Categories Have Been Cut Down For Next Year’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards – Plus, Years That Follow

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GRAMMY Awards has changed their rules

In Santa Monica, CA a conference was held at The Academy’s headquarters. This morning (April 6) was a huge day for the music industry.  In effort to continue to evolve, The Recording Academy has restructured their GRAMMY Awards process.

In 2012 viewers will notice the change in the Annual Grammy Awards, as the variations to the music categories will be in full effect. In recent years, 109 completed the total number of categories available. From this point on, there will only be a total of 78 categories with a minimum of 40 district artist entries will be required in each Category (up from 25). In addition, our fellow artist will compete head-to-head; in addition, men and women will no longer have seperate catagories.  

“Every year, we diligently examine our Awards structure to develop an overall guiding vision and ensure that it remains a balanced and viable process,” said Portnow. “After careful and extensive review and analysis of all Categories and Fields, it was objectively determined that our GRAMMY Categories be restructured to the continued competition and prestige of the highest and only peer-recognized award in music.”

Known for its prestige and peer-recognition, The GRAMMY Awards have grown tremendously from 28 categories in 1959 to 109 categories (most recent counting, prior to cutbacks). Along with cutbacks, The GRAMMY Awards have also established two new rules. If a category receives between 25 -39 entries, only three recordings would receive nominations that year. Should there be few than 25 entries in a Category, that category would immediately go on hiatus for the current year. If a Category receives fewer than 25 entries for three consecutive years, the Category would be discontinued, and submissions would be entered in the next most appropriate Category.

The second rule change is regarding voting. Previously, voting members were allowed to vote in up to nine genre Fields plus the General Field on the first ballot and eight genre Fields plus the General Field on the second ballot, including every category within each chosen Field. Now, on each ballot, voters may vote in up to 20 Categories in the genre Fields plus the four Categories of the General Field — which includes Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist.

kanyegrammy

GRAMMY Awards has changed their rules

In Santa Monica, CA a conference was held at The Academy’s headquarters. This morning (April 6) was a huge day for the music industry.  In effort to continue to evolve, The Recording Academy has restructured their GRAMMY Awards process.

In 2012 viewers will notice the change in the Annual Grammy Awards, as the variations to the music categories will be in full effect. In recent years, 109 completed the total number of categories available. From this point on, there will only be a total of 78 categories with a minimum of 40 district artist entries will be required in each Category (up from 25). In addition, our fellow artist will compete head-to-head; in addition, men and women will no longer have seperate catagories.  

“Every year, we diligently examine our Awards structure to develop an overall guiding vision and ensure that it remains a balanced and viable process,” said Portnow. “After careful and extensive review and analysis of all Categories and Fields, it was objectively determined that our GRAMMY Categories be restructured to the continued competition and prestige of the highest and only peer-recognized award in music.”

Known for its prestige and peer-recognition, The GRAMMY Awards have grown tremendously from 28 categories in 1959 to 109 categories (most recent counting, prior to cutbacks). Along with cutbacks, The GRAMMY Awards have also established two new rules. If a category receives between 25 -39 entries, only three recordings would receive nominations that year. Should there be few than 25 entries in a Category, that category would immediately go on hiatus for the current year. If a Category receives fewer than 25 entries for three consecutive years, the Category would be discontinued, and submissions would be entered in the next most appropriate Category.

The second rule change is regarding voting. Previously, voting members were allowed to vote in up to nine genre Fields plus the General Field on the first ballot and eight genre Fields plus the General Field on the second ballot, including every category within each chosen Field. Now, on each ballot, voters may vote in up to 20 Categories in the genre Fields plus the four Categories of the General Field — which includes Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist.

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