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In an effort to combat The Grammy Awards’ representation issues, the Recording Academy has announced it will officially expand the number of nominations in each major category from five to eight, beginning immediately.
This means the record, song, album of the year, and best new artist categories will each see a potential for the wider recognition of talent across the categories.
According to Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, the changes provide “more flexibility to our voters when having to make the often challenging decisions about representing excellence and the best in music for the year.”
Previously, the nominations had been limited to five in each of the four General Field categories since the Grammys’ inception in 1959. For now, the other 80 categories at the Grammys will remain capped at five nominations each, though the new implementation dually means that their will also be a large number of entries in the General Field categories.
Among the significant changes from Neil Portnow, who is departing at the end of this year following his comments regarding women needing to “step it up” to win awards, also comes the addition of music supervisors as nominees in the best compilation soundtrack album — presumably an effort to aid in greater transparency of the work behind the art in the industry. Restoration engineers will also be eligible for best historical album for the first time ever.
Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy, will step down from his post when his contract expires, sources tell Billboard. Portnow, who has served as the head of the organization that produces the Grammy Awards since 2002, has a deal that runs about another year, the sources said, meaning a new leader should be installed … More »
After a few missteps, The Recording Academy is reassuring its members that it is not lagging behind the music industry when it comes to female representation. In a letter sent to voting and non-voting members Thursday, which was obtained by The Associated Press, the academy offers statistics to show that women had a larger presence … More »
A group of powerful female music industry executives have condemned the Grammys in a new, joint letter. The document, sent to the Recording Academy’s board of trustees and obtained by The New York Times, calls the organization “woefully out of touch with today’s music, the music business, and even more significantly, society” and … More »
Shirley Manson of Garbage headlined Girlschool, a festival celebrating female-identifying artists, in Los Angeles last night, and she brought a special friend along. As Pitchfork reports, Fiona Apple came out at the end of her set to help out with a cover of Lesley Gore’s 1963 hit “You Don’t Own Me,” and she … More »
Between Lorde not being allowed to perform her own material, the distinct lack of awards going to women, and Recording Academy president Neil Portnow’s stupid comments about women needing to “step up,” the Grammys haven’t been doing so hot on the whole “not being sexist” front lately. Today, a number of female executives … More »
There were many ridiculous aspects to Sunday’s Grammy festivities, but probably the most ridiculous was the show’s treatment of women. Although the broadcast made a big show of support for women’s rights by having Kesha and a small army of her peers perform her anti-abuse rebuke “Praying,” the gesture rang hollow in light of … More »
The people behind the Grammys didn’t make things too easy on themselves last night! Faced with a year full of great music — much of which was actually, somewhat miraculously, nominated for major awards — the Grammy voters and producers somehow turned this year’s narrative into “this show rewards men who make frothy, surface-level pop … More »
Last October’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas left 59 people dead, marking it the deadliest mass shooting in modern history.
On Jan. 18, the Recording Academy announced that they will pay tribute to those killed at the festival in a unique way. During this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony Jan. 28 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, three of the performers from the October festival will play during the awards show. Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, and Eric Church will pay tribute victims of gun violence with performances during the televised event.
Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow noted the uniting power of music in the announcement.
“Live music events have always provided a safe space for fans to gather in a shared celebration of music,” he says. “We believe it’s incredibly important to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in these senseless tragedies and to remind musicians and music lovers alike that live music will continue to be a powerful force that unites us all.”