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Woman is the Grammy Awards word for this year.

Five of the eight candidates for the 2019 album for the year 2019 are women: the rapper Cardi B ("Invasion of Privacy"), the folk-rock singer Brandi Carlile ("By the Way, I Forgive You "), R & B newcomer HER ("HER"), genre-bending Janelle Monae ("Dirty Computer") and country star Kacey Musgraves ("Golden Hour").

Drake ("Scorpion"), Post Malone ("Beerbongs & Bentleys") and The "Black Panther" soundtrack edited by Kendrick Lamar completes the category for 2019, which included only one woman the year last (Lorde, for "Melodrama").

Female shots of Lady Gaga ("Shallow", with Bradley Cooper), SZA ("All the Stars", with Kendrick Lamar) and Maren Morris ("The Middle", with Zedd and Gray) also dominated the main categories , each honored both in the record and in the song of the year. And in the best new artist, six of the eight candidates are women, including the famous hit creators Dua Lipa and Bebe Rexha, as well as the new faces Jorja Smith and Margo Price.

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Other: 2019 Puffs for Grammys: Beyonce and Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande e altri shockers [19659010] It is a correction of the course that is appreciated and quite necessary after an intense reaction to the 2018 ceremony, in which the best artist Alessia Cara was the only woman to win in an important category . The Recording Academy took a further look at the comments of President Neil Portnow after the show, when he said that more women need to "step forward" and make music if they want to be recognized .

Portnow believes there are a number of reasons why the 2019 nominations are female, despite Kendrick Lamar leading the group with a total of eight.

For beginners, the four main categories (album, album and song of the year, as well as the best new artist) have recently been expanded by five to eight candidates, making room for a wider range of artists and genres to be recognized . Also this year, the Recording Academy has made concerted efforts to diversify its voting body by about 12,000 people: reach out to women and black people in particular to become new members, while requiring long-term members date to retrain based on recent work.

"Not just for us, but for society in general and the entertainment industry, there is a conscience like never before and it is very important," says Portnow. Diversity and inclusion are "important issues that require attention and concentration, and I would certainly think that our constituents see it as part of their mentality."

Portnow will resign as president of the recording academy after the exhibition this year, which takes place Feb. 10 in Los Angeles & # 39; Staples Center. He held office for 17 years when his contract expired in July, although a successor has not yet been appointed.

"It is important to have a new way of thinking and moving the organization's agenda forward," says Portnow. "Our membership must continue to be relevant and diversified, because we need the next generation of music producers to worry about what we do." I think we are on track to do so. "

Trailing Lamar in the nominations are Drake with seven, and Carlile and producer Boi-1da with six each. After receiving two Grammy nominations for his breakthrough "Bodak Yellow" last year, Cardi B continues his hot streak with five nods, including the record of the year for the bilingual success "I Like It" with Bad Bunny and J Balvin.

Thursday, two Golden Globe nominations for "A Star is Born", Lady Gaga earned four Grammy nominations for her "Shallow" duet with Bradley Cooper from the film, whose soundtrack was released after the Grammy cutoff September 30th but they will be eligible for further awards next year. It was also recognized as the best pop performance for single "Joanne", included in the album of the same name.

The Grammys will air on CBS on February 10th (8:00 am EST / 5 PST). The artists have not yet been aligned, although Portnow says viewers can expect an appearance from Dolly Parton, who will be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year for his charitable work with the Dollywood Foundation.

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