Having been the subject of ample debate, the Recording Academy have made clear that they have listened to the feedback and implemented changes accordingly. Notably to a number of the “Urban” and Latin categories.
Chnages have also been made to the eligibility of the Best New Artist award – one of the show’s “big four.”
In a statement trumpeting the news, Harvey Mason Jr, Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy said:
“I’m excited to announce our latest changes, as we’re constantly evaluating our Awards process and evolving it to ensure the GRAMMY Awards are inclusive and reflect the current state of the music industry. The Academy accepts proposals for rule changes from members of the music community throughout the year that are carefully reviewed and, if accepted, ultimately ratified at our annual Board meeting, a process that we are proud to have continued in this challenging year.”
Changes have been made to the eligibility of the best new act category as there is no longer a specified maximum number of releases prohibiting artists from entering the Best New Artist category. As such, the screening committees will be charged with determining whether the artist had attained a breakthrough or prominence prior to the eligibility year.