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By Piper Beardsell 

  This year’s Grammy nominations piled up for many deserving artists, and the release got many Masco students excited for the ceremony.

    “It was definitely women dominated,” said senior Gabby Saitta after reviewing the nominations. 

  A majority of this year's nominees with multiple nominations have gone to the women of the music industry.

  “I think the Best New Artist category was really good this year,” said senior Lily Wheadon. 

  With fan favorites of Gracie Abrams, Noah Kahan, and Ice Spice included, people seem to be excited for any of them to win. 

  Some of these artists are continuing to break records this year with the amount of nominations they have received. SZA is the top nominee with nine nominations, as her SOS album was a hit and broke various records, one being that , SOS was the first album from a black female artist to top the Billboard 200 chart in its first two weeks since Beyoncés self-titled album in 2013. 

  Her collaboration “Ghost in the Machine”  with Phoebe Bridgers was also a hit, and Bridgers is right behind her with seven nominations.   

“I love that song. I actually got to see it live in New York when SZA brought Phoebe out on stage as a surprise,” said senior Kaylie Ubaldo.

  The indie group Bridgers is a part of, Boygenius, also brought in a rewarding seven nominations. The “Not Strong Enough” singers have skyrocketed in their career this year with their debut album, The Record.

  “Boygenius should win them all,” said senior Paige Mason. 

  Fan favorites Billie Eilish, Miley Cyrus, Olivia Rodrigo, and Taylor Swift are all nominated for six Grammys, Eilish being the only one who didn’t put out an album this year. 

  The “What Was I Made For” singer received five nominations for her beloved song in Barbie. Altogether, songs in the Barbie movie received eleven nominations in seven different categories. 

  Eilish also received a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her collab with Labrinth, “Never Felt So Alone.”

  The alternative categories this year are filled with Lana Del Rey, Arctic Monkeys, Boygenuis, Metallica, Foo Fighters and more. 

  Another popular category, rap, has highlighted rap songs by Doja Cat, Drake and 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice, and Killer Mike Featuring André 3000, Future, and Eryn Allen Kane. 

 Drake and 21 Savage’s collaborative album “Her Loss” is nominated for Best Rap Album.

 “This one has to go to Drake and 21 Savage. They kill it every time,” said senior Miles Rice. 

  Without producers, these songs wouldn't be what they are. The most commonly known producer nominated this year is Jack Antonoff. He is up for Taylor Swift's album Midnights, Lana Del Rey’s album Did You Know That There's A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd, The 1975’s album Being Funny In A Foreign Language, and Victoria Monét’s JAGUAR II

  There will also be three new Grammy categories that will debut: Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album, and Best Pop Dance Recording. 

  The 66th Grammy awards will be on Sunday, February 4, 2024, starting live at five pm on CBS Television Network and streaming on Paramount Plus.