While the two leading nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards are men, nipping at their heels are “a crop of young and less heralded artists, notably women, after years of friction about diversity, including a major dust-up over gender representation after the last ceremony,” The New York Times reports.
The nominees were announced today by the Recording Academy — click here to see the full list.
Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake top the list of nominees — Lamar received eight nominations while Drake received seven.
“But each of the big four general field categories — record of the year, song of the year, album of the year and best new artist — is dominated by women, including six out of eight acts up for best new artist: Chloe x Halle, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith,” The Times reports. The other two best new artist nominees are the country singer Luke Combs and the retro-rock band Greta Van Fleet.
“The Instagram star turned rapper Cardi B, the folk singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, the left-of-center country singer Kacey Musgraves, and the R&B artists H.E.R. and Janelle Monáe are among the women who will compete for album of the year against some of hip-hop’s biggest names,” The Times adds.