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5 New Grammy Rules And Regulations You Must Know



Grammy trophies sit in the press room during the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas,

The Recording Academy has announced some major changes in its rules and regulations.

This is contained in the newly released 66-page Rules and Guidelines Handbook released on Thursday, July 14, 2022. It’s an extensive document that tells you everything you could ever want to know (and then some!) about the Grammy Awards process.

Here are a few rules that caught our attention.

Here’s the rule: “In adjudicating this category, the primary element to consider is the artist’s performance. If the artist wrote most or all of the songs, this may be a secondary consideration. Production elements of the recording should not be considered.” (page 39)

Grammy voters are expressly told to focus on the artist’s performance in this category. Songwriting “may be a secondary consideration.” Production? That’s irrelevant here.

2. Screening Committees May Move Entries to Categories They Deem More Suitable, But If They’re Unsure, They Should Leave It

The Academy claims as one of its rights “to place any selection into the category it deems appropriate.” But the Academy has placed a limit on that power. If there isn’t a consensus about where to move a recording, the entry should be left where it is.

Here’s the rule: “Entries in most categories are screened by committees of genre experts to determine appropriate category and field placement. If a genre screening committee determines that a recording should be moved to another genre, the recording is forwarded and screened by that genre committee.

“The screening committee is expected to consider the artist’s intent as part of the decision-making process. In cases where a screening committee is unsure whether to move the recording to another genre, the artist’s intent (as indicated by the category in which the recording was initially entered) should be considered as the deciding factor in the appropriate category placement.” (page 14)

3. The Academy Has Strict Rules on the Number of Entries That Are Needed in Each Category

Notes: The Academy requires 40 nominees in a category to warrant the standard five nominees. No category fell below that threshold this past year, but four came close, logging between 40 and 50 entries – best regional roots music album (41 entries), best Latin jazz album (47 entries), best large jazz ensemble album (48 entries), and best traditional blues album (49 entries).

Here’s the rule: “Each category shall have at least 40 distinct artist entries. If a category receives between 25 and 39 entries, only three recordings will receive nominations in that year. Should there be fewer than 25 entries in a category, that category will immediately go on hiatus for the current year — no award given — and entries will be screened into the next most logical category. If a category received fewer than 25 entries for three consecutive years, the category will be discontinued, and submissions will be entered in the next most appropriate category.” (pages 16-17)

Notes: The Grammys used to cap all categories at five nominees (barring ties), but in 2018, it expanded the number of nominees in each of its Big Four categories (album, record and song of the year, plus best new artist) to eight. Last year, at the eleventh hour, it expanded it again from eight to 10.

But the Academy has no current plans to expand the number of nominees in other categories, by going to six or eight nominees in other key categories — such as genre album categories, for example.

The Academy will present 91 Grammys this year. With 10 nominees in each of the Big Four categories and five nominees in each of the 87 other categories, that’s 474 nominees (of course, many repeats, so there are fewer distinct nominees), That’s a lot of categories. It’s best to keep the number of nominees in check.

Here’s the rule: “The number of nominations in the general field categories (record of the year, song of the year, album of the year, and best new artist) is 10. The other categories will have five nominations. In the event of a tie in the nominations, there shall be no more than six and no less than three nominations in these categories.” (page 16)

5. If You’re Contesting the Nominations List, You Have 2 Weeks From the Date the Nods Are Announced

Notes: This year’s Grammy nominations will be announced on Nov. 15. The deadline to alert the Academy of any errors or omissions in the nominations lists is Nov. 29. After that, you’ll have to wait till after the award telecast on Feb. 5, 2023. Recording Academy staff are pretty busy in the run-up to the awards show and feel this restriction is necessary for them to stay on track.

Here’s the rule: “A deadline has been established for those not credited appropriately in liner notes or metadata files to claim status as a nominee: two weeks after the announcement of the nominations. The process for corrections to be made to nominations is to have the potential recipient inform the awards department of the correction, specifically detailing what was inaccurately submitted or omitted, an explanation as to why the error took place, and what steps are being taken to correct the mistake. The Academy may also in its due diligence require further documentation regarding the inquiry as it sees fit to substantiate its authenticity. Once the information is reviewed and approved by the head of awards, the correction is then made and the nomination is corrected. Any individual not included in the final nominations list who claims a nomination after the deadline will be informed by staff that all official changes to be made will be done after the awards telecast.” (page 20)

Source: Billboard


Bob Marley’s ‘Stir It Up’ featuring Sarkodie; beautiful work, should be embraced – Bisa Kdei




Photo: Sarkodie x Bob Marley

Ghanaian highlife musician Bisa Kdei has made an interesting comment on The Bob Marley and the Waillers-Sarkodie feature.

According to the highlife artiste, ‘stir it up’ is a beautiful piece of work which should be embraced.

The musician speaking with Daniel Kweku Dadson, on the Rainbow entertainment ( Rainbow 92.4Fm ) described the project a beautiful piece of work.

Kdei on describing the feature a beautiful piece of work said,

“I think it’s beautiful. It is something beautiful. I would be proud if I were asked to be featured on a Michael Jackson song. I would be so honored. It’s a beautiful thing”.

He added: “Bob Marley is a legend. People still pay attention to him. This is something his spirit will appreciate. Sarkodie’s work is stunning. The people’s love for beautiful songs has triumphed over their hatred. It’s beautiful, and it’s something we should embrace.”

Photo: Bisa Kdei’s listening party in UK

Kdei recently staged a successful listening party for his fourth studio album, titled “Original,” in the United Kingdom. The listening party which saw Bisa Kdei collaborate with some of the best musicians on the African continent was held at the Cafe Koko in Camden.

The “Original” album since its release a few days ago has racked up impressive streaming numbers, as it was the third-most streamed album on Audiomack earlier this week.

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Kwame Baah sets to launch a global BUSINESS plug for musicians and all entertainers




Photo: Kwame Baah, a digital marketing expert and a content manager.

Ghanaian digital marketing expert, Kwame Baah is set to launch a global business agency for artiste booking.

“The  primary focus of Get the Artiste is to  bridge the gap between artistes and people or businesses who need talent for various engagements, be it a concert, event, Tv show or guest appearances” Baah told mediaplugafrica.

He explained: “Booking agency is not anything new, is all over the world so it’s nothing new. We are just trying to bring it over here in Ghana  so that our artiste easily  get to be connected with locally and internationally”.

K. Baah currently manages,  strategize, grooms and promotes most of the big names in the Ghanaian music industry.

The official  launch of K. Baah’s initiative “Get The Artiste” will take place on Friday, February 10, 2023 at the 3Music Headquarters, Accra at exactly 5pm.

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Ed Sheeran returns to social with an emotional personal announcement




British singer Ed Sheeran took to his Instagram to share an emotional personal announcement following his return to social media after a two-month break.

In a video he shared on Instagram, The singer, 31, admitted he has been emotionally detached for much longer.

Ed Sheeran took to Instagram to address his absence. Credit: Instagram/Ed Sheeran

“I realise I haven’t been that engaged in my social media or my fan base online over the last couple of years and the things that have been posted on this account might have got a bit boring, I’m sorry, it’s my fault. Ed said in a video.

“The reason I’m making this video is, just being totally honest, I’ve had some turbulent things happening in my personal life so I just didn’t really feel like being online and pretending to be something I’m not, when I wasn’t feeling like that.

“And I know that sounds weird but hence I’m making this video to say things are looking up and I’m back online.

“Weird s*** is going to start being posted here.”

Ed Sheeran did not elaborate on what ‘turbulence’ he’d endured. Credit: Instagram/Ed Sheeran

However, Ed  did not elaborate on what “turbulence” he’d endured, In February, he lost his close friend Jamal Edwards who tragically died after a cardiac arrest brought on by taking cocaine and drinking alcohol. Three months later, Ed and his wife Cherry Seaborn announced they had welcomed a baby daughter.

In November, Ed told his followers that he was taking a break from social media, after wrapping up work on a new music video.

Sharing a behind-the-scenes snap overlooking a beach, he penned the caption: ‘Signing off now until 2023. See you in the new year. Much love, Ed x.’

According to daily mail, the singer is in the middle of a worldwide tour, and is currently performing a run of shows in Australia and New Zealand.

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