The Grammys Change The Game For Hip-Hop

Written by Dorica Santos

The Grammys Awards are planning to transition to online voting for it’s 13,000 members and have change the rules for some categories including, ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Music For Visual Media Field.’

According to Bill Freimuth, the Academy’s Senior VP of the Awards, voting online will help attract younger votes and touring musicians who are not home for the voting season. He is confident this will work because their sister organisation, The Latin Grammys, had made this transition and “found that voting participation increased significantly.”

As some of you may know, the Grammys did not really recognise songwriters, however, thanks to the recent changes to its top category, ‘Album of the Year,’ ALL music creators with at least 33 percent involvement on the winning award are eligible to receive a Grammy. For those who don’t know, music creators include the following: songwriters, producers, engineers, mixers, mastering engineers and featured artists. There is more to an album than you think.

We are not quite done yet. The Recording Academy have also decided to create Nominations Review Committees for Contemporary Instrumental, New Age Fields and after a long awaited time, Rap. These changes will definitely benefit the Hip Hop society. Can you imagine, when these committees started in 1989 there was only Jazz and Classical? Madness.

These changes will take place immediately and voting for the 2018 Grammy Awards will include songs and albums released between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept.30, 2017. If you wish to know about these changes it details find out here.


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