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Big Changes Are Coming to the GRAMMYs! Here’s What You Need to Know…

Big Changes Are Coming to the GRAMMYs! Here’s What You Need to Know…

The 2021 ceremony may still be fresh in our memories, but plans for the 2022 GRAMMYs are already in the works. The Academy has just announced that there are changes coming to music’s most prestigious awards ceremony and we’re chomping at the bit to learn more…

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What changes will be made to The GRAMMYs?

It was stated that the change comes to “reflect its ongoing commitment to evolve with the musical landscape and to ensure that the GRAMMY Awards rules and guidelines are transparent and equitable.”

In a press release, The Recording Academy shared the news of significant changes being made to the awards process which includes ending the “secret” committees. Future GRAMMYs awards, including the next awards in January 2022, will be selected by its 11,000+ voting members, rather than committees of 15-30 industry experts. 

Nominations will now be decided by a majority peer-to-peer vote of voting members of the Recording Academy. 90% of the members will now be expected to go through a requalification process before the end of the year, which will ensure that the voting body is actively engaging in music creation. 

In addition to this, there are plans for reductions in the number of categories in which the voters will be able to vote. To make sure that music creators are voting in the categories in which they have the most knowledge and are qualified, the number of specific genre field categories in which voters can vote in has had a reduction from 15 to 10. All voters are allowed to vote in the four General Field categories (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.)

Something else that is included in the changes is the eligibility period for the GRAMMYs. The 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards eligibility period will now be from September 1st 2020, right through to September 30th, 2021. That’s allowing a whole bunch of releases that would normally have missed the mark to be eligible for submission, and we’re pretty stoked!

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Will there be any new award categories?

As a matter of fact, yes, there will be! Two new categories have been added to the GRAMMYs, which totals the number of categories to 86. These are Best Global Music Performance (Global Music Field), and Best Música Urbana Album (Latin Music Field.)

What led to the changes?

The new changes to the GRAMMYs are a result of “extensive discussions and collaboration over the course of the last year amongst a special subcommittee of Recording Academy members and elected leaders and were voted on by the Academy’s Board of Trustee.”

Many artists including the likes of Zayn, Halsey, and The Weeknd have spoken up about their thoughts on The Academy and the process, sparking in a major topic of discussion in the industry, and evidently, The Academy is listening. We’re glad to hear it!

What else is there to know?

The Recording Academy mentions that additional rule amendment proposals are to be discussed and voted on at the upcoming Recording Academy meeting, with the full rulebook for the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards being released later this month. So keep your eyes peeled!

See Also

You can read more about the process of voting for the GRAMMY Awards here.

What do you think about these changes? Who are you hoping will bag a nomination at next year’s awards? Let us know down in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP!

Get your serving of more content on The GRAMMYs, nominees, winners and more right here.


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