Women Artists 'Step Up' in Grammy Nominations

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Women made a big hit in the best new artist competition.

The music from the film Black Panther - and its artist Kendrick Lamar - received more 2019 Grammy Award nominations than anyone else.

Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead the nominations for next year's Grammy Awards, with seven nods each. Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae, H.E.R. and Brandi Carlile also are up for the top prize, along with Drake and Post Malone.

This year he is nominated for his work on the Black Panther soundtrack.

His song "All the Stars" is also in the running for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Raising it to the level of both "Song of the Year" and "Record of the Year" - pitting it against fellow double-nominees like Childish Gambino's " This Is America" and Drake's "God's Plan" - feels like unnecessarily high praise.

Other nominated solos are by violinist Regina Carter, on the title track of Karrin Allyson's Some Of That Sunshine; trumpeter John Daversa, on "Don't Fence Me In", from his big band album American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music Of Freedom; and Zenón, for "Cadenas", from Yo Soy La Tradición, which is also a nominee for Best Latin Jazz Album. Lamar was also listed in the Best Rap Performance ("King's Dead") and Best Rap Song ("King's Dead" & "Win") categories.

- Producer of the year, non-classical: Boi-1da; Larry Klein; Linda Perry; Kanye West; Pharrell Williams.

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But the big news is the high number of women nominees, after being largely left out previous year.

Six of the eight 2019 nominees for Best New Artist are women.

- Best rock album: "Rainier Fog", Alice In Chains; "Mania", Fall Out Boy; "Prequelle", Ghost; "From the Fires", Greta Van Fleet; "Pacific Daydream", Weezer.

Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow was criticized earlier this year when he blamed women for their lack of representation at the Grammys. The Grammy Academy announced 900 additional members to the voting committee as a second step in its diversity efforts. I remember Nicki won every around for like 8 years and now'.

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Grande, who on Thursday won Billboard's Woman of the Year accolade, and Cuban-born Cabello were relegated to two apiece in the pop album and pop single categories.

- Best pop vocal album: "Camila", Camila Cabello; "Meaning of Life", Kelly Clarkson; "Sweetener", Ariana Grande; "Shawn Mendes", Shawn Mendes; "Beautiful Trauma", Pink; "Reputation", Taylor Swift.