Grammys change their rules, allow online voting

The Grammys, the music industry's premier award show, has its share of issues. Similar to the Academy Awards, there is often a lack of diversity and youth among its voters. In hopes to change this, the academy has changed some long-standing rules.

First, voting will now occur online; this is meant to cut down on fraud and make submitting ballots easier. The Album of the Year award, one of the most prestigious prizes, will now credit the songwriters alongside the producers, engineers, and artist, instead of just the latter three. New nomination committees will be created for the Rap, Contemporary Instrumental, and New Age categories, and the track limit for albums will be eliminated, crediting records with 30 minutes of music with less than 5 tracks count as albums.

Lastly, a rule prohibiting multiple versions of the same song being eligible for awards will be amended to allow the Written for Visual Media category to have alternate versions of tracks. An example here is Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" It was submitted with the soundtrack version, not the single version, so it hung with the Visual Media crowd instead of being eligible for Record of the Year. This rule change would allow it to be in both.

Cool changes, so we hope this makes a noticeable difference.

- Matt

MusicMedia Boatgrammys