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Cultural critic Wesley Morris says George Michael's music video for the song "Faith" was boundary-pushing. "You are allowed to look at this body in a way that you weren't allowed to look at Elvis' when he danced," Morris says. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On The Men Who Rattled Pop's Gender Rules — And What It Means To Lose Them Now

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Taylor Mac, performing at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn in October. "It felt a little bit like a ritual sacrifice," Mac says. "I came home and I fell asleep at the dinner table." Teddy Wolff/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Taylor Mac On Making A Better World In 24 Hours

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The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini's self-titled album is out now. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In The Colorist, Emiliana Torrini Has Met Her True Match

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NPR Music critic Ann Powers says David Bowie's Blackstar "carries us into the next realm but at the same time violently engages with the struggle to live and to die." YouTube hide caption

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On The Enduring Power Of David Bowie's Parting Gift

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George Michael performs at the Sports Arena in San Diego, Calif. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Ann Powers On George Michael's Radical Impact

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Jordan Roseman, better known as DJ Earworm, uses only sounds from the year's top 25 pop songs to make his annual mix. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'It Feels Like Our World Is Fracturing': DJ Earworm Breaks Down His 2016 Mashup

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George Michael, Singer Of 'Freedom '90,' 'Faith,' 'Last Christmas,' Dies At 53

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Amy Grant's new album, Tennessee Christmas, is out now. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Amy Grant On Faith, Songwriting And Christmas Blues

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Mitski's song "Your Best American Girl" is one of Stephen Thompson's favorites of 2016. Ebru Yildiz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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What 2016 Sounded Like

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The Maccabeats, a New York a cappella group with over 13 million views on YouTube, recently rewrote songs from the hit musical Hamilton to tell the story of Hanukkah. YouTube hide caption

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They'll Tell The Story Of Eight Nights: The Maccabeats Mash Up Hamilton And Hanukkah

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