The Grammys has made some significant changes to their operation, reportedly as a result of the singer The Weekend’s corruption accusation. The Recording Academy announced yesterday that it has changed the Grammy Awards process of nomination.
One of the changes is the elimination of the “secret” nominating committees, that have been controversial for many years. These secret committees used to make final decisions regarding nominations in certain categories such as “Big Four” General field of Album, Song, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.
The Academy has also changed the number of categories in which Academy members can vote. Other than that, they also decided to add two new awards. According to them, it is done to “reflect its ongoing commitment to evolve with the musical landscape and to ensure that the GRAMMY Awards rules and guidelines are transparent and equitable.”
Besides, the Academy also announced that nominations for the next Grammy Awards in January 2022 will be selected by its more than 11,000 voting members. The committees of 15-30 industry experts, whose names were not revealed, will not be a part of the process.
Other than that, two new categories have been added: Best Global Music Performance (Global Music Field) and Best Música Urbana Album (Latin Music Field).
The Chair & Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason jr. said, “It’s been a year of unprecedented, transformational change for the Recording Academy, and I’m immensely proud to be able to continue our journey of growth with these latest updates to our Awards process… This is a new Academy, one that is driven to action and that has doubled down on the commitment to meeting the needs of the music community. While change and progress are key drivers of our actions, one thing will always remain — the Grammy Award is the only peer-driven and peer-voted recognition in music. We are honored to work alongside the music community year-round to further refine and protect the integrity of the Awards process.”
Other than these changes, additional rules amendment proposals will be discussed and voted at a Recording Academy meeting in May. The meeting is presumed to give the name of a new CEO, and the full rulebook for the 2022.