Women well rep­re­sented in Grammy nom­i­na­tions

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY DAVID REED

WOMEN are heav­ily rep­re­sented in the four ma­jor cat­e­gories at the 2019 Grammy Awards fol­low­ing a year where their pres­ence was barely felt.

The Record­ing Acad­emy an­nounced yesterday that rap­per La­mar is the top con­tender with eight nom­i­na­tions.

Black Pan­ther: The Al­bum, Mu­sic From and In­spired By is up for al­bum of the year, a cat­e­gory where women make up five of the eight nom­i­nees.

Cardi B, Kacey Mus­graves, Janelle Monae, H.E.R. and Brandi Carlile also are up for the top prize, along with Drake and Post Malone.

The up­com­ing Gram­mys is the first where the acad­emy ex­tended its top four cat­e­gories from five nom­i­nees to eight.

The Pan­ther nom­i­na­tion would give La­mar a chance to win al­bum of the year af­ter los­ing three times.

The nom­i­nees for the 2019 Gram­mys mark a de­par­ture from this year’s show, where women were un­der-rep­re­sented in the top four cat­e­gories.

Of the eight best new artist nom­i­nees, six are women, in­clud­ing H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.

Rock band Greta Van Fleet and coun­try singer Luke Combs also earned nom­i­na­tions. An­other mile­stone for women is in the non-clas­si­cal pro­ducer of the year cat­e­gory, where song­writ­ing ex­traor­di­naire Linda Perry earned a nom­i­na­tion.

She is just the sev­enth woman ever nom­i­nated for prize and first since 2004.

Perry will com­pete with Phar­rell Wil­liams, Boi-1Da, Larry Klein and Kanye West, the only nom­i­na­tion he earned.

Taylor Swift, a two-time al­bum of the year win­ner, only earned one nom­i­na­tion, her Rep­u­ta­tion al­bum is up for best pop vo­cal al­bum.

Some acts scored their first nom­i­na­tions ever, in­clud­ing Florida Ge­or­gia Line, whose megahit Meant To Be with Rexha is up best coun­try duo/group per­for­mance.

Camila Ca­bello, Malone, Mendes, Dan + Shay and DJ Mus­tard are also first-time nom­i­nees.

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