In the past week, we have seen a surge of interest for a Grammy category that honours free releases. To date, only commercial releases are eligible. Chance The Rapper, a prime example, has spearheaded a petition that hopes to instate an award for artists who are not charging listeners to consume what they create.
This request has quickly garnered coverage from media outlets and vocal support from fans. It is reported that the institution responsible for the Grammys is taking notice. Talks might be underway to make this long-overdue category for free releases a reality.
A spokesperson said, “The Grammy Awards process is fluid and, like music, continues to evolve. As a peer-voted award, the awards process is also peer-determined. Each spring, music creators in the community work with Recording Academy staff to prepare and submit proposals, which are then reviewed by the Board and announced shortly thereafter”.
If you would like to, please sign the official petition through change.org, which was approaching 28,000 signatures at last count.