In an effort to continuously evolve its GRAMMY Awards process, The Recording Academy announced a drastic overhaul of its awards categories and voting procedure today.
As an official blogger for GRAMMY.com I was glued to the screen earlier today to watch the live press conference and learn about the new GRAMMY Awards.
The changes announced today ensure The GRAMMYs' leadership and prestige as the biggest, peer-recognized award in music. It is important to point out that The GRAMMY's are not based on fan popularity or record sales, but peer recognition and voting.
Over the past five decades, The Recording Academy has added many categories to its line up of nominations to reflect the changes in music. As a result, The GRAMMYs currently features 109 Categories. Most of those categories are featured in the pre-telecast ceremony on GRAMMY Sunday, while only a handful of categories are featured on the live CBS telecast.
After very close review and years of discussion, The Recording Academy concluded that the GRAMMYs had turned into a "collage" of categories without one single guiding vision and that a restructing was needed to promote "unity" across all Categories.
So what is changing? The Recording Academy announced today that it has restructured the GRAMMY Categories across all genres and Fields, bringing the total number of Categories to be recognized at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in 2012, to 78 (from 109). All Fields remain the same. Additionally, a minimum of 40 distinct artist entries will be required in each Category (up from 25) to ensure these Categories will continue to be recognized.
Read more about the GRAMMY changes and what this means to our beloved Pop and Dance categories after the break.