By Nobetternina (@nobetternina)
After banishing their “secret voting committees”, because of the intense backlash they faced for completely snubbing Toronto’s own The Weeknd from this year’s awards, the Grammy’s have revealed some new rules and guidelines, all except for one being effective immediately.
The academy made some changes when it comes to eligibility for the Album of the Year category, with all credited featured artists, songwriters of new material, producers, recording engineers, mixers and mastering engineers who worked on the nominated album, all being automatically nominated as well.
The Best Dance Recording category has been changed to widen the scope of submissions to Best Dance/Electronic Recording. Changes to classical music categories, music for visual media field, best music film, Special Merit Awards, and promotional restrictions were also made, along with one more rule that won’t take effect until 2023.
For a project to be considered for Album of the Year it must contain more than 75% playing time of newly recorded and previously unreleased material. “Newly recorded” is defined by the Grammy’s as being recorded within the last five years, with this particular rule taking effect in 2023.
These changes sound effective, but I’m sure it won’t change The Weeknd’s mind when it comes to submitting his music to the Grammy’s ever again.