The 2018 Grammys was dominated by female musicians and by singer-songwriters and women were bested by a trio of men on the Album of the Year category. The Recording Academy, which officially recognizes members in 11 categories, lists 50 percent of all songs performed in the awards shows as being written by women and 33 percent by men.
This makes some sense in view of 2017’s nominations, which recognized only two women on the 15-person nominations ballot — songwriters Sia and Lady Gaga. Gaga’s “Million Reasons” and Camila Cabello’s “Havana” were on the list of top 10 nominees but not among the top five; neither was performed at the event. The vast majority of the songs listed among the nominees — 54 percent — were performed by women.
That said, 75 percent of Album of the Year nominees were made by women. Album nominees that were not made by women were “Fake Love” by H.E.R.; “1-800-273-8255” by Logic and Alessia Cara; and “Arctic Ice Symphony” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay.