Lady Gaga, Kesha, Justin Tranter, Shane McAnally among LGBTQ-inclusive Grammy nominees

Nominations were announced this morning for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, and the list includes several LGBTQ musicians and songwriters. Singer/songwriter Andra Day revealed the nominees in the four major General Field categories (Best New Artist, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Album Of The Year) live on "CBS This Morning.”

Among those four, out queer songwriter - and GLAAD board member - Justin Tranter received a songwriting nomination in the Song of the Year category for his work with good friend (and LGBTQ ally) Julia Michaels on her mega-hit “Issues.” Michaels was also nominated for Best New Artist.

The Best Pop Solo Performance category will be one to watch this year, with bisexual artists Kesha and Lady Gaga both nominated, for “Praying” and “Million Reasons,” respectively. Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, and Ed Sheeran round out this category for “Love So Soft,” “What About Us,” and “Shape of You,” respectively.

"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. They represent so many talented LGBTQ music artists who don’t receive the same recognition despite critical acclaim and widespread popularity,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. "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.”

Kehlani, who is "very openly queer" as she told MTV and who has had relationships with both men and women, was nominated for Best R&B Performance for “Distraction.”

In the Best Country Song category, out songwriter Shane McAnally was nominated twice - once for Sam Hunt’s “Body Like A Back Road” and again for “Drinkin' Problem,” performed by Midland. “Body Like A Back Road” has become one of the most successful country songs of all time, breaking a number of records in its historic chart run.

Jay-Z was nominated in the Album of the Year category for “4:44”; his mother, Gloria Carter, came out as a lesbian on the album’s third track, “Smile.” LGBTQ ally Lorde was nominated in Album of the Year for her album “Melodrama,” which features a track (“Liability”) about same-sex love.

LGBTQ advocates Imagine Dragons were nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Thunder,” where they’ll compete against ally Alessia Cara for her featured work on the Zedd track, “Stay.” In the Best Pop Vocal Album category their new album, “Evolve,” will compete against Kesha’s “Rainbow” and Gaga’s “Joanne.”

The late Carrie Fisher received a posthumous nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for “The Princess Diarist.” Fisher presented the Vanguard Award to her stepmother Elizabeth Taylor at the 11th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in 2000 in Los Angeles.

In the Best Musical Theater Album category out songwriter Benj Pasek was nominated both as a producer and composer/lyricist along his ally songwriter partner, Justin Paul, for their work on “Dear Evan Hanson.” They’ll compete in that category alongside longtime gay icon and ally Bette Midler, for her performance as a principal soloist in the revival of “Hello, Dolly!”

Pasek and Paul were also nominated for the song “City of Stars,” from the soundtrack to the film “La La Land,” in the Best Song Written For Visual Media category. They’ll compete against queer singer Sia, who’s nominated for “Never Give Up” from the film “Lion.” Out credited music supervisor Steven Gizicki was also nominated for his work on “La La Land’s” soundtrack.

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, January 28th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT from Madison Square Garden in New York City (the first time since 2003, that the Grammys have taken place outside of Los Angeles). This year’s ceremony will be hosted for the second year in a row by James Corden.

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