The 2020 Grammy nominations are in and women are leading the way, especially in the four major categories: record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist.
The most nominations of any artist went to Lizzo, who received eight nods, four of which are in the top four categories. Her album Cuz I Love You is up for album of the year, while Truth Hurts is nominated in both record of the year and song of the year. She is also up for best new artist.
THIS HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE YEAR FOR MUSIC AND IM JUST SO THANKFUL TO EVEN BE PART OF IT https://t.co/5YT4Axx221
— Feelin Good As Hell (@lizzo) November 20, 2019
17-year-old pop sensation Billie Eilish is the youngest artist to ever be nominated in all four of the most prestigious categories. She has a total of six nominations, including song of the year for her chart topping single Bad Guy and album of the year for When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
New faces aside, some of music’s biggest names are also in the running for the major categories.
Ariana Grande has five nominations, including album of the year for Thank U, Next and record of the year, as well as best pop solo performance for 7 Rings.
Beyonce is up for four awards, while Taylor Swift, Camila Cabello and Lana Del Rey have all earned nominations.
The best pop solo performance category boasts an impressive all-female line up, with Beyonce, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Lizzo and Taylor Swift going head to head for the award.
Five of the eight nominees for album of the year are women, including Lana Del Rey, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Lizzo and HER.
While it seems women are finally getting the recognition they deserve from the Recording Academy, there is one genre where women are still failing to be recognised.
In all rap related categories (best rap performance, best rap/sung performance, best rap song and best rap album), only one woman – Cardi B – is up for a nomination. And it’s only for a feature in Offset’s song Clout.
In 2018, the Grammy awards came under fire when only one woman, Alessia Cara, won an award during the televised ceremony.
When asked about the lack of female representation, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said women needed to “step up because I think they would be welcome.”
“I don’t have personal experience of those kinds of brick walls that you face but I think it’s upon us – us as an industry – to make the welcome mat very obvious.”
At this year’s awards in February, Dua Lipa famously took a jab at Portnow during her acceptance speech after winning best new artist.
“Where I want to begin is by saying how honoured I am to be nominated alongside so many incredible female artists, because I guess this year we really stepped up!”