Grammys Cut Top Four Awards from 10 to Eight Nominations

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Grammys Nominated 8 out of 10 for Album, Song, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist

as every year, Registration Academy updated its rules and guidelines following its six-month board of trustees meeting, and Three new categories were announced earlier this weekToday, a big change has emerged among a few less influential ones: The top four categories – album, song and record of the year and best new artist – have been reduced from 10 to eight categories.

An AI-related rule was also introduced, which effectively states that only human creators are eligible to receive the award, but that, like everything AI, requires a comprehensive set of caveats to cover the vast possibilities that technology makes possible in this still-developing space. ; The full list appears below.)

Number of nominations for these categories suddenly expanded from eight to 10 In November 2021, just before the 2022 nominees were announced – a surprising and confusing line of events, as such changes often happen after annual board meetings. Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. He told Variety at the time that the change was “an incredible opportunity to honor more artists and shine a light on more great music, and potentially a greater opportunity to honor more music genres.” . “Some suspected this was done to get Taylor Swift to get the best new album nomination for her album “Evermore,” thereby increasing her chances of appearing on the show and raising its ratings; However, this accusation, firmly refuted by the Academy, was underscored by the second album that benefited from the expansion: “Donda”, whose controversial behavior Kanye West endeared him to a few.

Regardless, two years later it became clear that the 10 nominees in these major categories were at least cumbersome: They stretched the show, watered down the honor, and perhaps most importantly, skewed the winners. Probably unexpectedly, similar to the results of the 2018 Grammys. That year, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar, probably two of the world’s greatest and most influential rappers, competed for album of the year and other major awards, and neither of them won. Many felt that such a difficult choice in the same genre of music actually split the vote, and as a result, Bruno Mars swept all three of the top categories.

The move reflects the Academy’s more openness to change in recent years, a feature of Mason’s tenure. Where it took years or even decades to make major changes in the past, the board is far more willing to readjust—and in this case reverse—policies it no longer thinks work.

Other updates that matter – notably the fact that it’s following in full, if not that big, according to the Academy’s announcement:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Protocols

The GRAMMY Award recognizes creative excellence. Only human creators are eligible to be considered, nominated, or win a GRAMMY Award for a GRAMMY Award. A work without human authority is not eligible in any Category. A work containing elements of AI material (ie material produced using AI technology) is eligible in the applicable Categories; however: (1) the human authority component of the submitted work must be significant and more than trivial; (2) the human authorship component in question must be relevant to the Category in which the work in question is entered (for example, music and/or lyrics if the work is submitted in a lyric Category; if the work is submitted in a performance Category, it must be more than performance-wise and de minimis human authorship ); and (3) the author(s) of any AI material included in the study are not eligible to be candidates or GRAMMY recipients so long as their contribution to the work consists of such AI material. De minimis is defined as devoid of importance or significance; small enough to deserve to be ignored.

General Area: Two Existing Categories Moved to General Area (Previously Announced)

The current Year Songwriter, Non-Classical and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical categories have been moved to the General Area. Five candidates will continue to appear in these categories.

General Area: Updated Number of Candidates in Four Categories

The number of nominations in the Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist General Area categories was reduced from 10 to 8.

General Area: Update on Nomination Requirements for Album of the Year Category

The basis for earning nominations in the Album of the Year category for acclaimed artists, featured artists, songwriters, producers, engineers, mixers and mastering engineers has been increased to 20% of the album’s playing time.

Jazz, Traditional Pop, Contemporary Instrumental and Musical Theater Space: Best Jazz Performance

Formerly known as Best Improvised Jazz Solo, the Category has been renamed and redefined as Best Jazz Performance.

Latin, Global, Reggae and New Age, Ambient or Chant Field: Best Musical Mexicana Album (Including Tejano)

Formerly known as Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano), the Category has been renamed Best Música Mexicana Album (Including Tejano).

Visual Media, Music Video/Film Venue: Threshold Shift for Best Music Film

The previous requirement, 51% performance-based material, has been removed from the Best Music Film category. This Category recognizes excellence in concert/performance films or music documentaries that are first broadcast for sale to the public or shown on television or online for the first time in the current year of eligibility. This Category includes music-oriented and individual music videos that together form a visual album (if the videos are packaged and entered as one compatible movie). While dramatic feature films and biographical films are not eligible, films containing fictional elements are.

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