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Sturgill Simpson, whose album “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” has been nominated for a Grammy for Album of the Year.

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Jake Giles Netter for The New York Times

The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in pop music criticism, trends and news.

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Another year, another installment of the Grammy Awards, which arrives with perhaps more than the usual baggage this year, operating under a cloud of concern after Mr. Ocean’s decision not to submit his music for consideration and with a front-runner face-off that, depending how the night goes, might tell a frustrating story about non-inclusion (or end up making “Sturgill Simpson” a popular search term). Throw in a testy political climate and a few stars — Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Chance the Rapper — who might be inclined to speak about it, and there is opportunity for rupture at almost every turn.

On Popcast this week, Mr. Caramanica was joined by the full New York Times team devoted to covering this ever-changing ecosystem: the chief pop music critic Jon Pareles, the pop music editor Caryn Ganz, the pop music reporter Joe Coscarelli and the music business reporter Ben Sisario.

Email us questions, thoughts, and suggestions at popcast@nytimes.com.

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