Did the Grammys Diversity Task Force Ultimately Benefit Women Artists?

A Grammy trophy (Photo credit: CBS)

The 2019 Grammy Awards were a mixed bag. Big-name artists like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, and Ed Sheeran were notably absent from the event; Drake’s mic was seemingly cut after he shaded the Grammys during his acceptance speech; and Ariana Grande, who also declined an invite, is publicly feuding with the ceremony’s producer, Ken Ehrlich.

However, celebrity disinterest and controversies aside, the 61st Annual Grammy Awards ultimately served as a celebration of female talent. The three-hour plus show included 18 musical performances in total, 15 of which featured women. Some of the most talked about acts of the night included Brandi Carlile’s “The Joke,” Janelle Monáe’s “You Make Me Feel” and “Pynk” mashup, and Diana Ross wishing herself a happy birthday over a month and a half early (aka a Mood™️). The Grammys also featured historic wins for LGBTQ women and women of color. Brandi Carlile, who won Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Performance, and Lady Gaga, who won Best Pop Solo Performance, became the first out queer artists to take home Grammys in their respective categories. Cardi B also made history as the first solo female artist to win Best Rap Album, a genre that is notorious for excluding women.

So how did this year’s Grammys do overall in terms of women’s inclusion? And was the Recording Academy’s Diversity Task Force beneficial to female artists as a whole? We created an infographic breaking down the big four categories by numbers.

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