Empowerment

Grammys: Women Take Over These Categories For The First Time Ever

Women artists were recognized in some of the most historically male-dominated categories, and Beyoncé scored the most nominations overall.

From Left: Fiona Apple, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, and Beyoncé. | Getty Images
From Left: Fiona Apple, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, and Beyoncé. | Getty Images

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards nominations released Tuesday carried some major firsts for women artists. For the first time in the award show’s history, all nominees in its Best Rock Performance and Best Country Album categories include women.

The songs in the Best Rock Performance category include Fiona Apple’s “Shameika,” Phoebe Bridgers’ “Kyoto,” Haim’s “The Steps,” Brittany Howard’s “Stay High,” Grace Potter’s “Daylight,” and “Not” by band Big Thief, which is fronted by Adrianne Lenker.

Apple’s “Shameika,” which she released as part of her new album “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” in April, details an interaction she had in elementary school where a fellow classmate named Shameika urged her against being bullied. Shameika Stepney, Apple’s real-life former classmate who is also a musical artist, released her own single featuring Apple called “Shameika Said” in November.

Howard, the only woman of color included on the rock list, is best known as the lead singer and guitarist for the Alabama Shakes. The song “Stay High” is from her acclaimed debut solo album, “Jaime.”

The songs included in the Best Country Album category are Ingrid Andress’ “Lady Like,” Brandy Clark’s “Your Life Is a Record,” Miranda Lambert’s “Wildcard,” Ashley McBryde’s “Never Will,” and “Nightfall” by Little Big Town.

Lambert, who has been a country music singer and songwriter since the early 2000s, has earned plenty of awards and accolades along the way, including two Grammy Awards, 29 Academy of Country Music Awards, six American Country Awards, seven CMT Music Awards, and 14 Country Music Association Awards. Andress is earning her first Grammy nominations this year. Along with Best Country album, she is also nominated for Best New Artist and Best Country Album for her debut album, “Lady Like.”

In addition to the history-making categories, women artists also led with the most overall nominations. Beyoncé leads among all the nominees with nine nods, making her the most nominated artist of the year. She was followed by Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa with six nominations each. Rapper Roddy Ricch also has six nominations.