Published: Mon, February 11, 2019

Women top Grammys noms

Women top Grammys noms

There was a tie for best rap performance, and Drake was surprisingly not one of the winners.

Gaga's initial 2 wins were out of 5 nominations, including for both Record and Song of the Year for "Shallow", which she performed with co-star Bradley Cooper.

The biggest stars in music have descended on Hollywood for the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

Women artists scored nominations in all of the top categories, after being largely muted a year ago: Gaga, Carlile, rapper Cardi B and pop futurist Janelle Monae are among the frontrunners.

Kacey Musgraves has won two golden gramophones so far: "Space Cowboy" was voted best country song by the Recording Academy, while "Butterflies" won best country solo performance. "I'm especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year!"

In the pre-gala ceremony in Los Angeles, at which most of the more than 80 prizes are handed out, folk rocker Carlile - this year's most nominated woman - won her first 3 Grammys ever, in the Americana and American Roots categories.


Women were strongly represented at this year's Grammys. Kendrick Lamar leads with eight nominations, followed by Drake with seven and Brandi Carlile with six. Alicia Keys had the support of her love Swizz Beatz from the moment she stepped out on the starry night.

It's been an exceptionally tiring few months for the entertainment world, between fervent backlash to the Super Bowl halftime show lineup and the hullabaloo over who would host the Oscars (no one), how many nominations polarising films Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody would receive (five each), how many original song nominees would be performing live (all of them, apparently thanks to Lady Gaga) and, well. we could go on.

Six of the best new artist nominees are women, including H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith. "This is just the beginning of moving to a more inclusive future".

Women are hoping to get their due after the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - told them past year to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night. He later acknowledged that it was a "poor choice of words", and his much-criticized remarks forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity. This marks yet another rough year for the Grammys. A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute.

Others set to perform Sunday include Cardi B, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, Travis Scott, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Diana Ross, J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Little Big Town, Post Malone and Chloe x Halle. There will be awkward moments, but a planned tribute to Aretha Franklin, which will be performed by Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day, had better be one to remember.

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