‘The Grammys stepped up this year’ in recognizing more women

For an artist with just one solo album in her discography, Maren Morris has three years of Grammy nominations under her belt, with the nine-time nominee scoring her first recognition in the awards show’s main categories with her song and record of the year contender “The Middle” this year.

With the 2019 Grammy-nominated success of “The Middle,” Morris is included in the group of women that dominated the three biggest categories, with at least half of all the nominees in the song, record and album of the year fields featuring a female artist.

Speaking to USA TODAY, Morris recalled being at the 2018 Grammys and seeing the drama that unfolded after the show due to its male-dominated winners’ list, and applauded the Recording Academy for recognizing more women in the main categories this year.

“It really does (feel like a change),” she said. “I remember all the stuff that happened right after a show about women being such a low percentage of nominees. And I really feel like the Grammys stepped up this year and corrected that imbalance.”

“There are so many amazing women nominated — I loved that Janelle Monae record “Dirty Computer,” and there’s such a diverse group of women that are nominated as well. So I think that’s such a step forward.”

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