Women Dominate Grammy Nominations

Lewis Collier
February 11, 2019

Actor/rapper Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino is among those to have apparently turned down the opportunity to perform at this year's Grammy Awards.

Brandi Carlile, the folk singer nominated for six Grammys including album, song and record of the year, looked to Monae and said: "Girl, I would vote you into presidency".

Before this year, Carlile's only other nomination as an artist came in 2016 when her previous record, "The Firewatcher's Daughter", was up for best Americana album.

If a three and a half hour award ceremony isn't enough for you, don't worry as Grammy.com has you covered with the Premiere Ceremony starting at 12.30pm PT (3.30pm PT, 8.30pm GMT) and Red Carpet coverage at 2pm PT (5pm ET, 10pm GMT).

Fast forward 30 years, and the Grammys are still accused of mistreating hip-hop and R&B artists, who rarely take home awards in top categories. "We feel this Grammys is going to be different and bigger and better than any other". "I'm just so proud to be involved and to go into the studio with such an incredible talent, including the talent that's out there tonight and thank you guys for giving us this platform". "As much as I'm nominated, I would not be anything without the village of women who are walking into their truth", she said.

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Monae's groundbreaking album, "Dirty Computer", is one of five albums by women nominated for the top prize at Sunday's show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

They are both up for album of the year, alongside Cardi B, H.E.R., Post Malone and Janelle Monae.

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

Women were strongly represented at this year's Grammys. "This is just the beginning of moving to a more inclusive future". Head up to the gallery above to see all the glamorous celebrity arrivals at this year's Grammys! The nominations are dominated by Drake and Kendrick Lamar, with eight and seven nods, respectively. Taylor Swift, who was snubbed and scored one nomination, also won't be at the show.

This year's nominees mark a departure from the 2018 Grammys, where Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow was criticized when he said women need to "step up" when asked about the lack of women in the top categories. Fifteen-time Grammy victor Alicia Keys will be the first woman to host the ceremony in over a decade. He later acknowledged that it was a "poor choice of words", and it forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.

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