Women Artists 'Step Up' in Grammy Nominations

Posted December 08, 2018

Bebe Rexha is out of place in the "Best New Artist" category.

While male acts dominated the nominations in the main categories last year, five of this year's best album nominees are women, with Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, HER, Janelle Monae and Kacey Musgraves competing against Drake, Post Malone and the Black Panther soundtrack.

Quebec City chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy backed the American counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo on ARC, nominated as one of the year's best classical solo vocal albums. J. Cole - "Pretty Little Fears" Childish Gambino - "This Is America" Kendrick Lamar & SZA - "All the Stars" Post Malone ft.

Cardi B had a monumental year, but "Invasion of Privacy" isn't "Album of the Year" material.

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Image: Drake is nominated for seven awards. Fellow Black Panther song "King's Dead" was nominated for Best Rap Performance and Rap Song.

Just behind Lamar in number of nominations is Drake, who earned seven.

Cardi B, Gaga, H.E.R., Morris, Gambino, producer Sounwave and engineer Mike Bozzi scored five nominations each.

But the big news is the high number of women nominees, after being largely left out a year ago.

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Six of the 2019 nominees for Best New Artist are women, whose presence in the top categories marked a sharp departure from the previous gala, which saw women snubbed in the major prizes.

Women performers were underrepresented in the top four categories and in the awards broadcast at the Grammys earlier this year, but will have a strong presence at the upcoming show.

It forced the academy to launch a new taskforce focused on inclusion and diversity; Portnow also announced he would be leaving the academy in 2019. Monáe, herself snagged an Album Of The Year nomination for her most recent project, Dirty Computer. His album "Ye" did not receive any nods.

But the nominations also resulted in snubs for some of the music industry's biggest stars, such as Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake, among others.

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The Grammys seem intent upon rewarding the embattled musical veteran - whose best music came in the '90s, in the form of oddball rock with a twisty take on hip-hop trends - for music that's thoroughly pleasant, but rarely much more.

"Shallow" (co-written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt) is one of the biggest and most popular songs for a movie soundtrack in recent memory - and for good reason.

No Canadians were nominated for best comedy album.

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