Mag Editors Explains Alicia Keys Success

Mary Huhn of spoke with Alan Light, editor of Spin, for his thoughts on why was such a big winner at Wednesday’s Grammy awards in Los Angeles. Light explained, “She hits all the right Grammy-voter buttons. She’s a talented singer/songwriter, but hip-hop-inflected, which is tied to a classic R&B tradition, but she’s young, and she looks the way she looks.” As for India.Arie going home empty handed, Joe Levy, music editor of Rolling Stone said, “It was such a surprise she got the nominations. To her credit, what India does isn’t as totally polished and crafted as Alicia.”

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