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Published: 2017/06/14

Grammys Reveal Changes for 2018 Awards

The 60th annual Grammy Awards ceremony will take place next January, returning to New York City for the first time since 2003, and the Recording Academy has announced some changes to the rules for the next round of nominations and voting.

As Stereogum reports, this will be the first year that voting for the Grammys, set for this fall, will take place online, allowing the 13,000 members to participate even when on tour or otherwise away from home.

Regarding the nominations themselves, the rules for Album of the Year have been altered for the 60th iteration. First, songwriters have been added to the list of eligible recipients of the award, which already includes artists, producers and engineers. The changes also note that to be eligible for nomination, an album’s participant has to have credit encompassing at least 33 percent of the full work. This will exclude persons who have worked on just one song on an album from sharing in the nomination, as has been the case in the past.

Also added to this year’s process are nomination review committees for the rap, contemporary instrumental and New Age genre awards, aimed, as Stereogum points out to avoid controversial situations as when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis beat out Kendrick Lamar for Best Rap Album in 2014, along with the token nominations of “legacy” artists due to their history and not necessarily due to their current work. Rock, R&B and county also have nomination review committees.

Nominees for the 60th annual Grammys will be announced November 28, and the ceremony is set for January 28, 2018 at Madison Square Garden.

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