This award season is the Year of the Woman. Sandra Oh is the first Asian women to host the Golden Globes, or any other major awards show for that matter. Many of the Grammy nominees this year are up and coming artists receiving their first nomination ever. The best part? Many of them are women. Here’s a look at just a few of the fierce females of the Grammys.
Her was released in June of 2017. She’s been nominated for two Grammys including best new artist and best dance recording for her collaboration with Silk City. Her album overall is a banger and if you haven’t listened to it yet, you’re missing out. New Rules became the song of the summer upon its release and IDGAF was a breakup anthem all strong women needed.
R&B is having its moment at the Grammys this year. UK native Jorja is up for best new artist. Her first full-length album came out this year and is filled with raw, honest songs about her struggles and success. She’s collaborated with Drake, Kali Uchis, and was featured on the Black Panther album.
I’d like to preface this saying I am so excited for all the nominees in this article. However, I am probably most excited about the 5 nominations 21-year-old H.E.R. is sweeping the floor with right now. She’s a bit of a mystery as all her album covers hide her face, causing you to focus solely on her soulful voice and strong message.
Her nominations include album of the year for her, best new artist, best R&B performance, best R&B song for Focus and best new R&B album.
Bebe is also up for best new artist with Dua Lipa and Jorja Smith but there’s nothing but love between the artists. Bebe took to Twitter to celebrate the achievements of herself and Dua Lipa as two Albanian women both nominated for two Grammys each.
Two Albanian girls nominated for 2 Grammys. In my heart we already won. To all the Albanian girls and all the girls around the world, anything is possible so keep following your dreams and keep on breaking the mold. @DUALIPA @RecordingAcad pic.twitter.com/gq83rh6jXV
— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) December 8, 2018
Her second nomination is for best country duo/group performance, stemming from her song Let it Be with Florida Georgia Line. While this may be her first year being nominated, she isn’t all that new to the music world. She got her start after writing the hit song Monster which Eminem later picked up. Her vocals are the hook for David Guetta’s dance hit Hey Mama featuring Nicki Minaj and she co-wrote Take Me Home for Cash Cash.
All of these artists have worked so hard for these nominations. Up until now, they were underground names you’d find out about after a deep dive on curated playlists through streaming sites.
The Grammys this year is really trying hard to recognize new artists and bring about much needed diversity to mainstream music. This is just the first step of, hopefully, many more to come.
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