>> A year after the Grammy Awards caught flak for lack of female nominees, the organization is changing its tune. Cardi B, Janelle Monae, and Brandi Carlile are among the top contenders for this year's awards. For Album of the Year, five of the eight nominees are women. For Best New Artist, six of eight.
Carlile leads the women with the most with six. Behind her, breakout reality star turned hip-hop artist Cardi B scored five. On the same day, she also appeared, not on stage, but in a New York city courtroom following a dust up with the law at a strip club earlier this year.
The top two nominated artists overall, Kendrick Lamar with eight, and Drake with seven, both hip-hop's hottest stars. The biggest snubs? Ariana Grande, who failed to make it into any of the top categories, and two time Album of the Year recipient, Taylor Swift, for her 2017 offering Reputation. Overlooking megastar Swift could prove risky.
Last year's show suffered a whopping 24% drop in adults 18 to 49 so the pressure's on to deliver. The 61st annual Grammy Awards air February 10 on CBS.