The Recording Academy Announces GRAMMY Awards Process Changes

Changes approved by Academy Trustees include allowing samples or interpolations of previously written songs in all songwriting categories and the addition of a new Best American Roots Performance category
June 12, 2014 -- 6:30 am PDT

At its annual spring meeting, The Recording Academy's Board of Trustees approved a number of changes to the GRAMMY Awards process, including allowing samples or interpolations of previously written songs in all songwriting categories, including Song Of The Year.

Additional changes include establishing a new category for Best American Roots Performance in the American Roots Music Field; changing the name of the Dance/Electronica Field and album category to Dance/Electronic Music Field and Best Dance/Electronic Album; restructuring the categories of the Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Field; renaming Best Pop Instrumental Album as Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, establishing a new Contemporary Instrumental Music Field, and moving Best Traditional Pop Album into the Pop Field; changing Best Classical Vocal Solo (album or tracks) to Best Classical Solo Vocal Album (albums only); renaming and remaking the Best Instrumental Arrangement and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals categories as Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella and Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals, respectively, such that vocal arrangers/arrangements are eligible to compete; and establishing a more official guideline for the Alternative Music Field.

The total number of GRAMMY categories that will be recognized at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 8, 2015, is 83.

"The Academy's Board of Trustees continues to demonstrate its passionate commitment to keeping The Recording Academy a relevant and responsive organization in our dynamic music community," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This year's changes to our Awards process are thoughtful, inclusive, and reflective of the current musical landscape, and we look forward to implementing them for the upcoming 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards."

For additional information regarding the changes approved by The Academy's Trustees as recommended by the Awards & Nominations (A&N) Committee, visit

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