As the world of music evolves, so should the awards, right? Younger generations are changing the game of the industry and the Recording Academy is well aware of such. Today, they officially announced the conversation that has been on the rocks for years. Stream exclusive releases will now be eligible for consideration for the Grammy Award nominations.
"Our trustees felt like the time had come; it's been on our radar for a couple of years now," stated Recording Academy SVP of Awards Bill Freimuth about the inclusion of streaming. "The goal was to include recordings that were worthy of Grammy consideration that were streaming-only -- which it turns out were a pretty small number -- and exclude the 12-year-old singing a Beyonce cover into her comb that's easy to put up online also these days for streaming."
Not only are they including this new aspect, but they're also changing up the "Best New Artist" guidelines, removing the necessity for an artist to have released an album within the "eligibility period." The new rules state that an artist "must have released a minimum of five singles/tracks or one album, but no more than 30 singles/tracks or three albums."
The rap genre is taking a twist as well. "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" is now pinned as to "Best Rap/Sung Performance," targeting artists like Drake that teeter on the line between singing and rapping.
The number of categories that members are allowed to vote on moved down from 20 to 15 to "encourage members to vote only in those categories in which they are most knowledgeable, passionate, and qualified." Which, in our opinion, is always a safe move.