When the Recording Academy announced the 2021 Grammy nominations, collective shock ensued over the all-female nominees for both best rock performance and best country album categories. Not only was it the first time it’s ever happened, but both genres are historically difficult spaces for women to succeed in.
Earlier this week, the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative released generally dismal findings in its “Inclusion in the Recording Studio?” report. It found women represented 20.2% of all artists on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end charts in 2020. Taking a look behind the scenes, women made up 12.9% of songwriters and 2% of producers last year. In its examination of five major Grammy categories, the report said the number of women nominees increased, jumping from 28.1% this year compared to 13.4% overall from 2013 to 2021.
Among this year’s Grammy queens, Beyonce racked up nine nominations going into Sunday’s telecast, and Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa each received six. Even as a technical newcomer, nominated for best new artist after several years making a name for herself Megan Thee Stallion earned five nominations. Aside from these already well-established pop heavyweights, you can find nominated women who are still on the rise all over the genre spectrum. Here are 10 you need to know: