The Grammy Awards are mimicking the Oscars in an effort to get more diverse nominees.
The Grammys’ umbrella organisation, the Recording Academy, announced yesterday (Tuesday, 26th June) that they are opening up the playing field. In one of the most sweeping changes since 1959, the number of nominations in 4 major categories will increased from 5 to 8.
The 4 top categories are:
- Record of the Year
- Album of the Year
- Song of the Year
- Best New Artists
“This change will better reflect the large number of entries in these categories and allow voters greater flexibility when selecting this year’s best recordings,” the Academy said in a statement. If you recall, the Grammys was criticised for a low number of female nominees and winners earlier this year.
This new change for the Grammys mirrors the Oscars which in 2009 expanded its best-picture category to 10 films instead of 5. The majority of the time, the number is 9. Hopefully with this expansion, there will be less Grammy snubs.
Source: Vanity Fair.