Grammy nominations: Celebrating women in music

grammynom2017wimThe 2017 Grammy nominations were released last week.

And as a female and musician, I’m so proud to celebrate some amazing women in music. 👩‍🎤

From singers to songwriters to composers, so many women in the music industry are creating beautiful music – and are being recognized through the 2017 Grammy nominations.

Some nominations of songs or albums performed or written by women include:

Kelsea Ballerini – nominated for Best new artist, Kelsea Ballerini’s album, The First Time seduces listeners with her melodies – her songs are bright, happy and healing.

Kristin Chenoweth Kristin’s single “I’m a Fool to Want You” on her album The Art of Elegance is nominated for Best arrangement, instruments and vocals, by arranger Alan Broadbent. A classically-trained musician, well-known for her Broadway work, Kristin Chenoweth embodies elegance in all of her work. If you haven’t listened to The Art of Elegance, you’re missing out.

Kinky Boots. With music and lyrics penned by Cyndi Lauper, this upbeat and uplifting musical tells Charlie Price’s story. Charlie inherits his father’s shoe factory with a drag queen and cabaret performer, Lola to design a high-heeled boot line to save the business.

Waitress. A musical, lyrics move the story forward in musical theatre – and Sara Bareilles’ lyrics bring us closer to the leading lady, Jenna Hunterson, who is not happy in her marriage to her husband Earl, unexpected pregnancy and afterwards has an affair with her gynecologist.

Ariana Grande. Social media has contributed to supporting feminism across the globe – musicians are using songs to help communicate feminist and pro-women messages as well. “Dangerous Woman”, Ariana’s slow to mid-tempo anthem, is part of that conversation. The single “Dangerous Woman” has been nominated for Best pop solo performance. The album Dangerous Woman has been nominated for Best pop vocal album.

Beyonce. Queen Bey’s high-energy album, Lemonade, is full of celebratory anthems as well as reflective ballads. It’s up for Album of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album. “Formation” has been nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Music Video. “Hold Up” is up for Best pop solo performance.

Adele. Adele’s album 25, is nominated for Album of the year and Best pop vocal album. The hit single “Hello” is nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best pop vocal performance.

Demi Lovato. Nominated best pop vocal album for Confident, Demi works to help others heal through music – having battled mental health challenges, her music focuses on helping others heal and feel good through her honest and heartfelt lyrics. And rocking chords. And a rocking voice. Gotta love all her anthems and epic melodies.

Sia. This is Acting is up for Best pop vocal album. With electronic pop, singable melodies – fast-tempo and feel good beats, Sia encourages her listeners to feel good about themselves with numbers like “The Greatest” or just have a good time with catchy tunes like “Cheap Thrills”, which has been nominated for Best pop duo/group performance with Sean Paul.

Rihanna. Anti has been nominated for Best urban contemporary album and for Rihanna’s song “Work”, performed with Drake, as Best pop duo/group performance.

All of these women show the music industry’s diversity.

And we need to celebrate this.

All of these women, through their singing and writing, deliver honest raw love.

And the beauty of it?

We get the blessing of listening to their music.

Life is hard enough. We all have our battles.

And music heals.

So regardless of who wins in any of these categories, as musicians, singers, composers, writers, music fans, creatives, male or female – whatever you happen to identify as – we need to continue to celebrate and support women in music. By supporting women in music, we can continue to ensure that women’s issues are heard through song, and in doing so, support listeners, including other females, and lift people up.

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