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Three young musicians are making musical history with classical GRAMMY nominations / yahoo news

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Three young musicians are making a little piece of musical history as some of the first female Grammy nominees in the classical field. British violinist Nicola Benedetti, Lithuanian conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla and Icelandic composer Hildur Gudnadottir are all nominated for the first time, highlighting their contributions to music in three different disciplines.

Nicola Benedetti, 32, is being recognised in the category of Best Classical Instrumental Solo. In addition, American Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis is nominated for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his "Violin Concerto in D Major", written for Benedetti and on which she plays. She is the youngest ever female nominee in her category.

Hildur Gudnadottir is nominated for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for her work on HBO's television show "Chernobyl". The 37-year-old previously won an Emmy for the same title. She also took home a Golden Globe for Original Score for her soundtrack to Todd Phillips' box office smash "Joker" and subsequently received an Academy Award nod for Best Original Music Score for that film.

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, 33, is nominated for Best Orchestral Performance for her recording of "Weinberg: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 21", performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Making Grammy history as the first ever female conductor nominated in that category, Grazinyte-Tyla would be the youngest female conductor to get a Grammy in any category if she were to win, according to her publisher.

Reflecting on her achievements in the industry, Grazinyte-Tyla surmised: "Where is the right balance, men, women? What do we have to do to arrive to the right one? I'm happy to be a good example for those social issues but I really want to stay focused on what I'm doing because I think this is at the end the answer."

All three women are still in their 30s and have the potential to break records at this year's Grammys. They all hoped their successes would inspire other girls to pursue a career in music.