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And the Winner Is ... Conflict: Communist-Era Crooner and Far-Right Metal Band Share a Spotlight

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PRAGUE — When the Czech Republic celebrated its equivalent of the annual Grammy Awards, the winner of the top award for a male singer was all too predictable: the crooner Karel Gott, for the 42nd time.

More so than any of his contemporaries, this 78-year-old performer known as the “Golden Voice of Prague,” who first took the prize in 1964, has outlived epochs and transcended politics. Today, Gott garners appreciation from all generations while also serving as a source of nostalgia for those who lived under communism

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