US singer-songwriter Taylor Swift (left) and US R&B singer Solana Imani Rowe, known professionally as SZA.
US singer-songwriter Taylor Swift (left) and US R&B singer Solana Imani Rowe, known professionally as SZA. Image Credit: AFP

New York: It will be a woman's world at this season's Grammys, with SZA scooping the most chances for gold on music's biggest night with nine, as pop's superstars including Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish dominated across the categories.

Olivia Rodrigo, Phoebe Bridgers and the rock supergroup boygenius are also strong contenders at the February 4 gala, where music from the blockbuster film "Barbie" will almost certainly clean up, according to the nominations list released Friday.

SZA - the acerbic, R&B risk-taker whose layered tales of romance earned her acclaim with her debut "Ctrl" in 2017 and saw her top the charts again with 2022's "SOS" - is poised to reign over the gala, with nominations spanning the categories.

And Bridgers, one-third of the supergroup boygenius with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus, earned seven nominations while the collective group earned six, both in the top fields as well as in the rock categories.

The already decorated Eilish has six chances for a Grammy thanks to her work on Greta Gerwig's summer smash "Barbie" film, whose soundtrack that also features Dua Lipa earned nominations in the major categories and the visual media fields.

In-demand producer Jack Antonoff scored six nominations for his work, notably with Swift and Lana Del Rey, the baroque pop singer whose album "Did you know there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd" earned her several nominations.

And if Swift's "Midnights" wins Album of the Year, it would be a record-breaking fourth win of the prize for the 33-year-old, who's already on top of the music world on the heels of her huge Eras tour.

She's currently tied as the top winner of the most prestigious Grammy with Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.

Women on top

Jazz polymath Jon Batiste is the sole man up for Record and Album of the Year, two years after he beat out pop's royalty to dominate the 2022 gala.

He earned six nominations this go-around, as did Miley Cyrus and country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark.

Coveted engineer Serban Ghenea - who mixed Swift's "Midnights" - meanwhile earned seven nods.

Rising R&B star Victoria Monet also finished with seven nominations, including for the prestigious Record of the Year and Best New Artist prizes.

Industry watchers predict Ice Spice will win the latter category, after a banner year that saw the bubbly Bronx rapper repeatedly go viral and collaborate with Swift.

And pop futurist Janelle Monae earned her second Album of the Year nomination for "The Age of Pleasure."

The banner year for music's women is a long time coming for many critics of the Recording Academy - the institution behind the Grammys - which for many years has faced flak that it overwhelmingly honors white, male acts.

In 2019, the former chief of the powerful institution, Neil Portnow, left his post after saying that women artists should "step up" if they want more recognition, comments he delivered at the #MeToo movement's peak.

This week, Portnow was sued in Manhattan for allegedly drugging and raping an unnamed woman artist in 2018.

The suit also accuses the Academy of negligence, saying it protected Portnow and dismissed accounts of his abuse. Both the organization and Portnow vehemently deny the allegations.

Key nominees for the 2024 Grammy Awards
Here is a list of nominees in the major categories for the 66th annual Grammy Awards, which will be handed out on February 4, 2024 in Los Angeles.

Album of the Year

"World Music Radio" - Jon Batiste
"the record" - boygenius
"Endless Summer Vacation" - Miley Cyrus
"Did you know that there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd" - Lana Del Rey
"The Age of Pleasure" - Janelle Monae
"GUTS" - Olivia Rodrigo
"Midnights" - Taylor Swift

Record of the Year, recognizing overall performance on a song

"Worship" - Jon Batiste
"Not Strong Enough" - boygenius
"Flowers" - Miley Cyrus
"What Was I Made For?" (From The Motion Picture 'Barbie') - Billie Eilish
"On My Mama" - Victoria Monet
"Vampire" - Olivia Rodrigo
"Anti-Hero" - Taylor Swift
"Kill Bill" - SZA

Song of the Year, recognizing songwriting

"A&W" - Jack Antonoff, Lana Del Rey & Sam Dew, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)
"Anti-Hero" - Jack Antonoff & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
"Butterfly" - Jon Batiste & Dan Wilson, songwriters (Jon Batiste)
"Dance The Night" (From "Barbie The Album") - Caroline Ailin, Dua Lipa, Mark Ronson & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
"Flowers" - Miley Cyrus, Gregory Aldae Hein & Michael Pollack, songwriters (Miley Cyrus)
"Kill Bill" - Rob Bisel, Carter Lang & SZA, songwriters (SZA)
"Vampire" - Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo)
"What Was I Made For?" (From The Motion Picture 'Barbie') - Billie Eilish & Finneas O'Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

Best New Artist

Gracie Abrams
Fred Again..
Ice Spice
Jelly Roll
Coco Jones
Noah Kahan
Victoria Monet
The War and Treaty

Best Pop Solo Performance

"Flowers" - Miley Cyrus
"Paint The Town Red" - Doja Cat
"What Was I Made For?" (From The Motion Picture 'Barbie') - Billie Eilish
"Vampire" - Olivia Rodrigo
"Anti-Hero" - Taylor Swift

Best Pop Vocal Album

"Chemistry" - Kelly Clarkson
"Endless Summer Vacation" - Miley Cyrus
"GUTS" - Olivia Rodrigo
"- (Subtract)" - Ed Sheeran
"Midnights" - Taylor Swift

Best Music Video

"I'm Only Sleeping" - The Beatles
"In Your Love" - Tyler Childers
"What Was I Made For?" (From The Motion Picture 'Barbie') - Billie Eilish
"Count Me Out" - Kendrick Lamar
"Rush" - Troye Sivan

Best Rap Album

"Her Loss" - Drake & 21 Savage
"Michael" - Killer Mike
"Heroes & Villains" - Metro Boomin
"King's Disease III" - Nas
"Utopia" - Travis Scott

Best Rock Album

"But Here We Are" - Foo Fighters
"Starcatcher" - Greta Van Fleet
"72 Seasons" - Metallica
"This Is Why" - Paramore
"In Times New Roman..." - Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Global Music Album

"Epifanias" - Susana Baca
"History" - Bokante
"I Told Them..." - Burna Boy
"Timeless" - Davido
"This Moment" - Shakti

Artists with Most Nominations

SZA - 9
Phoebe Bridgers - 7
Serban Ghenea - 7
Victoria Monet - 7
Taylor Swift - 6
Miley Cyrus - 6
Billie Eilish - 6
Jack Antonoff - 6
Jon Batiste - 6
boygenius - 6
Brandy Clark - 6
Olivia Rodrigo - 6