Sonia Noorbakhsh, UC Berkeley
The beloved artist released a new record after a five-year wait, which comes complete with mature vocals and styles.
Rory Conlon, De Anza College
In light of a battle over her master recordings, Swift has re-recorded her fourth album, and she did not disappoint.
Esha Shah, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Chelsea Cutler’s sophomore record deviates from her older music in the best ways possible, giving her fans hope for the present and the future.
Joy Young, Chapman University
The powerful pop sensation’s debut album is a nod to the chaos and dreaminess of youth.
Mason Cannon, Columbia University
There has been a recent wave of fantastic releases from rising and risen woman musicians, and fans of the genre have the pleasure of witnessing this changing of the guard.
Sarah Esquivel, University of Texas at San Antonio
With plenty of highly anticipated releases and online concerts slated for this year, here are the female artists to keep an ear out for.
Eva Halvax, University of Arizona
The EP channels anxieties toward a bleak reality, employing the upbeat nature of indie-pop alongside feelings of loss, emptiness and the desire to escape.
Asha MacKay, Wellesley College
The title track begins, ‘You want a timeless song, I want to change the game.’ Over the course of 11 tracks, the British pop star accomplishes her goal.
Caleb Dukes, Rice University
Released just moments after her Sweetener World Tour ended, this recording perfectly captures the intensity and skill of the musician’s live performances.
Megan Thompson, Montclair State University
The young singer brought fans down a road toward the weird and wonderful world of the average teenage girl.
From the casual lyric drops to dragging misogynists, the musician took important stands and summed up an influential, storied career (so far).
Maya Ramani, University of Virginia
The four major categories will now have eight nominations instead of the usual five.
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