The 62nd Grammy Award Nominations were announced Wednesday and awards will take place on 26 Jan at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Five of the eight albums of the year nominees are women, with Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, and Ariana Grande leading the way.
Lizzo led the pack with eight nods, while Billie Eillish and Lil Nas X followed close behind with six nominations each. All three musicians are first-time Grammy nominees.
Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey among the front-runners. Lizzo and Billie Eilish are shortlisted in all of the ceremony’s “big four” categories: best new artist, best song, best record, and best album.
Only one artist, Christopher Cross, has won all four awards in a single year.
Two years after the head of the Grammys said women need to “step up” if they wanted to be recognized, female artists are dominating the 2020 nominations.
As she picked up the best new artist trophy, British star Dua Lipa drove home the point, saying: “I guess this year we really stepped up.”
To be clear, the 2020 nominees all earned their place on merit. There’s no quota system in place.
The Recording Academy’s new president, Deborah Dugan, commented on the phenomenon as she announced the shortlist for best pop solo performance in Los Angeles.
“Wow, that’s a lot of women,” she quipped. “Just saying.'”
And Lil Nas X received multiple nominations for his country-rap crossover Old Town Road, which spent a record-breaking 19 weeks at number one in the US earlier this year. She posted a simple but explosive: “NO WAY” (with an expletive in between those two words).
Lewis Capaldi also received a nod for Song of the Year for ‘Someone You Loved’ which is currently number one in the US. She tweeted, “This has been an incredible year for music and I’m just so thankful to even be part of it. “We are all winners.”
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