June 15, 2017

Grammys Make BIG Changes To Top Album & Rap Categories

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Grammys Make BIG Changes To Top Album & Rap Categories
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It’s official. The Grammy’s are keeping up with the times.

They are making big changes to the way the way they vote, especially for top album and rap categories. A

The changes will now allow all 13,000 members to vote online. On top of that songwriters that are credited in at least 33 percent or more of playtime on an album (this includes songwriters, producers, engineers, mixers, mastering engineers, featured artists), will all receive a Grammy.

There will now also be a Nominations Review Committee for all rap categories along with contemporary instrumental, and New Age Fields.

Other changes include the following according to The Academy:

Album Definition Expanded To Allow For More Inclusion In Classical, Dance, And Jazz Fields
To be eligible for Grammy consideration, an album must comprise a minimum total playing time of 15 minutes with at least five distinct tracks or a minimum total playing time of 30 minutes with no minimum track requirement. Prior to this amended album definition, the only delineation was 15 minutes and five tracks. The definition expansion allows for greater inclusion of music creators who produce longer pieces, particularly in the Classical, Dance, and Jazz Fields. 

Amendments To The Music For Visual Media Field 
As a general rule, only one version of a track is permitted for entry in the GRAMMY Awards process. Moving forward, an exception will be made in the Best Song Written For Visual Media category, allowing the film version of a track to be entered in the category, even if a different version of the track is submitted in other categories. In the Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media category, eligibility guidelines have been amended to require soundtrack albums for a documentary or biopic to contain 51 percent or more of newly recorded music.