Was this year's Grammys the beginning of the end for a white, male music industry?

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards appeared to be an exemplary model of diversity and progress as an unprecedented number of female artists — including Cardi B, making history as the first solo woman to win for rap album and Kacey Musgraves, who won the night’s album of the year prize — dominated the evening’s live performances.

Alicia Keys (not LL Cool J or James Corden) hosted. And a notable number of African American artists were nominated in mainstream categories outside of rap and R&B.

The Recording Academy’s fraught relationship with women and artists of color played a starring role during a ceremony that was as much an ode to diversity as it was a reparation effort.

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