMAs, when Miley Cyrus twerked and danced shockingly onstage.
“Thank y’all, my name is Jesse and I accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I am one of these people,” the man said, as Miley Cyrus looked on.
“Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight.”
Miley Cyrus’ decision to let someone else accept her award to promote a cause was reminiscent of Marlon Brando’s 1973 Academy Awards best actor win, when he gave a Native American activist the stage rather than accept his Oscar trophy.
Miley Cyrus let a homeless man accept her award for video of the year at the MTV VMA’s 2014 (photo Twitter)
The most shocking moment of the VMA show was Nicki Minaj’s rump-shaking during her performance of Anaconda. In the show’s first minutes Nicki Minaj suffered a wardrobe malfunction when she joined Ariana Grande and Jessie J for Bang, Bang.
Taylor Swift was a crowd favorite when she performed her new single Shake It Off in shimmery shorts and a crop top.
Ariana Grande, who held hands with rapper Big Sean backstage, kicked off the show with a performance of her EDM hit, Break Free in a Beyonce-inspired leotard. The 21-year-old won best pop video for her smash single Problem, but lost best female video to Katy Perry, who won for the hit Dark Horse.
Katy Perry sported a figure-hugging denim dress and was joined by Riff Raff in a coordinating outfit, mirroring Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears at the 2001 American Music Awards.
The night featured a serious social message along with the performances. Rapper-actor Common held a moment of silence for Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a police officer on August 9, before he presented the award for best hip-hop video.
“Hip-hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change, from Melle Mel to Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar,” Common said.
“Hip-hop has always been presented a voice for the revolution.”
Later, a 15-second spot aired alluding to the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, urging viewers to take action to eliminate bias.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” a quote by author James Baldwin read on the screen.
Lorde won best rock video for Royals and Ed Sheeran won best male video, beating out Pharrell Williams, Eminem, John Legend and Sam Smith, who was a show highlight with his smoldering performance of his hit Stay With Me.
Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora appeared onstage as spider women when they performed their hit Black Widow, as Taylor Swift, Lorde and Charli XCX danced and sang along.
Beyonce posted new pictures of herself, husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy at a kart racing facility on her official site amid divorce rumors on August 15.
Beyonce, 32, posed holding her race helmet and getting behind the wheel. She showed off her toned abs in pink short shorts and a matching top, and at one point donned a canary yellow piece of clothing to cover her face.
Beyonce posted new pictures of herself, husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy at a kart racing facility (photo Beyonce/Tumblr)
In another snapshot, Jay-Z, 44, held hands with 2-year-old Blue Ivy as they walked around the indoor racetrack. Blue Ivy wore a white dress and accessorized with pink sandals.
However, Beyonce and Jay-Z’s relationship behind closed doors is quite different than their recent friendly outing.
Last month, Us Weekly reported that Beyonce “is done” with the six-year marriage once they finish their remaining On the Run shows in Paris, France.
Beyonce and Jay-Z reportedly “stayed separately” while in New York and L.A. and she has even been spotted scouting out apartments in Manhattan.
Jay-Z’s alleged mistress, rapper and model LIV, has released an open letter to Beyonce in a new video called Sorry Mrs. Carter.
“Why don’t you tell these girls how to be wives? Why don’t you tell these girls how to act around yo’ husband,” LIV raps.
Jay-Z’s alleged mistress LIV has released an open letter to Beyonce in a new video called Sorry Mrs. Carter (photo YouTube)
LIV has been the center of gossip fodder with many tabloids claiming she is to blame for Jay-Z’s rumored extramarital affairs and goes on the defensive explaining that she never slept with Jay-Z.
“Y’all misinformed, y’all misconstrued. Be a lonely chick before I be number two,” she suggests.
According to ETOnline, LIV made the song and video after she heard Beyonce and Nicki Minaj’s remix of Flawless because she didn’t like it. She hasn’t heard from Jay-Z or Beyonce but wants to be clear that she was not Jay-Z’s mistress even though she could have been.
Rumors of Jay-Z’s infidelity has plagued the couple for years but speculation that the couple is headed for splits-ville is stronger than ever.
Citing an unnamed source, People Magazine reported: “Word around the industry has been that things are rocky at home.”
The source added: “If they split, no one would be surprised.”
Beyonce and Jay-Z just ended the North American leg of their On The Run tour in San Francisco.
Mya has slammed rumors suggesting she and Jay-Z have been secretly dating behind Beyonce’s back.
The singer blamed gossip-hungry bloggers for spreading the false speculation.
Mya found herself at the center of cheating allegations this week after a blind item posted on MediaTakeOut.com hinted that she has been Jay-Z’s mistress for 11 years.
Mya collaborated with Jay-Z on her 2000 song Best of Me
The online report didn’t refer to Mya by name, but described the woman as a “very short-named R&B singer who hasn’t had a hit in awhile”, and went on to state: “She basically lives off the generosity of Jay-Z and a couple of other guys.”
One fan asked Mya about the accusations directly via Instagram on Thursday and the singer, who collaborated with Jay-Z on her 2000 song Best of Me (Part 2), responded: “Never did, never was, never will [have an affair with Jay-Z].”
“Illegitimate, thirsty sources with no facts and that’s the <<media>> for you-especially today. I play second to no one, pay my own bills, have my own label, own management company, rely on God only and respect myself & marriage too much for nonsense.
“False rumors are crafted for ratings & numbers. And miserable, unhappy people need someone to judge to deter the attention away from their own misery and feel better about their miserable lives. If they did it to Jesus, they’ll do it to anyone. God bless.”
Speculation about the status of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s marriage began surfacing in May after surveillance footage of Solange Knowles attacking the rapper in a New York elevator emerged online.
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