Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars chalked up the most Grammy nominations in a year when hip hops looks like it will dominate. There were, of course, snubs and surprises.

+ “In a small workshop here, John Billings and his team of three craftsmen cast, hammer, polish and assemble each of the little gold gramophones. There are no robots, no assembly lines. Just century-old hammers, files and endless patience.” LA Times: This is where the Grammys are born. (They should give awards for trophies…)

+ Rolling Stone: 50 best albums of 2017.