Thanks to Sunday’s killer lineup of female winners, the Grammys’ number of female winners increased by 82 per cent since last year.
A whopping 31 awards out of the 86 categories went to women in music, a big jump from last year’s low number of 17.
Among those winners, Kacey Musgraves, Dua Lipa, H.E.R., Lady Gaga and more. Musgraves also took home the most awards of the night, landing her four trophies in total for Album Of The Year, Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Album.
“I think that women have a really necessary perspective to art, to music and it’s really nice to see that getting a chance to be included,” the “Golden Hour” singer said backstage. “I think it takes two to tango and I think it takes women having the balls to put out art that might not always be liked by everyone. But it also takes people on the other side of that to reach out and give those things a chance to be heard or seen.”
The increase comes after CEO Neil Portnow suggested it was up to women to “step up” after the 2018 awards ceremony.
Following his controversial comments, the Grammys announced a new initiative to improve “female advancement.” “The Recording Academy is establishing an independent task force to review every aspect of what we do as an organization and identify where we can do more to overcome the explicit barriers and unconscious biases that impede female advancement in the music community,” he said.