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Recording Academy adds new categories for the 2023 Grammys


Musicians and songwriters will be vying for a few new categories when the 65th Annual Grammy Awards airs in 2023. 

The Recording Academy announced on Thursday that five new awards and a new Special Merit Award will be handed out at next year’s ceremony, according to a press release.

The new awards include Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical, Best Alternative Music Performance, Best Americana Performance, Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games And Other Interactive Media and Best Spoken Word Poetry Album, plus Best Song For Social Change as the new Special Merit Award.

New Grammys: Musicians and songwriters will be vying for a few new categories when the 65th Annual Grammy Awards airs in 2023

New Grammys: Musicians and songwriters will be vying for a few new categories when the 65th Annual Grammy Awards airs in 2023

Announcement: The Recording Academy announced on Thursday that five new awards and a new Special Merit Award will be handed out at next year's ceremony, according to a press release

Announcement: The Recording Academy announced on Thursday that five new awards and a new Special Merit Award will be handed out at next year’s ceremony, according to a press release

‘We’re so excited to honor these diverse communities of music creators through the newly established awards and amendments, and to continue cultivating an environment that inspires change, progress and collaboration,” said Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. 

‘The Academy’s top priority is to effectively represent the music people that we serve, and each year, that entails listening to our members and ensuring our rules and guidelines reflect our ever-evolving industry,’ he added.

The Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical award, ‘recognizes the written excellence, profession and art of songwriting honoring the most prolific non-performing and non-producing songwriters for their body of new work released during an eligibility year.’

Priority: 'The Academy's top priority is to effectively represent the music people that we serve, and each year, that entails listening to our members and ensuring our rules and guidelines reflect our ever-evolving industry,' he added

Priority: ‘The Academy’s top priority is to effectively represent the music people that we serve, and each year, that entails listening to our members and ensuring our rules and guidelines reflect our ever-evolving industry,’ he added

Best Alternative Music Performance is a track and single category that, ‘recognizes the best recordings in an alternative performance by a solo artist, collaborating artists, established duo, or established group.’

Best Americana Performance is also a track and single category that, ‘recognizes artistic excellence in an Americana performance by a solo artist, collaborating artists, established duo, or established group.’

The Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games And Other Interactive Media award, ‘recognizes excellence in score soundtrack albums comprised predominately of original scores and created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current video game or other interactive media released within the qualification period.’

New category: Best Alternative Music Performance is a track and single category that, 'recognizes the best recordings in an alternative performance by a solo artist, collaborating artists, established duo, or established group'

New category: Best Alternative Music Performance is a track and single category that, ‘recognizes the best recordings in an alternative performance by a solo artist, collaborating artists, established duo, or established group’

Best Spoken Word Poetry Album is an album category that, ‘recognizes excellence in spoken word albums specific to the performance of poetry with or without music.’

The new Special Merit Award, Best Song For Social Change, will be determined by a Blue Ribbon Committee and ratified by the Recording Academy Board of Trustees. 

‘Submissions must contain lyrical content that addresses a timely social issue and promotes understanding, peacebuilding and empathy,’ according to the press release.

Special Merit: The new Special Merit Award, Best Song For Social Change, will be determined by a Blue Ribbon Committee and ratified by the Recording Academy Board of Trustees

Special Merit: The new Special Merit Award, Best Song For Social Change, will be determined by a Blue Ribbon Committee and ratified by the Recording Academy Board of Trustees

The Recording Academy also announced voting procedural updates, revealing that each artist will receive five ‘courtesy entries’ per year, and now they must pay for additional entries. 

‘For additional entries, members will pay $40 (Early Bird Fee); $75 (Standard Fee); or $125 (Final Deadline Fee) per additional entry,’ the Recording Academy said.

There will be ‘considerations’ made for ‘artists/members experiencing financial hardships,’ with members able to request to have those fees waived by reaching out to the Recording Academy Awards Department.

More updates: The Recording Academy also announced voting procedural updates, revealing that each artist will receive five 'courtesy entries' per year, and now they must pay for additional entries

More updates: The Recording Academy also announced voting procedural updates, revealing that each artist will receive five ‘courtesy entries’ per year, and now they must pay for additional entries

There are also new album eligibility requirements, which state, ‘an album must contain greater than 75 percent playing time of newly recorded (within five years of the release date), previously unreleased recordings,’ with that benchmark previously at 50 percent.

It was also noted that, ‘Best Compilation Soundtrack, Best Historical Album, Best Immersive Audio Album, Best Recording Package, Best Special Package, and Best Album Notes accept albums of recordings that are not newly recorded.’ 

The updated album eligibility rule was approved in 2021 but is going into effect for the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards cycle.

Requirements: There are also new album eligibility requirements, which state, 'an album must contain greater than 75 percent playing time of newly recorded (within five years of the release date), previously unreleased recordings,' with that benchmark previously at 50 percent

Requirements: There are also new album eligibility requirements, which state, ‘an album must contain greater than 75 percent playing time of newly recorded (within five years of the release date), previously unreleased recordings,’ with that benchmark previously at 50 percent

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