The GRAMMYs Issues 10 New Rules for 63rd Annual Event

The GRAMMYs has uploaded its entire rule book for the first time ever, and new this year are 10 specific changes worth highlighting, straight from The Academy.

The new rules took effect this June and will remain active through the upcoming 63rd GRAMMY Awards. Billboard breaks down most of the new rules in a recent article, as discussed with Chair & Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy Harvey Mason, Jr. The full list of rules are also outlined in the 66-page 63rd GRAMMY Awards Rules & Guidelines here.

  • Best New Artist – No specified maximum number of releases. Screening committees will determine whether the artist had attained a breakthrough or prominence prior to the eligibility year.
  • Best Urban Contemporary Album – New Category Name: Best Progressive R&B Album
  • Best Rap/Sung Performance – New Category Name: Best Melodic Rap Performance
  • Latin Urban – will now compete with Latin Pop, rather than Latin Rock; Two New Category Names: Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album; Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album
  • Musical Theater Album – Award to as many as four (4) Principal Vocalist(s) or Winners Certificates to all vocalists on the recording of an “ensemble-driven” piece
  • Term Limits – Three years on/one year off for committee members; Three years on/two years off for Chairpersons; Maximum combined five consecutive years
  • Nominations Review Committee Conflict of Interest -People with actual or perceived conflicts of interest regarding recordings under consideration may not participate on the committees.
  • A&N Proposals – Exception: Proposals viewed in a different light due to changes in industry or technology may be considered in consecutive years.
  • Best Engineered Album Categories – Higher Resolution Audio is accepted in submissions.
  • National NRC Co-chairs – The President/CEO and the Chair of the Board are mandated to Co- chair the committee (The mandate is removed)
  • Read more here.


    Source: Billboard


    GRAMMY Awards Rules & Guidelines Available Online for First Time Ever

    For the first time ever, the Recording Academy has revealed its entire rule book for the GRAMMY Awards online in an effort to be more transparent.

    New rules/guidelines for the 63rd annual awards include dropping the outdated term “Urban” from applicable categories, no specified maximum number of releases for the Best New Artist category, updated review committee requirements and standards, and more.

    As Billboard points out, there are some rather interesting and unexpected GRAMMY rules/guidelines (not new, but new to us) — and here are just a few:

    Definition of an “album” — To qualify as an album, a release must contain at least five tracks (different songs, not different mixes) and have a total playing time of at least 15 minutes or it may have any number of tracks if the total playing time is at least 30 minutes.

    Categories must never drop below 25 entries — Each category shall have at least 40 distinct artist entries. If a category receives between 25 and 39 entries, only three recordings will receive nominations in that year. Should there be fewer than 25 entries in a category, that category will immediately go on hiatus for the current year—no award given—and entries will be screened into the next most logical category.

    New categories are rarely added — Any proposals to create a new category requires a 2/3 supermajority vote of both the awards & nominations committee and the board of trustees to pass.

    No trash talking the competition — FYC communications cannot cast a negative or derogatory light on a competing recording. Any tactic that singles out the competition by name or title is not allowed.

    View the entire 66-page 63rd GRAMMY Awards Rules & Guidelines here.


    Source: Billboard | Photo via FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images


    Cardi B Shakes Her Ass-ets To Celebrate Her 25th Birthday

    Watch Cardi B shaking her ass-ets while celebrating her 25th birthday on Wednesday (October 11).

    The “Bodak Yellow” rapper posted a video on Instagram at midnight on Tuesday night to mark the beginning of her birthday celebration. The one-minute clip shows her shaking her ample rear while her friend yelled in the background, “If it’s your birthday make some noise.” Cardi B has a lot to be celebrating right now not just her 25th birthday. She has the number one song on the planet and she just wrapped up a well-received performance at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards.

    Cardi B’s boyfriend Offset of Migos is throwing a party in her honor sometime this week and also will be presenting her with some expensive gifts. “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” is now in its third week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart making her the longest running female solo rapper at the top of the chart in history. Bardi also picked up three awards at last night’s BET Hip Hop Awards for Best New Artist, Hustler of the Year, and Single of the Year, which is all the more accolades for her to celebrate, she deserves all the glory she is getting now.

    Cardi B is currently working on her new album, due early next year. She is also prepping her fans for her follow-up hit to “Bodak Yellow.” Last week she previewed a new single on Instagram that sounds fire, but she has decided yet if that will be her next solo single. Interestingly, Nicki Minaj is also working on her new album and with a soft rivalry going on between these two ladies, this should make for an interesting comparison when both projects arrive. Neither has given any release dates or titles for their respective projects, but we haven’t had a female rap album in a while so both projects are well overdue.

    Shmood !!!!

    A post shared by Cardi B Official IG (@iamcardib) on Oct 10, 2017 at 9:47pm PDT


    Watch Cardi B Performs “Bodak Yellow” At BET Awards 2017

    Cardi B is still making “Money Moves” with his big performance at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards.

    The ceremony was held in Miami last weekend, but it was broadcast on the network on Tuesday night. The New York rapper performed her chart topping single “Bodak Yellow” and got the audience pump in the process. The single is currently in it’s third week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is showing no signs of slowing down.

    Bardi made a grant entrance on the red carpet turning a lot of heads in the process. But she turned up the heat when she took the stage to perform “Bodak Yellow.” She had the entire audience rapping along to the lyrics word for word as she showed off her banging body with her dancers supporting her.

    Cardi B won three BET Hip Hop Awards on Saturday night for Best New Artist, Hustler of the Year, and Single of the Year. Bardi continues to bath in musical success with her single “Bodak Yellow” continues to reign over the chart. The track is currently the most popular song on the planet for a third week straight.