The 2021 Grammy Award nominations dropped yesterday, and while there were certainly some interesting choices, there were also some amazing ones — namely that a large number of LGBTQ+ musicians found themselves nominated for the award.
In the rock categories, queer women swept the nominations floor (as they should). Phoebe Bridgers was nominated for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song — both for “Kyoto” off her latest album “Punisher,” which was itself nominated for Best Alternative Album.
Brittany Howard, the frontwoman of Alabama Shakes, was nominated for five Grammys in total for her solo work: Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for “Stay High,” and Best Alternative Music Album for “Jaime.” The other two nominations came in the Best R&B Performance for “Goat Head” and Best American Roots Performance for “Short and Sweet.”
Brandy Clark, the country singer, was nominated in Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Album for “Who You Thought I Was” from the album “Your Life is a Record.” If she were to win either award, she’d be the first out queer country singer to do so.
The Highwomen, the group helmed by Brandi Carlile, was also nominated for Best Country Song for “Crowded Table.” Carlile was nominated solo for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Carried Me With You” from the movie “Onward.”
Lady Gaga secured two nominations of her own for “Chromatica:” Best Pop Vocal Album for the overall album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her collaboration “Rain on Me” with Ariana Grande.
Catch the full list of 2021 Grammy nominations on the event’s website. The 63rd annual awards is set to premiere on January 31 on CBS.