Margaret Cho, Tig Notaro and Amy Schumer made a little bit of Grammys history when nominations were announced Tuesday morning. For the first time ever, the comedy album category recognized more projects by women than those by men.
Cho, Notaro and Schumer also have a shot at joining the very short list of women who have won Grammys for comedy. Only three women have won the award in its present incarnation: Lily Tomlin in 1972, Whoopi Goldberg in 1986 and Kathy Griffin in 2014.
Before that, Jo Stafford and Elaine May won comedy performance Grammys with their respective partners in the 1960s.
In the EDM categories, it’s Flume versus the Chainsmokers -- and the winner defines the state of the genre at the Grammys.
Of all the EDM acts to break through to pop music in recent years, few are as adored and loathed as the Chainsmokers. Some critics were turned off by their fratty antics and the transparent tech-culture ideology behind their pivots to modern sounds. Others loved “Closer” and its Halsey duet so much they kept it at the top of the pop charts for months (until “Black Beatles” did them in). They’re up for best new artist, pop duo/group performance and dance recording.
On the other end, the Australian producer Flume had the year of his life with “Never Be Like You,” a hook-laden but defiantly trippy hit that worked like “Closer” turned inside out, dragged across a sweaty club dance floor and laid to bed with some properly sexy singing. He’s up for dance recording and dance/electronic album and looks like the most promising contender for each.
The hits just keep on coming for Netflix's "Stranger Things."
Earning a Grammy nomination for both volumes of its soundtrack in the visual media category, the series continues to earn accolades for its ability to capture a certain early-'80s brand of creepiness. In this case, it's for the synth-heavy score composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of the Austin, Texas, instrumental-electronic group Survive (or, as the band prefers, S U R V I V E).
How did the duo land on the buzziest show of the summer? Dixon sounded as uncertain as anyone else when he spoke to The Times in July. "I'm not sure how they found us, and they are not really sure how they found us either," he said, referring to series creators the Duffer Brothers.
Country music received some well deserved love in the all-genre general field categories Tuesday morning, with Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini securing slots in the best new artist race and Sturgill Simpson's "A Sailor's Guide to Earth" scoring a nod in the album of the year category, squaring off against Beyoncé, Adele, Drake and Justin Bieber.
In a year when much was made of the lack of female representation in the format, women were definitely recognized by the Recording Academy.
Notably, four of the five nominees in the country solo performance category -- Morris, Carrie Underwood, Brandy Clark and Miranda Lambert -- are women. Keith Urban is the lone male contender.
Often relegated to the shadows of the well-documented punk rock histories of New York and London, the raucous Los Angeles music scene of the late '70s and early '80s received its due right from the source with this year's "Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk."
Written by X guitarist John Doe and Tom Desavia and interspersed with essays from others around the scene -- including Henry Rollins, Mike Watt and Doe's bandmate Exene Cervenka, among others -- the audio version of the book received a Grammy nomination in the spoken word category this morning.
The category is a far-reaching field that includes high-profile readings of work by Amy Schumer, Carol Burnett, Elvis Costello and Patti Smith. So, depending on who you favor, the book's chances could seem like a long shot.
For obvious reasons, the musicians get all the Grammy glory, but one category amid the dozens, recording package, celebrates the designers who set the visual tone of an album.
An impossible category to predict, the variety each year is notable. In the last five years, the winning designers got their trophies for albums by Asleep at the Wheel, Pearl Jam, Reckless Kelly, Bjork and Arcade Fire.
This year’s nominees feature designs from albums that cross genre and pay-grade. Rihanna’s striking red, white and black cover for “Anti,” which features the work of Israeli-born artist Roy Nachum, is being honored alongside New York indie rock band Parquet Courts. The band didn’t commission a fancy artist; rather Parquet Courts’ singer-guitarist Andrew Savage did it himself.
While Kelly Clarkson might only have three Grammys on her mantel, the inaugural “American Idol” winner is a perennial favorite amongst the Recording Academy — consistently scoring nods since her 2003 debut.
In 2013, Clarkson made Grammy history as the only act to be awarded pop vocal album more than once. At 2016's awards held in February, a potential third win in the category — for 2015’s “Piece By Piece” — was thwarted by Taylor Swift’s blockbuster “1989,” but Clarkson’s nomination today in pop solo performance gives her a shot at winning from an album that already lost.
And she could win with a hit she earned from the show that launched her to worldwide fame 14 years ago.