MYSQL LEFT JOIN matching tables including WHERE on LEFT JOINED table is returning 0 results.

I have a two tables...

Categories and Songs...

SELECT *
FROM categories t1
LEFT JOIN songs t2
ON t1.category_id = t2.song_id
WHERE t2.song_status != 'pending'
AND t2.song_status != 'inactive'
AND t2.song_status != 'studio'

problem is that I still want to show the categories even if there are no records... when I remove the WHERE I get what I want but obviously it's checking song_status and it doesn't exist from the LEFT JOIN.

Thanks for the help!
brihol44Asked:
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PortletPaulfreelancerCommented:
>>"I still want to show the categories even if there are no records"

SELECT *
FROM categories t1
LEFT JOIN songs t2
ON t1.category_id = t2.song_id
        AND t2.song_status != 'pending' 
        AND t2.song_status != 'inactive'
        AND t2.song_status != 'studio'

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when you place those conditions in the WHERE clause you create the equivalent of an INNER join.

An alternative to the above s to explicitly allow NULL from the join in addition to the where conditions:
SELECT
      *
FROM categories t1
      LEFT JOIN songs t2
                  ON t1.category_id = t2.song_id
WHERE (
          t2.song_status != 'pending'
      AND t2.song_status != 'inactive'
      AND t2.song_status != 'studio'
       )
      OR t2.song_id IS NULL
;

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