Fe­male voices take cen­ter stage at Gram­mys

The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - STAY CONNECTED -

Af­ter be­ing nearly muted at this year’s cer­e­mony, the 2019 Gram­mys are shap­ing up to be the year of the woman, with pow­er­ful fe­male voices rep­re­sent­ing the ma­jor­ity in two of the top cat­e­gories.

Kacey Mus­graves, H.E.R. and Janelle Monae, per­form­ers who play in­stru­ments, write or co-write all of their songs and are also listed as pro­duc­ers on their projects, earned nom­i­na­tions for the cov­eted al­bum of the year.

They are joined by singer-song­wri­terin­stru­men­tal­ist Brandi Carlile, whose re­cent al­bum is crit­i­cally ac­claimed and scored nom­i­na­tions in the big three cat­e­gories, and Cardi B – a for­mer strip­per, so­cial me­dia dar­ling and re­al­ity star who has be­come a pop cul­ture sen­sa­tion now com­pet­ing for both al­bum and record of the year.

Nom­i­nees for al­bum of the year at the 2018 Gram­mys only in­cluded one woman– Lorde – and she was not given a per­form­ing slot on the show.

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