Women won a twelve of the fifteen total Grammy nominations for “album of the year,” “record of the year,” and “best new artist” this year. Twenty-three-year-old singer Lauryn Hill topped the list with a whopping ten nominations, including a nod for best producer, an award that has never been claimed by a woman.
Nominees for Album of the Year included 4 female solo artists and one group led by a female singer. Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” Madonna’s “Ray of Light,” Sheryl Crow’s “The Globe Sessions,” Shania Twain’s “Come On Over,” and Garbage’s “Version 2.0” (lead singer Shirley Manson) will all contend for the enviable prize.
Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One,” Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” Brandy and Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine,” and Madonna’s “Ray of Light” were nominated for Record of the Year. The Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” was the lone male entry.
Best New Artist nominees included Natalie Imbruglia, the Dixie Chicks, Lauryn Hill, Italian opera tenor Andrea Bocelli and the Backstreet Boys.