Streaming-only releases like mixtapes can now be nominated for – and win – Grammy Awards.
“The eligibility guidelines have been revised to include recordings released via streaming platforms,” the Recording Academy announced yesterday (June 16) alongside several other amendments to its eligibility criteria.
Under the new rules, a release like Chance The Rapper‘s ‘Coloring Book’, which is only available to stream online, can now compete for prizes at the 2017 ceremony.
“The Grammys aren’t just peer-awarded, they’re peer-driven. Throughout the year, members of the music community come to us asking to make changes to the Awards process, and we work with them to figure out how those changes might work,” explained Bill Freimuth, senior vice president of awards for The Recording Academy.
“I’m proud of this year’s changes because they’re a testament to the artists, producers, and writers – the people who rolled up their sleeves to shape the proposals and, in turn, the future of the Grammys. It’s exactly what they should be doing. It’s their award.”
The Grammy Awards 2017 will recognise music released between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. The nominations will be unveiled on December 6 and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on February 12, 2017.