The nominations for the 61st Grammy Awards were announced on Friday morning, with women notably leading the way for many of the top awards — including album of the year. This year’s nominations came as satisfying surprise to many after last year when, seemingly inexplicably, women found themselves largely shut out from every major category at the Grammys — and were subsequently told by the Recording Academy’s president that the reason why so few women were nominated was because they had failed to “step up.”
This year, the best new artist category was largely dominated by young women, while five women and three men are in competition for album of the year. Among the nominees for best album was Janelle Monáe, whose decision to come out as pansexual earlier this year was hailed by activists for helping encourage acceptance and improving visibility for stigmatized and misunderstood LGBTQ groups. Speaking to CBS This Morning, Monae said she was dedicating her album Dirty Computer to all “marginalized voices” or “dirty computers” who have historically been overlooked and silenced by society.
“This album is so much bigger than me,” said the eight-time Grammy winner. “It’s not about me, it’s about a community of dirty computers, of marginalized voices. Being a young, black, queer woman in America, there was something I had to say and there was a group of people that I wanted to celebrate. And I just — I’m happy to be representing them. I hope they feel seen, I hope they feel heard and I hope they feel loved.”
Watch video of Monáe reacting to her latest Grammy nomination below.
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