The Recording Academy is making main adjustments to the Grammy Awards.
The group mentioned Friday it has made changes “that replicate its ongoing dedication to evolve with the musical panorama and to make sure that the GRAMMY Awards guidelines and tips are clear and equitable.”
Among the many notable adjustments is the elimination of the nomination assessment committees, lengthy considered “secret” committees which were accused of wounding the possibilities of nominations and wins by artists.
“Nominations in all the GRAMMY Award common and style fields will now be decided by a majority, peer-to-peer vote of voting members of the Recording Academy,” the academy mentioned in an announcement. “Beforehand, most of the classes inside these fields utilized 15-30 extremely expert music friends who represented and voted inside their style communities for the ultimate number of nominees.”
The peer-recognized course of is designed to offer “additional validation” to the nominations and wins. Ninety p.c of the academy’s members will undergo a “requalification course of” this 12 months to find out if they’re “actively engaged in music creation.”
Moreover, the variety of classes that members of the voting physique could vote in has been diminished.
Now, solely voters which can be “most educated and certified” in a subject will be capable to vote in classes associated to that subject. Every member will likely be allowed to vote in solely 10 classes somewhat than 15.
“Moreover, these 10 classes have to be inside not more than three fields,” the group mentioned. “All voters are permitted to vote within the 4 Normal Area classes (File Of The Yr, Album Of The Yr, Track Of The Yr, and Greatest New Artist).”
Craft fields will now even be divided into presentation and manufacturing fields with members selecting which subject classes they really feel certified to vote in, “respecting class vote limits, with out being excessively restricted by the three-field restriction.”
Lastly, a pair of latest classes have been added: finest world music efficiency (world music subject) and finest música Urbana album (Latin music subject).
All adjustments are efficient instantly. The 64th annual Grammy Awards will air Jan. 31, 2022. The eligibility interval for the upcoming awards is ready from Sept. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021.