Janelle Monae remembers being frustrated at last year’s Grammy Awards, where male acts dominated in nominations and the only woman competing for the night’s top award, Lorde, didn’t get a chance to perform onstage.

But this year, Monae is looking forward to the show, where women are now leading in nominations for big categories like album of the year and best new artist.

Monae’s “Dirty Computer” is one of five albums by women nominated for the top prize at Sunday’s show. Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile and H.E.R. also in contention.

Women also have a strong presence in song and record of the year, including Lady Gaga, SZA, Maren Morris and Ella Mai.

H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith are also up for best new artist.

Brandi Carlile poses at the
Brandi Carlile poses at the “Fem The Future” brunch to celebrate nominated women in music at Ysabel on Friday, Feb. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
Kacey Musgraves arrives at MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton on Friday, Feb. 8, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Kacey Musgraves arrives at MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton on Friday, Feb. 8, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
H.E.R. performs at the Spotify Best New Artist 2019 Party at The Hammer Museum on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP)
H.E.R. performs at the Spotify Best New Artist 2019 Party at The Hammer Museum on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP)
Seating placards appear for Grammy nominees Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga for the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Thursday, Feb. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Seating placards appear for Grammy nominees Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga for the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Thursday, Feb. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Maren Morris arrives at MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton on Friday, Feb. 8, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Maren Morris arrives at MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton on Friday, Feb. 8, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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