In a never-before-seen course of action, the trustees of the Recording Academy have decided to disband the nomination review committee and, instead, allow the Grammy voters to have the final say in all non-craft categories. This comes in response to and snub of The Weeknd’s blank slate of 2021 nominations.
In additional news from the same meeting, the trustees have voted to 1. reduce the overall number of categories, from 15 to 10, that eligible members can vote on, 2. add two categories (Best Global Music Performance and Best Música Urbana Album) and 3. add a month to the eligibility year from Sept. 1, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2021. Each of these new practices will go into effect on January 31, 2022.
Harvey Mason Jr., the chair and interim president of the Recording Academy said “It’s been a year of unprecedented, transformational change for the Recording Academy, and I’m immensely proud to be able to continue our journey of growth with these latest updates to our Awards process, This is a new Academy, one that is driven to action and that has doubled down on the commitment to meeting the needs of the music community.”
The CIO of the Recording Academy, Ruby Marchand added, “As we continue to build a more active and vibrant membership community, we are confident in the expertise of our voting members to recognize excellence in music each year.”