The Recording Academy has revealed the latest updates to the rules and guidelines for the Grammy Awards! The latest changes follow revisions that were previously unveiled back in April.
On Wednesday, May 26, Harvey Mason Jr., chair and interim president/CEO of the Recording Academy stated: “Our peer-driven awards process is all about engagement, and nothing is more invigorating than seeing our members take part in submitting proposals to move the Academy forward”.
He added that, “We’re proud to work alongside today’s music creators to ensure their vision for the music industry is reflected in all that we do, and to continue our commitment to transparency by making these updates readily available to anyone that wishes to submit their art for Grammy recognition.”
Among the approved rule amendments are the expansion of nominee and recipient eligibility for the ‘Album of the Year’ category, renaming of the ‘Best Dance Recording’ category to ‘Best Dance/Electronic Recording’, the allowance of singles in five classical field categories.
Amendments also include clearer limits to the number of people who can be awarded in the ‘Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media’ category, clarification on eligibility for music film field categories, the adding of a second ‘Technical Grammy Awards’ and, most importantly, a redefining of what qualifies an album to be a contender in the crucial album field categories.
From now on, in order to be eligible for Grammy Award consideration, an album must contain greater than 75 per cent playing time of newly recorded and previously unreleased recordings, in comparison with previous 50 per cent.
Nearly all of the changes are effective immediately, which means that they will be in play for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, which is now set for January 2022.