At last! More female artists nominated for Grammy Awards

The Grammy Award nominations have been released and, drum roll please, female artists are well represented.

Unlike last year where there was only one female nominee in many categories and none at all in others – prompting much criticism and eye-rolling – 2019 is shaping up to be a different story.

Lady Gaga and Cardi B lead the female charge with five nominations each (behind Kendrick Lamar with eight and Drake with seven).

In the coveted Album of the Year category five women are nominated: Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R, Janelle Monae and Brandi Carlile. They’ll battle it out against Drake, Post Malone and Kendrick Lamar.

In the Best New Artist category six of the eight nominees are women including Brits Jorja Smith and Dua Lipa.

Another female Brit, Ella Mai, is up for two awards: Best R’n’B Song and Song of the Year for Boo’d Up.

It remains to be seen whether the increase in the number of female nominees will translate into more women actually winning awards (here’s hoping, the Grammys have a pretty bad track record, nine per cent of award recipients over the past six years have been women). But we’ll be watching on 10 February with our fingers crossed.

Website: www.grammy.com

Major category nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards

Album of the Year
By the Way, I Forgive You by Brandi Carlile
Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
Scorpion by Drake
H.E.R by H.E.R
Black Panther: The Album featuring Kendrick Lamar
Beerbongs & Bentleys by Post Malone
Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae
Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves

Record of the Year
The Joke by Brandi Carlile
I Like It by Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J. Balvin
This Is America by Childish Gambino
God’s Plan by Drake
Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
All the Stars by Kendrick Lamar and SZA
Rockstar by Post Malone feat. 21 Savage
The Middle by ZEDD, Maren Morris, and GREY

Song of the Year
All the Stars by Kendrick Lamar and SZA
Boo’d Up by Ella Mai
God’s Plan by Drake
In My Blood by Shawn Mendes
The Joke by Brandi Carlile
The Middle by ZEDD, Maren Morris, and GREY
Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
This Is America by Childish Gambino

Best New Artist
Luke Combs
Chloe X Halle
H.E.R
Dua Lipa
Margo Price
Greta Van Fleet
Bebe Rexha

MAIN IMAGE: Grammy nominee Jorja Smith.

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