After being nearly muted at this year’s ceremony, the 2019 Grammys are shaping up to be the year of the woman, with powerful female voices representing the majority in two of top categories.

FILE - In this June 24, 2018 file photo, H.E.R. performs at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
FILE – In this June 24, 2018 file photo, H.E.R. performs at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this April 15, 2018 file photo, Cardi B performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
FILE – In this April 15, 2018 file photo, Cardi B performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R. and Janelle Monae, performers who play instruments, write or co-write all of their songs and are also listed as producers on their projects, earned nominations for the coveted album of the year.

FILE - In this May 20, 2018 file photo, Maren Morris performs
FILE – In this May 20, 2018 file photo, Maren Morris performs “The Middle” at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 file photo, Brandi Carlile performs at One Love Malibu at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
FILE – In this Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 file photo, Brandi Carlile performs at One Love Malibu at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

They are joined by singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Brandi Carlile, whose recent album is critically acclaimed, and Cardi B — a former stripper, social media darling and reality star who has become a pop culture sensation now competing for both album and record of the year.

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2018 file photo, Lady Gaga arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of
FILE – In this Sept. 24, 2018 file photo, Lady Gaga arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “A Star Is Born,” at the Shrine Auditorium. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this March 9, 2018 file photo, SZA performs at the 2018 BUKU Music + Art Project at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
FILE – In this March 9, 2018 file photo, SZA performs at the 2018 BUKU Music + Art Project at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Six of the eight best new artist nominees are women, including H.E.R.

Source: The Associated Press

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