SZA leads Grammy nominations with nine as women dominate top categories

Pop’s superstar women including Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish on Friday dominated the nominations for the 66th annual Grammy Awards, the music world’s top prizes, as SZA scooped the most chances at gold with nine.

Olivia Rodrigo, Phoebe Bridgers and the rock supergroup boygenius are also strong contenders at the February 4 gala, where music from the blockbuster film “Barbie” is likely to clean up as well.

In-demand producer Jack Antonoff scored six nominations for his work with both Swift and Lana Del Rey, the baroque pop singer whose album “Did you know there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd” earned her several nominations.

SZA — the acerbic, R&B risk-taker whose layered tales of romance earned her acclaim with her debut “Ctrl” in 2017 and saw her top the charts again with 2022’s “SOS” — is poised to reign over the gala, with nominations spanning the categories.

And Bridgers, one-third of the supergroup boygenius with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus, earned seven nominations while the collective group earned six, both in the top fields as well as in the rock categories.

The already decorated Eilish has six chances for a Grammy thanks to her work on Greta Gerwig’s summer smash “Barbie” film, whose soundtrack that also features Dua Lipa earned nominations in the major categories and the visual media fields.

And if Swift’s “Midnights” wins Album of the Year, it would be a record-breaking fourth win of the prize for the 33-year-old who’s already on top of the music world.