Nominations were announced this morning (Nov. 28) for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, and the list includes several out musicians and songwriters. Queer songwriter (and GLAAD board member) Justin Tranter received his first Song of the Year nomination, for his co-write on frequent collaborator Julia Michaels’ mega-hit “Issues.”
“It is exciting to see groundbreaking LGBTQ artists like Lady Gaga, Kesha, Justin Tranter, Kehlani, and Shane McAnally recognized on the music industry’s largest stage,” Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, said in a statement. “They represent so many talented LGBTQ music artists who don’t receive the same recognition despite critical acclaim and widespread popularity… As more and more artists and writers step forward and reflect the diverse identities and orientations of society, it’s important that the Recording Academy and the industry at large step up their game to recognize all worthy talent and performances.”
Kesha and Lady Gaga each earned two nominations; the women will face off in the Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance categories. While Gaga has had 17 nominations throughout her career, this is the first time Kesha has been recognized by the Recording Academy.
Kehlani, who has eschewed labels and had relationships with both men and women, was nominated for Best R&B Performance. She will also be accepting the ‘Rule Breaker’ award at the Billboard’s Women in Music event this Thursday (Nov 30).
Meanwhile, out songwriter Shane McAnally will be competing against himself, as he earned two nominations in the Best Country Song category, for Sam Hunt’s “Body Like A Back Road” and Midland “Drinkin’ Problem.”
The Grammys will air live on CBS from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, Jan. 28. The final round of Grammy voting runs from Dec. 7-21.