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Nashville isn’t making much of a splash when it comes to the top prizes at next year’s Grammy Awards. What it is making, however, is history.

On Tuesday, the Recording Academy unveiled the nominees for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, and for the first time in the show’s history, all five nominees for Best Country Album were made by women. Ingrid Andress, Brandy Clark, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde and co-ed vocal group Little Big Town will vie for the prize at next year’s ceremony, set for January 31, 2021.

Ingrid Andress performs during the All the Hall benefit concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (Photo: Andrew Nelles /

Aside from the globe-trotting Taylor Swift – whose acclaimed “Folklore” makes her a top nominee after being snubbed for years – Andress is also the only country/Nashville-based act up for one of the Grammy’s four big all-genre awards.

The 29-year-old singer-songwriter is nominated for Best New Artist, following the release of her 2020 album “Lady Like” and its breakout hit “More Hearts Than Mine.”

Grammy Awards 2021: Miranda Lambert, Ingrid Andress lead country nominations

With no country music in the running, the Grammy’s all-genre categories are thoroughly dominated by pop, rap and R&B music – almost all of it made by artists under 40. Beyoncé leads the pack with nine nominations, followed by Swift, dance-pop star Dua Lipa and rapper Roddy Ricch, each with six.  

Brittany Howard performs at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (Photo: Andrew Nelles /

While she isn’t nominated in those categories, Nashville’s Brittany Howard is right behind those superstars. The Alabama Shakes frontwoman earned five nods in response to her inventive and deeply personal solo debut, “Jaime.” It’s also a testament to her range, as she’s nominated across the Rock, Alternative, R&B and American Roots Music fields.

More history is being made by Mickey Guyton, as the first Black woman to ever be nominated for Best Country Solo Performance (as well as the former female-only category) for her song “Black Like Me.”

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Songs written by and for female artists also dominate the Best Country Song category: 

Lambert’s “Bluebird,” Maren Morris’ “The Bones,” The Highwomen’s “Crowded Table” and Andress’ “More Hearts Than Mine,” alongside the Old Dominion hit “Some People Do.”

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