For the first time in Grammys history, the 2021 nominations for the Best Rock Performance category are all women or female-fronted acts.
The Recording Academy unveiled the nominees yesterday (November 24). This year’s Best Rock Performance nominees are Fiona Apple, for “Shameika” from her long-awaited and much-lauded album Fetch the Bolt Cutters; Big Thief, for “Not” from Two Hands, their second album of 2020; Phoebe Bridgers, for “Kyoto” from Punisher; Haim, for “The Steps” from Women in Music Part III; Brittany Howard, for “Stay High” from her debut solo album Jaime; and finally Grace Potter for “Daylight,” the title track of her 2019 record.
Some of the nominees have responded to the history-making slate of contenders. Haim, who also received a nod for Album of the Year, posted a cheeky photo to Instagram, proclaiming, “Women DO make the best rock music.”
Bridgers—who also snagged noms for Best New Artist, Best Rock Song (also for “Kyoto”) and Best Alternative Music Album—tweeted her dazed reaction to the news: “I just woke up what,” before sharing a screengrab of a meme her mother sent her:
The other Best Rock Performance nominees also received other nods. Apple’s “Shameika,” Big Thief’s “Not” and Howard’s “Stay High” are also up for Best Rock Song. Fetch the Bolt Cutters and Jaime are also in competition for Best Alternative Music Album.
Howard’s “Goat Head” is nominated for Best R&B Performance, and “Short and Sweet” for Best American Roots Performance. Jaime is also a contender for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
The 63rd Grammy Awards will air January 31, 2021. See the full list of nominations here.