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In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by Paul Grein, Billboard’s awards editor, for a discussion of the Grammy Awards and how they align with the charts and pop consensus. Paul says Grammy voters do their best with the long list of eligible songs and albums each year, but a narrower field would produce better results. In response to Chris’s proposed Grammy guidelines, Paul offers his own ideas—including going back to just five nominees in the big categories.