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GRAMMYS UP NOMINATIONS TO 10 IN BIG 4 CATEGORIES

The Recording Academy has upped the number of nominations in the Grammy Awards’ four general-field categories—Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist—to 10. CEO Harvey Mason Jr. explains in a letter that went out this morning.

Dear Members,

We are so excited to share with you a major change to the Grammy Awards. Effective this year, in our four general-field categories—Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist—we are expanding the number of nominees from eight to 10.

We are living at a time of extraordinary growth in music. As many as 60,000 songs a day are being released or uploaded to streaming services. With so much more music available, there is simply more excellence to recognize—and celebrate. Adding new nominees to these fields is a way to cast a wider net, to make room for more artists and genres from music’s expansive and diverse landscape and to embrace the spirit of inclusion.

Furthermore, we’re experiencing outstanding engagement from the music community. We are receiving a record number of entries each year and this year, a total of 21,730 eligible entries were submitted for Grammy consideration. We had our highest acceptance rate ever of a new member class, 83%, and we had a record number of voters in this round—a 17% increase from last year.

When we examined all of these data points, the Recording Academy felt strongly that the time had come to expand these categories and create more opportunities for music creators to be recognized. Many other Awards shows, including the Latin Grammys and the Oscars, already honor 10 nominees for their big categories, with far fewer submissions than we receive.

Finally, making this change is a way to elevate and honor you, our members. Earlier this year, when we eliminated the nominating committees, we said it was because our members were ready. You validated that change. New members joined the organization and you voted in record numbers. You brought your very best to evaluating the work of your peers, even with more submissions than ever before to assess.

From our perspective, the growth in music and your extraordinary engagement obligated us to seek this change. Perhaps in the past, the leadership would have waited for the next Awards cycle to make a change. But one thing that we’ve heard loud and clear from you is that you are tired of waiting for big changes. You asked for—and you deserve—an organization that is as nimble and brave as you. In that spirit, we went to the Board of Trustees and made the case for this direction, and they adopted it. 

We congratulate you and thank you for your service to your fellow music creators. Because of your dedication, passion and diligence, tomorrow, when the nominations for the 64th Grammy Awards are announced, we will be showcasing more artists and genres and more accurately reflecting today’s bigger and bolder music ecosystem.  

With gratitude,  

Tammy Hurt, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Harvey Mason Jr., CEO, Recording Academy

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