Women shine in grAmmy nom­i­nA­tion

The Sunday Guardian - - The Week -

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.

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