More women on list as Gram­mys find new groove


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AF­TER A year in which women were barely rep­re­sented at all, de­spite the “me too” move­ment cir­cling around it, the record­ing in­dus­try had been at pains not to give any­one the nee­dle.

The short­list for its an­nual Grammy Awards, to be pre­sented in Los An­ge­les in Fe­bru­ary, was the most in­clu­sive for some time, and took in a ver­i­ta­ble juke box of ev­er­green names, as well as cur­rently fash­ion­able artists.

Bar­bra Streisand, who won her first two Gram­mys in 1963 and went on to col­lect six more, is short­listed for her cur­rent al­bum, The Mu­sic...The Mem’ries...

The Magic. Oth­ers on the list in­clude Tony Ben­nett and Diana Krall, who per­form duets on Love Is Here to Stay.

The same cat­e­gory, tra­di­tional pop vo­cal al­bum, also sees the coun­try vet­eran Wil­lie Nel­son nom­i­nated, as well as singer Gre­gory Porter for an al­bum of Nat “King” Cole stan­dards.

The late Elvis Pres­ley is an­other per­former nom­i­nated by proxy, for the film The King, in which his trans­for­ma­tion from coun­try boy is used as a metaphor for the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Life In 12 Bars, a documentary about the rock gui­tarist Eric Clapton, is also short­listed as best mu­sic film, along with works about the singer Whit­ney Hous­ton, pro­ducer Quincy Jones and vi­o­lin­ist Itzhak Perl­man. The sound­track for the film

A Star Is Born was re­leased too late to be el­i­gi­ble, but the sig­na­ture song, Shal­low, which was re­leased in ad­vance, earned nom­i­na­tions for its stars, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

The Bri­tish singer Dua Lipa tweeted that she “can’t stop cry­ing” over her two nom­i­na­tions, for best new artist and best dance record­ing.

In the first of those, she will com­pete with Jorja Smith, who is from Wal­sall in the West Mid­lands, and six other acts.

A third Bri­tish singer, Ella Mai, also re­ceived two nom­i­na­tions, PIC­TURES; PA WIRE. for song of the year and best rhythm and blues song.

The most nom­i­na­tions went to the rap artist Kendrick La­mar, who pro­duced the com­pi­la­tion sound­track for the fan­tasy movie, Black Pan­ther, which stars Chad­wick Bose­man, Michael B Jor­dan and Bri­ton Martin Free­man.

La­mar was short­listed eight times – seven of them for the film.

The most cov­eted award, for al­bum of the year, sees women mak­ing up five of the eight nom­i­nees.

Along­side La­mar, they are Cardi B, Kacey Mus­graves, Janelle Monae, H.E.R. and Brandi Carlile, along with Drake and Post Malone.

An­other mile­stone for women came in the non­clas­si­cal pro­ducer cat­e­gory, with recognition for the song­writer Linda Perry. She is first fe­male nom­i­nee since 2004.

SONG STAL­WARTS: Bar­bra Streisand, 76, per­form­ing at the 53rd an­nual Grammy Awards in 2011; Tony Ben­nett, 92, who has been nom­i­nated for a Grammy with an al­bum of duets with Diana Krall; Lady Gaga who has been nom­i­nated for a song from her movie A Star Is Born,

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