The GRAMMY Award Update Center

67th GRAMMY Awards Category, Field, and Criteria Updates

  • In the Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical category, the submission guidelines were amended to allow a wider representation from the songwriter community.

Amendment:

This Category recognizes the written excellence, profession and art of songwriting.

 This Category is for songwriters whose body of work released for the first time during the current eligibility year represents artistic excellence in the area of songwriting.

 Songwriters must have written a minimum of four songs in which they are credited as a songwriter or co-writer. Songs in which the songwriter was also credited as a Primary or Featured Artist or Producer do not qualify to achieve a minimum song threshold for consideration. 

 In addition, songwriters may enter up to five more songs in which the songwriter has songwriting credits as well as additional credits such as Primary or Featured Artist, Producer, or any other supporting role.

The maximum number of songs cannot exceed nine. In the event that over nine titles are entered for a given songwriter, the final determination of which songs will appear on the ballot will be made by the songwriter or the songwriter’s representatives.

 Songs from albums released in a previous year are not eligible, even if released as a single or added to a new album released during the current eligibility year. Rereleased, covered, remixed, reissued, and historical recordings of songs are not eligible.

  • The Best Remixed Recording category moved from the Production, Engineering, Composition & Arrangement Field into the Pop & Dance/Electronic Field. By moving remix into the Pop & Dance/Electronic Field, it will allow Dance and Electronic Music voters to vote for another dance-related category.

  • Conjunto music was moved from the Best Música Mexicana Album category to the Best Regional Roots Music Album category to be recognized as a Roots music genre separate from its descendant, Tejano music.

  • The Best Pop Dance Recording category was renamed to Best Dance Pop Recording to align with the established sub-genre of Dance.

  • The Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category was renamed to Best Dance/Electronic Album and the category criteria was amended to ensure the category correctly reflects Dance/Electronic recordings rather than a majority of Dance Pop tracks.

Amendment:

Albums must be made up of at least 50% Dance/Electronic recordings to qualify.

  • The Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media category was amended to include a qualification for released material, specifically new DLC (downloaded content in-game) and Seasonal Expansions.

Amendment: 

Greater than 50% of the music on an otherwise eligible Video Game Soundtrack or Interactive Media soundtrack must be derived from new episodes or new programming that is released during the GRAMMY eligibility year for which it is entered. This will apply to new DLC (downloaded content in-game) and Seasonal Expansions as well as brand new content.

  • The Best Traditional R&B Performance category criteria was amended to more accurately represent recordings that embody the classic elements of R&B/Soul music, distinguishing them from contemporary interpretations of the genre.

Amendment:

This Category recognizes excellence in traditional R&B performance and is intended for recordings that contain classic R&B/Soul vocal, instrumental and compositional elements in a style that distinctly sets its artistic intention apart from a contemporary approach to the genre.

  • The Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category criteria was amended to expand the category by broadening its scope and welcoming more entries from the Musical Theater community outside of the standard cast recording criteria for the Best Musical Theater Album category.

Amendment:

This category recognizes excellence in albums consisting of a type and style of song and/or performance that cannot properly be intermingled with present forms of pop music. This includes new performances of songs from sources such as the Great American Songbook and classic forms of popular music of any era. Additionally, this category includes albums of musical theatre songs that, unlike cast albums, are independent of a unifying narrative or underlying dramatic theme. Recordings eligible for this Category include: - contemporary pop songs performed in a traditional pop style – the term ‘traditional’ being a reference, equally, to the style of the composition, vocal styling and the instrumental arrangement, without regard to the age of the material. - songs defined by one or more of the following qualities inherent in musical theater: a theatrical style of composition, vocal/instrumental performance, and/or arrangement. - benefit, tribute, concert, and cabaret albums featuring performances of repertoire as defined above.

Additional eligibility criteria:

  1. Albums in this category must contain more than 75% of newly recorded (previously

    unreleased) performances. 

  • The Best Children’s Music Album category criteria was amended to include a requirement that lyrics and English language translations must be included with entry submissions. Additionally, an intended audience age range for this category was defined as infant to twelve years old. 

Amendment:

This category recognizes excellence in children’s music recordings that utilize a stylistic intention, song structure, lyrical content and/or musical presentation to create a sensibility that reflects the broad spectrum of children’s music. Because these albums must be created and intended specifically for children, lyrics and English language translations are required with entry submissions. 

All children’s music recordings belong in this category, including those with musical style rooted in Latin music, gospel, rock, rap, etc. Instrumental only albums must show a stylistic intention, song structure, content and/or musical presentation to create a sensibility that reflects the broad spectrum of children’s music. The word “children” is used with a specific age range defined as infant to twelve years old, differentiating between a child and a teen.

Children’s spoken word albums are eligible in Best Spoken Word Poetry Album and Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording. Soundtrack albums of children’s movies are eligible in Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media. 

Eligibility Requirements Updates: 

  1. All eligibly-credited Featured Artists with under 50% playtime are awarded a Winners’ Certificate for all genre album categories (except Musical Theatre Album, General Field categories and Craft categories).

66th GRAMMY Press List Changes

Each year the Recording Academy makes adjustments to the nominations list as necessary after the list is first published. Common changes are often the result of updated credits and may include spelling corrections, title modifications and the addition of nominees who were not included in the original submission, among other revisions. We are making these updates public to ensure transparency and accessibility to the most up-to-date and accurate information.

3/7/24

CATEGORY 73/BEST MUSIC VIDEO/RUSH/TROYE SIVAN

  • Add the following video producers: Josefine Bothe, Amelie Fleur, Kevin Kloecker.

2/21/24

CATEGORY 11/BEST POP/DANCE RECORDING/ONE IN A MILLION/BEBE REXHA & DAVID GUETTA

  • Add Timofey Reznikov as a producer.

2/12/24

CATEGORY 52/BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE/SONG/YOUR POWER/LECRAE & TASHA COBBS LEONARD

  • Remove the following nominees: Patrick Darius Mix, Jr. & Justin Pelham

1/8/24

CATEGORY 21/BEST R&B SONG/BACK TO LOVE/ROBERT GLASPER FEATURING SiR & ALEX ISLEY

  • Add Riley Glasper as songwriter

12/19/23

CATEGORY 74/BEST MUSIC FILM/DEAR MAMA/TUPAC

  • Add Jody Gerson as a Producer

CATEGORY 78/ BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM/ FRAGMENTS- TIME OUT OF MIND SESSIONS/BOB DYLAN

  • Add Restoration Engineer : Michael H. Brauer

CATEGORY 51/BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE/SONG/FEEL ALRIGHT(BLESSED)/ERICA CAMPBELL

  • Remove William Weatherspoon as a nominee

12/8/23

CATEGORY 89/BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE/LIGETI: LUX AETERNA/SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CHORUS

  • Remove conductor and nominee Esa-Pekka Salonen and replace with Ragnar Bohlin.

CATEGORY 1/RECORD OF THE YEAR/ON MY MAMA/VICTORIA MONÉT

  • Add Victoria Monét as producer & engineer.

12/5/23

CATEGORY 37/BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM/SHUCKED/ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST

  • Change spelling of name John Behlman to John Behlmann (with two N’s)

11/30/23

CATEGORY 1/RECORD OF THE YEAR/VAMPIRE/OLIVIA RODRIGO

  • Add engineer/mixer Bryce Bordone

CATEGORY 2/ALBUM OF THE YEAR/GUTS/OLIVIA RODRIGO

  • Add engineer/mixer Bryce Bordone

CATEGORY 1/RECORD OF THE YEAR/WORSHIP/JON BATISTE

  • Add engineers/mixers: John Arbuckle & Bryce Bordone

CATEGORY 83/BEST IMMERSIVE AUDIO ALBUM/SILENCE BETWEEN SONGS/MADISON BEER

  • Add the following nominees:

    • Madison Beer – Immersive Audio Producer

    • Leroy Clampitt – Immersive Audio Producer

    • Mike Piacentini – Immersive Audio Engineer

    • Sean Brennan – Immersive Audio Engineer

CATEGORY 10/BEST DANCE/ELECTRONIC RECORDING/RUMBLE/SKRILLEX, FRED AGAIN.. & FLOWDAN

  • Add producers Elley Duhé & BEAM

CATEGORY 37/BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM/KIMBERLY AKIMBO/ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST

  • Add principal vocalist, Victoria Clark

CATEGORY 75/BEST RECORDING PACKAGE/MIGRATION/LEAF YEH

  • Add Chang Yu Chung and Li Jheng Han as Art Directors

11/28/2023

CATEGORY 75/ BEST RECORDING PACK AGE/STUMPWORK/DRY CLEANING

  • Add Annie Collinge as Art Director and change art direction group member individual names to the collective name of Rottingdean Bazaar.

CATEGORY 69/BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA/ALL ENTRIES

  • Add the following compilation producers and music supervisors to the nominated entries below:

1. AURORA

Brandon Davis, Pete Ganbarg, Joseph Khoury & Blake Mills, compilation producers; Frankie Pine, music supervisor

(Daisy Jones & The Six)

2. Barbie The Album

Brandon Davis, Mark Ronson & Kevin Weaver, compilation producers; George Drakoulias, music supervisor

(Various Artists)

3. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Music From And

Inspired By

Ryan Coogler, Archie Davis & Ludwig Göransson, compilation producers; Dave Jordan, music supervisor

(Various Artists)

4. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3: Awesome Mix, Vol. 3

Kevin Feige, James Gunn & Dave Jordan, compilation producers; Dave Jordan, music supervisor

(Various Artists)

5. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Leo Birenberg, Zach Robinson & Al Yankovic, compilation producers; Suzanne Coffman, music supervisor

Weird Al Yankovic

CATEGORY 37/BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM/SHUCKED/ ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST

  • Add John Behlman, Andrew Durand, Caroline Innerbichler & Alex Newell as Principal Vocalists

CATEGORY 2/ALBUM OF THE YEAR/GUTS/OLIVIA RODRIGO

  • Add engineer/mixers Chris Kasych & Ryan Linvill

11/21/23

CATEGORY 78/BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM/WORDS & MUSIC, MAY 1965 – DELUXE EDITION/LOU REED

  • Add Steve Rosenthal as restoration engineer:

CATEGORY 79/BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON-CLASSICAL/MULTITUDES/FEIST

  • Add Patricia Sullivan as Mastering Engineer

CATEGORY 79/BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON-CLASSICAL/DESIRE, I WANT TO TURN INTO YOU/CAROLINE POLACHEK

  • Remove Macks Faulkron as engineer

CATEGORY 52/BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE/SONG / YOUR POWER/LECRAE & TASHA COBBS LEONARD

  • Add songwriters: Alexandria Dollar, Jordan Dollar, Antonio Gardener, Micheal Girgenti, Lasanna “Ace” Harris, David Hein, Deandre Hunter, Dylan Hyde, Christian Louisana, Patrick Darius Mix Jr., Lecrae Moore, Justin Pelham, Jeffrey Lawrence Shannon, Allen Swoope

11/20/23

CATEGORY 74/BEST MUSIC FILM/ ENTRY 3/PAGE 43/LIVE FROM PARIS, THE BIG STEPPERS TOUR/KENDRICK LAMAR

  • Add Hank Neuberger as a video producer:

CATEGORY 74/BEST MUSIC FILM/ENTRY 5/PAGE 43/DEAR MAMA/TUPAC

  • Remove: Stef Smith, Loren Gomez, Joshua Garcia and James Jenkins as producers

  • ADD: Steve Berman, Allen Hughes, John Janick, Lasse Jarvi & Charles King as producers

CATEGORY 85/ BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTAL OR A CAPPELLA/ENTRY 5/PAGE 49/ PAINT IT BLACK

  • Add Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as arranger

CATEGORY 1/RECORD OF THE YEAR/ENTRY 7/ PAGE 1/ANTI-HERO/TAYLOR SWIFT

  • Add Bryce Bordone as engineer/mixer:

CATEGORY 2/ALBUM OF THE YEAR/ENTRY 7/ PAGE 2/MIDNIGHTS/ TAYLOR SWIFT

  • Add Bryce Bordone as engineer/mixer:

11/16/23

CATEGORY 83/BEST IMMERSIVE AUDIO ALBUM/ GOD OF WAR RAGNARÖK (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK)/BEAR MCCREARY

  • Add immersive producer, Anthony Caruso.

11/15/23

CATEGORY 83/BEST IMMERSIVE AUDIO ALBUM/SILENCE BETWEEN SONGS/MADISON BEER

  • Add Aaron Short, Immersive Mix Engineer.

11/14/23

CATEGORY 61/BEST GLOBAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE/SILVANA ESTRADA/MILAGRO Y DESASTRE

  • Change title from Milagro Y Disastre to Milagro Y Desastre.

CATEGORY 11/BEST POP DANCE RECORDING/MIRACLE/CALVIN HARRIS, ELLIE GOULDING

  • Change artist line from Calvin Harris Featuring Ellie Goulding to Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding.

11/13/23

CATEGORY 1/RECORD OF THE YEAR/BILLIE EILISH/WHAT WAS I MADE FOR?

  • Change mastering engineer from Chris Gehringer to Randy Merrill.

11/10/23

CATEGORY 71/BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VIDEO GAMES AND OTHER INTERACTIVE MEDIA/STRAY GODS: THE ROLEPLAYING MUSICAL

  • Change Jess Serro to artist name, Montaigne.

Below is a list of changes to the Awards process for the 66th GRAMMY Awards Year.

Category, Field, and Criteria Updates

  • The number of final nominees in the General Field was reduced from 10 to eight for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist.

  • Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical and Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical were added to the General Field and the number of final nominees for each of these categories is five.

  • The playing time eligibility for a nomination in Album Of The Year for featured artist (s), songwriters(s) of new material, producer(s), recording engineer(s), mixers(s) and mastering engineer(s) increased to 20 percent or greater playing time of the album.

  • The number of Fields was consolidated from 26 genre Fields and the General Field to 11 genre Fields and the General Field. The new Field structure is:

    General

    1. Pop & Dance/Electronic Music

    2. Rock, Metal & Alternative Music

    3. R&B, Rap & Spoken Word Poetry

    4. Jazz, Traditional Pop, Contemporary Instrumental & Musical Theater

    5. Country & American Roots Music

    6. Gospel & Contemporary Christian Music

    7. Latin, Global, African, Reggae & New Age, Ambient, Or Chant

    8. Children's, Comedy, Audio Book Narration and Storytelling, Visual Media & Music Video/Film

    9. Package, Notes & Historical

    10. Production, Engineering, Composition & Arrangement

    11. Classical

  • The Best Improvised Jazz Solo category was renamed to Best Jazz Performance and the criteria was amended. The award goes to all musicians who share in the creation of a single jazz recording.

    New Criteria:

    This category recognizes excellence in a performance by a jazz solo artist, collaborating artists, established duos, or groups, with emphasis on jazz improvisation and ensemble interaction. Jazz instrumental and jazz vocal tracks are both eligible.

  • The category Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) was renamed to Best Música Mexicana Album (Including Tejano) and the criteria was amended.

    New Criteria:

    This category recognizes excellence in recordings of Música Mexicana including all the styles: banda, norteño, corridos, gruperos, mariachi, rancheros, sierreño, jarocho, huasteco and huapango, as well as Tejano music. Eligible albums utilize a stylistic intention, song structure, lyrical content and/or musical presentation to create a sensibility that reflects the broad spectrum of música Mexicana and Tejano music styles and cultures. Albums with lyrics that are greater than 50 percent in Spanish or albums with music content that is primarily of a traditional Mexican music genre in style are eligible. The musical style is determinative not the ethnicity of the performer(s).

  • The category criteria for Best Music Film was amended by removing the greater than 50 percent performance-based material requirement, and a National Craft Committee was created to adjudicate the categories of Best Music Video and Best Music Film.

    New Criteria:

    This Category recognizes excellence in concert/performance films or music documentaries released for sale to the public for the first time or first appearing on television or online during the current eligibility year. This Category includes music-focused and individual music videos that together create a visual album (if videos are packaged and entered together as one cohesive film). While dramatic feature films and biopics are not eligible, films with fictional elements are eligible.

    Episodes from television/online series, award shows, music competition shows, fictional music films, and musical biopics are not eligible as music films. Nor are re-edited or repackaged old (more than five years from release date) programs compilations of music videos by various artists, or any video films or promotional clips that were eligible in a previous eligibility year or compilations of such. The addition of bonus material to an otherwise ineligible music film does not make the release eligible.

  • A new category was created in the Pop & Dance/Electronic Music Field: Best Pop Dance Recording

    Criteria:

    Pop Dance is generally uptempo, danceable music that follows a pop arrangement, featuring strong rhythmic beats, significant electronic-based instruments with an emphasis on the vocal performance, melody and hooks. Pop Dance is highly eclectic, borrowing influences from other genres and is generally suitable for a contemporary pop audience. Additionally, it is common for Pop Dance to be inspired by many sub genres of Dance & Electronic music, but be differentiated by vocals that are generally present throughout and high in the mix.

  • The category criteria was amended for Best Dance/Electronic Music Album.

    New Criteria:

    This Category recognizes excellence in recordings from established Dance and Electronic genres such as House, Techno, Trance, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, Electronica, as well as other emerging Dance and Electronic genres, with production and sensibilities distinctly different from a Pop approach. The Category is open to recordings specifically and originally targeted to the Dance and/or Electronic market, with significant electronic-based instrumentation generally based around a rhythmic dance beat.

  • The category criteria were amended for Best Dance/Electronic Recording.

    New Criteria:

    This Category recognizes excellence in recordings from established Dance and Electronic genres such as House, Techno, Trance, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, Electronica, as well as other emerging Dance and Electronic genres, with production and sensibilities distinctly different from a Pop approach.

    The Category is open to recordings specifically and originally targeted to the Dance and/or Electronic market, with significant electronic-based instrumentation generally based around a rhythmic dance beat.

  • A new category was created in the Latin, Global, African, Reggae & New Age, Ambient, Or Chant Field: Best African Music Performance

    Criteria:

    Eligible recordings include vocal and instrumental performances with strong elements of African cultural significance that blend a stylistic intention, song structure, lyrical content and/or musical representation found in Africa and the African Diaspora. The African Diaspora is the worldwide collection of communities descended from native Africans or people from Africa, predominantly in the Americas.

  • A new category was created in the Jazz, Traditional Pop, Contemporary Instrumental & Musical Theater Field: Alternative Jazz Album

    Criteria:

    This category recognizes artistic excellence in Alternative Jazz albums by individuals, duos, groups/ensembles (large or small), with or without vocals. Alternative Jazz may be defined as a genre-blending, envelope-pushing hybrid that mixes jazz (improvisation, interaction, harmony, rhythm, arrangements, composition, and style) with other genres, including R&B, Hip-Hop, Classical, Contemporary Improvisation, Experimental, Pop, Rap, Electronic/Dance music, and/or Spoken Word. It may also include the contemporary production techniques/instrumentation associated with other genres. (Instrumental albums in the well-established Smooth Jazz style will remain in the Contemporary Instrumental category.)

  • The category criteria were amended for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

    New Criteria:

    This Category recognizes excellence in albums by jazz vocal soloists, duos, or jazz vocal groups (including small or large jazz vocal ensembles), and/or large ensembles featuring voice, with specific attention to the differentiating elements of the vocal performance/interpretation itself, and without limitations to language (Portuguese and Spanish included). Solo jazz vocal elements include improvisational phrasing, melodic-based improvisation (lyric, word, or scat), jazz style, and utilization of harmonic/melodic vocabulary found within the jazz genre. Ensemble jazz vocal elements may include rhythm/feel, harmony, inflection, improvisation, arrangement/writing, and phrasing.

    The vocal performance may be by a solo performer, duo, group (including large jazz vocal ensembles), or collaboration and may be in any language (including Portuguese and Spanish).

    If a vocalist(s) and an instrumentalist(s) are billed equally, both (or all) may be eligible for a GRAMMY. This determination, as with cases in which the co-billing involves a band as a whole, will be at the discretion of the Academy.

    An entire album entered in the Jazz Vocal Category may not be entered again in a Jazz Instrumental Category, even if the artist is shifted. If the vocalist(s) and instrumentalist(s) are billed equally, the Academy will determine the appropriate Category based on number of vocal tracks versus instrumental tracks; or, if the number of tracks is equal, the total playing time of the vocal versus instrumental tracks.

  • The category criteria were amended for Best Latin Jazz Album.

    New Criteria:

    This category recognizes excellence in Latin Jazz albums by ensembles of any size or orchestration (with added vocals or not), representing the blending of Jazz and improvisation with any Latin and Iberian-American music, Brazilian, and Argentinian tango music.

  • The category criteria were amended for Best Classical Compendium.

    New Criteria:

    For an album developed and united by an artist, composer, tribute, thematic idea, musical, or other unifying concept. Classical crossover projects and albums of at least 50 percent playing time of music that intersects various genres with Classical Music are also eligible in this category. Albums may embody historic, spoken, and/or documentary material, if those portions do not exceed 49 percent total playing time. Albums entered in Classical Compendium may not be entered in other classical categories, but individual tracks/pieces may be entered in other categories. Award to the artists, conductors, composers, and producers with 50 percent or more playing time.

Eligibility Requirements Update

  • All eligibly credited Immersive Producer(s) and Immersive Engineer/Mixer(s) are awarded with a certificate in every category where a producer or engineer would be honored (genre album categories, performance categories, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Historical Album).

  • The GRAMMY Award recognizes creative excellence. Only human creators are eligible to be submitted for consideration for, nominated for, or win a GRAMMY Award. A work that contains no human authorship is not eligible in any Categories. A work that features elements of A.I. material (i.e., material generated by the use of artificial intelligence technology) is eligible in applicable Categories; however: (1) the human authorship component of the work submitted must be meaningful and more than de minimis; (2) such human authorship component must be relevant to the Category in which such work is entered (e.g., if the work is submitted in a songwriting Category, there must be meaningful and more than de minimis human authorship in respect of the music and/or lyrics; if the work is submitted in a performance Category, there must be meaningful and more than de minimis human authorship in respect of the performance); and (3) the author(s) of any A.I. material incorporated into the work are not eligible to be nominees or GRAMMY recipients insofar as their contribution to the portion of the work that consists of such A.I material is concerned. De minimis is defined as lacking significance or importance; so minor as to merit disregard.

Online Entry Process & Nominations Change Requests Update:

  • For each entry in the Awards’ Online Entry Process, the entrant is required to provide the UPC or ISRC number for the recording being submitted for GRAMMY consideration and to upload and confirm full track listing and final crediting of the recording.

  • At the time of submission, the submitter will receive a list of names they have submitted as eligibly credited. The submitter needs to acknowledge that the list is complete and may not be changed without additional qualifications.

  • After the submission period is closed during the Online Entry Process and before the nomination’s announcement, the submitter may send changes in the credits with the following required documentation:

  1. Affidavit that the change request has been verified to be true.

  2. Reason for the change.

  3. Submit updated (final) label copy.

  4. Confirmation that the credits have been updated across DSPs as applicable.

  • After the nomination’s announcement, the submitter may request changes in the original credits within the period of two weeks after the announcement, with: 1.) the required documentation*, 2.) a $200 fee per added name, and 3.) confirmation that the credits have been updated across DSPs, as applicable.

  • After the Telecast, there will be a deadline of one year from the date of the Telecast to make requests to the Awards Department for crediting changes/additions to nominated or winning albums, with 1.) the required documentation*, 2.) a $200 fee per added name, and 3.) confirmation that the credits have been updated across DSPs, as applicable.

*Please review the NOMINATION CHANGE REQUEST POLICY section of the Rules and Guidelines book for more details on required documentation.

Craft Categories Update

Committee Update

  • The following five categories evolved from Regional Craft Committees to National Craft Committees:
  1. Best Instrumental Composition

  2. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

  3. Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals

  4. Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

  5. Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical

Craft Field Update

  • A National Craft Committee for Best Music Video and Best Music Film categories were added. The first round of voting is in the hands of the General Voting Membership via the first ballot. The second round of voting, however, takes place in the National Craft Nominating Committee. The top 30 selections from the General Voting Membership in each Category appear on the ballot for the National Craft Nominating Committee to vote by confidential ballot to select the five nominations.

Below is a list of changes to the Awards process for the 66th GRAMMY Awards Year.

Category Updates

  • A new category was created in the Pop & Dance/Electronic Music Field: Best Pop Dance Recording

    Criteria:

    Pop Dance is generally uptempo, danceable music that follows a pop arrangement, featuring strong rhythmic beats, significant electronic-based instruments with an emphasis on the vocal performance, melody and hooks. Pop Dance is highly eclectic, borrowing influences from other genres and is generally suitable for a contemporary pop audience. Additionally, it is common for Pop Dance to be inspired by many sub genres of Dance & Electronic music, but be differentiated by vocals that are generally present throughout and high in the mix.

  • A new category was created in the Latin, Global, Africa, Reggae & New Age, Ambient, Or Chant Field: Best African Music Performance

    Criteria:

    Eligible recordings include vocal and instrumental performances with strong elements of African cultural significance that blend a stylistic intention, song structure, lyrical content and/or musical representation found in Africa and the African Diaspora. The African Diaspora is the worldwide collection of communities descended from native Africans or people from Africa, predominantly in the Americas.

  • A new category was created in the Jazz, Traditional Pop, Contemporary Instrumental & Musical Theater Field: Alternative Jazz Album

    Criteria:

    This category recognizes artistic excellence in Alternative Jazz albums by individuals, duos, groups/ensembles (large or small), with or without vocals. Alternative Jazz may be defined as a genre-blending, envelope-pushing hybrid that mixes jazz (improvisation, interaction, harmony, rhythm, arrangements, composition, and style) with other genres, including R&B, Hip-Hop, Classical, Contemporary Improvisation, Experimental, Pop, Rap, Electronic/Dance music, and/or Spoken Word. It may also include the contemporary production techniques/instrumentation associated with other genres.

  • Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical and Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical were added to the General Field and the number of final nominees for each of these categories is five.