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All About That ... Ragtime? Why Were The Songs At The Grammys So Old?

The average age of a Grammy song performed on Sunday's show was more than 16.

The Recording Academy delights in creating "moments" at the annual Grammy Awards every year by pairing contemporary artists with legends for performances that are often... interesting.

And while we didn't get to hear such new, nominated, and chart-crushing tunes as "All About That Bass," "Fancy," "Shake It Off," "i," "Anaconda," or "Let It Go" during Sunday night's ceremony, there were more than two-dozen performances to fill the broadcast's nearly four-hour slot.

But, if watching Jessie J and Tom Jones sing the the Righteous Brothers' 1964 hit "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" felt a little dated to you, then you weren't alone.

Sure, the Grammy awards golden gramophones to everything from classical to country and up to metal, hip-hop and EDM, in theory taking us from the oldest recorded sounds to the most modern beats and rhymes. But after some number's crunching, what we discovered was that the average age of the songs performed on the show was, well, about the same as a kid getting his driver's license for the first time.

Here are some other numbers to consider:

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