If the nominations for the 66th Grammy Awards make something clear, it’s this: When music’s highest honors are handed out in February, the winner of the most-coveted prizes will likely be both a feminine act — or Jon Batiste.

Girls completely dominate the most important all-genre classes in nominations introduced Friday by the Recording Academy, with work by feminine vocalists and musicians nabbing seven of the eight nods every for album, document and track of the 12 months, and girls taking greater than half of the slots in greatest new artist.

SZA, the witty and adventurous R&B singer recognized for her frank depiction of millennial romance, leads the sphere with 9 nominations general, together with for album of the 12 months (for her smash “SOS”) and document and track of the 12 months (for her No. 1 single, “Kill Invoice”). Behind her with seven nods every are Phoebe Bridgers, whose supergroup rock band Boygenius is up for album of the 12 months (for “The Report”) and document of the 12 months (for “Not Robust Sufficient”), and the ascendant R&B singer-songwriter Victoria Monét, who scored nominations for document of the 12 months (for “On My Mama”) and greatest new artist, amongst different prizes.

Further artists with a number of nominations embody Batiste, the jazz and R&B composer recognized to TV viewers as the previous bandleader from “The Late Present with Stephen Colbert,” together with pop superstars Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo and Miley Cyrus, songwriter/producer Jack Antonoff and nation singer-songwriter Brandy Clark, all of whom have six apiece. Serban Ghenea, one in all pop’s most in-demand engineers, tied Bridgers and Monét with seven nominations.

In a telling demonstration of the place a lot of music’s power resides as of late, Batiste is the one male artist up for the album and document awards together with his “World Music Radio” LP and his single “Worship,” respectively. Batiste, whose “We Are” took album of the 12 months in 2022 in an upset victory over Swift and Rodrigo, is nominated for the track prize, as properly, for “Butterfly” — the one tune in that class carried out by a person. The opposite LPs nominated for album of the 12 months (the Grammys’ equal of greatest image) are Swift’s “Midnights,” Cyrus’ “Infinite Summer time Trip,” Rodrigo’s “Guts,” Janelle Monáe’s frisky R&B set “The Age of Pleasure” and “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Below Ocean Blvd” by the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey.

“Girls had dang good music — a number of the greatest data of the 12 months and the most important songs,” Recording Academy chief govt Harvey Mason Jr. stated in an interview. “And our voters had been clearly moved by a number of it.”

Mason assumed his function in 2021, pledging to diversify each the academy’s govt ranks and its voting membership of greater than 11,000 recording business professionals in response to longstanding criticism that the group overvalued the work of older white males. “We’ve positively made large strides, and it’s having an impression on who’s getting nominated,” he stated.

The remaining nominees for document of the 12 months — which works to performers and producers, whereas track of the 12 months acknowledges songwriters — are Cyrus’ “Flowers,” Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?,” Rodrigo’s “Vampire” and Swift’s “Anti-Hero,” every a monster hit on streaming platforms and Prime 40 radio. (Examine “Flowers’” 1.5 billion Spotify streams to the 1.2 million for Batiste’s “Worship” to get a way of Grammy voters’ fondness for his feel-good messaging and his old school musical know-how.)

“Flowers,” “What Was I Made For?,” “Vampire” and “Anti-Hero” are all nominated for track of the 12 months as properly, together with Del Rey’s “A&W” and Dua Lipa’s “Dance the Evening,” which just like the Eilish tune originated in director Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster “Barbie” film. Swift’s nod for “Anti-Hero” brings her profession nominations within the track class to seven — greater than anybody else has earned in Grammy historical past. A win by Swift for album of the 12 months on the upcoming ceremony, set for Feb. 4 at Crypto.com Enviornment in downtown Los Angeles, could be her fourth, breaking her present tie with Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Marvel.

It could additionally cap a 12 months wherein Swift has been essentially the most inescapable story in pop music on account of her record-breaking Eras tour — a present Mason in comparison with “going to see LeBron James play basketball” — and the smash live performance movie that accompanies it. This week Swift notched the biggest opening gross sales week of her profession together with her rerecorded model of her 2014 album “1989.”

Victoria Monet.

Victoria Monét is nominated for seven Grammy Awards, together with for greatest new artist.

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Recordings eligible for the 66th Grammys needed to be launched between Oct. 1, 2022, and Sept. 15, 2023. After two years wherein the academy chosen 10 nominees for every of the highest 4 classes, the group lowered the quantity to eight for February’s present, a rule change Mason attributed to members who felt the upper quantity was “clouding the sphere and perhaps diluting” the honour of a nomination.

For greatest new artist, Monét will compete towards a fellow R&B vocalist in Coco Jones, who received her begin as an actor on the Disney Channel; the opposite nominees are rapper Ice Spice, singer-songwriters Gracie Abrams and Noah Kahan, dance artist Fred Once more and a pair of Nashville acts in Jelly Roll, who this week received the Nation Music Assn.’s new artist prize, and the husband-and-wife duo the Conflict and Treaty.

Given the large 12 months nation music has had on the charts, it’s not stunning to see a couple of nation act within the operating for greatest new artist for simply the third time this century. But nation hitmakers together with Luke Combs, Zach Bryan and Lainey Wilson had been overlooked of the Grammys’ prime classes, scoring nods just for the ceremony’s numerous nation awards. Morgan Wallen, whose “One Factor at a Time” is 2023’s greatest industrial hit of any style, obtained no nominations for the third 12 months in a row, although the songwriters of his Sizzling 100-topping “Final Evening” had been acknowledged within the nation track class.

Mason stated he was “actually shocked” by the dearth of high-level nominations for nation artists. “And for Latin, which continues to have huge industrial and important success,” he added. Many observers anticipated Peso Pluma, one of many younger stars of the booming regional Mexican music scene, to be nominated for greatest new artist; as a substitute, he received solely a single nod, within the música Mexicana album class for “Génesis.” The música urbana class options simply three nominated works — Rauw Alejandro’s “Saturno,” Karol G’s “Mañana Será Bonito” and Tainy’s “Information” — as a result of, the academy famous, it obtained fewer than 40 submissions for the award.

“That tells us we have to proceed to develop our membership — to proceed reaching into these communities and getting extra voters,” Mason stated.

Rap was additionally largely ignored for main prizes, partly as a result of established Grammy faves similar to Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X and Cardi B didn’t launch albums throughout the eligibility window. Lamar is nominated for rap efficiency with “The Hillbillies,” a single by his duo of the identical identify together with his cousin Child Keem. For rap album, Travis Scott’s streaming hit “Utopia” will vie towards Killer Mike’s “Michael,” Metro Boomin’s “Heroes & Villains,” Nas’ “King’s Illness III” and “Her Loss” by Drake and 21 Savage.

The race for producer of the 12 months, non-classical, will pit Jack Antonoff — who received in 2022 and once more at the latest Grammys because of his work with Swift and Del Rey, amongst others — towards Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II, Hit-Boy, Metro Boomin and Daniel Nigro. The nominees for songwriter of the 12 months, non-classical, which was awarded for the primary time this previous February, are Edgar Barrera, Jessie Jo Dillon, Shane McAnally, Theron Thomas and Justin Tranter.

The class of audio e-book, narration and storytelling recording is a jumble of boldfaced names, with nods for Meryl Streep, William Shatner, Rick Rubin, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Michelle Obama.

 Brandy Clark

Nation singer-songwriter Brandy Clark earned six Grammy nominations.

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Plenty of classic-rock icons turned up in specialty classes like historic album, wherein Bob Dylan’s “Fragments — Time Out of Thoughts Classes (1996-1997): The Bootleg Collection, Vol 17” is nominated, and music movie, for which director Brett Morgen’s David Bowie film “Moonage Daydream” will compete towards “I Am Every little thing,” a documentary about Little Richard directed by Lisa Cortés. The Rolling Stones scored a nod for “Offended” within the rock track class, which additionally consists of Foo Fighters’ “Rescued,” Boygenius’ “Not Robust Sufficient,” Queens of the Stone Age’s “Emotion Illness” and Rodrigo’s “Ballad of a Homeschooled Lady.”

Boygenius, wherein Bridgers is joined by fellow singer-songwriters Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker, garnered further nominations for rock efficiency, different music efficiency and different music album, making it the most-nominated act within the historically male-dominated rock and different fields.

The nominations, which had been revealed in a livestreamed occasion on Friday, come simply two days after an unnamed feminine musician filed a lawsuit towards former academy head Neil Portnow, whom she stated drugged and raped her in a New York resort room in 2018. Portnow, who denies the accusations, stepped down as chief govt in 2019 after he was broadly condemned for saying that girls in music ought to “step up” in an effort to be acknowledged for awards such because the Grammys.

Portnow’s departure set off turmoil inside the academy together with the hiring and fast firing of the group’s subsequent chief, Deborah Dugan, who stated she was ousted for calling consideration to quite a lot of monetary and moral violations contained in the group. Mason, who declined to touch upon the allegations towards Portnow, took over on an interim foundation in 2020 earlier than being formally appointed the next 12 months.

Large winners on the sixty fifth Grammys included Harry Types, whose “Harry’s Home” took album of the 12 months; Lizzo, whose “About Rattling Time” received document of the 12 months; Bonnie Raitt, whose “Simply Like That” was named track of the 12 months; and jazz singer Samara Pleasure, who received greatest new artist.

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