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2021 Grammys through 2020 glasses: Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, and their impact on this year’s race

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With this year’s Grammy Awards getting closer and closer, talk about the impact of current cultural events like Black Lives Matter on nominations is growing. It’s almost inevitable that the awards will, in some way or another, reflect the current sociopolitical climate in the US and the world.

The Grammys have a history of problems with inclusion. Many have criticized them for not honoring predominantly Black genres like hip-hop and R&B in the general field as much as pop and rock. Consider the recent losses of massively acclaimed albums by Black artists, most noticeably “Lemonade” and “Beyoncé” by Beyoncé, “To Pimp A Butterfly” and “DAMN” by Kendrick Lamar, and “Channel Orange” by Frank Ocean. Furthermore, hip-hop rarely wins in the Record and Song of the Year categories. As of 2020, only one hip-hop song has won those top honors (“This Is America” by Childish Gambino) despite hip-hop songs being nominated almost every year in the 21st century.

However, even before the George Floyd protests in May, the recording academy has been implementing changes to increase diversity in the voting membership and the awards themselves. One of these changes was appointing Valeisha Butterfield Jones as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. The academy has also invited more voters, a lot of whom are from underrepresented groups. According to their New Members demographic, over 37% of new members are non-Caucasian, and 48% are women.

It’s expected that we’ll see a more diverse group of nominees this year. Songs directly addressing the movement for Black lives, like H.E.R.’s “I Can’t Breathe” and Lil Baby’s “The Bigger Picture,” are in the hunt for major nominations, as well as albums like Run the Jewels’s massively acclaimed, politically charged “RTJ4.” We might see a more diverse set of winners this year too. According to Gold Derby’s official odds, all four general field categories are led by Black artists (The Weeknd for Album, Song, and Record; Megan Thee Stallion for Best New Artist), and other big contenders in these categories include BIPOC artists DaBaby, Roddy Ricch, Rina Sawayama and Summer Walker, among others.

Another factor that will probably affect this year’s nominations is the global COVID-19 pandemic. With fewer promotional opportunities available for big stars for a good part of the year, perhaps we’ll see lesser-known artists get an unprecedented boost in nominations. Not only that, but the increased attention to social media might help those artists whose audiences are largely centered around the internet, like Tik-Tok favorite Doja Cat, or artists with huge social media followings like BTS and Justin Bieber.

Regardless of what this year’s Grammys bring, we’re looking forward to seeing the best of this season’s music honored and acknowledged, while hopefully also seeing how these new changes in the recording academy pan out.

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Be sure to make your Grammy predictions so that record executives and top name stars can see how their music is faring in our Grammy odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until nominees are announced. And join in the fierce debate over the 2021 Grammys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our music forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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Radhika Apte reveals real reason why she got married

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Radhika Apte needs no introduction to Kollywood fans after her appearance as Superstar Rajinikanth’s wife in ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa Ranjith.  The intense actress impressed with her performance of a meek girl to a mother of a grown-up and especially her reunion scene with Rajini took the audience on an emotional ride.

Radhika is happily married to her British boyfriend Benedict Taylor who is a singer and she shuttles between Mumbai and London to balance her personal and professional life.

Radhika Apte in her most recent interaction with Vikranth Massey on social media from London has admitted that she does not believe in the institution of marriage.  When asked why she got married the talented performer replied that it is easier for married people to get a British visa and that’s why she and her man opted for it in 2012.

Radhika is currently chilling with Taylor in their London home during the lockdown and will soon start filming her next English film ‘Noor Inayat Khan’ in which she plays a spy based on a true story.

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Jacqueline Fernandez shares picture of her being in ‘happy place’

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Actor Jacqueline Fernandez is working on a secret project where she found herself in a ‘happy place’. Taking it to Instagram on Sunday, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture dressed up like a traffic police officer as she is seen laughing her heart out.

“How was everyone’s Sunday?? Fun project coming up soon! #myhappyplace,” wrote Fernandez along with a picture where she is also seen holding a coffee mug. The ‘Kick’ actor also shared a few Instagram stories of her getting ready for the upcoming project.

Recently, the actor extended gratitude to her fans after the number of Instagram followers hit the 46 million mark.

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Why an ‘active’ approach to risk modelling is key to navigating markets today

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Whether investors are aiming for a cautious approach or a riskier investment profile with the potential for higher returns, Architas’ Blended Fund range is designed to match a range of investor risk appetites. And like many asset managers, Architas predominantly uses two approaches to define asset allocation within the five risk bands used in the Blended Range – strategic and tactical.

Whilst risk model provider EValue’s quantitative approach to asset allocation takes into account the long-term performance of different asset classes and the likely future performance given current valuations, along with long-term measures of volatility and correlations with other asset classes. Yet as with most systems of its kinds, EValue focuses on the long term; it is unable to analyse short-term market movements and fluctuations. So whilst it would have seen that in Q1 2020 markets fell by a record percentage before rebounding, it will not be able to factor in the cost of the coronavirus and lockdown and its impact on markets. Similarly, it is not able to consider ongoing Brexit woes, geo-political trade wars or the outcome of the US election in 2020.

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