The GRAMMY Awards as you know it are going to change.
The Recording Academy outlined sweeping changes including the addition of several new categories as well as the eligibility requirements for receiving a GRAMMY nomination.
“We're constantly evaluating our Awards process and evolving it to ensure the GRAMMY Awards are inclusive and reflect the current state of the music industry," Recording Academy Chair & Interim President/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in a statement.
"The Academy accepts proposals for rule changes from members of the music community throughout the year that are carefully reviewed and, if accepted, ultimately ratified at our annual Board meeting, a process that we are proud to have continued in this challenging year."
All new categories are being renamed from previous ones in order to more accurately reflect the characteristics of the music.
Among the new categories are Best Progressive R&B Album, which was renamed from Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Melodic Rap Performance, renamed from Best Rap/Sung Performance, Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album, renamed from Latin Pop Album, and Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album, renamed from Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album.
The new categories aim to provide more inclusiveness and reflect the myriad of progressive sounds that have been found in the genres.
One of the major rule changes to come this year is the revision of the requirements of those nominated for the Best New Artist category. No longer will there be a specified maximum number of releases before an artist is prohibited from entering the category. Instead, a committee will oversee whether or not an artist had attained a breakthrough or prominence prior to their eligibility year.
The GRAMMY Awards also made their rules and guidelines publicly available for the first time. You can view them here.