The Many Women (and Very Few Men) of the Grammys: A Timeline

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Some critics are calling Esperanza Spalding's Best New Artist win at this year's Grammys an upset because she beat out Justin Bieber. But looking back at 40 years of winners in the category, Spalding's prize isn't a surprise at all—the Grammys have a long history of preferring women over their male counterparts.


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