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The Recording Academy Announces Changes For 63rd Annual GRAMMYs, Releases Rules And Guidelines
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The Recording Academy Announces Changes For 63rd Annual GRAMMYs, Releases Rules And Guidelines

Among the changes are updates to the Best New Artist category, Latin, R&B and Rap Fields, Nominations Review Committees and more

GRAMMYs/Jun 10, 2020 - 07:00 pm

The Recording Academy announced today that it has made major changes to several rules and guidelines that reflect its ongoing commitment to evolve with the musical landscape and to ensure that the GRAMMY Awards nominating process and rules are more transparent and fair.                                

Among the changes are updates to the Best New Artist category, Latin, R&B and Rap Fields, Nominations Review Committees and more. The new changes go into effect immediately for the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. In addition, the GRAMMY Awards Rules & Guidelines are now, for the first time, available and can be found here. 

"I’m excited to announce our latest changes, as we're constantly evaluating our Awards process and evolving it to ensure the GRAMMY Awards are inclusive and reflect the current state of the music industry," said Harvey Mason jr., Chair & Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "The Academy accepts proposals for rule changes from members of the music community throughout the year that are carefully reviewed and, if accepted, ultimately ratified at our annual Board meeting, a process that we are proud to have continued in this challenging year."

"As a peer-driven and peer-voted award, members of the music community are directly involved in the growth and preservation of the GRAMMYs process,” said Bill Freimuth, Chief Awards Officer at the Recording Academy. "Each year we receive a number of rule change proposals from artists, producers and songwriters asking us to reevaluate our process to better reflect the current state of the music industry and how it's evolved over the past 12 months."

APPROVED RULE AMENDMENTS:

Best Urban Contemporary Album has been renamed Best Progressive R&B Album to appropriately categorize and describe this subgenre. This change includes a more accurate definition to describe the merit or characteristics of music compositions or performances themselves within the genre of R&B.

This category is intended to highlight albums that include the more progressive elements of R&B and may include samples and elements of hip-hop, rap, dance, and electronic music. It may also incorporate production elements found in pop, euro-pop, country, rock, folk and alternative.

Likewise, Best Rap/Sung Performance has been renamed Best Melodic Rap Performance to represent the inclusivity of the growing hybrid performance trends within the rap genre. The expanded category is defined as follows:

This category is intended to recognize solo and collaborative performances containing elements of rap and melody over modern production. This performance requires a strong and clear presence of melody combined with rap cadence, and is inclusive of dialects, lyrics or performance elements from non-rap genres including R&B, rock, country, electronic or more. The production may include traditional elements of rap or elements characteristic of the aforementioned non-rap genres.

In addition, Latin Pop Album has been renamed Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album, and Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album has been renamed Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album to migrate the genres of Latin urban and represent the current state and prominent representation in the Latin urban genres.

The Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album category is intended to recognize excellence in Latin pop or urban music recordings that utilize a stylistic intention, song structure, lyrical content, and/or musical presentation to create a sensibility that reflects the broad spectrum of Latin pop music style and culture. The category includes recordings from balladeers and commercial Latin music and is not limited to any one region.

The Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album category is intended to highlight Latin rock or alternative music recordings that utilize a stylistic intention, song structure, lyrical content and/or musical presentation to create a sensibility that reflects the broad spectrum of the Latin music style and culture.

Finally, there is no longer a specified maximum number of releases prohibiting artists from entering the Best New Artist category. As such, the screening committees will be charged with determining whether the artist had attained a breakthrough or prominence prior to the eligibility year. Such a determination would result in disqualification.

Nominations Review Committees & Addressing Potential Conflicts of Interest

At the time of invitation to participate on a Nominations Review Committee, a conflict of interest disclosure form will be provided. Each person invited to be a member of such a committee must disclose to the best of their knowledge whether, in connection with any recording that may be entered in the current year’s GRAMMY Awards process, (a) the person would be in line to receive a GRAMMY nomination or win for any recordings being considered in a particular category, (b) the person would have any direct or indirect financial ties to the recordings or creators under consideration, (c) the person has immediate familial ties to any of the artists in the top voter selections, and/or (d) any other conflict of interest, actual or perceived. If a recording listed by the invitee presents a conflict of interest, the Academy will notify the committee member that they cannot participate on the committee that year. If, in the unlikely event that, despite these proactive efforts, a conflict is discovered during the committee meeting, that person will be notified and recused from the meeting. Failure to voluntarily disclose any conflict of interest will result in the person being barred from future Nominations Review Committee participation.

For the full list of rule amendments for the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, which were voted on and passed at the Recording Academy's most recent semiannual Board of Trustees meeting held in May 2020, click here. For information on the Awards process, visit www.grammy101.com. For key dates and eligibility period for the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, click here.

Burna Boy Wins Best Global Music Album For 'Twice As Tall' | 2021 GRAMMY Awards Show

Burna Boy accepts his 2021 GRAMMY

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Burna Boy Wins Best Global Music Album For 'Twice As Tall' | 2021 GRAMMY Awards Show

The Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy takes home Best Global Music Album at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony

GRAMMYs/Mar 15, 2021 - 12:28 am

Burna Boy won Best Global Music Album for Twice As Tall at the Premiere Ceremony of the 63rd GRAMMY Awards. This marks his first career GRAMMY win. They are the first winner of the recently renamed category, formerly known as Best World Music Album. Watch his heart-warming acceptance speech below, given in English and Yoruba.

His album bested fellow nominees AntibalasBebel Gilberto, Anoushka Shankar and Tinariwen

Later, Burna gave a fire performance to close out the Premiere Ceremony, featuring two Twice As Tall tracks—watch it here.

Stay tuned to GRAMMY.com for all things GRAMMY Awards (including the Premiere Ceremony livestream), and make sure to watch the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show, airing live on CBS and Paramount+ tonight, Sun., March 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

Check out all the complete 2021 GRAMMY Awards show winners and nominees list here.

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Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best New Artist At The 2020 Latin GRAMMYs?

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Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best New Artist At The 2020 Latin GRAMMYs?

Anuel AA, Rauw Alejandro, Mike Bahía, Cazzu, Conociendo Rusia, Soy Emilia, Kurt, Nicki Nicole, Nathy Peluso, Pitizion and Wos are all in the running for 2020 Latin GRAMMY Best New Artist

GRAMMYs/Sep 30, 2020 - 04:48 am

The nominees for the 21st Latin GRAMMYs have been announced (on Sept. 29), and this year's slate of artists in the running for Best New Artist represent a diverse lineup of talented music creators who have made a breakthrough impact on Latin music this past year. 

This year's nominees include Puerto Rican rapper Anuel AA, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Rauw Alejandro, Colombian singer Mike Bahía, Argentinian rapper Cazzu, Argentinian rock/pop band Conociendo Rusia, Colombian alt-pop Soy Emilia, Mexican pop singer Kurt, Argentinian rapper and singer Nicki Nicole, Argentinian pop singer Nathy Peluso, Colombian singer/songwriter Pitizion and Argentinian rapper Wos

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Who do you think Latin Recording Academy voters will choose to take home the coveted award? Cast your vote below!

Of the 11 nominees for Best New Artist, Anuel AA, Conociendo Rusia and Nathy Peluso are the only up for awards in additional categories—see the full nomination list here.

Last year, at the 20th Latin GRAMMY Awards, Venezuelan artist Nella won Best New Artist. 

See who takes home the Best New Artist gramophone and more when the 21st Latin GRAMMY Awards airs live on Univision, Thurs., Nov. 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (7:00 p.m. CT).

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GRAMMY Rewind: Esperanza Spalding Elatedly Wins Best New Artist In 2011

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GRAMMY Rewind: Esperanza Spalding Elatedly Wins Best New Artist In 2011

In the latest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, watch jazz singer/bassist/composer Esperanza Spalding win Best New Artist in 2011 while visibly on cloud nine

GRAMMYs/Apr 9, 2021 - 08:30 pm

It’s fascinating to revisit the tableau of Best New Artist nominees back in 2011—Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons. Especially when John Legend announces jazz luminary Esperanza Spalding’s underdog victory.

Spalding is visibly touched and elated by the win. "Thank you to the Academy for even nominating me in this category," she says, beaming, with a hint of awe. Spalding then goes on to shout out everyone who made this possible—including her family, colleagues and teachers.

In the latest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, revisit this quintessential GRAMMY moment where Spalding delivers a heartfelt speech and kicks off the rest of her career.

Check out the video above and watch more episodes of GRAMMY Rewind here.

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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Win Best New Artist In 2014

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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Win Best New Artist In 2014

"I want to thank our fans, the people that got us on this stage…without them, there would be no us," Macklemore said

GRAMMYs/Jan 9, 2021 - 12:21 am

Seattle rap act Macklemore and Ryan Lewis win Best New Artist at the 56th GRAMMY Awards in 2014 on the latest episode of GRAMMY Rewind.

The duo looked fresh as they accepted their award from presenters Pharrell and Anna Kendrick. Macklemore rocked an emerald green velvet tux and black velvet bowtie while Lewis wore a silver and black houndstooth suit with a silk black tie.

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"Wow, we're here on this stage right now," Macklemore said, grinning. "First and foremost, I want to thank our fans, the people that got us on this stage…without them, there would be no us." 

Following the momentum of their massive 2012 single "Thrift Shop" featuring Wanz, the Seattle rapper was nominated for a total of seven awards that year. He took home four wins, including Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for the aforementioned hit.

Fellow contenders were James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Kacey Musgraves, and Ed Sheeran; All are now GRAMMY winners. 

Learn more about the current 2021 Best New Artist nominees here.

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