Grammy nominations are upon us once again, which means speculating about which artists will be recognized for their achievements and which will get snubbed.
The 2019 Grammy Awards will look slightly different than previous years, with the Recording Academy expanding the awards’ biggest four general categories — album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artists — from five nominees to eight, in an effort to better reflect the many entries in the main categories and the diversity of the music community the Grammys are meant to celebrate.
These changes will likely make the list of Grammy contenders even more diverse than 2018’s nominations, when all five tracks nominated for record of the year came from artists of color, as did four out of the five nominees for album and song of the year.
However, the 2018 Grammys telecast was a different story. The awards were criticized for snubbing hip-hop artists in the night’s main categories and for not giving female artists enough time on-screen during the performances and televised awards, with Grammys president Neil Portnow making a controversial comment after the show about women needing to “step up” to gain more recognition.
With Portnow stepping down after the 2019 Grammys, and the Recording Academy making various efforts in the months since the 2018 Grammys to make sure the awards are more inclusive — including the category changes and the formation of a task force of artists and executives — it’s clear that gender and racial diversity will be a priority during this year’s awards.