Grammy Awards: So, so male

Female artists who stepped up with killer albums in 2017

Alessia Cara at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Courtesy of

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards took place on January 28, 2018, and left much to be desired, with only a single televised award given to a female artist. Alessia Cara won Best New Artist, while all thirteen other televised awards were handed out to males.

As if that isn’t bad enough, the president of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, was asked about the gender misrepresentation in a post-show press conference, to which he responded by saying women in the industry need to “step up” if they “want to be part of the industry on an executive level.” The executive producer of the Grammys, Ken Ehrlich, later responded to the controversy by saying “hopefully we’ll see Taylor Swift next year,” in an interview with Variety.

In light of #GrammysSoMale, here is a list of thirteen albums released in 2017 by women who stepped up and deserve recognition for their hard work.

  1. “Soft Spots” by Adult Mom
  2. “Melodrama” by Lorde
  3. “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” by Halsey
  4. “Main Girl” EP by Charlotte Cardin
  5. “Something to Tell You” by HAIM
  6. “Truth Is a Beautiful Thing” by London Grammar
  7. “After Laughter” by Paramore
  8. “Crawl Space” by Tei Shi
  9. “Younger Now” by Miley Cyrus
  10. “The Valley” by Betty Who
  11. “Pleasure” by Feist
  12. “Powerplant” by Girlpool
  13. “Masseduction” by St. Vincent