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"After careful and extensive review and analysis of all Categories and Fields, it was objectively determined that our Grammy Categories be restructured."
—-Neil Portnow

GRAMMY ADJUSTS AWARDS, VOTING

Categories Go from 109 to 78; Eligibility, Voting Procedures Also Shift
The Grammy Awards just got a little more focused.

Responding to the proliferation of awards, The Recording Academy has restructured its Categories across all genres and Fields, reducing the individual number of awards to 78 from last year’s 109. All Fields remain the same, though the Categories within each have been cut down.

The announcement was made this morning at the Academy’s Santa Monica headquarters by President/CEO Neil Portnow, Jimmy Jam and VP Awards Bill Freimuth.

In addition, a minimum of 40 distinct artist entries will be required in each category (up from 25). For a comparison of last year’s categories and next year’s, go here.

"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. Our Board of Trustees continues to demonstrate its dedication to keeping The Recording Academy a pertinent and responsive organization in our dynamic music community."
 
The Academy first initiated a comprehensive evaluation of its Awards process two years ago.

In addition to the restructuring of Categories, two rule changes have been established and four Fields have been renamed. It is now expected that each Category shall have at least 40 distinct artist entries, up from 25. If a Category receives between 25-39 entries, only three recordings would receive nominations that year. Should there be fewer than 25 entries in a Category, that Category would immediately go on hiatus for the current year — no award given — and entries would be screened into the next most logical Category. 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.
 
Additionally, there are name changes to four Fields: Musical Show is now Musical Theater; the Film/ Television/Other Visual Media Field is now called Music For Visual Media; the Gospel Field has been renamed the Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Field; and the Dance Field has been renamed the Dance/Electronica Field.
 
The Awards restructuring proposal was presented by the Recording Academy's Awards & Nominations (A&N) Committee—and was voted on and passed by the Board of Trustees, including musicians, producers, engineers, songwriters and other music professionals. The A&N Committee spent more than a year reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating the Awards process and Categories before presenting its recommendations to the Board of Trustees for ratification.

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