Beyoncé, Brandi Carlile & All the Women Vying for Producer of the Year Grammy Nominations


Last year, Linda Perry became the first woman in 15 years to receive a Grammy nomination for producer of the year, non-classical. Could a woman be nominated in that high-profile category two years running?

Several women have a shot, starting with Beyoncé, who is already the most nominated woman in Grammy history (66 noms). Queen Bey is on the entry list for co-producing Homecoming: The Live Album and The Lion King: The Gift. Beyoncé is vying to become the first female artist/producer to receive a nom in this category since 1998, when both Sheryl Crow and Lauryn Hill were nominated. (Beyoncé is listed as Beyoncé Knowles-Carter on the entry list in this category.)

Homecoming: The Live Album is a top contender for a best urban contemporary album nom. The Lion King: The Gift is vying for a best pop vocal album nom.

Brandi Carlile, a three-time Grammy-winner, is entered for co-producing Tanya Tucker's While I'm Livin'. The album, Tucker's first collection of new music in 17 years, is vying for a best country album nom. Carlile co-produced Tucker's album with Shooter Jennings, who is entered separately for producer of the year, non-classical.

Perry is vying to become the first woman to receive multiple noms in the history of the category. Her work this year included Dolly Parton's Dumplin' soundtrack, which is vying for a nom in the category of best compilation soundtrack for visual media. Perry also co-produced Natasha Bedingfield's first album in nine years, Roll With Me, and singles by Beatie Wolfe, Willa Amie and Lion. Perry has yet to win a Grammy.

St. Vincent, a two-time Grammy winner, is entered for producing Sleater-Kinney's The Center Won't Hold. It's a contender for a nom for best alternative music album — a category St. Vincent won as an artist five years ago.

Rhiannon Giddens is entered alongside Dirk Powell. They co-produced Our Native Daughters' Songs of Our Native Daughters, which is vying for a nom for best folk album. The quartet consists of Giddens, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell and Amythyst Kiah. Giddens won a 2010 Grammy for best traditional folk album.

Erica Brenner, a Grammy winner last year for producing Karim Sulayman's Songs Of Orpheus – Monteverdi, Caccini, D'India & Landi (which won as best classical solo vocal album), is entered for both producer of the year, non-classical and producer of the year, classical. (Neat trick.) She is entered on the non-classical side for producing Apollo's Fire's Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain, which is entered for best folk album, and CancerBlows: The Legends Return.

Patti Cathcart Andress, the female half of the jazz duo Tuck and Patti, is entered alongside her husband and musical partner Tuck Andress, for producing Denise Young's Soprano, which is entered for best traditional pop vocal album.

I.M. Rock N. Rollen, the sister-and-brother production team Tracey Milionis and William Kelly Milionis, is entered for their work on Dallas Hodge's Don't Forget about the Music We Made. They're vying for a nom for best contemporary blues album.

Rock Mafia, which consists of Tim James and Antonia Armato, is entered for producing singles and tracks by such artists as Darnell Williams.

Other female producers who are entered are Kenya Autie, Johnette Downing, Adrianne Duncan, Dawn Elder, Loretta Pieper Fradkin, Cynthia Haring & Katia Valdeos, Cindy Paulos, Marion Schwebel, Sh!tty Princess, Jeanette Sorrell and Julie Wolf.

If a woman is nominated this year for producer of the year, non-classical, it will be the first time that female producers have been nominated two years running since 1997-98.

Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman of Prince and the Revolution were the first women to be nominated in this category (1984). Janet Jackson was nominated in 1989 in collaboration with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Mariah Carey was nominated in 1991 in collaboration with Walter Afanasieff.

Paula Cole (1997) was the first woman to be nominated on her own in this category. Crow and Hill were both nominated on their own the following year, marking the only time in Grammy history that two women have been nominated, separately, in this category in the same year. Lauren Christy was nominated in 2003 as part of The Matrix.

A total of 239 producers (or production teams) are vying for producer of the year, non-classical. That's down from 260 who were entered in this category last year.