Women shine in grAmmy nominAtion
LOS ANGELES: Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake led Grammy Award nominations on Friday, but Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Brandi Carlile and American newcomer H.E.R helped make it a female-dominated line-up for the year’s top prizes in the music industry.
Ten-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello were among the biggest snubs in top categories that were dominated by hip-hop and R&B.
Canada’s Drake, the most-streamed artist of 2018, won eight nominations, including album of the year for and both song and record of the year for his single
Five of the expanded eight nominees in the album of the year race were women—Cardi B’s Janelle Monae’s folk singer Brandi Carlile’s
country singer Kacey Musgraves’ and newcomer H.E.R.’s self-titled Rapper Post Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys” and the soundtrack to hit movie “Black Panther,” which was produced by Lamar, round out the album of the year field.
Lamar, the first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize for music, Drake, Cardi B and Carlile also garnered nominations for record of the year. The Recording Academy, whose members choose the Grammys, this year expanded to eight from five the number of nominees in the top four categories - record, song and album of the year, and best new artist - to allow a more diverse line-up.