Grammys add new awards: songwriter of the year, songs for social change, more

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The Recording Academy has announced numerous new Awards and rule changes for The Grammy Awards, Incl Songwriter of the Year (non-classical), along with Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media, and a Special Merit Award for Best Song for Social Change. Other adjustments involve changes to the Grammys entry and voting practices — including a control that ups the minimum new content for album eligibility from 50 % to 75 %. All updates for the 65th Grammy Awards go into action today, occurring in 2023. Details of The rule changes are predicted to be published on grammy. The ending in The Day, Variety says that the category of songwriters is restricted to non-performing and non-producing artists, but intuition tells Variety that, i. E. Those who are praised as an author or co-writer. Even though the Songwriter of the Year award seems long overdue, other changes reflect a new and rapid sensitivity from the Academy to calls for change from the music group. The boost in percentage of new product for album eligibility is probably an answer to a recent trend of songs pinching out another year after eligibility with “bonus editions” and they nailed on survive or B-side-level material to force the release up to 50 % new content. “We’re sure to celebrate such diverse communities of music creatives through the newly formed Awards and Awards Program, and to develop an environment that inspires change, Improvement and Partnership” said Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. “The Academy’s top priority is to effectively represent The musicians whom we serve, and every year, that includes listening to our people and ensuring our standards and regulations mirror our ever-evolving business.” Look for Variety’s interview with Mason about the changes, publishing later today. Per the announcement, new categories include: Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical Recognizes the written excellence, The Art of Songwriting honors the most prolific non-performing and non-producing songwriters for their body of new work released during an eligibility year. Best Alternative Music Performance A track and single category that recognizes the Best recordings in an Alternative Performance by A solo artist, collaborating artists, established duo, or established group. Best Americana Performance A track and single Category that recognizes artistic excellence in an Americana Performance by A solo artist, Collaborative artist, established duo, or established group. Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media Recognizes Excellence in Score Soundtrack albums comprised predominantly of original scores and created specifically for, or as a companion, a current video game or other interactive media released within the qualification period. Best Spoken Word Poetry Album An Album Category that recognizes excellence in Spoken Word albums specific to the performance of Poetry with or without music. Special Merit Award Addition: Best Song for Social Change This Special Merit Award will be determined by a blue ribbon committee and ratified by the Recording Academy Board of Trustees at the time. Submissions must contain lyrical content that addresses a timely social issue and promotes understanding of the subject, Peacebuilding and empathy. Grammy Award Voting Procedural Updates: Fees for Entry Submissions All Recording Academy members receive five courtesy entries every year. To check this box For additional entries, click the appropriate button, members will pay $ 40 (Early Bird Fee); $ 75 (Standard Fee); or $ 125 (Final Deadline Fee) per additional entry. Media companies Registered in the United States will pay a fee of $60 per month (Early Bird Fee); $ 95 (Standard Fee); or $ 125 (Final Deadline Fee) for per entry. Considerations will be made to create a work of art/members experiencing financial hardship. Any member who is burdened by entry fees can request the fees be waived by contacting the Recording Academy Awards Department. Album Eligibility * To be eligible for Grammy Award consideration, the album must contain a maximum of 75 minutes of newly recorded music (within five years of the release date), previously unreleased recordings. The previous eligibility rule was 50. (Note: Best Compilation Soundtrack, Best Historical Album, Best Immersive Audio Album, Best Recording Package, Best Special Package, Best Album Notes accepts albums of recordings that are not newly recorded.) Please note: *: The revised album eligibility rule was approved in 2021 and will go into effect at The 65th annual Grammy Awards cycle in 2021. Additional category amendments: Classical Field: Creation of Craft Committees on Select Classical Categories Three Classical Categories will now be determined by highly specialized Craft Committees the: Producer of the Year (Classical), Best Engineered Album – (Classical) and Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Classical Field: Recognition of Composers and Librettists in Best Opera Recording and Best Classical Compendium Categories Category definitions have been updated to award Composers and Librettists in addition to artists, producers and engineers. New Age, Ambient or Chant Field: Renamed Field And Category Name formerly known as “Best New Age Album!” has been renamed “Best New Age, Ambient Or Chant Album” the Field name has also been updated to reflect this change. Musical Theater Field: Recognition of Composers and Lyricists in Best Musical Theatre Album Category Category definition has been updated to award Composers and Lyricists more than 50 % of the score of a new recording. Music for Visual Media Field (Includes Film, TV, Video Games, And Other Visual Media): Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media Some language in the criteria For this Category, which has been removed, has now been restored to recognise principal artists and in-studio producers. Production Field: Updated Definition of Best Remixed Recording Category The newly amended Definition of The Best Remixed Recording Category helps to reflect The remix craft as it currently stands in The industry: the creation of a new, full track!, unique performance created by a remixer from a previously released recording. Spoken Word Field: Updated Category Name and Definition The Category previously known as Spoken Word Album has been renamed Best Audio Book, Narration & Storytelling Recording. This category recognizes excellence in spoken word albums (not including Spoken Word Poetry).