Grammys are latest forum for fight over music payments

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Last night’s Grammy Awards served up the usual hoopla and back-patting. But a policy plea from singer Jennifer Hudson also underscored how 2015 is likely to be the year when a long-brewing fight comes to a head over how — and how much — musicians should be paid.

At the show, Hudson announced the launch of an artist group called the”Grammy Creators Alliance” that will advise the government on royalty issues, while One Republic singer Ryan Tedder told the audience “music activism is coming at exactly the right time. From the Turtles to Taylor Swift, longtime established and new generations are speaking out.”

While the speeches were short on specifics, a website for the group echoes recent rhetoric from the recording industry, and appears intended to pressure Congress into passing bills like last year’s proposed “Respect Act,” which called for awarding a windfall to older musicians.

The Grammys plea also comes after the Copyright Office last week published a 245-page report that suggests dramatic changes…

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