Women in rock kick ass at the 2021 GRAMMYs nominations

History has been made this past week: the Grammys revealed their 2021 nominations and for the first time ever, every act in the Best Rock Performance category includes a woman. The event is set to take place on January 31st.

Consisting entirely of solo women and one woman-fronted band, the nominees for Best Rock Performance 2021 are:

This is a massive achievement as women have so sparingly been included in the category in the past! What is so significant about this news is how often these categories are full of male-only artists - and this has become so normalised that nobody bats an eyelid. Maybe there’s a woman or two thrown in for good measure, but to have the whole category include women nominees is phenomenal and such a pleasant surprise. That’s why it’s a big deal.


Other amazing noms include:

  • Bridgers, Apple, Howard, and Adrienne Lenker of Big Thief are up for their song-writing efforts in Best Rock Song, meaning that the category is made up of 80% women

  • Apple, Bridgers, and Howard are nominated in the Best Alternative Music Album group

  • Poppy and woman-lead In This Moment have been nominated for Best Metal Performance

  • And HAIM’s latest album, Women In Music PT. III, is also up for Album of the Year, among many more exciting nominations for the women of rock and alternative music.

Women are thriving across all of 2021’s Grammy Award nominations, including the Best Country Album also consisting entirely of solo women artists and one band, Little Big Town, which features two women vocalists, thus meaning all 5 nominees include women. Other artists like Beyoncé, Dua Lipa, Chloe X Halle, and Billie Eilish have bagged themselves numerous nominations across the board. While this is less surprising for pop and R&B artists, it's still nice to see when considering the gender imbalance across nominations in previous years.


I think we can say that women truly rocked the nominations for this year, with a record-breaking 47% of nominations being awarded to women! This is such a refreshing statistic when compared to the average of 11% of nominees being women in the last 7 years.


While music awards might not mean everything - there are always so many artists that don’t get the recognition from the Grammys that fans feel they deserve - it’s still a massive feat to see a more diverse list of nominations when the efforts of women musicians often goes without the same attention as men within the same genres.


Did we need the Grammys to prove that women are crushing the rock game? No. But it sure is nice to see them get the recognition they deserve. ‘Cause after all, women in rock are fucking killing it.


Check out the full list of 2021 Grammys Nominees here.


Article by Chloe Robbins

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