Sunday, June 19, 2016

#TheGrammys CHANGE eligibility rules to allow STREAMING! [details]

As the way we LISTEN and acquire music CHANGES so is the Grammys! 

Bill Freimuth, Senior Vice President of Awards for The Recording Academy, helped the iconic award show announce several changes today, one of them being the eligibility of streaming-only recordings that Chance the Rapper, in particular, has been vying for.

“The GRAMMYs aren’t just peer-awarded, they’re peer-driven,” Freimuth said in a statement to press. “Throughout the year, members of the music community come to us asking to make changes to the Awards process, and we work with them to figure out how those changes might work.

Beyond this major move, other changes are also taking effect. For instance, the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration has been renamed as Best Rap/Sung Performance. Elsewhere, two new categories (Best Traditional Blues Album and Best Contemporary Blues Album) were added, the Best New Artist guidelines were amended, and the number of categories in which voters can vote on was decreased from 20 to 15.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Feb. 12, 2017. The eligibility period is Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2016.

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