Musical Goddesses: 12 Women We’re Rooting for at the Grammys

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The 64th Annual Grammy Music Awards will feature some of the fiercest female nominees to date. Women nominees are dominating categories such as Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and others. Whoever wins, it’s clear the past year has been great for female musicians, and we’re rooting for every last one of them. Here are some of the highlights for this year’s biggest night in music history.

1Billie Eilish

The biggest reason to root for Billie Eilish this year is that, if successful, she could go down in history as the first woman to win Record of the Year three times. It’d be another Grammy record for Eilish, who previously won Album of the Year at just 18 years old, making her the youngest artist to do so. She was also the second person and first female artist to win the four general field categories in 2020, according to Newsweek. She’s also won Record of the Year twice in a row, an accolade she shares with songstress Roberta Flack.

2Doja Cat

The rap-meets-pop singer-songwriter has two nominations for Album of the Year (Planet Her and Montero), and Record of the Year (“Kiss Me More”), along with several other big-ticket categories. Her biggest competition in the pop category may be Olivia Rodrigo — but either way, we’re hoping she comes out with one or two golden trophies.

3H.E.R.

The R&B singer-guitarist has eight nominations this year, and let’s not forget her big Oscar win at the age of 23 for her work on “Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah. With four nominations in the R&B category alone, we’re hoping she takes home at least a few awards. 

4Arooj Aftab

Arooj Aftab is thrilled to be included in this year’s Grammy Awards, with nominations for Best New Artist and Best Global Music Performance. The Pakistan American singer-songwriter composed her first album, Vulture Prince, using Urdu verse and ghazals (Arabic verses of loss and longing), according to a profile in The Guardian. She breaks barriers not only as a nominee of color, but as one who identifies as queer as well.

5Arlo Parks

Another Best New Artist nominee, Arlo Parks could also take home the Grammy for Best Alternative Album with Collapsed in Sunbeams. The bisexual woman of color is a current Gen Z favorite among this year’s nominees according to Variety, and we have a feeling this won’t be the last we see of her.

6Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga needs no introduction. Despite having been nominated multiple times, Gaga has never actually taken home an award in one of the big four Grammy categories. This year could be her year, though. Her collaboration with Tony Bennett paid off, as their second collaborative full-length album, Love for Sale, is up for Album of the Year, along with their rendition of “I Get a Kick Out of You” for Record of the Year. It’d be a tremendous honor for the 34 time-nominated singer-songwriter and her partner in crime Mr. Bennett, so fingers and toes will be crossed for sure.

7Olivia Rodrigo

At just 19 years old, Rodrigo is doing just fine. She has seven nominations in categories including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. She’s also leading a big chunk of the pop category, and her “Good 4 U” video could also land her a win in the Music Video category. It feels like the sky’s the limit for the Filipino artist whose career gets hotter every year. 

8Japanese Breakfast

Korean American Michelle Zauner is part of this group nominated for two Grammys this year. As if her music career weren’t impressive enough, she’s also the author of Crying in H Mart, one of the most read books published during the pandemic.

9Saweetie

Rap singer and songwriter Saweetie will be competing for the title of Best New Artist and Best Rap Song, in collaboration with fellow nominee Doja Cat. Saweetie credits the Filipino, Chinese, and Black women in her life for influencing her music and teaching her perseverance and a strong work ethic. 

10Brandi Carlile

Grammy veteran Brandie Carlile has a few nominations for Best Song and a few nods in the pop category, but it’s her F-R-I-E-N-D-S who are really rooting for her this year. Courtney Cox directed Carlile’s video for “Right on Time,” and she’s even been linked to Lisa Kudrow. 

11Halsey

Halsey, who identifies as nonbinary, is only nominated for one category this year (Best Alternative Music Album), but the artist is happy to be included nonetheless. Halsey was quoted in a piece from E! News: "It was an honor to work with some of my heroes, Trent [Reznor] and Atticus [Ross], and I am so proud of this album and hope that you guys continue to love it for years to come. Here's to taking risks."

12Cardi B

The megapopular rapper and pop icon Cardi B is no stranger to the Grammys, but this year the solo category nominee for Best Rap Performance could be one of the most meaningful wins. According to Forbes, “If ‘Up’ is named the champion, Cardi will become just the third woman to win the Best Rap Performance category at the Grammys.” Previous winners include Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé in 2021, when they won for “Savage.”

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Katka Lapelosová

Katka is a writer from New York City, currently living in Belgrade, Serbia. See Full Bio

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