This year’s Grammy nominations have been announced and we were excited to see a strong showing of queer women up for significant awards.
Australian indie darling and out lesbian Courtney Barnett is up for Best New Artist, taking on the likes of Meghan Trainor and Tori Kelly. Her 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit was a huge hit with critics and found her performing on American late night shows as well as being invited to play on Ellen, who counts herself as a fan.
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Brandi Carlile finally gets her due, being nominated for Best Americana Album with The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Her fifth full-length album hit number one on the US folk charts when it was first released last spring and Brandi found more fans with a new label this year, ATO Records.
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The Internet, fronted by out singer/DJ Syd Tha Kyd, is up for Best Urban Contemporary Album with Ego Death. The band’s third LP included collaborations with Janelle Monae and Vic Mensa. The second single “Girl” is a love song, sung by Syd herself.
Out country musician Brandy Clark is up for Best Country song for “Hold My Hand” from her album 12 Stories. Last year Brandy was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Country Album, but didn’t take home the wins. It’s worth noting, I suppose, that Little Big Town‘s “Girl Crush” is up for several awards this year, too, including Song of the Year.
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Janis Ian is nominated (again!) for Best Spoken Word Album. This year, she’s narrating the audio book of Patience and Sarah, the lesbian classic from Isabel Miller, a collaboration with actress Jean Smart. This is Janis’s 10th Grammy nomination and would be her third win, the second in this category.
The soundtrack for the hit Broadway musical Fun Home is up for Best Musical Theater Album. It truly is a first to have an album full of songs sung about butch women and Sapphic college crushes and closeted dads be up for the award. Also pretty cool that show star Beth Malone, who plays adult Alison Bechdel, is out and proud.
This year’s Grammy Awards will air on February 15 on CBS. We can’t wait to watch with fingers crossed for all of the women above.