The Recording Academy® announced today that it made vital changes to its Awards process that reflect its ongoing commitment to evolve with the musical landscape and ensure that the GRAMMY Awards® rules and guidelines are transparent and equitable.
Among the changes is the elimination of Nominations Review Committees, a reduction in the number of categories in which voters may vote, two GRAMMY® Award category additions, and more.
These updates resulted from extensive discussions and collaboration over the last year amongst a special subcommittee of Recording Academy members and elected leaders.
The Academy’s Board of Trustees voted on them.
These changes go into effect immediately for the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards® taking place on Jan. 31, 2022.
The eligibility period for the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards is Sept. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021.
Additional rule amendment proposals will be discussed and voted on at an upcoming Recording Academy meeting, and the complete rulebook for the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be released in May.
APPROVED RULE AMENDMENTS INCLUDE:
Voting Process Changes
Elimination Of Nominations Review Committees In General And Genre Fields
Nominations in all of the GRAMMY Award general and genre fields will now be determined by a majority, peer-to-peer vote of voting members of the Recording Academy.
Previously, many of the categories within these fields utilized 15-30 highly skilled music peers who represented and voted within their genre communities for the final selection of nominees.
With this change, the results of GRAMMY nominations and winners are placed back in the hands of the entire voting membership body, giving further validation to the peer-recognized process.
To further support this amendment, the Academy has confirmed that more than 90 percent of its members will have gone through the requalification process by the end of this year, ensuring that the voting body is actively engaged in music creation.
Reduction In Number Of Categories Voter May Vote
To ensure music creators are voting in the most knowledgeable and qualified categories, the number of specific genre field categories in which GRAMMY Award Voters may vote has been reduced from 15 to 10.
Additionally, those ten categories must be within no more than three fields.
All voters are permitted to vote in the four General Field categories (Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist).
Proposed by a unique voting Task Force who brought forth the recommendation, this change serves as an additional safeguard against bloc voting.
It helps to uphold the GRAMMY Award as a celebration of excellence in music, with specific genre field categories being voted on by the most qualified peers.
Craft Category Realignment
To better reflect the overlapping peer groups within the voter membership body, six existing craft fields will be consolidated into the Presentation Field and Production Field.
In either newly consolidated field, voters would have the ability to choose how many categories they feel qualified to vote in, respecting category vote limits, without being excessively limited by the three-field restriction.
This benefits the integrity of these Awards by embracing and utilizing the specializations of the voters without restricting their choice or contributions due to the field limits imposed by the recent reduction of the number of categories voters may vote in. Field updates are as follows:
- Package Field, Notes Field, and Historical Field renamed and consolidated to Presentation Field
- Production, Non-Classical Field; Production, Immersive Audio Field; and Production, Classical Field renamed and reduced to Production Field
New Categories Added
Two new categories have been added, bringing the total number of GRAMMY Award categories to 86:
- Best Global Music Performance (Global Music Field)
- Best Música Urbana Album (Latin Music Field)
The Recording Academy accepts proposals from members of the music community throughout the year.
The Awards & Nominations Committee, comprised of Academy Voting Members of diverse genres and backgrounds, meets annually to review proposals to update Award categories, procedures, and eligibility guidelines.
The above rule amendments were voted on and passed at a Recording Academy Board of Trustees meeting held on Apr. 30, 2021.
For information on the Awards process, visit www.grammy101.com.
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