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The Plugged In Show, Episode 223: Beyoncé, the Grammys and Dune: Part Two


If you look at Beyoncé’s Wikipedia page, it’ll tell you that she’s a “singer, songwriter, producer, director, businesswoman, dancer, actress, philanthropist.” Well, now you can add country music star to the list. Yep, Queen Bey is wearing a cowboy hat these days, notching another No. 1 hit with her song “Texas Hold ‘Em.

But she’s hardly the only woman making waves in the world of music. Look at the list of major Grammy winners, and you’ll find it dominated by divas: Miley Cyrus, SZA, Billie Eilish, Lainey Wilson, Karol G and, oh, someone named Taylor Swift all took home hardware from the February awards show.

Our own musical diva, Kristin Smith, sits down with Adam Holz and Jonathan McKee to talk about Beyoncé, the Grammys and tell you everything you need to know about today’s hottest female performers.

And after you listen to that spicey conversation, we’ll fly to the planet Arrakis and talk about spice of an entirely different sort. That’s right, we’ll be digging into Dune: Part Two—a movie expected to earn upwards of $80 million this weekend in North America. Yep, it’ll be a big deal. But should it be? Adam and I will discuss this sprawling sci-fi story and unearth any problematic content sandworms that might be slithering under the surface.

So don your stillsuit, slap in those earbuds and listen to our own melodious conversation, won’t you? And once you’re done listening, join in. Do you have a favorite musical artist? What musical genre should Beyoncé tackle next? Are you planning to see Dune: Part Two? Tell us in the comments section. Or talk with us on Facebook and Instagram. Send us an email (at [email protected]) or even leave us a voicemail on our homepage. Why, you can even sing your favorite Beyoncé song, if you’d like.

And as always, thanks for listening.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

One Response

  1. I found the baby sandworm, of all things, disproportionately upsetting. And yes, I also heard the same f-word you thought you did (late in the movie, in one of the battle scenes where desert winds and many other sound effects are raging loudly anyway). For people who can deal with this, however, watch on *the biggest* screen you can find.