The first wave of Grammy nominees have been announced and bisexual singer/songwriter Sia is up for Record of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for her hit “Chandelier.” If she wins either category, she’d be the first out bisexual artist to do so. Out artists like k.d. lang, Frank Ocean, Lady Gaga, Joan Osborne and Vanessa Carlton have been nominated for Record of the Year before, but none have won.
Out country singer Brandy Clark is up for Best Country Album for 12 Stories and Best New Artist. She shared her excitement on Facebook this morning.
Brandy is making history, as the first ever out lesbian to be nominated in the Best Country category. Her competition this year is Dierks Bentley (Riser), Eric Church (The Outsiders), Lee Ann Womack (The Way I’m Livin’), and Miranda Lambert (Platinum). If she wins, she’ll really have proven her place in the genre, although she’s already gotten several awards for her songwriting, including a recent CMA for “Follow Your Arrow.”
Arguably Brandy would also be the first out lesbian to win Best New Artist, although Tracy Chapman won in 1989. (She wasn’t necessarily “out” at the time and still doesn’t publicly discuss her sexuality or relationships.) Indigo Girls were nominated in 1990, but lost to a group called Vacated. (OK, I seriously have never heard of them.) The Girls did end up winning Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album, though, so they didn’t walk away empty handed that year.
The full list of Grammy nominations will come before the ceremony on February 8, 2015. We’ll keep you posted!