A major eligibility rule change for the Grammy’s are allowing online music to gete recognized.
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.
“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.
— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) June 16, 2016
Expect other changes for the next Grammys presentation, the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration has been renamed as Best Rap/Sung Performance. Also two new categories (Best Traditional Blues Album and Best Contemporary Blues Album) have been 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.