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.