Grammys 2022: How Many Women Are Nominated and Which Female Artists Have Won Previously?

The Grammy Awards have been gender-neutral for almost a decade now and has since endured differing years of success when it comes to dividing the nominations evenly between men and women.

There are dozens of Grammys handed out each year and this year's ceremony will award 78 prizes to musicians and performers. Not all of them get the spotlight they deserve, but the main categories are often critiqued for their lack of gender diversity. In 2018 the terms #GrammysSoMale was trending online after every single major award was won by a male artist.

How has the Recording Academy performed this year when it comes to inclusion? Let's take a look at how many women have received Grammy nominations for the 2022 awards.

Female nominees in the main categories

Female artists at this year's Grammy Awards seem to have more representation than in previous years, outnumbering the men in a number of major categories.

For Record of the Year there are ten nominees, with four of them coming from solo female artists: Brandi Carlile, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo. Two others are groups featuring female singers (ABBA, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga) while three male solo artists are nominated (Lil Nas X, Justin Bieber, Jon Batiste) as well as one all=male group (Silk Sonic).

Fifty percent of the Album of the Year category goes to solo female artists as Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat and H.E.R. are all nominated. Lady Gaga is also nominated here for her collaboration album with Tony Bennett.

Song of the Year features another ten hits from the past year and female nominees actually outnumber their male counterparts here. The female nominees include "Right on Time" by Brandi Carlile, "Kiss Me More" by Doja Cat featuring SZA, "Happier Than Ever" by Billie Eilish, "Fight For You" by H.E.R., "drivers license" by Olivia Rodrigo and "A Beautiful Noise" by Alicia Keys and Brandi Carlile.

Olivia Rodrigo
Olivia Rodrigo is a first time Grammy Award nominee in 2022 but scored seven nods. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MRC

There's an even spread across the Best New Artist category too with four female nominees (Arooj Aftab, Arlo Parks, Olivia Rodrigo, Saweetie) up against four male musicians (Jimmie Allen, Baby Keem, Finneas, The Kid Laroi) and two groups (Japanese Breakfast, Glass Animals).

Women dominating pop

When it comes to genre-specific categories there are fewer nominees, and the pop-specific categories are heavily weighted towards the women.

Pop Solo Performance features just one male act, Justin Bieber, and he faces competition from Brandi Carlile, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande and Olivia Rodrigo. Likewise in the Best Pop Vocal Album, Justin Bieber is up against Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande and Olivia Rodrigo.

In the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album four out of the six nominees are solo female acts (Dolly Parton, Ledisi, Tori Kelly, Norah Jones), while Willie Nelson, and Lady Gaga's collaboration with Tony Bennett are also nominated.

Lady gaga and Tony Bennett
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett scored a combined six Grammy Award nominations for 2022 for their collaboration. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for LN

The Best Pop Duo/Group Performance swings the pendulum the other way as the nominees include BTS, Coldplay, Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, and Doja Cat featuring SZA.

Former winners nominated again

There are plenty of familiar names featured in this year's main categories, looking to repeat their successes of the past.

Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Brandi Carlile, Alicia Keys and H.E.R. have all won Grammys previously and are nominated once again in this year's general categories.

Doja Cat
Doja Cat has eight 2022 Grammy Award nominations. Jim Bennett/Film Magic

Doja Cat received three nominations last year but went home empty-handed. She has increased her odds of winning at the 2022 ceremony with eight nominations.

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Arena in Los Angeles on January 31, 2022, and will air on CBS.

Female Grammy winners
Billie Eilish, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Brandi Carlile and H.E.R. are all former winners at the Grammys, nominated again this year. Getty Images for The Recording Academy